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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Courting of Ginny Hilton

  Valentine, sent in February of 1929. Hail February, the month of roses and lace and stamps on Valentine cards; a prime time for a story of Northern Kentucky Love! Here’s one: Bernard Wright Southgate Jr., son of Bernard Wright Southgate Sr. and Lallie Kennedy, married Virginia D. Hilton on the 17th of September in 1929. Romantic, I suppose, if a bit dry. One can sit at any of our computers and find that information on Ancestry.com for free, like I just did.   However, what Ancestry doesn’t have is much more interesting. Now available on geNKY, the Southgate courtship letters tell a much more relatable tale. Virginia Southgate (at the time, a Hilton) kept all the letters Bernard sent her through their extensive five-year courtship, even as they both attended school and changed residences. Even though we can only hear his half of the conversation, we have a unique look into the fancies and follies between postmarks and biographical milestones. The first letter is dated the 11th of May, in 1924, from Buffalo, West Virginia, and in it, he writes that he was surprised to receive her letter. It is quite possible (and in fact, likely, from the way he describes her personality in his future notes) that Virginia wrote first.  He does tell us she even illustrated her letters! Unfortunately, we do not possess any of those, though there are a few doodles to be seen at the bottom corner of some pages, like a Tokyo sunrise, and a black cat in a dark cellar at midnight. Bernard is modest about his artistic talents. Virginia, or, as he refers to her, “Ginny”,  starts out in her family home at 15 Calhoun St., [...]

Galentine’s Day at the Library

Attention world, Galentine's Day is fast approaching! You may have already marked the occasion on your calendar or you may be scratching your chin in confusion at this turn of phrase. For those that have not already embraced this beautiful land mermaid of a holiday let me give you a brief history.    A little show known as "Parks and Recreation" let it be known to all us mere mortals that Galentine's Day would forever and always be February 13th; otherwise known as the day before Valentine's Day. Traditionally, the second week of February has been devoted to celebrating romantic love but the glory of Leslie Knope's creation is that it celebrates the awesomeness of female friendships. Our gal pals are with us all year long. They listen to us complain, they shoulder our tears, they dance it out with us, and they make us laugh harder than is probably healthy. Why haven't we already been celebrating them!?        This year you can celebrate with us! The Erlanger Branch Library is having a Galentine's Day celebration February 7th at 7:00 PM. We'll be making our BFFs Galentine's Day cards, watching the two hilarious Galentine Day episodes of Parks and Rec as well as stuffing our faces with waffles at our waffle bar.        After you hang out with us at Erlanger you can wander over to the Durr Branch on the actual Galentine's Day, February 13th, for a full day of galentine shenanigans. Starting at 11:00 AM with everyone's favorite meal: brunch with (you guessed it) waffles! Movies will be playing through the afternoon with an enviable array of crafting choices until 4:30 PM when you'll be able to paint ceramic [...]

Learn Something New Today with Free Online Classes From the Library!

Learn something new today with Gale Courses, an instructor led online course. Why take a Gale Course: Easy: Sign up with your Library card Free: No fees required Accessible: Courses can be accessed anywhere, any time, on any computer with internet access. Engagement: Online discussion areas bring the learner and instructor together for feedback and encouragement. Flexibility: Learn on your own time Recognition: Patrons receive a "Record of Completion" certificate after successfully finishing a course. What Courses are Available? Career and Professional Accounting Business and Management Certification Prep Grant Writing and Nonprofit Healthcare Law and Legal Sales and Marketing Start Your Own Business Teaching and Education Veterinary Computers and Technology Basic Computer Literacy Certification Prep Computer Applications Database Management Graphic and Multimedia Design The Internet PC Networking and Security Web and Computer Programming Personal Development Arts Children, Parents and Family Digital Photography Health and Wellness Job Search Languages Personal Enrichment Personal Finance Test Prep Writing and Publishing Business Writing Creative Writing Grant Writing Publishing … and hundreds more!

By |January 18th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , |0 Comments

87 Years of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky History Added to Kenton County Public Library Database

The Historical Cincinnati Enquirer Database now covers 1841-2009. The expanded date range offers 87 more years of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky news coverage. The database contains digitized scans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, viewable in PDF format. The database is keyword searchable and also searchable by a specific date or page number. Articles can be saved to your computer or printed. Patrons can access the database at any branch of the Kenton County Public Library and at home with their Kenton County Public Library card. If you are looking for something in the Kentucky Post, Kentucky Times-Star, or other Northern Kentucky newspapers, the Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index contains indexed entries to these newspapers. You can view the Kentucky Post and Kentucky Times-Star on microfilm, in the Local history and Genealogy Department at the Covington branch. The Local History and Genealogy Department is located on the upper level of the building. Reach us at (859)962-4070 or history@kentonlibrary.org if you have questions about researching the database. Cierra Earl, MA, Local History and Genealogy Programmer, Covington branch

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, History, KCPL|0 Comments

Holiday Fiction for Adults

Get into the holiday spirit with a great book. Print this list Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere The New York Times bestselling author of the timeless The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope is back with this moving and uplifting story about finding love, hope, and family in unexpected places.             Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand   Some of the stormy weather of the past few seasons seems to have finally lifted for the Quinns. Kevin is about to tie the knot with Isabelle, and there's hopeful news about Bart, who has been captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan. That doesn't mean there aren't a few dark clouds on the horizon as the family juggle health scares and love triangles. But if there's one holiday that brings the Quinn family together, it's Christmas. And this year promises to be a celebration unlike any other as they prepare to host Kevin and Isabelle's wedding at the inn.         Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans Mourning her husband's abandonment and the loss of her stillborn child, Kelly begins an anonymous blog about her losses and catches the attention of fellow lonely-heart Tyler. By the best-selling author of The Christmas Box           Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays by Mike MacDonald & Jilly Gagnon Christmas is full of fun surprises for kids, but for adults, it's just an endless series of aggressive crowds, overwhelming credit card debt, and pretending to like the people you're forced to spend it with. Once you unwrap all the holiday misery hiding in these pages, the blackness of your heart will rival any lump of coal.           [...]

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

13 Reasons to Watch Fuller House

By Gina Stegner I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to find out Fuller House, basically an extension of Full House, was being made last year. I binge watched the new show on Netflix in two days. When I heard we would find out who D.J. Tanner married, how she became single, what had happened in Kimmy Gibbler’s life, see Stephanie all grown up, hear the jokes about Michelle and see Danny, Uncle Jessy and Joey again I thought… “Have Mercy!” I grew up with Full House, my kids watched reruns. I could relate to the Tanner girls. And now, D.J. is all grown up and a mom just like me. Pretty cool. To make it even better, Fuller House is releasing a second season on Dec. 9 on Netflix. According to TV Guide, D.J. will continue to find herself in a love triangle, Stephanie will find a weird new boyfriend and Kimmy will try to move on from her ex-husband. So why should you watch? The 13 top reasons, in no certain order, to watch the second season of Fuller House on Netflix: Rumor has it that the New Kids on the Block will appear in at least one episode. Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner) hints that we will learn more about her and Kimmy’s kids this season. D.J. will choose between her high school sweetheart Steve and work romance Matt. D.J.’s ex-boyfriend Nelson, played by someone other than the original Nelson, will make an appearance on the show. We will finally meet Kimmy Gibbler’s brother. D.J.’s ex-best friend Kathy Santoni (also portrayed by a different actor) will make an appearance. We will meet Joey’s wife and kids. Kimmy’s brother is rumored to be Stephanie’s boyfriend (Oh [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

A Few Great Local Reading Spots You Should Try

The equinox is upon us and with it the official end of summer and the end of the summer reading season. It’s the end of beach reads, the end of long audiobooks for summer road trips, and the end of filling up our Kindles with all the books that didn’t fit in our carry-on bags. It's the time when we say goodbye to the freedoms of summer vacation and get back to the daily grind of work and school and life. But, September also seems to be the time when we lose something beyond the hit we take to our free time. It’s also the time when we lose something less quantifiable, something I would refer to as the spirit of summer reading. After all, more time spent reading isn’t the only benefit summer vacations provide to our reading lives. Summer vacations also involve travel and this traveling allows us the physical space in which to immerse ourselves in the narrative of a book in a way we may struggle to do in our day to day reading lives. When we have the opportunity to step out of our usual places of home, work, and school, we aren’t just allowing our bodies to wander, but our minds as well. When we read in a new location we are setting the tone for our reading experience, one that allows us the opportunity to open our minds to new ideas and helps us to reach that ultimate goal of every reader: being totally “lost in a book”. It seems a shame, then, that this sort of escape has been limited to only one brief part of our year. After all, we may not have the freedom to [...]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Adults, Around the Community, KCPL|0 Comments

How to Prep for Your Child’s Senior Year

Okay, I admit it... this title is misleading. My daughter Andi is a senior in high school and I'm not really sure what the best way to prep for senior year is but I can tell you some of the do's and don'ts we have learned along the way. I will say you should start preparing before freshman year even starts. Draft a plan for the next four years that includes what classes your student will take and when. Make sure you cover all of the requirements and then figure out what electives your child might want to take. Andi changed her mind throughout the years on the electives but at least we had a plan and knew exactly what had to be taken to meet her graduation requirements. Decide with your child if they will take advanced or college placement classes and do your research. Not all colleges accept AP credits and even some of the credits accepted do not actually give you the general study credit you need. Your teen must pass the AP test, a college exam, at the end of the year to even receive the credits. Although some colleges accept a weighted GPA (a B is an A if it's an AP course), not all colleges do. Since high school students are taking college level courses in the 10th and 11th grades, they don't always score as high as they would if it was a regular course. This will impact their GPA. Along with your student, decide if you want to focus on college credits, rigor or GPA. Andi and her best friend touring Georgia State University Most colleges require students to have two consecutive years of a foreign [...]

Read for Prizes!

You still have time to win awesome prizes just for reading! Summer Reading Club kicked off June 1 and runs until August 31. Children, teens and adults can all win cool prizes. Families -Pick up a family bingo card from any of the three branches and complete it for a chance to win a Cincinnati Family Zoo membership. Adults - One winner will be drawn each week. Prizes include gift cards to local places. - Earn one raffle ticket for every checkout receipt. - Not sure what to read? Check out our suggested reading list. Teens - Visit kentonlibrary.org/92days or the library reference desk to fill out an entry form -One winner per week will be drawn each week for prizes like a Nintendo DS and Beats headphones. Grand prize is an iPad 2! -Looking for reading suggestions? Check our suggested YA reading list. Children (Ages 2-12) -Pick up a book log and start reading or listening to books. -After five books, or 2.5 hours of reading, return the log to receive a free book. -After 10 books, 5 hours of reading, return the log to receive a T-shirt or backpack and enter to win the grand prize - an iPad Mini! -Keep reading for more chances to win the grand prize. -Ask the library staff for book suggestions perfect for your child. Facebook Giveaways -Follow our Facebook page for chances to win daily prizes. Stop by a branch or visit www.kentonlibrary.org for more information. Pick up a calendar or visit our event page to see all of the free programs we offer.

Licking Riverside Historic Walking Tour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP3aw2E0r2Q An eclectically-styled multifamily home on Garrard. Look for the two decorative panels with owls on the facade. Perhaps you’ve driven through Covington’s Licking Riverside neighborhood many times, but have you ever taken the time to stroll along tree-lined Garrard Street or admired the slate shingles and ironwork on the homes of Greenup Street? This summer, the Local History and Genealogy department is presenting weekly tours that highlight the structures and stories of this historic neighborhood. The Licking Riverside Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The district has many examples of different types of historic architecture that date from the mid-1800s to the early 20th century. The tour passes homes of the Greek Revival, Italianate, Bungalow, and eclectic Victorian Vernacular styles. Over a hundred years of architectural history often mingle on a single picturesque block. This victorian vernacular home on Greenup has Queen Anne inspired detailing such as the fish scale wall cladding and asymmetrical profile. Licking Riverside has been home many of Covington’s elite, including legislators, local political figures, doctors, and mayors. Many of the beautiful homes were also built as multifamily residences, apartments, and duplexes. It is also the home of the historic Covington Ladies Home at 702 Garrard, which was built in that location in 1894. Education and the arts are also prominent in the neighborhoods’ history. The Rugby at 622 Sanford Street began as Reverend William Orr’s Covington Female Seminary. Founded after 1856, the current building at 702 Greenup that was once La Salette Academy. Down the street, the Baker Hunt campus includes the former Covington Arts Club building and still continues the tradition of art instruction today. Along [...]