Read! Win! Do! Summer Reading Club 2014

The Kenton County Public Library is celebrating 92 Days of Summer Reading this June through August with Summer Reading Club sponsored by Family Friendly Cincinnati and Snappy Tomato Pizza. There is a club for everyone in the family:

Adults:  for every book read or program attended, a raffle ticket it earned. Drawings for gift card prizes held weekly.

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Teens: Open to anyone starting grades 6-leaving 12!

  • Read any book, graphic novel, eBook, audio-book, magazine…
  • Record what you’ve read online at www.kentonlibrary.org/src or fill out a form at your library’s reference desk.
  • One winner per branch will be drawn every week for prizes like:

o   iPod Touch

o   Beats Headphones

o   Kindle Fire

o   Nintendo DS

o   Makey Makey

o   King’s Island Passes

o   Grand Prize: iPad Air

 

Children ages 2 -12:

Children can pick up a reading log at any of the three library locations. Once children read or listen to five books, they earn a book. Once they read 10 books, they win a summer reading club t-shirt which was designed by artist C.F. Payne. Children will also be entered into a grand prize raffle to be drawn at the end of summer for their choice of a Nintendo 3DS or Kindle Fire HD. Children can continue to read for more chances to earn entries into the grand prize drawing.

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Plus in celebration of 92 Days of Summer Reading, follow our blog for daily reading suggestions and activities. Also be on the watch for daily giveaways throughout the summer on our Facebook page. Be sure to check out our Pinterest boards for great ideas all summer long! Go to www.kentonlibrary.org  for details and a full listing of free events this summer.

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Preparing Your Child For Preschool

The summer can be a busy season for most preschool teachers and parents.  We’ve been cooped up with the kids all winter long and even in the spring (as I write this April, 15th there is snow on the ground). As the mom of 4-year-old and 8-month-old boys I know how much energy has been stored up through the winter and needs to be released. My 4-year-old Aiden wants to run, play and get as dirty as possible outside so I have to get creative about reading and preparing my son for preschool.

Five Tips to Prepare Your Child For Preschool

1. Take Reading Time Outside – We read in our yard and at the park so we can get our outside and reading time in. I try to select books that are about nature, animals or include a summer activity…..like riding a bike. One of our favorites to take outside is “Froggy Rides a Bike” by Jonathan London.  My son was ready to learn to ride his bike after reading about how Froggy gets his first bike.froggy rides a bike

2. Take Advantage of Down Time – Early childhood literacy skills can be taught through activities, not just reading. We take advantage of our time when going for walks or driving in the car. I ask Aiden what different things we see are so that he can learn new words and associate it with an image. Our favorite game is saying the letters on street signs. Aiden says the letters, I tell him what the word is and he repeats it.

3. Sing – We sing a lot.  Songs and rhymes can help build vocabulary and develop sound discrimination. Both skills are crucial to the development of literacy. The size of a child’s vocabulary and his or her ability to discriminate sounds are predictors of how easily a child will learn to read when exposed to formal instruction. Aiden and I have learned  how to say “hello” in many different languages through the song “Hello to All the Children of the World.” One of Aiden’s favorite songs to sing to his baby brother is “Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes.” “Itsy Bitsy Spider” can be a fun song to sing outside.

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4. Dramatic Play – Let your child be the narrator of his favorite stories while you both act the story out outside. Dramatic play allows children to recognize that different tasks require different texts, to produce a wide variety of texts, and to act out stories they have heard.

5. Library Storytime – Whether it’s at childcare through the Racing to Read program or at the library, storytime is great for children. They will learn through stories, play, songs and much more. Plus, they get to be with other kids.

My son will participate in the Kenton County Public Library’s Racing to Read early childhood literacy program this summer. The Racing to Read team brings library materials and Summer Reading Club to the classroom. Classrooms at each center will read together and earn prizes.  This is one way we encourage the centers we serve to continue to read to their children during the summer months.

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Racing to Read serves 1,500 children ages 0-5 and visits 35 preschools and childcare centers monthly in Kenton County.  The goal of the program is to introduce children to books and reading so they are prepared to learn how to read when they enter kindergarten.  Children are able to check out two items with their Racing to Read library card. In addition the van offers teacher resources that can be used at the preschool/child care center.

Racing to Read staff members put together a lesson plan each month and adjust the lesson plan to meet specific center needs.  The picture below represents a lesson plan for April.

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Not too long ago the Racing to Read staff received a lovely thank you note pictured below.  The note is from Julie Learning Center located in Park Hills.

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The Read Racer has a few afternoon spots available. If your childcare facility or preschool is not currently receiving visits from the Read Racer the director of the center can call Kari Jones at 859-962-4061 to schedule a visit.  We also currently have a waiting list for centers that require a morning slot.

If you would like to learn more about Racing to Read services or all Outreach services, please visit us at http://www.kentonlibrary.org/outreach.

Check out the library Early Literacy Pinterest page and suggested books to prepare your child for preschool. Visit the Kenton County Public Library Facebook page to enter to win preschool books and a movie!

Written by Kari Jones – Outreach Coordinator —Covington Branch

Seasons Readings

All the children in my life know I will give them books every year for Christmas. Here are a few of my favorite books from 2013 that I would be proud to give any child. I know that for my own children, books are the gifts that keep on giving as we pass them down and reread treasured favorites for years.  Can’t afford all of these gems? Click on the covers and you can borrow them from the library. Season’s readings!  ~Amy Schardein

Image of itemBattle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett.  Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2013.  $14.99

When Alex receives a sentimental birthday bunny book he turns it into a book he might actually enjoy using his pencil and formidable imagination.  A hysterical, empowering choice for young readers (and writers) ages 5-9.

 

 

 

Image of itemThe Real Boy by Anne Ursu. Walden Pond, 2013. $16.99

Oscar, an orphaned shop boy, spends his days helping Caleb, the last magician in the city.  When the children around him fall ill Oscar must leave his small world so save the greater one. This is beautifully written magical storytelling for ages 8-12.

 

 





Image of itemFortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Skottie Young.  HarperCollins, 2013.  $14.99

Father leaves to get milk and takes him ever so long to return. Why? Aliens, time travel dinosaurs and adventure are all part of a hilarious, witty story sure to be enjoyed by readers ages 8-12.







Image of itemFlora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and K. G. Campbell.  Candlewick, 2013. $17.99

Master storyteller Kate DiCamillo will win your heart again with the story of Flora and the newly super-empowered squirrel Ulysses. Ages 7-11







Image of itemJourney by Aaron Becker. Candlewick, 2013. $15.99

This wordless picture book tale of a magical journey to friendship is told in stunning, luminous illustrations. Readers of all ages will be lost in this beautiful world.




Image of item The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney. Little, Brown & Co, 2013.  $18.00

This wordless version of the classic fable teaches the same timeless lesson while giving readers of all ages intricately detailed illustrations to explore and enjoy.




Image of itemMr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown. Little Brown & Co, 2013. $18.00

Mr. Tiger is tired of being prim and proper – so he goes wild! What will happen when he’s tired of going wild?  Children yearning to be wild will find a kindred spirit (and a compromise) with the charming Mr. Tiger. Ages 3-6




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Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson. Greenwillow, 2013.  $15.99

Children tap, shake and even blow kisses to help a tree through the seasons in this cleverly interactive book that will leave children asking “again!” Ages 3-7.




Image of itemDeneux, Xavier. Opposites. Chronicle, 2013. $14.99

Ingeniously nested pages use both texture and color to illustrate opposites for the youngest of readers in this boldly designed concept book that will please parents as much as it will please babies.  Ages 0-3.

Back To School

Backpack – check. Six notebooks – check. Ten pencils – check. Crayons – check. Highlighters – check. Pens – check. Six folders – check. Markers – check. Paper towels – check. Tissues – check. Hand sanitizer – check. Ear buds – check. Flash drive – check. New shoes – check. Lunch bag – check. Lots of money spent – CHECK!

Going back to school is expensive. Tutoring in all subjects, language learning programs and reading help is also expensive but it doesn’t have to be. There is no need for expensive homework help services when the Kenton County Public Library can help you for free.

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You can Book a Librarian for children in grades K-5 at the Covington Branch most days. Librarians are available (by appointment only) to help with homework, study skills, projects and more. Call 962-4077 to book an appointment.

Young children are encouraged to grab a parent and attend Family or Play Art storytimes. These programs encourage the love for reading and interacting with books in young children, which is important for school. Check out the full schedule.

Puppy Tales, offered at all three branches, can boost a child’s reading level and make them a more relaxed reader. Students in grades 1-6 can read to a real dog. Studies show that reading to a dog boosts children’s confidence and tests scores.

Reading Buddies, for children ages 2-12 at the Erlanger location, allows children to read books with an adult reading buddy. We’ll even save you money on dinner by providing pizza!

The Library can even help the kindergarten families save a little money on supplies. We will once again arm every kindergartener in the county with a kindergarten pack. This pack includes a pencil, crayons, an eraser, a sharpener, a “50 Books” list that every kindergartener should read and library information.

Kindergarten Kit

Kindergarten Kit

We can even help your child with their foreign language class. We have online programs and downloadable books to help with Spanish, Chinese, Italian, French, German and almost any language you can think of. You can even access it from any computer with an Internet connection as long as you have your library card number.

The Library databases provide homework help, practice tests, ACT practice tests, articles for research and must more. These can also be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection as long as you have a library card.

Check out an overview of services.

We have a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY!

The prize pack includes:

1. Three children’s books: “Follow The Line To School” by Laura Ljungkvist, “Duck Tents” by Lynne Berry and “King Jack and the Dragon” by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury.

2. The two-disc 70th anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz DVD.

3. A pencil pouch with basic supplies.

4. A Kenton County Public Library book tote bag.

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How to enter:

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, August 12. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed. The winner will have 24 hours to respond and claim their prize.

1. What library program or service will you use to help your children with school? (required to enter)

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

3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did. If you share on Twitter please use hashtag #kentonlibrary.

4. Are you ready for the kids to go back to school? Why or why not?

The winner must pick the prize up at the Covington, Durr, or Erlanger Branch Library. Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to win.

This contest is over.

Summer Reading Giveaway #3

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

The Giveaway:

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

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

Prize Pack

Prize Pack

1. What is your favorite thing about the Kenton County Public Library? (required to enter)

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

3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did. If you share on Twitter please use hashtag #kentonlibrary.

4. Comment here stating if you participated in Summer Reading Club. Be sure to include why or why not.

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

The winner must pick the prize up at the Covington, Durr, or Erlanger Branch Library. Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to win.

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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

Summer Travel: Far and Wide or Right at Home

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Whether you are planning a trip abroad, across country, locally or fantasizing about a dream vacation; the Kenton County Public Library has your ticket to information.

Begin your research with the library catalog. Browse your local branch library (Covington, Durr, and Erlanger) in the travel section beginning in the 900’s. Top travel guides are Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Rick Steves’, National Geographic Traveler, Insight Guides, Lonely Planet, and Let’s Go.

Take a look at the magazine section at the library or the magazine database, Zinio for travel magazines such as National Geographic Traveler and Sierra. Or visit the Culturegrams database to learn about the culture, language and much more about countries all over the world. Need to learn the language to get by while traveling? Look in the 400’s on the library shelves or visit Mango, the language database.

New travel websites to use: Trippy; Oyster; Hipmunk; Jetsetter; TripIt; Wanderfly; or Gogobot.

Watch foreign movies or travel documentaries to visually travel.

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Get a flavor of the place you’ll be visiting, check out ethnic cookbooks like these:

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Staying at home? The library offers numerous programs for you to enjoy. Interested in local events? Check out Cincinnati.com or CityBeat for up-to-date local happenings.

Here’s a list of recommended travel reads available at the Kenton County Public Library. Finally, don’t forget to stock up on great reads while vacationing this summer through our e-book sources.

Plan your whole trip with your Kenton County Public Library card and have a fun summer!

SD1400_20130608_26_sm  Blog written by Erin DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian