2013 Racing to Read 5K Walk & Run Registration Giveaway!

Shirt art on shirtThe Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Racing to Read 5K Run & Walk is Saturday, June 8, 2013. We are giving away a free registration and a water bottle! You can register to win below.

Reasons to run in the Racing to Read 5K: 

• CHIP TIMED! • Great prizes! Family friendly!

• Participants receive a T-shirt with registration (while supplies last)

• Beautiful course throughout downtown Covington

• Free pancakes from First Watch after the race

• Family-friendly, circus performers

• Voted Best of NKY by NKY Magazine in 2012

• Proceeds benefit early childhood literacy efforts








• Prizes from Better Bodies, Silverlake the Family Place, Road ID, Bob Roncker’s Running Spot and more!

• Overall M/F, runner/walker: 1st, 2nd, 3rd win prizes

• First place in running and walking age division wins prize

• Stroller: overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers win prize



• Running (13 categories): 14/under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30- 34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70/over

• Fitness Walking (6 categories): 29/under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70/over. Walkers must walk the entire course. Walkers who run may be disqualified.

• Stroller: overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers win prize


Pre-registration: Postmarked by Monday, June 3

$20 individual (do not pay for children in strollers). Includes a T-shirt while supplies last.

Online registration: www.runningtime.net. Available through Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Packets will be available for pick-up on Friday, June 7 at Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Blvd, Covington from 11:45-4:30 p.m.

Race day registration takes place at: Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Blvd, Covington: $25, begins at 7:30 a.m. Includes a T-shirt*

Checks or money order only. Please make checks payable to: KCPL Foundation. Postmark pre-registration by Monday, June 3. Mail to: Racing to Read 5k, c/o Greg McCormick, 10119 Crosier Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. No refunds.


Race Registration and Water Bottle Give Away

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, June 3. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

1. Why do you want to participate in the Library 5K? (required to enter).

2. What is your favorite thing about the Kenton County Public Library?

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.

The winner will be emailed the registration form. The water bottle must be picked up at the race. Library employees and people living in their home are not qualified to win.


Summer Reading Giveaway!

The Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club kicks off this weekend and we are pumped! You can read all the details about the Star Wars-themed kickoff on Friday, May 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Elvis-themed kickoff at the Durr Branch on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. and the circus-themed kickoff at the Covington Branch on Saturday, June 8 at Family Friendly Cincinnati or at the Library website.

To get you ready for Summer Reading (where adults, teens and children can win prizes just for reading all summer long), we have a Summer Prize Pack Giveaway! The prize pack includes a sand bucket, Kenton County Public Library water bottle, an adult sized Summer Reading Club T-shirt designed by illustrator and author David Catrow, a library hand fan, Hawaiian Punch Singles to Go, chalk, bubbles and a bubble wand, a pin wheel and a $5 gift card to Kocanut Joe’s.

src prize packYou can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, June 3. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

1. What is the first book you will read this summer? (required to enter).

2. Who would you share your prize pack with and why?

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: Kocanut Joe’s donated the gift card.

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 eligible to win.

Summer Jobs for Teens

Summer vacation is here! Now it’s time to get a job, right?

Whether you’re looking for a temporary summer job, it’s time for you to get a job that will last throughout the school year, if you graduated from high school and want a full time job, or maybe you’re in college and just need some extra money, we can help you find and secure a job!

If you’re not sure where to start when you want to get a job the best thing to do is think about what’s around you. What business are you able to get to on a daily basis? Where have you been before? Places like Kroger, K-Mart, McDonald’s, Burger King, AMC Theater, Meijer, and Starbucks are often hiring new, inexperienced workers. You could also consider seasonal employment at a place that needs help only for the summer, like the Florence Freedom stadium, King’s Island, the Cincinnati Zoo, and businesses at Newport on the Levee.

If you want to take your job search online try these great websites!


Search for local jobs, stay up to date with local employment news, find out about upcoming job fairs, and more by visiting the Enquirer’s NKY CareerBuilder page!

Visit OneStop Northern Kentucky’s Career Center and make an account to search for jobs, apply for jobs, and get help building your career assets like a resume and job skills.


Jobs-NKY.com, maintained by the NKY Chamber of Commerce, provides a compiled list of positions currently available in the Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati area. If you are interested in any of the positions, follow the instructions provided.

This month at Erlanger we’ve gotten job searching, application, and resume assistance from a Career Councilor from Gateway Community and Technical College! Tomorrow, Wednesday May 29th at 4pm you can get tips and tricks to having a great interview, and even do a practice interview! This will be held in the Meeting Room at the Erlanger branch at 4pm.  I hope to see you there!

Looking to apply for a job right now? Here are some local openings:

Macy’s is hiring Sales Associates!

Maurice’s is opening a new store in the Florence Mall and will be hiring soon!

Golden Corral is hiring!

McDonald’s on Dixie Highway is hiring!

Go here to see if a local White Castle is hiring.

Advance Auto in Independence is hiring!

Several locations of Fifth Third Bank are hiring entry level Retail Associates.

The Petco in Crescent Springs is hiring Pet Stylists, Cashiers, and Sales Associates.



Wild, Wacky Fun at the library this summer!

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!



No registration required.Trilobite (4)

*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.


Father & son at Durr’s Food Fight 2012.

Father & son at Durr’s Food Fight 2012.

William E. Durr

Register at 859-962-4032 beginning on June 1.

*Food Fight

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.

*Wipe Out!       

Warning: you will get wet!

Saturday, July 27 @ 1:00 PM. Ages 5-12.


ErlangerRegister at 859-962-4003 one month prior to event.Mask Making 2 (3)

*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.

*Beginning Puppetry

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.

*Pirate Party                                                                    

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.


Expanded Local History & Genealogy Dpt at Covington Library

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.

Microfilm Machines

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.

Computer Area

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!

Guest Post: Staycations in Kentucky

staycation pic

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.

3rd Street in Maysville

3rd Street in Maysville

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.

Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

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.horsesWhat’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.

The Staycation Prize Pack

The Staycation Prize Pack

Staycation Giveaway:

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:

“60 hikes within 60 miles, Cincinnati : including southwest Ohio, southeast Indiana, and northern Kentucky” by Tamara York

“Kentucky Travel Guide”

“50 hikes in Kentucky : from the Appalachian Mountains to the Land Between the Lakes” by Rogers Hiram

“Hiking Kentucky’s Red River Gorge : your definitive guide to the jewel of the southeast” by Sean Patrick Hill.

“Kentucky Bed and Breakfast’s Guide”

“The complete guide to Kentucky state parks” by Susan Reigle

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.