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Local Librarian Named as a Mover and Shaker

Photo credit: Michael Wilson Ann Schoenenberger of the Kenton County Public Library has been named a “Mover & Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication Library Journal. In its March 15, 2017 issue, Library Journal named 52 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. Ann was selected for her commitment to the profession and innovation in working with the community.   Ann currently serves as a Digital Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. As Digital Librarian, Ann oversees the Library’s e-newsletter, the library’s marketing segmentation program and chat services. Ann has also been using innovative technology to engage people who may not otherwise use the library.   This year’s class of 52 joins a group of talented professionals who are dedicated, innovative, and passionate about their service to the library and their community.   The STEM/STEAM movement, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, (arts), and math, has been steadily working its way through schools and libraries across the nation. From this movement, maker spaces have been developed. A maker space is a place where people of all ages can go to conduct hands-on activities and projects with a variety of traditional tools, such as a sewing machine, or by using more current digital technology such as a 3D printer.   Ann has worked to make strong partnerships with local web developers, tech companies and the maker community. She encouraged user groups to use the library and hosted Coder & Maker Club workshops on soldering, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Python and physical computing. Through the use of Coursera MOOCs and help from tech mentors, she offered a complete 12 week "Beginning Programming" course that evolved into a [...]

You Saw the Movies Now Read the Books – Oscar Nominees Based on Books

Arrival was based on a story in: Stories Of Your Life And Others by Ted Chiang               Hidden Figures, based on: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly             Lion, based on: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley                 Nocturnal Animals - The tie-in uses the original title of the novel, Tony & Susan by Austin Wright.               Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library Book), Newt Scamander, J.K. Rowling.

New Children’s eBooks for April

“Spring has Sprung” A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about All Things Spring Spring has arrived early and no one’s complaining.  Nature is awakening and signs are all around us. Lots of new books announcing spring’s debut have arrived as well. Enjoy the list! New Books Abracadabra, It’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien, illus. by Susan Gal This beautiful book with fold-out pages celebrates the magic of nature and the changing seasons. The rhyming text and soft illustrations reveal the arrival of spring.   Every Breath We Take: A Book about Air by Maya Ajmera and Dominique Browning This book champions the right of every person, animal, and plant to clean air. Various traits of air are described (i.e. air carries sound, it moves, it can be felt) and stunning photographs, ones that children can relate to, are used to support each trait.   Happy Spring, Chirp! by Satoshi Iriyama A little chick embarks on an adventure as she delivers flowers to her aunt for her birthday. Fold-out pages, die-cuts, and pop-ups enhance the story.     Hooray for Hoppy! By Tim Hopgood In this story that provides an introduction to the five senses, a curious bunny searches for signs of the arrival of spring. The collage style artwork adds to the appeal.   My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Harlow Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell Originally published in 1987, this updated classic done in pencil and watercolor tells the story of a child who encounters all of the signs of spring.     Nature Ranger by Richard Walker Become a wildlife detective by exploring all aspects of nature.  Included are thirty hands-on activities.     Spring: A Pop-up Book by [...]

By |March 24th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: |0 Comments

New Children’s eBooks for March

Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell A stalwart orphan sets out on a spine-tingling adventure in this wildly imaginative and darkly funny Victorian middle grade novel. High on a cliff above the gloomy Victorian town of Withering-by-Sea stands the Hotel Majestic. Inside the walls of the damp, dull hotel, eleven-year-old orphan Stella Montgomery leads a miserable life with her three dreadful aunts. Stella dreams of adventuring on the Amazon—or anyplace, really, as long as it isn't this dreary town where nothing ever happens.       Mutt's Promise by Julie Salamon, illustrated by Jill Weber Luna is a farm puppy who loves to dance, and has only known a happy, serene life surrounded by her mother, Mutt, and her siblings, and cared for by Gilberto, the son of farm workers. But now Gilberto and his parents have moved on, and Mr. Thomas the farmer doesn't feel he can take care of a whole family of dogs. He finds new homes for the puppies, not realizing that the man who took Luna and her brother does not have their best interests at heart. Luna and Chief, hungry and scared, are trapped in the smelly barn of a puppy mill—until they take matters into their own paws and find a way to escape. But can Luna and Chief find their way home?     Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt, Alison McGhee Worlds collide in a spectacular way when Newbery and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt and Pulitzer Prize nominee and #1 New York Times bestseller Alison McGhee team up to create a fantastical, heartbreaking, and gorgeous tale about two sisters, a fox cub, and what happens when one of the sisters disappears forever.           [...]

By |March 10th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: |0 Comments

Photography Resources @ the Library!

  “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” – Dorthea Lange. Photography is a hobby of many, whether you have the newest DLSR camera on the market or just your smartphone, you hold a tool that can offer a whole different perspective of an object or scene. The library offers many services, classes, books and resources to support your love of photography. So whether you are a beginner or advanced, visit our branches to utilize some of these great resources!     Just a small selection of the photography books available for checkout: It’s what I do: a photographer’s life of love and war -- by: Lynsey Addario GoPro cameras for dummies -- by: John Carucci The Ansel Adams Wilderness -- by: Peter Essick Digital SLR cameras & photography for dummies -- by: David D. Busch How to photograph everything: simple techniques for shooting spectacular images -- from the editors of popular photography Digital SLR photography all-in-one for dummies -- by: Robert Correll The Beginners photography guide -- by: Chris Gatcum Start your own photography business: studio, freelance, gallery, events -- by: Charlene Davis Photographing families: tips for capturing timeless images -- by: Michele Celentano Digital Photography -- by: Shawn Frederick Just a small selection of the photography Ebooks available for checkout: Digital Photography FAQS -- by: Jeff Wignall Clever Digital Photography Ideas Using your Camera Out and About -- by: Peter Cope Travel Photography In a Day for Dummies -- by: Serge Timacheff The Everything Digital Photography Book -- by: Ric deGaris Doble The Art of iPhone Photography -- by: Bob Weil Clever Digital Photography Starting to make the most of your camera -- by: Peter Cope 100 Ways [...]

New Year, New Attitude for School

The Library has a lot of resources for homework help. Many of which can be accessed through our website with your Kenton County Public Library card, even from home. On our home page, under Research and Homework, there are a couple of resources that can help with homework as well as build your students’ confidence level.  First, there is the database page. This page lists all of the databases, or online resources, that our library users have access to, as well as a description of the information you can find in each resource. There is also a link titled Test Prep. This leads to the Learning Express Library. Here you will sample practice tests for all ages as well as skill building exercises. You can also watch a video on how to use Learning Express. You can also help your child brush up on their foreign language classes with Mango and Little Pim online. Did you or your student receive an e-reader or tablet over the holidays? If so, we have digital books available for check out from home.  On our homepage, right above the Research and Homework link there is a link called eBooks & eAudio. Overdrive eBooks features a few picture books and many chapter books for children. OneClickDigital is our audio book catalog.  Many students find it helpful to listen to a book while they read it.   Many students today find it fun to read on an electronic device! It also helps encourage your children to read if they see their parents reading traditional books or on e-readers. Check out our collection of relaxation and meditation CDs or perhaps you would prefer a comedian on CD or DVD. We also offer the service Freegal which allows [...]