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.

Summer Reading Giveaway #2

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The Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club is in full swing. Adults, teens and children can win prizes just for reading. And now, we are giving you another chance to win a cool prize!

We have an awesome Summer Prize Pack Giveaway! This pack includes Kenton County Public Library cup, candy, Kenton County Public Library clings, $10 Subway giftcard, a $5 Kocanut Joes giftcard and an adult sized Summer Reading Club T-shirt designed by illustrator and author David Catrow.

You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, July 1. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed.

1. What is your favorite thing about the Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club (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. Follow this blog by hitting follow and comment that you did.

Disclaimer: Kocanut Joe’s donated the gift card.

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.

Read – Play – Win!

Read – Play – Win!

kenton reading art catrowThe Kenton County Public Library  Summer Reading Club for teens, adults and children is in full swing! A whole world of adventure awaits you in books and programs at the Erlanger, Durr and Covington branch libraries. The best part is: you can win prizes just for reading!

Children ages 2-10 can visit any Kenton County Public Library location to pick up a reading log. Once children read, or their parents read them, five books, they can pick up a prize. Once children reach 10 books read or listen to 10 books they earn the annual KCPL summer reading t-shirt. They can also enter a raffle to win more prizes, including the grand prize of a Nintendo 3DS XL. Children’s illustrator and author David Catrow designed the T-shirt art.

For teens in grades 6-12, the library has planned many great programs, like a Summer Lock-In and monthly movie nights. Teens can enter weekly raffle drawings for reading and attending programs as well. For each book , and program attended, teens can complete an entry to win a prize each week. Prizes include iPod touch; Kindle Fire HD, Amazon gift card, Visa gift card, Game Stop gift card, and restaurant gift cards. The grand prize is a Chromebook.

Adults will receive a raffle ticket for every book read or program attended as well. Weekly drawings for prizes include gift cards to local book stores, and a grand prize of a Nook HD.

pizza winner durrKenton County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club runs through August 31. Visit www.kentonlibrary.org/src for more information. Many prizes are made possible thanks to the Friends of the Kenton County Public Library. Snappy Tomato Pizza and Family Friendly Cincinnati are also sponsors of the Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club. Watch this cool video about Summer Reading Club.

Here are just a few of the awesome programs you can expect this summer:

Covington Branch – 502 Scott Blvd., Covington

Racing to Read 5K Walk & Run & Summer Reading Kickoff – Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m. The Library 5K and Summer Reading Club will kickoff together. Proceeds benefit early childhood literacy. Cincinnati Circus balloon artists, face painters and jugglers will be there too!

Bollywood – Thursday, June 20 from 3-6 p.m. for those in grades 6-12 – Journey to India, watch a Bollywood film, create mehndi body art and enjoy Indian food.

Teen After Hours – July 19 from 7-9 p.m. for those in grades 6-12. Hang out after hours and check out the new Young Adult Area!

Craft it, Eat it – Wednesdays in June & July from 2-3. Create crafts you can eat! Children ages 5-12.

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Fun with David Catrow! – All ages. Thursday, July 18 from 2-3 p.m. Meet, listen to, and watch him draw! Children’s author and illustrator and creator of this year’s Summer Reading Club art is looking forward to meeting you.

Dur Branch – 1992 Kenton Lands Road, Independence

Morse Code Jewelry – Monday, June 17 from 6-8 p.m. for those in grades 6-12. Make a necklace that doubles as a secret message. Bring a friend who has never been to the Durr Branch and you will both get a prize!

Christmas in July – Monday, July 29 from 6-8 p.m. for those in grades 6-12. White elephant gift exchange and Christmassy photo booth. All kinds of fun games, activities, crafts and snacks guaranteed to make you forget how hot it is. Craft supplies provided to make the gifts. You do not need to bring anything.

The Music of Zak Morgan – Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. for all ages. Grammy nominee Zak Morgan’s unique brand of children’s music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults.

Meet David Catrow! – Thursday, July 18 from 7-8 p.m. for children in K-5 and a parent. Meet, listen to and watch him draw! Children’s author and illustrator and creator of this year’s Summer Reading Club art is looking forward to meeting you.

Erlanger Branch – 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger

Presentation with Author Nick James – Friday, June 7 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 8 at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the author of the series “Skyship Academy” as he talks about becoming a writer, his created world of Skyship and answers your questions. Get your books signed, or win a free signed book.

Skyship Tag – Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m. – Join the author of the “Skyship Academy” series Nick James as he hosts a unique game of capture the flag based on his books. This program is for those in grades 6-12. Registration is preferred, parental permission for this outdoor physical activity is required.

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Circus Mojo! – Mondays, June 10 & July 15 at 6:30 p.m. The troupe from Circus Mojo will be here to present a short show and then guide participants in workshops to learn circus skills like juggling and balancing. The show on July 15th is a repeat of June 10. This is for those ages 7-17, and registration is required.

European Vacation Food Series – Tuesday, June 25, Wednesday, July 24 and Wednesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. Take a culinary trip through Europe this summer. Samples will be served. This program is for adults only.

Songwriting for Teens – Mondays, June 10, 17 & 24 and Mondays in July from 4-5 p.m. Join us for an eight-week songwriting workshop sponsored by the Carnegie. Find the perfect title, create lyrics and the structure of the song. This program is for those in grades 6-12. Please register.

Beginning Reader’s Theatre – Tuesday, June 11 at 2 p.m. for those ages 8-12. Learn the basics of Reader’s Theatre by participating in charades and acting out short plays. All props provided.

Meet David Catrow! – Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. for children in K-5 and a parent. Meet, listen to and watch him draw! Children’s author and illustrator and creator of this year’s Summer Reading Club art is looking forward to meeting you.

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Send us a postcard from your vacation and we’ll display them in the Library.

These are just a few of the dozens of programs being offered at each branch this summer. Please visit our website for additional programs, details and to register (many require registration) or stop by the library and pick up a calendar. Don’t forget to pick up your book log or raffle tickets.

scheper kids SRCAnother great benefit of Summer Reading Club is it helps with the “summer slide.” Many children forget what they have learned over the summer, which then causes teachers to have to reteach during the first month of school. Some children fall so far behind that they can never catch up. Keeping children reading and their brains active helps prevent this. The Library can help with specific programs:

Puppy Tales – Read to a dog at the library! Reading to dogs is proven to improve reading skills. Grades 1-6

Covington Branch Library – Saturday, June 2 from 1-3 p.m.

Erlanger Branch Library – Sundays, June 16 & July 21 from 2-4 p.m.

Reading Buddies – Erlanger Branch Library – June 15 & 29 12-2 p.m. and July 13 & 27 12-2 p.m. – English and non-English readers are welcome to read with a buddy and improve their reading skills.

Storytimes – Storytimes are located at all three branches on various days and times. See the calendar or website for a full listing.

Teen Book Club – Beyond the Book is a book club offered at the Erlanger Branch just for teens. Visit the website for details.

These are just a few of the programs that keep kids reading and the creativity flowing.

Any questions or comments you have can be left here on the blog, or you can call your local branch to find out more! Just go to the KCPL website and look for the contact information on the left side of the page.

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Summer Reading Giveaway!

The Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club kicks off this weekend and we are pumped! You can read all the details about the Star Wars-themed kickoff on Friday, May 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Elvis-themed kickoff at the Durr Branch on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. and the circus-themed kickoff at the Covington Branch on Saturday, June 8 at Family Friendly Cincinnati or at the Library website.

To get you ready for Summer Reading (where adults, teens and children can win prizes just for reading all summer long), we have a Summer Prize Pack Giveaway! The prize pack includes a sand bucket, Kenton County Public Library water bottle, an adult sized Summer Reading Club T-shirt designed by illustrator and author David Catrow, a library hand fan, Hawaiian Punch Singles to Go, chalk, bubbles and a bubble wand, a pin wheel and a $5 gift card to Kocanut Joe’s.

src prize packYou 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. What is the first book you will read this summer? (required to enter).

2. Who would you share your prize pack with and why?

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: Kocanut Joe’s donated the gift card.

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.