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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Rereading Favorite Books

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A mom sharing her favorite books with her children.

What is your favorite book? Why do you love it? Who do you talk with about your favorite stories?

When December comes and it’s snowy and tiny colored lights are blinking (or menorah candles are twinkling), it gets dark so early I don’t always want a new and exciting book. This is the time of year I grab an old favorite to reread.
The thing about favorite books is how personal they are. I’ve had friendships that never looked the same after I admitted to hating A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I’ve become insta-besties with fans of Douglas Adams and L.M. Montgomery.

As librarians, it’s important for us to not get bogged down in what we love when we are helping you to find your favorites, old and new. Do you want to reread Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events but don’t remember their order? Maybe you want to listen to The Lightning Thief or see if The Fault In Our Stars is any different on your new ereader  instead of the physical, paper book.

Eden at Erlanger separates her favorites into favorite this year , all-time favorite, favorite to recommend, favorite when she was a kid…which is a book I read in college and am now excited to talk about with Eden!

That’s the beauty of beloved books. Is it more important that we have the same favorite stories as people around us, or that we are willing to share our favorites? This holiday, why not ask the people around you what their favorite books are, or ask them to read yours?

Visit the website to browse the catalog and put items on hold.

Keeping Kids Busy Over the Holiday Break

Keeping kids entertained over an extended holiday can be a challenge, but we’ve got some great ideas for you. If sled riding isn’t possible and the cold is keeping you inside, there are plenty of activities for the whole family that are sure to keep them entertained. We’re sure a good book is the perfect remedy, but in case you need other ideas, here are ours!

Staying In Town?

If you live near the William E. Durr branch, check out our listings for School’s Out Movies! We have lots of showings for the whole family. We supply the popcorn, so just bring yourself and a drink and let us take care of the rest! Register by following the link above or calling 859-962-4031.

All movies will begin at 1:00 PM.

12/23 Elf!

12/26 Despicable Me 2

12/27 Grown Ups 2

12/30 Planes

12/31 Monsters Inc. & Monsters University

1/2 Smurfs 2

1/3 The Croods

Crafting

I’m really into crafting, and Christmas is the perfect time to try out new ideas and give them as one-of-a-kind gifts. There are so many fun craft ideas on Pinterest; you could stay busy for days.

Pinterest has some great ideas! Check out our Christmas board here.

Paper crafts for Christmas by Randel McGee

Christmas Crafts by Jean Eick

Kids in the Holiday Kitchen: Making, Baking, Giving by Jessica Strand

Step-by-Step crafts for Winter by Kathy Ross

Baking cookies

Going to a cookie swap or have a lot of baking to do for a Christmas party? Involve the kids! You’ll not only invoke their creative abilities, but also keep them entertained.

The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook: 60 Large-Batch Recipes to Bake and Share by Good Housekeeping

The Big Book of Cookies by Betty Crocker

Christmas Cookies: 50 Recipes to Treasure for the Holiday Season (EBook) by Lisa Zwirn

Usborne Christmas Baking for Children by Fiona Patchett

Cool Cookies & Bars: Easy Recipes for Kids to Bake by Pam Price

Going Out of Town?

Two words: Audio books! Check out a Playaway View—a pre-loaded video player with audio that’s great for keeping children entertained. We have dozens of them on all kinds of subjects; from animated storybooks that appeal to young children and non-fiction titles for older children. Audio books are a great way to keep your whole family occupied during a long car ride. Here’s a list of my top five family-friendly audio books for long car trips:

City of Ember by Jean DuPrau

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Holes by Loius Sachar

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Don’t forget that you can download eBooks and audio books to your device through Overdrive and One Click Digital before your trip, or check out a magazine from Zinio!

Just because the kids are out of school for an extended holiday doesn’t mean they have be bored. Be sure to stock up on library books before break begins so they’ll have plenty of reading (or viewing) material to keep them happy!

How will you be keeping your children busy over the holiday break? Comment below and let us know!

New Parents

So, you’re ready for your new arrival!  The nursery is freshly painted, crib assembled, pictures hung, stuffed animals in place, baby clothes folded and put away…everything is ready for the wee one to make their place in your home.  You’ve attended childbirth classes, got your breathing down and are all set for the big day.  Your hospital bag is packed with all the essentials and by the door to make the dash to the hospital when it’s time.

expectAs a new parent the Kenton County Public Library has been an invaluable resource for my family.  I prepared for my son’s birth by reading as many Childbirth/Pregnancy books as possible. My favorites were the ever-popular What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and Pea In A Pod.

StartWe make his baby food and have found many great recipes in baby food cookbooks especially Start Fresh:  Your Child’s Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating.

It’s never too early to start reading up on parenting techniques.

SD1400_20121024_07_smWhen we can find the time we enjoy taking him to baby storytime.  It’s a great way for babies and their parents to be social, build comaraderie and instill a love of reading.  Finding the time is the difficult piece but it is so worth it.  Building baby’s first library is easy using this booklist; these books are great selections to read to your little one.

The Kenton County Public Library has a selection of links for developing early literacy on our Pinterest page.   Baby book recommendations are there too!

Great Parenting Websites and Blogs to check out:

A Round of baby blogs featuring all sorts of parents and philosophies.  Family Friendly Cincinnati has great ideas about activities to share with children in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. The family oriented restaurant reviews and park reviews are especially helpful.  This is the blog from 4C for children. Staff who are also parents share their adventures in parenting and their own early childhood expertise.  The Bump has pregnancy information, baby advice and parenting tips with forums.  Everyday Family is a community of parents with updates on baby’s development.  Mom 365 is a community of mothers with forums on a variety of baby topics.

Stroll into your local branch of the Kenton County Public Library and discover all the library has to offer you and your new baby.

-blog written by Erin DeSantis and Amy Schardein

Birthday Party Planning Made Easy

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Balloons, clowns, magicians, cakes, cupcakes, comedians, bouncy houses, character visits, oh my! Planning a birthday party for your child, whether they are 1, 8, or 16, can be really overwhelming but I’ve got you covered! If I thought I could truly make a living at planning kids’ birthday parties, that’s what I’d be doing. I LOVE it!  And thankfully, the Kenton County Public Library has plenty of resources to help me plan birthday parties for my children.

My children have a very nice birthday party every year. I enjoy throwing themed-parties at my home but we have had parties outside of the house as well. If you are looking to host a party at a location, you should check out Family Friendly Cincinnati’s post on birthday parties but if you are looking to host at home on a budget, read on and check out our cool video!

Welcome to the Oscars

My son had an Oscar party for his 6th birthday. Everyone received an invitation telling them to come as their favorite actor or musician. I found some inexpensive red fabric at a local fabric store to use as the red carpet. As each child entered, I took their photo on the red carpet. Music from my son’s favorite movies played in the background. Hannah Montana, Superheros, Indiana Jones and other celebrities, or a bunch of kids dressed as celebreties, enjoyed the afternoon playing Paparazzi Dance (instead of freeze dance). When the music stopped, the kids fell to the ground to dodge the paparazzi. The movie theater style cake was a huge hit! Instead of doing traditional goody bags, each child received a box of their favorite movie-style theater candy and a bag of popcorn to take home.  I also found small trophies at my local Dollar Tree. My daughter helped make labels like “best dressed,” “funniest” and “most dramatic” to put on the “Oscars.” Each child received one at the party.

Superhero party

My cousin designed the invitation to look like a superhero comic strip for Joey’s 5th birthday. It’s okay if you’re not a professional designer, the kids will still love it. Everyone came as their favorite superhero. I used my son’s super hero action figures to decorate the party area.

Swim Party

My daughter has had a pool party at my parents’ house several years. To make it a little unique one year, we wrote the invitation information on beach balls and dropped one off at each girl’s house. They then brought the ball with them to play with in the pool at the party. We sprinkled brown sugar on blue icing over the cupcakes to make it look like the beach. We then put teddy grams inside of a gummy saver and placed them on the cupcakes so they looked like they were floating. The girls loved them!

A Barbie Tea Party

My 13-year-old daughter still talks about her 5th birthday party that Barbie attended. I found cute garden hats, artificial flowers and ribbon at the local dollar store. Barbie, a friend of mine dressed in an old prom dress and made up with fake eye lashes and glitter makeup, helped each girl decorate a tea party hat. They then had cute sandwiches cut out as flowers and tea pots (just used cookie cutters) with tea (Koolaid). All of the girls were so excited to meet Barbie.

Cake Decorating Party

My daughter loves to bake and decorate cakes. I picked up plenty of supplies at Fantasy and Frosting and baked two 9-inch round cakes for each girl before they arrived. We then ran the party similar to the Next Great Baker. The girls had 90 minutes to decorate their cakes. Once they were finished, we posted each one on Facebook and allowed my friends to vote for an hour. The cake with the most votes won and the baker received a special prize. All of the girls had a blast and I didn’t have to make or buy a cake for the party.

Hunger Games Party

My son chose a Hunger Games theme for his 11th birthday. My daughter and I posted pictures of each of the tributes throughout the house before the guests arrived. Each child received a suctioned cup bow and arrow when they arrived. The boys were giving the challenge to find each of the tributes. I also picked up a Hunger Games themed cake at a pretty good price and enjoyed listening to the boys discuss what they like about the movie and the book.

Perfecting the Ideas

I am very creative but I can’t take credit for all of these awesome ideas. I definitely use magazines, books and online sources to help work out the details. Magazines are a great resource. You can check magazines out from the Library or skim them for ideas while you are there. Real Simple and Family Fun tend to have great food, invitation and game ideas. Family Fun Birthday Cakes, put out by Family Fun Magazine, might be just the book you are looking for. You can also get a free online subscription to certain magazines from the Library. Just click on Zinio, set up your account and choose which magazines you want delivered to your inbox. I tend to find great ideas in Do It Yourself, Family Circle, Parenting Magazine and Martha Stewart Living.

A Smart Girl’s Guide to Parties: How to Be a Great Guest, Be a Happy Hostess, and Have Fun at Any Party by April Lundsten is a great book for your daughter who wants to be involved with the party planning. Naturally fun parties for kids : creating handmade, earth-friendly celebrations for all seasons and occasions by Anni Daulter with Heather Fontenot also has some good ideas. You can find several other books on our Birthday Party Pinterest Board.

Don’t forget to pick up music for the party at the Library or by downloading it for free from our website. You can also borrow movies that would be perfect for a slumber party.

Where do you get your party ideas? Tell us the details of the best party you have ever hosted or attended!

This post was written by Gina Holt, public relations coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library and mother of two. Most of the pictures are from parties Gina has hosted for her children.

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New Year Resolutions

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As we kick off the New Year, many of us think of resolutions we’d like to fulfill. The Kenton County Public Library has a lot of free programs, materials and services that can help you keep those resolutions. We will even get you started with your Healthier New You resolutions by giving away a Bob Roncker’s gym bag, $10 gift card to Bob Roncker’s, a 2012 Racing to Read T-shirt and a KCPL water bottle. See below for your chance to win but first…

Many people resolve to improve their health.  The Durr Branch Library offers Wellness Walkers in Northern Kentucky and a Diabetes Support Group each month. The Erlanger Branch will offer a class on Exercise Myths and How to Really Get Fit. Of course the Library offers a plethora of healthy cookbooks and how to exercise, as well as exercise DVDS and video games.

Maybe finding a new job, improving your job skills or advancing your education is on your list of resolutions. The Library offers basic computer classes like First Time Computer Users, Microsoft Word and Excel. We also offer GED, resume writing and job searching classes. Registration is required for most.

Taking up a craft like knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, jewelry making might be on your list. We have programs and books at all three branches to help discover your creative side. One book some of our staff members recommend is “Junk box jewelry : 25 DIY low cost (or no cost) jewelry projects” by Sarah Drew.

Abby and JebReading more, writing, exposing your children to books, doing more as a family or learning another language are things many people resolve to do. You and/or your children can learn a language for free from any computer with an Internet connection. Storytimes are a great way to spend time with the family and expose everyone to different books, crafts and songs.

The Library also offers free programs on getting organized, learning to use your eReader, writing, public speaking and researching your family.

Be sure to pick up a few books, DVDS, magazines or video games while you are attending a free program. Not sure what materials are right for you to keep your resolution? Check out our Pinterest page. Several staff members worked on this page to help you throughout the year. You can click on the links and put the items on hold.

To kick off the New Year, the Library is giving away a fun Library Prize Pack (see top photo). You have four chances to enter.

  1. Comment here telling us what your New Year’s resolution is.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.
  4. Tell us what program you will attend or item you will check out to help you keep your resolution.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest ends Monday, Jan. 7 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

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Fourth Week of Giveaways; Your Holiday Entertainment

What will you be doing over your holiday break?  If you plan on spending the entire break checking your Facebook, watching TV, or playing Farmville you should probably check out some entertainment alternatives. Your local friendly Teen Librarians have compiled some resources to help you out!

Okay, first of all: I have to promote the library for your entertainment needs. You can download 3 free mp3s a week with Freegal and look at a ton of different magazines for free online with Zinio. Just go to this link! You can sign up for Zinio and Freegal accounts with your library card number If you don’t have your card or don’t know your number just give us a call and we can look it up for you! http://www.kentonlibrary.org/ebooks/indextmp.htm

Okay, now let’s get to the real fun. Hopefully you’ll be getting some video games for Christmas. Don’t worry, if you don’t get them you can just check them out from the library!

Borderlands 2 just came out. We will have it. Go here to reserve your copy from the library!

Avengers: Battle for Earth was released in December. You can also get it from the library here!

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Did you get or give an iPad, iPod, or iPhone today?

If you did, welcome to your new favorite game! It’s free, it’s social, and it’s   more fun than endlessly hitting refresh on your favorite webpage until school starts up again.

This is a game called “SpaceTeam”. The first thing you want to do is find 2-4 other people who have also downloaded it and get them in the same wifi or Bluetooth with you. Then your goal is to fix the most breaking-est spaceship ever, by saying silly words! Everyone has a set of controls and some instructions for another player’s controls. Set your Spring-Loaded Irritant to 1, tell your sister to turn off her Twinmill, flip your phone upside-down to avoid asteroids, and do it all before slime completely covers the screen!

If the idea of your house being filled with people shouting about sigmaclappers and wormholes doesn’t actually sound all that great (and your wifi doesn’t extend to a porch or patio you can exile bundled-up players to), have you tried Draw Something yet? It’s a game like Pictionary, where one player is given a random word to draw and their opponent has to guess what’s been drawn.  The app is free and available in iTunes and the Android Market. You can also play online. This is a turn-based game, so there’s less talking with other players and more texting your friends to remind them that it’s their turn.

Fourth Week of Giveaways:

There are so many ways to win!!!  Are you ready to enter the Week 4 Giveaway?! You could win a $25 iTunes gift card and Kenton County Public Library prize bag! To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. Comment here and tell us how a librarian has helped you in the past.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.
  4. Follow the Kenton County Public Library on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.
  5. Follow Eden’s blog The Cosplaying Librarian and comment telling us you did.
  6. Follow Jessy’s blog at What Your Teen Librarian Does All Day and comment here saying you did.
  7. “Like” Teens at Kenton County Public Library and comment here saying you did.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest ends Monday, Dec. 31 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

~*~ Post written by Eden Rassette and Jessy Griffith, Teen Librarians at Kenton County Public Library ~*~