Summer Reading

Adventure Begins at the Library! Participate in Summer Reading from June 1-July 27 for the chance to win weekly prizes. 

We have everything you need to participate in this year’s Summer Reading program, which is for all ages. To learn more, read the guide below. 

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Getting Started: Adventure Begins at the Library

WHO: All ages (adults, teens and children) can participate!
WHEN: June 1 – July 27

Track your activities with Beanstack or paper logs. Pick up paper logs in person at any branch or download and print them at home. 

DOWNLOAD READING LOG 

Win a book and an entry into a weekly themed prize for every five activities logged. Log one activity per day from the choices below. (Activities can be repeated.)

Summer Reading Activities 
  • Attend a Library Program
  • Read
  • Adventure in the Community
  • Get Creative
  • Play a Game
  • Use Library Materials or Resources
  • Try Something New
Weekly Prizes

Enter into weekly prizes, which are awarded per age group—adults, teens and children. You may enter for the week you’re most interested in! View the themes below. 

  • June 1-8: Art
  • June 9-15: Games
  • June 16-22: Build It! 
  • June 23-29: Book Lovers’ 
  • June 30-July 6: Local Favorites
  • July 7-July 13: Squishmallows
  • July 14-July 20: Outdoor Adventure
  • July 21-July 27: Movie Night

Checkout Challenge

The adventure doesn’t stop there. Each branch will also host a Checkout Challenge. Get an entry into a midsummer and finale prize drawing EVERY time you check out materials. All ages. 

Midsummer Prize (drawing on July 1): $50 Target Gift Card
Finale Prize (drawing on July 29): $100 Meijer Gift Card

Kickoff Week

Summer Reading is back this June and July! Log activities to win prizes and enjoy programs. All ages can get in on the fun. You can sign up anytime in person or through Beanstack. 

TUESDAY, JUNE 4: Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch

10 am: Tower Tuesday – Honey Hill Farm Mobile Petting Zoo at Tower Park (900 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas)

Come out and visit the animals of Honey Hill Farm. All kinds of fun farm animals for children to see and interact with. For kids of all ages & their families

3:30 pm: Build-Your-Own Adventure Kit

Prepare for a summer full of excitement by creating a custom bag and filling it with adventure supplies. For grades K-5

4:30 pm: Become a Wanderer with The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers

Decorate small travel journals and photo albums at your own pace. From 4:30-5:30 pm, celebrate Appalachian music with the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers. For all ages

6:30 pm: Around the World in Six Cups with Churchill’s Teas

Come explore tantalizing flavors from around the world as we try six different teas and herbals grown in different regions. Local favorite Churchill’s Specialty Teas will present this tasty program. Teas are first come, first served. For adults; however, teens are welcome with an adult.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5: Newport Branch

10 am: Book Bus on Tour – Popsicles with Puppies & Duckies at Bellevue Beach Park (643-665 Frank Benke Way, Bellevue)

Sign up for our Summer Reading Program while you enjoy a delicious frozen treat and meet some special guest pups and ducks! For kids of all ages and their families

1 pm: King Tut Remembered – Adventures in Archaeology with NKU

Join us and Northern Kentucky University as they talk about the mysteries of King Tut and the uncovering of his tomb. For teens & adults

3-4:30 pm: Gem Dig

You don’t need to go far to have a gem digging adventure. Hunt for colorful treasures and identify what you’ve found. Children are allowed (and encouraged) to take home their findings. For grades K-5


THURSDAY, JUNE 6: Alexandria Branch

10 am: Jolly Thursday—Kentucky Reptile Zoo at A.J. Jolly Park (1501 Race Track Road, Alexandria)

Come and see, and maybe even touch, the sometimes slippery, sometimes slithery animals from the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. For kids of all ages & their families

Noon-4 pm Thursday: ‘Adventure is Out There!’

Kick off Summer Reading with a fun-filled afternoon of snacks and activities. The festivities include DIY Adventure Notebooks for kids and teens, DIY Travel Journals for adults and board games for all. Stop in at any time to register for Summer Reading and have some fun while you’re at it. For kids of all ages & their families.


FRIDAY, JUNE 7: Cold Spring Branch

2 pm: Wave Foundation presents ‘Tide Pool’

The WAVE Foundation from Newport Aquarium will provide a hands-on educational experience with marine life! Connect with creatures that thrive in the rocky and ever-changing environments of tide pools. Animal Ambassadors might include sea stars, urchins, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs or conchs. For families. Register. 

5-7 pm: Creative Cosplay

Ever wanted to start a cosplay outfit for your favorite fandom? Learn some tips to make your favorite characters come to life! Daniel Townsend will do a live demonstration on common makeup tricks. For teens & adults.

Tower Tuesdays & Jolly Thursdays

Tower Tuesdays and Jolly Thursdays are back! Our Outreach Department will visit Fort Thomas’ Tower Park on Tuesdays and Alexandria’s A.J. Jolly Park on Thursdays at 10 am for family-friendly fun.

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Book Bus on Tour

Along with Tower Tuesdays & Jolly Thursdays, the Outreach Department will also hit the road for their second-ever summer reading tour! Bring the whole family to hang out with the library at local parks across Campbell County this June & July. All programs take place on Wednesdays at 10 am. 

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Save the date for end-of-summer fun. To celebrate a season of programs, challenges and more, we put together finales for each age group. 

Adult Summer Reading Finale

Art After Hours

7-9 pm Friday, July 26

Take in the work of local artists at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch while enjoying food, live music and floral arrangements. 

Teen Summer Reading Finales

3-6 pm Friday, July 26: Adventure Movie Marathon at Alexandria Branch

Whether you’re a fan of swashbuckling pirates, intrepid explorers or heroic adventurers, this movie marathon has something for everyone. Grab some popcorn, gather your friends, and settle in for a night of big-screen thrills and summer fun.


2-4 pm Saturday, July 27: Switch it Up! Tournament Time at Cold Spring Branch

Go head-to-head with other teens and battle it out on the library’s Nintendo Switch to see who reigns victorious. Prizes are on the line! We’ll play both Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Smash Bros Ultimate.


4:30-7 pm Saturday, July 27: A Trip Through Time at Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch

Become a Viking with local organization the Bluegrass Varangians, play retro video games on vintage consoles, get creative with crafts from centuries past and more. Time travel can be hungry work, so there will be plenty of snacks available as well.


4-7 pm Saturday, July 26: Care Closet and Interview Info at Newport Branch 

The Northern Kentucky University and Newport Care Closet will host a presentation about their mission and services. They will bring some of their clothing for those that register; please leave your age, sizes and clothing preference (masculine/feminine) in the special needs box or email them to celliott@cc-pl.org

*Editor’s Note: This program previously was listed in the Summer Reading brochure with a note that said “grades K-5 are also welcome.” This is program is for teens. 


Children Summer Reading Finales

4 pm Thursday, July 25: Cool Critters Outreach at Cold Spring Branch

Get an up-close, personal look at the fascinating world of snakes, lizards, spiders and more with Cool Critters Outreach


4-7 pm Friday, July 26: Back-to-School Bash at Newport Branch

Wrap up Summer Reading and prepare for the new school year with our back-to-school bash! Everyone will leave with school supplies.


10 am-noon Saturday, July 27: Outdoor Cooking at Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch

Embark on an outdoor culinary adventure as we make delicious solar oven and picnic recipes.


Noon-4 pm Saturday, July 27: Build-Your-Own Adventure Buddy at Alexandria Branch

We’ve all had so many adventures together this summer! Keep them going by making your very own stuffed animal adventure buddy. You can write your plans for future adventures and add the paper in with the stuffing so you and your buddy can adventure even after summer.


The fun doesn’t stop there! The library has fun programs, challenges and more planned this summer. 

Adults

Registration is required, unless noted.

Books & Brunch Book Club

11:30 am Saturday, June 15

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. No registration is required.


DIY Decoupage Map Coasters 

2-4 pm Monday, June 17

Bring your creativity and a sense of adventure as we transform ordinary coasters into miniature works of art. Participants will learn the art of decoupage, a timeless technique that involves decorating surfaces with layers of paper and sealant.


DIY Book Page Flowers

2-4 pm Tuesday, June 25

Transform recycled book pages into beautiful paper flowers that will bloom forever in your home. We will have plenty of old book pages available, but feel free to bring your own!


Teens, Ages 11-19

Registration is required. 

Pokémon Perler Party 

4 – 6 pm Monday, June 3

Calling all Pokémon fans and craft enthusiasts! Join us at the library for an electrifying event where you can bring your favorite Pokémon to life using Perler Beads. 


Manga to Anime Club

4:30-6:30 pm Wednesday, June 12

Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 1 by Tomohito Oda. 


Cryptid Crafts: Mothman Sock Plush 

4-6 pm Friday, June 14

Get ready to create your very own Mothman companion—no sewing required! Who knows what secrets may flutter forth from your handmade creation? Don’t miss out on this opportunity to craft a legend!


Adventure Trivia 

4-5:30 pm Thursday, June 20 

It’s trivia time; get your smartphones ready to Kahoot! Whether you’re a die-hard fan of Indiana Jones, a devotee of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, or an aficionado of epic quests and daring adventures, this event is your chance to showcase your knowledge and claim bragging rights as the ultimate adventure trivia champion.


Adventure Through the ’80s Movie Night

4-6 pm Friday, June 28

Embark on an epic cinematic voyage as we immerse ourselves in the thrilling world of 1980s adventure films. We’ll vote on what to watch and there will be plenty of snacks.


Families, Kids of all ages & their families

No registration is required.

Family Board Game Day: Adventure Edition 

1:30-4:30 pm Sunday, June 9

From classic favorites to modern gems, there will be something for everyone. We also have a Nintendo Switch with Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate and Mario Party. Light snacks will be provided. 


Children, Grades K-5

Registration is required. 

Adventure Sash Decorating

4 pm Tuesday, June 11

Come decorate your own adventure sash! You can earn buttons for each program you attend over the summer. Pin them to your personalized sash and show them off.


Cam’s Kids Book Club

4:30 pm Tuesday, June 18

Hidden Gem by Linda Liu.


Avatar: The Last Airbender Party

11:30 am-1 pm Saturday, June 22

Do you have what it takes to become the next Avatar and save the world? Join us for Avatar training where you will train your body and mind to become the strongest Avatar yet!


Slime Bubbles

4 pm Wednesday, June 26

Make bubbles using slime! You can hold and even stretch these bubbles, so you don’t have to worry about running out.

Adults

Registration is required, unless noted.

Adventure Writing Workshop 

4-6 pm Tuesday, July 2

Calling all aspiring authors and seasoned wordsmiths! Dive into the art and craft of storytelling this summer with our immersive adult writer’s workshop. Whether you’re working on a novel, a short story or simply looking to explore the art of storytelling, this workshop offers a supportive and inspiring environment to hone your craft, receive constructive feedback and connect with fellow writers.


Paint-Along Landscape Painting

4-6 pm Monday, July 8

Experience the joy of landscape painting while following along with a video tutorial.


Books & Brunch Book Club

11:30 am Saturday, July 20

The Guest List by Lucy Foley. No registration is required. 


Teens, Ages 11-19

Registration is required.

Adventure Writing Workshop

4-6 pm Friday, July 5

Whether you’re a seasoned storyteller or just beginning to pen your tales, this workshop will ignite your imagination and equip you with the tools you need to embark on your own literary adventures. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with fellow young writers, unleash your creativity and take your storytelling skills to new heights!


Manga to Anime Club

4:30-6:30 pm Wednesday, July 10

Jujutsu Kaisen, Vol. 1 by Gege Akutami. 


Introduction to Cosplay

4:30-6:30 pm Friday, July 12

Step into the world of cosplay and bring your favorite characters to life in this exciting workshop designed for aspiring cosplayers. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of anime, video games or comic books, join us for an immersive journey into the art of costume crafting, character portrayal and creative expression.


Dungeons & Dragons Basics: How to be a Dungeon Master 

4-6:30 pm Thursday, July 18

Are you ready to take the helm and become the mastermind behind epic quests, thrilling encounters, and fantastical worlds? Go on an unforgettable journey into the art of Dungeon Mastering in Dungeons & Dragons! 


Harry Potter’s Birthday Party 

4-6 pm Wednesday, July 31

Come to the Alexandria branch and celebrate the magic of Harry Potter on July 31st—Harry’s birthday! But that’s not all: no Harry Potter party would be complete without enchanting crafts! We’ll make custom wands and potion bottles. Snacks and birthday goodies will be provided.


Families, Kids of all ages & their families

No registration is required.

Family Board Game Day: Adventure Edition

1:30-4:30 pm Sunday, July 14

From classic favorites to modern gems, there will be something for everyone. Bring your friends and family and discover new games, or bring a personal favorite. We also have a Nintendo Switch with Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate and Mario Party. Light snacks will be provided. 


Children, Grades K-5

Registration is required.

Cam’s Kids Book Club

4:30 pm Tuesday, July 16

My Indigo World by Rosa Chang


Afternoon Origami

4 pm Tuesday, July 9

Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes and figures.

Journey outside your comfort zone and come make some awesome origami figures with us!


The 2024 Library Olympic Games

4-5:30 pm Wednesday, July 17

The Summer 2024 Olympic Games kick off July 26. The library is getting excited by throwing an Olympics of our own! Grab the whole family for a fun day of games.


Young Ones – June & July
Preschool Story Time

11:15 am Tuesdays

Join us every week to help your child develop their pre-literacy, fine motor and gross motor skills with fun activities, crafts and books. Ages 3-5.


Baby Story Time

11:15 am Fridays

We will sing, rhyme, and read board books geared toward babies. Story time is followed by free play complete with sensory toys. This program provides a great opportunity for socializing your little ones as well as making connections with other parents. Ages newborn-2.

ADULTS

Registration is required, unless noted.  

Rough Draft Collab Writer’s Club

6:30-8 pm Tuesday, June 4

Struggling with your work in progress? Wanting to connect with other area writers for advice? Come to the new Cold Spring Writer’s Club led by local published author CherieDawn Haas. 


Cup of Crime

7 pm Wednesday, June 12

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. Cup of Crime is a book club that meets once per month. For adults who love reading mysteries and spooky stuff!


Dungeons & Dragons 

6-10 pm Friday, June 14

Play Dungeons & Dragons 5e! New and experienced players are welcome. 


Tuesday Book Club

10 am Tuesday, June 18

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. No registration is required. 


Summerween 

6:30-8:30 pm Thursday, June 20

Why wait until October to get into a spooky season mood?  The library is throwing a summer celebration of all things pumpkins, treats and spooks!


DIY Wooden Coasters

6-7:30 pm Wednesday, June 26

Create beautiful and unique coasters!


Real Men Read

7 pm Thursday, June 27

A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Emma Southon. No registration is required. 


TEENS, Ages 11-19

Registration is required. 

Minecraft Club

5-7 pm Monday, June 10

Return to the world of Minecraft using the library’s server! Ages 8-14. 


Custom Fidget Spinners

6-8 pm Monday, June 17

Have you ever wanted to create your very own fidget spinner? Now is your chance! Learn how to make a working fidget spinner out of cardboard and pennies.


Teen L.A.N. Party

6-8 pm Monday, June 24

A L.A.N. party is a social gathering of participants with personal computers or compatible game consoles, where a local area network (LAN) connection is established between the devices using a router or switch, primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer video games together.


FAMILIES, Kids of all ages & their families

Registration is required. 

Family Roblox Club

11 am Saturday, June 15

Join the Family Roblox Club, where we play different Roblox games every month on private VIP servers hosted by library staff. Play small private games with friends and other local kids. In addition to playing Roblox games, family-friendly activities will be provided like coloring pages, crafts and building blocks. 


Take and Make: Wooden Bird Feeders

Monday, June 17

Build and decorate a wooden bird feeder for local feathered friends.


Take and Make: DIY Spin Drums

Monday, June 24

Spin drums, or pellet drums, are affixed to a vertical rod or pole, which is rotated back and forth along its axis between the palms, causing the pellets to strike the heads in a similar manner.


CHILDREN, Grades K-5

Registration is required. 

Board Game Bonanza

4 pm Thursday, June 6

Make new friends while exploring the library’s extensive collection of board games. 


Geology Rocks!

4 pm Thursday, June 13

Enjoy a fun-filled day exploring rocks. We will break open geodes, identify different types of rocks and paint rocks. Plus, learn about the disciplines of geology and petrology. 


 Juice & Paint

4 pm Thursday, June 20

What better way to enjoy summer than to sit back, sip some juice, and paint a summertime theme? All materials will be provided.


DIY Bristlebots

4 pm Thursday, June 27

Make a miniature zippy robot out of a toothbrush, battery and pipe cleaners. Bristlebots are a fun way to learn about basic engineering, motors, circuits and principles of balance.

ADULTS

Registration is required, unless noted.  

Book BINGO

6-7:30 pm Tuesday, July 2

Play a classic round of BINGO! Each winner will receive a free book.


Dungeons & Dragons 

6-10 pm Friday, July 5

Play Dungeons & Dragons 5e! New and experienced players are welcome. 


Cup of Crime 

7 pm Wednesday, July 10

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn. Cup of Crime is a book club that meets once per month. For adults who love reading mysteries and spooky stuff! No registration is required. 


Tuesday Book Club

10 am Tuesday, July 16

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. No registration is required. 


Floral Arrangements with Amber

6-7:30 pm Thursday, July 18

Amber from Broken Oaks Farm returns to teach you how to make beautiful floral arrangements for your own home!


Not Another Book Club

7 pm Thursday, July 18

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo. No registration is required. 


Adult L.A.N. Party

6:30-8:30 pm Wednesday, July 24

What is a L.A.N. Party? It’s a social gathering of participants with personal computers or compatible game consoles, where a local area network (LAN) connection is established between the devices using a router or switch, primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer video games together.


TEENS

Registration is required. 

Rocket into Space

6-7:30 pm Monday, July 1

Martin Schadler from the Aviation Museum of Kentucky will teach us how to build a compressed air rocket, and send it soaring into the sky. Prepare to be hands-on as we create a space rocket together and watch it take off!


Exploring Tinkercad

5:30-7:30 pm Monday, July 8

Learn about Tinkercad, a free 3D designing tool available on the internet! Tinkercad is a website that has helpful videos and instructions on how to design your own 3D model design, or add to an existing one.


Teen Book BINGO

6 pm Monday, July 15

Play a classic round of BINGO! Each winner will receive a free book.


Friendship Bracelets

6 pm Monday, July 22

Create your own friendship bracelets!


FAMILIES, Kids of all ages & their families

Registration is required. 

Take & Make: Constellation Jars

Monday, July 1

Bottle stars as part of an out-of-this-world craft project! Constellations are groups of stars in the sky that have been given names. Create a replica of a constellation as a keepsake.


Take and Make: DIY Rainsticks

Monday, July 8

Want to capture the sound of rain? Make a rainstick, a long, hollow tube filled partially with granular materials. When the stick is turned, the pebbles fall and hit the inner surface, producing the rain-like sound. It is believed that the musical instrument was invented by the Mapuche, who believed that playing it could conjure rainstorms.


Family Roblox Club

11 am Saturday, July 20

Join the Family Roblox Club, where we play different Roblox games every month on private VIP servers hosted by library staff. Play small private games with friends and other local kids. In addition to playing Roblox games, family-friendly activities will be provided like coloring pages, crafts and building blocks. 


Take and Make: DIY Gold Medals

Monday, July 22

Prepare for the start of the Summer 2024 Olympics by making gold medals for the whole family. Each kit will include materials to make 5 medals.


CHILDREN, Grades K-5

Registration is required. 

DIY Slime

4 pm Thursday, July 11

Did you know slime was a toy produced in 1976 by Mattel? It was sold in a plastic trash can and made with guar gum. Learn the science behind slime—and what makes it so gooey—and use those skills to make your very own.


Junior Library Olympic Games

4 pm Thursday, July 18

Celebrate the 2024 Summer Olympics by testing your skills of agility, endurance, and speed with our “Olympic” obstacle course.


Young Ones – June & July 

No registration is required. 

Toddler Time

10 & 11 am Wednesdays

Stories, songs and bouncy rhymes that will exercise your little ones’ busy bodies and busy minds. This story time is followed by a craft to match the day’s theme. Ages 2-3.


Baby Time

9:30 am Tuesdays

Help build your baby’s language skills through engaging and interactive songs, rhymes, simple movement games and books. Time is allowed at the end of the program for open play and interaction. Ages newborn-2.


Preschool Time

10:30 am Tuesdays

Join us every week to help your child develop their pre-literacy and motor skills with themed stories, gross motor play and crafts. Ages 3-5.


 Tot Time

9:30 & 11:30 am Mondays

Build your child’s development skills through engaging and interactive themed stories, songs, and gross motor play. Time is allowed at the end of the program for open play and interaction. Ages 1-3.

ADULTS

Registration is required, unless noted.  

 

Must Read Romance

7 pm Thursday, June 6

Do you love reading romance novels? Do you wish that you had someone to talk to about your latest read or to share their book recommendations? Join us at the library for a romance genre-focused book club that is not like your traditional book club! June’s theme: New Adult Romance


Coffee & Conversation

2 pm Wednesday, June 12

Met the End by Holly Brians Ragusa. No registration is required. 


Self Defense Workshop 

6:30 pm Wednesday, June 12

Learn the basics of self-defense with guest presenter Blue Lantern Martial Arts. Teens are welcome with an adult.


Talking Tech Troubles

2 pm Tuesday, June 18

Join Natalie for a friendly discussion of technology topics. Bring your own devices or try out something new at the library. We will learn together in this judgment-free informal group. Each meeting will include a short presentation along with answering any questions you may have or casual conversation about technology concerns. This month’s topic: Smart watches and fitness trackers.


Hot Air Balloon Lantern

2 & 6:30 pm Thursday, June 20 

Use paper lanterns to create glowing hot air balloons that can light up the sky…or your living room! Enjoy the whimsy of this unique style of traveling. Register for only one time. 


Trivia Night @ The Post

6:30 pm Tuesday, June 25

Join the library to test your knowledge at The Post (1136 S Ft Thomas Ave.)! Play on your own, with your friends, or as a family. Individuals or teams of up to eight players will be challenged over five rounds with five questions to earn points. Each round will end with a special question worth double the points, the team with the highest score will win! No registration is required.


Camp Nostalgia 

2 & 6:30 pm Thursday, June 27

Who says summer camp crafts have to just be for kids? Reminisce with classic camp crafts like friendship bracelets and create one-of-a-kind no-sew patches to show off your personal flair. Register for only one time. 


TEENS, Ages 11-19

Registration is required, unless noted.

Crystal Cave Crafts 

4:30 pm Thursday, June 6

Imagine you are spelunking through stalagmites and stalactites as you create crystal inspired art! There are several crystal caves in the world, including here in Kentucky! Let those caves inspire your art during this program!


Stage Combat Workshop

4:30 pm Tuesday, June 11

Learn the basics of stage combat with Kentucky Shakespeare! 


Teen Game Night 

4:30-7 pm Friday, June 21

We’ll have board games, video games and a staff-run table playing Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Small snacks and water will be provided.


Dungeons & DIY 

4:30 Tuesday, June 25

Gear up for your next tabletop roleplaying adventure by making crafts inspired by Dungeons & Dragons! We’ll make dice trays, Mimic chests, tokens and more, while supplies last.


FAMILIES, Kids of all ages & their families

No registration is required.

Bollywood Beat

11 am Friday, June 14

Music, dance, action and drama all come together in Bollywood dance numbers! Enjoy an interactive showcase of artistic expression, energy and beauty from the Cultural Centre Of India. 


Squishmallow Party

10 am Friday, June 21

Calling all Squishmallow fans! Create crafts, play themed games and win fun prizes inspired by these popular fuzzy friends. 


Capes and Costumes

10 am Friday, June 28

Transform into superheroes, animals, princesses and more! Make your own custom costume or cape with provided supplies. 


CHILDREN, Grades K-5

No registration is required, unless noted.  

Puppy Tales

2-4 pm Saturday, June 8

Read a story or two to a specially trained therapy dog. Sessions will be 15 minutes. Library staff will contact you to schedule a specific time. 


DIY Adventure Badges

4 pm Monday, June 10

Make your summer memories even more special with customized accessories. Create personalized badges, stickers and pins for your summer adventures!


If You Give a Kid a Book Club

4:30 pm Thursday, June 13

Song in the City by Daniel Bernstrom. Register to get a free copy of the book to keep. Grades K-5.


Beginning Woodworking

4:30-6:30 pm Monday, June 17

Learn woodworking skills while building a personalized Taylor Swift shadowbox with the staff from Oh She Built That! 


 Do Animals Sing?

4 pm Wednesday, June 26

Purr, rumble and buzz! Animals make lots of sounds but what do these sounds mean? Visit with scientist Irina Tolkova to learn how we use math and computer science to study animals. Afterwards conduct your own exciting hands on animal sound activities. 

ADULTS

Registration is required, unless noted.

Game Night: Old Gods of Appalachia

6:30-9 pm Tuesday, July 2

Old Gods of Appalachia is a beginner friendly tabletop roleplaying game from Monte Cook Games based on the podcast of the same name. No experience with tabletop roleplaying games is needed to play! Players will explore the dark, eerie past of an alternate 1920s Appalachia.


Coffee & Conversation

2 pm Wednesday, July 10

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead.  No registration is required. 


Must Read Romance

7 pm Thursday, July 11

Do you love reading romance novels? Do you wish that you had someone to talk to about your latest read or to share their book recommendations? Join us at the library for a romance genre-focused book club that is not like your traditional book club! This month’s topic: Grumpy & Sunshine Romance.


Mountain String Art 

2 & 6:30 pm Thursday, July 11

Get crafty with a hammer and nails as you make a mountain scene with string! In this program, you will hammer nails into a wooden board to create the outline of a mountain range. Then, you will add your string to make the scene pop!


Tiny Art Show 

2 & 6:30 pm Thursday, July 18

Create your own miniature artwork! Participants can have their artwork displayed at Art After Hours, which is held at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. Art After Hours attendees will cast their vote for Best Overall and Best for Summer Reading Theme (Adventure) per age category. Winners receive a gift card. All artwork entered into the Tiny Art Show will be returned after the event and available for pickup at the Carrico/Fort Thomas branch starting Aug. 1.


Talking Tech Troubles

2 pm Tuesday, July 23

Join Natalie for a friendly discussion of technology topics. Bring your own devices or try out something new at the library. We will learn together in this judgment-free informal group. Each meeting will include a short presentation along with answering any questions you may have or casual conversation about technology concerns. This month’s topic: The Cloud.


Trivia Night @ The Post 

6:30 pm Tuesday, July 23

Join the library to test your knowledge at The Post (1136 S Ft Thomas Ave.)! Play on your own, with your friends, or as a family! Individuals or teams of up to eight players will be challenged over five rounds with five questions to earn points. Each round will end with a special question worth double the points, the team with the highest score will win! No registration is required. 


TEENS, Ages 11-19

Registration is required.

Virtual Reality Vacation 

4:30 pm Monday, July 1

Explore grand places with the help of virtual reality! Try on our VR headsets and tour vacation spots from around the world.


Tween Pokémon Party

4:30 pm Tuesday, July 9

Do you love all things Pokémon—from the trading cards to the anime to the video games? Celebrate and have fun with other Pokémon fans! We will play trivia, do a Pokémon-themed craft and more! Tweens and teens should feel welcome to bring their own gaming systems or trading cards. This month’s theme: Dragon-type Pokémon!


Teen Tiny Art Show

4:30 pm Tuesday, July 16

Create your own miniature artwork! Participants can have their artwork displayed at Art After Hours, which is held at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. Art After Hours attendees will cast their vote for Best Overall and Best for Summer Reading Theme (Adventure) per age category. Winners receive a gift card. All artwork entered into the Tiny Art Show will be returned after the event and available for pickup at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch starting Aug. 1.


Teen Game Night 

4:30-7 pm Friday, July 19

We’ll have board games, video games and a staff-run table playing Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Small snacks and water will be provided.


Cryptid Crafts 

4:30 pm Thursday, July 25

Do you think Mothman is amazing and that Sasquatch is adorable? Us too! Come make cute (and slightly creepy) crafts to celebrate some of your favorite cryptids. 


FAMILIES, Kids of all ages & their families

No registration is required.

Adventures in Printmaking

10 am Friday, July 5

Explore the art of printmaking! Create beautiful prints using various techniques.


LEGOs @ the Library

2 pm Saturday, July 13

Calling all LEGO lovers! Play Lego games, build creations using the library’s Lego collection and make Lego themed crafts.


CHILDREN, Grades K-5

No registration is required, unless noted.

Astronomer Apprentice

4 pm Wednesday, July 3

Embark on a celestial adventure to learn about space with the Cincinnati Observatory. 


Comics 101

4 pm Wednesday, July 10

Learn the process of making comics and bring your own ideas to life with the staff from Skool Aid.


3D Art

4 pm Monday, July 15

Discover the world of 3D art through different materials and techniques.


Magical Kitties Save the Day!

4:30 pm Thursday, July 18

Magical Kitties Save the Day is a beginner-friendly roleplaying game for all ages. Take on the role of a magical cat as you solve large problems and save humans from terrible troubles! Ages 8-14. 


Tiny Art Show

4 pm Monday, July 22

Create your own miniature artwork. Participants can have their artwork displayed at Art After Hours, which is held at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. Art After Hours attendees will cast their vote for Best Overall and Best for Summer Reading Theme (Adventure) per age category. Winners receive a gift card. All artwork entered into the Tiny Art Show will be returned after the event and available for pickup at the Carrico/Fort Thomas branch starting July 29.


Young Ones – June & July 

Together Time Tales

1 pm Fridays

Spend some quality time together while reading, playing and learning. Time is allowed at the end of the program for open play and interaction. Ages 3-5.


Cozy Time for Babies

10 am Wednesdays

Designed for the youngest babies, this story time is filled with songs, rhymes and gentle movement games to encourage your baby’s language, motor and social development.  Open play and socializing at the end. Ages newborn-2, especially for pre-walkers. Register.


Baby Wigglers

10 am Thursdays

Designed for babies who are walking and on the move, this story time is filled with fun, engaging songs, rhymes and energetic movement games to encourage your baby’s language, motor and social development. Open play and socializing at the end. Ages newborn-2, especially for walkers. Register.


Movers & Shakers

10 am Mondays

Shake, move and sing in this active and musical story time followed by open play. Ages 2-3.


Baby Sharkies

10 am Saturday, July 13

Celebrate everything sharks today with your little ones! We’ll sing songs and read books. And, we’ll have water bins filled with ocean creatures and a special shark bubble machine.

ADULTS

Registration is required.

 

Newport Book Club 

7 pm Tuesday, June 4

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. 


Flamingo Snow Globes 

6-8 pm Monday, June 10

Capture island vibes in a bottle with these cute flamingo snow globes.


 Jewel and Flower Soaps

6-8 pm Monday, June 17 

Come make soaps that not only smell great, but look like your favorite gemstones and flowers, too!


Challenging Reads

7 pm Tuesday, June 18

Flamer by Mike Curato. 


Anime Club for Adults 

6-8 pm Monday, June 24

Anime isn’t just for the youths! Come hang out, eat snacks, and go on an adventure in another world with the library.


TEENS, Ages 11-19

No registration is required. 

Sharpie Mugs

3-5 pm Wednesday, June 5

Create your own personalized sharpie mug. You can draw anything from flowers to your favorite meme!


Watergun Watercolors

3-5 pm Wednesday, June 12

Pew, pew, pew! Draw a picture and shoot watercolors on it to create a fun background.


Tween Book Club

4 pm Friday, June 14

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm. Ages 8-14. Register.


Magic Wands

3-5 pm Wednesday, June 19

All the greatest wizards and witches have their own wands, so where is yours? Come and make one!


Map Necklaces

3-5 pm Wednesday, June 26

Nothing says adventure like maps! Create a necklace that shows your favorite destination!


CHILDREN, Grades K-5

No registration is required. 

Make a Hat, Take a Hat

11 am Saturday, June 1

Keep yourself cool and protected this summer with a hat no one else is bound to have. Hats will be available for children and their grown-ups to decorate.


Take and Make: Hot Air Balloons

Wednesday, June 12

Imagine all of the adventures you could take while making this month’s Take & Make. This kit includes everything needed to make a paper hot air balloon.


Homeschool: Weather Science

1 pm Thursday, June 13

We will be using different items to learn about weather and the science behind it. During this program we will create a cloud in a jar, a snowstorm and a tornado. These different weather types will be created using products that can be found around the home.


Tween Scene: Cardboard Sword Forging

3:30-5 pm Tuesday, June 21

Every epic quest needs a cool sword. Stop by the library to decorate your own.


DIY Camping Lanterns

5:30-7 pm Thursday, June 27

Create a unique camping lantern perfect for summer nights.

Adults

Registration is required.

Pressed Flower Bookmarks

6-8 pm Monday, July 1

Stop and smell the flowers—and then turn the blooms into bookmarks. 


Newport Book Club 

7 pm Tuesday, July 2

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto. 


Bath Bombs

6-8 pm Monday, July 8

One of these luxurious bath bombs will make you feel like you’re on a tropical getaway. Come learn how to make your own!


Challenging Reads

7 pm Tuesday, July 16

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 


Felt Ball Coasters

6-8 pm Monday, July 22

These cute coasters are easy and fun to make; and they’ll give your drink a nice and stylish place to hang out!


Summertime Photobooks

6-8 pm Monday, July 29 

Summer is ending, so let’s compile all of our fun adventures into a photobook. Bring your own photos. 


TEENS, Ages 11-19

No registration is required. 

DIY Lip Gloss

3-5 pm Wednesday, July 3

Learn how to create the perfect lip gloss that is cute, moisturizing, and actually good for your lips!


Cartoons & Color

3-5 pm Wednesday, July 10

Summer is for adventure and fun, but sometimes we just need to watch cartoons, eat snacks and color.


Tween Book Club

4 pm Friday, July 12

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe. Ages 8-14. Register. 


LEGO Crafts

3-5 pm Wednesday, July 17 

Who doesn’t love LEGOs? Come and learn how to make creations out of them!


Roblox Reunion

3-5 pm Wednesday, July 24

Reunite with your friends and go on a fun adventure in the world of Roblox. 


CHILDREN, Grades K-5

No registration is required. 

Saturday Afternoon Movie: ‘Moana’

1-3 pm Saturday, July 6

Watch (or re-watch) Moana (rated G) before the second movie hits theaters in November. Snacks included! The movie has a runtime of one hour and 43 minutes. To allow time for attendees to get settled, the movie will begin at 1:10 pm.


Take and Make: Enchanted Forests

Wednesday, July 10

Create a magical paper forest with this month’s Take & Make kit.


Homeschool: Edible Soil Layers

1 pm Thursday, July 11

Learn about soil layers in this edible and hands-on science project.


Treehouse Craft

5:30-7 pm Thursday, July 18

Take it easy with this hands-on, experimental craft using recyclable materials to create a treehouse.


Tween Scene: Adventure Maps

3:30-5 pm Tuesday, July 16

Create your own map for the next great fantasy tale. We will use rice, pens and paper to create the map. You can work on your own map or create a map with friends that will detail the next great adventure.


Afternoon Art: Spoon Puppets

4 pm Thursday, July 25

We can all use more art in our day. Every session offers a new chance to create your next masterpiece. Afternoon Art aims to allow kids the chance to explore various materials and mediums without the worry of cost and grading. This session we will use wooden spoons, random art materials and markers to create Spoon Puppets.


Young Ones – June & July 

No registration is required. 

Ready for K Through Play

10 am Mondays

Books, music and play are the focus in this story time that gets your child ready for kindergarten! Each week highlights a different activity to encourage skill development.


Movers & Shakers

10 am Tuesdays

Shake, move and sing in this active, musical story time. Time is allowed at the end of the program for open play and interaction.


Baby Bounce & Rhyme

10 am Wednesdays

Reading with your little one from an early age is a great way to start developing their literacy skills. Bounce around in this story time for literacy activities for babies as well as reading and singing time.


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