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The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Matthews June 1939. Francis Dempsey and his shell-shocked brother Michael are on an ocean liner from Ireland bound for their brother Martin's home in New York City, having stolen a small fortune from the IRA. During the week that follows, the lives of these three brothers collide spectacularly with big-band jazz musicians, a talented but fragile heiress, a Jewish street photographer facing a return to Nazi-occupied Prague, a vengeful mob boss, and the ghosts of their own family's revolutionary past. When Tom Cronin, an erstwhile assassin forced into one last job, tracks the brothers down, their lives begin to fracture. Francis must surrender to blackmail, or have his family suffer fatal consequences. Michael, wandering alone, turns to Lilly Bloch, a heartsick artist, to recover his lost memory. And Martin and his wife, Rosemary, try to salvage their marriage and, ultimately, the lives of the other Dempseys. From the smoky jazz joints of Harlem to the Plaza Hotel, from the garrets of artists in the Bowery to the shadowy warehouses of mobsters in Hell's Kitchen, Brendan Mathews brings prewar New York to vivid, pulsing life, while the sweeping and intricate storytelling of this remarkable debut reveals an America that blithely hoped it could avoid another catastrophic war and focus instead on the promise of the World's Fair: a peaceful, prosperous "World of Tomorrow."     Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller In this novel authorized by the Little House estate, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in this dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls [...]

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From the Head of Lettice: Recipes from Historic Kentucky Cookbooks Part One

When looking back on our favorite family memories and holidays, food is often a highlight. Nothing can be quite so nostalgic as Grandma’s cookies or Mom’s best soup. Here at the library, cookbooks are among our most circulated items. For those of you learning to cook or wanting to add some local flair to your home cooked meal, the Local History & Genealogy department has four shelves of cookbooks that you can check out, bring home, and test out. These range from local restaurants’ favorite recipes, to chefs who focus on modern Kentucky cuisine, to historic cookbooks written as early as the 1800s. In an effort to get to know this section of our collection better, I tried out three recipes from two different books and documented my progress. I decided to focus on dishes with earlier origins. With some of the recipes, or receipts as Lettice Bryan of The Kentucky Housewife (1839) calls them, it took a little creative reimagining in order to modernize the measurements and equipment to something I have in my kitchen. In other words, I opted to bake in a modern oven with set temperatures. I’m also a vegetarian – so, sorry to all you Squirrel Soup lovers, I stuck to finding something I could enjoy! Let’s get started: Baked Potatoes, from The Kentucky Housewife (1839) by Lettice Bryan This recipe is from one of our earliest cookbooks by the thorough Lettice Bryan. The collection contains thousands of recipes along with suggestions of accompanying dishes, for which meal a recipe works best, and other tidbits which give a wonderful glimpse of the time period. I chose this recipe because it is simple, contains few ingredients, but also takes a familiar [...]

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books About Going Back to School

We can’t deny it any longer. It is August. Though technically still summer, many of us are now thinking “back to school.”  It’s time for new school clothes, backpacks, and school supplies. Why not include new books in that list? We’ve compiled a list of new titles to help your child with the transition - books to calm those first day jitters, lessen stress, and hopefully make the first day of school go much smoother. New School Stories: Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten by Candice Ransom, illus. by Christine Grove Amanda’s first day of school doesn’t go exactly as she planned, so she decides to join her brother in second grade. The illustrations capture all of the emotion as Amanda learns that it isn’t the end of the world if things don’t always go according to plan.       Chicken in School by Adam Lehrhaupt, illus. by Shahar Kober Zoey the chicken sets up a classroom in the barn for all of her barnyard friends: Sam the pig, Clara the cow, Pip the mouse, and Henry the dog. This humorous story with playful illustrations celebrates creativity, friendship, and, best of all, tasty snacks!!       Class Pet Mess! by Dan Gutman, illus. by Jim Paillot This early reader is the latest in the My Weird School series. The students in Mr. Cooper’s class are excited to learn that they are getting a class pet. When they get a pet snake, lots of silly antics ensue.             Curious George Ready for School by Cynthia Platt, illus. by Mary O’Keefe Young George prepares for the first day of school, but will a curious little monkey be able to make it through [...]

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2017 Local History and Genealogy Periscopes

View us online by tuning into @KentonLibrary on Periscope (available on your smartphone or tablet), or at  ELI5: Family History In our ELI5: Family History broadcast we answer befuddling questions about doing family history research! January: February: Why Can’t I find my Grandmother’s Marriage Record in Kenton County? March: What is DPI? Why is it important? Explain it like I’m Five! April: What did Northern Kentucky look like 100 years ago on the eve of World War I? May: Why can't I find my great-great grandmother's death record in 1880? June: Why can't I find my great-great grandmother's death record in 1880? July: How do I read about local history on-the-go? August: How do I find my mom's yearbook photo? September: How do I find what I'm looking for in the microfilm collection? Part 1 How do I find what I'm looking for in the microfilm collection? Part 2 October: How do I find out if anyone has died in my house? November: What is goetta? What's burgoo? What's in a mint julep? What's a hot brown!? December: What is a "Christmas Pickle"? 3G2: Glitter, Glue, and Genealogy, TOO! Glitter, Glue, and Genealogy, TOO! is where we show you how to DIY popular genealogy and family history crafts. January: Learn How To Preserve and Print Cell Phone Photos February: Create Traditional Valentines of the Past March: Women's History Scrapbook Ideas  April: Learn How to use Gel Medium Transfer to Make Family Trees May: DIY EZ Family Reunion T-Shirts June: Grab an Ink Pad and Make a Thumb-Print Family Tree!  July: Create Your Own Family History Zine August: Decoupage Family Tree Project September: Family Tree Peek-A-Boo Game October: DIY Silhouette Portraits November: Family History Recipe Cards December: Family History Family Cards   

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A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Halloween and Fall

Welcome, Autumn! A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Halloween and Fall The season we call autumn was once referred to as “harvest,” when farmers gathered their crops for winter storage. However, in the early 1600’s when more people moved to cities, that term fell out of use. People began using the phrase “fall of the leaf” to refer to this season of the year when trees typically lose their leaves. Over time, “fall of the leaf” was shortened to “fall.” And today the terms fall and autumn are used interchangeably. No matter what you call it, the season is upon us. It’s time for getting out our sweaters and enjoying the spectacular colors and the cool, crisp autumn air. So why not bundle up and celebrate the season with some great books! New Books about Fall and Halloween Autumn by David Carter This is the author’s third book in his pop-up series about the seasons. This serene book, written in verse, reveals the wonder of the season as animals prepare to harvest in anticipation of winter.     Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler, illus. by Will Terry A young skeleton has a hard time keeping himself together – literally! Various creatures, including Franky Stein, Blacky Widow, and Mummicula, come up with different problem-solving ideas, none of which quite work. Humor abounds and the illustrations are just darling … more silly than scary!       Crayola Fall Colors by Mari Schuh This is part of the Crayola Seasons series. Kids are invited to explore the colors of fall through the engaging text and photographs. They are also encouraged to create art based on the season’s changing colors.     Creepy [...]

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