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.

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.

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

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.

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.
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Share Your Favorite Books & Movies

Share Your Favorite Books & Movies

conspiracy 365I have one child in middle school and one in high school. I am lucky that they both have a natural love of reading. My son will find a series he loves and read every single book (Conspiracy 365 being the most recent). Once he’s finished, he’ll look for other books written by that author. My daughter mostly chooses her books based on her friends’ recommendations but once in a while she’ll still ask Ms. Amy at the Covington Branch what she should read next. I always loved sharing children’s books with my kids but now that they are older, I really enjoy sharing some of my favorite adult and YA books with them. We are also able to discover new books together. untitled

All three of us read the Hunger Games trilogy. This led to so many discussions in our home. My kids immediately got that this was about so much more than kids killing kids. These books started conversations about how government works, the division of classes, white and blue collared jobs, how a small group can make a difference and so much more.

to kill a mockingbirdTo Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time. My daughter took a stab at it in sixth grade but found it confusing. Now that she is in ninth grade she is trying again and loving it. I can’t wait until she finishes it so we can watch the movie together and discuss the book in-depth.

I have decided to reoutsidersread Flowers in the Attic since watching the recent Lifetime Movie. I’m hoping my daughter will want to read that as well. I am looking forward to The Outsiders being a book all three of us can share a love for. It’s fun to pick books that are also movies. We can read the book, discuss and then watch the movie together.

What books do you enjoy sharing with your children?

Library Providing Services at Home

About to celebrate her 90th birthday, Mrs. Jackie Linneman can honestly say she has had a lifelong relationship with the public library system.  An avid reader from a very young age, Jackie fondly recalls her trips to the former location of the public library in Covington.  In fact, the Carnegie Library at 10th and Scott was her first library.

Over the course of her life, Jackie has moved out of the Tri-state area and back again a handful of times, and she says that each time she moved to a new city, the first thing she looked for was the nearest public library.  “Mrs. Linneman always finds her library people!” she stated proudly during our interview.  “Librarians…I just love them!  I don’t know what I’d do without them.  I am very, very lucky.”

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Mrs. Lucille Poetter, Mrs. Evelyn McVey, Mrs. Jackie Linneman entering Coppin’s in 1977.

Eight years ago, Jackie retired from her job selling perfume in downtown Cincinnati, and moved into an apartment at Atria Highland Crossing, a senior living facility in Fort Wright, KY. Prior to that move, she had been living in Fort Thomas and was a devoted patron of the Campbell County Public Library system.  “I lived just down the hill from the library, and I would walk down our drive.  But then when it got a little difficult for me to walk, that’s when I got the walker – just to be able to go to the library! And they told me one day when I went in, ‘Jackie, you can actually get these sent to your home!’  Then, when I got ready to move into here, that was the first thing I asked: could I still have that service?”  A Campbell County librarian was quick to get Jackie in touch with the Homebound department at Kenton County.

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Homebound (a part of the now combined Outreach Department) delivers items to the residents of Highland Crossing every other Monday.  Each and every time we bring a bag full of the newest biographies and memoirs for Jackie.  We have it written in her record that we are never to bring fewer than four books for her.  Living her life as she does now – mostly indoors and with limited mobility – the books we bring to her are her windows to the world.  Her friends and family members know how much she loves to read and constantly keep her up to date on the newest books – that’s how she always seems to be ahead of the crowd in making her requests for new materials.  Even though she doesn’t use a computer, she still has almost constant access to information about the latest books being published.  “My daughter-in-law sends me articles from The Philadelphia Enquirer.  She sends me ripped out pages from magazines with book reviews, and people are always telling me about new names and reviews of things I should read.  I get that New York one, too.  My son sends me The New York Observer…”

Even as we talked during our interview, she began shuffling through the papers on her side table and then stopped to hand me the most recent compilation of reviews and notes she had set aside for her librarians’ next visit.

When I asked her to describe what the Homebound services meant for her and how it improved her daily life, she didn’t even have to stop to think about it: “It’s a life saver to me – to be in a place like this and have your services.  Activities….well, I’m just not into.  But your service! It’s wonderful, in all sincerity.  There’s no bull about it.  Like I say, it’s my life saver.”

The activities Jackie mentioned during our chat are another facet of the KCPL Outreach Department.  Although she is less social and doesn’t take advantage of library outreach programming, many of our other patrons look forward to the mornings when we come by to help trigger memories and share life experiences.  At some senior centers we do trivia challenges, a proven technique for improving and maintaining brain function in older adults.  “Trivia games provide mental stimulation, an important component to mental and cognitive health in aging minds. Regular mental stimulation can actually delay the onset of diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, which impair cognitive functioning. Trivia games require memory and stimulate the pathways through the cerebral cortex required to link the question to the image or to the answer.”  (Taken from an article by Cheryl Cirelli – http://seniors.lovetoknow.com/Trivia_Games_for_the_Elderly ).

We often try to incorporate local interest into our programming, and we are constantly working on new ideas for future programs.  Recently we began developing visual-storytelling programs by adapting illustrated books into slideshows.  As slideshows, we are able to project the illustrations in a large format as we read the corresponding story aloud.  The first story we used for this idea was “A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas”, a children’s book written by Nadine Woodard Huffman and illustrated by Marilyn M. Lebhar.  The story is about Matty, a young boy staying with his grandparents in Cincinnati at Christmas, and the readers are exposed to all of the wonderful traditions of Cincinnati during the holidays.  After hearing the story and seeing the illustrations, the residents at Covington Ladies’ Home spent nearly 30 minutes talking and reminiscing about their own family traditions during Christmas in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Renee Moore, Director of Recreational Therapy at Providence Pavilion in Covington speaks very highly of the programming her residents have been enjoying twice a month for just over two years.  The audience may vary from 8 to 20 participants each time, but as Renee says, “they always leave knowing something new, and they talk about it all day!”  Renee’s favorite program in the past year happened over the summer.  Outreach Coordinator Kari Jones presented a slideshow all about ice cream for National Ice Cream Month.  Reflecting on the program, Renee told me how Kari talked with the residents, and “they all went back to their childhoods.”

Aside from the entertainment factor that many of our programs provide, Renee believes that outreach programming is an invaluable part of our service.  “It is important, because our residents learn about different things, or even go back in time.  We as activity directors may miss something, but the outreach programmers don’t.  For example, the ice cream presentation.  Yes, I knew it was National Ice Cream Month, so I was serving ice cream every Friday.  But I never thought about the history of it, or of asking the residents about it.”

HomeboundFlyer150Between our work delivering library materials to individuals and offering chances to reminisce or learn new things, the KCPL Outreach Department does everything possible to make sure the needs of our patrons are being met across the county.  Find out more about the Homebound services and Outreach Programming by calling 859.962.4062 or visiting http://www.kentonlibrary.org/outreach/homebound.

Ashlee Brown, Homebound Services Associate, wrote this post.

Gallery To Go Giveaway

gallerytogo4Gallery To Go is a unique painting party experience. No painting experience is necessary. Parties are approximately 2 hours long, and include a pre-drawn canvas, pain, paint brushes and apron. Parties can be in your home, business, club or church. Or you can join Gallery To Go at an open paint party location.  Parties are intended for adults unless otherwise noted. Kids parties, for ages 8 and up,  can be arranged.

The Kenton County Public Library and Gallery To Go realizes it is really cold outside and even adults are suffering from cabin fever. So we are giving away a paint session for one lucky winner and a friend at the DEP’s Wine Tasting and Paint Party on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Dep’s in Fort Thomas from 7-9 p.m. This is valued at $60.

Note: Gallery To Go donated this prize to for the Kenton County Public Library to giveaway. You have five chances to win. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. One winner will be chosen using random.org. Enter by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The winner will be emailed and have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

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1. Comment on this post saying why you want to win (Required to enter).

Bonus Entries

2. Like Gallery To Go on Facebook and comment here that you did.

3. Tweet this contest @Kentonlibrary and comment here that you did.

4. Like Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and comment here that you did.

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

Visit Gallery To Go’s Events page to attend an open party. Visit the website for information about booking a private party.

Note: Kenton County Public Library employees and those living in their home are not permitted to participate in the giveaway.

You and Your Pets

Pets are an integral parts of our families, our lives, and our hearts. Whether you have cats, dogs, fish, a snake, a family of tarantulas or ferrets, you understand the importance of those amazing creatures and the impact they have on you and your life. 

If you do have a dog, or several, Kenton County has a lovely dog-centered park.

Pioneer Park in Covington has a great pet-friendly area called the Kenton Paw Park! The Park features 3 enclosed areas for large dogs and 2 specifically for small dogs. The park also offers events like a Pool Party, photos with Santa, and the annual Beast Bash.

Visit the park’s website and the Kenton County Parks & Rec website for more information. 

 

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The Kenton County Animal Shelter is the place to go! Use their Petfinder service to search for the pet that best suits you and your family. You can also get your pet’s annual license and get them micro-chipped at the KC Animal Shelter. Check out this video of their featured pets!

 

If the weather isn’t coopering with you or your pet stop by the library or check out my pet-friendly Pinterest board, to get some books and videos to keep you both entertained! Here are some of my favorites:

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This post was written by Eden Rassette, Young Adult Programmer at the Kenton County Public Library’s Erlanger Branch. You can find her online at The Otaku Librarian.