How to make a Lego Maze

This fall, our Cold Spring Branch will be debuting a Homeschool Lego Club. Each Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., we are inviting children ages 6-11 to create a Lego masterpiece.

Our first Homeschool Lego Club will meet Tuesday, September 15. The kids will be making the Lego maze seen in this how-to video.

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The story behind the ships

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.

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Branches add Ntouch Videophone for deaf

We now have a Ntouch 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!

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Commute happy with Kentucky Libraries Unbound

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!

If you prefer CDs, stop by any of our three branches!

CCPL earns highest ranking in standards

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.

App suggestions for kids from CCPL

It can be difficult for parents to find quality apps for their children. We are here to help!

Please be mindful of the price of the app and whether the app offers in-app purchases which could be costly if not managed with parental controls.

Ages Title Description & Lesson Price
0+ 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

iOS

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app lets you keep track of your reading activity quickly and easily.

– Scan books into your library
– Keep track of reading activity for multiple readers
– Track your progress to 1000 books!

Free
1+ Kid Weather

iOS

Android

A true weather app for kids designed by a 6-year-old boy (and his meteorologist dad). Real-time weather conditions, forecasts, science and fun facts about the weather.. $1.99
1+ Fairlight

iOS

Android

Farlight lets you create captivating animated art.

Free
1+ Peekaboo Barn by Night & Day Studios

iOS

Android

Simple app features clean design. Tap on the barn door reveals illustration of a farm animal making sound. Name of the animal appears in text and child or adult voice says name. Includes option to record voice. $1.99
1+ Go Away, Big Green Monster

Android

Based on the popular children’s book, this interactive app builds upon the book experience by progressively revealing each piece of the monster, putting the power in the child’s hands. $2.99
1-7 My A-Z by Night & Day Studios

iOS only
Customizable Alphabet Flashcards help kids learn the alphabet and print recognition in a way that reflects their world. Use phone camera to take photos of things in their life as well. Free
1+ Bebot

iOS 

Bebot is a great puppet app for talking to your child. You can make him talk, sing & laugh. Works great with Boy + Bot book. $1.99
2+ First Words Spanish

iOS

Animals build words in Spanish one letter at a time. It includes five categories: vehicles, colors, shapes & words from around the house. $4.99
0-5 Doodle Critter Math: Shapes

iOS 

Interact and play with basic shapes. Various motivational activities will inspire your children! $2.99
0-5 Wee Sing ABC

iOS

Sing your way through the alphabet! This app combines music, animals & instruments from A to Z. $2.99
2-5 Toca Life: Town

iOS

Android

Kids rule in Toca Life: Town, a play world where anything and everyone is welcome! Free
2-5 Bunny Fun: Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

iOS

Get ready to sing, dance, create and learn on the iPad! $1.99
2-5 Felt Board – Mother Goose on the Loose

iOS

This app offers fun, crisp graphics in each felt piece that can be placed, nursery rhymes to sing along with and musical instruments to play. This child-safe application offers children an engaging, multi-sensory approach to learning early literacy concepts. Free
2-5 Lingo Zoo

iOS 

Your child will quickly pick up both written and spoken words with this animal jigsaw game. $0.99
2-5 Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

iOS

Android

Teaches kids to name their uncomfortable emotions and then prescribes a three-step process for dealing with those emotions. Free
2-5 Endless Numbers

iOS

Kids will have a blast learning number recognition, sequences, quantity, numerical patterns, and simple addition with the adorable Endless monsters. Free
2-5 Montessori – Things that go together

iOS

With the Montessori Things That Go Together app, you get six interactive workbooks and games to help your child develop their analytic and critical thinking skills. Free
3+ Team Umizoomi: Math Racer

iOS

Android

Your child can customize and race their own car while enjoying fun pit stop math challenges so they can learn as they play! $4.99 – $6.99
3+ Little Writer

iOS

Teaches upper and lowercase letter tracing, along with shapes and words. Free
3+ YouTube Kids

iOS

Android

The official YouTube Kids app is designed for curious little minds to dive into a world of discovery, learning and entertainment. Free
3+ ABC Mouse Books

iOS

Android

This is an original ABCmouse.com story intended to help your child learn to recognize and read simple words in the -en word family Free
3+ Toca Hair Salon 2

iOS

Android

Operate hair salon in this free play game. Includes four characters and tools to creatively cut, color, and style hair, even beards. $2.99
3+ Endless Reader

iOS

This app introduces sight words. Kids need to recognize these words by sight in order to achieve reading fluency. Kids will have a blast learning from the adorable Endless monsters. Free
4+ Blue Hat, Green HatiOS

Android

Three earnest animals and one misguided turkey learn colors and clothes. $3.99
4+ Quiver- 3D coloring app

iOS

Android

Color pictures and then animate them in the app. Requires special coloring sheets that you print out. Free
5-8 Marble Math JunioriOS Solve a variety of math problems by collecting numbers as you roll or drag your marble through a series of fun mazes. $2.99
7+ LEGO Movie MakeriOS Help your child bring their LEGO characters to life with the LEGO Movie Maker App. This fun, kid-friendly app brings the whole family together to create a custom LEGO stop-motion movie. Free
7+ MoMA Art LabiOS only Digital art activities inspired by works of art by Matisse, Calder, Murray, etc. Projects include sound compositions, shape poems, group drawing collaborations, chance collage and more. Free
8+ World of GooiOS
Android
Physics-based puzzle game which features globs of goo that build and construct bridges and structures, among other objects, in a world of their own. $2.99-$4.99
12+ YALSA’s Teen Book Finder by American Library AssociationiOS only Reader Advisory app for teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators. Includes access to past three years’ of YALSA’s awards and lists. Create reading lists & share picks on Facebook/Twitter. Free
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