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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 [...]

7 Last Minute Gift Ideas

It's December 23rd and you just realized you are missing a gift for your great aunt or maybe it's your nephew or the neighbor. Our staff got together and came up with a few ideas for the last minute shopper. 1. DIY gifts can be a great money saver and something the gift receiver will truly enjoy. A bag or basket of your favorite cookies, candies or nuts is easy to personalize. You can even dress it up with a final addition of your favorite local coffee or adult brew. Everyone enjoys cuddling up with a good movie or book and a bunch of treats. Sticking with the DIY theme, you can also make an ornament or a card for someone special. 2. I personally love movie night baskets. It can include one or two DVDs, candy and popcorn. You can often find a great old movie for under $10. 3. Books and music are extremely easy to find and can be very inexpensive. We suggest The Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack along with a Mockingjay charm or even a new set of The Hunger Games paperback books. You can personalize it by giving your favorite CD or book in hopes of introducing the gift receiver to new music or a new author. 4. A magazine subscription can be a great gift and you can often find online deals like two years for the price of one. Grab a copy of that magazine from the local store to wrap and include a note telling the gift giver they now have a subscription. 5. Chocolates, old fashioned candies, hot chocolate gift pack, coffee gift pack and gourmet food baskets are great last minute gifts too. You can often [...]

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. All three of us read the Hunger Games trilogy. This led to so many discussions in our home. My kids immediately got that this was about so much more than kids killing kids. These books started conversations about how government works, the division of classes, white and blue collared jobs, how a small group can make a difference and so much more. To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time. My daughter took a stab at it in sixth grade but found it confusing. Now that she is in ninth grade she is trying again and loving it. I can't wait until she finishes it so we can watch the movie together and discuss the book in-depth. I have decided to reread Flowers in the Attic since watching the recent Lifetime Movie. I'm hoping my daughter will want to read that as well. I am looking forward to The Outsiders being a book all three of us can share a love for. It's fun to pick [...]

Young Adult Books on Screen

A plethora of YA books have been made into movie and T.V. adaptations from S.E. Hinton’s, The Outsiders to Suzanne Collins’, The Hunger Games.  Teen novels are awesome, super-charged stories that brilliantly tell their tale; no matter if it is historical, supernatural, apocalyptic or realistic, the stories work for the big screen. A few months ago, The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out into the movie theaters and it stayed true to the book.  Warm Bodies and Beautiful Creatures were released in February.   Soon, we’ll have YA heavy hitters:  The Host by Stephanie Meyer and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins venture into the movie industry.  In the near future, Ender’s Game and Divergent will be released and many others are making their way from the pages of a book to our movie theatres or T.V. screens. Here’s a short list of movies that have already hit the screen: The Outsiders, The Walking Dead, The Carrie Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Flipped, Beastly, Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist,  Perks of Being a Wallflower, Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I Am Number Four, the list could go on and on… Released this Friday: The Host (In Theaters March, 29th 2013) See the trailer.                   Currently In Development:                     World War Z, If I Stay, Unwind, Ghostopolis, The Angel Experiment:  A Maximum Ride Novel, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Wake, The Bell Jar, Ender’s Game (In theaters November 1st, 2013), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (In theaters August 23rd, 2013), 13 Reasons Why, Delirium, Firelight, How I Live [...]

Dare to Read for the Fun of It!

It’s Teen Read Week – Oct. 14-20! Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users. I have a teen in my house who loves attending library programs and reading young adult books. I’m not a librarian (public relations coordinator) nor did I work at the library when she was little. I did read to her a lot when she was little so I do have to take some credit for her love of books. My 13-year-old, Andi, enjoys the popular books like the Hunger Games and Twilight trilogies and “Divergent.” I hope to introduce her to some of the classics like “The Outsiders,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Catcher in the Rye” soon. As a 37-year-old mother, I still love YA books. My favorites are “Hunger Games” and “To Kill A Mockingbird.” My fifth grade son is starting to find a passion for YA books. He also loves the Hunger Games trilogy and is finding that he enjoys sci-fi quite a bit. Joey is anxious for the day he can attend teen programs at the library, which are for those in grades 6-12. The Kenton County Public Library offers teen programs at all three branches – Covington, Durr in Independence and Erlanger.  The branches offer Anima and Manga clubs, crafting programs, movie and book discussions, chess club, writing groups, movie nights, gaming events, jewelry making and much more. All of the programs are free. Each branch also has a teen space (Covington is currently being renovated) just for teens to hang out. They can play games, read [...]