Read! Win! Do! Summer Reading Club 2014

The Kenton County Public Library is celebrating 92 Days of Summer Reading this June through August with Summer Reading Club sponsored by Family Friendly Cincinnati and Snappy Tomato Pizza. There is a club for everyone in the family:

Adults:  for every book read or program attended, a raffle ticket it earned. Drawings for gift card prizes held weekly.

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Teens: Open to anyone starting grades 6-leaving 12!

  • Read any book, graphic novel, eBook, audio-book, magazine…
  • Record what you’ve read online at www.kentonlibrary.org/src or fill out a form at your library’s reference desk.
  • One winner per branch will be drawn every week for prizes like:

o   iPod Touch

o   Beats Headphones

o   Kindle Fire

o   Nintendo DS

o   Makey Makey

o   King’s Island Passes

o   Grand Prize: iPad Air

 

Children ages 2 -12:

Children can pick up a reading log at any of the three library locations. Once children read or listen to five books, they earn a book. Once they read 10 books, they win a summer reading club t-shirt which was designed by artist C.F. Payne. Children will also be entered into a grand prize raffle to be drawn at the end of summer for their choice of a Nintendo 3DS or Kindle Fire HD. Children can continue to read for more chances to earn entries into the grand prize drawing.

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Plus in celebration of 92 Days of Summer Reading, follow our blog for daily reading suggestions and activities. Also be on the watch for daily giveaways throughout the summer on our Facebook page. Be sure to check out our Pinterest boards for great ideas all summer long! Go to www.kentonlibrary.org  for details and a full listing of free events this summer.

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92 Days of Summer & Giveaways

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92 Days of Summer! Yes, you read that right! The Kenton County Public Library runs Summer Reading Club for 92 days – June 1-August 31. Summer is typically very exciting in the beginning but kids tend to get bored about two weeks into June. Even adults find themselves looking for outdoor fun and rainy day activities. So the Kenton County Public Library has you covered with our list of activities and books for 92 Days of Summer. This is a long list so print it off to hang on the fridge, mark things on your calendar or check the post often.

We will also be giving away prizes EVERY SINGLE DAY of the 92 Days of Summer on our Facebook page so be sure to check it out everyday. Every day we will be giving away a Parenting in NKY Prize Pack (a Florence Mall carousel token, McDonalds ice cream cone coupon, Fazolizi’s kids meal coupon and a slinky), as well as another prize that is listed below with the corresponding day.

 

92    Days of Summer

1. Book:Holy Spokes!: A Biking Bible for Everyone by Rob Coppolillo

Activity: Bike trails at Tower Park

Give Away: Cooler Bag & Kenton County Public Library water bottle.

 

2. Book: Run Less, Run Faster

Activity: Run a 5k 

Giveaway: Bob Roenker’s gym bag and a Kenton County Public Library water bottle.

 

3. Book: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey – Adventures Around Cincinnati (pg 290)

Activity: Berry picking at one of several area UPick farm

Giveaway: Adventures Around Cicinnati Book

 

4. Book: The Joy of Keeping Score: How Scoring Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball by Paul Dickson

Activity: Attend a Reds or Florence Freedom game

Giveaway: Florence Freedom tickets & T-shirt

 

5. Book: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Activity: Visit Gladys the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

 

6. Book: Look! Look! Look! at Sculpture by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Activity: Visit Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Giveaway: Kenton County Public Library art pack

 

7. Book: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet

Activity: Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum

Giveaway: Cincinnati Art Museum Annual Family Pass & goodies

 

8. Book: Katie series by James Mayhew

Activity: Create a piece of art with you as the subject

Giveaway: Art Pack

 

9. Book: Sea Turtle Scientist by Stephen R. Swinburne

Activity: Visit the new “Turtle Canyon” at the Newport Aquarium

Giveaway: Library Prize Pack

 

10. Book: Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction by David Macaulay

Activity: Visit the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Giveaway: Cincinnati Art Museum Annual Family Pass & goodies

 

11. Book: Skyscraper by Lynn Curlee or  You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Skyscraper Builder by John Malam

Activity: Ride to the top of the Carew Tower

Giveaway: Two tickets to Contemporary Arts Center

 

12.Book:Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects

Activity: Explore Cincinnati’s many bridges including the Roebling and Purple People Bridge

Giveaway: $10 AMC Movie Theater Gift Card

 

13.Book: The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snickett

Activity: Visit Cincinnati Music Hall/Washington Park

Giveaway: The Carnegie gift certificate for two tickets to any 2014-2015 production

 

14.Books: City Signs by Zoran Milich,  Signs in our World by John Searcy, or  Go : a Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd

Activity: Visit the American Sign Museum

Giveaway: $10 Starbucks gift card

 

15.Book: Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck by Laura Murray

Activity: Visit the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati

Giveaway: Book Prize Pack

 

16.Book: Princess Diana by Joanne Mattern

Activity: Visit the Diana Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Giveaway: Two Cincinnati Museum passes

 

17.Book: Fountain Square and the Genius of Water: The Heart of Cincinnati by Gregory Parker Rogers

Activity: Visit interesting fountains such as Fountain Square, the musical fountain at Washington Park, and the Goose Girl Fountain in MainStrasse Village

Giveaway: $10 Starbucks gift card

 

18. Book: King Records of Cincinnati by Randy McNutt

Activity:  Download some new tunes with Freegal, the Kenton County Library’s collection of Sony artists or check out one of the many free concerts this summer at Party in the Park, City of Edgewood, Washington Park,  Fountain Square or Newport on the Levee

Giveaway: $10 iTunes gift card

 

19.Book: Golf : the Essential Guide for Young Golfers by Clive Gifford

Activity: Golfing at AJ Jolly Park, World of Golf or another local golf course

Giveaway: Golf umbrella

 

20. Book: Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins

Activity: Visit the “Our Vietnam” exhibit at the Behringer-Crawford Museum

Giveaway: Library Prize Pack

 

21. Canoeing & Camping : beyond the basics by Cliff Jacobson ; illustrations by Cliff Moen.

Activity: Canoe at one of the local places like Whitewater Canoe Rental.

Giveaway: Pass to be used at Whitewater Canoe Rental to permit one person to canoeing, kayaking, river tubing or riverside campaign May – September 2014.

 

22.Book: Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Fossen Brown

Activity:  Check out the Boone County Arboretum

Giveaway: Garden set and bubbles

 

23.Book: Our Organic Garden by Precious McKenzie

Activity: Explore the Civic Garden Center in Cincinnati

Giveaway: Petal Pushers Gift Card

 

24.Book: Hana’s suitcase: a True Story by Karen Levine

Activity: Visit the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

25.Book: Locomotive by Brian Floca

Activity: Play at the Erlanger Train Depot Park or check out the trains at Cincinnati Museum Center

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

26.Book: When Stravinsky met Nijinsky: two artists, their ballet, and one extraordinary riot by Lauren Stringer

Activity: Go see the Cincinnati Ballet

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Contemporary Arts Center

 

27.Book: 13 Modern Artists Children Should Know by Brad Finger J 709.04 Fing

Activity: Play at the  UnMuseum of the Contemporary Arts Center

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Contemporary Arts Center

 

28. Book:Lincoln Logs Building Manual by Dylan Dawson

Activity: Check out the Campbell County Log Cabin Museum

Giveaway: Art bag of fun

 

29. Book: Peace One Day by Jeremy Gilley

Activity: See the World Peace Bell in Newport, the largest free-swinging bell in the world

Giveaway: $10 AMC Theater gift card

 

30.Book: Everyone can learn to ride a bicycle by Chris Raschka

Activity: Take a bicycle ride as a family through town or at a local park

Giveaway: Everyone can learn to ride a bicycle by Chris Raschka and a Kenton County Public Library water bottle

 

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31.Book: Look Up! Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Activity: Go bird watching! Make a list of birds that you have seen so far today. If you don’t know the type of bird, list its color and any distinguishing characteristics.

Giveaway: Handmade cards and $20 gift certificate for Cards by Katie 

 

32.Book: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Activity: Many of the drawings in this book are made from geometric shapes. Using construction paper, cut triangles, rectangles and circles. Make a picture of a scene or character using the shapes you have cut! Go to the city and imagine how a tiger would act in the city trying to fit in then go to the forest or a big park and act how a tiger would in the wild.

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Contemporary Arts Center

 

33.Book: Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

Activity: Play old school Barrel of Monkeys with the family

Giveaway: Autographed copy of County The Monkeys by Mac Barnett

 

34.Book: For kids: Kentucky Derby by S. L. Hamilton;  for adults: Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook

Activitiy: Visit the Kentucky Horse Park or other horse racing venue

Giveaway: $10 Starbucks gift card

 

35.Book: The Super-Duper Dog Park   by Aron Nels Steinke

Activity: Take your dog to the park or visit Puppy Tales at the Library

Giveaway: Kenton Library Prize Pack

 

36. Book: Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Activity: Go to a stand up comedy show at the Funny Bone

Giveaway: Two tickets to Funny Bone

 

37. Book: Cleaning Up Litter by Charlotte Guillian

Activity: Volunteer for Great American Cleanup 

Giveaway: Bob Roenker’s bag and library water bottle

 

38.Book: Brothers Are For Making Mud Pies  by Harriet Ziefert

Activity: Make Mud pies!

Giveaway: Bucket of Summer Fun

 

39.Book:  The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

Activity: Attend a craft program at the Library or knit for St. Elizabeth Hospice

Giveaway: $10 Starbucks gift card

 

40.Book: With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin

Activity: Write an actual letter to someone

Giveaway: Handmade note cards with pins

 

41.Book: (for adults) Thirteen at Dinner by Agatha Christie

Activity: Attend a mystery dinner theater, see NKU’s summer production

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Contemporary Arts Center

 

42.Book: (for women) The Weekend Makeover: Get a Brand New Life by Monday Morning

Activity: Have a grown-up slumber party with your girlfriends and do makeovers/mani/pedis

Giveaway: Book Prize Pack

 

43.  Book:   Rabbit Hash, Kentucky: River Born, Kentucky Bred by Donald Clare

Activity:   Visit Rabbit Hash

Giveaway: Handmade soap, soap dish and earrings

 

44.  Book:  Beaches by Iris Rainer

Activity:   Visit one of Cincinnati’s local beaches: Mounds Beach (Brookville Lake) or East Fork Lake Beach

Giveaway: Book Prize Pack

 

45.  Book:   Fighters of World War II by Jeffrey L Ethell

Activity:   Visit Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Giveaway: Library Prize Pack

 

46.  Book:  The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky

Activity:  Take a walk through your city visiting the city building, neighborhood parks and landmarks

Giveaway: Playaway Bookpack with the Amelia Bedelia audio and print book collection

 

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47.  Book:   This is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson

Activity:   Take a car ride along the river or on back country roads with the family

Giveaway: Autographed copies of This is the Rope and Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson

 

48. Book:  Tell Me a Silly Story by Carl Reiner

Activity:   Create your own story through comedy and art

Giveaway: Sticker and art pack

 

49.  Book:  Doc McStuffins series by Sheila Sweeney Higginson

Activity: Let the kids pretend to be the doctor and treat their stuffed animals

Giveaway: Doc McStuffins Prize Pack

 

50.  Book:  Saturday Night Live Books or DVDs

Activity:   Watch a comedy or put on your own skit

Giveaway: Two tickets to Funny Bone in Newport

 

51.  Book:   The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert by Richard Betts

Activity:   Visit the Northern Kentucky Wine Trail

Giveaway: $10 iTunes gift card

 

52.  Book:    Kentucky horse country : images of the Bluegrass / James Archambeault.

Activity:   Visit Turfway or River Downs (now Belterra Park) for live horse racing

Giveaway: $25 Petal Pushers gift card

 

53. Book: Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Activity: Visit A Taste of Belgium

Giveaway: Book Prize Pack

 

54. Book: Stick! by Andy Pritchett

Activity: Collect sticks at the park or on a hike. See what YOU can make/do with a stick and your imagination.

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

55. Book: Higher! Higher! By Leslie Patricelli

Activity: How high can you swing? Go to your favorite park and see!

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Contemporary Arts Center

 

56. Book: Family History Detective: A Step-by-Step Guide to Investigating Your Family Tree by Desmond Walls Allen

Activity: Visit the Local History and Genealogy Department to work on your family history! Fill Out a family tree.

Giveaway: $10 iTunes gift card

 

57. Book:Read “Newport: The Sin City Years” by Robin Caraway

Activity: Take Newport Gangster Tour in Newport, KY.

Giveaway: $10 AMC gift card

 

58. Books: Beyond the Solar System –Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and More by Mary   Kay Carson (Cincinnati author!); and,  Awesome Astronomy by Raman Prinja

Activity: Visit The Cincinnati Observatory in Mt. Lookout or, The Drake Planetarium and Science Center in Cincinnati

Giveaway: Tween Book Prize Pack

 

59. Book: Windows in Glass: Stories of the Windows of the Basilica of the Assumption by William F. Cleves

Activity: Take a tour of the Cathedral of the Basilica of the Assumption in Covington or attend a service.

Giveaway: Library Prize Pack

 

60. Book: What are fossils? by Natalie Hyde

Activity: Look for fossils in the pond at Big Bone Lick State Park

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Contemporary Arts Center

 

61. Book:  The Captivating, Creative, Unusual History of Comic Books by Jennifer M. Besel or The Art of Making Comic Books by Michael Morgan Pellowski ; with illustrations by Howard Bender

Activity: Attend an event at Comic Book World

Giveaway: Library Prize Pack

 

62. Book: 50 hikes in Kentucky: from the Appalachian Mountains to the Land Between the Lakes by Hiram Rogers.  

Activity: Look for deer, rabbits, squirrels, and other animals in the trails at England-Ildewild Park in Burlington.

Giveaway: Cooler bag and water bottle

 

63. BookThe Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Activity:Visit Color Me Mine

Giveaway: $10 gift certificate to Color Me Mine

 

64. Book: Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon

Activity: Solve a household or neighborhood mystery

Giveaway: Mystery Book Pack

 

65. Book Download: I am Rosa Parks

Activity: Visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Giveaway: Two autographed Jacqueline Woodson books

 

66. BookThe Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

Activity: Volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister, or become a mentor at a local school in the fall.

Giveaway: Tween Book Pack

 

67. Book: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

Activity: Attend a regatta at Harsha Lake in East Fork Lake to see high school rowers in action

today, or enroll a high school student in a summer rowing camp with the Cincinnati Junior Rowing

Club to try a new sport.

Giveaway: Cooler bag and water bottle

 

68. Book:  Number the Stars by Lois Lowry  Night by Elie Wiesel

Activity:  Visit and take a tour at the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education

Giveaway:  Two tickets to Contemporary Arts Center

 

69. Book: How to Be by Lisa Brown

Activity: Pretend to be different animals imagining where you would live, eat and sleep

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo

 

70. Book: William Howard Taft: Twenty Seventh President 1909-1913 written and illustrated by Mike Venezia

Activity: Visit the William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Giveaway: Autographed copy of President Taft stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett

 

71. Book: Arnie the Doughnut Series by Laurie Keller

Activity: Visit Holtman’s Donuts at Findlay Market

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Contemporary Arts Center

 

72. Book: Savvy Saving; couponing secrets from the Stockpiling Moms by Melissa Jennings & Shelley King

Activity: Collect coupons, create a budget and develop a shopping strategy

Giveaway: Autographed copy of Savvy Saving; couponing secrets from the Stockpiling Moms

 

73. Book: The City is my Canvas by Richard Haas Adventures Around Cincinnati (pg 75)

Activity: Visit the Roebling Murals Knights and Castles

Giveaway: $5 McDonald’s gift card and coupon book donated by Simply Sherryl

 

74. Book: Magic Tree House Research Guide My Mary Pope Osbourne Castles and Knights by Fleur Star Adventures Around Cincinnati (pg 145)

Activity: Visit The Loveland Castle

Giveaway: $5 McDonald’s gift card and coupon book donated by Simply Sherryl

 

75. Book: Amazing science experiments : 150 easy projects using everyday materials, demonstrated step by step in 1300 photographs / consultant, Chris Oxlade

Activity:  Visit COSI in Columbus (bonus, if you have a Cincinnati Museum Center pass you can get in free)

Giveaway: $5 McDonald’s gift card and coupon book donated by Simply Sherryl

 

76. Book: Olympic Swimming and Diving by Greg Kehm

Activity:  Head to Coney Island/Sunlight Pool

Giveaway: $5 McDonald’s gift card and coupon book donated by Simply Sherryl

 

77.  Book: The Ohio River : in American history and Voyaging on Today’s River by Rick Rhodes

Activity: Take a B&B Riverboat tour

Giveaway: $5 McDonald’s gift card and coupon book donated by Simply Sherryl

 

78. Book: The Boys Book of Adventure: the Little Guidebook for Smart and Resourceful Boys

Activity: Visit Scallywag Tag for a game of laser tag

Giveaway: Scallywag Tag T-shirt and five free games of laser tag or mini golf at west location only

 

79. Book: The Girls Book of Adventure: the Little Guidebook for Smart and Resourceful Girls

Activity: Plan a camping trip or other outside adventure

Giveaway: Five free games of laser tag or mini golf at Scallywag Tag West and a library T-shirt

 

80. Book: The Wright Brothers for kids : how they invented the airplane : 21 activities exploring the science and history of flight / Mary Kay Carson ; illustrations by Laura D’Argo.

Activity: Learn about the history of flight at Carillon Park

Giveaway: $5 McDonald’s gift card and coupon book donated by Simply Sherryl

 

81.  Book: The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Noble

Activity: Visit Benton Family Farm in Walton

Giveaway: Library Prize Pack

 

82. Book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Activity: Make and owl with materials found at home

Giveaway: Owl Art Bag

 

83. Book: The Everything Resume Book

Activity: Use the Library’s online job search central database to create a resume, find a job-skill class and more

Giveaway: $5 McDonald’s gift card and coupon book donated by Simply Sherryl

 

84. Book: Constellations: A Glow in the Dark Guide to the Night Sky by Chris Sasaki

Activity: Play glow in the dark nite time miniature golf at World of Golf

Giveaway: Two-18 hole green fees free with a cart rental at World of Golf

 

85. Book: Ferries by Lola Schaefer

Activity: Take the ferry

Giveaway: $5 McDonald’s gift card and coupon book donated by Simply Sherryl

 

86. Book: Airport by Byron Barton (alternately  Flight by Andrew Nahum J 629.1309 Nahu)

Activity: Visit Lunken Airport

Giveaway: $5 McDonald’s gift card and coupon book donated by Simply Sherryl

 

87. Book: A Pottery Tour of Kentucky by Joe Molinaro

Activity: Make your own pottery or other piece of art

Giveaway: $10 gift certificate to Color Me Mine

 

88. Book: Hug a Bull, an Ode to Animal Dads by Aaron Zenz

Activity: Visit Sunrock Farm or another local farm

Giveaway: Hug a Bull and I Love Ewe books

 

89. Book: Get Outside: the kids guide to fun in the great outdoors by Jane Drake & Ann Love

Activity: Host a neighborhood Olympics

Giveaway: Book Prize Pack

 

90. Book: The Chopped cookbook: Use What You’ve Got to Cook Something Great from the Food Network Kitchen

Activity: Try a few new recipes from the book

Giveaway: $5 McDonald’s gift card and coupon book donated by Simply Sherryl

 

 91. Book: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Activity: Organize a neighborhood manhunt or hide-n-seek

Giveaway: Two tickets to the Contemporary Arts Center

 

92. Book: Best Summer Ever by Eve Bunting

Activity: Host a neighborhood cookout or ice cream party

Giveaway: End of summer party pack (Insulated cooler bag filled with paper plates, table cloth, napkins, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, $10 Kremer’s Market gift card, $10 Graeter’s gift card and more)

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We want to give a big thank you to our Summer Reading Club Sponsors Family Friendly Cincinnati and Snappy Tomato Pizza as well as all of the organizations that contributed prizes to 92 Days of Summer (Click here to see the cool website)! Be sure to pick up a summer calendar from one of the branches or visit http://www.kentonlibrary.org/events to see what free activities are being offered at the library this summer. Also check out the website or visit a branch to find out how you can win prizes just for reading all summer long. Pictured below is just a sampling of library-related activities you could do every day of the summer.
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Note: Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to win prizes from the 92 Days of Summer. Most of the prizes were donated by supporters of the Library. Prizes are subject to change without notice. The giveaways will be done daily on Facebook. The winner will be announced on Facebook and will have 24 hours to respond letting us know whether they will pick their prize up at the Erlanger, Durr or Covington Branch otherwise another winner will be chosen.

Summer Bucket List

Does your family have a summer bucket list?

Since I actually work MORE at the library during the summer (Summer Reading Club programs don’t happen by themselves!), I have learned that if I don’t make some goals and plans for the summer it flies by without us enjoying some of our favorite activities.

I have some simple activities:

  • Run in the sprinklers
  • Play with sidewalk chalk
  • Feed the ducks
  • Attend a library program (ok, lots of these)
  • Have a picnic

I’ve planned a few road trips:

And we sometimes include particular people on our list:

  • Coffee with my bestie
  • Visit the zoo with grandparents
  • Hike with friends

Your list can be as short or as long as you like. I love reading all the ideas out there.

My son, reading outside.

My son, reading outside.

Of course, lots of reading is on my personal bucket list. Rather than worrying about particular titles, in the summer my children and I read purely for pleasure. My children enjoy not worrying about reading levels or writing book reports. Reading for pleasure also increases their reading speed and combats the infamous academic “summer slide.” My reading bucket list is mostly the places I’d like to read those books:

  • My porch swing
  • A bench on our favorite hiking trail
  • The park overlook
  • The beach
  • and pretty much any other lovely outside place in which I can’t read during the colder months.

Last Summer, my children read over 75 books each – all voluntarily!

What is on YOUR summer bucket list?

 

-Amy Schardein, Children’s Librarian

Surviving the end of the School Year

As the school year draws near there are lots of emotions – happiness, relief, stress, sadness and anxiety – for the kids and the parents. Children are usually excited for the school year to be over and even many parents are as well but it also causes some issues. Final exams, end of the year projects, field trips, end of the year state testing and summer childcare are a few things that stress my family out. I can’t solve these issues for everyone but I can offer a few tips for surviving the end of the school year.

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1. Check out Kenton County Public Library’s database Learning Express. You will find practice tests and study guides for every age and most subjects. It will help your child feel more prepared for the big test. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card.

2. Visit other Library online resources to access magazines, books and research materials for big projects. Zinio will give you access to thousands of the latest magazines. Need an encyclopedia? We have WorldBook Encyclopedia online. The site also gives you access to archived newspaper and magazine articles, thousands of photos from the region, e-books and other resources to help with class projects. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card.

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3. My freshman daughter is stressing out over her Spanish final but the Library’s Mango database has relieved some of that anxiety. She can practice Spanish, as well as dozens of other languages, online. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card.

4. Accept the fact that you probably can’t be at every end of the year awards ceremony, field trip and classroom party. Let the guilt go and just do what you can.

5. Children Inc. and Brighton Center can give you a list of certified sitters in your neighborhood. Schedule visits to in-home day cares and childcare facilities. Any reputable day care will allow you to visit.

6. Find some time to relax by downloading books, movies or music on the Library website or checking items out at the library.

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What do you do to survive the end of the school year?

 

Not Your Mother’s Book Club: All-Things-Book-Discussion at the Library

Book clubs: What images do those two words conjure up for you? Ladies sipping tea and trading favorite lines from Jane Austen, right? Or a group of suburban moms huddled around adult beverages with the latest chick lit offering? Or maybe a conversation that’s a little too academic, with participants bandying around literary terms like “foreshadowing” andmalapropism” and overanalyzing every paragraph. Certainly these images are true for some groups, but don’t think that book discussion is an activity limited to any certain demographic or that you had to have majored in English to take part.

 

Odd Book Club

 

Reading and discussing a book with others is something that everyone can enjoy, and the benefits are enormous:

  • Book groups broaden your reading horizons. You will read quite a number of books you normally wouldn’t give a second glance. Yes, you’ll probably dislike some of them (I’m looking at you, Never Let Me Go and The Night Circus), but you will also enjoy a lot of them. Some of the books that you never imagined yourself reading will become your absolute favorites (Now I’m looking at you, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and O Pioneers!).
  • They’ll also broaden your worldview. You will learn about other cultures and perhaps gain different perspectives from your group members’ points-of-view.
  • You get to meet new people – and sometimes establish long term friendships with your group members. (And if nothing else, sometimes you’ll find someone to snark along with you about a particularly terrible protagonist or plot.)
  • Your communication skills will improve because you’ll be listening to other people talk about the books you read together. And with all those books, your reading comprehension skills will be sharpened as well.

At the Kenton County Public Library, we offer “traditional” book clubs that meet at the library, an online club that meets virtually on GoodReads, and we have often hosted meetings at coffee shops, art centers, and other locations throughout the community. Check our website under Events to see what’s happening. And don’t be put off by the use of the word “club”. There’s absolutely no obligation to attend all of the meetings. You aren’t even required to register for these discussions. All you’ll need to do as a book discussion participant is to read the book and then show up for the meeting. It’s as simple as that.

Now maybe you prefer to form your own discussion group, outside of the Library, and host it on your own. We’ve got you covered there, too, with an extensive book discussion kit collection available to check out for free!

If you have visited the Covington Branch recently, you may have noticed that our book kit collection is now on the main floor, next to the Reference Desk. Want to see what titles we currently have available? Just take a stroll around the display units and leaf through the discussion guides that are on display.

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We select new titles every year for our library groups and those kits become available the following year for check out by library card holders. Our kits contain 12-15 copies of a book plus a discussion guide, which includes an author biography, editorial reviews, and sample discussion questions to help you get your conversation going. If you aren’t sure which book you’d like, I’m always happy to recommend one. Just drop me an email at lesley.daley@kentonlibrary.org or call 859-962-4060, ext. 4240.

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The bottom line is that book clubs can be for everyone, so give one of our discussions a try. Or go ahead and start your own club. You provide the space and the snacks – we’ll provide the books.

 

–written by Lesley Daley, Reference Librarian, Covington Branch Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing Your Child For Preschool

The summer can be a busy season for most preschool teachers and parents.  We’ve been cooped up with the kids all winter long and even in the spring (as I write this April, 15th there is snow on the ground). As the mom of 4-year-old and 8-month-old boys I know how much energy has been stored up through the winter and needs to be released. My 4-year-old Aiden wants to run, play and get as dirty as possible outside so I have to get creative about reading and preparing my son for preschool.

Five Tips to Prepare Your Child For Preschool

1. Take Reading Time Outside – We read in our yard and at the park so we can get our outside and reading time in. I try to select books that are about nature, animals or include a summer activity…..like riding a bike. One of our favorites to take outside is “Froggy Rides a Bike” by Jonathan London.  My son was ready to learn to ride his bike after reading about how Froggy gets his first bike.froggy rides a bike

2. Take Advantage of Down Time – Early childhood literacy skills can be taught through activities, not just reading. We take advantage of our time when going for walks or driving in the car. I ask Aiden what different things we see are so that he can learn new words and associate it with an image. Our favorite game is saying the letters on street signs. Aiden says the letters, I tell him what the word is and he repeats it.

3. Sing – We sing a lot.  Songs and rhymes can help build vocabulary and develop sound discrimination. Both skills are crucial to the development of literacy. The size of a child’s vocabulary and his or her ability to discriminate sounds are predictors of how easily a child will learn to read when exposed to formal instruction. Aiden and I have learned  how to say “hello” in many different languages through the song “Hello to All the Children of the World.” One of Aiden’s favorite songs to sing to his baby brother is “Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes.” “Itsy Bitsy Spider” can be a fun song to sing outside.

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4. Dramatic Play – Let your child be the narrator of his favorite stories while you both act the story out outside. Dramatic play allows children to recognize that different tasks require different texts, to produce a wide variety of texts, and to act out stories they have heard.

5. Library Storytime – Whether it’s at childcare through the Racing to Read program or at the library, storytime is great for children. They will learn through stories, play, songs and much more. Plus, they get to be with other kids.

My son will participate in the Kenton County Public Library’s Racing to Read early childhood literacy program this summer. The Racing to Read team brings library materials and Summer Reading Club to the classroom. Classrooms at each center will read together and earn prizes.  This is one way we encourage the centers we serve to continue to read to their children during the summer months.

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Racing to Read serves 1,500 children ages 0-5 and visits 35 preschools and childcare centers monthly in Kenton County.  The goal of the program is to introduce children to books and reading so they are prepared to learn how to read when they enter kindergarten.  Children are able to check out two items with their Racing to Read library card. In addition the van offers teacher resources that can be used at the preschool/child care center.

Racing to Read staff members put together a lesson plan each month and adjust the lesson plan to meet specific center needs.  The picture below represents a lesson plan for April.

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Not too long ago the Racing to Read staff received a lovely thank you note pictured below.  The note is from Julie Learning Center located in Park Hills.

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The Read Racer has a few afternoon spots available. If your childcare facility or preschool is not currently receiving visits from the Read Racer the director of the center can call Kari Jones at 859-962-4061 to schedule a visit.  We also currently have a waiting list for centers that require a morning slot.

If you would like to learn more about Racing to Read services or all Outreach services, please visit us at http://www.kentonlibrary.org/outreach.

Check out the library Early Literacy Pinterest page and suggested books to prepare your child for preschool. Visit the Kenton County Public Library Facebook page to enter to win preschool books and a movie!

Written by Kari Jones – Outreach Coordinator —Covington Branch

Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day!

Join the party!  On Sunday, April 27, the Erlanger Branch Library will host our annual celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros – Children’s Day/Book Day.  This event is a celebration of children and literacy, with an emphasis on the diversity of families and languages in our community. Día is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.  This daily commitment culminates each year in a community wide celebration on or near April 30th .

El día de los niños/El día de los libros has its roots in the observance of Children’s Day, which began in 1925 as a result of the first “World Conference for the Well Being of Children” in Geneva, Switzerland.  All over the world, countries adopted official dates to celebrate Children’s Day.  The United States is one of the few developed countries that did not designate an official Children’s Day observance!  Our neighbor Mexico selected April 30 as their day to celebrate children, and they named it El día de los niños – Children’s Day.  This day is quite a huge celebration across Mexico!  Schools have carnivals, towns have parades, and children receive special treats.  Mexican immigrants in the American southwest brought their observance of Children’s Day into their communities in this country, and in 1996, a children’s author named Pat Mora noticed (www.patmora.com ).  She thought it was a wonderful idea to celebrate children, but her background as an educator and author led her to think that it would be even better to celebrate children’s books!  That was the beginning of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Over the years, with the support of children’s librarians and teachers, Pat Mora’s idea has spread across the country.  This year, hundreds of libraries and schools will celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day sometime near April 30.

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For a decade now, the Kenton County Public Library has partnered with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (www.cincinnatilibrary.org ) to present one community Día celebration.  We alternate locations each year.  This year, the celebration will be held at the Erlanger Branch on Sunday, April 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We will have book related crafts to enjoy, as well as face painting and mascot meet-and-greet opportunities. At 2:30, enjoy Family Zumba with Deb Yaeger of Deb’s Fitness Party (www.debsfitnessparty.com ).  At 3:15, there will be a demonstration of Korean Martial Arts with Mr. Kim’s Martial Arts, a local Erlanger organization (www.kimskoreanmartialarts.com ).  At 3:45, join us for International Storytime.  This is always a highlight of our celebration.  We will gather as many as 10 individuals who speak different languages, and read the same book in all those languages!  Our celebration ends at 4:00 with our Mascot Macarena dance party.  We will also provide a free book for every child ages 12 and under who attends our celebration, while supplies last.

Please contact Lise Tewes at the Erlanger Branch Library (859-962-4000 X4109; lise.tewes@kentonlibrary.org ) if you have questions or want more information.  We hope to see you on Sunday, April 27 to enjoy El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).

DIY PROM

It’s prom time, so let’s talk about hair and makeup!

If there’s one thing I (Jessy the Librarian) love as much as stories, it’s probably lipstick. Or maybe eyeliner. One of the best place I’ve found for (non-video) makeup/hair tutorials is The Beauty Department. I love the idea of a metallic eye, especially if your dress is more of a matte texture, like tulle.

Last month, OPI released 4 sheer tint polishes. Look at all the pretty ideas Phoenix Beauty Lounge came up with!

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When it comes to pretty hair, my own personal taste is basically “shove it all up behind your head in a messy chignon or at the nape of your neck in a messy bun with lots of pretty bobby pins.” But this isn’t a blog about what Jessy the Librarian would dress up like; it’s full of tips and tricks and DIYs for all sorts of tastes!

If you have straight hair (or want to straighten your hair for prom), Martha Stewart has lots of guides.

If you have curly hair, there are guides for pretty updos here and here.

If you want complicated pretty braids (and really, who doesn’t), what about a waterfall braid? Here’s a tutorial video I found on youtube.

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Want more ideas for prom hair and makeup? Check out our prom-related pinterest board!

This post was written by Durr Young Adult Librarian Jessy.

100 Years Ago, Latonia Jockey Reached Horse Racing’s Pinnacle

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The Kentucky Post headline the evening Matt won the Epsom Derby. The win marked a first for anyone from the Cincinnati area in the race and one of the few times to that point an American owner and jockey took the event.

On May 27, 1914 a record crowd gathered at the historic Epsom Downs in England for the annual running of the world’s greatest horse race, the English Derby.  The dramatic death of suffragette Emily Davison on the track the year prior and the nearly unprecedented 30 horse field drew a large crowd who knew that quite anything could happen at the annual event.[1]  The tension mounted precipitously at the post line as the horses waited for the starter’s signal.  Matt McGee, an American jockey born and raised in Covington sitting atop of his fine colt Durbar II, stared down the track towards the outside rail and saw the crowd favorite Kennymore growing anxious for the start.  At 9-4 odds, and with Europe’s top jockey and future racing Hall of Famer Frank O’Neill aboard, the horse was thought to be shoo-in for victory, even with the crowded field.   The other rival for the title, Brakespear, owned by none other than the King of England himself, waited patiently close to the inside rail.  The 20 minutes standing at the line must have seemed like an eternity for the horse, however, as he frequently backed away from the starting tape.  The signal to go caught Brakespear off-guard and led to a poor start while the anxious Kennymore took off perpendicular to the rest of the field, racing directly towards the inside rail.

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Matt aboard the winning Durbar II, with H.B. Duryea leading the pair into the winner’s circle.

At the half mile mark of the mile and a half race, McGee pulled Durbar into fourth place, a few lengths behind pace setter Polycrates.  MacGee had ridden Durbar to victory in France prior to this day, pulling out some minor victories in a couple of stakes races, before being placed by owner Herman Duryea in this day’s race.  At 20-1 odds, the horse took some light bets but was off of the radar of most enthusiasts in the build up to the race.  McGee saw an opening as the field approached the famous turn at Tattanham’s Corner and slipped Durbar in front at the rail.  He quickly pulled away from the field down the stretch and passed the finish line a full three lengths ahead of his nearest competitor.  The crowd fell into a hushed silence.  Two Americans with a French and American bred horse had taken the coveted prize, much to the chagrin of the proud English folks in the crowd.  Duryea likely fell into shock as well.  Not necessarily from the win, but rather from the payout on the $4,000 bet he placed on his own horse in addition to the $32,000 race prize.[2]  Matt McGee, the little jockey from Latonia, Kentucky reached the pinnacle of his racing career at this moment and calmly remarked to reporters, “I had never had an easier race in my life.”

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This photo from a March 1909 edition of the Los Angeles Herald shows the jockeys at Santa Anita during the racing season. Matt is second from the left in the bottom row.

Matt’s racing career began in his hometown, at the old Latonia Racetrack where many residents had strong ties to the horse racing industry.  Matt and two of his brothers, all of diminutive Irish stock, attempted careers as jockeys, but only Matt proved successful in the trade.  Beginning in 1908, he raced for four years in the United States.  He traveled about the country trying to find work while Progressive reformers cracked down on the racing and gaming industries in states like New York and California.  In fact, the closure of tracks in huge markets like California and New York were in some ways directly responsible for the rise of horse racing in Kentucky.  The Bluegrass State’s reputation for feuds, moonshine, and general lawlessness made many in the thoroughbred industry set their sights on the state as a refuge for continued racing.[3] After his first year on the courses, the American Racing Manual remarked that “McGee….gave indications that [he] may be challenging the leaders in a year or two.”  His contract was sold to a California stable where he enjoyed the last racing season in Los Angeles before anti-gambling legislation shut down the races.  In 1909, Matt finished fifth among the jockeys overall in wins, with 150 coming in a career high 862 mounts.  That year he also raced in his first Kentucky Derby, though he finished in ninth place aboard Campeon.  In the year 1911 he rode perhaps his greatest horse, a chestnut filly named Round the World.  The horse won many races in the buildup to the Kentucky Derby, including a huge prize at the Juarez Derby in Mexico that made her a favorite in the days leading up to the Derby.   The horse tired from overwork as she ran numerous tune-up races in Lexington in the weeks prior to the Derby, a far cry from the limited workload of modern thoroughbreds.  Matt led her across the finish line that year in sixth place in the seven horse field, an assured disappointment in one of the most thrilling Derby races to that point.  After the 1911 Kentucky Derby, Matt officially retired from American racing as the pressures on making weight finally became too much.  He had contemplated the move for a time, but waited until after the Derby to make his decision out of an agreement with his owner to race the special filly in the major events. Europe offered greater opportunity and with the closures of so many tracks across the United States a flood of jockeys and others in the thoroughbred industry made their way to the continent.  Matt joined those on the move in 1913 and began racing with Herman Duryea during that year.  Matt quickly became his top jockey and their two years together netted the pair steady profits in many of the large races around France.  The victory lap after the

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Matt aboard Flowershop after winning the Prix de Diane in 1920. The race is the equivalent of the Kentucky Oaks, run the day before the Derby, open to three year old fillies and run at the Chantilly racecourse outside of Paris.

1914 English Derby was cut short, however, when nearly one month to the day after the race Austro-Hungarian prince Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in what amounted to the sounding bell for World War I.  As nations mobilized for war, racing was shut down and many jockeys and horses were called to serve in the fight.  In late September, 1914, Durbar was smuggled out of the war zone draped in an American flag and declared “neutral” in the fight, as he eventually made his way to the United States.  Matt and his family left as well for a time, though they eventually returned amid the fighting when racing resumed on a limited basis in 1915.

 

Matt and his family stayed in France after the war as well and his racing career continued relatively unimpeded into the 1930s.  He perpetually finished towards the top of the list among winning jockeys, though most often finding himself in second place behind rival and friend Frank O’Neill.  Upon his retirement, he settled in to a comfortable life training and raising horses for the Rothschild family near his home outside of Paris.  The bellicose calls for war sent Matt home again in the spring of 1941 after the German army overran his town and reportedly used his home as officers’ quarters and as a base of operation.  He returned to Covington alone to a family he had not seen in nearly a decade.  His wife and daughter soon followed, though the family never reunited totally.  His wife Laura fell victim to cancer and died in Chicago in 1945.  Matt followed in October 1949 and was laid to rest in Mother of God cemetery in Fort Wright.  His daughter returned to France after the war and according to family lore, sought to reclaim the family’s lost fortunes.

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Numerous trips across the ocean meant lots of travel records. These passport records come from a 1920 request for residence in Lamorlaye, France. On the shows Matt’s daughter, Norma Frances, was born in Lamorlaye in 1915. His wife, Laura Brown, traveled alongside the the jockey until they left France for good in 1941. Passport photos courtesy ancestry.com

As we approach another Kentucky Derby this coming May, we are all reminded of the importance of the horse racing industry to the state’s history.  The Kenton County Library offer vast resources for those interested in learning more about racing history.  The Keeneland Racetrack library, in partnership with the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Virtual Library, has digitized nearly the entire run of the Daily Racing Form.  In addition to form charts, race results, and general racing news the paper also covered political activity relating to national issues, like the interruptions of the World Wars, and local issues like the battle over the annexation of Latonia to the city of Covington.  The Latonia Racetrack’s prominence in the industry also made it a popular topic in local papers.[4]  Digital editions of the historic Cincinnati Enquirer and the Louisville Courier Journal are available for access in the library or at home with a library card.  The Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index also has coverage of some local figures and events and patrons can access the newspapers on microfilm in the Covington library.  Finding information outside the United States can be much trickier and may require some language fluency, but information is available.  France has a wonderful collection of digitized photos, periodicals, and books available through their national library and keyword searches can reveal a wealth of information in addition to offering a different perspective on events in the United States.    Contact the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Library if you would like help researching anything related to local or national racing history.  Also stop by the branch for a display with more about the history of Matt McGee’s racing career.

Written by Nate McGee, Library Associate, Local History and Genealogy Department, Covington

[1] Davison, the suffragette, threw herself in front of the King of England’s horse as he approached the finish line and became at martyr for the suffrage cause in the British Isles.  In 1914, a policeman was shot by Ada Rice, a presumed suffragette, but no serious injury occurred.

[2] The prize money alone would be valued at close to $1 million today.

[3] See Maryjean Wall’s great book, How Kentucky Became Southern, for more on this process and the rise of racing overall in the state.

[4] Check out James Claypool’s fine history of the Latonia Racetrack, The Tradition Continues:  The Story of Old Latonia, Latonia, and Turfway Racetracks for a good comprehensive history of Racing in northern Kentucky.

Turning Clutter Into Cash

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Many people have trouble decluttering because they see their clutter as piles of cash that they spent. I know that I am less of an impulse shopper now that I have given away items that I had to have but then never used.

Decluttering is humbling. You realize you have more than you need and often wish you could have a “do over” and get that money back.

Before the great recession of 2008, I could make a great deal of money back on my used items through garage sales, eBay sales and consignment stores. But since the recession – many people have joined the resale community and driven down the price people are willing to pay for used items.

This spring as you are decluttering your house, set up a selling and donation staging area. You can earn some summer fun money by taking your items to various resale shops.

1. Garage Sales

If you have a LOT to get rid of, you may want to consider a garage sale. I have had good luck with selling furniture, children’s items and craft supplies. If you are going to have a garage sale – set up an area of your home NOW to start collecting your “treasures.” Set a date and work like crazy to have all of your decluttering done by that date. {NOTE for 3 years I had garage sales in the spring and fall. It took me 6 garage sales to get my clutter to a manageable level!}

Set up EARLY and be prepared for people to come even earlier. I usually have mine on a Friday from 8-2 and Saturday 8-12.

I don’t even price my items anymore. You can have a blanket and say everything on the blanket is $1.

Market your garage sale by putting pictures and descriptions of popular items on Craig’s List. Have change and grocery bags for people to take their treasures home.

Plan for Saturday at noon – where is the rest of this stuff going? It is NOT going back inside! 🙂 Divide what you have left and try these options:

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2. Half Price Books

Normally, I earn between $6-10 at Half Price Books. The pay is ridiculously low. I was tempted to take my last banker’s box full of books straight to Goodwill, but decided to stop by Half Price Books first. I was SO glad I did; I earned $22.50!

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3. Game Stop

These games are really old; they wouldn’t even take 3 of them! But I did make $29 on this stack of games. Let’s not do the math on how much I PAID!

4. Consignment Stores

Each season, I take a few clothes out of my closet and stop by the consignment store before I hit Goodwill. I make about $75 per season selling old clothes. I turn right around and buy about 6-8 items with that money at the same consignment shop. For the past 6 years, I have spent very little on my clothing outside of consignment shops.

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5. Child resale shops

If you have kid’s clothes, old toys or furniture, the kid’s resale shops are the way to go. You will earn even less than you will get at a garage sale, but you will get something.

6. eBay

eBay is a great way to sell name brand items that you can sell for $20 or more. I say $20 because the fees and shipping eat up a lot of cost when selling on eBay. The best way to tell if an item is worth selling on eBay is to search for that item and see how many are being sold and at what price.

7. Craig’s List

Craig’s List is similar to eBay in that you are selling on line, but instead of shipping the item, you meet the buyer in real life. I have had success selling furniture this way.

You need to know how much you want for the item and know people will haggle with you AFTER they come to your house. I find this annoying.

For safety, I list items with the Craig’s List fake email that forwards to my email. Then, I reply with my cell phone number. I have never had a problem selling on Craig’s List, but as I mentioned above, there are “deals” for buying, but selling has been harder since 2008.

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8. Goodwill

I know you will not “make” money by donating to Goodwill, but you can get a tax deduction. I have always liked the convenience of dropping off my donations at the Goodwill drop off center. But last year I listened to this podcast about all the donations Goodwill takes and what they do with them. Then I went to a meeting and learned all about the amazing resource that Goodwill is to the special needs community in my area.

Now when I have a donation, I feel like I am really giving and not just “getting rid of” my old stuff.

So, what about you? What do you do with items you no longer need?

Check out our Pinterest board on the topic!

 

This guest post is written by Lisa Woodruff with Organize 365