New Year, New You at the Library

new-years-resolutionEven though we are in the middle of the joys (as well as aggravations) of the holiday season, it may be a good time to start thinking about the fact that 2014 is TOMORROW, and with that comes the opportunity to reflect and consider making some new year’s resolutions.  At the Erlanger Branch in January, we’re offering a series of events that aims to help you have fun while improving a variety of aspects of your life.

January 9, 7pm:  Quick & Tasty Soup Making – If your new year’s resolution is to eat better or just make more time for cooking, then look no further.  Learn to make hearty and delicious soups in this class presented by the Kenton County Cooperative Extension.  Samples will be served!

Book Suggestions:

Soup by Vava Berry ; photography by Yuki Sugiura

Call# 641.813 B534s 2010

Love soup : 160 all-new vegetarian recipes from the author of The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas

Call#641.5636 T454L 2009

Cincinnati & soup : recipes from the Queen City and great soup by Cheri Brinkman

Call# K 641.59771 B858c 2010

loose weightJanuary 14, 7pm: Healthy Weight Loss – Join us for an informative class on how to lose weight by improving your health from the inside out and avoid common mistakes and fitness myths.   Presented by the physician-supervised, Figure Weight Loss Clinic.

 

 

 

Book Suggestions:

No-fad diet: a personal plan for healthy weight loss by The American Heart Association

Call# 613.25 N739f 2011

You, losing weight: the owner’s manual to simple and healthy weight loss by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz

Call# 613.25 R741yL 2011

What to eat : the ten things you really need to know to eat well and be healthy! By Luise Light

Call# 613.2 L723w 2006

January 21, 6:30pm: Time Management Tips & Tricks – Back by popular demand, this ever-helpful presentation will show you simple but effective ways to organize your work and personal lives in order to make better use of your time.  You’ll be amazed at how fun organizing your schedule and managing your time can be!

Book Suggestions:

The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey

Call# 158.1 C873s 2004

Lifehacker : the guide to working smarter, faster and better by Adam Pash and Gina Trapani

Call# 004.16 P281L 2011

Organizing your day : time management techniques that will work for you by Sandra Felton and Marsha  Sims.

Call# 650.11 F327o 2009

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January 23, 6pm:  Gaining Respect 101 – In this transformative program presented by area life coaches Kimberly Mitchell and Pam Rettig, you will learn about the nature of respect as well as well as techniques to gain respect in all areas of life.

Book Suggestions:

Smile at strangers : and other lessons in the art of living fearlessly by Susan Schorn

Call# 158 S374s 2013

You! : the journey to the center of your worth by Ed Young

Call# 248.4 Y71y 2005

Power thoughts: achieve your true potential through power thinking by Robert Schuller

Call# 248.4857 S3862p

healthy sleepJanuary 28, 7pm:  Improve Your Sleep – Accomplishing these resolutions will be much more difficult if you don’t get a good night’s rest, as healthy sleep affects all other aspects of your well-being.  Join us for a presentation by local clinical psychologist Dr. Emily Sander, that will give you tips and tricks on how to improve your quality of sleep.

 

Book Suggestions:

Eat move sleep : how small choices lead to big changes by Tom Rath

Call# 613 R234e 2013

Sound sleep, sound mind : 7 keys to sleeping through the night by Barry Krakow

Call# 616.8498 K89s 2007

Healing sleep: for nights when thoughts keep churning [CD] by Kelly Howell

Call# 613.79 H859h 2006

These programs at the Erlanger Branch aren’t the only thing that can help you keep a New Year’s Resolution.

Are you looking to improve your job skills or find a new job? All three branches offer computer classes like Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Mail Merge. The Library also offers job-related workshops like Job Research Skills Workshop, Target Your Resume Workshop and Interviewing Skills Workshop. There will even be a Job Fair at the Covington location on January 30 from noon-4 p.m.

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Some people will resolve to learn their family tree. The Library can help with one-on-one genealogy assistance as well as programs. And if you are looking to spend more time as a family, we can help with that too through library storytimes and other family programs.

You can find a full listing of programs at www.kentonlibrary.org/events. Do you have a resolution or goal for 2014? Share with us!

 

 

 

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Rereading Favorite Books

A mom sharing her favorite books with her children.

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!

Try it Before You Buy It

Try It Before You Buy It

Your kid begs you to buy them a book, movie, video game or magazine subscription? You cave. You spend $25 to $100. They read the first few pages, check out one issue, watch the first 20 minutes or beat the game in an hour and say they are done with it or don’t like it. You’re out a lot of money for maybe an hour’s worth of entertainment. The Kenton County Public Library has the solution. Try it before you buy it!

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Whether they are asking for Zelda, Just Dance 4 or Super Smash Bros for the Wii or Transformers, Zumba Fitness or Lego Harry Potter for the Xbox or Ratchet and Clank into the Nexus, Little Big Planet or Fast and Furious for Playstation, the Library has it, along with hundreds of other games, for you to borrow.

The Library also has movies like Percy Jackson, Despicable Me, Monsters Inc., The Lost Medallion and My Little Pony; a very minty Christmas, among thousands of others that might be on that Christmas list.outsiders

Of course the Library carries books like “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent,” “The Giver,” “The Outsiders” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” in addition to thousands of other popular and classic books for that hard to shop for teenager or adult.

We also carry hundreds of magazines. You can look at a few issues before deciding to buy a subscription. You can even skip the paid subscription all together and use Zinio through the Library website to have full magazines delivered to your email inbox.

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Visit www.kentonlibrary.org to put items on hold and make sure your special one wants the gift before spending money.

If You Love It, Gift It

The holidays are upon us! A time for celebration, good cheer, being together with friends and family, and giving and receiving gifts. Now, my mom is the best person to shop for. She told me that she appreciates everything she gets because it means someone took the time to think about her and what she would like. I think that’s the key – something that brings enjoyment and interest, that says “I remembered”. (And thank you mom. You are a great gift giver too.)

Books, movies, and music are an integral part of our lives. They can entertain and engage us time and again, becoming favorites, and then we want to share the titles, films, and songs we love with others. There are tons of new items to choose from, but I tend to pick things I can personally recommend from experience to give as gifts. Not sure if it’s as good as you remember? Check out a copy from the library to preview! ~Leigh K. Mauer, Readers’ Advisory Librarian

While everyone has different tastes, these are some of my “best bet” suggestions with wide appeal:

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. Historical non-fiction paperback.

Bossypants by Tina Fey. Biography audiobook, CD, Unabridged. The book is great, the audiobook is even better! Read by the author.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fiction. 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Fiction.

Best of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Verve. Jazz music, CD.

Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. Rock music, CD.

Singing in the Rain. DVD.

2001: A Space Odyssey. DVD.

This blog post was written by Leigh Mauer, the Reader’s Advisory Librarian at Erlanger. You can find her online at the Literarileigh Blog.

The Best 10 Young Adult Books of 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

5. Dare You To by Katie McGarry

6. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

8. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

10. Rogue by Gina Damico

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

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

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Image of itemImage of itemThe Moon and More

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

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

 

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

Thanksgiving Preparation

thanksgiving dinner table

So the whole family is coming for dinner and you want things to be perfect – the food, the music, the decor… everything. Where to begin? Don’t worry, the Kenton County Public Library has you covered!

1. The Menu!

You should finalize your Thanksgiving menu about one week in advance. So shoot for a final menu on Thursday, Nov. 21. My thanksgiving bookThanksgiving menu is set with traditional items like turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls and stuffing followed by pumpkin and apple pie. But I like to liven things up a bit each year by picking a new stuffing or cranberry sauce recipe or even something new all together from one of the thousands of cookbooks that can be found at the library.

This year I will glance through Thanksgiving: how to cook it well by Sam Sifton, 2012, The pioneer woman cooks : a year of holidays : 140 step-by-step recipes for simple sumptuous celebrations by Ree Drummond, 2013 and Fine Cooking Thanksgiving cookbook: recipes for turkey and all the trimmings by editors of Fine cooking magazine, 2012 for new ideas.

2. The Online Entertainment!

You don’t want your guests bored prior to dinner, dozing off after dinner or dreaming about Black Friday shopping so liven the place up with free music and movies. Freegal and Hoopla are always available on the library’s website, even when the library is closed. They don’t have waiting lists or holds either! All you need is an Internet connection and a Kenton County Public Library Card.

You can download three free songs per week from Freegal so start stocking up now! Your music doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving themed. Just something fun and upbeat. The top downloaded songs at the Library are currently Walk Off the Earth – Royals, Daughtry – Waiting for Superman and Sara Bareilles – Brave. The top three albums include Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience, Carrie Underwood – Blown Away and Miranda Lambert – Four the Record. Another great thing about Freegal is you get to keep the songs forever!

Hoopla allows you to check out books and movies, with a total of eight items a month. Katy Perry – Prism, Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt and Luke Bryan – Crash My party are three of the hottest albums on Hoopla right now. You are able to keept he item for one week. And if you need to entertain the kids at your dinner party, break out Tale of Despereaux, Lego Movie: The Adventures of Clutch Powers or Ivan the Incredible. All three are available on Hoopla and have no wait!

3. The Traditional Entertainment!

Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Winnie the Pooh:
Seasons of Giving or Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration. The library carries all three, which you can put on hold. Some good books to have lying around for the kids include I Spy Thanksgiving by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick, Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen, Over the River and Through the Wood: The New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day by Lydia Maria Child and Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday by Mike Allegra. These items can also be put on hold at the website.

4. The Decor!

Marthafall fruits has you covered in “Good things for easy entertaining” from the editors of Martha Stewart living. We also have some super cute ideas on our Thanksgiving Pinterest page. My biggest advice is to think outside of turkey and pumpkins, unless you want to go that route. I like to think fall in general. I’d like to go with an orange, red and brown color pattern. I might wrap a nice candle in cinnamon sticks. It will add a nice fall smell and be pretty to look at. Let the kids contribute by decorating with crafts they make.

You can create a great centerpiece with fall flowers or by dressing up fall fruits.

 

5. Celebrate Family!

The holidays are a great time to connect with family members and start writing down your family history. Take a few minutes during on Thanksgiving to ask your family about your history and write it down. Should you or anyone else in your family want to get started tracing your family heritage, having this information will make the initial search much easier. Be sure to take lots of photos at family gatherings so you have something to always remember them by.

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This photo was found in our Faces & Places database.

Take a few minutes to research the Library’s Faces and Places database before your big dinner. You might find photos of your own family there.

6. Enjoy your day and if you still need ideas, visit our Pinterest Page!

This post was written by Gina Holt, public relations coordinator