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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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.

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test Taking Skills

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Whether you are an experienced test taker or a newbie, the Kenton County Public Library  has how-to guides and test preparation resources available in a variety of formats:  print, electronic, audio, and video.  There are several publishers of great test guides:  Barron’s, Schaum’s, Peterson’s, Language Express, McGraw Hill’s, Princeton Review, Kaplan and Dummies.  Check out this resource list.

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The library subscribes to the Learning Express database which is accessible for a library card holder.  All you have to do is register and you will be on your way to improving your test taking skills.  This is an amazing resource with practice tests on everything from the GED to the ACT to the GRE and many others.  You can take timed tests and start and stop when you need; it really helps get you in the right frame of mind for standardized tests.  The database also includes software tutorials, occupation practice tests and U.S. Citzenship.

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If you need any help along the way, your local library reference desk is here to support you, please give us a call or stop by, we want to see you succeed!

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-post written by Erin DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian

 

 

 

 

 

The Best 10 Young Adult Books of 2013

Young Adult novels are not just for teens anymore. YA fiction is, in my opinion, the most popular trend in fiction right now, and it will continue to draw readers of all ages – at least until all of our favorite series are finished!

Here are my choices for the Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2013. I chose my favorites and what I thought were the most popular 10 books. They are then rated by how many times each book was checked out by you!

What is your #1 book of 2013? Do you agree with my choices? Sound off in the comments!

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Book #2 in The Lunar Chronicles.

2. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Book #2 in the Shatter Me series.

3. Prodigy by Marie Lu. Book #2 in the Legend series

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

5. Dare You To by Katie McGarry

6. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

8. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

10. Rogue by Gina Damico

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Prodigy (Legend, #2)Eleanor & ParkDare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

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Click on the covers to find a link to each book in the library catalog – from there you can see where the books are on library shelves, put yourself on hold for one, or even check out an ebook copy.

skull icon.jpgFor fans of Gina Damico’s Croak series or teens who love reading we have a special event coming up! On Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. Erlanger’s teen book club, Beyond the Book, will have a discussion of the series and live video chat with Gina Damico! She’ll talk about the series, answer your questions, and hopefully tell us a little bit about her forthcoming novels. You can find more info and register on our calendar or by going to Facebook!

 

This blog post was written by Eden Rassette, the Young Adult Programmer at KCPL Erlanger. You can find her at The Cosplaying Librarian.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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!

 

 

Summer Reading Giveaway #3

We are a little more than halfway through Summer Reading Club for teens, children and adults. You have been able to win prizes all summer long just for reading books. Now is your chance to win a cool prize just for reading this blog! And we have a cool prize!

The Giveaway:

We are giving away a $25 Joseph Beth gift card, a $5 Kocanut Joe’s gift card, Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition DVD of The Wizard of Oz and a Kenton County Public Library tote bag filled with a few books.

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, July 29. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

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1. What is your favorite thing about the Kenton County Public Library? (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. Comment here stating if you participated in Summer Reading Club. Be sure to include why or why not.

Disclaimer: The movie, books and Kocanut Joe’s gift cards were given to the Library.

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.

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