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

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Read – Play – Win!

Read – Play – Win!

kenton reading art catrowThe Kenton County Public Library  Summer Reading Club for teens, adults and children is in full swing! A whole world of adventure awaits you in books and programs at the Erlanger, Durr and Covington branch libraries. The best part is: you can win prizes just for reading!

Children ages 2-10 can visit any Kenton County Public Library location to pick up a reading log. Once children read, or their parents read them, five books, they can pick up a prize. Once children reach 10 books read or listen to 10 books they earn the annual KCPL summer reading t-shirt. They can also enter a raffle to win more prizes, including the grand prize of a Nintendo 3DS XL. Children’s illustrator and author David Catrow designed the T-shirt art.

For teens in grades 6-12, the library has planned many great programs, like a Summer Lock-In and monthly movie nights. Teens can enter weekly raffle drawings for reading and attending programs as well. For each book , and program attended, teens can complete an entry to win a prize each week. Prizes include iPod touch; Kindle Fire HD, Amazon gift card, Visa gift card, Game Stop gift card, and restaurant gift cards. The grand prize is a Chromebook.

Adults will receive a raffle ticket for every book read or program attended as well. Weekly drawings for prizes include gift cards to local book stores, and a grand prize of a Nook HD.

pizza winner durrKenton County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club runs through August 31. Visit www.kentonlibrary.org/src for more information. Many prizes are made possible thanks to the Friends of the Kenton County Public Library. Snappy Tomato Pizza and Family Friendly Cincinnati are also sponsors of the Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club. Watch this cool video about Summer Reading Club.

Here are just a few of the awesome programs you can expect this summer:

Covington Branch – 502 Scott Blvd., Covington

Racing to Read 5K Walk & Run & Summer Reading Kickoff – Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m. The Library 5K and Summer Reading Club will kickoff together. Proceeds benefit early childhood literacy. Cincinnati Circus balloon artists, face painters and jugglers will be there too!

Bollywood – Thursday, June 20 from 3-6 p.m. for those in grades 6-12 – Journey to India, watch a Bollywood film, create mehndi body art and enjoy Indian food.

Teen After Hours – July 19 from 7-9 p.m. for those in grades 6-12. Hang out after hours and check out the new Young Adult Area!

Craft it, Eat it – Wednesdays in June & July from 2-3. Create crafts you can eat! Children ages 5-12.

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Fun with David Catrow! – All ages. Thursday, July 18 from 2-3 p.m. Meet, listen to, and watch him draw! Children’s author and illustrator and creator of this year’s Summer Reading Club art is looking forward to meeting you.

Dur Branch – 1992 Kenton Lands Road, Independence

Morse Code Jewelry – Monday, June 17 from 6-8 p.m. for those in grades 6-12. Make a necklace that doubles as a secret message. Bring a friend who has never been to the Durr Branch and you will both get a prize!

Christmas in July – Monday, July 29 from 6-8 p.m. for those in grades 6-12. White elephant gift exchange and Christmassy photo booth. All kinds of fun games, activities, crafts and snacks guaranteed to make you forget how hot it is. Craft supplies provided to make the gifts. You do not need to bring anything.

The Music of Zak Morgan – Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. for all ages. Grammy nominee Zak Morgan’s unique brand of children’s music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults.

Meet David Catrow! – Thursday, July 18 from 7-8 p.m. for children in K-5 and a parent. Meet, listen to and watch him draw! Children’s author and illustrator and creator of this year’s Summer Reading Club art is looking forward to meeting you.

Erlanger Branch – 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger

Presentation with Author Nick James – Friday, June 7 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 8 at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the author of the series “Skyship Academy” as he talks about becoming a writer, his created world of Skyship and answers your questions. Get your books signed, or win a free signed book.

Skyship Tag – Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m. – Join the author of the “Skyship Academy” series Nick James as he hosts a unique game of capture the flag based on his books. This program is for those in grades 6-12. Registration is preferred, parental permission for this outdoor physical activity is required.

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Circus Mojo! – Mondays, June 10 & July 15 at 6:30 p.m. The troupe from Circus Mojo will be here to present a short show and then guide participants in workshops to learn circus skills like juggling and balancing. The show on July 15th is a repeat of June 10. This is for those ages 7-17, and registration is required.

European Vacation Food Series – Tuesday, June 25, Wednesday, July 24 and Wednesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. Take a culinary trip through Europe this summer. Samples will be served. This program is for adults only.

Songwriting for Teens – Mondays, June 10, 17 & 24 and Mondays in July from 4-5 p.m. Join us for an eight-week songwriting workshop sponsored by the Carnegie. Find the perfect title, create lyrics and the structure of the song. This program is for those in grades 6-12. Please register.

Beginning Reader’s Theatre – Tuesday, June 11 at 2 p.m. for those ages 8-12. Learn the basics of Reader’s Theatre by participating in charades and acting out short plays. All props provided.

Meet David Catrow! – Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. for children in K-5 and a parent. Meet, listen to and watch him draw! Children’s author and illustrator and creator of this year’s Summer Reading Club art is looking forward to meeting you.

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Send us a postcard from your vacation and we’ll display them in the Library.

These are just a few of the dozens of programs being offered at each branch this summer. Please visit our website for additional programs, details and to register (many require registration) or stop by the library and pick up a calendar. Don’t forget to pick up your book log or raffle tickets.

scheper kids SRCAnother great benefit of Summer Reading Club is it helps with the “summer slide.” Many children forget what they have learned over the summer, which then causes teachers to have to reteach during the first month of school. Some children fall so far behind that they can never catch up. Keeping children reading and their brains active helps prevent this. The Library can help with specific programs:

Puppy Tales – Read to a dog at the library! Reading to dogs is proven to improve reading skills. Grades 1-6

Covington Branch Library – Saturday, June 2 from 1-3 p.m.

Erlanger Branch Library – Sundays, June 16 & July 21 from 2-4 p.m.

Reading Buddies – Erlanger Branch Library – June 15 & 29 12-2 p.m. and July 13 & 27 12-2 p.m. – English and non-English readers are welcome to read with a buddy and improve their reading skills.

Storytimes – Storytimes are located at all three branches on various days and times. See the calendar or website for a full listing.

Teen Book Club – Beyond the Book is a book club offered at the Erlanger Branch just for teens. Visit the website for details.

These are just a few of the programs that keep kids reading and the creativity flowing.

Any questions or comments you have can be left here on the blog, or you can call your local branch to find out more! Just go to the KCPL website and look for the contact information on the left side of the page.

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Prom Tips

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 taking this studded eyeliner but using crystals and liner in different colors.

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This is definitely the sort of thing I would run a trial on first. Test out creating the look, then have a backyard dance party or just jump around a lot—make sure those crystals stay put!

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.

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.

Young Adult Books on Screen

A plethora of YA books have been made into movie and T.V. adaptations from S.E. Hinton’s, The Outsiders to Suzanne Collins’, The Hunger Games.  Teen novels are awesome, super-charged stories that brilliantly tell their tale; no matter if it is historical, supernatural, apocalyptic or realistic, the stories work for the big screen.

A few months ago, The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out into the movie theaters and it stayed true to the book.  Warm Bodies and Beautiful Creatures were released in February.   Soon, we’ll have YA heavy hitters:  The Host by Stephanie Meyer and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins venture into the movie industry.  In the near future, Ender’s Game and Divergent will be released and many others are making their way from the pages of a book to our movie theatres or T.V. screens.

Here’s a short list of movies that have already hit the screen:

The Outsiders, The Walking Dead, The Carrie Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Flipped, Beastly, Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist,  Perks of Being a Wallflower, Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I Am Number Four, the list could go on and on…

Released this Friday:

The Host (In Theaters March, 29th 2013)

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World War Z, If I Stay, Unwind, Ghostopolis, The Angel Experiment:  A Maximum Ride Novel, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Wake, The Bell Jar, Ender’s Game (In theaters November 1st, 2013), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (In theaters August 23rd, 2013), 13 Reasons Why, Delirium, Firelight, How I Live Now, Maze Runner, Paranormalcy, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Untitled (Vampire academy project), A Great and Terrible Beauty, Shiver, Untitled (House of Night Project), Catching Fire (In theaters November 22, 2013)

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Deathnote, Gone, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Wings

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Sure we as readers worry that the movie will not meet our expectations but in the end it’s a new way to experience the story and will bring new readers to these great YA books.

Check out this list of YA books to Movies available at the Kenton County Public Library and if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, put them on hold.

So, what are your thoughts about the upcoming YA book to movie adaptations? Which of these books turned into movies are you most looking forward to seeing?

Keep the conversation going here or in your local YA space with your YA Librarians:

Jessy at the William E. Durr Branch, Eden at the Erlanger Branch or Erin at the Covington Branch

See YA at the movies!

-blog written by Erin DeSantis, YA Librarian at the Covington Branch

Check out Teen Tech Week

Check in @ your library during Teen Tech Week!

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Teen Tech Week is a celebration of technology connecting with public libraries for our youth sponsored by the American Library Association. It takes place March 10-16. KCPL is celebrating TTW across all branches!

During Teen Tech Week we will promote our public library as your technology resource, where you can access and use a variety of technological devices, get help with your devices or with using computers, laptops, and more, attend computer and software classes, and more! KCPL has a digital branch, which is where you can access e-books, digital magazines, research databases, test preparation software, and even attend online classes!

Here’s what’s going on at your library:

ErlangerVideo Game Tournament: On Sunday, March 10 from 2-4pm celebrate Teen Tech Week by competing in a “Teen’s Choice” video game tournament. Visit http://www.facebook.com/kcplteens to vote for the game you want to play.

Tech-cessorize: Monday, March 11 from 6:30-8pm; Create jewelry out of junk computer parts. Supplies provided.

Website Creation 101: On Wednesday, March 13 from 6:30-8pm you can sign up for Website Creation 101 to learn how to making your own website. Get a free flash drive for registering!

Book Trailer Contest: Visit the Erlanger branch during our open recording sessions to use our equipment and space to record  book trailers, or commercials, that are entered into our Teen Tech Week Book Trailer contest! The recording sessions are on Thursday March 14 from 4-6pm and Friday March 15 from 4-7pm. Voting will take place over the following week and the winner will be announced on Friday March 22!

Covington branch: March 10-16: Drop in anytime this week at the Covington Library to pick up your free pair of earbuds. TEENS ONLY!!!

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This week we have a special giveaway! You can get one entry in the contest for doing each of the things listed below.

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1. Tell us what your favorite social media website is. Are you always on Facebook? Do you prefer Twitter, or Tumblr? Let us know!

2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.

3. Share this link on your Facebook page, telling your friends about the contest, and comment here that you did.

4. Follow the Kenton County Public Library on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post for extra chances to win. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest will end on Monday, March 4th at noon!

Free Help for ACT & SAT Prep

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Nervous about the road to college?

The Kenton County Public Library can help reduce your anxiety in the area of test taking. The library has many resources available to help you boost your ACT/SAT scores to gain college admittance and put you in the driver’s seat for potential scholarships.  Test preparation study guide books from prestigious companies like Kaplan, Petersen, Barron’s and The Princeton Review can set you back over $35 a book. The library has all the 2013 latest editions to master the ACT or SAT from these publishers and you can check them out for free. Simply search SAT TEST or ACT TEST under “keyword” in the library’s catalog to request individual titles to be placed on hold for you to pick-up. The library gives you a window of 3-5 days to retrieve the books, before they return to the shelves.  Current college test preparation books can generally be checked out for two weeks.

Concerned about finding enough time to study in between high school homework, extracurricular activities and sports?

No worries! Kenton County Public Library also offers Test Preparation Software on our webpage that you can access anytime day or night with your library card. Simply go to the KCPL web page, click on Research & Homework, then Test Preparation. You will immediately be taken to the Learning Express web site. Click on College Preparation (left side of page) and register as a First Time User with your library card number and PIN (often the last four digits of your phone number) . Uncover the buttons to ACT Preparation and you will find free online courses to aid you in English, Reading, Science, Math and Writing sections. Besides the test prep courses, you can also take the most up-to-date practice tests in each area right online, too. The software will automatically remember your stopping place, so you can continually revisit the material. Underneath the SAT buttons, you will find similar courses and practice tests, but also heavy duty sections to assist you in completing SAT essays. You can also get help writing the essays required by top schools on their entrance applications!

The Learning Express web site can also help you develop your software skills, as you prepare for college. Most students grow to become proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel by graduation time. To get a leg up on the competition, you can take online software classes for free by clicking on Popular Software Tutorials.Quickly learn to write your first resume, develop a spreadsheet to track your grades or create a unique presentation for a public speaking class. If you have any trouble accessing the site, just click Ask A Question  at the top of the library’s home page to chat online with a Reference Librarian during the library’s normal business hours.

Upcoming test dates for the ACT are April 13th and June 8th. Fast approaching SAT test dates are March 9th, May 4th and June 1st.  Use the library to get the highest scores you can today!

Leave us a comment! What tips do you have for others getting ready to take the ACT or SAT? What do you like about the library prep test?

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New Year, New Attitude for School

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The Library has a lot of resources for homework help. Many of which can be accessed through our website with your Kenton County Public Library card, even from home.

On our home page, under Research and Homework, there are a couple of resources that can help with homework as well as build your students’ confidence level.  First, there is the database page. This page lists all of the databases, or online resources, that our library users have access to, as well as a description of the information you can find in each resource.

There is also a link titled Test Prep. This leads to the Learning Express Library. Here you will sample practice tests for all ages as well as skill building exercises. You can also watch a video on how to use Learning Express. You can also help your child brush up on their foreign language classes with Mango and Little Pim online.

Did you or your student receive an e-reader or tablet over the holidays? If so, we have digital books available for check out from home.  On our homepage, right above the Research and Homework link there is a link called eBooks & eAudio. Overdrive eBooks features a few picture books and many chapter books for children. OneClickDigital is our audio book catalog.  Many students find it helpful to listen to a book while they read it.  Axis360 eBooks is a collection of picture books that you can check out and read on the accompanying app Blio. If you do not have an e-reader, we have Nooks for children, young adults, and adults that are preloaded with books.  Many students today find it fun to read on an electronic device!

It also helps encourage your children to read if they see their parents reading traditional books or on e-readers. Check out our collection of relaxation and meditation CDs or perhaps you would prefer a comedian on CD or DVD. We also offer the service Freegal which allows you to download three free songs per week.Reading together encourages a love for reading.The Library reference staff is also here to help. Stop by any of the three branches and ask the children’s or adult/teen reference staff for help with researching a project, finding certain books or using the online resources. You can even text or email a librarian with a question.

So, make a fresh start this year and help your children make one too. Let the Kenton County Public Library help you with our many services available to cardholders. Happy New Year!

 

This post was written by Julie Mills, children’s librarian at the Erlanger Branch Library.