GIVEAWAY: FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

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Whether you are looking for the perfect date night or a family adventure, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without The Nutcracker. The tradition returns for the ultimate family experience including stunning sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s melodious score, played by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The beloved story of Clara and her nutcracker doll turned handsome prince is the dream-like adventure we cherish with loved ones season after season.
Personally, I love the Nutcracker! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to the art of ballet or take a break and go with a friend or as a date night. Performances run Dec.20-22, and Dec.26-29 at the Aronoff Center. Single tickets start at $32, and may be purchased by visiting www.cballet.org. Thanks to the generosity of the Cincinnati Ballet, we have 2 tickets to see Frisch’s Presnets the Nutcracker at the Aronoff to give away to one lucky reader. The winner will also receive the book “Mia’s Nutcracker Ballet” by Robin Farley.
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GIVEAWAY: Thanks to the generosity of the Cincinnati Ballet, we have vouchers good for TWO TICKETS to see FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER at the Aronoff Center Dec.20-22, and Dec.26-29, 2013.

For your chance to win tickets to see this performance, just leave a comment below saying why you want to go.
BONUS ENTRIES:
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. Share this post via Facebook and tag the Kenton County Public Library or on Twitter (@Kenton Library) and comment here that you did.
All entries will be verified. You must comment separately for bonus entries. Kenton County Public Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to win. Entries must be submitted by noon on on Monday, Dec. 9. One winner will be randomly selected using random.org. The winner must pick their voucher and book up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. Good luck!

Cincinnati Ballet Surprise Giveaway

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The Kenton County Public Library is giving away a voucher for two tickets to the Cincinnati’s Ballet’s Prodigal Son. You get to pick the date: March 22 or 23. This triple bill includes Prodigal Son, Extremely Close and Concerto #4.

The choreography for the Prodigal Son is done by George Balanchine and the music by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Carmon DeLeone. The Prodigal Son serves as a reminder of unconditional love. Prodigal Son stands as an enduring testament to the redemptive grace of a father’s love and the power of forgiveness as a wayward son finds his way back home.

In conjunction with Prodigal Son, Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to present Extremely Close. The music and dance are weaved together to provide a thought-provoking and beautiful piece.

Concerto #4 is a world premiere work, choreographed and created by Cincinnati Ballet’s own Associate Artistic Director Devon Carney. Set to the fourth composition of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti, Concerto #4 “is a work without story,” says Carney.

How the Giveaway Works:

You can enter several ways. The more times you enter, the more chances you have to win. Enter by noon on Friday, March 15. We will randomly choose a winner who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

1. Comment on this post saying why you want the tickets (required to enter).

2. Become a fan of the Kenton County Public Library Facebook page and comment here that you did.

3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did.

4. Follow this blog by hitting follow and comment that you did.

Disclaimer: The Cincinnati Ballet gave the Library the two tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner.

The winner must pick the voucher up the Covington, Durr, or Erlanger Branch Library. Library employees and those living in their household are not eligibile to win.

Romance In the Library

RomeoAndJulietThe Kenton County Public Library wants to help bring a little romance to your life! We have two tickets to the Cincinnati Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet and a $25 gift card to Petal Pushers Florist to give away. But first, let’s talk about some of the ways the Library can help with your love life, or at least your love for literature.

Have you been looking for love in all the wrong places?  Never fear because you can always find love at the Kenton County Public Library! With Valentine’s Day coming up on February 14th, the Library is guaranteed to have something for everyone of every age and interest.

Romance blossoms in the written word and the Library has books for adults that will touch your heart, like Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford; tickle your funny bone like Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding; bring a tear to your eye like Dear John by Nicholas Sparks; or lure you into a seductive past like My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander. If you’re looking for young adult books, try a twist on love with Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, or the prospect of immortal love in Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan. Prefer eBooks or Audiobooks? Do an advanced search by subject and pick “Romance.” You can read reviews of all of these books on Goodreads.

Want a romantic movie to enjoy? Try a classic such as Casablanca or Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or choose modern day classic like Love Actually or The Notebook. One of my personal favorites comes from growing up in the 80’s – who can forget Lloyd Dobler and his boom box playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” from Say Anything?

There are all sorts of books and movies for kids too. For activities, check out Paper Crafts for Valentine’s Day by Randel McGee, and All New Crafts for Valentine’s Day by Kathy Ross. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Valentine Collection are great DVDs for families to watch together. The Library is also offering Valentine’s programs for everyone.

You should check out our Valentine’s Pinterest board for great book, recipe and craft ideas! And check out this video. What is your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Book Display

Valentine’s Book Display

Are you ready to enter the contest? To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

1. Tell us the title of your favorite romance novel or movie.

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. Due to the dates of the ballet, this contest will end on Thursday, Feb. 7 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Note: the contest has now ended but we’d still love for you to follow us and comment with your favorite romance novel or movie. 2/7/13 1:30 p.m.

This post was written by Leigh Mauer, Reader Advisor