Try it Before You Buy It

Try It Before You Buy It

Your kid begs you to buy them a book, movie, video game or magazine subscription? You cave. You spend $25 to $100. They read the first few pages, check out one issue, watch the first 20 minutes or beat the game in an hour and say they are done with it or don’t like it. You’re out a lot of money for maybe an hour’s worth of entertainment. The Kenton County Public Library has the solution. Try it before you buy it!

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Whether they are asking for Zelda, Just Dance 4 or Super Smash Bros for the Wii or Transformers, Zumba Fitness or Lego Harry Potter for the Xbox or Ratchet and Clank into the Nexus, Little Big Planet or Fast and Furious for Playstation, the Library has it, along with hundreds of other games, for you to borrow.

The Library also has movies like Percy Jackson, Despicable Me, Monsters Inc., The Lost Medallion and My Little Pony; a very minty Christmas, among thousands of others that might be on that Christmas list.outsiders

Of course the Library carries books like “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent,” “The Giver,” “The Outsiders” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” in addition to thousands of other popular and classic books for that hard to shop for teenager or adult.

We also carry hundreds of magazines. You can look at a few issues before deciding to buy a subscription. You can even skip the paid subscription all together and use Zinio through the Library website to have full magazines delivered to your email inbox.

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Visit www.kentonlibrary.org to put items on hold and make sure your special one wants the gift before spending money.

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Four Weeks of Giveaways

Yes, you read that right; The Library will have four weeks of giveaways! This week we are starting off with an awesome tote bag filled with books, a library card holder, a Kenton County Public Library coffee mug, $5 Starbucks gift card and $5 off any purchase at Joseph Beth. The books are: “Make a Gingerbread Man” by Conni Medina, an advance copy of “The Bell Bandit” by Jacqueline Davies, a great read for boys and girls 9 and older, an advanced copy of “The Last PoliceMan” by Ben Winters, an adult fiction murder mystery story, an advance reader’s copy of “Laugh With the Moon” by Shana Burg, a young adult book about a teen dealing with loss and finding her way, “Hey, That’s Not Trash” by Renee Jablow, a great book for young readers about recycling, and “Drawing and Learning about Fashion” by Amy Bailey Muehlenhardt, a fabulous how to book for tweens and teens interested in fashion. There really is a book for everyone in this prize pack. The winner can keep them for the family or give them as gifts. Details on how to enter are below.

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In addition to setting you up with a fabulous bag of books, the Library can help with the holidays in so many other ways. Let’s start with shopping. Are you looking for an e-reader, a computer, a car, TV or other item that has many choices and you aren’t sure what to buy? We have staff who can teach you how to use Consumer Reports Online and it’s free. You can even access this online service from your home. We also have staff who can explain the difference between e-readers and teach you how to download books for free. Did you buy someone an iPod and want to load it with a few songs? Check out Freegal where you can download three free songs per week.

Interested in making gifts this year? The Library has you covered! We have knitting, scrapbooking and craft programs for adults and teens. Are all the gifts bought but you don’t know how you are going to wrap them without prying eyes? No worries! Come to the Holiday Workshop at the Durr Branch and wrap  presents. Bring your own supplies.

Whether you are looking for new recipes, craft ideas, holiday music or fun holiday traditions, the Kenton County Public Library has a book, magazine, movie or music for you. Check out the catalog and put items on hold. You can pick your materials up at the drive-thru or inside at any of the three branches. And be sure to check this list if you are looking to buy books, music or movies as gifts.

Are you ready to enter the Week 1 Giveaway? 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 your favorite holiday book or Kenton County Public Library program.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did (we will also receive a confirmation email).
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment 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 their prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

This post was written by Gina Holt, Public Relations Coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Save Money

How to Save Money

Who doesn’t like to save money? I know I do. Most people know they can save money every day at the Kenton County Public Library by borrowing books, movies, music and video games and attending programs. But people don’t realize that there are so many other ways the Library can save them money.

The Library offers several online services, most of which can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection and a Kenton County Public Library card number. Chiltons, Consumer Reports, ValueLine and Morningstar Investment Research Center are just a few of the services.

You can view full issues of Consumer Reports, compare prices, find the best rated products and much more. This is a great resource with the holidays right around the corner. You can find the best rated electronics, appliances, cars and more. You can also compare features. This allows you to make informed decisions before making purchases. I will be using this free online service to choose which netbook will be best for my 10 and 13-year-olds as a gift.

Have you ever wished you could fix your car yourself? Have you thought it’s probably simple enough that you could if you just had a guide? You can access the Chilton Manuals for free through the Library website. You can find out how to replace breaks, change oil, replace plugs, fix a muffler and much more for most makes and models.

ValueLine is an independent investment research and financial publishing firm based in New YorkNew YorkUSA, founded in 1931 by Arnold Bernhard. Value Line is best known for publishing The Value Line Investment Survey, a stock analysis newsletter that is updated weekly and kept by subscribers to the print edition in a large black or green binder. This online service makes it easy to read stock reports.

Morningstar Investment Research Center offers analysis on 1700 stocks, 2000 mutual funds and 300 exchange traded funds (ETFs). While it is primarily designed as a tool for investors, it is also an excellent place to get quick information on a company.

You can also save money with ZINIO, a free online magazine service. You can receive dozens of magazines right to your email inbox for free. Magazines available include Cosmo, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Fitness, Macworld, Popular Mechanics, Parenting, US Weekly, The Nation, Working Mother, Veg News. There are many more titles. Downloading full magazines for free saves money on yearly subscriptions, helps you find great recipes and craft ideas, keeps you up on the latest news and gives you the latest health and fashion trends.

You can use the Library calculator to calculate how much money you save each month with the Library. For example, my family saves over $500 per month by borrowing books and movies from the Library, using Freegal to download music, Zinio for magazines and other Library resources for research.

We are going to help you save money yet another way this month. We are giving away four tickets to the Cincinnati Museum Center. You have four chances to win! Be sure to include your first name and email with each entry. One person will be randomly chosen. Contest ends Monday, Nov. 12 at noon. Library employees and their immediate family members cannot participate.

1.      Post here telling us about your favorite online Library service.

2.      Click follow on the blog and comment here that you did.

3.      Use the Library calculator and tell us how much you save a month.

4.      Like us on Facebook and comment here that you did.

This post was written by Gina Holt, public relations coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library. Gina can be contacted by commenting on the blog or emailing gina.holt@kentonlibrary.org.

Note: Museum tickets were donated.