Covington Renovation Celebration

PrintExcitement is building in Covington!  The newly expanded and remodeled Covington Branch of the Kenton County Library is nearly completed.  This project is the culmination of a decades-long plan.  Phase one was to replace the overcrowded and very busy Erlanger Branch.  This was done in 2001.  Phase two consisted of building the new William E. Durr Branch, just south of Independence, to serve the quickly growing central part of the county (opened in 2007).  Phase three is the Covington Branch.

Covington is the flagship branch of the system with roots going back to the late 1800s.  The current building, constructed in 1973-74, needed major upgrades and enhancements.  As an example, the stairwells and fire alarm system were not up-to-code, the heating and cooling system was original, the building had no sprinkler system and the roof needed replacing.  The building also lacked many of the amenities our patrons have grown accustomed at the other two branches.

So what’s new at the Covington Branch?  First of all, you will encounter a new three-story entry pavilion.  This space is flooded with natural light and houses our new Circulation Department.  The Children’s Department has tripled in size and has its own activity room and reading garden.  This colorful area also includes a new piece of public art specifically designed for the space:   A large mosaic featuring a river scene with a child fishing surrounded by native flora and fauna.  The mosaic includes pieces of pottery and other elements donated to the library by our patrons.  The children’s area has also been decked out in kid appropriate furniture and comfortable seating for their parents.

The building now also has a separate computer lab to assist the staff in teaching technology classes and a large meeting room for adult and teen programs that is twice as large as the old one.  Our new reference desk is ready to go and is shaped in a semicircle, reminiscent of the old round desk at the Carnegie Library.

The third floor has been turned over entirely to out Kentucky History Department, one of the largest public library Kentucky collections in the nation.  This area includes a temperature and humidity controlled archive room, computer stations and the refurbished tables from the original Covington Public Library.

Other new features include a drive-thru window, new garage for our outreach vehicles, small study rooms, more public computer terminals, ample seating and an outdoor patio area.  One of the features that our architects worked hard to achieve was more natural light.  I think you will discover they succeeded.  Additional windows and a new clearstory make for a bright a cheerful space for all ages.

Some of the things that have not changed:  Our impressive collection of local 19th and 20th century art, free surface lot parking and, most importantly, our friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff.  I encourage all of you to make a trip to the new Covington Library – a great asset to our region!

CELEBRATE WITH US AT THE RENOVATION CELEBRATION – Saturday, Oct. 26

502 Scott Blvd., Covington

9:30 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting

10:30 a.m. – Cincinnati Zoo visits

10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Tours of the Library

10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Genealogy computer workshops

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Intro to Library Databases

12-12:30 p.m. – Unveiling of the Children’s Department Art

12:30-12:50 – Job Search Central Resources

1:30-1:50 p.m. – Job Search Central Resources

1-2 p.m. – Jazz Music with the Tim Watson Trio

1-2 p.m. – YA Manga Art Unveiling

2-3 p.m. – Celebrate Favorite Book Character Day!

2-3 p.m. – Overview of Covington KCPL computer classes

Please pick up a calendar or visit www.kentonlibrary.org for details.

3-4 p.m. – Elementz Sudio Kre8v Hip Hop Dance

Art of Food Surprise Giveaway!

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We have an incredible surprise giveaway for you! The Carnegie, which originally housed the Covington Library, has given the Kenton County Public Library two tickets to the Art of Food reception to give to one of our lucky readers.

The seventh Annual Art of Food exhibition opens on Friday, March 1 with a reception.  Popular with foodies and art lovers alike, this exhibition examines the mouth-watering world of food as demonstrated by the culinary inspired creations of local artists and top chefs from across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. The Art of Food celebrates that food can be a complete sensory experience and explores the ways in which food comprises an art form.

The opening reception will take place Friday, March 1 from 6pm-9pm in The Carnegie Galleries. During the opening attendees will have the opportunity to sample edible creations by more than twenty of the area’s top chefs while feasting their eyes on the culinary-inspired artistic works of artists Kelly Romer Armstrong, Eric Brass, Leah Busch, Valerie Escobedo, Timothy Gold, Sandra Gross, Dorie Guthrie, Debbie Hook, Joyce Kaufman, Rosie Kovacs, Pam Kravetz, Frannie Kroner, Carla Lamb, Megan Lemay, Carole Lichty-Smith, Trinidad Mac-Auliffe, Cheryl Metzger, Carla Morales, Becky Norris, Karen Saunders, Lori Siebert, Sheida Soleimani, Jenifer Sult, Jeff Sutherland, Katie Swartz, Amy Swoboda, Tom Towhey and Jen Ustick. Restaurants include Pizza Bomba, Fireside Pizza, Otto’s, Cumin, Nicholson’s Gastro Pub, Virgil’s Cafe, Senate and many more.

Cost to attend The Art of Food opening reception is $25 for Carnegie Members and $40 general admission, in advance; $35 for Carnegie Members and $50 for non-members, at the door.  More than 600 guests are expected to attend the opening.

Tickets are available through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday, Noon – 5pm, online at www.thecarnegie.com, or by phone at (859) 957-1940. Admission to view the artwork on display in The Art of Food is FREE after opening night and open to the public Monday, March 4 through Thursday, March 21, 2013. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, Saturday 12pm – 3pm.  (Please note The Carnegie will be closed Saturday, March 2, 2013.)

Art of Food Giveaway!

We’ll be randomly choosing our winner on Monday, Feb. 25 at 12 pm.  The winner will be emailed and announced on the Library Facebook page.  The winner has 24 hours to reply or another name will be drawn.You can enter to win two tickets to the reception by commenting on this post with the following information. You must do number 1. For extra entries, you can do number 2, 3 and 4! Be sure to comment separately for each entry.

1. Tell us why you want to attend the Art of Food (you must do this to enter)

2. Become a fan of the Library Facebook page.

3. Follow the blog.

4. Give this contest a shout out…tell your friends via Facebook, Twitter, text, email or even and old-fashioned phone call!  Then tell us how you spread the word.

Employees and immediate family members of the Kenton County Public Library and the Carnegie cannot participate in the contest. Disclaimer: We were given these tickets from the Carnegie to give to one lucky reader.