Final Chance to Win a Laptop!

studying coffeeI know, I know, school has been going on for almost two weeks now and everyone is ready for scarves and pumpkin lattes and fall.

But you know what just isn’t ready to end yet? KCPL’s Summer Reading Contest. Do you want a laptop? Now is your last chance to put in all your entries at or your most convenient KCPL branch’s reference desk. Each branch is choosing their laptop winner Tuesday, September 3.

What counts as entries? Everything you have read cover to cover since June 1: comics, ebooks, manga, fiction, nonfiction…

If you are blanking on what to read next, I just finished this and am a huge fan. It has all sorts of things I like in a story: historical fiction about an interesting time period she doesn’t know much about (America during WWI), a pandemic (flu), science, and ghosts!

If that doesn’t sound like something you’d like, why not ask your friendly neighborhood teen librarian? Erin, Eden, and I (Jessy) are all available to give you ideas on what you might want to read.

If you want one more program attendance chance to win (you can put in entries for every Kenton County Library program you’ve attended since June 1), there will be a Bento Box lunch program at Erlanger tomorrow, Wednesday August 28, at 4pm. Register here. teen program event

Even if you didn’t win anything this summer, don’t be sad—we have tons of great contests, events & giveaways coming up this fall at each KCPL branch! Check out our new program calendar & get weekly emails about what’s coming up at the library!

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with us!

       Ever wanted to experience what it would be like to live in another country? Think it would be fun to try new foods, meet new people, and experience a different culture? Look no further! We are your one-stop-shop to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with your whole family.


Miss Arlene and a few performers from last year’s celebration.

       National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15 and celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries. For more info, click here. For a third year, the Erlanger branch will be hosting a celebratory program for National Hispanic Heritage Month. Miss Arlene, with the help of Adrianna Torres, will be hosting a fun-filled program for all ages with enough activities to keep everyone interested.


Children enjoyed playing piñata at last year’s celebration!

       We’re offering many activities, but here’s just a sampling of what you can participate in:

*A bilingual storytime so that you can hear the same story in both English and Spanish

* Sample of delicious Hispanic dishes

*Play bilingual lotería, a game similar to bingo that uses images instead of numbers

*Learn and perform a song in Spanish

*Meet people from different Latin American countries

*And so much more!


Performers at the celebration last year.

       Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14, 2013; we’ll be celebrating at the Erlanger branch from 2:00-4:00PM. No registration is required. We’d love to see you there and celebrate with you!

       We strive for diversity at the library; we love offering unique and different experiences for our patrons and reaching out to our bilingual and multicultural community. Do you have a suggestion for a cultural program you’d like us to offer? Comment below and let us know!


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

Job Search Assistance

interview-books-002_gblur_8001Looking for a new job? Thinking about changing careers? Frustrated with trying to find a job on the Internet? The Kenton County Public Library is the place to come for a wide variety of job hunting resources. Currently, Job Search Central classes being offered for free at the library include the following:

Job Search One-on-One: An opportunity to meet with an expert librarian to get personal help updating your resume, learning to use the best job hunting sites, understanding how to find information about companies or getting guidance on exploring careers or going to college. If class timing is bad, you can schedule an individual appointment by contacting one of our reference librarians.

Target Your Resume:  Wondering why your resume isn’t yielding any phone calls or interviews for you? Learn how to fine tune your resume details to match the needs of your prospective employer. Have a human resources professional critique your resume for you.

Interviewing Skills Workshop:  You never get a second chance to make a first impression! Learn how to put your best foot forward in job interviews and practice interviewing with human resource professionals from Northern Kentucky.

Job Research Skills:  Finding it difficult to locate available jobs? Learn how to navigate the best Job Search sites available, file a profile at Focus/Career Kentucky and where to look for inside company information.  Seasoned experts from the Northern Kentucky Career Center teach this class.

Upcoming class schedules are available on the Kenton County Public Library’s web site and do require advance registration.

Pick up one of our Job Search Central bookmarks listing all the bestsellers on Job Hunting, Resumes/ Cover Letters and Interviewing at any of our three branches. No two job seekers are alike, so bookmarks help you quickly review and locate the best books available to help you in your situation. KCPL also has career books available in electronic form including Great Resumes by Ron Fry and many career bestsellers, including Acing the Interview by Tony Beshara out on CD.

A real goldmine of opportunity lies online at the KCPL web site under the Learning Express software tutorials. Budding graphic artists and creative folks can access free classes to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Looking to improve your office skills? MS Outlook  and Sharepoint courses are also found at Learning Express. No college student or young professional can survive without learning all the ins and outs of the MS Office Suite of classes. Take all levels of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access for free. Courses are available for both PC and MAC users.  Future web site designers can access both Dreamweaver and Flash.  Access to the online classes require your 14 digit card number located on the back of your library card plus your 4 digit PIN.

If you know someone struggling to gain computer skills, the library also offers regular live classes for First Time Computer Users plus classes on using Microsoft Office Suite including MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint. Register online to attend any of these classes or call 859-962-4071.

Stopping by one of the three library branches anytime soon? Ask for pre-printed lists of companies located in the Florence, Erlanger and Hebron Industrial Parks.  Check out a copy of the 2013 Business Courier Book of Lists for the Greater Cincinnati/Northern KY area and narrow your search for the leading manufacturing, healthcare, legal, accounting, hospitality and technology companies in our area. To begin browsing the KCPL collection, check out our Pinterest Board, too!

Stop by the library’s Covington Branch for the Grand Re-Opening on October 26th to preview all  our new Job Search Central  resources. Save time, save money and get the support you need for your job search at the Kenton County Public Library today!



Back To School

Backpack – check. Six notebooks – check. Ten pencils – check. Crayons – check. Highlighters – check. Pens – check. Six folders – check. Markers – check. Paper towels – check. Tissues – check. Hand sanitizer – check. Ear buds – check. Flash drive – check. New shoes – check. Lunch bag – check. Lots of money spent – CHECK!

Going back to school is expensive. Tutoring in all subjects, language learning programs and reading help is also expensive but it doesn’t have to be. There is no need for expensive homework help services when the Kenton County Public Library can help you for free.


You can Book a Librarian for children in grades K-5 at the Covington Branch most days. Librarians are available (by appointment only) to help with homework, study skills, projects and more. Call 962-4077 to book an appointment.

Young children are encouraged to grab a parent and attend Family or Play Art storytimes. These programs encourage the love for reading and interacting with books in young children, which is important for school. Check out the full schedule.

Puppy Tales, offered at all three branches, can boost a child’s reading level and make them a more relaxed reader. Students in grades 1-6 can read to a real dog. Studies show that reading to a dog boosts children’s confidence and tests scores.

Reading Buddies, for children ages 2-12 at the Erlanger location, allows children to read books with an adult reading buddy. We’ll even save you money on dinner by providing pizza!

The Library can even help the kindergarten families save a little money on supplies. We will once again arm every kindergartener in the county with a kindergarten pack. This pack includes a pencil, crayons, an eraser, a sharpener, a “50 Books” list that every kindergartener should read and library information.

Kindergarten Kit

Kindergarten Kit

We can even help your child with their foreign language class. We have online programs and downloadable books to help with Spanish, Chinese, Italian, French, German and almost any language you can think of. You can even access it from any computer with an Internet connection as long as you have your library card number.

The Library databases provide homework help, practice tests, ACT practice tests, articles for research and must more. These can also be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection as long as you have a library card.

Check out an overview of services.


The prize pack includes:

1. Three children’s books: “Follow The Line To School” by Laura Ljungkvist, “Duck Tents” by Lynne Berry and “King Jack and the Dragon” by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury.

2. The two-disc 70th anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz DVD.

3. A pencil pouch with basic supplies.

4. A Kenton County Public Library book tote bag.

book giveaway

How to enter:

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, August 12. We will randomly choose a winner through, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed. The winner will have 24 hours to respond and claim their prize.

1. What library program or service will you use to help your children with school? (required to enter)

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

3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did. If you share on Twitter please use hashtag #kentonlibrary.

4. Are you ready for the kids to go back to school? Why or why not?

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.

This contest is over.