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Free Friday Hoopla Video – Saving Fiona

The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo On a cold January day in 2017, nearly two months before due date, Nile hippopotamus Bibi gave her keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden a big surprise: a tiny newborn hippo, no bigger than a football. The first premature hippo born and raised in captivity, baby Fiona was an underdog from the start: she couldn't nurse, she couldn't stay hydrated, and she wasn't thriving. But the staff at the zoo knew they could save her. They had to study the makeup of hippo milk for the first time ever and reach out to medical colleagues, including a team at the local children's hospital with superior vein-finding skills, to ensure that Fiona would begin to gain weight and become healthy. She soon became an internet sensation, her pictures and videos garnering thousands and thousands of likes and fans on Instagram and Facebook. Now a Fiona appearance at the Zoo mimics a Beatles concert. But what made this little hippo such a big hit all over the world? And what's in store for her and her family?

By |August 17th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Library of Things

Telescopes, binoculars, yard games…not what you typically associate with a library. However, that is not the case at the Kenton County Public Library. The Library is broadening its collection of items they provide to the public and are calling it the Library of Things.   You might be wondering “what are these things and how can I get them?” The easiest way to check out all that’s offered is to go to the catalog and type in Library of Things. There are nearly 600 items available however you can narrow down your search. To the left of the screen are some categories to search or you can just scroll through the offerings. While there is something for just about everyone in the Library of Things (DSLR camera, giant Jenga-like game, old school gaming systems) here are the top ten requested items:   Top 10 Most Requested Items on Hold Super Nintendo entertainment system : classic game console Sega genesis : classic game console Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Dobsonian Reflector telescope KCPL Wifi Hotspot Maker kit #03 [kit] : Virtual Reality kit Maker kit #02 [kit] : ozobots STREAM kit : ACE 300 metal detector Atari flashback 7 : classic game console deluxe STREAM kit : Canon DSLR camera and tripod Maker kit #05 [kit] : code & go robot mouse   Top 10 Most Checked Out Items Wifi Hotspot Portable DVD Player Brother Sewing Machine GoSports Giant Toppling Tower Toss Boss Larger Ring Toss Game CD Player Rollors Baden Champions Series Bocce Ball set Original Molkky ZINK Zero Ink hAppy Smart App Printer RPG Kit Ukulele Kit   To place these items on hold, or check out if they are available, all you need is a [...]

By |August 16th, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Personalizing Your Gifts at the Library

I am not originally from Northern Kentucky but my husband’s family is. And as with most Northern Kentucky families, their roots run deep. As our family runs errands he will often point out where his grandpa lived, his friends’ houses, where he played baseball, where he went to school and such. But on one trip to Covington he drove down Holman Avenue and said his (paternal) grandpa owned a bar there.   I didn’t pay too much attention until one day when one of my colleagues gave me an old photo. It was a picture of a city street, probably from the 1950’s. He said he noticed that the name on the bar said Klaene’s. I showed it to my husband and indeed, it was his grandpa’s bar. I’ve had the photo for years and always wanted to make a t-shirt of it as a surprise for my husband. However, I had no clue where to start. Fortunately, in the past few months the Kenton County Public Library has invested in items for their makerspaces. One of those items happened to be a heat press located at the Covington branch library. I made an appointment with a staff member to help me with this project. To make an appointment, call the Covington Reference Desk at (859) 962-4071 and fill out the form below.   The project itself was pretty easy. I purchased a few t-shirts from Michael’s Arts & Crafts. I was informed that 100% cotton works best and that polyester does not. I scanned the photo and put it on a flash drive so it was ready to go. Working with Gary and Kathy at the Covington branch library, we pulled up my photo. [...]

By |August 14th, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Get Certified in New Skills for Free

Last year, I started thinking about going back to school. I had been out of college for several years and I had a couple subjects I was interested in. After taking a few graduate level classes at NKU, I still didn’t have a clear idea of what my end goal would be. Plus, taking classes can be very expensive. That’s when I discovered Gale Courses, a database offered by the library. As long as you have a library card, you are able to take any of the classes offered on the site. For free! These are instructor-led classes on a myriad of subjects, mostly focusing on personal and professional development. Each class lasts for around six weeks. Two lessons are released every week (one on Wednesdays, one on Fridays). You can sign on when you want and go through the lessons at your leisure. It is user-friendly and easy. The best part is the classes are not graded, except for the final test (if you pass, you get a certificate of completion). You can really work at your own pace. There is nothing to lose if you decide a class isn’t for you or if life gets too busy.   So far, I have completed two classes: one on editing and one on writing. I am currently taking a sign language class, which has been great. I’ve learned a lot through these classes and I’ve only had positive experiences. I like that each lesson is a mixture of readings, activities, quizzes, and discussion topics. It has given me the opportunity to strengthen skills I already have and to explore others that I am interested in. Some of the subjects you can take are: accounting, drawing, [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

Celebrating National Summer Learning Day All Summer Long!

Thursday, July 12, 2018 was designated as National Summer Learning Day.  It’s a day to focus attention on the importance of providing all children with enriching and educational experiences throughout the summer vacation months.  Research shows that children in poverty are most likely to suffer from lack of enriching experiences during the summer.  These same children are then more likely to fall behind their peers when school begins in the fall, due to the lack of engagement and learning during the summer. Summer learning is a priority at the Kenton County Public Library, and we make it a priority all summer long, not just for a day!  Both inside our Library buildings and out in the community, KCPL staff members are working hard to make sure all children have the kind of educational and recreational experiences they need to continue learning throughout the summer. Of course, one of the most important things that children need to do during the summer is to READ!  To encourage reading, KCPL’s Summer Reading Club provides incentive prizes.  Our Summer Reading Club goes from June 1-August 31, so there is still time to participate! For children ages 2-12:  Read 5 books, or 2.5 hours, and win a free book!  Read 5 more books, or another 2.5 hours, and win a special tee shirt or a drawstring bag.   To participate, stop in any library location and pick up a booklog, or register online.           Library storytimes at all locations keep our youngest children engaged and entertained! Preschoolers enjoy Rise ‘N Shine Storytime on Monday mornings at Erlanger.                 Music, Motion and Stories with Mr. Joel the Singing [...]

By |July 26th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Pep up Your Party with the Stream Center

Hosting a party can be expensive but the STREAM Center and Maker Spaces at the Kenton County Public Library can make it more affordable. Start by making the invitations for free in the STREAM Center at the Erlanger Branch. You can reserve the letterpress by clicking here. I ordered a personalized poster from etsy (electronic version only) for my husband's 50th birthday. The design cost less than $10. I was able to print in on the poster printer for about $15. It even has a sticky back so I was able to hang it with no tape. To make it better, we can use it over and over thanks to the sticky back. You could use any design you create as well. All you pay for is the material you use. You must schedule an appointment by clicking here. I ordered a vinyl banner online when my daughter graduated last year. With coupons, it cost about $30. It would have definitely cost less at the STREAM Center since I would have only paid for materials. This 3x4 banner cost $16.50 in the STREAM Center. You can also make party favors for on the 3D printer or button maker for a minimal cost. Key chains made on the 3D printer. These key chains cost about $1 each. You could make the design of your choice. The batman cookie cutter was also made on the 3D printer.   I made buttons from special pictures of my husband and family members to give to our party guests who attended his birthday party. Buttons cost 15 cents each.   Does your party have a theme? Or your child have a favorite animal? [...]

By |July 10th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Making @ The Library: Fairy Gardens

With summer in full swing it’s time to work on the garden! (when it’s not 100 degrees out). Have you ever heard of a fairy garden? A fairy garden is a small “garden” with whimsical figurines like dwarfs, fairies, cottages and other small items. They are lots of fun to create! Did you know you can make a fairy garden using 3D printed figurines? Small figurines can be pretty pricey at the store but using the 3D printer at the STREAM center allows you to print out small items to put in your fairy garden! Below is how I created my fairy garden: I started with a pot, some soil and 2 small moss plants from the garden store. I then went to the STREAM center for some help! The STREAM center staff showed me a website called Thingiverse were you are able to download 3D modeled objects to print. I found small mushrooms, fairies, stepping stones, a bridge and more. I filled out a 3D print request form and gave it to the STREAM center staff and they gave me a call when my prints were completed. I specifically asked for them to print some of the objects in white so that I could paint over them. I decided to add a rock and also a plastic cap (from an old drink) to create a pond. Some of the items I 3D printed: 3D printed fairy & bridge: The completed project:   Whether it’s a fairy garden, pencil holder, chess set, key chain, etc. There are SO many things that you could 3D print. I suggest checking out Thingiverse OR 3D modeling your items and then contacting the staff at the STREAM center. They [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Hello, Summer!

“Hello, Summer!”   June 21 marks the beginning of summer, and in our opinion, the best season of all. We spent many childhood summers swimming in the ocean, playing in the park, and just enjoying being outdoors. Now, though we spend most summers working, we still love this time of year and all that is has to offer.  Get your summer off to a great start with some great books that capture the essence of the season.  Our suggestions of books will hopefully make you want to explore and enjoy summer all the more.   A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Summer   New Summer Books Bitty Bot’s Big Beach Getaway by Tim McCanna, illus. by Tad Carpenter Bitty Bot the robot is bored at the beach until he and a few new friends build a submarine and take it on an underwater adventure. This is a very playful story told in rhyming text.         A Campfire Tail by Sarah Glenn Marsh, illus. by Ana Gómez Though Dragon doesn’t fit in at summer camp, he comes through in the end, teaching a valuable lesson about friendship. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and should keep children engaged.           Celebrating the Fourth of July by Maddie Spalding A new book featuring the traditions associated with this patriotic holiday. Instructions for a craft activity are included as well.         Day at the Beach by Tom Booth Building sandcastles at the beach makes for a fun afternoon, but Gideon soon realizes that there’s more fun to be had by working together rather than alone.  The artwork is rendered in animation style.     [...]

Traveling Atlanta

This was my fourth trip to Atlanta. I went with my kids Andi and Joey when they were young, my husband about four years ago, Andi and her best friend Sophie two years ago and just Joey, who is 16, earlier this month. This was mine and Joey's first mother/son only trip and it was great. We are lucky enough to have friends in Atlanta to stay with. With only living eight hours away, I have driven twice and flown twice. Joey and I flew on Frontier Airlines for only $35 each, round trip. I lucked out by finding a flash sale. We packed in a backpack that fit under the seat so no baggage fees were required. We didn't pay for assigned seats but still ended up sitting next to each other on both flights. I have seen and done a lot in Atlanta and surrounding areas since I have been there so many times. So here are my seven favorite things to do in Atlanta. Take movie tour with Atlanta Movie Tours. I have been on two; The Hero Tour and the Victory Tour. The Victory Tour was a three hour guided tour of several spots where the Hunger Games movies were filmed. We even got to hang out in President Snow's "mansion." The Hero Tour was a three hour guided tour of where several superhero movies were toured. We saw where they played basketball in Black Panther, where Peter Parker stopped the bank robbers and ate with Aunt May, where the Avengers headquarters is located, shooting locations from Ant Man and the Avengers Infinity War and so much more. We also drove by several sets where filming was actively taking place. We [...]

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books by Becca

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books by Becca Becca Stadtlander is a rising star in the world of children’s illustration, and she lives right here in her hometown of Covington, Kentucky. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her work has been featured on stationery and greeting cards, home decor products, and editorial publications, as well as both young adult and children's books. Becca describes herself as “a freelance illustrator and fine artist, inspired by the beauty of everyday objects, the comforts of home, and the lush colors and landscapes of far-off places." Cecilia and I have had the recent pleasure of getting to know Becca. We’ve visited her studio and have heard her speak at various venues, including the prestigious Mazza Children’s Literature Conference. Many months ago, the Kenton County Public Library approached Becca about creating the artwork for this year’s summer reading club. That artwork is currently featured on our summer calendar as well as the t-shirts that children can earn by reading. We think Becca is fabulous. Take a look at her books and check out her website, www.beccastadtlander.com . We’re sure you’ll agree! Meet Becca at the Erlanger Branch Monday, June 18, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Meet the Illustrator 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Art with Becca* Meet Becca at the Durr Branch Monday, July 30, 2018 6:00 PM - Art with Becca* 7:30 PM - Meet the Illustrator *Registration Required  Becca’s Books Look! What Do You See?: An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs by Bing Xu, illus. by Becca Stadtlander When you first glance at this book, Becca’s lovely folk art illustrations appear to be accompanied by Chinese [...]