Final Chance to Win a Laptop!

studying coffeeI know, I know, school has been going on for almost two weeks now and everyone is ready for scarves and pumpkin lattes and fall.

But you know what just isn’t ready to end yet? KCPL’s Summer Reading Contest. Do you want a laptop? Now is your last chance to put in all your entries at http://www.kentonlibrary.org/src/teens/index.html or your most convenient KCPL branch’s reference desk. Each branch is choosing their laptop winner Tuesday, September 3.

What counts as entries? Everything you have read cover to cover since June 1: comics, ebooks, manga, fiction, nonfiction…

If you are blanking on what to read next, I just finished this and am a huge fan. http://www.blackbirdsnovel.com/ It has all sorts of things I like in a story: historical fiction about an interesting time period she doesn’t know much about (America during WWI), a pandemic (flu), science, and ghosts!

If that doesn’t sound like something you’d like, why not ask your friendly neighborhood teen librarian? Erin, Eden, and I (Jessy) are all available to give you ideas on what you might want to read.

If you want one more program attendance chance to win (you can put in entries for every Kenton County Library program you’ve attended since June 1), there will be a Bento Box lunch program at Erlanger tomorrow, Wednesday August 28, at 4pm. Register here. teen program event

Even if you didn’t win anything this summer, don’t be sad—we have tons of great contests, events & giveaways coming up this fall at each KCPL branch! Check out our new program calendar & get weekly emails about what’s coming up at the library!

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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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Classics to Share & Giveaway

wizardI love classic music, books, movies, cars, games and pretty much anything that falls under “classic.” And I love to share the classics with my children – ages 14 and 11. They might not always love it but I do!

Working for the Kenton County Public Library allows me access to thousands of class books, music and movies. But you don’t have to work here to have access. A free library card gives you the same opportunities I have. All you have to do is show a current ID or a piece of mail that proves you live in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

I love to share my favorite books with the kids. We have all read the Hunger Games trilogy. Reading these books at the same time sparked hours of conversation in my home. We talked about big government, the characters, what we thought would happen next and much more. We anticipated the release of the movie together and couldn’t wait to see it as a family.

I have shared my love for To Kill a Mockingbird with the children. My dog is even named after that book – Scout Harper. This is definitely my favorite book of all times. It can be a little difficult for a child to read on their own but we were able to read this together and I could answer questions as we went along.

I love introducing the kids to music. My son has become a huge Beatles fan. My daughter uses Freegal to download three free songs per week in order to fill her iPod. All she needs is a library card number and an Internet connection.

We have enjoyed hundreds of movies that we borrowed from the library. I’ve introduced the kids to one of my favorite actors – Johnny Depp – by sharing the Pirates of the Caribbean and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We have grown to love other actors from Kentucky as well like Josh Hutcherson who stars in the Hunger Games and Bridge to Terabithia.

My family really loves sharing these items with each other and we save thousands of dollars a year by borrowing them from the library. I can figure out my total savings by using this nifty tool.

The Giveaway:

I was given a book that focuses on a classic song – If You’re Happy and You Know it (comes with a CD) and the two-disc 70th anniversary edition of the Wizard of Oz to give away here on the blog. I thought these two items together would make the perfect Classic giveaway.

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, July 8. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

1. What is your favorite classic book, song or movie to share with others? (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. Use the library calculator and comment here telling us how much you save per year by using the library.

Disclaimer: The movie and book donated 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.

 

Gina Holt, public relations coordinator, wrote this post.

Summer Reading Giveaway #2

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The Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club is in full swing. Adults, teens and children can win prizes just for reading. And now, we are giving you another chance to win a cool prize!

We have an awesome Summer Prize Pack Giveaway! This pack includes Kenton County Public Library cup, candy, Kenton County Public Library clings, $10 Subway giftcard, a $5 Kocanut Joes giftcard and an adult sized Summer Reading Club T-shirt designed by illustrator and author David Catrow.

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, July 1. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

1. What is your favorite thing about the Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club (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. Follow this blog by hitting follow and comment that you did.

Disclaimer: Kocanut Joe’s donated the gift card.

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.

2013 Racing to Read 5K Walk & Run Registration Giveaway!

Shirt art on shirtThe Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Racing to Read 5K Run & Walk is Saturday, June 8, 2013. We are giving away a free registration and a water bottle! You can register to win below.

Reasons to run in the Racing to Read 5K: 

• CHIP TIMED! • Great prizes! Family friendly!

• Participants receive a T-shirt with registration (while supplies last)

• Beautiful course throughout downtown Covington

• Free pancakes from First Watch after the race

• Family-friendly, circus performers

• Voted Best of NKY by NKY Magazine in 2012

• Proceeds benefit early childhood literacy efforts

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Awards:

• Prizes from Better Bodies, Silverlake the Family Place, Road ID, Bob Roncker’s Running Spot and more!

• Overall M/F, runner/walker: 1st, 2nd, 3rd win prizes

• First place in running and walking age division wins prize

• Stroller: overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers win prize

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Divisions:

• Running (13 categories): 14/under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30- 34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70/over

• Fitness Walking (6 categories): 29/under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70/over. Walkers must walk the entire course. Walkers who run may be disqualified.

• Stroller: overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers win prize

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Pre-registration: Postmarked by Monday, June 3

$20 individual (do not pay for children in strollers). Includes a T-shirt while supplies last.

Online registration: www.runningtime.net. Available through Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Packets will be available for pick-up on Friday, June 7 at Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Blvd, Covington from 11:45-4:30 p.m.

Race day registration takes place at: Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Blvd, Covington: $25, begins at 7:30 a.m. Includes a T-shirt*

Checks or money order only. Please make checks payable to: KCPL Foundation. Postmark pre-registration by Monday, June 3. Mail to: Racing to Read 5k, c/o Greg McCormick, 10119 Crosier Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. No refunds.

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Race Registration and Water Bottle Give Away

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, June 3. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

1. Why do you want to participate in the Library 5K? (required to enter).

2. What is your favorite thing about the Kenton County Public Library?

3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did.

4. Follow this blog by hitting follow and comment that you did.

The winner will be emailed the registration form. The water bottle must be picked up at the race. Library employees and people living in their home are not qualified to win.

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Summer Reading Giveaway!

The Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club kicks off this weekend and we are pumped! You can read all the details about the Star Wars-themed kickoff on Friday, May 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Elvis-themed kickoff at the Durr Branch on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. and the circus-themed kickoff at the Covington Branch on Saturday, June 8 at Family Friendly Cincinnati or at the Library website.

To get you ready for Summer Reading (where adults, teens and children can win prizes just for reading all summer long), we have a Summer Prize Pack Giveaway! The prize pack includes a sand bucket, Kenton County Public Library water bottle, an adult sized Summer Reading Club T-shirt designed by illustrator and author David Catrow, a library hand fan, Hawaiian Punch Singles to Go, chalk, bubbles and a bubble wand, a pin wheel and a $5 gift card to Kocanut Joe’s.

src prize packYou can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, June 3. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

1. What is the first book you will read this summer? (required to enter).

2. Who would you share your prize pack with and why?

3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did.

4. Follow this blog by hitting follow and comment that you did.

Disclaimer: Kocanut Joe’s donated the gift card.

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.