Preparing Your Child For Preschool

The summer can be a busy season for most preschool teachers and parents.  We’ve been cooped up with the kids all winter long and even in the spring (as I write this April, 15th there is snow on the ground). As the mom of 4-year-old and 8-month-old boys I know how much energy has been stored up through the winter and needs to be released. My 4-year-old Aiden wants to run, play and get as dirty as possible outside so I have to get creative about reading and preparing my son for preschool.

Five Tips to Prepare Your Child For Preschool

1. Take Reading Time Outside – We read in our yard and at the park so we can get our outside and reading time in. I try to select books that are about nature, animals or include a summer activity…..like riding a bike. One of our favorites to take outside is “Froggy Rides a Bike” by Jonathan London.  My son was ready to learn to ride his bike after reading about how Froggy gets his first bike.froggy rides a bike

2. Take Advantage of Down Time – Early childhood literacy skills can be taught through activities, not just reading. We take advantage of our time when going for walks or driving in the car. I ask Aiden what different things we see are so that he can learn new words and associate it with an image. Our favorite game is saying the letters on street signs. Aiden says the letters, I tell him what the word is and he repeats it.

3. Sing – We sing a lot.  Songs and rhymes can help build vocabulary and develop sound discrimination. Both skills are crucial to the development of literacy. The size of a child’s vocabulary and his or her ability to discriminate sounds are predictors of how easily a child will learn to read when exposed to formal instruction. Aiden and I have learned  how to say “hello” in many different languages through the song “Hello to All the Children of the World.” One of Aiden’s favorite songs to sing to his baby brother is “Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes.” “Itsy Bitsy Spider” can be a fun song to sing outside.

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4. Dramatic Play – Let your child be the narrator of his favorite stories while you both act the story out outside. Dramatic play allows children to recognize that different tasks require different texts, to produce a wide variety of texts, and to act out stories they have heard.

5. Library Storytime – Whether it’s at childcare through the Racing to Read program or at the library, storytime is great for children. They will learn through stories, play, songs and much more. Plus, they get to be with other kids.

My son will participate in the Kenton County Public Library’s Racing to Read early childhood literacy program this summer. The Racing to Read team brings library materials and Summer Reading Club to the classroom. Classrooms at each center will read together and earn prizes.  This is one way we encourage the centers we serve to continue to read to their children during the summer months.

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Racing to Read serves 1,500 children ages 0-5 and visits 35 preschools and childcare centers monthly in Kenton County.  The goal of the program is to introduce children to books and reading so they are prepared to learn how to read when they enter kindergarten.  Children are able to check out two items with their Racing to Read library card. In addition the van offers teacher resources that can be used at the preschool/child care center.

Racing to Read staff members put together a lesson plan each month and adjust the lesson plan to meet specific center needs.  The picture below represents a lesson plan for April.

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Not too long ago the Racing to Read staff received a lovely thank you note pictured below.  The note is from Julie Learning Center located in Park Hills.

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The Read Racer has a few afternoon spots available. If your childcare facility or preschool is not currently receiving visits from the Read Racer the director of the center can call Kari Jones at 859-962-4061 to schedule a visit.  We also currently have a waiting list for centers that require a morning slot.

If you would like to learn more about Racing to Read services or all Outreach services, please visit us at http://www.kentonlibrary.org/outreach.

Check out the library Early Literacy Pinterest page and suggested books to prepare your child for preschool. Visit the Kenton County Public Library Facebook page to enter to win preschool books and a movie!

Written by Kari Jones – Outreach Coordinator —Covington Branch

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.

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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Wild, Wacky Fun at the library this summer!

Looking for a fun way to spend the summer with your children? Look no further! The Kenton County Public Library offers dozens of free programs each week for children of all ages. Beat the summer vacation blues by coming to one of our wacky themed programs!

Whether your kids are into mess-making, puppets, or digging up dinosaur bones, we’ve got you covered! Here’s just a sampling of some of the fun things we have planned for this summer!

Our programs fill up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot well in advance!

 

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*Ice Age Mammoths

Thursday, June 20 @ 2:00 PM. Grades Pre-K-2.

Presented by Behringer Crawford Museum.

*Fossils, Fossils & More Fossils!

Tuesday, July 23 @ 2:00 PM. Grades 3-6.

Presented by Behringer Crawford Museum.

*Craft it. Eat it.

Make wacky food and eat it, too!

Wednesdays in June & July @ 2:00 PM. Ages 5-12.

 

Father & son at Durr’s Food Fight 2012.

Father & son at Durr’s Food Fight 2012.

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Register at 859-962-4032 beginning on June 1.

*Food Fight

Warning: you will get messy!

Registration open now! Saturday, June 15 @2:00 PM. Grades 1-6 & a parent.

*Madcap Puppets: Fantastic Fairy Tales

Watch a wacky puppet show!

Saturday, July 13 @ 11:00 AM. Grades Pre-K-5 & a parent.

*Wipe Out!       

Warning: you will get wet!

Saturday, July 27 @ 1:00 PM. Ages 5-12.

 

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*Mask-Making: Part I & II

Make a mask one week, come back and decorate it the next!

Thursday, June 20 & 27 from 2:00-3:30 PM. Ages 6-12.

*DinoMania

Dino-stories, make a dino-craft, and participate in trivia!

Sunday, June 23 @ 2:00 PM. Ages 3-8 & a parent.

*Beginning Puppetry

Learn the basics of putting on a puppet show!

Tuesday, June 25 @ 2:00 PM. Ages 8-12.

Decorated mask made at Erlanger’s Mask-Making in 2012.

*Pirate Party                                                                    

Ahoy mateys! We’ll read pirate stories and make a pirate-themed craft, too!

 

Friday, June 28 @ 4:00 PM. Ages 3-7.

*It’s a Zoo in Here!

We’ll read wacky stories and make a fun craft!

Friday, July 19 @ 4:00 PM. Ages 3-7.

Want to see more of the programs we offer throughout summer? Visit our website to see what we have going on and to reserve your spot. You can also learn about our great programs by watching this video. Stop in for great reading suggestions too!

What is your favorite thing about summer at the library?

 

This post was written by Krysta Wilham, Library Associate at the Durr branch.

 

Prom Tips

It’s prom time, so let’s talk about hair and makeup!

If there’s one thing I (Jessy the Librarian) love as much as stories, it’s probably lipstick. Or maybe eyeliner. One of the best place I’ve found for (non-video) makeup/hair tutorials is The Beauty Department. I love the idea of taking this studded eyeliner but using crystals and liner in different colors.

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This is definitely the sort of thing I would run a trial on first. Test out creating the look, then have a backyard dance party or just jump around a lot—make sure those crystals stay put!

When it comes to pretty hair, my own personal taste is basically “shove it all up behind your head in a messy chignon or at the nape of your neck in a messy bun with lots of pretty bobby pins.” But this isn’t a blog about what Jessy the Librarian would dress up like; it’s full of tips and tricks and DIYs for all sorts of tastes!

If you have straight hair (or want to straighten your hair for prom), Martha Stewart has lots of guides.

If you have curly hair, there are guides for pretty updos here and here.

Want more ideas for prom hair and makeup? Check out our prom-related pinterest board!

This post was written by Durr Young Adult Librarian Jessy.

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.