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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Newest & Hottest YA Books + Giveaway!

Everything is hot and exciting in Young Adult Fiction right now! It’s the perfect time to pick up a book and start reading. Ready or not, here are some recommendations for awesome new fiction, memoirs, non-fiction, comics, and more for you to enjoy this summer!

First, let’s go over some new YA fiction. There are a few you simply HAVE to read. Click the covers for links to the library’s catalog. From there you can put a book on request, or find the author’s other books. If you have trouble placing a hold, or maybe you want an ebook or audiobook copy, just call or email your friendly teen librarian and we’ll help you out! Without further, ado, here are the books!

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Speaking of YA books being made into movies, Divergent was released in March of this year and was a smashing success. Looking for more from the Divergent world? Check out these books!

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Are manga and graphic novels more your thing? We’ve got some great new books to look forward to this summer!

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What book/s are you most looking forward to this summer? Comment below and enter to win an advanced reviewer copy of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige or a copy of the newest edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneWinners will be chosen on Monday, June 2. Open to local residents only – no prizes will be mailed

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY PROM

It’s prom time, so let’s talk about hair and makeup!

If there’s one thing I (Jessy the Librarian) love as much as stories, it’s probably lipstick. Or maybe eyeliner. One of the best place I’ve found for (non-video) makeup/hair tutorials is The Beauty Department. I love the idea of a metallic eye, especially if your dress is more of a matte texture, like tulle.

Last month, OPI released 4 sheer tint polishes. Look at all the pretty ideas Phoenix Beauty Lounge came up with!

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When it comes to pretty hair, my own personal taste is basically “shove it all up behind your head in a messy chignon or at the nape of your neck in a messy bun with lots of pretty bobby pins.” But this isn’t a blog about what Jessy the Librarian would dress up like; it’s full of tips and tricks and DIYs for all sorts of tastes!

If you have straight hair (or want to straighten your hair for prom), Martha Stewart has lots of guides.

If you have curly hair, there are guides for pretty updos here and here.

If you want complicated pretty braids (and really, who doesn’t), what about a waterfall braid? Here’s a tutorial video I found on youtube.

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Want more ideas for prom hair and makeup? Check out our prom-related pinterest board!

This post was written by Durr Young Adult Librarian Jessy.

NKY Fandom Fest

Each year the Teen Librarians at KCPL, BCPL, and CCPL get together to host an event celebrating anime, cartoons, and comics! In the past it was known as NKY Cosplay, and is now called NKY FANDOM FEST!

Fans of everything from Death Note to Dr. Who, Adventure Time to Avengers, Homestuck and Hunger Games are welcome! Costumes are not required for the event, but you do have to be in middle or high school to attend.

NKY Fandom Fest is Saturday, March 29th from 6-8:30 pm. at the BCPL Main Branch. Doors open at 5:45 pm.

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At Fandom Fest you can expect these events and activities!

  • Door prizes
  • Costume Contest
  • Japanese snacks
  • Freaky Food Contest
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Free books & comics
  • Tabletop Gaming
  • Non-stop music of your choice

To register and stay up to date with event details check out our Facebook page!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Annual KCPL Teen Photo Contest!

Do you know someone in middle or high school who takes great pictures? Our annual photo contest is their chance to show off!

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First prize is a $100 prepaid debit card and your photo as the cover for the KCPL Teens facebook page; 2nd prize is a $50 prepaid debit card.

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(Last year’s gallery show prep, photo by Jessy Griffith, teen services librarian at Durr/Independence.)

All the photos will be on display at our gallery show events. These are open to any and everyone in the community! This year we’re are having gallery shows at all three Kenton Library branches:

  • Saturday, February 1, 12-4pm at Durr (Independence)
  • Sunday, February 2, 2-4pm at Covington
  • Monday, February 3, 6-8pm at Erlanger

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Submit up to 2 JPEG images as email attachments to kcplteens@gmail.com between January 1-January 27.  Include your name, grade, and contact phone or e-mail. I will send a reply after I receive your photos. If you do not get a reply email, please try again or call the library.

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By entering the contest you are allowing the library to use the images in promotional materials (like this blog post [except the gallery show photo]) and galleries both online and in print.

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Maximum two entries per person. Judges will be library staff and volunteers.

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