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2015 Haunt Your Library Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following children and teens whose stories will be featured as part of the Kenton County Public Library Halloween Writing Contest. Since 2002, hundreds of creative children and teens have entered their creative spooky stories into the contest. This year, over 130 stories were submitted. While all the stories were wonderful, the following have been selected and will be featured in the Community Recorder the week of October 26, 2015: Grades 1-3 First Place Poetry Winner - Halloween Night by James M. - Age 8   Second Place Poetry Winner:   “Halloween’s Coming” by Devin W. - Age 8 Third Place Poetry Winner: “Halloween is Coming!” by Jayla M. - Age 8 First Place Prose Winner - All I Want Is a Pumpkin Pie by Ruth M. - Age 6     Second Place Prose Winner: “The Pumpkin” by Jude H. - Age 8 Third Place Prose Winner: "The Castle" by Eleanor D. - Age 8 Grades 4-6 First Place Poetry Winner - Spooky by Elizabeth M. - Age 12       Second Place Poetry Winner: “In Just One Night” by Kenzie J. - Age 12 Third Place Poetry Winner: “Halloween Party” by Julia G. - Age 10 First Place Prose Winner - Scary Encounter by James T. - Age 10   Second Place Prose Winner: “The Haunted Library” by Madison K. - Age 9 Third Place Prose Winner: “Halloween Night” by Piper L. - Age 9 Grades 7-12 First Place Poetry Winner - The Ground on Which You Stood by Kelsey B. - age 12   First Place Prose Winner - Rumors by Audrey D. - age 12       Second Place Prose Winner: “Forgotten House” by Nicholas C. - age 14 Third Place Prose Winner: “The Halloween” by Natalie F. - age 12

By |October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, teens, Teens|Comments Off on 2015 Haunt Your Library Writing Contest Winners

Beyond the Book – CINDER

Do you love to read? Want to discuss your favorite books with other book lovers? Join the teen book club at the Erlanger branch of KCPL! We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. We discuss that month's book, share recommendations for other great books, and do creative writing or craft activities based on the book club choice for that month. There's something for everyone! For June we are reading Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.  Cinder is a retelling of the classic Cinderella story, set in a future in which cyborgs are shunned, a mysterious disease is killing not only the poor but the King of New Beijing, and strange Lunars threaten the world's safety. This popular series has taken the YA Lit world by storm and is a must-read for all romance and dystopian fans!  To find out more about the event, sign-up to attend, or find out how you can get a copy of the book (without a library card or being put on a wait list!) visit our website. 

Books for fans of John Green

Laurie Boyle Crompton   Maureen Goo Melissa Keil   Jo Knowles        David Levithan            Rainbow Rowell        Robyn Schneider     Jennifer E. Smith      

By |March 20th, 2014|Categories: teens|Comments Off on Books for fans of John Green

Books for Hunger Games fans

Ann Aguirre             Gennifer Albin               Patrick Carman                S.D. Crockett                  James Dashner                 Tahereh Mafi                  C.J. Redwine               Scott B. Williams

By |April 9th, 2014|Categories: teens|Comments Off on Books for Hunger Games fans

Books for Middle Grade Boys

 A featured list of realistic novels, fantasy series, and science fiction series that are of special interest to boys in grades 5-8. Books are listed under their author, and then in order by series. Click on the cover to view the book in the library's catalog, read a summary, place a hold, and more.  Soman Chainani   Mark Frost      Nick James      James A. Owen        E.E. Richardson    Gregg Rosenblum    Jon Skovron    Jonathan Stroud        Kate Thompson     

By |April 17th, 2014|Categories: teens|Comments Off on Books for Middle Grade Boys

Books for Sports Fans

  Carl Deuker                                                                               Thomas J. Dygard                                              Perri Klass                                            Bob Krech                                                           Charis Marsh                                        Alfred C. Martino                                                               Walter Dead Myers                                    Mal Peet                                              Randy Powell

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Classic Monster Films

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 1 – 4pm Covington, Meeting Room A Two classic films from Universal Studios and the Hammer House of Horror return! Join us as two celluloid classics rise from the grave just in time for Halloween. The Wolf Man will be shown at 1:00pm, followed by Dracula Has Risen From the Grave at 2:30.

By |August 14th, 2013|Categories: teens|Comments Off on Classic Monster Films

Divergent Read-a-Likes

Ann Aguirre        Paolo Bacigalupi     Leah Bobet Alexandra Bracken     Aimee Carter  Joelle Charbonneau     Ally Condie  Megan Crewe        S.D. Crockett Lydia Kang Julia Karr Alex London      Marie Lu        Lauren McLaughlin Caragh O'Brien        Lauren Oliver          Susan Beth Pfeffer C.J. Redwine     Jeyn Roberts     Veronica Rossi           Amy Kathleen Ryan        Kristen Simmons        Sherri Smith Dan Wells        Kat Zhang    

By |June 14th, 2014|Categories: teens|Comments Off on Divergent Read-a-Likes

Erlanger – Beyond the Book – Croak Series by Gina Damico

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 5:30 – 6:30pm Erlanger Quiet Room This month we'll discuss the "Croak" series by Gina Damico, including "Croak", "Scorch" and "Rogue." Get your questions answered in a live Skype session with the author! Pick up copies of the first book in the series at the Reference Desk or ask for help getting the other books.  

By |November 19th, 2013|Categories: teens|Tags: |Comments Off on Erlanger – Beyond the Book – Croak Series by Gina Damico

February Teen Books

2014 is going to be an amazing year for Young Adult Fiction! If you're ready for a great new book pick up one of our featured fiction novels below at your library, or click the cover to place a hold on a copy. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross is a Morris Award Finalist. Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl in Belle Epoque Paris, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison but soon Maude is enmeshed in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception.      This was one of Eden Rassette's favorite books of 2013. Eden is the Teen Librarian at the Erlanger branch. Find Eden's review of This Song Will Save Your Life on Goodreads! Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.   Madman's Daughter is the debut novel by Megan Shepherd. It's sequel, Her Dark Curiosity, was just released in January 2014.  In Madman's Daughter Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.

Girl Scouts at Home

Girl Scouts at Home We've been inside for a good long while, and although we know it’s for the greater good, the every day reality of staying at our homes until who-knows-when is daunting. On top of becoming teachers, librarians and coaches, some parents still have hours of the day to fill or else pure chaos will ensue. Some feel like they’re not doing enough, and some don’t know how to keep up with this pace. Either way, it’s understandable if you’re feeling overwhelmed. That’s where we come in, because we miss connecting you to resources just as much as you miss going to the library! Before lockdown life became the standard, we at the Kenton County Public Library were fostering a budding partnership with the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council (GSWRC). We held a well-attended program for Junior Girl Scouts that assisted them in completing most of the requirements to earn their Detective Badge. We had fun with fingerprinting, looking though microscopes, extracting DNA from strawberries, talking to a real police detective, and playing a scavenger hunt game to solve a mock case. While I certainly hope that we’ll be able to host more live, in-person badge days soon at the library, here are some resources to help your girl develop more courage, confidence, and character in the meantime. GSWRC is hosting online programming to help guide you through the steps to earning badges that will enrich your Girl Scout’s knowledge and experiences. Noelle Poe, our partner from our local council, and her colleagues are hard at work helping you and your Girl Scout stay connected. Here is a blurb from Noelle about the events: Girls and adults can learn and complete the [...]

By |April 16th, 2020|Categories: At Home, blog, childrens, KCPL, teens|Comments Off on Girl Scouts at Home

Great Teen Fiction – Sci-Fi, Adventure, and Dystopia

Looking for some great new books to read over spring break? Check out the featured YA fiction below! Click on the cover to be taken to the KCPL catalog, where you can place a hold on a book or find more great books by these authors.         The Glass Arrow is Kristen Simmons' latest stand-alone novel. She describes it as her feminist novel - and it definitely is that! The Glass Arrow tells Aya's story as she fights her way out of captivity and struggles for survival in a dystopian world where women are bought and sold.   This Shattered World is the next installment in the Starbound series by authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Galaxy-spanning science fiction with a healthy dose of romance, action, and mystery, the Starbound series can be read in any order.   Kalahari is the latest standalone novel from YA sci-fi author Jessica Khoury. Sarah and her father live in the middle of the Kalahari desert. When her father disappears in dangerous circumstances, Sarah must lead a group of teenage safari-goers on a quest to find out what happened to her family.

By |March 13th, 2015|Categories: teens, Teens|Comments Off on Great Teen Fiction – Sci-Fi, Adventure, and Dystopia

Last Minute Gifts and/or Gift Wrapping at Durr

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6 – 8pm Still need to make a present or 5? Come use our art and craft supplies to cross things off your list! Do you already have presents but need to wrap them away from your family? Do you know what a crafty gift wrap nerd Jessy the Librarian is? Show up anytime 6-8! Grades 6-12 welcome    

By |November 19th, 2013|Categories: teens|Tags: , |Comments Off on Last Minute Gifts and/or Gift Wrapping at Durr

Magical Realism in YA Fiction

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite books of the last year, and they all fit into a strange category of sub-genre called "Magical Realism." YA Highway describes magical realism in a clever way: In a nutshell, magical realism is a very subtle genre which adds elements the surreal to a character's everyday life. There is usually no explanation for these magical ingredients; there is no world-building; there is only a dose of strangeness to interrupt what would otherwise be a completely contemporary, realistic story. According to critic Luis Leal, "If you can explain it, then it's not magical realism." Basically, these books have strange, magical, and/or fantastical elements that simply can't be explained easily, if at all. If you're looking for something mind-opening, twisty and strange, magical and profound, check out one of these great reads.       

By |May 26th, 2015|Categories: teens, Teens|Comments Off on Magical Realism in YA Fiction

Nerdfighters At Carnegie Hall

If you weren’t a member of the sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall for John Green and brother Hank’s appearance Tuesday night, you can watch it here (take the advice to “Skip to the beginning of the show,” which is about 3 minutes in to the video): The New York Times

By |February 11th, 2013|Categories: teens|Comments Off on Nerdfighters At Carnegie Hall

Newbery/Caldecott/ Printz/Sibert Buzz and Dreams

The ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced in less than two weeks and the listservs are buzzing. Below are the titles that people are talking about and my own “dream world” picks. Caldecott The major buzz is around Jon Klassen’s deceptively simple but slyly twisted, This is Not My Hat (Candlewick),    

By |February 11th, 2013|Categories: teens|Comments Off on Newbery/Caldecott/ Printz/Sibert Buzz and Dreams

Quick ‘n’ Easy Halloween Costumes

Don’t know what you want to be for Halloween yet? Here’s 10 quick and simple ideas to try! Starbucks drink Tape a starbucks logo to a brown dress, white feather boa for foam, add some gold ribbon if you like caramel sauce Hello Not a Kitty Did you hear? The Sanrio corporation has said that their most famous cat is actually not a kitty—she’s a human girl! Wear a red skirt, white shirt, put a big bow in your hair, and get very angry at anyone who asks if you’re a cat. Ash Ketchum Gotta catch ‘em all! White collared shirt, blue vest, green fingerless gloves, and a red and white baseball cap. Not included: your very own Jigglypuff. Cactus Poke some white pipe cleaners through green clothing Old Timey Bank Robber Black and white striped shirt, black pants, black knit cap, paint a dollar sign on a bag for your loot Medusa Stick some plastic snakes in your hair with bobby pins and wear something flowing. Be your own evil twin with a mustache and goatee! 101 Dalmations Get all your friends together and draw black spots on white outfits. Bonus points if you find a Cruella DeVille! Hearts for eyes cat emoji Yellow outfit, cat ears, heart sunglasses

By |October 22nd, 2014|Categories: KCPL, teens|Comments Off on Quick ‘n’ Easy Halloween Costumes

Teen Photo Contest 2015

Do you know someone in middle or high school who takes great pictures? Our annual photo contest is their chance to show off! First prize is a $100 prepaid debit card and your photo as the cover for the KCPL Teens facebook page; 2nd prize is a $50 prepaid debit card. (Last year’s gallery show, photos by Jessy Griffith, teen services librarian at Durr/Independence.) All the photos will be on display at our gallery show event at the Durr/Independence Branch on Friday, January 30 at 6pm. These are open to any and everyone in the community! Submit up to 2 JPEG images as email attachments to between January 1-January 26. Include your name, grade, and contact phone or e-mail. I will send a reply after I receive your photos. If you do not get a reply email, please try again or call the library. By entering the contest you are allowing the library to use the images in promotional materials (like this blog post [except the gallery show photo]) and galleries both online and in print. Maximum two entries per person. Judges will be library staff and volunteers. See all of last year's photos here!

By |January 14th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, teens|Comments Off on Teen Photo Contest 2015

Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.  Celebrate Teen Tech Week with us, March 6-12, 2016.   Show us your #bookface and celebrate Teen Tech Week at #kentonlibrary! Ever notice how many book covers have parts of faces? Replace your face with the cover face and share your creativity all over Instagram. Check out our displays full of potential bookfaces, and scroll through the #bookface tag to check out everyone’s photos. By participating you are allowing the library to use the images in promotional materials and galleries both online and in print. Covington Free Earbuds Give-a-way Makers Create! Teen Tech Tuesdays Durr (Independence) ABC: Arches, Bridges, and Construction What makes bridges work? Anchors, beams, compression... We'll work in teams to build arches, a suspension bridge and a truss bridge you can actually crawl across. This program is one of Cincinnati Museum Center's Programs-on-Wheels.

By |January 19th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, teens|Comments Off on Teen Tech Week

Top 10 reasons to have your friendly neighborhood teen librarian visit your middle and/or high school classroom

1.  Facebook may start labeling satirical posts so users don’t think they’re real, but you know who has been dedicated to information literacy and teaching students how to objectively evaluate information? Librarians.     2.  Are you a teacher looking for extra credit ideas? Some teachers include attending events at the library. a. Covington has Write On!, a teen writers group, Sunday, September 7 at 2pm. b.  Durr/Independence has Teen Crafternoon, an art program with lots of fun supplies. c.  Erlanger has STEAM Explorers, whose meeting on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7 – 8pm  will be all about computer programming with the Scratch! programming method.  d.  …and tons more at each location! 3.  Do you want your students to research current topics and events from multiple angles? The Opposing Viewpoints database lets users browse issues to explore different positions on topics. 4.  Have an activity or assignment that takes up about half a class period? The librarian can take the other half! 5.  KCPL has an AWESOME* and FREE database you can get to from any computer with internet access and a KCPL Library Card that has all kinds of test prep: ACT, AP, SAT... You create a free account in the database and can stop and come back to their timed practice tests at any time. The tests are also scored, including explaining why answers are correct. A librarian can come and show your students all about this service, or if possible, we can arrange to have you visit our on-site computer labs and get library cards. 6.  In most situations, a visiting public librarian does not mind if you leave for a few minutes to have your own bathroom break.       7.  If you teach [...]

By |October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, teens|Comments Off on Top 10 reasons to have your friendly neighborhood teen librarian visit your middle and/or high school classroom

Top 10 YA Fiction of 2015

Whether you're looking for a new book to read over the holidays or something to buy for the book lover in your life, we have a list for you! Here are some fantastic Young Adult Fiction books that were published in 2015. Eden Grey, the Teen Librarian at the Erlanger branch, shares 10 of her favorite YA Fiction books from the year. There is a large variety here - stand-alones, books in a series, an anthology, some short novels and some that are very long, some super popular and a few that flew under the radar this year. I hope this helps some people discover new books to read!                   

By |December 18th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, teens|Comments Off on Top 10 YA Fiction of 2015

Top 14 Teen Books of 2014!

It comes as no surprise the the DIVERGENT series made up the most checked out books of 2014! Following close behind was THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, then CATCHING FIRE and THE HUNGER GAMES.  Another popular book was IF I STAY, which recently had a film adaptation. In fact, you might notice a trend: all of the books below have had movie adaptations or will have them soon! Even the HOLLOW CITY series is soon going to be in production. Want to re-read one of your favorites or catch up on the most-read YA books of 2014? Just click on the titles below to find a copy or put one on hold.     '                                                                        

By |December 26th, 2014|Categories: teens, Teens, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top 14 Teen Books of 2014!

William E. Durr Lock-In

Friday, July 11, 8pm – Saturday, July 12, 2014, 8am It’s the Annual Durr Teen Overnight! We’ll have movies, pizza, general shenanigans, and FUN! No rest for the weary!! No sleep til Brooklyn!! Registration is required and starts June 1. Preference will be given to teens who have attended a program in June or May’s Late Night Gaming.  If you don’t attend, you risk losing your spot at the Lock-In. Parental permission forms will be available after June 1 through this site. Permission slips are due Monday, July 7. If your form is not in Jessy’s hands, you lose your place at the lock-in.

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YA Mythology Fiction

 Josephine Angelini      Jennifer Lynn Barnes     Tracy Barrett Tracy Barrett   Kendare Blake   Francesca Lia Block   Meg Cabot              Aimee Carter                   Tera Lynn Childs     Tera Lynn Childs     Bree Despain     Ann Dee Ellis     Jennifer Estep                                   Lynne Ewing                   Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl   Tessa Gratton     Ann Halam     Karen Healey     Amanda Hocking                  P.J. Hoover   Justina Ireland     Carrie Jones       Mary Lindsey     Regina McBride     Elizabeth Miles                Bryce Moore   Daniel & Dina Nayeri     Lisa Papademetriou     Rick Riordan                                    Laini Taylor                     J & P Voelkel   Kiersten White   Emily Whitman

By |July 30th, 2014|Categories: teens|Comments Off on YA Mythology Fiction