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New Collections in the Local History and Genealogy Department

With the start of a new year, the Local History and Genealogy department has updated our GenKY databases with several new collections, along with new accessions to our special collections and archival holdings. New collections to GenKY are the Droege Real Estate Records and the Simon Kentonian, the school newsletter of Simon Kenton High School. The Droege Real Estate Records are comprised of materials from William Droege Sander, owner of the Bill Sander Construction company. The two properties, both of which are located on Greenup Street, are still standing. Mortgages, bills, correspondence, and other printed materials are featured in the collection. The Simon Kentonian newsletter collection covers the student activities of Simon Kenton High School between the years of 1970 to 1972. The newsletters are a great look inside to the popular culture, attitudes, and day to day life of students during that time. The department has also acquired several new archival collections. The Senior Services of Northern Kentucky Records Collection (KCPL 58) is comprised of photographs, slides, scrapbooks, videotapes and more pertaining to the history of the organization which was started in 1962 by volunteers from the United Way and Trinity Church. The group offered programs, nutrition, transportation, and a variety of other services to seniors in the northern Kentucky area. The group ended operations in 2018. The Alice Taylor Hoffman (1908-1992) collection (KCPL 54) consists of materials created while Ms. Hoffman was living in Ft. Thomas, KY and includes a scrapbook of pictures, documents and her journal from 1935-36 written about a Caribbean cruise she attended with her mother. From Alice Taylor Hoffman scrapbook   The department will also be digitizing two collections on temporary loan, the Robert McGrane collection and [...]

By |January 30th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on New Collections in the Local History and Genealogy Department

5 Reasons to Travel to Iceland

  I traveled to Iceland in September 2019. Here are my 5 top highlights and things I learned: 1. Beaches When I thought about Iceland, beaches didn't come to mind. However, the coast of Iceland is beautiful! I visited Reynisfjara Beach which is famous for its black sand and basalt spires. Watch out for the sneaker waves though while you’re trying to grab a picture- we saw more than one unlucky individual suddenly in cold water up to their thighs. Another noted beach is Diamond Beach, also a black sand beach, where icebergs run ashore. 2. Snorkeling/Diving The excursion I was most hesitant about was snorkeling in Þingvellir National Park at the Silfra Fissure. However, it turned out to be a beautiful experience. There, we were able to look underwater at the space in between the North American Tectonic Plate and the Eurasia Tectonic Plate. It is a famous location with some of the clearest water in the world- you don’t have to worry about an obstructed view. While chilly, the excursion ended up being one of the most educational of the trip! No, this is not the same as the beach- Silfra Fissure is inland at a lake!   3. Waterfalls Iceland has too many beautiful waterfalls to name. The largest and most famous being Gullfoss (on the left).                           4. Horseback Riding Icelandic horses are famous for their 5 gaits, be sure to use all of them! 5. People While touring the country, it can be easy to stay insulated in a tour group, or not venture outside your comfort zone. Instead, I urge you to talk to the people who [...]

By |January 7th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Travel to Iceland

New Year, New Resolution! Getting Started with your Genealogy

Search for family members in our Faces and Places photograph database! If you’ve gotten away from your genealogy for a while or if the holiday gatherings this season have sparked your interest in your family’s history, look no further. KCPL has a dedicated Local History & Genealogy Department and staff ready to assist you with your goal of discovering your family’s story. The Local History & Genealogy Department is located on the second floor of our Covington branch at 502 Scott Boulevard in Covington, Kentucky. Our department is full of all kinds of resources that can help you to discover your family history: from books to microfilm, to maps and vertical files, and let’s not forget online databases! First things first: where to start? We recommend starting to write down what you already know about your family. Start with a basic family tree (we like this one via Mid-Continent Public Library’s Midwest Genealogy Center) and fill out what you know starting with yourself. Start talking with your relatives – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins - to fill in as many details as you can. Ask for names (don't forget to include maiden names and nicknames), dates (birth, marriage, and death), and places where they lived or may have come from. Check out our blog on ice-breaker questions here. Once you’ve done that, look for any gaps you might have in your tree – that’s a good place to start! Start looking for basic information in birth indexes, death records, and censuses, which often give you clues as to parentage (thus helping you take your tree back a generation!). We like starting our searches online because many of these records are being digitized [...]

Top Items of the Year, and the Decade

Want to know what was checked out the most in 2019 and the decade? Top Checked Out Items, 2019 Adult Fiction: Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens The Reckoning, John Grisham Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty The Chef, James Patterson The First Lady, James Patterson Adult Nonfiction Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis The Pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American Ideal West, David McCullough  ACT Prep The Whole30 the 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, Melissa Hartwig Library of Things KCPL Wifi Hotspot Portable DVD Player Brother Sewing Machine Ukulele Kit CD Player Adult DVD: Bohemian Rhapsody Mission: Impossible, Fallout Venom A Star is Born The Equalizer 2 Juvenile Fiction: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Getaway, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Long Haul, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel, Jeff Kinney Juvenile Nonfiction: Saving Fiona: the Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo, Thane Maynard More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Alvin Schwartz Hip, Hippo, Hooray for Fiona!, Jan Sherbin Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Alvin Schwartz Juvenile DVD: Incredibles 2 Dumbo The Lion King Toy Story Mary Poppins Top Checked Out Items of the Decade Adult Fiction: Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty The Racketeer, John Grisham Adult Nonfiction: Killing Kennedy, Bill O'Reilly The Whole30,  the 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, Melissa Hartwig The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo Unbroken a World War II Story [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Top Items of the Year, and the Decade

Mirth and Merriment in the Erlanger Display Cases

We would like to invite you to stop by the Erlanger Branch and browse our front lobby display cases. We’ve turned them into a winter wonderland with all sorts of animals frolicking in the snow. Kids of all ages, as well as kids at heart, will enjoy the frosty vignettes of furry critters enjoying their frozen fantasyland. While in the building, be sure to fill out an entry form, located at the circulation and children's desks, for a chance to win a copy of the children’s book The Mitten. The drawing will be January 2, 2020. While looking at these charming beasties, we hope you will take notice of the beautiful children’s books on display. We’ve featured some animal tales with snowy settings. Be sure to ask a staff member for help if you see one (or more) you would like to check out – we encourage you to take them home with you. What better way to pass the time than with a fun book on a cold, winter day? If you are looking for additional fun activities, we have lots of festive events lined up this month at all our locations. Browse our calendar to see the complete list. We wish you glad wintry tidings! Written by: April Ritchie April is the Patron Experience Coordinator at the Erlanger Branch. She loves creating memorable experiences for library visitors.

By |December 18th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Mirth and Merriment in the Erlanger Display Cases

Love Hallmark Holiday Movies? Try These!

If you are a Hallmark movie junkie, you probably know that some of your favorites are also books! Can you find true love in a mall? In this book made into a Hallmark movie, yes. Check out The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans. Two strangers meet and agree to help each other out during the holidays by acting as a couple. They agree on "rules" of their arrangement but after getting to know one another, will they be able to keep their "Mistletoe Promise"?   Wrapped Up in Christmas Janice Lynn  A gift of warmth to heal two hearts… Sarah Smith in Pine Hill, Kentucky has had her heart broken in the past. She pours herself into her work at church and into special projects-like making a quilt for a wounded warrior. Bodie Lewis is lost. All he's ever wanted was his career as an Army Ranger, but he was injured in an explosion that killed his brothers in arms. In the hospital, he receives a handmade quilt. Later, he sets out on his final mission: to find and thank its maker. Bodie expected Sarah to be an elderly lady, not a lovely young woman. When she mistakes him for a handyman, he doesn't immediately set her straight. Instead, he sets about repairing the home she's turning into a bed and breakfast. Sarah's presence and the spirit of the small town bring Bodie something he thought he'd left far behind on the battlefield: hope.   Christmas In Evergreen Nancy Naigle A snowy small town. A snow globe that grants wishes. A love that's meant to be. Evergreen, Vermont is about to be in the rearview mirror of Allie Shaw's vintage red pickup truck. It's [...]

By |November 26th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Love Hallmark Holiday Movies? Try These!

Things to Do – Holiday Edition

Family, friends and a lot of fun activities are on tap as the Kenton County Public Library kicks off the holiday season a little early this week with a visit from Mrs. Claus. That’s right, Santa’s other half will be hosting a special visit at each of the library branches. Join her for stories, cookies and write your letter to Santa that she’ll personally deliver. Mrs. Claus will be at the Erlanger Branch Library this Wednesday, November 27 from 2-3 pm. She will visit the Covington Branch Library on Tuesday, December 3 from 4-5 pm. Her last stop will be at the Durr Branch Library on Saturday, December 7 from 1-2 pm. Santa Claus will be at the Durr Branch visit as well. Storytimes with Mrs. Claus are free to families and registration is not required. Additional holiday activities this week include storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers at all locations. The fun continues with the following programs:   No Sew Fleece Hats for Teens Monday, November 25, 5:30- 6:30 PM Erlanger Branch Library Teens are invited to make a warm fleece hat, without sewing!   Santa Claus, Crafts and Cookies! Sun., Dec. 1, 1:30-3 pm Erlanger Everyone Bring your camera and take a photo with Santa Claus. Decorate a holiday cookie and create holiday crafts.   Hot Chocolate Bar and a Movie Wed., Dec. 4, 4:30-6:30 pm Covington Enjoy a DIY hot chocolate bar, holiday cookies and the movie Elf. Teens only! Home for the Pawlidays: Cat Adoption Event Sat., Dec. 7, 1-3 pm Erlanger Join us for a heartwarming adoption event in support of Ohio Alleycat Resource, just in time for the pawlidays. Can’t adopt? Swing by to play with and read to [...]

By |November 25th, 2019|Categories: childrens, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Things to Do – Holiday Edition

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 [...]

By |November 11th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, History, KCPL, Local History and Genealogy|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on November is National Veteran and Military Families Month!

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 [...]

By |November 8th, 2019|Categories: A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Give Thanks – Thanksgiving Books for Children

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 [...]