Summer Bucket List

Does your family have a summer bucket list?

Since I actually work MORE at the library during the summer (Summer Reading Club programs don’t happen by themselves!), I have learned that if I don’t make some goals and plans for the summer it flies by without us enjoying some of our favorite activities.

I have some simple activities:

  • Run in the sprinklers
  • Play with sidewalk chalk
  • Feed the ducks
  • Attend a library program (ok, lots of these)
  • Have a picnic

I’ve planned a few road trips:

And we sometimes include particular people on our list:

  • Coffee with my bestie
  • Visit the zoo with grandparents
  • Hike with friends

Your list can be as short or as long as you like. I love reading all the ideas out there.

My son, reading outside.

My son, reading outside.

Of course, lots of reading is on my personal bucket list. Rather than worrying about particular titles, in the summer my children and I read purely for pleasure. My children enjoy not worrying about reading levels or writing book reports. Reading for pleasure also increases their reading speed and combats the infamous academic “summer slide.” My reading bucket list is mostly the places I’d like to read those books:

  • My porch swing
  • A bench on our favorite hiking trail
  • The park overlook
  • The beach
  • and pretty much any other lovely outside place in which I can’t read during the colder months.

Last Summer, my children read over 75 books each – all voluntarily!

What is on YOUR summer bucket list?


-Amy Schardein, Children’s Librarian

Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day!

Join the party!  On Sunday, April 27, the Erlanger Branch Library will host our annual celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros – Children’s Day/Book Day.  This event is a celebration of children and literacy, with an emphasis on the diversity of families and languages in our community. Día is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.  This daily commitment culminates each year in a community wide celebration on or near April 30th .

El día de los niños/El día de los libros has its roots in the observance of Children’s Day, which began in 1925 as a result of the first “World Conference for the Well Being of Children” in Geneva, Switzerland.  All over the world, countries adopted official dates to celebrate Children’s Day.  The United States is one of the few developed countries that did not designate an official Children’s Day observance!  Our neighbor Mexico selected April 30 as their day to celebrate children, and they named it El día de los niños – Children’s Day.  This day is quite a huge celebration across Mexico!  Schools have carnivals, towns have parades, and children receive special treats.  Mexican immigrants in the American southwest brought their observance of Children’s Day into their communities in this country, and in 1996, a children’s author named Pat Mora noticed ( ).  She thought it was a wonderful idea to celebrate children, but her background as an educator and author led her to think that it would be even better to celebrate children’s books!  That was the beginning of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Over the years, with the support of children’s librarians and teachers, Pat Mora’s idea has spread across the country.  This year, hundreds of libraries and schools will celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day sometime near April 30.


For a decade now, the Kenton County Public Library has partnered with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County ( ) to present one community Día celebration.  We alternate locations each year.  This year, the celebration will be held at the Erlanger Branch on Sunday, April 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We will have book related crafts to enjoy, as well as face painting and mascot meet-and-greet opportunities. At 2:30, enjoy Family Zumba with Deb Yaeger of Deb’s Fitness Party ( ).  At 3:15, there will be a demonstration of Korean Martial Arts with Mr. Kim’s Martial Arts, a local Erlanger organization ( ).  At 3:45, join us for International Storytime.  This is always a highlight of our celebration.  We will gather as many as 10 individuals who speak different languages, and read the same book in all those languages!  Our celebration ends at 4:00 with our Mascot Macarena dance party.  We will also provide a free book for every child ages 12 and under who attends our celebration, while supplies last.

Please contact Lise Tewes at the Erlanger Branch Library (859-962-4000 X4109; ) if you have questions or want more information.  We hope to see you on Sunday, April 27 to enjoy El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).

Rhythm and Rhyme: Sensory Storytime

Rhythm and Rhyme: Sensory Storytime is a monthly interactive and educational program. It is specially designed for children ages 2-6 with sensory integration challenges.

It combines the books, rhymes and music of other storytimes along with physical activities to promote learning in a sensory friendly environment. Many children with Sensory Processing Disorders are extra sensitive to loud noises, bright lights, or other strong sensory environments. In this program, the lights are dimmed, the music is not as loud, and there are minimal distractions while the program is taking place.

There is repetition from month to month so the children know what to expect. We also go over the activities for the day before beginning each program. After we share a short book, rhymes, and songs there is social time where interactive experiences are offered to the children. These activities include sensory tubs to search through, toys to play with, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and other activities to stimulate tactile learning.

Although this program is aimed at children with Sensory Processing Disorders, if your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library’s other storytimes, this inclusive program of stories, songs, and activities may be a better fit for him or her.

If you would like to register for the program, please check our Event Calendar.

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If you would like further information, please feel free to contact me at regarding the Erlanger Branch programs or Joel Caithamer at regarding the Durr Branch programs. We look forward to seeing you there!

6 technology personality types: which class sounds like you?


The Apprentice

Not all of us have used a computer, created a free email account or mastered how to use a scanner.   Are you new to computers? Maybe you have a friend or grandparent who is ready to try?  All three branches offer classes for new or inexperienced computer users. Our teachers are skilled at helping people who are just starting out. Durr even has open labs for one-to-one help.

Upcoming classes:
First Time Computer Users
Internet for Beginners
Create an Email
Exploring the Internet
Saving your files, and organizing your PC
One on One Digital Services Assistance
One on One Photo Scanning and Editing


The Professional

Who doesn’t need to update their Microsoft Office skills with new versions coming out all the time? Learn how to make logical spreadsheets, impressive presentations or flyers with impact. When you finish the complete series (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint), add your new skills to your resume and start looking to apply them in our job searching on the Internet and resume classes.

Upcoming classes:
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Publisher
Job Searching and the Internet
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Word


The Gadget Whiz

You love your devices but want to know more about how to use them.  Yes, your phone and your tablet are fun and useful tools.  But what are some great apps? What can you iPad really do? How can I access use the library with apps? Maybe your curious about purchasing an e-Reader like a Nook or Kindle instead.  Our app, iPad, and e-Reader classes will have you reading and searching on the go in new and interesting ways.

Upcoming classes:
Top iOs and Android Apps
iPad Tips & Tricks
Library Apps for Your iPad or Android
Introduction to e-Readers


Connected Lunchtime Learner

Grab your lunch and put on your headset, it’s time to multitask. Want to get the basics of how to borrow ebooks or download Runner’s World on your iPad for free? These online classes help you learn about the community and the often forgotten online resources the library offers.  We are always looking for speakers and topics for online classes. Submit a name or add your idea by filling out this form.

Upcoming classes:
The library on your iPad, iPhone, or Android
Searching Consumer Reports
Value Line and Morningstar
Quick guide to e-books
Bike month and the Flying Pig: online cycling and running books and magazines
Open Education: learning for free


The Creative Guru

Technology is your tool to make and create.  You’ve always wanted to learn more about what Adobe products can do and secretly want to start a Maker Lab in your basement. Curious about how to print 3D designs?  Wanting to build skills in graphic design to make brochures, edit images, and make amazing graphics?  Maybe you want to introduce your kids to programming.  These classes are for the maker in you.  Note: the Adobe classes will be lecture style so bring your laptop if you have the programs. Coding will take place on library computers.

Upcoming classes:
3D Printing

Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Kid Coders


The Web Adventurer

So many websites so little time.  We all use the Internet but you want to make the most of it to find better information, score great deals, and sell your wares. You aspire to master Google and tweet and pin  like a social media star. Wondering how to  plan your vacation and share the photos when you’ve returned from paradise? Looking for long lost relatives? Learn how to find them with genealogy research sites.  These educational and entertaining classes save you time and money, are fun to attend,  and will bring our the web explorer in you.

Upcoming classes:
Pin Pictures with Pinterest
Getting the Most from Online Genealogy Research
Intro to Craigslist & Free Cycle
Vacation Photo’s
Vacation Planning Online
Buying and Selling on eBay
Intro to Etsy
Twitter Tips & Tricks

You don’t have to fit these personalities to take these great classes and learn something today. Search for computer classes on our events page by visiting and selecting “Computer” under Categories or “Online” under Location.

Rather learn on your own?

Create an account with your library card and use computer tutorials from LearningExpress Programs: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and Windows and Mac OS

Check out great books

Web Development
Graphics software (Adobe and more)
Social Media

Download e-books



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Pinkalicious The Musical Ticket Giveaway!


The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati presents Pinkalicious the Musical. Based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, this is the tale of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament.

The show runs:

Friday, Feb 14 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 15 at 2 PM*
Saturday, Feb 15 at 5 PM
Sunday, Feb 16 at 2 PM
Saturday, Feb 22 at 2 PM

Tickets start at $7 and can be purchased online (additional fee applies) or at the box office.

GIVEAWAY: The Kenton County Public Library is giving away four tickets to this awesome show. The tickets can be used Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. (what a great way to spend Valentines as a family!) or Saturday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

To Enter: For your chance to win tickets to see this performance, just leave a comment below saying why you want to go. (required to enter)
1. Subscribe to the blog and comment here that you did.
2. Like Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and comment here that you did.
3. Tweet about this giveaway @Kentonlibrary and comment here that you did.
4. Like Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati on Facebook and comment here that you did.
All entries will be verified. You must comment separately for bonus entries. Entries must be submitted by noon on Friday, Jan. 31. One winner will be randomly selected using Good luck!
Library employees and those living in their home are not permitted to enter.

Snow Day Fun


Every school in the area is off today and I heard the words “I’m bored” by 9 a.m. So what do you do with your snow day?

Hopefully, like us, you anticipated the storm and stocked up on books and movies from the library. But in case you didn’t do that, we have a few ideas for you.

1. Search through the Faces and Places database. Maybe you can help us identify some of the snowy day pictures.

2. Do genealogy research as a family by searching online databases from home with your library card including HeritageQuest, World Vital Records, and the Historical Cincinnati Enquirer. You can also search geNKY and the Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index from home without a library card!

3. Sit down together to write your family newsletter for your holiday cards. Add something new you’ve learned this year about your family history in the newsletter. Don’t forget to include names and dates on the back of the pictures for future genealogists!

4. Bake while listening to Christmas carols (download a few for free from Freegal).

5. Make Christmas crafts for gifts with ideas you get from magazines. We have dozens of free online magazine subscriptions that you can access from home with your library card number.

6. Access some of your favorite movies on Hoopla from home with your library card number.

7. Children ages 2-12 can read books for prizes as part of our holiday read program.

8. Play board games or video games as a family.

9. No new books to read? Don’t worry! Download to your ereader from the library website.

10. Read Mom-spot’s blogs for other great ideas. 

What do you do on snow days?

Top 10 Sanity Savers for Your Next Family Road Trip

This is a must-read before travelling for the holidays!

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Top 10 Sanity Savers for Your Next Family Road Trip

My husband and I always debate on who gets to drive.  Yes, who gets to drive.  Normally neither one of us is a big fan of driving, but on a long road trip the driver gets a break while the co-pilot serves a cabin full of cranky travelers.  So, since I usually end up as co-pilot I’ve created a quick list of sanity savers.

1.  eBooks  & Traditional Print Books (read-a-loud from Blio)

Of course I always start with books!  I bring a wide selection of traditional and ebooks.  Lift-the-flap books are always great for young children.  I have a lot of the Little People Lift the Flap books and they were a hit with my son and now my daughter loves them.

If you have a tablet you should definitely download the Blio app and use our website to…

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My Indispensable Library Card

With the renovation and addition being complete at the Covington Branch, we thought this was timely to share again.

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I have had my Kenton County Public Library card for as long as I can remember.  I’d like to think that I got it as soon as I could write my name, which is when I encourage my kids to get their own cards.  My library card has probably been used more than any card in my wallet, and has most definitely saved our family more money than any card in my wallet.  It’s not just about taking books out from the library for myself either…my library card has done so much more for my whole family.  It’s a key to learning, entertainment, self-help, running my household and more.  I spend a lot of time at my local library, the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, and use my card frequently to help my family grow and learn and enjoy life.

Here are just a few of the…

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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with us!

       Ever wanted to experience what it would be like to live in another country? Think it would be fun to try new foods, meet new people, and experience a different culture? Look no further! We are your one-stop-shop to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with your whole family.


Miss Arlene and a few performers from last year’s celebration.

       National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15 and celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries. For more info, click here. For a third year, the Erlanger branch will be hosting a celebratory program for National Hispanic Heritage Month. Miss Arlene, with the help of Adrianna Torres, will be hosting a fun-filled program for all ages with enough activities to keep everyone interested.


Children enjoyed playing piñata at last year’s celebration!

       We’re offering many activities, but here’s just a sampling of what you can participate in:

*A bilingual storytime so that you can hear the same story in both English and Spanish

* Sample of delicious Hispanic dishes

*Play bilingual lotería, a game similar to bingo that uses images instead of numbers

*Learn and perform a song in Spanish

*Meet people from different Latin American countries

*And so much more!


Performers at the celebration last year.

       Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14, 2013; we’ll be celebrating at the Erlanger branch from 2:00-4:00PM. No registration is required. We’d love to see you there and celebrate with you!

       We strive for diversity at the library; we love offering unique and different experiences for our patrons and reaching out to our bilingual and multicultural community. Do you have a suggestion for a cultural program you’d like us to offer? Comment below and let us know!


This post was written by Krysta Wilham, Library Associate at the William E. Durr branch.

Meet David Catrow at the library!

Ever wanted to meet the author or illustrator of your favorite book? Now you can! Come to the library to meet David Catrow, children’s book author and this year’s illustrator of our Summer Reading Club t-shirts!



Catrow has illustrated dozens of funny children’s books, such as:



I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!


The Middle-Child Blues


Wet Dog!


He’s also written many hilarious books of his own, including:


 Monster Mash


Dinosaur Hunt


Best in Show

We have tons of Catrow’s books at the library, so stop in and grab a copy! Don’t miss your chance to meet, listen, and watch David Catrow draw! Children grades Pre-K through 4 are welcome to come with a parent to meet him; there is no registration required! Are you looking forward to meeting David Catrow? Who’s your favorite author/illustrator?



Thursday, July 18 at 2:00 PM


William E. Durr

Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 PM



Thursday, July 18 at 10:00 AM