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November is National Veteran and Military Families Month!

This month in the Local History & Genealogy Department, it’s all about veterans: we want to help you talk to the veterans in your life, preserve their memories, commemorate them, and research your ancestors’ involvement in conflicts past. We’ll start an important fact: WWII and Korean War veterans are passing away in great numbers each year, and many take with them all the memories and stories of their experiences. Here at the library, we are hoping to preserve as many of those memories as we can by offering oral history interviews to veterans. We’ll setup a date and time, you’ll turn in a pre-interview questionnaire so that we can tailor our questions to your experience, and we record the interview for posterity (you get a copy to keep, too!). Veterans are encouraged to bring mementos such as medals, photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. to their interview. If you or a relative are interested, please contact us at (859) 962-4070 with questions and to setup an appointment. Interested in conducting your very own interview with the veterans in your life? Check out The Oral History Workshop: Collect and Celebrate the Life Stories of Your Family and Friends or Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide for information on how to get started. These books will also give you tons of ideas on what kinds of questions to ask (including some interesting and non-traditional questions), and tips for a successful interview. We also have Oral History Kits that include a digital voice recorder so you can do an interview in the comfort of your home. Thinking of a way to commemorate your favorite veteran, or make a special gift for a loved one? Visit one our Makerspaces and make [...]

Give Thanks – Thanksgiving Books for Children

 November is underway, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Families are getting ready to gather around the table, share turkey and stuffing, and enjoy the company of relatives. What better way to teach children about the meaning of Thanksgiving than by reading together as a family? Books are one of the things we are most thankful for, so we’ve put together a list of the newest Thanksgiving titles that you and your family can share this holiday.   A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Thanksgiving   New Thanksgiving Stories Apple Cake by Dawn Casey, illus. by Genevieve Godbout This charming book celebrates family, food, and feelings of gratitude. The colored-pencil illustrations create cozy scenes. Perfect for Thanksgiving sharing! A recipe for apple cake is included as well.               Around the Table that Grandad Built by Melanie Heuiser Hill, illus. by Jaime Kim A family gathers with friends and neighbors to share a meal in this cumulative picture book.           Be Thankful, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen It’s Thanksgiving under the sea in this new board book.           Five Little Thank-Yous by Cindy Jin, illus. by Dawn M. Cardona This rhyming board book is shaped like a turkey handprint craft and reminds us of the important things to be thankful for.               Imagine You Were There … Sailing on the Mayflower by Caryn Jenner The Imagine You Were There series helps readers imagine what it was like to be there during events that changed the world. This book chronicles the voyage of the pilgrims from England to America and [...]

Spooky Stories In Your Own Backyard

Looking to read about ghosts, spirits, phantoms, or unexplained phenomena? Want to read a spooky story about Kentucky or one that originates in your own back yard? Do you think your house may be haunted and want to research its history? Look no further than the Kenton County Public Library. We have numerous local history books and resources filled with haunting tales, ghost stories, and documented unexplained experiences that will give you a good fright just in time for Halloween. The true story of Pearl Bryan’s murder in Fort Thomas has captivated Northern Kentuckians for over a century, inspiring countless ghost stories and legends. Learn more about the macabre case in The Pearl Bryan Murder Story by Anthony W. Kuhnheim, Unwanted: A Murder Mystery of the Gilded Age by Andrew Young, and The Perils of Pearl Bryan Betrayal and Murder in the Midwest in 1896 by James L. McDonald . You can also read online newspaper accounts from the investigation and trial in the Cincinnati Enquirer - Historical 1841-1922 Database.  If you can't get enough Pearl Bryan, attend local author Larry Tippin's presentation on his new book The Betrayal of Pearl Bryan: Unraveling the Gilded Age Mystery that Captivated a National on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 7 PM at the Erlanger Library. What hair-raising stories have you been told about what happened to Ms. Bryan’s head? Leave us a reply and let us know! Join paranormal investigators Zak, Nic and Aaron as they investigate the paranormal experiences at Bobby Mackey's Music World. If you're thirsting for spooky tales from Kentucky, sink your teeth into Ghosts Across Kentucky by William Lynwood Montell or Ghosts, Spirits, and Angels True Tales from Kentucky and Beyond by Thomas Lee Freese. If you have regional [...]

Twelve Myths & Truths about College

Note: this article was originally written in the fall of 2017 but was updated October, 2019. It's that time of year again... It's time for 17-year-old kids to make one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives. It's time for these kids to decide what they are going to do for the rest of their lives. It's time for seniors in high school to choose a college. My daughter had to make these decisions in the fall of 2016. She began her junior year of college at Northern Kentucky University last month. My son Joey is a senior in high school and going through this process now. I have two stepsons attending college as well. I'm going to tell you some of the things you are going to be told your child must do and then I'm going to tell you the truth based on our experience.         Things Other People, Including High School Guidance Counselors, are Going to Tell You and Your Children: You should apply to five to seven schools to make sure you get accepted to one. You should apply to schools you know you can't afford. There are plenty of scholarships out there and you'll be sure to find one. You can wait until after you graduate to make a final decision on which college you will attend. Students with high GPAs and ACT scores will get a full ride. You have to live on campus to get the full college experience. You will find some way to pay for college, even if it's loans. College is really the only way to make something of yourself. Books will cost at least $1,000 a semester. Don't fill out [...]

By |October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: |0 Comments

Ghosts, Goblins and Bugs at the Kenton County Public Library

It's getting spooky at the Library. There are haunted and not-so-haunted events for everyone in October. Check out the partial list below.                 Spooky Science                                                        Tues., Oct. 1, 6:30-7:30 pm Covington Kids grades K-6 can join us in the C3Lab for some spooky science. We will build creepy structures and conduct spooky science experiments. Limited to first 20 kids in attendance. Creepy Crawly Bug Tasting! Mon., Oct. 7, 7-8 pm Erlanger Everyone Head to the Library for a night of dares and scares and a creepy, crawly bug tasting!   Not-so-Spooky Glow Party Tues., Oct. 8, 6:30-7:30 pm Covington Kids in grades K-6 are invited to party in the dark at the library. Light refreshments. Limited to the first 75 in attendance. Mystery Tea: Horror at Stratford Castle Thurs., Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 pm Erlanger This is an interactive game that requires you to play the role of a character in the story and mingle with other guests to solve the murder. Registration required at Boo Bash Sat., Oct. 12, 2-3 pm William E. Durr Kids 2-6, with a parent, are invited to celebrate Halloween with stories, games and trick-or-treating. Wear your costume!   Discover Bats! Mon., Oct. 14, 6-8 pm Erlanger Join the Cincinnati Museum Center to walk like a bat, fly like a bat and even meet a native bat! Learn about these truly amazing yet misunderstood animals through a presentation, games, artifacts and more. Not-so-Spooky Critters Sat., Oct. 19, 1-2 pm Covington School age kids are invited to [...]

By |September 26th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Family History Month features Murder, Mystery and Intrigue

Cemetery tours, stories about a murder and discovering treasures in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky…these are a few programs that are part of the Family History Month series to take place at the Kenton County Public Library in October. Expert researchers and historians will lead a variety of programs throughout the month of October to help people research, learn more about Northern Kentucky or expand their knowledge of a specific historical topic. All programs are no cost to attend but registration is required where noted.  Genealogy-Research-Palooza Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 2019 Covington Library - Local History and Genealogy Dept. Book a one-on-one genealogy research appointment to celebrate Family History Month! Call us at (859) 962-4070 to reserve a one-hour appointment. Finding and Translating German Church Records and Newspaper Articles Thursdays, October 10, & 24, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Covington Library - Local History and Genealogy Dept. Learn some tips and tricks for finding and translating local German church records and newspaper articles during this one-hour class. Registration is required and limited to 10. Register here for the October 10, 2019 class. Register here for the October 24, 2019 class. This class will also be offered again on Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 6:30 PM. Register here. Mother of God Cemetery Tour Saturday, October 12, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Mother of God Cemetery, 3125 Madison Ave Fort Wright, KY 41015 Join Local History & Genealogy staff for a biographical walking tour of Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright and learn about the people and families who shaped the history of Northern Kentucky.  DAR Research Assistance Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Covington [...]

By |September 25th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins, Please!

Crisp air and golden hues officially welcome fall each year. As the leaves start turning, it’s time to head to the nearest pumpkin patch and start thinking about those Halloween costumes. There are lots of new books to usher in the season as well. Why not pick a few and get into the spirit! A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Autumn and Halloween New Autumn Stories Froggy Picks a Pumpkin by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz Froggy’s latest adventure is a class trip to the pumpkin patch. He plans to carve a jack-o'-lantern and make a pumpkin pie, but will his plans work out?         The Great Pumpkin Contest by Angie Rozelaar Two very different cats (one prefers to stay inside and read, the other prefers to be outside with friends) are determined to win Cat County’s Great Pumpkin Contest. In the end, though, it’s friendship that wins. This is a very enjoyable story with playful illustrations.             Happy Fell by Erica S. Perl This is the latest in the Arnold and Louise easy reader series. According to Louise, fell is the season between fall and winter when all the leaves are on the ground. Arnold wants to celebrate the season indoors but Louise does not. Will they be able to find a way to celebrate together?                 The Pumpkin War by Cathleen Young In this chapter book, a twelve-year-old Billie enjoys summer on Wisconsin's Madeline Island, where she grows a giant pumpkin in the hopes of winning this year’s pumpkin-boat race. She had a falling out with her best friend Sam at the [...]

4 Ways the STREAM Center Can Help with Your Cosplay Needs

Cosplay can have a more impactful meaning to different people, but in its most basic form it is wearing costumes in play (hence the mashing of words into one). I’ve seen cosplayers wear elaborate handmade outfits that have taken months to create, and store-bought costumes that they have saved up for. I’ve seen cosplay that has taken hours to apply and others that have been successfully taken from their own closest of street-wear. Easy or complicated- cosplay is what you make of it. 4 Ways the STREAM Center Can Help with Your Cosplay Needs! 1.)    Detail your leather goods using our Glowforge laser engraver!                     2.)    Print an accessory for your furry companion with our 3-D printer!    3.)    Use our sewing machines for your costume!                   4.)    Use our soldering iron to light it up!                     Don’t forget that these items in our STREAM Center require a 30-minute training before you’re allowed to book the equipment to use them. Reserve a time to be trained here. Need an event to wear your cosplay attire? We will be hosting a Teen Cosplay Night at the Erlanger branch on Saturday, October 19th after hours from 6-8 PM!   By LeAnn Long, Teen Librarian          

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Paying & Preparing for College Update

I wrote the post Paying & Preparing for College when my daughter Andi had just started her junior year of high school. Last month she started her junior year of college at Northern Kentucky University so I thought I would do an update. At the time of my last post, Andi had no idea what she wanted to do with her life, where she was going to go to school or how to pay for it. I was worried. I don't think I'll ever stop worrying about my kids but Andi's college isn't at the top of the worry list any more. She is majoring in Social Work with minors in Spanish and social justice and a focus in women gender studies. She has a high GPA, a part-time job, belongs to a few clubs and tutors high school students in Spanish. She has a full plate for sure. Andi touring NKU So you might be wondering how she made her decision on where to go and what to major in. She worked at a nursing home in high school and knew she loved the interaction with the seniors and their families. One night while going through a book I highly recommend, College Board Book of Majors, she started down the path of social work. At this point we had been on a few college tours and she was leaning toward Northern Kentucky University. Andi reached out to the social work department at NKU and scheduled a day to shadow a social work student. She was able to meet with people in the department and attend a couple social work classes. This helped her make a final decision and commit to NKU. A [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , |0 Comments

Feeding Bodies and Minds @ the Library

Summer is time for family fun and relaxation.  The break from the demands of the school schedule gives families the chance to spend more time together and, hopefully, enjoy some new adventures.  Unfortunately, the break from the school schedule also means a break from the scheduled meals that school provides.  And for many families, that can be very difficult.  A recent survey of families across the nation showed that 40% of families struggle to provide enough food for their children during the summer. In an effort to help families who struggle with food insecurity during the summer, the Kenton County Public Library has partnered with 3 local public school districts to provide locations for serving free lunches for children.  This partnership has been ongoing at the Erlanger Branch for 6 years, and at our Covington and Durr branches for 4 years. How does the summer feeding program at the Library work? The funding for the program comes from the USDA.  No Library funds are used in any way. The meals are prepared by the Food Service staff at our local public schools.  The Erlanger Elsmere School District prepares food for the Erlanger Branch.  The Covington Independent School District provides meals at the Covington Branch.  And the Kenton County School District provides food at the Durr Branch.  Cold food is kept cold in coolers, and hot food is kept warm in portable warmers. The meals conform to the same nutrition standards that apply to the school lunch program.  Lunch is free for all children ages 1-18.  Adults 19 and up can purchase a meal for a small fee. There is no income verification, ID check, or paperwork involved.  Every child who comes into the serving room is served a free lunch, with no questions asked. Lunches are served [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment