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Munch Madness

Munch the tortoise who lives at the Independence/William E. Durr Branch has made his NCAA bracket picks! See his bracket below. During March Madness the library has all of your basketball needs covered, from books to magazines to movies and more. (Updated as of 3/21 with his winning picks circled in red)     Watch Munch make his selections, it comes down to two local teams!

By |March 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Munch Madness

Nonprofit and Community Resources

Trying to search for grants from home? You can access Candid’s ( Foundation Directory Online through Kenton County Public Library with this link: Foundation Directory Essentials. Artworks UPDATED: COVID-19 Artist Resources & Opportunities Greater Cincinnati Foundation Covid Response GCF Regional Response Fund Request Funding Page   Equity work Embrace Race What the Covid Crisis Tells Us about Structural Racism

By |March 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nonprofit and Community Resources

Over 100,000 Local Historical Photos Available Online

Over 100,000 Kentucky Historical Photos Available Online They say a photo is worth a 1,000 words. If that’s true, then the Kenton County Public Library has 100 million stories to tell! The Library’s online historic photo album, Faces and Places, just added the 100,000th photo to its database. The photo, from the former Kentucky Post, is dated March 14, 1975 and features a man named Bill Penick. Why is Bill Penick’s photo important? Because he, most likely inadvertently, is now forever a part of Kentucky history. This photo is just one of thousands preserved digitally for all to see, and share, online via the Faces and Places website,   March 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Faces and Places, a unique online historical photo album that highlights the people, places and events of Kentucky (and some Cincinnati).  Since its inception a decade ago, the Faces and Places website has received over 9.2 million views. There are 100,411 images, 6,508 subject headings and 2,023 comments on the photos. “Comments are important,” stated Elaine Kuhn, Local History & Genealogy Services Coordinator for the Library. “They give us information that might help someone discover something new when doing research.” This online album was created when the history staff at the Kenton County Public Library began digitizing some of its resources. They were digitizing documents and family files so that genealogy researchers around the world could obtain the information they needed without having to incur the cost of travel expenses. The staff then added photos to the mix, therefore creating Faces and Places.   The popularity of the photograph collection easily lent itself to a digital format. As such, staff scanned the photos and staff and volunteers did [...]

By |December 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Over 100,000 Local Historical Photos Available Online

The Perfect Holiday Gift

By Amy Schardein, Children’s Librarian                                                                              Contributed by Several Kenton County Library Staff Members Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the children in your life? Books are always the right size and can be enjoyed over and over again. You might even win a Joseph Beth gift card in order to buy a book as a gift (see below). But first, here are a few of our top picks for gift giving in 2012.  2012 Picture Books                                                                                                                                                 Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills                                                                                             Rocket the dog loves reading stories so much that he wants to create his own.  He searches for words until he is inspired by a new friend.  A perfect choice for growing readers and writers! Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems                                                       Three hungry dinosaurs insist they are not conveniently leaving a tidy house prepared to capture a little girl with gold locks.  A funny twist on an old favorite sure to tickle both children and parents. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen                                                                                             A minnow has taken a hat – it fits him perfectly and was entirely too small for its former owner, but the owner wants it back! Oh No!  by Candace Fleming                                                                                                  One after another animals fall into a deep hole as a tiger plots their demise. At the last moment, an elephant appears to save the day!  This tale is just suspenseful enough and features lush illustrations by Eric Rohman. Step Gently Out by Helen Frost                                                                                        Luminous photographs paired with a lyrical poem turn backyard insects into beautiful works of art.  A perfect choice for the nature-loving child.  2012 Chapter Books                                                                                                        Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney                                                             Fans of Greg [...]

Phonics Readers

Bob Books My first Bob books. Alphabet My first Bob books. Pre-reading skills Bob books. Set 4, Compound words Bob books. Set 5, Long vowels Pals! - Level B Set 2 Bob books. Sight words kindergarten Bob books. Sight words first grade Bob Books Level 1 Buddy to the rescue Cupcake surprise! I can ride! My school trip The new puppy Outdoor adventures! I Can Read Phonics Fun: Batman Clifford the Big Red Dog Biscuit Little Critter Spider-Man My Little Pony The Berenstain Bears Fancy Nancy's Fantastic Phonics Learn to Read with Tug the Pup and Friends   More Phonics: Primary Phonics Storybooks Curious George - Curious About Phonics Amazing Animals      

By |June 12th, 2014|Categories: Book Lists, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Phonics Readers

Pinkalicious The Musical Ticket Giveaway!

The Children's Theater of Cincinnati presents Pinkalicious the Musical. Based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, this is the tale of Pinkalicious, who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. The show runs: Friday, Feb 14 at 7:30 PM Saturday, Feb 15 at 2 PM* Saturday, Feb 15 at 5 PM Sunday, Feb 16 at 2 PM Saturday, Feb 22 at 2 PM Tickets start at $7 and can be purchased online (additional fee applies) or at the box office. GIVEAWAY: The Kenton County Public Library is giving away four tickets to this awesome show. The tickets can be used Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. (what a great way to spend Valentines as a family!) or Saturday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. To Enter: For your chance to win tickets to see this performance, just leave a comment below saying why you want to go. (required to enter) BONUS ENTRIES: 1. Subscribe to the blog and comment here that you did. 2. Like Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and comment here that you did. 3. Tweet about this giveaway @Kentonlibrary and comment here that you did. 4. Like Children's Theatre of Cincinnati on Facebook and comment here that you did. All entries will be verified. You must comment separately for bonus entries. Entries must be submitted by noon on Friday, Jan. 31. One winner will be randomly selected using Good luck! Library employees and those living [...]

By |January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Pinkalicious The Musical Ticket Giveaway!

Prince of Peace 8th Grade Research

Pathfinder for successful research Catalog Searching Go to the Kenton County Public Library website. Click on Catalog Search.  Type in your search term by title of book, subject, keyword or author and limit your search.  Look through your search results and select one.  If the material fits your research needs then you can place a hold on the item, click place hold and enter your library card number and your PIN (usually the last four numbers of your phone number or your birth year).  Select which Library you want to pick up your item (Covington, Durr or Erlanger) and click Submit. You can also access our e-book collection through our catalog, just look for (electronic resource) after the title of the item. E-Books Click on E-Media. Click on Overdrive eBooks to check-out e-books or Reference & Research eBooks to search for articles in reference books. Both cover a wide range of topics. If you don't find a book on your topic, ask us how to recommend e-books on Overdrive! E-Resources Click on Research & Learning.  These are the databases that the library subscribes to for library patron’s research needs.  You can click on alphabetical listing of resources if you would like.  Depending upon your research topic, you will have many databases to choose from.  You will need to enter your library card if you are outside a library building. Most databases have tools for you to find the MLA citation for any article you find. You can also print and email the articles. Research Help Britannica Research Tools and Materials Britannica is a good source for getting a basic overview of your topic, finding quality websites and reviewing links to further reading. They have a specific site for research on [...]

By |January 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Prince of Peace 8th Grade Research

Privacy & Safety Online

Disclaimer: The library is not endorsing any product or that you sign-up for any service. The goal is to provide information so you can decide for yourself what is best for you. Comprehensive Guides: Consumer Reports Review the Electronics Section on (Free login with your library card) Privacy Survival Guide For Parents: Common Sense Media Lifehacker article: How to be more secure in one day National Cyber Security Alliance & Data Privacy Day - January 28th Security/virus software: Rankings from Consumer Reports - Mobile Security Software and Security Software Phone safety Tips Consumer Reports - How to keep your phone safe Phone recovery tools  Example: Lookout Android security Article: 5 best desktop antivirus applications 5 best anti-virus apps for Android Best free anti-virus Hopspot / Wifi security How to minimize risk of public wifi Tips for using public wifi How to stay safe on public wifi Optimizing your home wifi Protecting your home wireless network VPN: Video: VPN for personal data Article: 5 best VPN security providers Article: Free VPN providers Two factor authentication: Two-factor authentication: What you need to know (FAQ) A complete list of companies that offer this security feature Article with list of services to enable Recommended sites to set up Examples: Google  Social media settings: Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: How to be more safe on social media Facebook Terms and Conditions  Video Article: How to view and erase your Facebook searches Password safety/Password Managers: Lifehacker: 5 best password managers PCMag: Are you using a password manager yet? best password managers CNET: Take control of passwords LastPass Dashlane Strong password generator Password strength test Password managers and 2 factor authentication Inspiration article: How easy is it to crack a password 1 & 2 Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: 10 Rules for Creating a [...]

By |January 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Privacy & Safety Online

Rhythm and Rhyme: Sensory Storytime

Rhythm and Rhyme: Sensory Storytime is a monthly interactive and educational program. It is specially designed for children ages 2-6 with sensory integration challenges. It combines the books, rhymes and music of other storytimes along with physical activities to promote learning in a sensory friendly environment. Many children with Sensory Processing Disorders are extra sensitive to loud noises, bright lights, or other strong sensory environments. In this program, the lights are dimmed, the music is not as loud, and there are minimal distractions while the program is taking place. There is repetition from month to month so the children know what to expect. We also go over the activities for the day before beginning each program. After we share a short book, rhymes, and songs there is social time where interactive experiences are offered to the children. These activities include sensory tubs to search through, toys to play with, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and other activities to stimulate tactile learning. Although this program is aimed at children with Sensory Processing Disorders, if your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library’s other storytimes, this inclusive program of stories, songs, and activities may be a better fit for him or her. If you would like to register for the program, please check our Event Calendar. If you would like further information, please feel free to contact me at regarding the Erlanger Branch programs or Joel Caithamer at regarding the Durr Branch programs. We look forward to seeing you there!

By |March 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rhythm and Rhyme: Sensory Storytime

Scratch Workshop

Getting started with Scratch 1. Go to: 2. Create an account to save your work. Click "Join Scratch" in the upper-right corner.  3.Ready to begin? You can: Watch a getting started video Download the "Getting Started Guide" [PDF] Or just get started! Follow a step by step guide (Look at the right side of the screen.) Begin with a starter project Need help along the way? Watch short tutorials Print help cards Need inspiration for what you can do? Best scratch projects of all time Check out these library books for more help with Scratch. e-books    Print books: Super Scratch 1.4 & Super Scratch 2 Find more resources for making and coding. Kids can sign-up for Curious Coders in March!

By |January 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Scratch Workshop

Snow Day Fun

Every school in the area is off today and I heard the words "I'm bored" by 9 a.m. So what do you do with your snow day? Hopefully, like us, you anticipated the storm and stocked up on books and movies from the library. But in case you didn't do that, we have a few ideas for you. 1. Search through the Faces and Places database. Maybe you can help us identify some of the snowy day pictures. 2. Do genealogy research as a family by searching online databases from home with your library card including HeritageQuest, World Vital Records, and the Historical Cincinnati Enquirer. You can also search geNKY and the Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index from home without a library card! 3. Sit down together to write your family newsletter for your holiday cards. Add something new you've learned this year about your family history in the newsletter. Don't forget to include names and dates on the back of the pictures for future genealogists! 4. Bake while listening to Christmas carols (download a few for free from Freegal). 5. Make Christmas crafts for gifts with ideas you get from magazines. We have dozens of free online magazine subscriptions that you can access from home with your library card number. 6. Access some of your favorite movies on Hoopla from home with your library card number. 7. Children ages 2-12 can read books for prizes as part of our holiday read program. 8. Play board games or video games as a family. 9. No new books to read? Don't worry! Download to your ereader from the library website. 10. Read Mom-spot's blogs for other great ideas.  What do you do on snow days?

By |December 6th, 2013|Categories: Around the Community, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Snow Day Fun

Summer Jobs for Teens

Summer vacation is here! Now it's time to get a job, right? Whether you're looking for a temporary summer job, it's time for you to get a job that will last throughout the school year, if you graduated from high school and want a full time job, or maybe you're in college and just need some extra money, we can help you find and secure a job! If you're not sure where to start when you want to get a job the best thing to do is think about what's around you. What business are you able to get to on a daily basis? Where have you been before? Places like Kroger, K-Mart, McDonald's, Burger King, AMC Theater, Meijer, and Starbucks are often hiring new, inexperienced workers. You could also consider seasonal employment at a place that needs help only for the summer, like the Florence Freedom stadium, King's Island, the Cincinnati Zoo, and businesses at Newport on the Levee. If you want to take your job search online try these great websites! Search for local jobs, stay up to date with local employment news, find out about upcoming job fairs, and more by visiting the Enquirer's NKY CareerBuilder page! Visit OneStop Northern Kentucky's Career Center and make an account to search for jobs, apply for jobs, and get help building your career assets like a resume and job skills., maintained by the NKY Chamber of Commerce, provides a compiled list of positions currently available in the Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati area. If you are interested in any of the positions, follow the instructions provided. This month at Erlanger we've gotten job searching, application, and resume assistance from a Career Councilor from Gateway Community and Technical College! Tomorrow, Wednesday [...]

By |May 28th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Summer Jobs for Teens

Top 10 Adult Fiction Checkouts for 2013

Top 10 Adult Fiction Checkouts for 2013 Gone girl / Flynn, Gillian The racketeer / Grisham, John Inferno / Brown, Dan The husband list / Evanovich, Janet Fifty shades of Grey / James, E. L. Whiskey Beach / Roberts, Nora The forgotten / Baldacci, David Mistress / Patterson, James The storyteller / Picoult, Jodi The hit / Baldacci, David

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Top 10 Sanity Savers for Your Next Family Road Trip

Top 10 Sanity Savers for Your Next Family Road Trip My husband and I always debate on who gets to drive.  Yes, who gets to drive.  Normally neither one of us is a big fan of driving, but on a long road trip the driver gets a break while the co-pilot serves a cabin full of cranky travelers.  So, since I usually end up as co-pilot I’ve created a quick list of sanity savers. 1.  eBooks  & Traditional Print Books (read-a-loud from Blio) Of course I always start with books!  I bring a wide selection of traditional and ebooks.  Lift-the-flap books are always great for young children.  I have a lot of the Little People Lift the Flap books and they were a hit with my son and now my daughter loves them.   2.  Colored Pencils and a Drawing Pad I always like to use colored pencils instead of crayons for the car.  The last thing I want to find is a melted crayon in my carpet and with colored pencils you don’t have to worry about that issue.  Crayola has a twistable colored pencil that never needs sharpening. 3.  Plastic Bags Ah, my guilty pleasure is a zipper bag.  If you have an earth friendlier bag I heartily endorse it.  However, I use these things like crazy on a road trip.  Practically everything goes into a bag.  I do try to reuse them whenever possible. 4.  Fruits & Veggies Since I let them sit in front of a screen for hours I try not to give in to the junk food monster on our road trips.  Using plastic bags or containers I make fruit, veggie and nut snacks.  I figure we’ll be eating [...]

By |April 30th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top 10 Sanity Savers for Your Next Family Road Trip

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!

Top 5 Hiking Trails in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati

The weather has finally changed and the cool temperatures are here at last.  That also means the beautiful changing of leaves and my favorite time to hike.  I greatly enjoy long backpacking hikes but as many people know, it is hard to find the time.  One of my favorite places to hike is the Red River Gorge, but that is about a two hour drive. So I compiled a short list of my top favorite five local hikes that are closer to the Cincinnati area.  If you only have a few hours or a whole day, try to escape to the woods and enjoy the splendor of the fall season. I hope you find the time to enjoy the splendor of nature in the fall.  It can be quite fleeting.  Dress with layers because it may be cool under those trees. 5)  Big Bone Lick Trails:  3380 Beaver Rd. Union, KY. There are a choice of 5 trails ranging in length and difficulty.  You can also do them all in the 4.5 mile Discovery Trail.  The trails run through woodlands, grasslands, woody savanna, the salt-sulfur springs, and the bison viewing area. 4) Fort Thomas Landmark Tree Trail:  89 Carmel Manor Rd. Fort Thomas, KY 41075 This short loop offers great scenery and views across to Ohio.  It consists of 14 landmark trees and the colorful foliage should be a treat at this time of year.  It is a short 1.1 miles but moderate to difficult due to the few steep hills.  Dogs allowed. 3)  Devou Park Trail:  460 Deverill St, Ludlow, KY 41016 Devou Park Trail consists of several fun trails.  You can view train tracks right over the trail and know that it should [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top 5 Hiking Trails in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati

Top Baby Shower Gifts: A Newbie Mom’s Guide

When you are expecting a little one it can be overwhelming thinking about what you need for baby. You try to rack your brain of everything you think you could possibly need and your list grows and grows. I had my first LO (little one) last September and was fortunate enough to have 3 baby showers (2 family and 1 work). I was excited to start my registry and did lots of research on what others recommended to buy. I went into it really trying to only get what I thought was needed. Now 5 months later, I have compiled a short list of my favorite/most used things that I received at my showers. One of my other goals was to start my LO’s book collection, so I have included some of my favorite books below as well. Enjoy! Best Items: Diaper Pail On my registry I originally had a diaper pail (Diaper Genie) but changed it to a different brand (Baby Trend). I did this because you could use your own trash bags/grocery bags in the Baby Trend one. Many diaper pails (like Diaper Genie) require you to use their refill bags; this just adds on another cost. So depending on how much you want to invest, go the inexpensive route and get one that you can use any ol’ trash bag. The pail has done a great job and is definitely a necessity if you want to keep those stinky smells at a minimum. Bottle Warmer If you plan on using bottles, a bottle warmer is a life saver. It is a quick and easy way to warm up your LO’s bottles so you don’t have to do it the old school way [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|Categories: At Home, childrens, Featured Post, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top Baby Shower Gifts: A Newbie Mom’s Guide

Your Irish Heritage

March is not only the beginning of Spring, but a time when genealogists and historians may focus their attention to their Irish roots. The Kenton County Public library offers many resources to help you research Irish genealogy records and family histories.  A great place to start your research project is at the Kenton County Public Library’s Genealogy Webpage, where you can access our online research resources--many of which can be used from home with your library card. One of our resources, The Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index, may lead you to an article or obituary on an Irish ancestor.  Using the Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index we were able to find the citation for this obituary which appeared in the Kentucky Times Star for Matthew McGee. McGee was born in Ireland in 1830 and died in Covington on October 19, 1915. The photograph database, Faces and Places: The Northern Kentucky Photographic Index, may contain a portrait of an Irish relative. Pictured is The McGing Traditional Irish Dancers from Cincinnati performing at the 1990 Gala Irish Party at Cliff and Pat Boreland's new home in Villa Hills on March 16, 1990. This photograph was found in the Faces and Places Archive and don’t forget you can leave comments on photographs in Faces and Places! If you are looking for more detailed descriptions of what records we have available, check out our Guide to the Collection. Also, don’t forget to search the library catalog for all things relating to Ireland and Irish genealogy. Do you have ancestors from Ireland that traveled to Northern Kentucky? What resources would you recommend for researching Irish ancestors and history? Tell us about it! This post was written by Cierra Earl, Library Associate in [...]

By |March 12th, 2013|Categories: KCPL, Local History and Genealogy, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Your Irish Heritage