Fourth Week of Giveaways; Your Holiday Entertainment

What will you be doing over your holiday break?  If you plan on spending the entire break checking your Facebook, watching TV, or playing Farmville you should probably check out some entertainment alternatives. Your local friendly Teen Librarians have compiled some resources to help you out!

Okay, first of all: I have to promote the library for your entertainment needs. You can download 3 free mp3s a week with Freegal and look at a ton of different magazines for free online with Zinio. Just go to this link! You can sign up for Zinio and Freegal accounts with your library card number If you don’t have your card or don’t know your number just give us a call and we can look it up for you! http://www.kentonlibrary.org/ebooks/indextmp.htm

Okay, now let’s get to the real fun. Hopefully you’ll be getting some video games for Christmas. Don’t worry, if you don’t get them you can just check them out from the library!

Borderlands 2 just came out. We will have it. Go here to reserve your copy from the library!

Avengers: Battle for Earth was released in December. You can also get it from the library here!

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Did you get or give an iPad, iPod, or iPhone today?

If you did, welcome to your new favorite game! It’s free, it’s social, and it’s   more fun than endlessly hitting refresh on your favorite webpage until school starts up again.

This is a game called “SpaceTeam”. The first thing you want to do is find 2-4 other people who have also downloaded it and get them in the same wifi or Bluetooth with you. Then your goal is to fix the most breaking-est spaceship ever, by saying silly words! Everyone has a set of controls and some instructions for another player’s controls. Set your Spring-Loaded Irritant to 1, tell your sister to turn off her Twinmill, flip your phone upside-down to avoid asteroids, and do it all before slime completely covers the screen!

If the idea of your house being filled with people shouting about sigmaclappers and wormholes doesn’t actually sound all that great (and your wifi doesn’t extend to a porch or patio you can exile bundled-up players to), have you tried Draw Something yet? It’s a game like Pictionary, where one player is given a random word to draw and their opponent has to guess what’s been drawn.  The app is free and available in iTunes and the Android Market. You can also play online. This is a turn-based game, so there’s less talking with other players and more texting your friends to remind them that it’s their turn.

Fourth Week of Giveaways:

There are so many ways to win!!!  Are you ready to enter the Week 4 Giveaway?! You could win a $25 iTunes gift card and Kenton County Public Library prize bag! To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. Comment here and tell us how a librarian has helped you in the past.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.
  4. Follow the Kenton County Public Library on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.
  5. Follow Eden’s blog The Cosplaying Librarian and comment telling us you did.
  6. Follow Jessy’s blog at What Your Teen Librarian Does All Day and comment here saying you did.
  7. “Like” Teens at Kenton County Public Library and comment here saying you did.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest ends Monday, Dec. 31 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

~*~ Post written by Eden Rassette and Jessy Griffith, Teen Librarians at Kenton County Public Library ~*~

Third Week of Giveaways; Making Life for Educators a Little Easier at KCPL!

The Kenton County Public Library supports education in our community in several ways including special library cards for teachers and specific programs for homeschoolers. For week three of giveaways, we have a pencil pouch filled with goodies, a Library tote bag, several bookmarks and a $20 gift card to John R. Green. But first, let’s talk about some of the ways the Library can help make education a little easier at home and in the classroom.

Biology, social studies, geometry; oh my! Being a teacher that provides schooling at home or in the classroom can be a lot to handle at times; balancing curriculums and finding the right books to pair with a lesson takes time, but the library is here to help.  Most people don’t know that we have services catered specifically to help teachers and students in a homeschool setting.

All three branches of the Kenton County Public Library now host homeschool programs on a regular basis that teach your child the subjects they need to learn. We’ve had huge success with these programs and we’re always eager to see new faces. While at our programs, children have created rock candy and cracked open geodes while learning about geology, visited the Extension Office to learn about growing and harvesting, and explored chemical reactions by combining Mentos and Diet Coke to make a skateboard rocket. Each program offers an exciting topic and new opportunities to learn through hands-on activities and visual aids, not to mention interaction with their peers.

Our programs are designed to be stand-alone lessons, making them a great supplement to what you’re already teaching your children at home. We like to have fun, but we take our programs seriously. We pay attention to the Kentucky Core Content Standards so that you can rest assured that our homeschool programs are educational and not just fun and games. So sit back, relax, and let us help them learn. Each branch offers homeschool programs on a wide variety of topics at regular intervals, so be sure to check our calendar to see which programs fit your needs and schedule. We also have a great list of resources that the Library carries on our Pinterest page.

Not only do we offer great programs for children, we offer perks for the educators who help them learn. We offer special cards for teachers, both homeschool and traditional teachers alike, so you don’t have to use your personal card to check out books for your classroom. With a teacher card you can check out up to 50 books for 28 days, and we offer a nice little bonus: a 14-day grace period from fines for items that don’t make it back quite on time. All you have to do is show us a current school ID and paperwork, such as a pay stub, to confirm your occupation and we’ll set you up with a card.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and stressed with lesson planning, let us help you by gathering books for your next lesson. You can submit a request for a Teacher Collection at any of our locations in person, by phone or online, and we’ll gather books for your next lesson. Just tell us your topic and how many books you’d like us to gather and we’ll carefully select books that fit your request and make sure they’re ready when you need them. We know being an educator of any kind takes a lot of hard work and preparation, and we’re here to help.

We’re always glad to hear feedback from you on how we can improve our programs or expand them to reach new audiences. Feel free to comment below on suggestions you have for us regarding teacher services and homeschool services. Here’s what others have had to say about our homeschool programs:

“I love the hands on activities for the kids. Group is so interactive and adaptable for all three of my children (grades 4, 6, and K). They all look forward to coming every month and continue to talk about each program for days to come. Truly educational and fun.”  –The House family

“We love the Homeschooler’s Club! My two kids (9 & 6) are so excited to come each month. The activities are always very engaging and educational. We also enjoy the variety presented each month and the wonderful resources that you send home. Thank you for an excellent program.” –Anonymous

“I am so thankful that there is a homeschool group at the library. It is always so organized and informative. My kids love all the programs and we always sign up at the beginning of the month. Thank you all so much!” –Anonymous

Third Week of Giveaways:

Are you ready to enter the Week 3 Giveaway? To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. Share this post with a friend via email, Facebook or Twitter and comment here that you did.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.
  4. Follow the Kenton County Public Library on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest ends Monday, Dec. 24 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

This post was written by Krysta Wilham, Children’s Staff Member at Durr

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A Homeschooled Family

Second Week of Giveaways; Job Search Central

The Kenton County Public Library wants to help you with your job search, boost your resume and get you the computer skills you need.  We are giving away an eReader case, along with a $20 Amazon gift card (to possibly use on job search book or magazine), a bookmark on how to download free eBooks from the Library, a tote bag, library card holder and a cool cup! But first, let’s talk about some of the ways the Library can help with your job search.

Do you see yourself or a friend in any of the following scenarios?

  • Downsized professional?
  • Stay at home Mom returning to the paid workforce?
  • Thinking about changing careers?
  • Recent college graduate?
  • Senior looking for part-time work?
  • Skilled tradesman with no computer skills?
  • Looking to grow your current job skills?

Then think of the Kenton County Public Library as Job Search Central. The library has a myriad of resources available to aid you in your job search and help you grow your career skills. Turn to the library’s website to find the best and most up-to-date books on the job search hunt, career change, writing powerful resumes, composing strong cover letters and developing fresh interviewing skills. Our collection development staff ensures that the latest editions of “What Color Is Your Parachute?”  by Richard Nelson Bolles and “Knock’em Dead Resumes”  by Martin Yate are always available to library users. No two job seekers are alike, so resources are selected to serve the needs of job searchers in diverse situations. You can find both hard cover and eBooks on resume writing for executives, preparing for positions with the Federal government or seeking a new job out of prison. The website also has links to the most respected online help sites for resume writing and conducting research on posted positions. Consult a reference librarian at any of our three branches for the resources best suited to your personal situation.

This winter the library will offer a series of classes at the Erlanger Branch to jump start a job search. A Job Research Skills class will teach participants how to use Demographics Now, a Library online service, and other key resources to help find companies that are hiring, how to dig up data for interviews and pin-point appropriate contacts. Target Your Resume Workshop will feature a brief presentation on how to flesh out the critical skills posted in an open position in your field and streamlining your resume to clearly fulfill those needs. Individual resume help with a reference librarian will be available at the Covington Branch.

Social media sites are growing in prominence as conduits for job searches. If you missed the library’s recent class on How to Use LinkedIn, email Natalie Ruppert, Reference Librarian in Covington to schedule a 30 minute help session to learn how to effectively “network” via the site. If you know someone struggling to gain computer skills, the library also offers regular classes for First Time Computer Users plus classes on using Microsoft Office Suite including MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint at all three branches for free. Susan Rasche, Covington’s Computer Learning Center Coordinator offers limited individual computer help sessions.

The Library also offers online Self-Paced Software Classes and Occupation Practice Tests from Learning Express and Mango Foreign Language courses. You do need a free library card for some of these services. Save time, save money and get the support you need for your job search at the Kenton County Public Library today!”

Second Week of Giveaways:

Are you ready to enter the Week 2 Giveaway? To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. Tell us how a librarian has helped you in the past.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.
  4. Follow the Kenton County Public Library on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest ends Monday, Dec. 17 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

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This post was written by Natalie Ruppert, reference librarian at the Covington Branch

Four Weeks of Giveaways

Yes, you read that right; The Library will have four weeks of giveaways! This week we are starting off with an awesome tote bag filled with books, a library card holder, a Kenton County Public Library coffee mug, $5 Starbucks gift card and $5 off any purchase at Joseph Beth. The books are: “Make a Gingerbread Man” by Conni Medina, an advance copy of “The Bell Bandit” by Jacqueline Davies, a great read for boys and girls 9 and older, an advanced copy of “The Last PoliceMan” by Ben Winters, an adult fiction murder mystery story, an advance reader’s copy of “Laugh With the Moon” by Shana Burg, a young adult book about a teen dealing with loss and finding her way, “Hey, That’s Not Trash” by Renee Jablow, a great book for young readers about recycling, and “Drawing and Learning about Fashion” by Amy Bailey Muehlenhardt, a fabulous how to book for tweens and teens interested in fashion. There really is a book for everyone in this prize pack. The winner can keep them for the family or give them as gifts. Details on how to enter are below.

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In addition to setting you up with a fabulous bag of books, the Library can help with the holidays in so many other ways. Let’s start with shopping. Are you looking for an e-reader, a computer, a car, TV or other item that has many choices and you aren’t sure what to buy? We have staff who can teach you how to use Consumer Reports Online and it’s free. You can even access this online service from your home. We also have staff who can explain the difference between e-readers and teach you how to download books for free. Did you buy someone an iPod and want to load it with a few songs? Check out Freegal where you can download three free songs per week.

Interested in making gifts this year? The Library has you covered! We have knitting, scrapbooking and craft programs for adults and teens. Are all the gifts bought but you don’t know how you are going to wrap them without prying eyes? No worries! Come to the Holiday Workshop at the Durr Branch and wrap  presents. Bring your own supplies.

Whether you are looking for new recipes, craft ideas, holiday music or fun holiday traditions, the Kenton County Public Library has a book, magazine, movie or music for you. Check out the catalog and put items on hold. You can pick your materials up at the drive-thru or inside at any of the three branches. And be sure to check this list if you are looking to buy books, music or movies as gifts.

Are you ready to enter the Week 1 Giveaway? To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. Tell us your favorite holiday book or Kenton County Public Library program.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did (we will also receive a confirmation email).
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.

Easy, right?  Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick their prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

This post was written by Gina Holt, Public Relations Coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library