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Robin Klaene, Public Relations & Development Director
(859) 578-3608
Robin.klaene@kentonlibrary.org

Gina Stegner, Public Relations Coordinator
(859) 578-3609
Gina.stegner@kentonlibrary.org

Mike Blum, Public Relations & Development Associate
(859) 578-7944
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Community’s Public Makerspace & Meeting Spaces Open Soon

Crafters, innovators and dreamers will soon have the opportunity to make their visions become reality as the Kenton County Public Library will open its new makerspace, the STREAM Center of Learning, on Friday, January 12. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math. The STREAM Center is a new arm of the STEM movement.   The STREAM Center is located at the Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road. It will feature dozens of tools and equipment that visitors can use to make and create. Examples of items include: 3D Printer Soldering Irons Embroidery & Sewing Machines Poster Printer Silhouette Cameo Large Vinyl Cutter Looms Raspberry Pi & Arduinos Dremel Tool Welder And much more!      The STREAM Center will be open during library hours unless being used for a class or one-to-one sessions. Items are free to use but a nominal materials fee may apply on some items. The STREAM Center is open to all ages; however, children ages 12 and younger should be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  Free programs on using the STREAM Center equipment will be held weekly starting January 17. See the Library’s calendar of events for a complete list.   “The STREAM Center is an example of how arts, technology, reading and innovation come together,” stated Dave Schroeder, Executive Director of the Kenton County Public Library. “We are excited to provide a space in the community where makers, business owners, students, educators and hobbyists can come together with a single purpose of creating something for their personal, professional or educational use.”   The STREAM Center is made possible in part by Duke Energy, Chas. and Ruth Seligman Family Foundation, Republic Bank, DBL Law, Robert Ehmet Hayes & [...]

Decadent Hors d’oeuvres on Fox 19

Seth Longland (Adult Programmer at the William E. Durr Branch) visits Fox 19 to show us how to make bacon wrapped dates stuffed with ricotta and goat cheese. Watch the clip here.  Interested in how to make other delicious and decadent hors d'oeuvres? Attend our cooking program: Let's Get Cooking Celebrations and parties abound this time of year, so come out to the William E. Durr Library to learn some simple and delicious hors d'oeuvres for any season! We'll be making Bacon Wrapped Dates, Prosciutto and Melon, and Deviled Eggs with a Smoky Twist. Thursday, December 10, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM William E. Durr Branch  -- 1992 Walton Nicholson Rd, Independence, KY 41051 859.962.4030 Registration is required to attend  

By |December 8th, 2015|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Puppy Tales visits STEAM Academy

Eight-year-old Noah Sheppard’s voice is strong and steady as he reads a story to Grace, a 13-year-old poodle. Grace lies quietly next to him, Sheppard’s arm drapes over her, resting gently against her gray curly fur. Grace is one of several dogs that visited with STEAM Academy students on Nov. 20 through the Kenton County Public Library’s Puppy Tales program. The program is for children in grades kindergarten through grade six and occurs at various times at all three library branches. “The program is important for many reasons,” said Jenny Schwartz, William E. Durr Branch children’s programmer and school coordinator. “Studies show that allowing children to read to a dog can reduce anxiety and lead to improved behavior, attendance and confidence as well as reading skills." Continue Reading the Article...   Background: Puppy Tales began in 2006. It takes place at each branch of the Kenton County Public Library. The Erlanger branch hosts Puppy Tales the third Sunday of the month; Covington the first Sunday of the month; and the Durr branch every Tuesday in the months of January, March, May, September and November. Those interested in joining should register at each branch. • Erlanger Children's Department, 859-962-4003 • Covington Children's Department, 859-962-4077 • Durr Children's Department, 859-962-4032 The library is looking for more dogs for the program. Contact your branch for more information. Author: Melissa Stewart, mstewart@communitypress.com

By |December 8th, 2015|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Covington Library Stats & Stories – One Year Later

Covington Library Stats & Stories – Snapshots of the revitalization of Covington Library One Year Later The Covington Library is one of those unique places. Smack in the center of an urban renewal. It’s one of the few places in Northern Kentucky where you can see people struggling to survive sitting next to a Federal judge. All are welcomed, none are judged. This month marks one year since the Covington Library has been fully operational after a 24 month expansion and renovation. A few questioned the need for expansion; citing books were a thing of the past. That couldn’t be further from the case. Since 2013, the Covington Library has seen a tremendous amount of use and has radically impacted the community and the people it serves. The following is a brief snapshot on how the Covington Library remains relevant not only by providing books, materials and services, but also by being a critical part of the Northern Kentucky Community. Before & After Circulation Desk Stats and stories The Kenton County Public Library records statistics on the fiscal year, beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of the following calendar year. Here is a look at the statistics for the Covington Library for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014: Circulation of items for adults: 413,076 (up 31%) Circulation of items for children: 92,461 (up 25%) Overall circulation of items including books, movies, music , magazines and more: 505,537 (up 29%) 1,618 programs for adults, teens and children were offered including computer classes, book discussions, job skills education, storytimes, literacy enrichment and more. 37,595 people attended these programs. Volunteers contributed 2,516 hours to the Covington Library, a value of $45,061.56 Staff [...]

The Holidays are a Time to Gather Family History

Dan Knecht of Covington, Kentucky can trace his family roots back to the 1600’s. “I was what you would call an old folks child, always hanging around our elderly family members and learned a lot from them.” Knecht has been working on his family tree for more than 30 years. He credits the Kenton County Public Library for giving him some of the tools and resources needed in his search. The Kenton County Public Library wants to remind everyone that the holidays are a great time to connect with family members and start writing down their family history. “Many people really don’t think about how much information their grandparents or other elderly family members have until it’s too late,” said Elaine Kuhn who oversees the Library’s Local History and Genealogy department. “We want to encourage people to take a few minutes during the holidays to reconnect with their family members and ask about their history. Should you or anyone else in your family want to get started tracing your family heritage, having this information will make the initial search much easier.” While it may be overwhelming to think about how to get started, Mr. Knecht suggested doing a few simple things to get started. “In addition to talking to your relatives, you’ll want to look through family documents and photos.” Mr. Knecht states he was given hundreds of postcards that were a great source of information. “The postcards not only had beautiful pictures on them, the written part would sometimes offer insight into other family members. For instance, in one postcard there was mention of a baby being born. You can look up the birth records around that time and match the last names and [...]

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Press Releases|0 Comments

Halloween Events at the Kenton County Public Library

Monstober Ages: 3 - 10 Friday, October 17, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm It's time to get your spook on at a wicked and wickedly cool monster event.  We are going to read monster stories and make an inspired craft. Have a snack and play games to turn October into Monstrober, a rip roaring Monster Fest. Come if you dare! Registration required, (859) 962-4003. Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road Horror Flicks Marathon for Teens Grades: 6 - 12 Saturday, October 18, 11:00 am-4:00 pm Get your creep on with an all-day horror movie marathon with giveaways and snacks. Covington branch library – 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, (859) 962-4060 Special Event - Pumpkin Decorating Friday, October 24, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Decorate your Halloween pumpkin at the Library!  We will supply pumpkins for carving and painting, as well as carving tools, paint, and decorations, while supplies last.  Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road (859) 962-4000 Halloween Horror & More Day Covington branch library – 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, (859) 962-4060 Halloween Comic Fest Grades: 6 - 12 Saturday, October 25, 10 am Stop in for your free Halloween comic.  The earlier, the better, they'll go fast! The Horror of it All Film Festival Saturday, October 25, 10:00 am-2:00 pm Two horrifying films to get you ready for Halloween. The Mini Dead Ages: 2 - 12 Saturday, October 25, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm Enjoy frightening fun for the whole family with an afternoon of Halloween games, crafts, and more! Bringing Up the Dead: Finding the Deceased in Online Resources Saturday, October 25, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm Zombie Outbreak! Saturday, October 25, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm Zombie themed events for kids, teens and adults • Zombie costume judging with prizes! • A zombie walk from the Library to Mainstrasse • Please bring [...]

Author Jacqueline Woodson to Speak at Covington Library

  Author Jacqueline Woodson to Speak at Covington Library    Acclaimed children’s and young adult author Jacqueline Woodson will be speaking at the Covington branch of the Kenton County Public Library Friday, January 24 at 4:30 p.m. Woodson has won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Newbery Honor Medal (3), the Coretta Scott King Award, the National Book Award, the Caldecott Honor Medal and the Parents’ Choice Award. Her work includes the award-winning “Coming On Home Soon,” “Locomotion,” “If You Come Softly,”  “Our Gracie Aunt,” “This Is the Rope,” “Hush,” “Miracle’s Boys” and many others.   Ms. Woodson’s discussion is free and open to all. Limited parking is available for free on the Library’s lot. The Covington Library is located at 502 Scott Boulevard. Call (859) 962-4060 for more information. For more information on Ms. Woodson visit her website at http://www.jacquelinewoodson.com.    

By |January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: , |0 Comments

Holidays at the Library

Nov. 27, 2013 Model trains, holiday music, Christmas stories, handmade crafts and gifts and SANTA are just a few of the things we are preparing for at the Kenton County Public Library.   Covington Library Model Trains for the Holidays Everyone December 7-8 Enjoy this room-filling exhibit of N-Scale model trains along with beautifully designed scenery and track layouts.   Holiday Happenings: Christmas Grades 1-6 Monday, Dec. 9, 7-8 p.m. Join us for stories, crafts and treats.   Family Holiday Theatre Everyone Saturday, Dec. 21, 2-3 p.m. The Children’s Theatre/ArtReach Production will present Ebenezer Scrooge.   Cincinnati Harpers’ Robin Holiday Concert Adults Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-2 p.m. The Cincinnati Harpers’ Robin performs holiday tunes; traditional, Celtic and contemporary   Durr Branch Library   Make it with Jackie: Greeting Cards Adults Sunday, Dec. 1 2-4 Learn how to make personalized greeting cards. Supplies provided.   Pictures with Santa Ages 0-12 Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m. Bring the camera, we’ll provide the background and Santa! We will also have crafts for the kids and live music.   Last Minute Gifts and/or Gift Wrapping Teens Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. Use our art and craft supplies to cross things off your list!   Holiday Workshop Adults Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bring your projects, wrapping paper and tape to the Library and spend the day away from little eyes and ears.   Erlanger Branch Cookie Cheer Ages 6-12 Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Enjoy some holiday cheer with cookie related stories and cookie treats. We will decorate cookies to eat and share!   Holiday Extravaganza Everyone Sunday, Dec. 8, 1:30-4 p.m. Bring your camera to take pictures of your little one with Santa from 1:30-2:30. [...]

By |December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Halloween

Oct. 10, 2013 Ghosts, goblins, princesses, cuddly little creatures and witches will fill the Kenton County Public Library over the next few weeks. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, stories of a haunted Cincinnati, classic monster films, a haunted house and a costume parade are just a few of the programs being offered this month. Each branch offers scary and not-so-scary events for children, adults and teens. Covington Library Haunt Your Library Contest Grades 1-6 Sept. 9-Oct. 11 Enter an original poem or tale in the Library’s annual spooky writing contest. Winners will be announced and awarded prizes on Oct. 18. Winning stories will be featured in the Community Press. Submit entries to writingcontest@kentonlibrary.org. Entries must include child’s name, age, address, phone, email address, school and grade level. Include a photo if possible.   Classic Monster Films Adults and Teens Saturday, Oct. 12 from 1-4 “The Wolf Man” will be shown at 1 p.m., followed by “Dracula Has Risen from the Grave.”   Zombie Prom Grades 6-12 Saturday, Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m. Dance with the undead at the Teens only DJ dance party. Costumes appreciated, prizes awarded. Permission slips required for this after-hours event.   Favorite Book Character Day! Ages 5-12 and a parent Saturday, October 26 from 2-3 p.m. Come to the Renovation Celebration event dressed as your favorite book character to celebrate books, libraries and reading! Attend storytime, make a craft, enjoy refreshments and parade around our new building.   Costume Contest Adults Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6-7 p.m. Give your costume a test run and celebrate Halloween at the Library. Contestants must be 18 or older. Registration required. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Must be present to win. No inappropriate costumes [...]

By |October 25th, 2013|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: , , |0 Comments

New Year’s Resolutions 2013

Administration Center 2171 Chamber Center Driver Fort Mitchell, Kentucky 41011 859-341-3200 www.kentonlibrary.org Contact: Gina Holt 859-578-3609, gina.holt@kentonlibrary.org Oct. 10, 2013   Ghosts, goblins, princesses, cuddly little creatures and witches will fill the Kenton County Public Library over the next few weeks. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, stories of a haunted Cincinnati, classic monster films, a haunted house and a costume parade are just a few of the programs being offered this month. Each branch offers scary and not-so-scary events for children, adults and teens.   Covington Library Haunt Your Library Contest Grades 1-6 Sept. 9-Oct. 11 Enter an original poem or tale in the Library’s annual spooky writing contest. Winners will be announced and awarded prizes on Oct. 18. Winning stories will be featured in the Community Press. Submit entries to writingcontest@kentonlibrary.org. Entries must include child’s name, age, address, phone, email address, school and grade level. Include a photo if possible.   Classic Monster Films Adults and Teens Saturday, Oct. 12 from 1-4 “The Wolf Man” will be shown at 1 p.m., followed by “Dracula Has Risen from the Grave.”   Zombie Prom Grades 6-12 Saturday, Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m. Dance with the undead at the Teens only DJ dance party. Costumes appreciated, prizes awarded. Permission slips required for this after-hours event.   Favorite Book Character Day! Ages 5-12 and a parent Saturday, October 26 from 2-3 p.m. Come to the Renovation Celebration event dressed as your favorite book character to celebrate books, libraries and reading! Attend storytime, make a craft, enjoy refreshments and parade around our new building.   Costume Contest Adults Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6-7 p.m. Give your costume a test run and celebrate Halloween at the Library. Contestants must be 18 [...]

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