Young Adult Books on Screen

A plethora of YA books have been made into movie and T.V. adaptations from S.E. Hinton’s, The Outsiders to Suzanne Collins’, The Hunger Games.  Teen novels are awesome, super-charged stories that brilliantly tell their tale; no matter if it is historical, supernatural, apocalyptic or realistic, the stories work for the big screen.

A few months ago, The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out into the movie theaters and it stayed true to the book.  Warm Bodies and Beautiful Creatures were released in February.   Soon, we’ll have YA heavy hitters:  The Host by Stephanie Meyer and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins venture into the movie industry.  In the near future, Ender’s Game and Divergent will be released and many others are making their way from the pages of a book to our movie theatres or T.V. screens.

Here’s a short list of movies that have already hit the screen:

The Outsiders, The Walking Dead, The Carrie Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Flipped, Beastly, Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist,  Perks of Being a Wallflower, Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I Am Number Four, the list could go on and on…

Released this Friday:

The Host (In Theaters March, 29th 2013)

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Currently In Development:

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World War Z, If I Stay, Unwind, Ghostopolis, The Angel Experiment:  A Maximum Ride Novel, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Wake, The Bell Jar, Ender’s Game (In theaters November 1st, 2013), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (In theaters August 23rd, 2013), 13 Reasons Why, Delirium, Firelight, How I Live Now, Maze Runner, Paranormalcy, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Untitled (Vampire academy project), A Great and Terrible Beauty, Shiver, Untitled (House of Night Project), Catching Fire (In theaters November 22, 2013)

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2014

Deathnote, Gone, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Wings

2015

Scorpio Races

Sure we as readers worry that the movie will not meet our expectations but in the end it’s a new way to experience the story and will bring new readers to these great YA books.

Check out this list of YA books to Movies available at the Kenton County Public Library and if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, put them on hold.

So, what are your thoughts about the upcoming YA book to movie adaptations? Which of these books turned into movies are you most looking forward to seeing?

Keep the conversation going here or in your local YA space with your YA Librarians:

Jessy at the William E. Durr Branch, Eden at the Erlanger Branch or Erin at the Covington Branch

See YA at the movies!

-blog written by Erin DeSantis, YA Librarian at the Covington Branch

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Surprise Giveaway!

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The Kenton County Public Library is giving away a voucher for four tickets to the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Disney’s Cinderella Kids. You get to pick the date: Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 13 at 5 p.m.

The Summary: The timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love! With a beautiful score including “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and the classic “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” this musical will charm its way into your heart, and remind you that dreams really can come true.

The Credits: Music and Lyrics by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Marcy Heisler
Music Adapted and Arranged by Bryan Louiselle
Based on the Screenplay by Ken Anderson and Homer Brightman
Directed by Jay Goodlett

Dates of the Show:

Friday, April 12 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 13 at 2 PM*
Saturday, April 13 at 5 PM
Sunday, April 14 at 2 PM
Saturday, April 20 at 2 PM

How the Giveaway Works:

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Friday, March 29. 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 why you want the tickets (required to enter).

2. Become a fan of the Kenton County Public Library Facebook page and comment here that you did.

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 the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati gave the Library four tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner.

The winner must pick the voucher up the Covington, Durr, or Erlanger Branch Library. Library employees and those living in their household are not eligibile to win.

Booker Buddy Club Celebration

booker buddyAs a child, I could never wait for my birthday. Not because I got a birthday cake or because my parents threw me a party, but because I got a key to open up the castle at the local toy store. It was a magical experience twisting that key and walking into the castle to pick out a free toy for my birthday. At the library, we’ve designed a birthday program just for kids so that they can pick out a special treat for their birthday. We don’t have a castle, but we have a giant dog bone filled with prizes just waiting for birthday boys and girls!

Become a Booker Buddy!

You may be asking “Who is Booker?” Booker is our lovable, furry mascot for the library. Becoming one of his buddies gives you access to fun birthday festivities and a special party each year in April! It’s easy to become a member:

  • Sign up any time! Just stop by the Children’s Desk at any of our locations for an application.

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  • Children ages 0-12 are eligible for the club.
  • Children will receive a birthday card during the month of their birthday. They can bring in their card to pick out a cool prize, like a glow-in-the-dark cup!
  • In April, you’ll be invited to our Booker Bash, a special birthday party for our mascot, Booker, and all of his buddies!
  • Check out Visit Booker’s website for coloring sheets and more fun!

Members are invited to join us on April 18 at 7:00 PM at the Durr branch in Independence or April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Erlanger Branch to celebrate Booker’s birthday! We’ll have a visit from Wild Thing, from Maurice Sendak’s popular book Where the Wild Things Are. There will be plenty of birthday festivities, snacks, and fun. Don’t forget to bring your camera to snap a shot with Booker and Wild Thing! Click here to register.

Booker (2)Not signed up? What are you waiting for?! Give us a call, stop by, or go online to fill out an application today!

And as an added bonus, we have a giveaway for you! We have a Joel the Singing Librarian CD for one lucky winner!

 

 

 

 

 

How the Giveaway Works:

You can enter several ways. The more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win. Enter by noon on Monday, March 25. We will randomly choose a winner who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

1. Comment on this post saying why you want the CD (required to enter).

2. Become a fan of the Kenton County Public Library Facebook page and comment here that you did.

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: Joel the Singing Librarian donated the CD to give away to one lucky winner.

The winner must pick the CD up the Covington, Durr, or Erlanger Branch Library. Library employees and those living in their household are not eligibile to win.

This post was written by Krysta Wilham, Library Associate at the William E. Durr branch of KCPL

Cincinnati Ballet Surprise Giveaway

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The Kenton County Public Library is giving away a voucher for two tickets to the Cincinnati’s Ballet’s Prodigal Son. You get to pick the date: March 22 or 23. This triple bill includes Prodigal Son, Extremely Close and Concerto #4.

The choreography for the Prodigal Son is done by George Balanchine and the music by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Carmon DeLeone. The Prodigal Son serves as a reminder of unconditional love. Prodigal Son stands as an enduring testament to the redemptive grace of a father’s love and the power of forgiveness as a wayward son finds his way back home.

In conjunction with Prodigal Son, Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to present Extremely Close. The music and dance are weaved together to provide a thought-provoking and beautiful piece.

Concerto #4 is a world premiere work, choreographed and created by Cincinnati Ballet’s own Associate Artistic Director Devon Carney. Set to the fourth composition of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti, Concerto #4 “is a work without story,” says Carney.

How the Giveaway Works:

You can enter several ways. The more times you enter, the more chances you have to win. Enter by noon on Friday, March 15. We will randomly choose a winner who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

1. Comment on this post saying why you want the tickets (required to enter).

2. Become a fan of the Kenton County Public Library Facebook page and comment here that you did.

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 Cincinnati Ballet gave the Library the two tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner.

The winner must pick the voucher up the Covington, Durr, or Erlanger Branch Library. Library employees and those living in their household are not eligibile to win.

Your Irish Heritage

March is not only the beginning of Spring, but a time when genealogists and historians may focus their attention to their Irish roots. The Kenton County Public library offers many resources to help you research Irish genealogy records and family histories.  A great place to start your research project is at the Kenton County Public Library’s Genealogy Webpage, wherfunerale you can access our online research resources–many of which can be used from home with your library card.

One of our resources, The Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index, may lead you to an article or obituary on an Irish ancestor.  Using the Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index we were able to find the citation for this obituary which appeared in the Kentucky Times Star for Matthew McGee. McGee was born in Ireland in 1830 and died in Covington on October 19, 1915.

di80043.jpgThe photograph database, Faces and Places: The Northern Kentucky Photographic Index, may contain a portrait of an Irish relative. Pictured is The McGing Traditional Irish Dancers from Cincinnati performing at the 1990 Gala Irish Party at Cliff and Pat Boreland’s new home in Villa Hills on March 16, 1990. This photograph was found in the Faces and Places Archive and don’t forget you can leave comments on photographs in Faces and Places!

If you are looking for more detailed descriptions of what records we have available, check out our Guide to the Collection. Also, don’t forget to search the library catalog for all things relating to Ireland and Irish genealogy. Do you have ancestors from Ireland that traveled to Northern Kentucky? What resources would you recommend for researching Irish ancestors and history? Tell us about it!

This post was written by Cierra Earl, Library Associate in the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Covington branch.

What is Early Childhood Literacy?

cropped-kcpl-164.jpgWhen I tell people I’m a children’s librarian at the Kenton County Public Library who specializes in early childhood work they usually ask me if I teach babies to read. That is not what we do at the library.  We teach children and their parents how to develop early literacy skills.  Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can read or write. When children have strong early literacy skills they will be ready to learn to read.

To read, the whole brain must be used and it takes a lot of practice to learn. Luckily, it is easy and fun to develop early literacy skills in young children.  Everyday activities like talking, singing, playing and of course, reading, all work together to help your child be ready to learn to read when the time comes.  Here are a few ways to help the children in your life become readers.

  • Talk with them. Not just near them. Make eye-contact and give them time to respond. When your baby or toddler makes any noise in response react positively.
  • Actively play with your children. There is no gadget better than an engaged adult.  Peek-a-boo, pretend play, blocks, trucks, and (my favorite) enjoying the outdoors all help your child develop a wide variety of early literacy skills.
  • Share music with your children. Music can build family bonds while developing several key early literacy skills. Sing, listen to music together, and don’t forget to dance!
  • Read every day. If your child can’t or won’t sit still for a book don’t worry. They can listen while they are moving. My son learned to walk and didn’t sit down for a book until a year later and he had grown into a strong reader.   You also don’t have to read all at once. Little moments count too – waiting in the grocery line, during bath or meal times and waiting rooms are perfect places to use books. Don’t forget, there is always storytime!
  • Show your children our world. Point out the colors, shapes, letters and patterns that surround us. Pretty soon they will be pointing it all out to you!

It’s also important that children have positive early experiences with books. The library is hosting the annual Early Childhood Literacy Fair on April 5, 10:30-1:30 at our Covington Branch and this should be one of those experiences! The fair is funded by the Kenton County Community Early Childhood Council. At the fair you will find a family photo booth so you can remember the day, activities from the Contemporary Arts Center and Cincinnati Museum Center, great information for a variety of agencies and companies and at 1 p.m., a family concert with Zak Morgan.  The first 400 children will receive a free book and there are plenty of other trinkets for children to collect while parents are picking up information. Children under 36 months can complete a developmental screen with their parents for special prizes.

This post was written by Amy Schardein, early childhood literacy librarian. Learn more about Amy and storytimes.

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 Note: This post was updated on 3/27/14 to reflect the 2014 Literacy Fair