You might have noticed the hand-crafted ships that are displayed in the Campbell County Public Library’s three branches. You may not know that those ships were created by a local craftsman and former sailor, Ruddell Bowling.
Rudy’s models are spread out across the nation and were prominently displayed at the now-defunct Johnny’s Toys. But the library is very fortunate to have five on permanent loan in our branches.
Rudy didn’t use any kits or instruction in the construction of these ships. The models range in size from about 3 feet to about 5 feet in length and the attention to detail is startling.
At Cold Spring, the library is pleased to display three World Word II models: the USS Ahrens, two versions of the USS Block Island and the German U-549.
You can see Rudy’s beautiful model of the USS Constitution at the library’s Carrico/Fort Thomas branch. A look inside the case will reveal amazing detail and a piece of wood from the actual ship that was obtained during a restoration of the original. The ribs are revealed in this model so you can see how close the ribs are in the hull. That is what earned this ship its nickname, “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812. The real ship is the world’s oldest, still floating, commissioned warship.
At Newport, the library is honored to showcase the HMS Victory, the oldest ship in the British Royal Navy’s fleet. The real ship, commissioned in 1765, actually still exists, although in dry dock to this day.
Please stop in one of our branches to admire the detail and artistry of Rudy’s ships.
We now have aNtouch Videophone at all of our main branches.Ntouch, by SVRS®, empowers the deaf community to communicate with both deaf and hearing family, friends and business contacts using Video Relay Service (VRS).
This service, paid for by the government’s Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) fund, empowers you to place and receive calls with a professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter via a videophone or other compatible device and a high-speed internet connection.
One specially marked computer at each branch has videophone software. Questions? Ask the information services assistant!
Your Campbell County Public Library is connecting you to big ideas wherever you are, even in your car!
Consider bringing your love of reading and entertainment into your car. With Kentucky Libraries Unbound and the Overdrive app you can easily download free audiobooks to your smartphone.
You can use your commute to catch up on the book that everyone is talking about or even listen to that classic that you always meant to. We have thousands of titles available and each and every one of them is free. Be sure to sign into Kentucky Libraries Unbound before you start your search so you can see what’s available.
If you aren’t sure how to use the Kentucky Libraries Unbound system, start on this page. If you are a seasoned user, open up your Overdrive app and start browsing!
The Campbell County Public Library was one of only four libraries statewide to earn the highest ranking based on Kentucky Public Library Association (KPLA) standards.
CCPL reached exemplary status for the first time, along with Scott County. Kenton and McCracken County Public Libraries maintained their exemplary level status.
The KPLA Standards, created in 2002, are updated every three years to make sure libraries improve to meet evolving needs. CCPL earned the basic rating in 2005 and has risen steadily in the rankings since then, making the improvements required to meet the higher standards.
Libraries are judged on specific criteria in categories such as administration, collections, services, facilities and technology.
“There are a few criteria that we still need to meet, such as the number of square feet of building space available per capita, but overall we are doing well and I’m proud of our achievements,” said JC Morgan, director.
Fifty-two libraries participated in the 2014-2015 standards evaluation cycle.
“We are proud that Northern Kentucky has two libraries that currently meet the exemplary standard,” Morgan said. “Our entire region is fortunate have strong library systems that serve our population,” he said.