My Indispensable Library Card

With the renovation and addition being complete at the Covington Branch, we thought this was timely to share again.

Kenton County Public Library

I have had my Kenton County Public Library card for as long as I can remember.  I’d like to think that I got it as soon as I could write my name, which is when I encourage my kids to get their own cards.  My library card has probably been used more than any card in my wallet, and has most definitely saved our family more money than any card in my wallet.  It’s not just about taking books out from the library for myself either…my library card has done so much more for my whole family.  It’s a key to learning, entertainment, self-help, running my household and more.  I spend a lot of time at my local library, the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, and use my card frequently to help my family grow and learn and enjoy life.

Here are just a few of the…

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Annie Jr. Ticket Voucher Giveaway!


The sun will come out tomorrow… The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati opens its 89th MainStage season with a production of “Annie JR.” at the Taft Theatre October 18-20 & 26, 2013.  One of the world’s best-loved musicals features little orphan Annie who wins over everyone’s hearts.  She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.

Leapin Lizzards! Performances of Annie Jr. will be:

Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 PM
Saturday, October 19 at 5 PM
Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 PM
Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 PM

The ticket prices are $7-$25.   Purchase tickets by calling 1-800-745-3000 or ordering from Ticketmaster. Visit The Children’s Theatre for more information.

You can borrow the movie Annie from the Library. Visit our website to put it on hold!

Annie Jr. Ticket Voucher Giveaway

We are giving away a voucher good for four tickets to see Annie Jr on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. We will draw one random winner on Friday, Oct. 11 at  12 p.m. The winner will be notified via Facebook and email. You have 24 hours to contact us via email or another name will be drawn. The winner will need to pick their voucher up at the Covington, Durr or Erlanger Branch. The voucher must be taken to the Taft Theatre box office one hour before show time to trade for tickets. Or you can call the theatre to reserve your seat in advance. Subject to availability.

You have four ways to win! Be sure to comment separately for each entry.

1. Why do you want to take your family to see Annie Jr.? (required to enter)

2. Share this contest on Facebook and comment here that you did.

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

4. Subscribe to the blog and comment here that you did.

All entries will be verified.

Kenton County Public Library employees and those living in their household are not permitted to participate.

Good luck!

Celebrate Teen Read Week with KCPL

Teen Read Week is an annual promotional event sponsored by ALA and YALSA to encourage teens to read and use their library, and to celebrate teen books. KCPL is celebrating TRW at each branch, so there are events and contests for everyone! Your friendly Teen Librarians want to encourage all teens to come to the library and discover something new!

Erlanger branch

Read a New Book and Win!

Read any book from the new shelves or published in the last year and fill out an entry form at the Reference Desk. The more you read the more chances you have to win cool prizes like gift cards, signed books, and book swag from YA authors.

Teen Read Party

Monday 10/14 at 6:00 p.m.: Celebrate Teen Read Week and all things bookish at a Teen Read Party! Come dressed as your favorite book character for the costume contest, enter a raffle to win books and other prizes, participate in Young Adult Fiction trivia, and more!

Covington branch


Monday 10/14-10/18 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Hang out with friends or meet new ones in the new YA area.  Gaming, computers, homework, crafting; there’s always something happening here.  Pick up your free Teen Read Week book and drop your name in the raffle for a gift card.

Teen Read Week Book Giveaway

Drop by the TeenSpace anytime during TRW (10/13-10/19) to choose your free book.  Manga, Graphic Novels, Fiction and Non-fiction titles are up for grabs, the sooner you come the better your selection.

 Zombie Prom


Saturday 10/19 at 9:00 p.m.: Dance with the undead at the Teens only DJ dance party.  Costumes appreciated, prizes awarded. Permission slips required.

Durr branch

Teen Program Idea Contest

Have a great idea for a teen program, event, or contest? Tell us about it and you could win a $50 pre-paid Visa card! Just email your idea to with the subject “Program Idea Contest Entry,” send Jessy theLibrarian a message on facebook, or fill out a form in the Durr Teen Area by October 31.

 Book Giveaway-READ IT FORWARD.

1. Take a book from the cart in the Durr/Independence Teen Section.
2. Read it.
3. Pass it along to a friend!
a. Or leave it somewhere for a stranger to find.
Supplies are limited; the earlier in the week you get to the books, the better.

Anime Club

Saturday 10/19 at 2:00 p.m.: Come for anime and pizza! Most of the anime is rated PG or PG-13.

Check us out on facebook for pizza topping and/or anime requests!

This post was written by Erlanger’s Young Adult Programmer, Eden Rassette. You can find her online at The Cosplaying Librarian and on Facebook.

Covington Renovation Celebration

PrintExcitement is building in Covington!  The newly expanded and remodeled Covington Branch of the Kenton County Library is nearly completed.  This project is the culmination of a decades-long plan.  Phase one was to replace the overcrowded and very busy Erlanger Branch.  This was done in 2001.  Phase two consisted of building the new William E. Durr Branch, just south of Independence, to serve the quickly growing central part of the county (opened in 2007).  Phase three is the Covington Branch.

Covington is the flagship branch of the system with roots going back to the late 1800s.  The current building, constructed in 1973-74, needed major upgrades and enhancements.  As an example, the stairwells and fire alarm system were not up-to-code, the heating and cooling system was original, the building had no sprinkler system and the roof needed replacing.  The building also lacked many of the amenities our patrons have grown accustomed at the other two branches.

So what’s new at the Covington Branch?  First of all, you will encounter a new three-story entry pavilion.  This space is flooded with natural light and houses our new Circulation Department.  The Children’s Department has tripled in size and has its own activity room and reading garden.  This colorful area also includes a new piece of public art specifically designed for the space:   A large mosaic featuring a river scene with a child fishing surrounded by native flora and fauna.  The mosaic includes pieces of pottery and other elements donated to the library by our patrons.  The children’s area has also been decked out in kid appropriate furniture and comfortable seating for their parents.

The building now also has a separate computer lab to assist the staff in teaching technology classes and a large meeting room for adult and teen programs that is twice as large as the old one.  Our new reference desk is ready to go and is shaped in a semicircle, reminiscent of the old round desk at the Carnegie Library.

The third floor has been turned over entirely to out Kentucky History Department, one of the largest public library Kentucky collections in the nation.  This area includes a temperature and humidity controlled archive room, computer stations and the refurbished tables from the original Covington Public Library.

Other new features include a drive-thru window, new garage for our outreach vehicles, small study rooms, more public computer terminals, ample seating and an outdoor patio area.  One of the features that our architects worked hard to achieve was more natural light.  I think you will discover they succeeded.  Additional windows and a new clearstory make for a bright a cheerful space for all ages.

Some of the things that have not changed:  Our impressive collection of local 19th and 20th century art, free surface lot parking and, most importantly, our friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff.  I encourage all of you to make a trip to the new Covington Library – a great asset to our region!


502 Scott Blvd., Covington

9:30 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting

10:30 a.m. – Cincinnati Zoo visits

10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Tours of the Library

10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Genealogy computer workshops

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Intro to Library Databases

12-12:30 p.m. – Unveiling of the Children’s Department Art

12:30-12:50 – Job Search Central Resources

1:30-1:50 p.m. – Job Search Central Resources

1-2 p.m. – Jazz Music with the Tim Watson Trio

1-2 p.m. – YA Manga Art Unveiling

2-3 p.m. – Celebrate Favorite Book Character Day!

2-3 p.m. – Overview of Covington KCPL computer classes

Please pick up a calendar or visit for details.

3-4 p.m. – Elementz Sudio Kre8v Hip Hop Dance

Mystery Picks

If you’ve read the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” try another Scandinavian author:  Jo Nesbo.  That’s Jo, pronounced Yo, and he features his troubled detective Harry Hole.  Start with “The Snowman.”  Not the first book in the series, but a terrific thriller already optioned for the Hollywood movie treatment.


Ann Cleeves is one of the British writers you’ve never heard of.  Her Shetland Quartet of books features detective Jimmy Perez and the residents of this desolate Scottish island.  “Raven Black” is the first book.  If you start this book and get confused, keep reading.  You’ll get hooked quickly.


On our side of the pond, we can’t recommend Steve Hamilton highly enough.  Meet private investigator and former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  “A Cold Day in Paradise” begins the McKnight series.  “Misery Bay” is a favorite so far.   Hamilton writes standalones, too.  Try and read just five pages of “The Lock Artist,” an improbable book about a mute safe cracker on the run from the Detroit mob.


And, Ok, call me crazy, but you’ll like the ongoing mystery series by Marcia Clark. Yes, that Marcia Clark, from O.J. fame.  Her debut book “Guilt by Association” features likable characters, and it keeps multiple storylines going until the end.  “Killer Ambition” is her newest book. It continues the prosecutor Rachel Knight and detective Bailey Keller partnership intact.


Mystery lovers unite!  Please join us at 1pm on the second Wednesday of the month in 2014 at the Covington branch for the Foul Play Mystery book club.  We’ll read everything from cozy to classic, see you there.

Written by John Graham, Covington branch, and mystery lover