Birthday Party Planning Made Easy

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

Prize Pack

Prize Pack

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 ~*~

Third Week of Giveaways; Making Life for Educators a Little Easier at KCPL!

The Kenton County Public Library supports education in our community in several ways including special library cards for teachers and specific programs for homeschoolers. For week three of giveaways, we have a pencil pouch filled with goodies, a Library tote bag, several bookmarks and a $20 gift card to John R. Green. But first, let’s talk about some of the ways the Library can help make education a little easier at home and in the classroom.

Biology, social studies, geometry; oh my! Being a teacher that provides schooling at home or in the classroom can be a lot to handle at times; balancing curriculums and finding the right books to pair with a lesson takes time, but the library is here to help.  Most people don’t know that we have services catered specifically to help teachers and students in a homeschool setting.

All three branches of the Kenton County Public Library now host homeschool programs on a regular basis that teach your child the subjects they need to learn. We’ve had huge success with these programs and we’re always eager to see new faces. While at our programs, children have created rock candy and cracked open geodes while learning about geology, visited the Extension Office to learn about growing and harvesting, and explored chemical reactions by combining Mentos and Diet Coke to make a skateboard rocket. Each program offers an exciting topic and new opportunities to learn through hands-on activities and visual aids, not to mention interaction with their peers.

Our programs are designed to be stand-alone lessons, making them a great supplement to what you’re already teaching your children at home. We like to have fun, but we take our programs seriously. We pay attention to the Kentucky Core Content Standards so that you can rest assured that our homeschool programs are educational and not just fun and games. So sit back, relax, and let us help them learn. Each branch offers homeschool programs on a wide variety of topics at regular intervals, so be sure to check our calendar to see which programs fit your needs and schedule. We also have a great list of resources that the Library carries on our Pinterest page.

Not only do we offer great programs for children, we offer perks for the educators who help them learn. We offer special cards for teachers, both homeschool and traditional teachers alike, so you don’t have to use your personal card to check out books for your classroom. With a teacher card you can check out up to 50 books for 28 days, and we offer a nice little bonus: a 14-day grace period from fines for items that don’t make it back quite on time. All you have to do is show us a current school ID and paperwork, such as a pay stub, to confirm your occupation and we’ll set you up with a card.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and stressed with lesson planning, let us help you by gathering books for your next lesson. You can submit a request for a Teacher Collection at any of our locations in person, by phone or online, and we’ll gather books for your next lesson. Just tell us your topic and how many books you’d like us to gather and we’ll carefully select books that fit your request and make sure they’re ready when you need them. We know being an educator of any kind takes a lot of hard work and preparation, and we’re here to help.

We’re always glad to hear feedback from you on how we can improve our programs or expand them to reach new audiences. Feel free to comment below on suggestions you have for us regarding teacher services and homeschool services. Here’s what others have had to say about our homeschool programs:

“I love the hands on activities for the kids. Group is so interactive and adaptable for all three of my children (grades 4, 6, and K). They all look forward to coming every month and continue to talk about each program for days to come. Truly educational and fun.”  –The House family

“We love the Homeschooler’s Club! My two kids (9 & 6) are so excited to come each month. The activities are always very engaging and educational. We also enjoy the variety presented each month and the wonderful resources that you send home. Thank you for an excellent program.” –Anonymous

“I am so thankful that there is a homeschool group at the library. It is always so organized and informative. My kids love all the programs and we always sign up at the beginning of the month. Thank you all so much!” –Anonymous

Third Week of Giveaways:

Are you ready to enter the Week 3 Giveaway? To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. Share this post with a friend via email, Facebook or Twitter and comment here that you did.
  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.

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. 24 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

This post was written by Krysta Wilham, Children’s Staff Member at Durr

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A Homeschooled Family

Second Week of Giveaways; Job Search Central

The Kenton County Public Library wants to help you with your job search, boost your resume and get you the computer skills you need.  We are giving away an eReader case, along with a $20 Amazon gift card (to possibly use on job search book or magazine), a bookmark on how to download free eBooks from the Library, a tote bag, library card holder and a cool cup! But first, let’s talk about some of the ways the Library can help with your job search.

Do you see yourself or a friend in any of the following scenarios?

  • Downsized professional?
  • Stay at home Mom returning to the paid workforce?
  • Thinking about changing careers?
  • Recent college graduate?
  • Senior looking for part-time work?
  • Skilled tradesman with no computer skills?
  • Looking to grow your current job skills?

Then think of the Kenton County Public Library as Job Search Central. The library has a myriad of resources available to aid you in your job search and help you grow your career skills. Turn to the library’s website to find the best and most up-to-date books on the job search hunt, career change, writing powerful resumes, composing strong cover letters and developing fresh interviewing skills. Our collection development staff ensures that the latest editions of “What Color Is Your Parachute?”  by Richard Nelson Bolles and “Knock’em Dead Resumes”  by Martin Yate are always available to library users. No two job seekers are alike, so resources are selected to serve the needs of job searchers in diverse situations. You can find both hard cover and eBooks on resume writing for executives, preparing for positions with the Federal government or seeking a new job out of prison. The website also has links to the most respected online help sites for resume writing and conducting research on posted positions. Consult a reference librarian at any of our three branches for the resources best suited to your personal situation.

This winter the library will offer a series of classes at the Erlanger Branch to jump start a job search. A Job Research Skills class will teach participants how to use Demographics Now, a Library online service, and other key resources to help find companies that are hiring, how to dig up data for interviews and pin-point appropriate contacts. Target Your Resume Workshop will feature a brief presentation on how to flesh out the critical skills posted in an open position in your field and streamlining your resume to clearly fulfill those needs. Individual resume help with a reference librarian will be available at the Covington Branch.

Social media sites are growing in prominence as conduits for job searches. If you missed the library’s recent class on How to Use LinkedIn, email Natalie Ruppert, Reference Librarian in Covington to schedule a 30 minute help session to learn how to effectively “network” via the site. If you know someone struggling to gain computer skills, the library also offers regular classes for First Time Computer Users plus classes on using Microsoft Office Suite including MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint at all three branches for free. Susan Rasche, Covington’s Computer Learning Center Coordinator offers limited individual computer help sessions.

The Library also offers online Self-Paced Software Classes and Occupation Practice Tests from Learning Express and Mango Foreign Language courses. You do need a free library card for some of these services. Save time, save money and get the support you need for your job search at the Kenton County Public Library today!”

Second Week of Giveaways:

Are you ready to enter the Week 2 Giveaway? To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. 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.

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. 17 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

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This post was written by Natalie Ruppert, reference librarian at the Covington Branch

The Perfect Holiday Gift

By Amy Schardein, Children’s Librarian                                                                              Contributed by Several Kenton County Library Staff Members

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the children in your life? Books are always the right size and can be enjoyed over and over again. You might even win a Joseph Beth gift card in order to buy a book as a gift (see below). But first, here are a few of our top picks for gift giving in 2012. 

2012 Picture Books                                                                                                                                                 Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills                                                                                             Rocket the dog loves reading stories so much that he wants to create his own.  He searches for words until he is inspired by a new friend.  A perfect choice for growing readers and writers!

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems                                                       Three hungry dinosaurs insist they are not conveniently leaving a tidy house prepared to capture a little girl with gold locks.  A funny twist on an old favorite sure to tickle both children and parents.

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen                                                                                             A minnow has taken a hat – it fits him perfectly and was entirely too small for its former owner, but the owner wants it back!

Oh No!  by Candace Fleming                                                                                                  One after another animals fall into a deep hole as a tiger plots their demise. At the last moment, an elephant appears to save the day!  This tale is just suspenseful enough and features lush illustrations by Eric Rohman.

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost                                                                                        Luminous photographs paired with a lyrical poem turn backyard insects into beautiful works of art.  A perfect choice for the nature-loving child.

 2012 Chapter Books                                                                                                        Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney                                                             Fans of Greg Heffley rejoice! The latest book is finally here.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio                                                                                                            Auggie was born with severe facial deformities. When he enters school at 5th grade after years of home schooling everyone knew there would be obstacles to face.  No one knew that Auggie would change everyone around him. This is a moving & beautifully written story.

The Lego Book by Daniel Lipowitz                                                                                       This 2012 update will delight and inspire Lego fans.

Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilkey     Time travel, haunted pants and school pranks abound in this penultimate volume of the beloved Captain Underpants series.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate                                                                  Ivan the Gorilla only remembers life in a dilapidated circus-themed mall. When Ruby, a baby elephant, is added to the exhibits Ivan knows that he must find a better life for her. 

New Holiday Picture Books                                                                                               Santa from Cincinnati by Judi Barrett                                                                                         Did you know that Santa was born in Cincinnati?

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin                                                                             Pete fills in for a sick Santa as only Pete the Cat can.

How do Dinosaurs say Happy Chanukah? By Jane Yolen                                                   The dinosaurs are back and they are celebrating Chanukah.

Dinosaur vs. Santa by Bob Shea                                                                                  Dinosaur (who has previously defeated bedtime ) conquers a series of challenges, including being very very good, and receives Christmas presents from Santa in this sweetly funny Christmas story.

Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli                                                                                               

Baby is so excited to explore Christmas. Leslie Patricelli’s bright and witty illustrations make this a perfect choice for the youngest readers.

Modern Classics                                                                                                                   Ages 0-6

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Ages 7-12

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik

Chasing Vermeer  by Blue Balliett

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

There is no better gift than a book.

You might want to borrow a few books from the Library that you are interested in before choosing to buy. You can also find great book, movie and music gift ideas for the adults and teens in your life by checking out this list. You can also check us out on Pinterest. What books are you giving your family and friends this year?

                                  

Joseph Beth Gift Card Giveaway                                                                                         Would you like to win a $25 Joseph Beth gift card in order to buy a child in your life the perfect book? Here’s your chance! Well actually, you have several chances. Number one is required and the others are optional for more chances to win. Library employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Entries are due by noon on Monday, Nov. 26.

  1. Tell us what your favorite children’s book is by commenting here (required to enter).
  2. Click on “Following” in the upper left hand corner of our blog and comment that you did (I will receive a confirmation email as well).
  3. Share the link to our blog, telling your friends about the contest, on your Facebook page and comment here that you did.
  4.  Check us out on Pinterest and mention here that you did.
  5. Post a picture of a child in your life with a book to our Facebook page and mention here that you did.
How to Save Money

How to Save Money

Who doesn’t like to save money? I know I do. Most people know they can save money every day at the Kenton County Public Library by borrowing books, movies, music and video games and attending programs. But people don’t realize that there are so many other ways the Library can save them money.

The Library offers several online services, most of which can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection and a Kenton County Public Library card number. Chiltons, Consumer Reports, ValueLine and Morningstar Investment Research Center are just a few of the services.

You can view full issues of Consumer Reports, compare prices, find the best rated products and much more. This is a great resource with the holidays right around the corner. You can find the best rated electronics, appliances, cars and more. You can also compare features. This allows you to make informed decisions before making purchases. I will be using this free online service to choose which netbook will be best for my 10 and 13-year-olds as a gift.

Have you ever wished you could fix your car yourself? Have you thought it’s probably simple enough that you could if you just had a guide? You can access the Chilton Manuals for free through the Library website. You can find out how to replace breaks, change oil, replace plugs, fix a muffler and much more for most makes and models.

ValueLine is an independent investment research and financial publishing firm based in New YorkNew YorkUSA, founded in 1931 by Arnold Bernhard. Value Line is best known for publishing The Value Line Investment Survey, a stock analysis newsletter that is updated weekly and kept by subscribers to the print edition in a large black or green binder. This online service makes it easy to read stock reports.

Morningstar Investment Research Center offers analysis on 1700 stocks, 2000 mutual funds and 300 exchange traded funds (ETFs). While it is primarily designed as a tool for investors, it is also an excellent place to get quick information on a company.

You can also save money with ZINIO, a free online magazine service. You can receive dozens of magazines right to your email inbox for free. Magazines available include Cosmo, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Fitness, Macworld, Popular Mechanics, Parenting, US Weekly, The Nation, Working Mother, Veg News. There are many more titles. Downloading full magazines for free saves money on yearly subscriptions, helps you find great recipes and craft ideas, keeps you up on the latest news and gives you the latest health and fashion trends.

You can use the Library calculator to calculate how much money you save each month with the Library. For example, my family saves over $500 per month by borrowing books and movies from the Library, using Freegal to download music, Zinio for magazines and other Library resources for research.

We are going to help you save money yet another way this month. We are giving away four tickets to the Cincinnati Museum Center. You have four chances to win! Be sure to include your first name and email with each entry. One person will be randomly chosen. Contest ends Monday, Nov. 12 at noon. Library employees and their immediate family members cannot participate.

1.      Post here telling us about your favorite online Library service.

2.      Click follow on the blog and comment here that you did.

3.      Use the Library calculator and tell us how much you save a month.

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

This post was written by Gina Holt, public relations coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library. Gina can be contacted by commenting on the blog or emailing gina.holt@kentonlibrary.org.

Note: Museum tickets were donated.