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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 [...]

Simple Cooking for Teens

Maybe you think that cooking is difficult, nearly impossible or you want to kick your basic cooking skills up a notch. Maybe you’re a fast foodie or tired of your same old ramen noodle diet. Whatever your skill level the Kenton County Public Library has you covered with a variety of resources and programs. You’re busy, you don’t have a lot of time to cook but fast food doesn’t have to be junk food. Top Ten Time Tips from Real Food, Real Fast by Sam Stern, young adult author of cookbooks for teens. Don’t waste time wandering round your kitchen looking for an ingredient or piece of equipment. Get organized! Vegetables chopped small take a shorter time to cook. Need the oven? Switch it on-first thing you do. Save time and energy by using the right size pan. Water can take ages to boil, so try not to use too much. Get that lid on the pan for speedier heating. Use time well. If you’re waiting for something to boil or marinate, prep something else. Extra time suits some food like marinating meat, so do’em the day before and fridge’em. Make more food than you need at a time. Double recipes. That’s lots of time saved and other meals taken care of. Take opportunities. If you’ve got bread left over, make breadcrumbs and stick them in the freezer for later. Make stock from roasts. Freeze fruit for crumbles, yogurt bowls and smoothies. Speed things up by using the right stuff. A sharp knife’s faster than a blunt one. Try a hand mixer. Get good equipment and a sharp grater. This book might be for you, it’s organized by minutes for the length of time it [...]

Beyond the Book – CINDER

Do you love to read? Want to discuss your favorite books with other book lovers? Join the teen book club at the Erlanger branch of KCPL! We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. We discuss that month's book, share recommendations for other great books, and do creative writing or craft activities based on the book club choice for that month. There's something for everyone! For June we are reading Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.  Cinder is a retelling of the classic Cinderella story, set in a future in which cyborgs are shunned, a mysterious disease is killing not only the poor but the King of New Beijing, and strange Lunars threaten the world's safety. This popular series has taken the YA Lit world by storm and is a must-read for all romance and dystopian fans!  To find out more about the event, sign-up to attend, or find out how you can get a copy of the book (without a library card or being put on a wait list!) visit our website. 

NKY Fandom Fest

Each year the Teen Librarians at KCPL, BCPL, and CCPL get together to host an event celebrating anime, cartoons, and comics! In the past it was known as NKY Cosplay, and is now called NKY FANDOM FEST!  Continue reading about Fandom Fest

By |March 28th, 2014|Categories: childrens, Featured Post|Tags: , , |Comments Off on NKY Fandom Fest

William E. Durr Lock-In

Friday, July 11, 8pm – Saturday, July 12, 2014, 8am It’s the Annual Durr Teen Overnight! We’ll have movies, pizza, general shenanigans, and FUN! No rest for the weary!! No sleep til Brooklyn!! Registration is required and starts June 1. Preference will be given to teens who have attended a program in June or May’s Late Night Gaming.  If you don’t attend, you risk losing your spot at the Lock-In. Parental permission forms will be available after June 1 through this site. Permission slips are due Monday, July 7. If your form is not in Jessy’s hands, you lose your place at the lock-in.

By |February 14th, 2014|Categories: teens|Tags: , , |Comments Off on William E. Durr Lock-In

February Teen Books

2014 is going to be an amazing year for Young Adult Fiction! If you're ready for a great new book pick up one of our featured fiction novels below at your library, or click the cover to place a hold on a copy. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross is a Morris Award Finalist. Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl in Belle Epoque Paris, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison but soon Maude is enmeshed in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception.      This was one of Eden Rassette's favorite books of 2013. Eden is the Teen Librarian at the Erlanger branch. Find Eden's review of This Song Will Save Your Life on Goodreads! Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.   Madman's Daughter is the debut novel by Megan Shepherd. It's sequel, Her Dark Curiosity, was just released in January 2014.  In Madman's Daughter Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.

Last Minute Gifts and/or Gift Wrapping at Durr

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6 – 8pm Still need to make a present or 5? Come use our art and craft supplies to cross things off your list! Do you already have presents but need to wrap them away from your family? Do you know what a crafty gift wrap nerd Jessy the Librarian is? Show up anytime 6-8! http://www.pinterest.com/plasticbird/last-minute-gifts-12-10-at-6/ http://www.pinterest.com/plasticbird/jessy-is-a-gift-wrap-nerd/ Grades 6-12 welcome    

By |November 19th, 2013|Categories: teens|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 [...]

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