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Adult Swim on Hoopla

Cable-cutter missing your daily dose of Adult Swim? Never had a chance to try Adult Swim at all? hoopla has you covered. View these titles for free with your KCPL library card via hoopla.   Aqua Teen Hunger Force  Three food items and their life together in South Jersey.           Black Dynamite Black Dynamite revolves around the everyday lives of a heroic, crime-fighting vigilante of justice and his friends as they engage in a variety of adventures while working to keep their community safe. Plus, Black Dynamite delivers an all-out assault on your action taste buds.       Rick and Morty Welcome to the world of Rick and Morty, a genius inventor grandfather and his less than genius grandson. Missing for nearly 20 years, Rick arrives at his daughter's doorstep looking to move in, but her husband isn't too thrilled. Rick converts the garage into his lab and involves Morty in his insane adventures.       Robot Chicken It's here! The premiere season of Robot Chicken. 20 channel-flippin', toy-murderin', attention-span-shatterin' episodes straight from Adult Swim's late-night lineup. Enjoy bite-sized nuggets of sketch comedy performed by yesteryear's favorite playthings, animated in state-of-the-art stop motion. (Hey, CGI - go straight to hell!) It's like a poultry party in your pants!       Samurai Jack In medieval Japan, an empire is destroyed by the demon Aku and a young prince is banished into the future where he plots his revenge.         The Venture Bros. Two all-American teens spend most of their time hopping from one adventure to the next. Along with their caustic and self-centered father, Dr. Venture, the brothers have the uber-spy Brock Samson to protect them. [...]

By |June 16th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Adult Swim on Hoopla

Dad, Daddy, Pop…Picture Books for Father’s Day

“Dad, Daddy, Pop …” No matter what you call him, June is the month in which we celebrate our fathers and fatherhood. Believe it or not, Father’s Day wasn’t made an official holiday until 1972 even though celebrations of fathers date back to the early 1900’s. Its origins may lie in a memorial service held on July 5, 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907. Then in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, one of six children raised by a widower, began a campaign for a national Father’s Day after having heard a Mother’s Day sermon at church. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers, and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful. Washington celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Many events honoring fathers were held in the years that followed, but it took a struggle of over five decades for its designation as a national holiday to become a reality. Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.  Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. Father’s Day will be celebrated this year on June 21, 2020.   A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Dads and Father’s Day   Dad and Me Fun in the Kitchen by Danielle Kartes This is a cookbook made just for dads and little chefs which celebrates the joy of just being together. This is [...]

By |June 10th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

Simple Ways to Condition Clay Soil

Seeds are flying off the shelves in stores and online, that means new gardeners, and new garden plots. Many people in the Northern Kentucky area have clay soil in their yards which can be challenging to work with but do not fret! There are very easy and FREE ways to condition your clay soil to help your garden grow. Clay soil is very dense and holds water. This is both a great thing and a terrible thing. Water retention is very helpful during summer months and really high temperatures but many plants need well drained roots to thrive. Conditioning your clay gives you the best of both worlds. There is still plenty of time to condition your soil. Most vegetables can be planted as late in the season as June 15. 1 Turn the soil before planting anything. This means flipping the soil upside down with a garden fork or a shovel, or using a rototiller. Do this at least once before planting but strive for twice. I like to flip my soil a day or two before a big rain because it helps the soil settle and helps break down some of the huge clumps of clay. I prefer a garden fork because I like the exercise and find it easier than a shovel. Using a rototiller is great but make sure the soil isn't too wet or it'll be a sticky mess. 2 When you turn your soil, do not remove any growing grass or weeds. Leaving the vegetation helps fertilize your soil as it rots from being turned over and no longer getting water and sunlight. This also helps break up the clay and promotes drainage. Worried about weeds growing in the [...]

Resources for Talking about Race

It can be difficult to know where to start when learning about sensitive topics. Luckily, books can offer us insight into hard subjects that make the process a little easier. We have gathered several titles below for all age groups. Click on the picture to be taken to our catalog and place the item on hold.   Adult   Young Adult   Juvenile   Picture Books  

By |June 4th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Resources for Talking about Race

Summer Reading: Imagine Your Story!

This year’s Summer Reading Celebration is filled with exciting programs, fun prizes, social media giveaways and so much more. This year’s theme: Imagine Your Story allows for a lot of creativity. The program will run June 1-August 31. Things will be different than in years past though. Book logs and raffle tickets can be picked up at the drive-thru starting June 1. They can be picked up in the buildings once we open (set for June 8). We have made it easier to participate online this year. Visit kentonlibrary.org/src for information on how to participate online. Children who read or listen to five books or 2.5 hours will win a book prize! After 10 books or 5 hours of reading, return the log to receive an Imagine Your Story T-shirt or a drawstring bag (while supplies last) and a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three grand prizes – Fun & Games Basket, Art Basket and Tech Basket. Keep reading for more chances to win the grand prizes! Prize pickup will be delayed until our buildings open. Teens who read or listen to any book or magazine or attend any program can enter online or at any of the three branches, once they open. One winner per branch will be drawn for weekly prizes. Adults who read or listen to any book or magazine or attend a book related program can enter to win prizes online or at any of the three branches, once they open. Prizes are awarded bi-weekly. The Summer Reading Celebration will kick off on Saturday, June 6, but will be a lot different than in years past. It will all be online and you can watch on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KentonCountyPublicLibrary/.  [...]

By |May 28th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Summer Reading: Imagine Your Story!

Library Re-Opens the Drive Thru on Monday, May 18

Library Re-Opens the Drive Thru on Monday, May 18 The Kenton County Public Library will resume drive-thru service with limited hours beginning Monday, May 18. Patrons can place items on hold at www.kentonlibrary.org. Patrons will be notified when ready for pick up. Hours will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturdays, 1 to 5 pm. The three locations of the Kenton County Public Library are:   Covington Branch: 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY 41011 Erlanger Branch: 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, KY 41018 William E. Durr Branch: 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence, KY 41051   Patrons can also call during open hours to place items on hold or ask reference questions at (859) 962-4000.   This is phase one of the library’s reopening process. Library officials have been given approval by the local health departments to provide limited contact service. Also opening is Empower Tools, the Library’s tool lending service. Those needing to borrow tools and equipment for home repairs, yard work and more can go to https://www.kentonlibrary.org/tools for a list of items, hours and how to reserve.   “We have been in constant contact with local health officials and monitoring guidelines from the state,” said Dave Schroeder, Executive Director for the Kenton County Public Library. “Staff has been providing unique ways to provide programs and services during this unprecedented time, but we are glad we can get back to providing physical items for residents to read and enjoy.”   The Library will provide drive-thru service and continue to monitor the situation as reopens occur throughout the Commonwealth. “We have submitted our phased opening plans to the Governor’s office. This includes maintaining social distancing, quarantining of returned library items for [...]

By |May 6th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Library Re-Opens the Drive Thru on Monday, May 18

Quarantine Cooking

If you find yourself with some free time like many others, then this simple tortilla recipe is the perfect solution! The recipe calls for five ingredients most of which you probably already have. You will need: 4 cups of all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups of hot water Step 1: Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Once combined, add oil and mix using clean hands. Step 2: Slowly incorporate warm/hot water into dry mixture while kneading, until dough starts to form. Step 3: Pinch off golf ball sizes of dough and place onto a clean, flat, floured surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten your dough, turning the tortilla every so often to keep it circular. Step 4: Heat a large pan to medium heat and then place tortilla flat to cook. Once your tortilla starts to bubble, flip and continue cooking. Once both sides have cooked, place into a plastic bag or container until use. Your finished product will not be perfect, but that is okay! Although this recipe is a great starting place, it is not an exact science. Your tortillas may not be perfectly round or evenly colored, but that comes with practice. Now is the perfect time to learn a new skill to up your cooking game. Written by Arden Mae, programmer for Kenton County Public Library and cooking enthusiast

By |April 25th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Quarantine Cooking

See the USA!

See the USA!   While it not possible to safely travel around our great country at this moment, it IS possible to see some of the most popular tourist sites while at your computer via live webcams. If you like to visit our great National Park system go to www.nps.gov and search by the park name or just search for the list of webcams. For more webcams all around the country check out EarthCam  and search by state. Below is a list of a few of the live views you can access. Simply click on the location to be linked to the webcam!  Besides seeing these places, it is interesting to see the effects that stay at home directives have had in some of these areas. Some of the cameras have sound as well, check out the Niagara Falls site and listen to the powerful rush of the water over the falls. Many of these places also have virtual tours you can take and further explore the area. Below each location is a link to eBooks that are in the KCPL collection. Each book is connected to the location; either in setting or story. Safe Travels! San Francisco bay Cult City - Daniel J. Flynn Alta California - Nick Neely Seattle Space needle  A Engagement in Seattle - Debbie Macomber Improbable Cause - J.A. Jance Gatlinburg, TN Guide to Great Smoky Mountain National Park - Michael Oswald Willa of the Wood -Robert Beatty Chicago lakefront Chicago - David Mamet City of Scoundrels - Gary Krist Key West, FL Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer Holm Rum Runner - Tricia Leedom Bad Monkey - Carl Hiaasen St. Louis Gateway Arch Fatal Frost - Nancy Mehl The Dead [...]

By |April 21st, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on See the USA!

What Bit Of History Might You Be Able To Tell?

As we are all now are living through the historic COVID19 pandemic, it is prudent to remember that our ancestors similarly experienced history as it happened. And some of them took and saved pictures of those moments. While the number of photos taken annually worldwide has gone from less than a billion to more than a trillion in the last 100 years, that still leaves a lot of photos that can be unearthed, and which have the potential to tell an important story. Perhaps you might be holding one of the few limited photos of a person, place or event and that could be a key part of someone’s family or topical research down the road. If you find yourself digging through old family photos to help pass the time these long weeks of quarantine, take a close look at some of those photos normally easily dismissed because they don’t have recognizable people or places. Old photos are great vehicles to teach or learn about events of the past. And of you come across something interesting, please consider sharing and preserving those photos with the world in some way. View of the damaged S-51 sail. S-51 is visible = photo courtesy of author In the collection of photos from my New York ancestors, I recently came across several images of what appeared to be a damaged submarine or ship of some type. As these were not labeled or dated in any way, a little bit of detective work had to be undertaken. Once scanned and enlarged, one of the photos revealed a faint S-51 on the ship’s sail. From that point, a quick Internet search soon revealed the story and tragic fate of the [...]

By |April 19th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on What Bit Of History Might You Be Able To Tell?