NKY Fandom Fest

Each year the Teen Librarians at KCPL, BCPL, and CCPL get together to host an event celebrating anime, cartoons, and comics! In the past it was known as NKY Cosplay, and is now called NKY FANDOM FEST!

Fans of everything from Death Note to Dr. Who, Adventure Time to Avengers, Homestuck and Hunger Games are welcome! Costumes are not required for the event, but you do have to be in middle or high school to attend.

NKY Fandom Fest is Saturday, March 29th from 6-8:30 pm. at the BCPL Main Branch. Doors open at 5:45 pm.

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At Fandom Fest you can expect these events and activities!

  • Door prizes
  • Costume Contest
  • Japanese snacks
  • Freaky Food Contest
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Free books & comics
  • Tabletop Gaming
  • Non-stop music of your choice

To register and stay up to date with event details check out our Facebook page!

Willy Wonka Jr. Ticket Giveaway

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Most of us know Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. But it’s not everyday we get to watch it come to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at The Children’s Theatre of CincinnatiRoald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. featuring a memorable score by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & HydeDoctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory–or suffer the consequences.

Bob Herzog, Local 12 News Anchor/Reporter and inventor of Dance Party Friday, will play Willy Wonka.

Tickets start at $11 each. Public performance times include:

Friday, April 4 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 5 at 2 PM
Saturday, April 5 at 5 PM
Sunday, April 6 at 2 PM
Saturday, April 12 at 2 PM

Kenton County Public Library is giving away a voucher for four tickets to Ronald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 5 at 5 p.m.

How to enter to win: You have four chances to win. Comment separately for each entry for each chance to be considered. Enter by noon on Monday, March 24. The winner will be notified and have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. The winner will be chosen randomly with random.org.

1. Comment here saying why you want to win (required to enter).

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

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

4. Like The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati on Facebook and comment here that you did.

Disclaimer: The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati gave the Library tickets to give away. Library employees and those living in their household cannot win.

Rhythm and Rhyme: Sensory Storytime

Rhythm and Rhyme: Sensory Storytime is a monthly interactive and educational program. It is specially designed for children ages 2-6 with sensory integration challenges.

It combines the books, rhymes and music of other storytimes along with physical activities to promote learning in a sensory friendly environment. Many children with Sensory Processing Disorders are extra sensitive to loud noises, bright lights, or other strong sensory environments. In this program, the lights are dimmed, the music is not as loud, and there are minimal distractions while the program is taking place.

There is repetition from month to month so the children know what to expect. We also go over the activities for the day before beginning each program. After we share a short book, rhymes, and songs there is social time where interactive experiences are offered to the children. These activities include sensory tubs to search through, toys to play with, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and other activities to stimulate tactile learning.

Although this program is aimed at children with Sensory Processing Disorders, if your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library’s other storytimes, this inclusive program of stories, songs, and activities may be a better fit for him or her.

If you would like to register for the program, please check our Event Calendar.

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If you would like further information, please feel free to contact me at julie.mills@kentonlibrary.org regarding the Erlanger Branch programs or Joel Caithamer at joel.caithamer@kentonlibrary.org regarding the Durr Branch programs. We look forward to seeing you there!

6 technology personality types: which class sounds like you?


The Apprentice

Not all of us have used a computer, created a free email account or mastered how to use a scanner.   Are you new to computers? Maybe you have a friend or grandparent who is ready to try?  All three branches offer classes for new or inexperienced computer users. Our teachers are skilled at helping people who are just starting out. Durr even has open labs for one-to-one help.

Upcoming classes:
First Time Computer Users
Internet for Beginners
Create an Email
Exploring the Internet
Saving your files, and organizing your PC
One on One Digital Services Assistance
One on One Photo Scanning and Editing


The Professional

Who doesn’t need to update their Microsoft Office skills with new versions coming out all the time? Learn how to make logical spreadsheets, impressive presentations or flyers with impact. When you finish the complete series (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint), add your new skills to your resume and start looking to apply them in our job searching on the Internet and resume classes.

Upcoming classes:
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Publisher
Job Searching and the Internet
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Word


The Gadget Whiz

You love your devices but want to know more about how to use them.  Yes, your phone and your tablet are fun and useful tools.  But what are some great apps? What can you iPad really do? How can I access use the library with apps? Maybe your curious about purchasing an e-Reader like a Nook or Kindle instead.  Our app, iPad, and e-Reader classes will have you reading and searching on the go in new and interesting ways.

Upcoming classes:
Top iOs and Android Apps
iPad Tips & Tricks
Library Apps for Your iPad or Android
Introduction to e-Readers


Connected Lunchtime Learner

Grab your lunch and put on your headset, it’s time to multitask. Want to get the basics of how to borrow ebooks or download Runner’s World on your iPad for free? These online classes help you learn about the community and the often forgotten online resources the library offers.  We are always looking for speakers and topics for online classes. Submit a name or add your idea by filling out this form.

Upcoming classes:
The library on your iPad, iPhone, or Android
Searching Consumer Reports
Value Line and Morningstar
Quick guide to e-books
Bike month and the Flying Pig: online cycling and running books and magazines
Open Education: learning for free


The Creative Guru

Technology is your tool to make and create.  You’ve always wanted to learn more about what Adobe products can do and secretly want to start a Maker Lab in your basement. Curious about how to print 3D designs?  Wanting to build skills in graphic design to make brochures, edit images, and make amazing graphics?  Maybe you want to introduce your kids to programming.  These classes are for the maker in you.  Note: the Adobe classes will be lecture style so bring your laptop if you have the programs. Coding will take place on library computers.

Upcoming classes:
3D Printing

Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Kid Coders


The Web Adventurer

So many websites so little time.  We all use the Internet but you want to make the most of it to find better information, score great deals, and sell your wares. You aspire to master Google and tweet and pin  like a social media star. Wondering how to  plan your vacation and share the photos when you’ve returned from paradise? Looking for long lost relatives? Learn how to find them with genealogy research sites.  These educational and entertaining classes save you time and money, are fun to attend,  and will bring our the web explorer in you.

Upcoming classes:
Pin Pictures with Pinterest
Getting the Most from Online Genealogy Research
Intro to Craigslist & Free Cycle
Vacation Photo’s
Vacation Planning Online
Buying and Selling on eBay
Intro to Etsy
Twitter Tips & Tricks

You don’t have to fit these personalities to take these great classes and learn something today. Search for computer classes on our events page by visiting  http://www.kentonlibrary.org/events and selecting “Computer” under Categories or “Online” under Location.

Rather learn on your own?

Create an account with your library card and use computer tutorials from LearningExpress Programs: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and Windows and Mac OS

Check out great books

Web Development
Graphics software (Adobe and more)
Social Media

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5 Reasons to Cross the Bridge on Spring Break

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I grew up in Northern Kentucky and noticed that a lot of people tend to not venture across state lines. I’ve moved away twice and the gravitational pull of this area keeps me coming back. When we moved back to the area a few years ago I got to take in the city with a new perspective. I was reminded of how much Cincinnati has to offer.
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I’ve noticed that Kentucky residents can tend to stay in their comfort zone by not crossing the bridge. I’ve got five reasons for you cross the bridge and explore the Ohio side of the river.
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1. There is AMAZING art everywhere!
From the art museums to the sides of buildings, there is so much to uncover around every corner. Artists from around the world have beautified our city. Why not cross the bridge to appreciate their talents? Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, 21C Hotel and Taft Museum host incredible art within a close proximity and the street murals rival many of the works indoors.
While you are downtown, you can check out Arnold’s which is the oldest bar in Cincinnati that dates pre Civil war. dishcrawl
2.Great Parks

One of my absolute favorite places in Cincinnati is Washington Park. There is a parking garage underneath the park and our family has never had any problems during multiple visits all year round. There is also a great community element there with special events like Easter Egg hunts, City Flea (Urban Flea market), yoga and movie nights.

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My kids LOVE going to the playground and when the temperatures heat up, they have a blast running through the fountains. The park is well lit and we have felt safe at all hours during visits.

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While you’re at Washington Park , you can stop by Venice on Vine for affordable pizza by the slice. Findlay Market is also nearby and has so much history and variety to check out.
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Eden Park is home to a beautiful park, Cincinnati Art Museum which is FREE and Krohn Conservatory.

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Have you tried this slide at Burnett Woods? I did not even know it existed until last year. Add a trip down the slide to your list!


Sawyer Point is always great for family fun. On the Riverfront the much anticipated Banks Project is mostly complete and offers walking paths, play areas and fountains, along with these peaceful swings. With two playgrounds, tons of grassy areas to play on and bikes available for rent.


You can also find another AMAZING BBQ place a few miles down the road. Eli’s BBQ only takes cash, but it is well worth the stop to the ATM.


4. Tunes n Blooms
In the spring, Tunes n Blooms is a free event to look forward to every Thursday from 6-8 in April at the Cincinnati Zoo. Hear great music and enjoy the beautiful tulips that transform the zoo landscape.

A mini road trip up to Trammel Fossil Park and the Root Beer Stand near Sharon Woods is also a unique treat. Bring a few old paint brushes and try to uncover some fossils and reward the excavation with a root beer float. Sharon Woods also has so much to do and enjoy with a beautiful natural setting.

5. SkyZone-
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this destination. You will run out of energy before you run out of fun!

Are you looking for more destinations off the beaten path? I would recommend checking out local travel books at the Kenton County library. I’ve found so much inspiration from a variety of books there.
I hope this helps encourage you to step outside your comfort zone to see Cincinnati as a tourist this spring.

This post was written by Neda McDaniels from Adventure Mom. Check her out on Facebook.