My Indispensable Library Card

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

Kenton County Public Library

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


Summer Jobs for Teens

Summer vacation is here! Now it’s time to get a job, right?

Whether you’re looking for a temporary summer job, it’s time for you to get a job that will last throughout the school year, if you graduated from high school and want a full time job, or maybe you’re in college and just need some extra money, we can help you find and secure a job!

If you’re not sure where to start when you want to get a job the best thing to do is think about what’s around you. What business are you able to get to on a daily basis? Where have you been before? Places like Kroger, K-Mart, McDonald’s, Burger King, AMC Theater, Meijer, and Starbucks are often hiring new, inexperienced workers. You could also consider seasonal employment at a place that needs help only for the summer, like the Florence Freedom stadium, King’s Island, the Cincinnati Zoo, and businesses at Newport on the Levee.

If you want to take your job search online try these great websites!


Search for local jobs, stay up to date with local employment news, find out about upcoming job fairs, and more by visiting the Enquirer’s NKY CareerBuilder page!

Visit OneStop Northern Kentucky’s Career Center and make an account to search for jobs, apply for jobs, and get help building your career assets like a resume and job skills.

nkyjobs, maintained by the NKY Chamber of Commerce, provides a compiled list of positions currently available in the Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati area. If you are interested in any of the positions, follow the instructions provided.

This month at Erlanger we’ve gotten job searching, application, and resume assistance from a Career Councilor from Gateway Community and Technical College! Tomorrow, Wednesday May 29th at 4pm you can get tips and tricks to having a great interview, and even do a practice interview! This will be held in the Meeting Room at the Erlanger branch at 4pm.  I hope to see you there!

Looking to apply for a job right now? Here are some local openings:

Macy’s is hiring Sales Associates!

Maurice’s is opening a new store in the Florence Mall and will be hiring soon!

Golden Corral is hiring!

McDonald’s on Dixie Highway is hiring!

Go here to see if a local White Castle is hiring.

Advance Auto in Independence is hiring!

Several locations of Fifth Third Bank are hiring entry level Retail Associates.

The Petco in Crescent Springs is hiring Pet Stylists, Cashiers, and Sales Associates.



Top 10 Sanity Savers for Your Next Family Road Trip

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 send great picture books to it.  Some of the stories will read aloud to the child.  We also have books for older children in Blio as well as Overdrive.


2.  Colored Pencils and a Drawing Pad

I always like to use colored pencils instead of crayons for the car.  The last thing I want to find is a melted crayon in my carpet and with colored pencils you don’t have to worry about that issue.  Crayola has a twistable colored pencil that never needs sharpening.

3.  Plastic Bags

Ah, my guilty pleasure is a zipper bag.  If you have an earth friendlier bag I heartily endorse it.  However, I use these things like crazy on a road trip.  Practically everything goes into a bag.  I do try to reuse them whenever possible.

4.  Fruits & Veggies

Since I let them sit in front of a screen for hours I try not to give in to the junk food monster on our road trips.  Using plastic bags or containers I make fruit, veggie and nut snacks.  I figure we’ll be eating enough ice cream when we get to our destination!  We can go healthy on our way there and back.

5.  Small Box

I like to use a small box to contain all their toys, pencils and papers.  It seems to make it easier to find stuff instead of me having to dig through their backpacks.  The boxes I use also can fold flat if you need to get them out of the way.


6.  Movies!

Stop by the Library for movies movies movies!  You can check out up to 10 DVDs per Library card.  I usually take the DVDs out of the plastic cases and put them in a portable flip case so that they are easier to manage.  If you don’t have a dvd player you can borrow a Playaway View  from the library.  We have many fun and educational titles.


7.  Picnic

Find a nice rest stop or park to stop and have a picnic.  After sitting for hours it gives your kids a chance to run around and explore while you get lunch ready.

8.   Audio Books

If you or your children get motion sickness from reading you may want to try an audio book.  This can be a great way for the entire family to follow along to a story or pop in own earbuds and listen to a book on your phone.  *Secret mom tip – close your eyes and pretend like you’re asleep and you may be left alone for up to five minutes.

9.  Music

Use Freegal to create a fab playlist for your family.  We have lots of kid friendly songs in our collection as well as radio edits of many popular albums available for older children.

10.  Fun
Don’t forget to bring the fun!  One of my funniest memories of a certain notorious reality TV mother of 8 children was when they were at an amusement park and she screams at them “WE’RE MAKING MEMORIES”!  Whenever I start to get irritated I think about that scene and laugh.  So, get out there and make some memories.

One final note, just remember…


Your Irish Heritage

March is not only the beginning of Spring, but a time when genealogists and historians may focus their attention to their Irish roots. The Kenton County Public library offers many resources to help you research Irish genealogy records and family histories.  A great place to start your research project is at the Kenton County Public Library’s Genealogy Webpage, wherfunerale you can access our online research resources–many of which can be used from home with your library card.

One of our resources, The Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index, may lead you to an article or obituary on an Irish ancestor.  Using the Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index we were able to find the citation for this obituary which appeared in the Kentucky Times Star for Matthew McGee. McGee was born in Ireland in 1830 and died in Covington on October 19, 1915.

di80043.jpgThe photograph database, Faces and Places: The Northern Kentucky Photographic Index, may contain a portrait of an Irish relative. Pictured is The McGing Traditional Irish Dancers from Cincinnati performing at the 1990 Gala Irish Party at Cliff and Pat Boreland’s new home in Villa Hills on March 16, 1990. This photograph was found in the Faces and Places Archive and don’t forget you can leave comments on photographs in Faces and Places!

If you are looking for more detailed descriptions of what records we have available, check out our Guide to the Collection. Also, don’t forget to search the library catalog for all things relating to Ireland and Irish genealogy. Do you have ancestors from Ireland that traveled to Northern Kentucky? What resources would you recommend for researching Irish ancestors and history? Tell us about it!

This post was written by Cierra Earl, Library Associate in the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Covington branch.

Fourth Week of Giveaways; Your Holiday Entertainment

What will you be doing over your holiday break?  If you plan on spending the entire break checking your Facebook, watching TV, or playing Farmville you should probably check out some entertainment alternatives. Your local friendly Teen Librarians have compiled some resources to help you out!

Okay, first of all: I have to promote the library for your entertainment needs. You can download 3 free mp3s a week with Freegal and look at a ton of different magazines for free online with Zinio. Just go to this link! You can sign up for Zinio and Freegal accounts with your library card number If you don’t have your card or don’t know your number just give us a call and we can look it up for you!

Okay, now let’s get to the real fun. Hopefully you’ll be getting some video games for Christmas. Don’t worry, if you don’t get them you can just check them out from the library!

Borderlands 2 just came out. We will have it. Go here to reserve your copy from the library!

Avengers: Battle for Earth was released in December. You can also get it from the library here!


Did you get or give an iPad, iPod, or iPhone today?

If you did, welcome to your new favorite game! It’s free, it’s social, and it’s   more fun than endlessly hitting refresh on your favorite webpage until school starts up again.

This is a game called “SpaceTeam”. The first thing you want to do is find 2-4 other people who have also downloaded it and get them in the same wifi or Bluetooth with you. Then your goal is to fix the most breaking-est spaceship ever, by saying silly words! Everyone has a set of controls and some instructions for another player’s controls. Set your Spring-Loaded Irritant to 1, tell your sister to turn off her Twinmill, flip your phone upside-down to avoid asteroids, and do it all before slime completely covers the screen!

If the idea of your house being filled with people shouting about sigmaclappers and wormholes doesn’t actually sound all that great (and your wifi doesn’t extend to a porch or patio you can exile bundled-up players to), have you tried Draw Something yet? It’s a game like Pictionary, where one player is given a random word to draw and their opponent has to guess what’s been drawn.  The app is free and available in iTunes and the Android Market. You can also play online. This is a turn-based game, so there’s less talking with other players and more texting your friends to remind them that it’s their turn.

Fourth Week of Giveaways:

There are so many ways to win!!!  Are you ready to enter the Week 4 Giveaway?! You could win a $25 iTunes gift card and Kenton County Public Library prize bag! To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. Comment here and tell us how a librarian has helped you in the past.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.
  4. Follow the Kenton County Public Library on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.
  5. Follow Eden’s blog The Cosplaying Librarian and comment telling us you did.
  6. Follow Jessy’s blog at What Your Teen Librarian Does All Day and comment here saying you did.
  7. “Like” Teens at Kenton County Public Library and comment here saying you did.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest ends Monday, Dec. 31 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

~*~ Post written by Eden Rassette and Jessy Griffith, Teen Librarians at Kenton County Public Library ~*~