Magic, Manga, Gaming, Baking, Zombies = New Teen Librarian

Eden, the new Young Adult Programming Librarian at Erlanger

Hi, my name is Eden, and being a Young Adult Programmer is my dream job.

I’m still a teenager at heart. Okay, I just turned 25, but really, I enjoy all of the same things that your teenager does. I’m an otaku: that means I’m obsessed with anime, manga, and Japanese culture in general. I’m a gamer: I can talk gaming systems and the latest Mass Effect, I play Magic: The Gathering and have a collection of Yu-Gi-Oh cards at my work desk. I love reading: Young Adult dystopian literature, science fiction and fantasy, and cookbooks are my favorites (see Library catalog to put items on hold). I’m a cosplayer: : I love designing and sewing anime and video game costumes and crafting props and accessories. I’m a baker: I will make dozens of cookies to relieve stress.

I started as the Young Adult Programmer at the Erlanger branch on October 8th. It’s been a crazy month since then! I have to give some thanks to Jessy Griffith from the Durr branch for being a super cool mentor and helping get me into the swing of things. I am also very excited to work with Erin DeSantis, the YA Librarian at the Covington branch, starting next year. Those two have some awesome programs and do really great things for their branches.

Recently some of my program regulars have been asking about what I do at work besides run Teen Space. I just can’t even describe it all. When I leave for work in the morning I have a unique checklist: Harry Potter lunchbox, YA dyslit to check-in, Magic decks, anime magazines, keys, nametag, manga posters. Seriously, I have the best job ever. Most of what I do involves planning and running programs for teenagers and preteens and overseeing the development of the YA collection.

Teen Space is my regular program; it runs every Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 pm. We play video games, card games, board games, look at manga and magazines , use laptops, and just hang out! Once a month we have ErlAnime, Erlanger’s anime club, Teen Movie Night, and a craft program. Chess Club is every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30, and my teen writing group, The Word Processors, meets two Thursdays a month. These are just the regular programs that always happen.

There are a ton of new programs and special events coming up that I am super excited about.

Beyond the Book is my new teen book club. All pre-registered teens for January will get a free copy of the month’s book, “What’s Left of Me,” by Kat Zhang!

Manga Club will start in January, it’s basically a book club focused on manga.

RPG Game Night is also beginning in January, where we’ll play card and board-based Role-Playing Games.

There will be a Magic: The Gathering Free Play Tournament on January 25th: All pre-registered attendees will receive a free deck to play with.

A Zombie Survival Seminar on January 4 will teach you how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse or other disaster situation.

Visit the website or Teen Facebook page for more details about teen programs at Covington, Erlanger or the Durr Branch in Independence. Teens and their parents are encouraged to get to know the teen programmer at their Library. Feel free to ask to meet Erin, Jessy or Eden while at the branch or shoot her an email.  

What is your favorite teen program or YA book?

The Perfect Holiday Gift

By Amy Schardein, Children’s Librarian                                                                              Contributed by Several Kenton County Library Staff Members

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the children in your life? Books are always the right size and can be enjoyed over and over again. You might even win a Joseph Beth gift card in order to buy a book as a gift (see below). But first, here are a few of our top picks for gift giving in 2012. 

2012 Picture Books                                                                                                                                                 Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills                                                                                             Rocket the dog loves reading stories so much that he wants to create his own.  He searches for words until he is inspired by a new friend.  A perfect choice for growing readers and writers!

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems                                                       Three hungry dinosaurs insist they are not conveniently leaving a tidy house prepared to capture a little girl with gold locks.  A funny twist on an old favorite sure to tickle both children and parents.

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen                                                                                             A minnow has taken a hat – it fits him perfectly and was entirely too small for its former owner, but the owner wants it back!

Oh No!  by Candace Fleming                                                                                                  One after another animals fall into a deep hole as a tiger plots their demise. At the last moment, an elephant appears to save the day!  This tale is just suspenseful enough and features lush illustrations by Eric Rohman.

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost                                                                                        Luminous photographs paired with a lyrical poem turn backyard insects into beautiful works of art.  A perfect choice for the nature-loving child.

 2012 Chapter Books                                                                                                        Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney                                                             Fans of Greg Heffley rejoice! The latest book is finally here.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio                                                                                                            Auggie was born with severe facial deformities. When he enters school at 5th grade after years of home schooling everyone knew there would be obstacles to face.  No one knew that Auggie would change everyone around him. This is a moving & beautifully written story.

The Lego Book by Daniel Lipowitz                                                                                       This 2012 update will delight and inspire Lego fans.

Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilkey     Time travel, haunted pants and school pranks abound in this penultimate volume of the beloved Captain Underpants series.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate                                                                  Ivan the Gorilla only remembers life in a dilapidated circus-themed mall. When Ruby, a baby elephant, is added to the exhibits Ivan knows that he must find a better life for her. 

New Holiday Picture Books                                                                                               Santa from Cincinnati by Judi Barrett                                                                                         Did you know that Santa was born in Cincinnati?

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin                                                                             Pete fills in for a sick Santa as only Pete the Cat can.

How do Dinosaurs say Happy Chanukah? By Jane Yolen                                                   The dinosaurs are back and they are celebrating Chanukah.

Dinosaur vs. Santa by Bob Shea                                                                                  Dinosaur (who has previously defeated bedtime ) conquers a series of challenges, including being very very good, and receives Christmas presents from Santa in this sweetly funny Christmas story.

Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli                                                                                               

Baby is so excited to explore Christmas. Leslie Patricelli’s bright and witty illustrations make this a perfect choice for the youngest readers.

Modern Classics                                                                                                                   Ages 0-6

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Ages 7-12

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik

Chasing Vermeer  by Blue Balliett

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

There is no better gift than a book.

You might want to borrow a few books from the Library that you are interested in before choosing to buy. You can also find great book, movie and music gift ideas for the adults and teens in your life by checking out this list. You can also check us out on Pinterest. What books are you giving your family and friends this year?

                                  

Joseph Beth Gift Card Giveaway                                                                                         Would you like to win a $25 Joseph Beth gift card in order to buy a child in your life the perfect book? Here’s your chance! Well actually, you have several chances. Number one is required and the others are optional for more chances to win. Library employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Entries are due by noon on Monday, Nov. 26.

  1. Tell us what your favorite children’s book is by commenting here (required to enter).
  2. Click on “Following” in the upper left hand corner of our blog and comment that you did (I will receive a confirmation email as well).
  3. Share the link to our blog, telling your friends about the contest, on your Facebook page and comment here that you did.
  4.  Check us out on Pinterest and mention here that you did.
  5. Post a picture of a child in your life with a book to our Facebook page and mention here that you did.

Faces and Places of Kenton County

My name is Cierra and I work in the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Kenton County Public Library. I assist patrons with finding answers about their ancestors and researching our vibrant history of Northern Kentucky.

One of the parts of my job that I enjoy is assisting in the scanning, indexing, and uploading  of photographs to the database Faces and Places Northern Kentucky Photographic Archive (commonly known as Faces and Places).  There are so many great stories that have been uncovered and told from photographs in Faces and Places.  This photograph database contains a wide range of topics covering schools, businesses, buildings, people and events.  I enjoy reading the comments that are left by all of you explaining the people, places and meanings behind photographs that are unknown or unidentified. I would like to encourage everyone to leave a comment or two on the photographs in the collection.  You never know—you may find a picture of yourself in our archive! You can search the Faces and Places photographs and leave comments.

Amy Whittlesey (5), Brigette Rambo (5), Donald Powell (5), Brian Hibbler (4), at Beechwood Elementary Thanksgiving on November 24, 1977.

In honor of Thanksgiving I thought I would share one of my favorite Thanksgiving related photographs from Faces and Places. You can leave a comment on the photograph. Are you friends with the Local History and Genealogy Department on Facebook? Post your favorite Faces & Places photo there.

Written by Cierra Earl, Library Associate, Local History and Genealogy Department – Covington

How to Save Money

How to Save Money

Who doesn’t like to save money? I know I do. Most people know they can save money every day at the Kenton County Public Library by borrowing books, movies, music and video games and attending programs. But people don’t realize that there are so many other ways the Library can save them money.

The Library offers several online services, most of which can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection and a Kenton County Public Library card number. Chiltons, Consumer Reports, ValueLine and Morningstar Investment Research Center are just a few of the services.

You can view full issues of Consumer Reports, compare prices, find the best rated products and much more. This is a great resource with the holidays right around the corner. You can find the best rated electronics, appliances, cars and more. You can also compare features. This allows you to make informed decisions before making purchases. I will be using this free online service to choose which netbook will be best for my 10 and 13-year-olds as a gift.

Have you ever wished you could fix your car yourself? Have you thought it’s probably simple enough that you could if you just had a guide? You can access the Chilton Manuals for free through the Library website. You can find out how to replace breaks, change oil, replace plugs, fix a muffler and much more for most makes and models.

ValueLine is an independent investment research and financial publishing firm based in New YorkNew YorkUSA, founded in 1931 by Arnold Bernhard. Value Line is best known for publishing The Value Line Investment Survey, a stock analysis newsletter that is updated weekly and kept by subscribers to the print edition in a large black or green binder. This online service makes it easy to read stock reports.

Morningstar Investment Research Center offers analysis on 1700 stocks, 2000 mutual funds and 300 exchange traded funds (ETFs). While it is primarily designed as a tool for investors, it is also an excellent place to get quick information on a company.

You can also save money with ZINIO, a free online magazine service. You can receive dozens of magazines right to your email inbox for free. Magazines available include Cosmo, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Fitness, Macworld, Popular Mechanics, Parenting, US Weekly, The Nation, Working Mother, Veg News. There are many more titles. Downloading full magazines for free saves money on yearly subscriptions, helps you find great recipes and craft ideas, keeps you up on the latest news and gives you the latest health and fashion trends.

You can use the Library calculator to calculate how much money you save each month with the Library. For example, my family saves over $500 per month by borrowing books and movies from the Library, using Freegal to download music, Zinio for magazines and other Library resources for research.

We are going to help you save money yet another way this month. We are giving away four tickets to the Cincinnati Museum Center. You have four chances to win! Be sure to include your first name and email with each entry. One person will be randomly chosen. Contest ends Monday, Nov. 12 at noon. Library employees and their immediate family members cannot participate.

1.      Post here telling us about your favorite online Library service.

2.      Click follow on the blog and comment here that you did.

3.      Use the Library calculator and tell us how much you save a month.

4.      Like us on Facebook and comment here that you did.

This post was written by Gina Holt, public relations coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library. Gina can be contacted by commenting on the blog or emailing gina.holt@kentonlibrary.org.

Note: Museum tickets were donated.