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DUKE Energy Becomes a Partner in Library’s STEM Efforts

If you have driven by the Erlanger Branch Library recently, you may have wondered what’s going on. Last fall, construction started on three projects at the branch: a makerspace, a large auditorium/meeting room and a separate building to house the administration offices. Far left Executive Director, Dave Schroeder, Board of Trustees (left to right): Douglas Stephens, Louise Canter, Susan Mospens, Casey Ruschman (Duke Energy), Julie Roesel Belton, Dan Humpert On Tuesday, May 15, Duke Energy gave a big boost to this anxiously awaited project. Duke Energy presented the Kenton County Public Library Board of Trustees with a $10,000 grant that will go towards materials and equipment for the new makerspace. Republic Bank was the first sponsor of the makerspace with a donation of $5,000. Schultz Marketing and Communications and The Lawrence Firm, PSC, have also contributed.   Many ask “what is a makerspace?”  By definition, it is a place in which people with shared interests, especially in computing or technology, can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. The Library provides the space, equipment and materials, and visitors are the makers.   The Library’s Executive Director Dave Schroeder explains why this space is so important.  “As we look toward the future, we realize there is great need for a stronger focus to provide STEM and STEAM related activities.  STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking[1].  However we at the Library have realized that while STEM and STEAM are wonderful movements, there is one critical component being left out – reading.”   Schroeder goes on to explain, “Without having a strong [...]

Lawsuit Against Kentucky Libraries Over – Libraries Prevail

A lawsuit that has threatened the funding of more than 100 libraries in the state of Kentucky has come to an end. On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Kentucky Supreme Court let stand the March 19, 2015 decision of the Kentucky Court of Appeals which that the Library acted in good faith according to the correct statute in determining its annual tax rates. “We are pleased that both the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court have recognized that the way that the Library has been setting our tax rate is legal and proper and has been so for the last 40+ years,” stated Kenton County Public Library Executive Director Dave Schroeder. “We can now focus all of our energy on providing the best service and materials to the residents of Northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati.”

By |December 14th, 2015|Categories: KCPL, Library in the News|0 Comments

Erlanger Library children’s room has new look

Erlanger Library children’s room has new look Melissa Stewart, ERLANGER – The children’s area of the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library has a new look. The branch’s children’s services coordinator, Lise Tewes, said the staff decided to rearrange and update the children’s area when new flooring was put down throughout the library. Read the full article at

By |January 29th, 2015|Categories: Library in the News|0 Comments

Book tickets to the library’s Taste of Kenton County

Book tickets to the library’s Taste of Kenton County Two dozen restaurants and caterers will be featured at the Taste of Kenton County from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Kenton County Public Library’s Covington branch, 502 Scott Blvd. Tickets for the adults-only event cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets include food, while supplies last, and two wine tickets as well as unlimited nonalcoholic drinks. The Taste of Kenton County is presented by the Kenton County Public Library Foundation and proceeds will be used to provide programs and services at the libraries. Continue Reading on

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Kids get a taste of World War I technology Kamellia Soenjoto Smith, Community Recorder Contributor ERLANGER – "There's nothing cool about World War I," instructor Ethan Palmer began. "It was horrifying and should never be repeated." It was a conflict that introduced the world to machine guns, chemical weapons and the inhuman life of trench warfare. But it also brought about great advances in aviation. On Aug. 21 about 20 kids from grades 6 to 12 participated in a program called STEAM Explorers at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library. They came to learn about the history of World War I and to understand the secrets of flying. Read the complete article at Sign up for an upcoming STEAM Explorers program

It’s Never Too Early to Teach a Child to Read

Library in the News... Never too early to teach a child to read By Amy Schardein , Kenton County Public Library When I tell people I'm a children's librarian at the Kenton County Public Library who specializes in early childhood work they usually ask me if I teach babies to read. That is not what we do at the library. We teach children and their parents how to develop early literacy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can read or write. When children have strong early literacy skills they will be ready to learn to read. Finish reading this article at

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Kenton County Public Library to Host Job Fair and Job Search Assistance at Covington Branch

The Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library will be hosting a job fair on Thursday January 30th. Spokesperson Natalie Ruppert says they’re also offering a variety of job search assistance programs on a monthly basis. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Ruppert what kind of help is being offered to people who are looking for work. Listen here: By Matt Kelley

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Covington library completes massive renovation

The Covington Branch of the Kenton County Library has recently undergone a massive remodeling, inside and out, of the 39-year old facility on the corner of 5th and Scott. Executive Director Dave Schroeder joins Anne Arenstein to talk about the renovations, what’s new inside the building and some of the expanded resources available there for the community. Listen to the Interview on WVXU's website.      

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Big ‘Battleship’ game sinks winter break boredom

INDEPENDENCE — Two armadas battled at sea along a grid marked by masking tape on a Saturday afternoon at the William E. Durr branch of the Kenton County Public Library. Read the entire story and see the video: Posted  Dec. 31, 2013 by Amy Scalf at    

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