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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 [...]

By |May 25th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, Library in the News|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on DUKE Energy Becomes a Partner in Library’s STEM Efforts

Great audiobooks for road trips with the whole family

   CDs, Overdrive audiobooks, and streaming from Hoopla A Bear called Paddington (Overdrive) The Tale of Despereaux (Overdrive) Rabbit Ears Stories by Beatrix Potter (Hoopla) Rabbit Ears Treasury of Fairy Tales Rabbit Ears Treasury of Tall Tales Rabbit Ears Treasury of Fables Winnie-the-Pooh (Hoopla) The House at Pooh Corner (Hoopla) The Tale of Despereaux Just So Stories including the Jungle Book (OneClick) (Hoopla) James and the Giant Peach The Mouse and the Motorcycle Olivia (Hoopla) The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Hoopla) Fantastic Mr. Fox & other Animal Stories The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories Flora & Ulysses (Overdrive) Little House on the Prairie   Sample streaming Hoopla titles (includes many popular kids books) Cinderella, The Frog Prince, And Rumplestiltskin The Wind in the Willows Beauty And The Beast & East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon Alice's Adventures In Wonderland The Wizard of Oz Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late! Wynken, Blynken And Nod Stuart's Cape   Find more audiobooks: Compact discs for children. Hoopla audiobooks for children More Tips for Road trips  

By |June 13th, 2014|Categories: Book Lists, childrens|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Great audiobooks for road trips with the whole family

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

Preparing Your Child For Preschool

The summer can be a busy season for most preschool teachers and parents.  We've been cooped up with the kids all winter long and even in the spring (as I write this April, 15th there is snow on the ground). As the mom of 4-year-old and 8-month-old boys I know how much energy has been stored up through the winter and needs to be released. My 4-year-old Aiden wants to run, play and get as dirty as possible outside so I have to get creative about reading and preparing my son for preschool. Five Tips to Prepare Your Child For Preschool 1. Take Reading Time Outside - We read in our yard and at the park so we can get our outside and reading time in. I try to select books that are about nature, animals or include a summer activity… riding a bike. One of our favorites to take outside is “Froggy Rides a Bike” by Jonathan London.  My son was ready to learn to ride his bike after reading about how Froggy gets his first bike. 2. Take Advantage of Down Time - Early childhood literacy skills can be taught through activities, not just reading. We take advantage of our time when going for walks or driving in the car. I ask Aiden what different things we see are so that he can learn new words and associate it with an image. Our favorite game is saying the letters on street signs. Aiden says the letters, I tell him what the word is and he repeats it. 3. Sing - We sing a lot.  Songs and rhymes can help build vocabulary and develop sound discrimination. Both skills are crucial to the development of literacy. The size [...]

By |April 29th, 2014|Categories: childrens|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Preparing Your Child For Preschool

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

By |April 3rd, 2014|Categories: Library in the News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on It’s Never Too Early to Teach a Child to Read

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 26th, 2014|Categories: childrens, Featured Post|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Rhythm and Rhyme: Sensory Storytime

Share Your Favorite Books & Movies

I have one child in middle school and one in high school. I am lucky that they both have a natural love of reading. My son will find a series he loves and read every single book (Conspiracy 365 being the most recent). Once he’s finished, he’ll look for other books written by that author. My daughter mostly chooses her books based on her friends’ recommendations but once in a while she’ll still ask Ms. Amy at the Covington Branch what she should read next. I always loved sharing children’s books with my kids but now that they are older, I really enjoy sharing some of my favorite adult and YA books with them. We are also able to discover new books together. Continue Reading the Post...  

By |February 18th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Share Your Favorite Books & Movies

Season’s Readings

  It's time for Season's Readings at the Kenton County Public Library! Beginning December 1, children ages 2-12 can visit any Kenton County Public Library location and pick up a "Season’s Readings” book log. Read or listen to five books and return your log to the Library for a prize and raffle entry. Complete as many book logs as you like for more chances to win.

By |December 10th, 2013|Categories: childrens, Featured Post|Tags: , |Comments Off on Season’s Readings