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Giving to the Library

Did you know that there are many ways to give to the Kenton County Public Library Foundation? You can support the Library Foundation through Kroger Community Rewards, Amazon Smile, shop for a cause at boonsupply.com and via the general donation page, https://www.kentonlibrary.org/foundation. You can also sponsor a book, brick or wall tile in honor of someone (makes a great gift option for those who love the Library!).   General giving: If you would like to make a donation to the Library Foundation, please click here to use a credit card. If you would like to send a check, please make it payable to the Kenton County Public Library Foundation and either drop off at any Library location (Covington, Erlanger or Durr in Independence) or mail to 3095 Hulbert Dr., Erlanger, KY 41018. Please fill out the this document when donating with either cash or check (link to order form online).   Say Cheese…Amazon Smile  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates to your favorite charitable organization. If you shop at amazon, you can select the Kenton County Public Library Foundation as a recipient to a percentage of your purchase price. Learn more at, smile.amazon.com.   Honoring One Through a Book Know a reader? Honor their life, legacy or love of books by putting a book plate in a book of their liking. For a $25 donation, Library staff will work with you to identify the perfect book which will be marked with a special nameplate on the inside cover. Click here to complete online with credit card. If you prefer to pay with cash or check, please download this form and either mail to the library or bring it with you on your next visit.   [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Top 10 Little Known Library Services

Staff of the Kenton County Public Library get a lot of "I didn't know the library had that!" when responding to questions. In celebration of National Library Week, the following is a list of the top 10 little known library services:   1. Free Meeting Spaces Whether you have a need to gather 400 or four people, the Library has a meeting space for you. Spaces are free to reserve, and many have A/V capability. The use of meeting space is provided free of charge to individuals and groups for civic, educational, and philanthropic purposes. To learn more or reserve a space, go to kentonlibrary.org/aboutus/meeting-room-policy   2. Tool Lending In partnership with the Center for Great Neighborhoods, the Library offers Empower Tools. Anyone with a Kenton County Public Library card will be able to borrow tools for up to a week. Items available will include everything from a moisture meter or a pressure washer, to an electrician’s kit and a hand cultivator. Tool lending is free, but there will be a $5 late fee for every day a tool is past due. For a list of tools, visit, kentonlibrary.org/tools. Empower Tools operates from a storefront located at 305 Pike Street, Covington, KY 41011.       3. Notary Services Notary service is free and available at all locations. Please call to confirm availability (859) 962-4000. The Covington Branch requires an appointment for notary services. For more information including ID requirements, see kentonlibrary.org/notary-services.   4. Free Scanning Services Digitize and preserve your family photographs, documents, films and slides in the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Covington Branch. To arrange a one-on-one photograph scanning appointment call (859) 962-4070.   All branches offer a public scanning [...]

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

No Library Fines or Fees in April

For the first time in more than a decade, the Kenton County Public Library is offering amnesty of fines during April. In celebration of National Library Week and Children’s Book Week, if you have fines on your library card account, visit the Kenton County Public Library and speak to a staff member in April and those fines will be removed. This does not include lost or damaged items. This offer is good April 1-April 30, 2019. National Library Week , April 7- 13, 2019, is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. Additionally, the Library will observe Children’s Book Week from April 29 to May 5, one of the longest-running national celebrations of books for young people and the joy of reading.   “Libraries are evolving and changing daily,” said Dave Schroeder, Executive Director. “Many people are still of the mindset that it’s a quiet place full of books. While the library still has books, it also offers an array of programs and events for all ages, maker spaces, professional workshops for job seekers, and is an office to those who can work or study remotely.”   “We wanted to remove any barriers that were prohibiting people from using their library,” stated Schroeder. There are over 157,000 people with a Kenton County Public Library card. Of this, there are 34,864 borrowers with fines greater than $10, which is the limit that prevents them from being able to check items out.” “April is a great time for spring cleaning. We [...]

By |April 2nd, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

Books in Bloom

It has been said that “the promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter.” Well, I think we are all ready for a change in seasons. There are many new books about spring that offer a respite from the gloomy days of winter. So, while anticipating spring’s arrival, why not check out what’s blooming at the library. A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Spring Books Bloom Bloom! by April Pulley Sayre Sayre is an award-winning author and photo-illustrator, and this book does not disappoint. This is an exceptional book celebrating an array of different flowering plants. The sparse text is accompanied by visually stunning photographs. Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Spring Smiles by Kallie George, illus. by Oriol Vidal There’s lots to explore on a sunny, spring day but will Spike’s sneezes get in the way? This early reader is a springtime delight. Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs A little boy longs for an outdoor space where he can grow things. A community garden evolves. This diverse book is an engaging story and even works as an early reader. Bright illustrations accompany the brief text. Flowers by Gail Gibbons This book is an introduction to the basics and life cycle of flowers. Gibbons is well known for her non-fiction for young readers having published more than 170 titles. Her watercolor and pen and ink illustrations provide a visual feast! Gabi’s If/Then Garden by Caroline Karanja, illus. by Ben Whitehouse This book is part of the Code Play series. Children are introduced to coding concepts through garden planting and backyard play. Gardening with Emma by Emma Biggs Enthusiastic and passionate thirteen-year-old Emma shares her love of gardening. She provides lots [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

2019 Oscars

I'm a huge Queen fan and I love the movie Bohemian Rhapsody so no surprise that I was thrilled when Rami Malek won best actor. Never seeing Mr. Robot, I was not familiar with Malek's work. I almost didn't see the movie, worried it wouldn't be a proper tribute to Freddie Mercury, who I believe no one can replace. But my husband and three of our children wanted to see it so we headed to the theater. I literally forgot at times that I wasn't really watching Freddie. They couldn't have picked a better actor than Malek to portray Freddie Mercury. I  loved Malek's acceptance speech. He seemed truly sincere and appreciative. I have to say I was also excited to see that he and Lucy Boynton are dating in real life. Even though the movie is still in theaters, you can already check it out from the library. Of course there is a wait but hopefully it won't be too long since we have 39 copies. The original soundtrack on CD is also available for checkout. You can also stream the soundtrack through Hoopla with your library card number. Bohemian Rhapsody and Black Panther seemed to be the big winners of the night. Black Panther won for music (original score), costume design and production design. In addition to best leading actor, Bohemian also won for film editing, sound editing and sound mixing. I was surprised that A Star is Born didn't win more than original song (Shallow). I'll be honest, I haven't seen a lot of the other movies that were nominated so I can't speak to the actors in them or the films. I was really hoping Bohemian Rhapsody would win best picture [...]

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

Empower Tools Opens for 2019

  Dreaming about your garden or your spring cleanup and home improvement projects?  Stop by Empower Tools to check out our home improvement tools before you start. Empower Tools opens this Wednesday February 20 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. for the new season.  We will be open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this season to give folks the best chance to get the tools they need for your  DIY projects. To ensure the most people can benefit from this program all borrowers must have a current Kenton County Public Library Card.  If you don’t have one, stop by your nearest library with a valid ID and a piece of current mail to pick one up. If you do have one, remember to check that it is current and all information is up to date. In addition we will be asking borrowers to email us at CovingtonEmpowerTools@gmail.com with the following information: Your name Your Kenton County Public Library Card number Your street address Your phone number Your email. You will be contacted by Empower Tools and Library staff to verify the information.  Once verified you will be notified that your Library Card can be used to borrow Empower Tools.  We will contact you within five (5) business days of your email. Looking forward to a successful second season.  

By |February 19th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Hamilton is Coming to Cincinnati

A remarkable story of how a group of inspired mavericks made an unlikely marriage of hip-hop and history to create the biggest show on Broadway   Hamilton Soundtrack   Hamilton Mixtape   The Revolution gives listeners an unprecedented insight into Hamilton, from the only two writers able to provide it.   Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.    

By |February 16th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

5 Tips for Researching Your African-American Ancestry

Photograph of the congregation at First Colored Baptist Church in Covington. Courtesy of the collection of Ted Harris and available online at Kenton County Public Library's Faces and Places Historic Northern Kentucky Photograph Database. February is Black History Month, and a good time to focus on researching your African-American ancestry. We've put together a list of 5 tips to help you get started researching your African-American family history. Talk to living family members and write down what you know. Ask for names, birth and death dates, burial locations, obituaries, photographs or anything else that may help you with your research. There are lots of free genealogy forms online, like family charts and group sheets. Visit CyndisList, Ancestry, and Mid-Continent Public Library for free, downloadable charts and group sheets. Visit any branch of the Kenton County Public Library and use our databases! Popular genealogy databases include: Ancestry.com (free inside any branch of the Kenton County Public Library), FamilySearch.org, and the Chicago Defender (African-American newspaper with coverage from 1909-1975). Start with the 1940 United States Census and work your way back. Follow your direct ancestors through the U.S. censuses. If you have trouble finding ancestors in censuses, follow their siblings – you might find a connection to the next generation more easily by searching for their siblings. Getting past the 1870 & 1860 censuses can be difficult, but looking at the families who lived around your ancestors may provide you with clues. Former slaves often did not move far away after emancipation. If you think your ancestors were slaves, look at the white families living nearby your ancestors in the 1870 census. Then, look at those families in the 1860 census to learn if they were slave-holders. You [...]

Great Middle Grade Reads

The American Library Association announced their annual awards on Monday, January 28. You can see the winners here. But if you are looking for some more great reads for your kids, check out these books the Erlanger children’s department staff loved in 2018: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Flight of Swans by Sarah McGuire Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo Sweep the Story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty   Realistic The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss Breakout by Kate Messner Front Desk by Kelly Yang The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon Miscalculations of Lighting Girl by Stacy McAnulty   Historical Fiction The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis The Button War by Avi My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver   Graphic Novels Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol All Summer Long by Hope Larson Crush by Svetlana Chmakova   Mystery/Thriller/Horror The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson Winterhouse by Ben Guterson Small Spaces by Katherine Arden   Nonfiction Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented by Tanya Lee Stone Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word by Sarah Jane Marsh Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton by Margaret McNamara Hidden Dangers: Seek and Find 13 of the World’s Deadliest Animals by Lola M Schaefer   Written by Lisa Clark, Jill Frasher, and Maria Parker. They all work at the Erlanger branch and can be found working the children's reference desk or doing programs.

By |February 5th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

10 Ways to Spend Your Snow Day

Local schools have had a lot of delays and snow/cold days recently. Kids are usually bored by mid-morning but the Kenton County Public Library has you covered whether you can get to the library safely or stuck at home. We have 10 ways for your to spend your snow day: Programs! Programs! Programs! Check the Library program calendar to see what types of events are happening that day. The Library offers storytimes, kindergarten readiness, art and movie programs regularly. Can you get to the Library safely but don't want to get out of the car? Go to our website to put books, movies and video games on hold and pick them up at the drive-thru window. Or come on in and browse the shelves. Once you have your items, read as a family. DIY crafts all day long! You can check craft books out from the Library (reserve them online) or check out ideas from local bloggers like 365 Days of Crafts, A Little Moore, Carla Schauer Studio or A Bird and a Bean. There are several other great local crafting blogs around as well.  Entertain the family with Hoopla. It allows you to INSTANTLY borrow digital music, e-books, TV shows and movies. Have a dance party using Hoopla or Freegal. Hoopla allows you to instantly borrow digital music and Freegal allows you to download and KEEP five songs per week. You just need your library card number and Internet access. . Visit the STREAM Center at the Erlanger Branch or the Maker Space at the Covington Branch. Kids will love the 3Doodler, 3D printer, snap circuits, Legos, craft supplies, button maker, Ozobots, Goldieblox and so much more at the STREAM Center. Just be sure [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments