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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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.