Guest Blog: Puppy Tales makes reading fun for reluctant reader

By Christie Fillhardt, Secretary, Campbell County Public Library Board of Trustees

Wilma & Buddy after Puppy Tales

Wilma & Buddy after Puppy Tales

My son, Buddy Fillhardt, absolutely loves visiting with Wilma, the rescue dog when she takes her appearances at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch for the program Puppy Tales.

One thing my son doesn’t like to do as much is to read, but he will read several books during his time with Wilma, as Wilma loves to be read to! A beautiful Saturday afternoon and my son’s main agenda is to go to the library and participate in the Puppy Tales program.

Wilma ‘s owner, Linda Miller, and Joyce Emery, Children’s Programmer at Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, really go out of their way to make this program a success. We have so much fun with it.

My son likes the program so much, he even uses the library’s app to register himself for the next session or for other programs he is interested in attending. He is getting a great overview of how useful the app can be, while learning more about technology.   

Upcoming Puppy Tales

Puppy Tales
Saturday, March 19, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Carrico/Ft. Thomas Branch

Saturday, April 16, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Carrico/Ft. Thomas Branch
Saturday, April 16, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Newport Branch

 

Newport welcomes new Adult/Teen Programmer

You might notice a fresh face next time you visit the Newport Branch. Amy Bruce has just joined our team as Adult/Teen Programmer.

Amy comes to Northern Kentucky from Martinsville, Indiana where’s she’s been working for nearby Monroe County Public Library for four years.

Amy had her eye on moving to this area for two years. She says she was attracted to the library systems and the unique geography of the area, “you can have country but be 10-15 minutes away from a huge city and all the amenities. So you get the best of both worlds.”

Amy holds a Bachelor’s in American History, with a minor in Medieval Studies from Indiana University. She can fence, but poorly. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Library Science at IUPUI.

Amy is excited to plan programs for the Newport Branch’s teens, tweens and adults. She will shadow Adult/Teen Librarian Valerie Davis through March.

Amy plans to marry her long-time beau, Josh, this coming fall.

Welcome, Amy!

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Magic promised at Harry Potter Book Night

Molly-and-AshleyMark your calendars and be on the lookout for an owl because on February 4, 2016 the Cold Spring Branch of the Campbell County Public Library will celebrate Harry Potter Book Night.

This exciting event gives new and existing fans a chance to share the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, to introduce the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter.

This is Cold Spring Children’s Librarian Ashley Wright’s favorite program of the year. As longtime fans of both the books and the films, Ashley and programmer Molly Seta have been planning this afternoon for months.

The young witches and wizards who register to attend can expect an afternoon of magic. If you register your child before Saturday, they will receive a letter from Madame Ashley (Ravenclaw) & Madame Molly (Hufflepuff) inviting them to Diagon Alley.

Once they arrive at Diagon Alley, there will be a wand ceremony, personal quills, owl painting and copies of “The Daily Prophet!”

This program is for kids 6-12. Register online.

For older Potter fans, Adult/Teen Programmer D Pina will be hosting a Harry Potter Roleplay event at 6:30 p.m. These wizards (ages 11-19) will be playing a role playing game in which they play as a wizard in the wizarding world.

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Six @ Six starts with look at “The Good Life”

What is “the good life” and does everyone have an equal chance to share in it?

Dr. Rachael Clark, an instructor in the Northern Kentucky University Department of Psychological Science, looks at residents in an impoverished community to examine hope
and the meaning of life.

Rachael will share her vision for and experiences with including every social class in her studies to improve the quality of life for all human beings.

She will discuss her team’s findings in “Project Hope & the Study of the Good Life” as the Six @ Six community lecture series begins its 2016 schedule at 6pm Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Carrico/Fort Thomas.

The Six @ Six Community Lecture Series is sponsored by Northern Kentucky University’s Scripps-Howard Center for Civic Engagement. Cost for each event is $6. Call 859-572-7847 or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/e/2321754 to buy tickets. Tickets are available at the door if the event isn’t sold out.

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Let’s meet Carrico librarian Mike Fair

Carrico/Fort Thomas Public Services Librarian Mike Fair isn’t good at relaxing. That’s great because he has a newborn daughter, a band and a lot of wonderful work to do for the Campbell County Public Library.

Mike is from St. Louis originally, but he’s called Northern Kentucky home since he was 6-years-old. He graduated from Ludlow High School in 1997, and went to work for the Kenton County Library. He earned his Bachelor’s in English from NKU in 2002 while continuing to work for KCPL. In 2012, he decided it was time to pursue his Master’s and found work with us as a Part Time Programmer. After securing his Master’s of Science in Library Science from University of Kentucky, he was hired as a Public Services Librarian in 2014.

His title, he says, is intentionally vague. The reach of his work goes beyond the doors of the Carrico Branch. In addition to programming events for Fort Thomas teens, Mike also works the Reference Desk, selects music and video games for the entire system and is the primary One-on-One Technology Training coordinator for the branch.

Picking his favorite part of the job would be like picking your favorite child, Mike says. As a teen programmer, Mike has enjoyed learning new skills such as origami, tie dye, chess and sewing.  As a music and games selector, Mike has enjoyed curating a collection of new music and in-demand classic artists. And in his work as a One-on-One Technology Training coordinator he’s seen the results of people’s desire to learn new things.

In his free time, Mike plays guitar in The Night Divided. He’s been playing with them for more than three years. They enjoy playing live about once a month.

Mike is a long-time vegetarian who practices yoga. Although his practice has been a bit disrupted by the birth of his daughter, Pamela Sue Fair on December 10, 2015. Mike and his wife, Michelle, live in Bellevue where Michelle is a preschool teacher at Grandview Elementary.

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Branches open dramatic play centers

Next time you visit any of our three branches with little ones, be sure to stop by our new dramatic play centers.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of the Campbell County Public Library, all three branches are home to dramatic play centers.

Dramatic play encourages kids to work together, assign roles and imagine unfamiliar situations.

The nature of the play will change frequently and rotate through our branches.

Cold Spring is celebrating home with this cute kitchen.

Cold Spring is celebrating home with this cute kitchen.

Carrico kids get to play pizza parlor.

Carrico kids get to play pizza parlor.

Newport kids are invited to make "snow" cones.

Newport kids are invited to make “snow” cones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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