Gallery To Go Giveaway

gallerytogo4Gallery To Go is a unique painting party experience. No painting experience is necessary. Parties are approximately 2 hours long, and include a pre-drawn canvas, pain, paint brushes and apron. Parties can be in your home, business, club or church. Or you can join Gallery To Go at an open paint party location.  Parties are intended for adults unless otherwise noted. Kids parties, for ages 8 and up,  can be arranged.

The Kenton County Public Library and Gallery To Go realizes it is really cold outside and even adults are suffering from cabin fever. So we are giving away a paint session for one lucky winner and a friend at the DEP’s Wine Tasting and Paint Party on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Dep’s in Fort Thomas from 7-9 p.m. This is valued at $60.

Note: Gallery To Go donated this prize to for the Kenton County Public Library to giveaway. You have five chances to win. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. One winner will be chosen using random.org. Enter by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The winner will be emailed and have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

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1. Comment on this post saying why you want to win (Required to enter).

Bonus Entries

2. Like Gallery To Go on Facebook and comment here that you did.

3. Tweet this contest @Kentonlibrary and comment here that you did.

4. Like Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and comment here that you did.

5. Share this contest on Facebook and comment here that you did.

Visit Gallery To Go’s Events page to attend an open party. Visit the website for information about booking a private party.

Note: Kenton County Public Library employees and those living in their home are not permitted to participate in the giveaway.

Pinkalicious The Musical Ticket Giveaway!

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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)
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. 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 random.org. Good luck!
Library employees and those living in their home are not permitted to enter.

Rereading Favorite Books

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A mom sharing her favorite books with her children.

What is your favorite book? Why do you love it? Who do you talk with about your favorite stories?

When December comes and it’s snowy and tiny colored lights are blinking (or menorah candles are twinkling), it gets dark so early I don’t always want a new and exciting book. This is the time of year I grab an old favorite to reread.
The thing about favorite books is how personal they are. I’ve had friendships that never looked the same after I admitted to hating A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I’ve become insta-besties with fans of Douglas Adams and L.M. Montgomery.

As librarians, it’s important for us to not get bogged down in what we love when we are helping you to find your favorites, old and new. Do you want to reread Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events but don’t remember their order? Maybe you want to listen to The Lightning Thief or see if The Fault In Our Stars is any different on your new ereader  instead of the physical, paper book.

Eden at Erlanger separates her favorites into favorite this year , all-time favorite, favorite to recommend, favorite when she was a kid…which is a book I read in college and am now excited to talk about with Eden!

That’s the beauty of beloved books. Is it more important that we have the same favorite stories as people around us, or that we are willing to share our favorites? This holiday, why not ask the people around you what their favorite books are, or ask them to read yours?

Visit the website to browse the catalog and put items on hold.

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!

The Best 10 Young Adult Books of 2013

Young Adult novels are not just for teens anymore. YA fiction is, in my opinion, the most popular trend in fiction right now, and it will continue to draw readers of all ages – at least until all of our favorite series are finished!

Here are my choices for the Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2013. I chose my favorites and what I thought were the most popular 10 books. They are then rated by how many times each book was checked out by you!

What is your #1 book of 2013? Do you agree with my choices? Sound off in the comments!

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Book #2 in The Lunar Chronicles.

2. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Book #2 in the Shatter Me series.

3. Prodigy by Marie Lu. Book #2 in the Legend series

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

5. Dare You To by Katie McGarry

6. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

8. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

10. Rogue by Gina Damico

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Prodigy (Legend, #2)Eleanor & ParkDare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

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Click on the covers to find a link to each book in the library catalog – from there you can see where the books are on library shelves, put yourself on hold for one, or even check out an ebook copy.

skull icon.jpgFor fans of Gina Damico’s Croak series or teens who love reading we have a special event coming up! On Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. Erlanger’s teen book club, Beyond the Book, will have a discussion of the series and live video chat with Gina Damico! She’ll talk about the series, answer your questions, and hopefully tell us a little bit about her forthcoming novels. You can find more info and register on our calendar or by going to Facebook!

 

This blog post was written by Eden Rassette, the Young Adult Programmer at KCPL Erlanger. You can find her at The Cosplaying Librarian.

Summer Reading Giveaway #3

We are a little more than halfway through Summer Reading Club for teens, children and adults. You have been able to win prizes all summer long just for reading books. Now is your chance to win a cool prize just for reading this blog! And we have a cool prize!

The Giveaway:

We are giving away a $25 Joseph Beth gift card, a $5 Kocanut Joe’s gift card, Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition DVD of The Wizard of Oz and a Kenton County Public Library tote bag filled with a few books.

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, July 29. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

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1. What is your favorite thing about the Kenton County Public Library? (required to enter)

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

3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did. If you share on Twitter please use hashtag #kentonlibrary.

4. Comment here stating if you participated in Summer Reading Club. Be sure to include why or why not.

Disclaimer: The movie, books and Kocanut Joe’s gift cards were given to the Library.

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

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Manga Reviews: Bunnies, Alice, and Vampire Boys

Graphic novels and manga are not just for teens or anime fans. There are so many great stories and wonderful artists out there for you to discover, so why not try something new! Below are three popular manga series that could appeal to just about anyone.

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Bunny Drop is one of the most unique and unusual manga series I have ever encountered. It is a perfect choice for those wanting to give manga a try and haven’t read anything else or watching much anime before. It is in the slice-of-life genre, meaning that it portrays the real life of the characters, with no fantasy, science fiction, or supernatural content.

Bunny Drop is the story of Rin Kaga, that little girl pictured on the cover, as she grows up with her adopted guardian, Daikichii. Rin is the daughter of a manga artist/author mother who abandoned her to Daikichii’s grandfather, who is the father! Daikichii does his best to raise Rin, while Rin unknowlingly makes Daikichii into a better person in her own way. Bunny Drop is unbelievably sweet and addicting.

Get your copy from KCPL by going to the catalog here!

I personally am not a fan of the original Alice in Wonderland or Alice Through the Looking Glass or even the classic animated “Alice in Wonderland” movie. There is something unnerving about it. Despite that, I absolutely loved Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose.

The main character is, of course, the one and only Alice Lidell. Alice is feisty, but she isn’t mean, and she stands up for herself and stands her ground when it comes to things she feels strongly about. The male characters are so varied and different, and their character designs are incredible detailed; they have so much depth as people. Readers will enjoy meeting and making friends with all of them! The plot is impeccable in its forward motion by using short yet captivating story arcs. The introduction of new characters is seamless and smooth. The author reveals secrets and mysteries slowly, but without too much teasing. It is all just so good.

So go out and read it. Start with Alice in the Country of Hearts omnibus volume 1, then move on to volume 2. Then move on to Alice in the Country of Clover. And then finally on to Alice in the Country of JokerThere are volumes for each of Alice’s possible suitors, so you’ll get to explore the possibilities of each story arc and relationship.

Blood Lad, Vol. 1

I just discovered Blood Lad, and I loved it so much that I bought the first volume for my personal collection. It is so original, yet so familiar to many manga and anime fans. There’s a demon world, a human ghost, vampires and werewolves, monstrous creatures, and damsels in distress. The protagonist, Staz, is so loveable yet absolutely weird. He’s a demon, and a mafia boss, but he loves human culture, especially Japanese stuff, and he collects it like a hoarder.

I really enjoyed the style of art that the author, Yuuki Kodama, has. There is a ton of detail, the characters’ expressions are awesome and full of feeling, and the character designs themselves are just very unique and appealing. Readers will love Staz’s crazy fashion sense, and wonder what strange outfit he’s going to toss his human ghost girl into next. Another great thing about the art are the color panels! There are several full color front and back pages in the front and middle of each volume. Each volume is simply enormous for a manga volume. It encompasses almost 3 normal sized manga volumes. There is so much content, so much story, so much cool art and quirky characters and awesome action and demon world shenanigans.

Right now there are 5 volumes of Blood Lad published in English. KCPL has the first 3 on order, and you can put them on hold by going to the catalog right here!

This week’s entry was written by Eden Rassette, the Young Adult Programmer at Erlanger. You can see what she’s up to and what she is reading by following her blog: The Cosplaying Librarian.

2013 Racing to Read 5K Walk & Run Registration Giveaway!

Shirt art on shirtThe Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Racing to Read 5K Run & Walk is Saturday, June 8, 2013. We are giving away a free registration and a water bottle! You can register to win below.

Reasons to run in the Racing to Read 5K: 

• CHIP TIMED! • Great prizes! Family friendly!

• Participants receive a T-shirt with registration (while supplies last)

• Beautiful course throughout downtown Covington

• Free pancakes from First Watch after the race

• Family-friendly, circus performers

• Voted Best of NKY by NKY Magazine in 2012

• Proceeds benefit early childhood literacy efforts

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Awards:

• Prizes from Better Bodies, Silverlake the Family Place, Road ID, Bob Roncker’s Running Spot and more!

• Overall M/F, runner/walker: 1st, 2nd, 3rd win prizes

• First place in running and walking age division wins prize

• Stroller: overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers win prize

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Divisions:

• Running (13 categories): 14/under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30- 34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70/over

• Fitness Walking (6 categories): 29/under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70/over. Walkers must walk the entire course. Walkers who run may be disqualified.

• Stroller: overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers win prize

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Pre-registration: Postmarked by Monday, June 3

$20 individual (do not pay for children in strollers). Includes a T-shirt while supplies last.

Online registration: www.runningtime.net. Available through Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Packets will be available for pick-up on Friday, June 7 at Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Blvd, Covington from 11:45-4:30 p.m.

Race day registration takes place at: Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Blvd, Covington: $25, begins at 7:30 a.m. Includes a T-shirt*

Checks or money order only. Please make checks payable to: KCPL Foundation. Postmark pre-registration by Monday, June 3. Mail to: Racing to Read 5k, c/o Greg McCormick, 10119 Crosier Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. No refunds.

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Race Registration and Water Bottle Give Away

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, June 3. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

1. Why do you want to participate in the Library 5K? (required to enter).

2. What is your favorite thing about the Kenton County Public Library?

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.

The winner will be emailed the registration form. The water bottle must be picked up at the race. Library employees and people living in their home are not qualified to win.

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El día de los niños/El día de los libros

spanish familyChildren notice things.  Every year in this country, in the space of 5 weeks, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  An observant child will inevitably ask “So, when is Children’s Day?”  Of course, the standard answer from every parent is “Every day is Children’s Day!”

Actually, the observant child has a point. Seventy-seven countries around the world celebrate a Children’s Day during the course of a year.  The United States is one of the few developed nations that does not. In Mexico, Children’s Day is celebrated every year on April 30.  That day is called El día de los niños.  It is quite a celebration, too!  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).

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.  In our community, we have two opportunities to celebrate.

On Saturday, April 27, from 1:00 -4:00 p.m., the Kenton County Public Library will partner with the Cincinnati Public Library to hold a joint celebration at the Bond Hill Branch.  The celebration will include performers, crafts, and free books for children.  On Tuesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m., enjoy a Bilingual Puppet Show at the Erlanger Branch.  Children’s Librarians Lise Tewes and Theresa Goedde, with the help of Spanish speaking volunteers, will present a short puppet show in English and Spanish.  Free books will be available for all the children in attendance.  Plan to participate in one or both of these events to celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day this year!

This post was written by Lise Tewes, children’s librarian at the Erlanger Branch.

Young Adult Books on Screen

A plethora of YA books have been made into movie and T.V. adaptations from S.E. Hinton’s, The Outsiders to Suzanne Collins’, The Hunger Games.  Teen novels are awesome, super-charged stories that brilliantly tell their tale; no matter if it is historical, supernatural, apocalyptic or realistic, the stories work for the big screen.

A few months ago, The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out into the movie theaters and it stayed true to the book.  Warm Bodies and Beautiful Creatures were released in February.   Soon, we’ll have YA heavy hitters:  The Host by Stephanie Meyer and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins venture into the movie industry.  In the near future, Ender’s Game and Divergent will be released and many others are making their way from the pages of a book to our movie theatres or T.V. screens.

Here’s a short list of movies that have already hit the screen:

The Outsiders, The Walking Dead, The Carrie Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Flipped, Beastly, Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist,  Perks of Being a Wallflower, Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I Am Number Four, the list could go on and on…

Released this Friday:

The Host (In Theaters March, 29th 2013)

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Currently In Development:

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World War Z, If I Stay, Unwind, Ghostopolis, The Angel Experiment:  A Maximum Ride Novel, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Wake, The Bell Jar, Ender’s Game (In theaters November 1st, 2013), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (In theaters August 23rd, 2013), 13 Reasons Why, Delirium, Firelight, How I Live Now, Maze Runner, Paranormalcy, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Untitled (Vampire academy project), A Great and Terrible Beauty, Shiver, Untitled (House of Night Project), Catching Fire (In theaters November 22, 2013)

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Deathnote, Gone, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Wings

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Sure we as readers worry that the movie will not meet our expectations but in the end it’s a new way to experience the story and will bring new readers to these great YA books.

Check out this list of YA books to Movies available at the Kenton County Public Library and if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, put them on hold.

So, what are your thoughts about the upcoming YA book to movie adaptations? Which of these books turned into movies are you most looking forward to seeing?

Keep the conversation going here or in your local YA space with your YA Librarians:

Jessy at the William E. Durr Branch, Eden at the Erlanger Branch or Erin at the Covington Branch

See YA at the movies!

-blog written by Erin DeSantis, YA Librarian at the Covington Branch