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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 [...]

December 24 & 25

All locations of the Library will be closed December 24 & 25.  However you can still access great books, video and audiobooks on our site.       Have you used Hoopla?  We have some great suggestions over on our 25 Days of e-Christmas blog.  Hoopla content is always available!  No waiting and no fines!           Looking for a great read?  Many of your favorite authors and hot new titles are over at our ebook site Overdrive.   Can't decide what to read?  Check out the titles on our Hot Reads blog or A Wynk, A Blynk and a Nod to Books for children's books.      

Nutcracker Voucher Giveaway

  In a world where sugarplums dance, rats are kings and toys come to life, one little girl goes on the adventure of a lifetime through the Land of Sweets. But is it all a dream? There's only one way to find out. Accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's iconic score, Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker, presented since 1974, is Cincinnati's favorite holiday tradition. Revel in the magic as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince meet exciting characters, absorb the bright colors and enjoy the classic adventure of The Nutcracker. PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES Friday, December 19 - 7:30 pm Tuesday, December 23 - 2:00 pm SP Saturday, December 20 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, December 23 - 7:30 pm Saturday, December 20 - 7:30 pm Friday, December 26 - 2:00 pm SP Sunday, December 21 - 1:00 pm Friday, December 26 - 7:30 pm Sunday, December 21 - 5:30 pm Saturday, December 27 - 2:00 pm Saturday, December 27 - 7:30 pm *SP denotes Sugar Plum Parade: Take a walk across the stage to see the sets, costumes and dancers up close! International ballet dancers Venus Villa and Rolando Sarabia will be joining Cincinnati Ballet for several weeks this December to perform in The Nutcracker. Both Villa and Sarabia have enjoyed distinguished careers that have allowed them opportunities to dance all over the world. Villa is originally from Cuba and has danced with the Royal Ballet, the English National Ballet and Vienna Staatsoper Ballet. Sarabia, also from Cuba, is a gold medal winner at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, as well as multiple other international competitions. They will be dancing the roles of the Snow King and Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier for select [...]

Gallery To Go Giveaway

Gallery To Go is a unique painting party experience. No painting experience is necessary. Parties are approximately 2 hours long, and include a pre-drawn canvas, pain, paint brushes and apron. Parties can be in your home, business, club or church. Or you can join Gallery To Go at an open paint party location.  Parties are intended for adults unless otherwise noted. Kids parties, for ages 8 and up,  can be arranged. The Kenton County Public Library and Gallery To Go realizes it is really cold outside and even adults are suffering from cabin fever. So we are giving away a paint session for one lucky winner and a friend at the DEP's Wine Tasting and Paint Party on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Dep's in Fort Thomas from 7-9 p.m. This is valued at $60. Note: Gallery To Go donated this prize to for the Kenton County Public Library to giveaway. You have five chances to win. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. One winner will be chosen using random.org. Enter by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The winner will be emailed and have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. How To Enter: 1. Comment on this post saying why you want to win (Required to enter). Bonus Entries 2. Like Gallery To Go on Facebook and comment here that you did. 3. Tweet this contest @Kentonlibrary and comment here that you did. 4. Like Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and comment here that you did. 5. Share this contest on Facebook and comment here that you did. Visit Gallery To Go's Events page to attend an open party. Visit the website for information about booking a private party. Note: [...]

Pinkalicious The Musical Ticket Giveaway!

The Children's Theater of Cincinnati presents Pinkalicious the Musical. Based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, this is the tale of Pinkalicious, who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. The show runs: Friday, Feb 14 at 7:30 PM Saturday, Feb 15 at 2 PM* Saturday, Feb 15 at 5 PM Sunday, Feb 16 at 2 PM Saturday, Feb 22 at 2 PM Tickets start at $7 and can be purchased online (additional fee applies) or at the box office. GIVEAWAY: The Kenton County Public Library is giving away four tickets to this awesome show. The tickets can be used Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. (what a great way to spend Valentines as a family!) or Saturday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. To Enter: For your chance to win tickets to see this performance, just leave a comment below saying why you want to go. (required to enter) BONUS ENTRIES: 1. Subscribe to the blog and comment here that you did. 2. Like Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and comment here that you did. 3. Tweet about this giveaway @Kentonlibrary and comment here that you did. 4. Like Children's Theatre of Cincinnati on Facebook and comment here that you did. All entries will be verified. You must comment separately for bonus entries. Entries must be submitted by noon on Friday, Jan. 31. One winner will be randomly selected using random.org. Good luck! Library employees and those living [...]

Rereading Favorite Books

A mom sharing her favorite books with her children. What is your favorite book? Why do you love it? Who do you talk with about your favorite stories? When December comes and it’s snowy and tiny colored lights are blinking (or menorah candles are twinkling), it gets dark so early I don’t always want a new and exciting book. This is the time of year I grab an old favorite to reread. The thing about favorite books is how personal they are. I’ve had friendships that never looked the same after I admitted to hating A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I’ve become insta-besties with fans of Douglas Adams and L.M. Montgomery. As librarians, it’s important for us to not get bogged down in what we love when we are helping you to find your favorites, old and new. Do you want to reread Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events but don’t remember their order? Maybe you want to listen to The Lightning Thief or see if The Fault In Our Stars is any different on your new ereader  instead of the physical, paper book. Eden at Erlanger separates her favorites into favorite this year , all-time favorite, favorite to recommend, favorite when she was a kid...which is a book I read in college and am now excited to talk about with Eden! That’s the beauty of beloved books. Is it more important that we have the same favorite stories as people around us, or that we are willing to share our favorites? This holiday, why not ask the people around you what their favorite books are, or ask them to read yours? Visit the website to browse the catalog and put items on hold. [...]

GIVEAWAY: FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

Whether you are looking for the perfect date night or a family adventure, the holidays wouldn't be complete without The Nutcracker. The tradition returns for the ultimate family experience including stunning sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky's melodious score, played by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The beloved story of Clara and her nutcracker doll turned handsome prince is the dream-like adventure we cherish with loved ones season after season. Personally, I love the Nutcracker! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to the art of ballet or take a break and go with a friend or as a date night. Performances run Dec.20-22, and Dec.26-29 at the Aronoff Center. Single tickets start at $32, and may be purchased by visiting www.cballet.org. Thanks to the generosity of the Cincinnati Ballet, we have 2 tickets to see Frisch's Presnets the Nutcracker at the Aronoff to give away to one lucky reader. The winner will also receive the book "Mia's Nutcracker Ballet" by Robin Farley. GIVEAWAY: Thanks to the generosity of the Cincinnati Ballet, we have vouchers good for TWO TICKETS to see FRISCH'S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER at the Aronoff Center Dec.20-22, and Dec.26-29, 2013. For your chance to win tickets to see this performance, just leave a comment below saying why you want to go. BONUS ENTRIES: 1. Subscribe to the blog and comment here that you did. 2. Like Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and comment here that you did. 3. Share this post via Facebook and tag the Kenton County Public Library or on Twitter (@Kenton Library) and comment here that you did. All entries will be verified. You must comment separately for bonus entries. Kenton County Public Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to [...]

The Best 10 Young Adult Books of 2013

Young Adult novels are not just for teens anymore. YA fiction is, in my opinion, the most popular trend in fiction right now, and it will continue to draw readers of all ages - at least until all of our favorite series are finished! Here are my choices for the Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2013. I chose my favorites and what I thought were the most popular 10 books. They are then rated by how many times each book was checked out by you! What is your #1 book of 2013? Do you agree with my choices? Sound off in the comments! 1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Book #2 in The Lunar Chronicles. 2. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Book #2 in the Shatter Me series. 3. Prodigy by Marie Lu. Book #2 in the Legend series 4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell  5. Dare You To by Katie McGarry 6. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare 7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth 8. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen 9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 10. Rogue by Gina Damico Click on the covers to find a link to each book in the library catalog - from there you can see where the books are on library shelves, put yourself on hold for one, or even check out an ebook copy. For fans of Gina Damico's Croak series or teens who love reading we have a special event coming up! On Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. Erlanger's teen book club, Beyond the Book, will have a discussion of the series and live video chat with Gina Damico! She'll talk about the series, answer your questions, and hopefully tell us a little bit about her forthcoming novels. You can find more info and [...]

Manga Reviews: Bunnies, Alice, and Vampire Boys

Graphic novels and manga are not just for teens or anime fans. There are so many great stories and wonderful artists out there for you to discover, so why not try something new! Below are three popular manga series that could appeal to just about anyone. Bunny Drop is one of the most unique and unusual manga series I have ever encountered. It is a perfect choice for those wanting to give manga a try and haven't read anything else or watching much anime before. It is in the slice-of-life genre, meaning that it portrays the real life of the characters, with no fantasy, science fiction, or supernatural content. Bunny Drop is the story of Rin Kaga, that little girl pictured on the cover, as she grows up with her adopted guardian, Daikichii. Rin is the daughter of a manga artist/author mother who abandoned her to Daikichii’s grandfather, who is the father! Daikichii does his best to raise Rin, while Rin unknowlingly makes Daikichii into a better person in her own way. Bunny Drop is unbelievably sweet and addicting. Get your copy from KCPL by going to the catalog here! I personally am not a fan of the original Alice in Wonderland or Alice Through the Looking Glass or even the classic animated "Alice in Wonderland" movie. There is something unnerving about it. Despite that, I absolutely loved Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose. The main character is, of course, the one and only Alice Lidell. Alice is feisty, but she isn't mean, and she stands up for herself and stands her ground when it comes to things she feels strongly about. The male characters are so varied and different, and their character designs are incredible detailed; they have so much depth [...]

Racing to Read 5K Walk & Run Registration Giveaway!

The Kenton County Public Library Foundation's Racing to Read 5K Run & Walk is Saturday, June 8. We are giving away a free registration and a water bottle! You can register to win below. Reasons to run in the Racing to Read 5K:  • CHIP TIMED! • Great prizes! Family friendly! • Participants receive a T-shirt with registration (while supplies last) • Beautiful course throughout downtown Covington • Free pancakes from First Watch after the race • Family-friendly, circus performers • Voted Best of NKY by NKY Magazine in 2012 • Proceeds benefit early childhood literacy efforts           Awards: • Prizes from Better Bodies, Silverlake the Family Place, Road ID, Bob Roncker’s Running Spot and more! • Overall M/F, runner/walker: 1st, 2nd, 3rd win prizes • First place in running and walking age division wins prize • Stroller: overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers win prize Divisions: • Running (13 categories): 14/under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30- 34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70/over • Fitness Walking (6 categories): 29/under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70/over. Walkers must walk the entire course. Walkers who run may be disqualified. • Stroller: overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers win prize Pre-registration: Postmarked by Monday, June 3 $20 individual (do not pay for children in strollers). Includes a T-shirt while supplies last. Online registration: www.runningtime.net. Available through Thursday, June 6, 2013. Packets will be available for pick-up on Friday, June 7 at Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Blvd, Covington from 11:45-4:30 p.m. Race day registration takes place at: Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Blvd, Covington: $25, begins at 7:30 a.m. Includes a T-shirt* Checks or money order only. Please make [...]