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What’s New at the Library in 2015?

The Kenton County Library is planning for 2015! A new year brings new opportunities for any organization and the Library is no exception.  One of the biggest changes patrons will see in the coming year is the renovation of the Erlanger Branch.  The branch has been open for over 12 years and has seen foot traffic of more than 5.5 million visitors.  As you can imagine, this puts a lot of wear and tear on the building.  A number of the chairs in the building have already been replaced and refinished.  Currently, many of the floor coverings are also being replaced.  This includes all of the carpets in the building.  Can you imagine a carpet that has been walked on by the feet of over 5.5 million people?  We are replacing some of the carpeting with industrial squares that will be more durable and more easily replaced.  Other high traffic areas will be replaced with rubber tile.  These two fixes will give a new and fresh look to the building and cut down dramatically on trip hazards.  Later in the year we hope to be able to paint the interior of the building. The Library will also be working on meeting the goals of its strategic plan.  In 2015, we will be focusing on three major initiatives.  Our Children’s Departments and Outreach Department will be focusing on increasing attendance at programs that promote early childhood literacy which is so important to our families and community.  Currently our staff visit practically every public, private and parochial school in the county.  We will be working diligently to increase these visits and encourage students to use our traditional and online materials in their school work.  We will also [...]

Ring In the New Year with Old Favorites

Are you looking for a good read, some new to you music, a great movie or an awesome book to introduce your children to? The Kenton County Public Library has you covered with the top items checked out in 2014.  Top adult fiction books checked out in 2014: 1. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham 2. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn 3. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Kidd 4. First Love, by James Patterson 5. Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts Top YA fiction books checked out in 20141. Divergent, by Veronica Roth 2. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green 3. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins 4. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins 5. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth Top DVDS checked out in 2014: 1. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire 2. Gravity 3. Despicable Me 2 4. Man of Steel 5. Thor, The Dark World Top songs downloaded from Freegal: 1. Happy (Gru's Theme from Despicable Me 2) 2. All of Me 3. All About That Bass 4. Rude 5. Say Something Top children's books checked out in 2014: 1. Greg Heffley's Journal, by Jeff Kinney 2. The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney 3. Rodrick Rules, by Jeff Kinney 4. Dog Days, by Jeff Kinney 5. The Ugly Truth, by Jeff Kinney Top children's video games checked out in 2014: 1. Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition 2. Planes 3. Super Mario Galaxy 4. MarioKart 5. Sonic Unleashed Top adult video games checked out in 2014: 1. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. The Lego Movie 3. Injustice Gods Among Us 4. Titanfall 5. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Want to check out some of these items? Visit the library catalog to the put the items on hold. Have you [...]

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 [...]