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10 Things you May not Know about the Library’s Website

Our old website served us well, but it was time to move on to a new format.  We’ve created a list of 10 great features of our new website.  Mobile Ready Take us with you on your smartphone.  Our new responsive site now adjusts to your screen size and looks good on any device.  App Page Our app page goes great with our responsive site.  Download one or all of our apps to access free content including ebooks, magazines, music, video and more.  We have links to iOS and Android.  Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books Two of our wonderful children’s librarians with many years’ experience are writing a monthly blog feature new and classic children’s books.  If you love children’s books check out their latest blog Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!  for books all about winter and snowy days.  Help with eBooks New to ebooks?  Click on the eMedia link from the homepage and you’ll find red question marks next to the most popular eMedia collections.  If you’re just beginning you can find out how to get started and if you’re a pro you can find out details about the services including how many items you can check out for the different services.  Educator Collection We love our teachers!  Did you know that teachers can have their own special Library card.  A teacher can request special collections of books for their classroom and get additional lending privileges.  Book Club Kits Do you and your friends meet monthly to discuss a book?  Be your book club’s hero when you tell them that they no longer have to buy their own copy.  You can check out a book club kit [...]

Back To School

Backpack - check. Six notebooks - check. Ten pencils - check. Crayons - check. Highlighters - check. Pens - check. Six folders - check. Markers - check. Paper towels - check. Tissues - check. Hand sanitizer - check. Ear buds - check. Flash drive - check. New shoes - check. Lunch bag - check. Lots of money spent - CHECK! Going back to school is expensive. Tutoring in all subjects, language learning programs and reading help is also expensive but it doesn't have to be. There is no need for expensive homework help services when the Kenton County Public Library can help you for free. You can Book a Librarian for children in grades K-5 at the Covington Branch most days. Librarians are available (by appointment only) to help with homework, study skills, projects and more. Call 962-4077 to book an appointment. Young children are encouraged to grab a parent and attend Family or Play Art storytimes. These programs encourage the love for reading and interacting with books in young children, which is important for school. Check out the full schedule. Puppy Tales, offered at all three branches, can boost a child's reading level and make them a more relaxed reader. Students in grades 1-6 can read to a real dog. Studies show that reading to a dog boosts children’s confidence and tests scores. Reading Buddies, for children ages 2-12 at the Erlanger location, allows children to read books with an adult reading buddy. We'll even save you money on dinner by providing pizza! The Library can even help the kindergarten families save a little money on supplies. We will once again arm every kindergartener in the county with a kindergarten pack. This pack includes a pencil, [...]

City Directories: The Phone Book Before the Telephone

Want to buy a book in 1900? Head to Carrie Mendenhall or Mrs. Wm. Metzger! Researching the history of your house and curious about the former occupants? Or possibly searching for an ancestor that lived and worked in Covington from 1880-1889? A city directory, think phone book before the telephone, is a wonderful resource for genealogy and local history research. The directories, beginning in 1834 for Covington, contain an alphabetical listing of local residents and businesses. Later directories include separate sections for business, advertisements, and streets. City directories are particularly useful for genealogists and other researchers because not only do they list the head of household and home address, but often the first name of the spouse, other members of the household, occupation, and place of employment. In many cases, the directories note when an individual has been widowed and the first name of the deceased spouse. Want to know who lives in Jones Flats apartments? The criss-cross directory was a great way to look up your neighbors. A very useful section, which first appears in the 1931-1932 Covington City Directory, is the Directory of Householders or Street and Avenue Guide.  This is a reverse directory that lists the streets alphabetically along with the location, intersecting streets, and the address and name of each resident. This is an excellent resource when researching a building without knowing the name of the former resident or business. Residents of Covington in 1886 had a wide variety of jobs for instance Jane B. Walter was a book sewer. The business directory, later titled the “Yellow Pages,” is another great tool for researchers. The entries are classified by type of business rather than name. [...]

Expanded Local History & Genealogy Dpt at Covington Library

The Local History and Genealogy Department has opened in its new space at the Covington location of the Kenton County Public Library. The department is now located on the top floor, and is staffed all hours when the library is open. The department’s collection includes Kentucky Biographies, Kentucky Fiction, Kentucky Non-Fiction, Kentucky Reference (containing numerous books on many Kentucky counties), city and business directories dating back to the 1830s, maps, and many more resources for doing genealogy and history research. Come enjoy the quiet workspace and dig deeper into your family history!                     Looking south in the Local History and Genealogy Department. The chairs and tabletops from the Carnegie library were refurbished and used in the new space. Beth uses one of the microfilm machines to look up newspaper articles. Need a map? The department has city, county, regional and state maps of Kentucky. If you’re interested in accessing online databases such as Ancestry.com, geNKY, or Faces and Places, we have eight new computers dedicated to this purpose. Staff members are readily available to assist you with using these resources. Check out our video of the new department! Have you visited the new department yet? Let us know what you think!

Faces and Places of Kenton County

My name is Cierra and I work in the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Kenton County Public Library. I assist patrons with finding answers about their ancestors and researching our vibrant history of Northern Kentucky. One of the parts of my job that I enjoy is assisting in the scanning, indexing, and uploading  of photographs to the database Faces and Places Northern Kentucky Photographic Archive (commonly known as Faces and Places).  There are so many great stories that have been uncovered and told from photographs in Faces and Places.  This photograph database contains a wide range of topics covering schools, businesses, buildings, people and events.  I enjoy reading the comments that are left by all of you explaining the people, places and meanings behind photographs that are unknown or unidentified. I would like to encourage everyone to leave a comment or two on the photographs in the collection.  You never know—you may find a picture of yourself in our archive! You can search the Faces and Places photographs and leave comments. Amy Whittlesey (5), Brigette Rambo (5), Donald Powell (5), Brian Hibbler (4), at Beechwood Elementary Thanksgiving on November 24, 1977. In honor of Thanksgiving I thought I would share one of my favorite Thanksgiving related photographs from Faces and Places. You can leave a comment on the photograph. Are you friends with the Local History and Genealogy Department on Facebook? Post your favorite Faces & Places photo there. Written by Cierra Earl, Library Associate, Local History and Genealogy Department - Covington

Financial Responsibility with the Library

While you get your body in shape for summer, get your finances feeling healthy, too! Visit the Kenton County Public Library for all sorts of resources to get financially fit. For new graduates, The Wall Street Journal Guide to Starting Your Financial Life by Karen Blumenthal provides clear, concise steps to set-up checking and savings accounts, manage your first car or college loan, establish an emergency fund, prudently pursue a good credit rating and launch a basic retirement plan. The book also makes an excellent graduation gift!  Newlyweds will find the Morningstar publication, Investing for the Long Run: Strategies and Solutions to Shape up Your Personal Finances available in both hard cover and as a PDF on the library’s web site, a great short guide to review together before launching into married life. Morningstar helps you think through the pros and cons of keeping accounts separate or combining them for joint ownership. The tome also provides fifty basic ways to save money and approach the many purchases needed to set-up a household wisely. Gift givers would also do well to check the library’s Consumer Reports online edition to uncover the best appliances to purchase for the future couple. New households and young families are often overwhelmed by the onslaught of information thrown at them from life insurance agents, stock brokers, accountants, lawyers and financial planners. Who do you trust? A good first step is to educate yourself about the particular product or service you need to purchase. The library’s shelves and virtual e-book site are full of titles that can help you discern the best path to take. Some great volumes by popular financial gurus include The Road To Wealth: A Comprehensive Guide To Your Money [...]

Four Weeks of Giveaways

Yes, you read that right; The Library will have four weeks of giveaways! This week we are starting off with an awesome tote bag filled with books, a library card holder, a Kenton County Public Library coffee mug, $5 Starbucks gift card and $5 off any purchase at Joseph Beth. The books are: "Make a Gingerbread Man" by Conni Medina, an advance copy of "The Bell Bandit" by Jacqueline Davies, a great read for boys and girls 9 and older, an advanced copy of "The Last PoliceMan" by Ben Winters, an adult fiction murder mystery story, an advance reader's copy of "Laugh With the Moon" by Shana Burg, a young adult book about a teen dealing with loss and finding her way, "Hey, That's Not Trash" by Renee Jablow, a great book for young readers about recycling, and "Drawing and Learning about Fashion" by Amy Bailey Muehlenhardt, a fabulous how to book for tweens and teens interested in fashion. There really is a book for everyone in this prize pack. The winner can keep them for the family or give them as gifts. Details on how to enter are below.   In addition to setting you up with a fabulous bag of books, the Library can help with the holidays in so many other ways. Let's start with shopping. Are you looking for an e-reader, a computer, a car, TV or other item that has many choices and you aren't sure what to buy? We have staff who can teach you how to use Consumer Reports Online and it's free. You can even access this online service from your home. We also have staff who can explain the difference between e-readers and teach you how to download books for free. Did you buy someone an [...]

Fourth Week of Giveaways; Your Holiday Entertainment

What will you be doing over your holiday break?  If you plan on spending the entire break checking your Facebook, watching TV, or playing Farmville you should probably check out some entertainment alternatives. Your local friendly Teen Librarians have compiled some resources to help you out! Okay, first of all: I have to promote the library for your entertainment needs. You can download 3 free mp3s a week with Freegal and look at a ton of different magazines for free online with Zinio. Just go to this link! You can sign up for Zinio and Freegal accounts with your library card number If you don't have your card or don't know your number just give us a call and we can look it up for you! https://www.kentonlibrary.org/ebooks/indextmp.htm Okay, now let's get to the real fun. Hopefully you'll be getting some video games for Christmas. Don't worry, if you don't get them you can just check them out from the library! Borderlands 2 just came out. We will have it. Go here to reserve your copy from the library! Avengers: Battle for Earth was released in December. You can also get it from the library here! Did you get or give an iPad, iPod, or iPhone today? If you did, welcome to your new favorite game! It’s free, it’s social, and it’s   more fun than endlessly hitting refresh on your favorite webpage until school starts up again. This is a game called “SpaceTeam”. The first thing you want to do is find 2-4 other people who have also downloaded it and get them in the same wifi or Bluetooth with you. Then your goal is to fix the most breaking-est spaceship ever, by saying silly words! Everyone [...]

New Year, New Attitude for School

The Library has a lot of resources for homework help. Many of which can be accessed through our website with your Kenton County Public Library card, even from home. On our home page, under Research and Homework, there are a couple of resources that can help with homework as well as build your students’ confidence level.  First, there is the database page. This page lists all of the databases, or online resources, that our library users have access to, as well as a description of the information you can find in each resource. There is also a link titled Test Prep. This leads to the Learning Express Library. Here you will sample practice tests for all ages as well as skill building exercises. You can also watch a video on how to use Learning Express. You can also help your child brush up on their foreign language classes with Mango and Little Pim online. Did you or your student receive an e-reader or tablet over the holidays? If so, we have digital books available for check out from home.  On our homepage, right above the Research and Homework link there is a link called eBooks & eAudio. Overdrive eBooks features a few picture books and many chapter books for children. OneClickDigital is our audio book catalog.  Many students find it helpful to listen to a book while they read it.   Many students today find it fun to read on an electronic device! It also helps encourage your children to read if they see their parents reading traditional books or on e-readers. Check out our collection of relaxation and meditation CDs or perhaps you would prefer a comedian on CD or DVD. We also offer the service Freegal which allows [...]

Researching Your Family History

Looking to restart your genealogy research in the New Year? The library has many resources for your family history quest. If you just getting started on your research the best way to start a family history project is to fill out a family tree. You can fill out a tree yourself or recruit your parents, grandparents and other family members to help. It may be helpful to ask your relatives where they were born, where they were married and other life events. Remember to take legible notes and keep good records of all the information you collect.  Having legible well documented notes will be helpful later in your research. Now that you have collected information for your family tree it is time to research. Start by going to Local History and Genealogy  and exploring all the resources available to genealogists. You will find links to commonly used research sites including Ancestry.com, and Familysearch.org. For more localized research check out the Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index, Faces and Places Northern Kentucky Photograph Archives and geNKY. Looking for additional resources that may not be available online? Head to the Covington branch and utilize the collection of local history and genealogy books. We have books that cover vital records, county histories, cemetery internments and much more! You may also want to look through our Family Files and Local History Files to assist with your research. For more tips, and suggestions on genealogy or local history check out our Pinterest page and watch this video. What family history tips do you have to share? This post was written by Cierra Earl This blog was updated December 2013.

SCORE: Smart Owners Series Resources

Leadership Gale Courses: Leadership Course from the Project Management Institute Audiobooks from Hoopla (Stream or download them on your phone for 3 weeks at a time)     E-books: Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Decisive       Planning Gale Courses: Creating a Successful Business Plan   Introduction to Business Analysis Sample Business Plans from the Business Plans Handbook Audiobooks from Hoopla    Financial Management & Financial Records & Control - Cost & Pricing Gale Courses: Mastery of Business Fundamentals, Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel,  Accounting Fundamentals, Accounting Fundamentals II, (See Quickbooks Page) Hoopla Audiobook: The Fiscal Fitness System: Understanding Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Cash Flow [PDFs: Risk Checklist, Fiscal Fitness Workbook] Books: Financial intelligence for entrepreneurs : what you really need to know about the numbers and Accounting for Non-Accountants   Time management Gale Courses: Individual Excellence Hoopla audiobooks:      e -books: Getting Things Done and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and Eat That Frog!    Marketing / Selling Gale Courses Marketing: Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring (Instructor is a SCORE counselor), Marketing Your Business on the Internet, Business and Marketing Writing, Achieving Top Search Engine Positions Sales: Professional Sales Skills, Effective Selling Hoopla audiobooks [PDF Zigget workbooks]      E-books: Visual Marketing with the Power of Pinterest and Instagram, The Social Employee   Business Records & Personnel Gale Courses: Understanding the Human Resources Function, Employment Law Fundamentals, Fundamentals of Supervision and Management, Managing Customer Service Hoopla audiobooks:    More business skills from Gale Courses: Achieving Success with Difficult People Interpersonal Communication Keys to Effective Communication Building Teams That Work Project Management Fundamentals Total Quality Fundamentals Skills for Making Great Decisions Hoopla Video:Business Series    Digital Magazines Zinio (looks great on tablets/iPads)   Business Source Premier (PDF format, great for searching and back issues) Inc. [...]

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SCORE: Support for Learning – Checklist

Gale Courses  offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.  As a Kenton County Public Library card holder (apply for a card), you can enroll in these courses at no cost. In these 6 week courses, you'll spend roughly 2 to 4 hours each week completing two engaging lessons. Expert instructors develop and lead every course, and you'll be able to interact with them and with fellow students in lively online discussion areas.   Leadership Gale Courses: Leadership Course from the Project Management Institute Audiobooks from Hoopla (Stream or download them on your phone for 3 weeks at a time)     Overdrive e-books: Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Decisive           Planning Gale Courses: Creating a Successful Business Plan, Introduction to Business Analysis Sample Business Plans from the Business Plans Handbook Audiobooks from Hoopla    Time management Gale Courses: Individual Excellence Hoopla audiobooks:     Overdrive e -books: Getting Things Done and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and Eat That Frog!    Business Records & Personnel Gale Courses: Understanding the Human Resources Function Employment Law Fundamentals Fundamentals of Supervision and Management Fundamentals of Supervision and Management II

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SCORE: Support for Learning – Customers

Marketing / Selling Gale Courses Marketing: Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring (Instructor is a SCORE counselor) Marketing Your Business on the Internet Business and Marketing Writing Achieving Top Search Engine Positions Sales: Professional Sales Skills, Effective Selling Hoopla audiobooks [PDF Zigget workbooks]      E-books: Visual Marketing with the Power of Pinterest and Instagram, The Social Employee    Customer Service Gale Courses:Managing Customer Service Hoopla audiobooks:     More business skills from Gale Courses: Achieving Success with Difficult People Interpersonal Communication Keys to Effective Communication Building Teams That Work Project Management Fundamentals Total Quality Fundamentals Skills for Making Great Decisions Hoopla Video:Business Series    Digital Magazines Zinio (looks great on tablets/iPads)   Business Source Premier (PDF format, great for searching and back issues) Inc. Entrepreneur Harvard Business Review Cincinnati Magazine

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SCORE: Support for Learning – Financial Management

Gale Courses offers a wide range of interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.  As a Kenton County Public Library card holder (apply for a card), you can enroll in these courses at no cost. In these 6 week courses, you'll spend roughly 2 to 4 hours each week completing two lessons. Expert instructors develop every course and you'll be able to interact with them and fellow students in an online discussion area.    Mastery of Business Fundamentals Master the fundamentals of accounting and increase your knowledge about key financial terms, cash flow management, financial statements, and cost control. Additionally, learn the difference between financial and cost accounting. Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel  Using practical explanations and real-life examples, this course will show you how money flows through a typical business. You will learn the basics of how a business operates, including how to develop successful business strategies and how to use financial statements to make better business decisions. Accounting Fundamentals and Accounting Fundamentals II (See also Quickbooks Page) More Online Resources Hoopla Audiobook The Fiscal Fitness System: Understanding Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Cash Flow [PDFs: Risk Checklist, Fiscal Fitness Workbook] Overdrive e-Books: Financial intelligence for entrepreneurs : what you really need to know about the numbers and Accounting for Non-Accountants   Questions? Go to: www.kentonlibrary.org/ask

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Summer Travel: Far and Wide or Right at Home

Whether you are planning a trip abroad, across country, locally or fantasizing about a dream vacation; the Kenton County Public Library has your ticket to information. Begin your research with the library catalog. Browse your local branch library (Covington, Durr, and Erlanger) in the travel section beginning in the 900’s. Top travel guides are Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Rick Steves’, National Geographic Traveler, Insight Guides, Lonely Planet, and Let’s Go. Take a look at the magazine section at the library or the magazine database, Zinio for travel magazines such as National Geographic Traveler and Sierra. Or visit the Culturegrams database to learn about the culture, language and much more about countries all over the world. Need to learn the language to get by while traveling? Look in the 400’s on the library shelves or visit Mango, the language database. New travel websites to use: Trippy; Oyster; Hipmunk; Jetsetter; TripIt; Wanderfly; or Gogobot. Watch foreign movies or travel documentaries to visually travel.                                    Get a flavor of the place you’ll be visiting, check out ethnic cookbooks like these:                         Staying at home? The library offers numerous programs for you to enjoy. Interested in local events? Check out Cincinnati.com or CityBeat for up-to-date local happenings. Here's a list of recommended travel reads available at the Kenton County Public Library. Finally, don’t forget to stock up on great reads while vacationing this summer through our e-book sources. Plan your whole trip with your Kenton County Public Library card and have a fun summer!   Blog written by Erin DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian

Surviving the end of the School Year

As the school year draws near there are lots of emotions - happiness, relief, stress, sadness and anxiety - for the kids and the parents. Children are usually excited for the school year to be over and even many parents are as well but it also causes some issues. Final exams, end of the year projects, field trips, end of the year state testing and summer childcare are a few things that stress my family out. I can't solve these issues for everyone but I can offer a few tips for surviving the end of the school year. 1. Check out Kenton County Public Library's database Learning Express. You will find practice tests and study guides for every age and most subjects. It will help your child feel more prepared for the big test. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card. 2. Visit other Library online resources to access magazines, books and research materials for big projects. Zinio will give you access to thousands of the latest magazines. Need an encyclopedia? We have WorldBook Encyclopedia online. The site also gives you access to archived newspaper and magazine articles, thousands of photos from the region, e-books and other resources to help with class projects. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card. 3. My freshman daughter is stressing out over her Spanish final but the Library's Mango database has relieved some of that anxiety. She can practice Spanish, as well as dozens of other languages, online. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card. 4. Accept the fact that you probably can't be at every end of the year awards ceremony, [...]

Test Taking Skills

    Whether you are an experienced test taker or a newbie, the Kenton County Public Library  has how-to guides and test preparation resources available in a variety of formats:  print, electronic, audio, and video.  There are several publishers of great test guides:  Barron's, Schaum's, Peterson's, Language Express, McGraw Hill's, Princeton Review, Kaplan and Dummies.  Check out this resource list. The library subscribes to the Learning Express database which is accessible for a library card holder.  All you have to do is register and you will be on your way to improving your test taking skills.  This is an amazing resource with practice tests on everything from the GED to the ACT to the GRE and many others.  You can take timed tests and start and stop when you need; it really helps get you in the right frame of mind for standardized tests.  The database also includes software tutorials, occupation practice tests and U.S. Citzenship.     If you need any help along the way, your local library reference desk is here to support you, please give us a call or stop by, we want to see you succeed!   -post written by Erin DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian