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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 [...]

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 [...]