Library Services Delivered to Your Home

When I was 11, I found out I would need major surgery to correct a problem with my spine. I missed a little over a month of school because I was confined to my home for recovery, and then after that month came to an end I had another three months of extremely limited activity.  I went to school and then came straight home every day. Prior to surgery, I’d gotten into the habit of visiting the library once every week or two and bringing home stacks of books each time – but suddenly I was faced with four months of being cut off from my reading supply. It was a shock for me, especially since this was before the age of the Kindle or the Nook and the possibility to browse through an entire library from the couch.

The goal of the Kenton County Public Library Homebound Services – now part of the larger Outreach Services department – is to provide services to the patrons within Kenton County who find themselves unable to physically visit the library. Most often, when this kind of outreach service is mentioned, people only think of the elderly and books. But in reality there is much more involved in what we do.  We work every day to take all of the excellent services that the Library is known for (like reference, circulation, reader’s advisory, programming, etc.), roll it all into one, and deliver them directly to the homes of our patrons.  Some of the people enrolled in the program are simply the residents of a local senior living facility, other times they are people who can’t get out of their own houses due to a disability, and sometimes they are people who are temporarily unable to use the library because of a serious illness or injury. We serve all ages.

Having books around wouldn’t have made the surgery itself any better for me, and it wouldn’t have shortened my recovery time.  However, it would have made the time pass much easier and faster for both me and my parents.  They certainly didn’t have the time to go get books for me – they had their hands full with helping me recover and maintaining a normal routine for my sister, all while they both worked their own jobs.  Visiting the library was a luxury – and just like other non-essential trips, it was months before it became a part of my life again.  If homebound services were available, the Library would have delivered library materials to me and my family members who were caring for me.

We are here to help Kenton County residents, young and old, who find themselves in a position where they can no longer get to the Library.  Whether it’s because of a disability, they can no longer drive or because they are recovering from a surgery like I was, they are suddenly without access to the Library’s resources. Our job in Homebound is to re-establish the connection between the patron and the library.

If you or someone you know is a Kenton County resident who finds themselves unable to get to the library due to medical limitations or providing care for someone, whether they are 2 or 92, please visit our website or call our office at 859-962-4062 for more information.

Have you used the Library Homebound services? What do you think of this service?

This post was written by Ashlee Hummeldorf with the Library Homebound Services

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Balancing School Work

I am mother of two school-aged children and I was not surprised when I came across an article about the importance of parental involvement in school success.   According to a recent study “while both school and family involvement are important; the role of family involvement is stronger when it comes to academic success.”  Family involvement includes prioritizing school and homework as well as a healthy family relationship. For my family, the library plays an important role supporting academic work.

Many schools use the Accelerated Reader program. After you’ve used www.arbookfind.com to find a book for your child, put it on hold at www.kentonlibrary.org.  You can even request to pick up your books at a drive through and pick them quickly on busy days. Having trouble finding an AR book your child will enjoy?  Stop by or call the children’s department at any location and the children’s staff will help you and your child find a book.

Of course we have the books your child needs for research, but you can access a wealth of resources from your home computer with your library card at www.kentonlibrary.org.    At our house, we’ve used Culture Grams Kids for country reports, watched volcanoes erupting on Grolier Encyclopedia and found an in depth explanation on Access Science.  Someday, I’m sure we’ll use the test prep on Learning Express.  These quality resources are accurate and reliable and a great way to teach your children that research does not begin and end with a search engine. Every time I go to our website, I find a new way to use those databases!

Finally, research shows that children who see their parents reading for pleasure develop into stronger readers themselves. Make sure you are finding book, ebooks and magazines that will keep you reading too!

How are you prioritizing school in your household?

Ms. Amy’s daughter hard at work!

This post was written by Amy Schardein, Covington Library Children’s Librarian

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 books, have discussions, flip through magazines and socialize in this area that’s just for them.

So if you are a teen or know a teen interested in hanging with other teens and reading young adult materials check out our teen website or become a fan of our Teen Facebook page.  Check our catalog or  Good Reads for young adult books.

So what is your favorite YA book? Why?

This post was written by Gina Holt, PR Coordinator

Gina.holt@kentonlibrary.org

One Book, One Community

Since 2007, Northern Kentucky One Book One Community has joined together Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton County Public Libraries in a community-wide reading partnership. With participation from people all around the region, this is a great chance for everyone to read, discuss, and connect over a book specially chosen for this annual occasion.

Each year staff from each of the four library systems look at a wide variety of books. I have been part of the selection committee for several years. We read several books, of both fiction and non-fiction, looking for books that have a connection to the area, an interesting and intriguing story, and an author who can come to the libraries for a final feature event. I always love the evenings with the author (David Giffels was just wonderful last year!) – who else out there has been to these nights? Do you have a favorite?

Well get ready for our 2012 book, Writ of Mandamus, a fast-paced political thriller from local author Rick Robinson. In the book, Congressman Richard Thompson is about to run for reelection and his only opponent is Sean Sullivan, an eccentric lawyer known for wearing fuzzy slippers in the court room and railing about the temperature of the Guinness served at Chez Nora (one of the many places you’ll recognize). But as Thompson and his wife prepare for a long-awaited vacation in Ireland, Sullivan files a writ of mandamus against him, and Thompson realizes that Sullivan is a more formidable candidate than previously thought. Then someone is murdered and the Thompsons are plunged into an investigation involving Keeneland, an Irish horse farm, an attack on CIA operatives and the smuggling of military aircraft parts to the Middle East.

You can pick up a copy of Writ of Mandamus at any branch of the library, and make sure to check out our October events calendar. There will be Legal Lectures at the Durr branch a History of Covington’s Mainstrasse at the Erlanger branch, and several book discussions (I host the one on 10/18) take place at Erlanger throughout the month – everyone is welcome!

And don’t miss your chance to meet Ft. Mitchell author Rick Robinson on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. This special evening will be at the Erlanger Library and it’s always both interesting and fun to hear the author talk about the book and answer patron questions. Writ of Mandamus is the fifth One Book program that I’ve had a chance to be part of – it just keeps getting better! For more information, check out the One Book One Community website at http://www.nkyonebook.org/. Or ask a question here – I’ll be sure to post an answer. 🙂

Written by:

Leigh K. Mauer, MLIS

Readers’ Advisory Librarian

Erlanger Branch Library

The Kenton County Public Library is Spooktacular!

I love October. I think it’s my favorite month of the year. The weather is cooler – perfect for jeans and sweatshirts. The leaves turn beautiful colors, it’s the perfect time for making smores over a bonfire, I enjoy the flavors of fall including pumpkin spiced anything, children are getting excited about Halloween and the programming at the Library is spooktacular!

I love helping my kids design their costumes and decorating my house and yard. “How to Create Spectacular Halloween Costumes” by Louann Brown,” Paper Crafts for Halloween” by McGee, Randel and “Haunted House Adventure Crafts” by Anna Llimos Plomer are great books to assist with decorating and costumes.

Having Zinio online has made cooking, decorating and making costumes even easier!  Zinio is an online service available through the Library that offers thousands of magazine subscriptions for free. I love “Taste of Home Holiday,” “Family Circle,” “Country Living,” “Parenting” and “Women’s Day” for holiday ideas, recipes and more.

The Library offers great fall/Halloween programs this month – all for free. There is a Haunt Your Library contest taking place at the Covington Branch Library for grades 1-6 until October 10. Winning stories will be featured in The Recorder Newspaper and prizes will be awarded.  The Halloween storytimes are definitely the cutest thing we see all year – babies in costume! The Boo Bash, Octoberfest and Pumpkin Carving Party are sure to be a good time. The Haunted Library at the Durr Branch on Friday, Oct. 26 and Sat., Oct. 27 promises to offer thrills, chills and laughs. This is suggested for those 6 and older.

The Durr Branch has a few Dracula themed events this month as well as a presentation by the Paranormal Investigators of Northern Kentucky.  Teens can create Eerie Earrings at the Erlanger Branch. Learn more about programs and register at the www.kentonlibrary.org.

If you are looking for a good scare, you might want to check out one of Alvin Schwartz books like “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” or “More Scary Stories: Tales to Chill Your Bones.” “Haunted Kentucky: ghosts and strange phenomena of the Bluegrass State” by Alan Brown or “Tragedy at Devil’s Hollow: and other haunting tales from Kentucky”  by Michael Paul Henson might be interesting to the adults looking for a scare this October. You can search the Library catalog for more ghost stories, e-books, music and more.

In honor of my favorite month, we will be giving away a Kenton County Public Library Fall Prize Pack. To enter, you must do at one of the things below. Doing all four gives you more chances to win. The contest ends at noon on Monday, Oct. 8.

  1. Comment here telling us what your favorite fall program is at the Library.
  2. Subscribe to one online magazine through Zinio and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow the blog by clicking “follow” in the upper left hand corner.
  4. Post a photo on the Library Facebook page of you or your child in their Halloween costume or their favorite Halloween/fall themed book and comment here that you did.

Be sure to do each entry separately for more chances to win. Winner must be able to pick prize up at one of the Kenton County Public Library branches. Be sure to include your first name and email. Library employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.

Good luck!

This post was written by Gina Holt, public relations coordinator