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A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about African American History Month

First recognized in 1976, African American History Month or Black History Month celebrates the vital role African Americans have played in American history. Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The theme for 2018, “African Americans in Times of War,” marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day. One of the books that we are including in this post ties in nicely with this theme, so, we’ve decided to feature it here:   The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illus. by R. Gregory Chrisite Most people know that Jackie Robinson broke barriers in the world of baseball but few may know his story as a soldier during World War II. He experienced prejudice and segregation every day. When ordered to move to the back of a military bus, he refused and was later court-martialed. However, he challenged the segregation laws and won. All of this took place long before anyone had ever heard of Rosa Parks. This biography includes dramatic illustrations by Christie, a Caldecott Honor winning illustrator. A timeline and author’s note are included as well. Our blog post this month also includes many other books that explore historical issues of importance to people of African descent as well as race relations in America.         Be a King: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by James E. Ransome This book introduces and reinforces many of the principles taught by MLK. The illustrations alternate between important moments in Dr. King’s life [...]

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Winter

As we write this blog, it’s below zero outside and the entire Eastern seaboard is being slammed by a major winter storm. But the season is delivering more than just cold temps and snow. There are lots of new books about winter that your children are sure to enjoy. So, if you’re hibernating already, why not settle in with a good book or two. We’ve got the best books of winter! A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Winter Books New Books Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri The illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Dragons Love Tacos has created a quiet, gentle story of the friendship between an unlikely set of companions. Beautifully illustrated!           Blue Corn Soup by Caroline Stutson, illus. by Teri Weidner As Mouse watches the snow fall in the canyon, she knows just the thing to warm her up! As her soup cooks, her neighboring friends show up, hoping to share. A few Spanish words are embedded in the text giving the book a little Southwestern flare.       Brrr! Brrr! by Sebastien Braun This lift-the-flap board book introduces a number of animals, including a penguin, a fox, and a walrus, in their wintry homes. Children are encouraged to imitate the noise that each animal makes.         Chirri and Chirra: The Snowy Day by Kaya Doi This is the third book in this charming little series. Two rosy-cheeked little girls, Chirri and Chirra, set off on a bicycle adventure through an icy winter setting. They meet various animals, join in their fun, and fall asleep under the stars. The colored-pencil illustrations are soft and delicate and add to the appeal [...]

Community’s Public Makerspace & Meeting Spaces Open Soon

Crafters, innovators and dreamers will soon have the opportunity to make their visions become reality as the Kenton County Public Library will open its new makerspace, the STREAM Center of Learning, on Friday, January 12. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math. The STREAM Center is a new arm of the STEM movement.   The STREAM Center is located at the Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road. It will feature dozens of tools and equipment that visitors can use to make and create. Examples of items include: 3D Printer Soldering Irons Embroidery & Sewing Machines Poster Printer Silhouette Cameo Large Vinyl Cutter Looms Raspberry Pi & Arduinos Dremel Tool Welder And much more!      The STREAM Center will be open during library hours unless being used for a class or one-to-one sessions. Items are free to use but a nominal materials fee may apply on some items. The STREAM Center is open to all ages; however, children ages 12 and younger should be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  Free programs on using the STREAM Center equipment will be held weekly starting January 17. See the Library’s calendar of events for a complete list.   “The STREAM Center is an example of how arts, technology, reading and innovation come together,” stated Dave Schroeder, Executive Director of the Kenton County Public Library. “We are excited to provide a space in the community where makers, business owners, students, educators and hobbyists can come together with a single purpose of creating something for their personal, professional or educational use.”   The STREAM Center is made possible in part by Duke Energy, Chas. and Ruth Seligman Family Foundation, Republic Bank, DBL Law, Robert Ehmet Hayes & [...]

He’s Back… Elf on the Shelf

The Library Elf on the Shelf is back and ready for some shenanigans! Photo provided by A Little Moore. Children have fallen in love with the Elf on the Shelf over the last several years. The magical Elf flies in from the North Pole to keep an eye on the boys and girls. He reports back to Santa nightly and then flies back before the boys and girls wake up for the day. It all sounds innocent enough but this Elf is often mischievous. He finds himself in all kinds of messes, sometimes, he finds himself a complete mess. Provided by A Little Moore   Sometimes he behaves while reading a good book. And sometimes he bakes cakes. Provided by A Little Moore   Or acts like a goofball. Provided by A Little Moore   This year the Elf on the Shelf has decided to visit the Kenton County Public Library to check on all the boys and girls. He will visit each branch every day. The first person to find him each day (don’t touch or he’ll lose his magic) will win a prize! It could be a cool bag or a gift card to a local coffee house for treats and hot chocolate.   But he isn’t the only Elf running around the Library! Our life-sized elf is also back! You can find new pictures of our life-sized elf on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages every day. Pay attention because there will be surprise giveaways on social media throughout the month. Please share your pictures of your Elf on the Shelf or of you finding our Elf on the Shelf on social media with the hashtag #libraryelf. We’d love to see [...]

By |December 1st, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Ready to Code

The Kenton County Public Library announced today that they have received a $25,000 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to design and implement coding programs for young people. The Kenton County Public Library is one of 28 libraries around the country to receive a grant from Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association sponsored by Google, which promotes computer science (CS) and computational thinking among youth. Executive Director Dave Schroeder, said, “We are honored to be a recipient of such a prestigious and generous grant. Our staff will use the funds to work with children and teens in our area to implement STEM-based programs which include a six-weeks robotics course and coding classes.” “Staff at the Library are diligent about finding new opportunities to expand children’s and teens knowledge on a variety of subjects. We do this through classes that often include a literacy component and hands-on learning experiences,” stated Schroeder. “Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities,” said Google program manager Nicky Rigg. “We are proud to include the Kenton County Public Library in our cohort of Ready to Code grantees and support them with the knowledge and skills to do what they do best: empowering youth to create, problem solve and develop the confidence and skills to succeed in their future careers.” ALA President Jim Neal said, “As centers of innovation and information, libraries are the ideal place for youth – especially those underrepresented in tech jobs – to get the CS skills they need to succeed. ALA is pleased to provide these new resources to Kenton County Public Library and other Libraries Ready to Code grantees to help young people cultivate problem-solving skills, in addition to coding, [...]

By |November 29th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

November Hot Reads

Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner The explosive debut novel - about family, power and privilege - from the creator of the award-winning Mad Men. Mark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. But they are still not quite at the top. When the new owners of the penthouse above them begin construction, an unstable stranger penetrates the security of their comfortable lives and threatens to destroy everything they've created.   Artemis by Andy Weir The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new science-fiction thriller—a heist story set on the moon. Jazz Bashara is a criminal.  Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz’s problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.     The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever [...]

By |November 21st, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

From the Head of Lettice: Recipes from Historic Kentucky Cookbooks Part Two

Welcome back! As we approach the holiday season, I thought it would be the perfect time to dive back into some historic Kentucky recipes. If you are looking for a few savory ideas, please check out Part One. This time I decided to focus on baking and desserts. I once again used Lettice Bryan (1839) and The Historic Kentucky Kitchen as my two main sources of inspiration, but there are plenty of other books in our collection that can help you find the local recipe you desire. Another of my favorites is The Blue Grass Cookbook, so check that out if you’re interested. If you would like any help finding local cookbooks or recipes, please feel free to reach out to our department and talk to a staff member, or watch a periscope video that I did on how to find recipes. I wanted to use simple recipes that included ingredients I mostly had on hand. For me, that included lots of apples. However, I also love to bake bread and I couldn’t resist trying my hand at a bread recipe. Lettice has quite a few examples of biscuits, rolls, and loaves of bread. Unfortunately for the modern baker, the measurements, which are more exact in baking than other forms of cooking, are quite loose in her descriptions. This wasn’t quite so troublesome for a pie or cookies, but more complicated creations like cakes and breads run into errors of translation. Ingredients diverge from their modern counterparts more dramatically in baking than in cooking. Nineteenth century bakers would obtain yeast from beer brewers, or utilize wild yeast in the form of their own sourdough starters, instead of using the instant dry yeast that is now [...]

By |November 21st, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Thanksgiving and Autumn

Tales and Traditions A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Thanksgiving and Autumn Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. One of our new Thanksgiving books, Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade, sheds an interesting light on this annual event. In 1870, something known as a Ragamuffin Parade was introduced to New York City by its many immigrant residents. It took place on Thanksgiving Day. Children dressed like beggars and paraded through the streets asking, “Have you anything for Thanksgiving?” People referred to them as ragamuffins and gave them a penny or sometimes a piece of fruit. But as time passed, the parade fell out of fashion. Halloween became more popular, and it offered children a time to dress up and beg for treats. Also, with the passing of time, many of those immigrant children grew up and found themselves employed by Macy’s in Manhattan. These employees remembered with fondness the Ragamuffin Parades, and many historians believe that they asked Mr. Macy if he might consider sponsoring a parade for the children of New York City on Thanksgiving Day. In 1924, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place, and as we all now know, a tradition was born. Oh, the things you can learn from a children’s picture book! We hope you enjoy the story of Rettie along with the others we’ve included …   Baby’s First Thanksgiving by Dawn Sirett This board book contains bright pictures and word labels that will help little ones identify all the favorites typically associated with Thanksgiving. They’re sure to gobble this one up!         Celebrate Thanksgiving by Deborah Heiligman This National Geographic publication, with its stunning photographs, celebrates [...]

Try it Before you Buy It

Can you believe it’s already almost that time of the year? Everyone will be out and about shopping for loved ones and friends. Let the library help you out this year, come try it before you buy it! Did you know the Kenton County Public library now offers cardholders an opportunity to borrow some unique items? Shopping for a new camera this holiday season? Come out and borrow a Canon EOS Rebel T6 from the library! Shopping for a fun and educational toy for a preschooler? Come out and borrow the Code-A-Pillar. Shopping for a telescope for that star enthusiast in your family? Come out and borrow a telescope. The "Library of Things" is a new collection at the Kenton County Public Library that includes all sorts of equipment like robots, microscopes, loom knitting kit, yard games and retro gaming systems like the Atari and Sega! We continuously add to the Library of Things so there is always new items to check out. So come out to the library this holiday season and check out one of these items or put a hold on one by visiting our catalog, all you need is a library card! To sign up for a free library card, visit one of our three branches: Covington, Independence or Erlanger.

By |November 8th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , |0 Comments

New Digital Magazines Now Available

We recently added several new magazine titles to our digital magazine collection.  So, cozy up with your favorite device and flip through a new magazine.   Dogster is full of care and wellness, dog pop-culture, new products, adventure and playtime ideas, breed profiles, and adorable photos! National Geographic Kids magazine - the perfect balance between learning and fun! A must-have for children ages 6 and up. Each issue is packed with colorful photos, games, puzzles, fun features and facts about animals, science, technology, and more. The Paris Review publishes the best fiction, poetry, art, and essays from new and established voices, and the Writers at Work interviews offer some of the most revealing self-portraits in literature. Take outdoor enjoyment to new heights with America’s #1 bird and garden magazine. You’ll love up-close bird and flower photos, amazing reader-shared “Bird Tales”, time and money-saving backyard tips and proven birding & gardening advice!   iPad & iPhone User is the only digital magazine you need to the world of the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Subscribe to iPad & iPhone User and get more out of your Apple device with our step-by-step tutorials, straight forward buying advice and expert reviews of the latest apps, games and accessories. Your go-to guide for creating and nurturing your own unique vintage style. Turn your design dreams into reality!   Architectural Digest is the world's foremost design authority, showcasing the work of top architects and interior decorators.   The New Yorker publishes the best writers of its time and has received more National Magazine Awards than any other magazine, for its groundbreaking reporting, authoritative analysis, and creative inspiration. Experience Life is a whole-person magazine that offers in-depth and articulate coverage of [...]

By |October 25th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments