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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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

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

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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.

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

Celebrate Teen Read Week with KCPL

Teen Read Week is an annual promotional event sponsored by ALA and YALSA to encourage teens to read and use their library, and to celebrate teen books. KCPL is celebrating TRW at each branch, so there are events and contests for everyone! Your friendly Teen Librarians want to encourage all teens to come to the library and discover something new!

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Read a New Book and Win!

Read any book from the new shelves or published in the last year and fill out an entry form at the Reference Desk. The more you read the more chances you have to win cool prizes like gift cards, signed books, and book swag from YA authors.

Teen Read Party

Monday 10/14 at 6:00 p.m.: Celebrate Teen Read Week and all things bookish at a Teen Read Party! Come dressed as your favorite book character for the costume contest, enter a raffle to win books and other prizes, participate in Young Adult Fiction trivia, and more!

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TeenSpace

Monday 10/14-10/18 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Hang out with friends or meet new ones in the new YA area.  Gaming, computers, homework, crafting; there’s always something happening here.  Pick up your free Teen Read Week book and drop your name in the raffle for a gift card.

Teen Read Week Book Giveaway

Drop by the TeenSpace anytime during TRW (10/13-10/19) to choose your free book.  Manga, Graphic Novels, Fiction and Non-fiction titles are up for grabs, the sooner you come the better your selection.

 Zombie Prom

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Saturday 10/19 at 9:00 p.m.: Dance with the undead at the Teens only DJ dance party.  Costumes appreciated, prizes awarded. Permission slips required.

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Teen Program Idea Contest

Have a great idea for a teen program, event, or contest? Tell us about it and you could win a $50 pre-paid Visa card! Just email your idea to jessy.griffith@kentonlibrary.org with the subject “Program Idea Contest Entry,” send Jessy theLibrarian a message on facebook, or fill out a form in the Durr Teen Area by October 31.

 Book Giveaway-READ IT FORWARD.

1. Take a book from the cart in the Durr/Independence Teen Section.
2. Read it.
3. Pass it along to a friend!
a. Or leave it somewhere for a stranger to find.
Supplies are limited; the earlier in the week you get to the books, the better.

Anime Club

Saturday 10/19 at 2:00 p.m.: Come for anime and pizza! Most of the anime is rated PG or PG-13.

Check us out on facebook for pizza topping and/or anime requests! https://www.facebook.com/kcplteens

This post was written by Erlanger’s Young Adult Programmer, Eden Rassette. You can find her online at The Cosplaying Librarian and on Facebook.

Hot Teen Reads

Many awesome young adult books have been published recently and the Kenton County Public Library has a lot to offer.   Here are a some popular picks:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Simon Snow fan, well; the whole world is a Simon Snow fan.  But for Cath, being a fan is her life.  She and her twin sister, Wren, grew up being fangirls. Now they’re going to college, can Cath leave Simon Snow behind?

If you haven’t read Eleanor & Park yet by Rowell, you should.  It’s the story of two star-crossed misfits; smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The third book in the Divergent series; comes out on October 22nd.  What if your whole world was a lie?  What if a single revelation changed everything?  What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?  This explosive conclusion of the Divergent trilogy reveals secrets of the dystopian world.

Unsouled by Neal Shusterman

The story that began with Unwind continues.  Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds.  They’re not just running away from something; this time, they’re running toward answers to bring down unwinding forever.  Out October 15th.

In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin

All These Things I’ve Done, the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman. Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya. This is the story of growing up and learning what love really is.

The Fallout by S.A. Bodeen

The sequel to The Compound will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Eli and his family lived in an underground shelter they called the Compound for six years. They thought they were the only survivors of a nuclear attack, but when Eli learned that it was all a twisted experiment orchestrated by his tech-visionary father, he broke the family out.  Now, the family must readjust to life in the real world. Their ordeal has made them so famous, they must stay in hiding—everyone wants a piece of them.

Inheritance by Malinda Lo

In this gripping sequel to Adaptation Reese and David are not normal teens–not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.

All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

The Truth That's in Me_coverThis startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you.  Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.  Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember.  But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

Shadows by Robin McKinley

Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.

Invasion by Walter Dean Myers

invasionJosiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are on their way to an uncertain future. Their whole lives are ahead of them, yet at the same time, death’s whisper is everywhere. One white, one black, these young men have nothing in common and everything in common as they approach an experience that will change them forever.  It’s May 1944. World War II is ramping up, and so are these young recruits, ready and eager.

Marie Antionette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Marie antoinette_coverHeads will roll!  Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants, and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her spring break class trip.  But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette.

Hideous Love:  The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill

An all-consuming love affair with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a family torn apart by scandal, a young author on the brink of greatness: Hideous Love is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature, a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.  This luminous verse novel reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.

Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart

A laugh-out-loud funny, surprisingly romantic, zombie road trip novel filled with heart—and brains. Eat, Brains, Love is perfect for fans of Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies.  The good news: Jake’s dream girl, Amanda Blake, finally knows his name.  The bad news: it’s because they both contracted a mysterious zombie virus and devoured the brains of half their senior class.

The Pretenders by Lisi Harrison

Three girls, two guys, five secret journals.  The five most popular students at Noble High have secrets to hide; secrets they wrote down in their journals. Now one of their own exposes the private entries…

Winger by Smith Andrew

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Check out these titles and more from the Kenton County Public Library Teen Spaces.

 

 

-written by Erin DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian