Looking for a fun way to spend the summer with your children? Look no further! The Kenton County Public Library offers dozens of free programs each week for children of all ages. Beat the summer vacation blues by coming to one of our wacky themed programs!
Whether your kids are into mess-making, puppets, or digging up dinosaur bones, we’ve got you covered! Here’s just a sampling of some of the fun things we have planned for this summer!
Our programs fill up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot well in advance!
*Ice Age Mammoths
Thursday, June 20 @ 2:00 PM. Grades Pre-K-2.
Presented by Behringer Crawford Museum.
*Fossils, Fossils & More Fossils!
Tuesday, July 23 @ 2:00 PM. Grades 3-6.
Presented by Behringer Crawford Museum.
*Craft it. Eat it.
Make wacky food and eat it, too!
Wednesdays in June & July @ 2:00 PM. Ages 5-12.
William E. Durr
Register at 859-962-4032 beginning on June 1.
Warning: you will get messy!
Registration open now! Saturday, June 15 @2:00 PM. Grades 1-6 & a parent.
*Madcap Puppets: Fantastic Fairy Tales
Watch a wacky puppet show!
Saturday, July 13 @ 11:00 AM. Grades Pre-K-5 & a parent.
Warning: you will get wet!
Saturday, July 27 @ 1:00 PM. Ages 5-12.
*Mask-Making: Part I & II
Make a mask one week, come back and decorate it the next!
Thursday, June 20 & 27 from 2:00-3:30 PM. Ages 6-12.
Dino-stories, make a dino-craft, and participate in trivia!
Sunday, June 23 @ 2:00 PM. Ages 3-8 & a parent.
Learn the basics of putting on a puppet show!
Tuesday, June 25 @ 2:00 PM. Ages 8-12.
Decorated mask made at Erlanger’s Mask-Making in 2012.
Ahoy mateys! We’ll read pirate stories and make a pirate-themed craft, too!
Friday, June 28 @ 4:00 PM. Ages 3-7.
*It’s a Zoo in Here!
We’ll read wacky stories and make a fun craft!
Friday, July 19 @ 4:00 PM. Ages 3-7.
Want to see more of the programs we offer throughout summer? Visit our website to see what we have going on and to reserve your spot. You can also learn about our great programs by watching this video. Stop in for great reading suggestions too!
What is your favorite thing about summer at the library?
This post was written by Krysta Wilham, Library Associate at the Durr branch.
The Local History and Genealogy Department has opened in its new space at the Covington location of the Kenton County Public Library. The department is now located on the top floor, and is staffed all hours when the library is open. The department’s collection includes Kentucky Biographies, Kentucky Fiction, Kentucky Non-Fiction, Kentucky Reference (containing numerous books on many Kentucky counties), city and business directories dating back to the 1830s, maps, and many more resources for doing genealogy and history research. Come enjoy the quiet workspace and dig deeper into your family history!
Looking south in the Local History and Genealogy Department. The chairs and tabletops from the Carnegie library were refurbished and used in the new space.
Beth uses one of the microfilm machines to look up newspaper articles.
Need a map? The department has city, county, regional and state maps of Kentucky.
If you’re interested in accessing online databases such as Ancestry.com, geNKY, or Faces and Places, we have eight new computers dedicated to this purpose. Staff members are readily available to assist you with using these resources.
Check out our video of the new department! Have you visited the new department yet? Let us know what you think!
This week we are excited to have a guest post by Deborah Kohl Kremer. Deborah is a local freelance reporter and author of An Explorer’s Guide; Kentucky. We also have an awesome giveaway at the end of the post.
As the summer season approaches, we tend to look forward to the longer days, warmer temperatures and finding an answer to the familiar question, where are you going on vacation? One way to end the monotony of looking for hotel deals from the former commander of the Space Ship Enterprise, counting up for credit card points for a stand-by airline seat, and trying to figure out if your family can fit in a compact or an economy rental car, is to cast it all aside and put your efforts into a Staycation.
Sleep in your own bed, make breakfast in your own kitchen then hit the open road, finding destinations full of outdoor fun, history lessons, and even….. right here in Kentucky, all take about a two hour drive or less from Kenton County.
Head east to the darling river city of Maysville. In addition to their walkable downtown with cute shops, restaurants and art galleries, Maysville is home to the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center a fabulous place to learn about the area. Actually three museums in one, they host a historical reference library, a regional history museum and a miniatures museum. The first two are a history-lovers paradise, but if you have anyone in your party who is not all that into history, it is hard to not be captivated by the Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection. The collection is giant but each scene, house and room is a recreation created on a 1/12 scale. Think teeny, tiny.
If outdoorsy activities are on the agenda, hiking trails of all levels can be found in all parts of the Bluegrass State. Some as close asinside Highland Cemetery in Ft. Mitchell, and the 2 mile walking path through the Boone County Arboretum at Central Park in Union or you can head for some heavy-duty hiking at the Red River Gorge and adjacent Natural Bridge State Park. Situated in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, the gorge features limestone arches, rugged terrain, scenic vistas and looks much the same as it did back when Daniel first paid a visit in the late 1700s. Many of these attractions are the destination of hiking trails, but several are situated near roads and parking areas so if you really are not into hiking, you can still get there. At the Natural Bridge, they offer another attraction to get to the top: an unexpected ski lift. This lift travels the ½ mile up the mountain and drops you off within walking distance of the bridge. It is a scenic way to get to the top, but only recommended for those who are not afraid of heights.What’s a Kentucky Staycation without some horses? Head down I-75 to Louisville and set your sites on Churchill Downs. Not only the home to the famous Kentucky Derby for more than 100 years, Churchill is also home to the Kentucky Derby Museum. This interactive museum lets you climb into an actual starting gate, see trophies the equally-famous ladies hats from past derbies, and watch the 360-degree high-definition presentation called The Greatest Race, taking viewers through the process of what it takes to win the Kentucky Derby. Don’t forget to sign up for a backside tour of Churchill while you are there. The van-tour gives a fantastic perspective into the world of horse racing. And, of course, if Churchill has live racing going on, go ahead and plunk $2 down on the longshot. Who knows? Your winnings might pay for your lunch.
All of these Staycation tips can be beefed up or scaled back. Pack your lunch and eat at a nearby park or rest area or do a little research and look for a nearby mom and pop restaurant. If you don’t want to spend money on a meal, maybe just a little treat from a locals-favorite bakery or candy store. Kentucky offers a myriad of things to do and places to see. Sometimes the best part of any of these destinations is the journey to get there. Enjoy your travels as well as your companions.
We are giving away an autographed first edition copy of “An Explorer’s Guide; Kentucky” by Deborah Kohl Kremer, an autographed copy of “Adventures Around Cincinnati” by Laura Hoevener and Terri Weeks, a Kenton County Public Library water bottle, a KCPL backpack and a KCPL key chain card holder.
You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, May 13. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.
1. Comment on this post saying where you would like to visit in Kentucky (required to enter).
2. Tell us what your favorite resource for a Kentucky staycation is.
3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did.
4. Follow this blog by hitting follow and comment that you did.
Disclaimer: The authors donated the books to the Library for the giveaway.
The winner must pick the prize up at the Covington, Durr, or Erlanger Branch Library. Library employees and those living in their household are not eligibile to win.
Other Books We Suggest for Staycations:
There are hundreds of books about Kentucky at the Library. Stop by any of the locations and ask a member of the reference desk to help find the right book for you.
Top 10 Sanity Savers for Your Next Family Road Trip
My husband and I always debate on who gets to drive. Yes, who gets to drive. Normally neither one of us is a big fan of driving, but on a long road trip the driver gets a break while the co-pilot serves a cabin full of cranky travelers. So, since I usually end up as co-pilot I’ve created a quick list of sanity savers.
1. eBooks & Traditional Print Books (read-a-loud from Blio)
Of course I always start with books! I bring a wide selection of traditional and ebooks. Lift-the-flap books are always great for young children. I have a lot of the Little People Lift the Flap books and they were a hit with my son and now my daughter loves them.
If you have a tablet you should definitely download the Blio app and use our website to send great picture books to it. Some of the stories will read aloud to the child. We also have books for older children in Blio as well as Overdrive.
2. Colored Pencils and a Drawing Pad
I always like to use colored pencils instead of crayons for the car. The last thing I want to find is a melted crayon in my carpet and with colored pencils you don’t have to worry about that issue. Crayola has a twistable colored pencil that never needs sharpening.
3. Plastic Bags
Ah, my guilty pleasure is a zipper bag. If you have an earth friendlier bag I heartily endorse it. However, I use these things like crazy on a road trip. Practically everything goes into a bag. I do try to reuse them whenever possible.
4. Fruits & Veggies
Since I let them sit in front of a screen for hours I try not to give in to the junk food monster on our road trips. Using plastic bags or containers I make fruit, veggie and nut snacks. I figure we’ll be eating enough ice cream when we get to our destination! We can go healthy on our way there and back.
5. Small Box
I like to use a small box to contain all their toys, pencils and papers. It seems to make it easier to find stuff instead of me having to dig through their backpacks. The boxes I use also can fold flat if you need to get them out of the way.
Stop by the Library for movies movies movies! You can check out up to 10 DVDs per Library card. I usually take the DVDs out of the plastic cases and put them in a portable flip case so that they are easier to manage. If you don’t have a dvd player you can borrow a Playaway View from the library. We have many fun and educational titles.
Find a nice rest stop or park to stop and have a picnic. After sitting for hours it gives your kids a chance to run around and explore while you get lunch ready.
8. Audio Books
If you or your children get motion sickness from reading you may want to try an audio book. This can be a great way for the entire family to follow along to a story or pop in own earbuds and listen to a book on your phone. *Secret mom tip – close your eyes and pretend like you’re asleep and you may be left alone for up to five minutes.
Use Freegal to create a fab playlist for your family. We have lots of kid friendly songs in our collection as well as radio edits of many popular albums available for older children.
Don’t forget to bring the fun! One of my funniest memories of a certain notorious reality TV mother of 8 children was when they were at an amusement park and she screams at them “WE’RE MAKING MEMORIES”! Whenever I start to get irritated I think about that scene and laugh. So, get out there and make some memories.
One final note, just remember…
It’s prom time, so let’s talk about hair and makeup!
If there’s one thing I (Jessy the Librarian) love as much as stories, it’s probably lipstick. Or maybe eyeliner. One of the best place I’ve found for (non-video) makeup/hair tutorials is The Beauty Department. I love the idea of taking this studded eyeliner but using crystals and liner in different colors.
This is definitely the sort of thing I would run a trial on first. Test out creating the look, then have a backyard dance party or just jump around a lot—make sure those crystals stay put!
When it comes to pretty hair, my own personal taste is basically “shove it all up behind your head in a messy chignon or at the nape of your neck in a messy bun with lots of pretty bobby pins.” But this isn’t a blog about what Jessy the Librarian would dress up like; it’s full of tips and tricks and DIYs for all sorts of tastes!
If you have straight hair (or want to straighten your hair for prom), Martha Stewart has lots of guides.
Want more ideas for prom hair and makeup? Check out our prom-related pinterest board!
This post was written by Durr Young Adult Librarian Jessy.
Children notice things. Every year in this country, in the space of 5 weeks, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. An observant child will inevitably ask “So, when is Children’s Day?” Of course, the standard answer from every parent is “Every day is Children’s Day!”
Actually, the observant child has a point. Seventy-seven countries around the world celebrate a Children’s Day during the course of a year. The United States is one of the few developed nations that does not. In Mexico, Children’s Day is celebrated every year on April 30. That day is called El día de los niños. It is quite a celebration, too! Schools have carnivals, towns have parades, and children receive special treats. Mexican immigrants in the American southwest brought their observance of Children’s Day into their communities in this country, and in 1996, a children’s author named Pat Mora noticed. She thought it was a wonderful idea to celebrate children, but her background as an educator and author led her to think that it would be even better to celebrate children’s books! That was the beginning of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).
With the support of children’s librarians and teachers, Pat Mora’s idea has spread across the country. This year, hundreds of libraries and schools will celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day sometime near April 30. In our community, we have two opportunities to celebrate.
On Saturday, April 27, from 1:00 -4:00 p.m., the Kenton County Public Library will partner with the Cincinnati Public Library to hold a joint celebration at the Bond Hill Branch. The celebration will include performers, crafts, and free books for children. On Tuesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m., enjoy a Bilingual Puppet Show at the Erlanger Branch. Children’s Librarians Lise Tewes and Theresa Goedde, with the help of Spanish speaking volunteers, will present a short puppet show in English and Spanish. Free books will be available for all the children in attendance. Plan to participate in one or both of these events to celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day this year!
This post was written by Lise Tewes, children’s librarian at the Erlanger Branch.
Kenton County Schools are on spring break and we are looking at a high of 80 degrees today!!! You could cool off with a $5 Kocanut Joes Frozen Yogurt gift card and Kenton County Public Library water bottle! You have three chances to win. Be sure to enter each way with a separate comment for more chances to win. The contest only runs until 2 p.m. today, Wed., April 10. Two winners will be randomly chosen. Winners will pick the prize up at the Erlanger Branch Library.
How to enter:
1. Comment here telling us your favorite part of spring break (required).
2. Share this contest on Twitter or through Facebook and comment telling us you did.
3. Follow this blog and comment that you did.
Disclaimer: The gift cards were given to the Kenton County Public Library to giveaway to lucky blog readers.