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Grow With Google

  Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Kentucky. We’re teaming up with local libraries across the state to offer these trainings so that Kentuckians have the opportunity to learn digital skills to grow their careers or businesses.  

By |July 12th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Erlanger Staff Favorite: Part 2

Recently, Erlanger staff had a fun competition where they anonymously submitted their five favorite books of all time, then tried to guess which books matched with which staff member. Here are a few of their favorites, including some favorite quotes and why they love the books on their lists. Look for the display near the entrance of the Erlanger Library to check out some of these books for yourself! Chris Walters, Library Associate The Lord of the Rings trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien Why I love it: The most involved epic story ever. LOTR has all the trappings of the hero's journey within an incredibly detailed world with history, verse, and wonderful characters. More to discover every time you read it. Favorite quote: "Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." - Gandalf The Stand – Stephen King Why I love it: While The Dark Tower series has its tendrils in King's entire catalog, this book still comes out on top as my favorite by the author. The opening half concerning the spread of the plague and the fall of civilization is amazing in its storytelling. Favorite quote: “Under the California desert and subsidized by the taxpayers' money, someone had finally invented a chain letter that really worked. A very lethal chain letter.” The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series – Douglas Adams Why I love it: Strange, irreverent, full of satire and consistently hilarious. Favorite quote: “One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Erlanger Staff Favorites: Part 1

Recently, Erlanger staff had a fun competition where they anonymously submitted their five favorite books of all time, then tried to guess which books matched with which staff member. Here are a few of their favorites, including some favorite quotes and why they love the books on their lists. Look for the display near the entrance of the Erlanger Library to check out some of these books for yourself! Hannah Ash, Library Associate The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald Why I love it: I fell in love with this book while reading it during my junior year of high school. Normally, I'm the odd type who enjoys reading the books teachers assign, but this one is, and I believe will be for quite a while, my favorite book. Favorite quote: “Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.” Turtles All the Way Down - John Green Why I love it: Reading this book, I didn't want it to end. It was a wonderful story to keep my mind going. I related to the main character more than I ever had in any other novel. Favorite quote: “It’s a weird phrase in English, in love, like it’s a sea you drown in or a town you live in. You don’t get to be in anything else—in friendship or in anger or in hope. All you can be in is love.” Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Johnathan Safran Foer  Why I love it: I read this novel in my sophomore year of college, and immediately fell in love with it. This was the first realistic/historical fiction novel that I truly enjoyed, and it sparked my love for novels of those genres. Favorite quote: [...]

By |July 5th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|1 Comment

Every Picture Tells a Story

Ah, summertime -- we dream of long, sunny days and picture-perfect moments with our nearest and dearest, perhaps on the beach or some other fun destination.  We’ve long captured such moments with our trusty cameras, and now days, our smart phones. To inspire a summer full of promise, and to recollect joyful moments of past sunny seasons, we invite you to stop by the Erlanger branch and browse our lobby cabinet display “Every Picture Tells a Story,” featuring a collection of vintage cameras.  Many of the cameras are from a generous donation several years ago, while others are on loan from library staff members. The library’s 2019 Summer Reading Celebration theme is “A Universe of Stories.”  It is fun to think about all the stories these cameras might have captured over the years.  If only the cameras could talk.  Do you have a favorite “vacay” photo with a treasured story behind it? If you want to improve your photography skills so that you may preserve your treasured moments more successfully, we have books on the subject.  We also encourage you to attend a Photo Seminar at the Erlanger Branch on Tuesday, July 16th.   If you would like to improve your smartphone camera skills, we have a workshop at our William E. Durr Branch on July 18th for that, too.  Learn to take your photos to the next level during our Snapseed app class on July 25th at the William E. Durr Branch.  And finally, get crafty with one of our maker events such as Heat Press and Transfers at the Covington Branch on July 20th and our DIY photo cube program at the Erlanger Branch on July 29th and display your vacation photos in [...]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Mindfulness

Psychology and Medicine Based Teachers Jon Kabat-Zinn Ronald D. Siegel The Mindfulness Solution Tara Brach(Ebook) Kristin Neff The Mindful Path To Self-Compassion Sharon Salzberg (Ebooks) Rick Hanson Mark Epstein Spirituality based Teachers Thich Nhat Hanh (Hoopla)(Overdrive/Libby) Pema Chödrön(Hoopla) (Overdrive/Libby) Popular and related titles The Meditation Summit Part 1 and Part 2 The Mind's Own Physician    

By |June 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tips for Reading More in a Busy World

There’s nothing better than traveling to another world, going on epic adventures, and experiencing life through someone else’s eyes. I’ve always loved losing myself in a great story, and reading has always been a part of who I am. It gets harder and harder to find time to spend reading as life gets busier and more chaotic. I’ve had to find new and creative ways to squeeze reading time into a busy day, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much it’s opened my eyes. I began using Goodreads as a way to track what I’ve read, what I want to read, and to set a reading goal each year. Setting goals is a great motivator for me, and I find myself competing with friends and even myself to read more. As the end of the years looms closer I always push myself to make sure I reach that goal. Sometimes I have to branch out of my usual genres when it gets down to the wire. Last year, I learned I enjoy reading Graphic Novels and Junior Fiction Novels, when I had to squeeze shorter, quicker reads in to make my reading goal for the year. I also realized, though I don’t like leaving things unfinished, when it comes to reading, time is too precious to slog through something I’m not enjoying. I’ve always been a traditionalist when it comes to books, and I developed a bias towards e-books and audio books. I’ve always found comfort in having a book by my side, and I carry one with me wherever I go. Sometimes, having a physical book isn’t possible or practical. I get bored easily, and if I’m not able to pull out my [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Keepin’ it Real: New Nonfiction eBooks

  Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story—the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.   A riveting, urgent account of the explorers and scientists racing to understand the rapidly melting ice sheet in Greenland, a dramatic harbinger of climate change.   The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the champion Golden State Warriors.   Was he New York City's last pirate . . . or its first gangster? This is the true story of the bloodthirsty underworld legend who conquered Manhattan, dock by dock—for fans ofGangs of New York and Boardwalk Empire.   The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon.      

By |June 15th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Trip to Chicago – Hannah Ash

I never thought that I'd be one to take a trip to any big cities, but when news came out that one of my favorite bands was playing at Soldier Field on May 12th, I found myself planning a weekend trip to Chicago, Illinois. My best friend and I went to Chicago to see the k-pop group BTS, and while we might not have gotten to do a lot of the tourist ideas we had planned because we were standing in merchandise lines for hours on end, we were still able to see some pretty beautiful sights. Including the famous, what seems to be "land of windmills" on the drive up, and some amazing artwork from the Art Institute of Chicago (some of which everybody is sure to recognize).     During our weekend in Chicago, it was a chilly 45 degrees the entire time, along with being rainy and, naturally, windy. It made for slightly uncomfortable walks, but easy ones at the same time. Coming from an urban city in Northern Kentucky, and then suddenly being in a city where transportation is expensive, walking becomes second nature. We walked 8 miles the first day, and 6 miles the second day, and it was a shock to see we had walked that far when all we were doing was going from point A to point B! Aside from the Art Institute, we of course wanted to make sure we saw the largest Chicago attraction: Cloud Gate (more commonly known as "The Bean"). It looks pretty wild looking up from underneath! As you can see from all the people around it, "the bean" is rather large. For a personal size reference, I have included a picture [...]

By |June 14th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|1 Comment

Online Book Club Picks – Find Your Next Great Book!

In this witty and heartfelt debut, one woman's unconventional journey to motherhood means learning to embrace the unexpected. June pick for Reese Witherspoon's book club Hello Sunshine.   An eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in America that will deepen our understanding of the ways in which class shapes our country. June pick for Sara Jessica Parker's Book Club Central.   An "extraordinary epic" of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan. June pick for Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf   In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. Former football player Andrew Luck picks a Rookie and Veteran book each month for the Andrew Luck Book Club.   Two star-crossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in The Night Circus, the spellbinding bestseller that has captured the world's imagination. EVERYONE Has Read This but Me - The Catch-Up Book Club    

A Universe of Stories – Science Fiction & Science Facts

Be a STAR in our Summer Reading Celebration - A Universe of Stories All ages are eligible to participate. ENTER YOUR BOOKS ONLINE! Beginning June 1, 2019, visit our online Summer Reading Celebration book log and enter the ebooks, audiobooks or magazines you've read to win great prizes. On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce's private island, he thinks it must be a mistake. But Tighe's unique skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce's high-risk venture to mine a near-earth asteroid—with the goal of kick-starting an entire off-world economy. The riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind's historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of Shadow Divers. The #1 bestselling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man's future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies.   Discover the true story of the women who stood beside some of the greatest heroes of American space travel in this New York Times bestseller that delivers "a truly great snapshot of the times". For the outsize personalities staking their fortunes on spaceships, the new race to explore space could be a dead end, [...]

By |June 1st, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments