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Campbell County Public Library calendar of events in Ft. Thomas, Cold Spring and Newport for December

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A  list of events and programs at the Campbell County Public Library branches is provided here.

The Campbell County Public Library operates three branches. The Cold Spring Branch is located at 3920 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring, phone 859-781-6166. The Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch is located at 1000 Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas, phone 859-572-5033. The Newport Branch is located at 901 E. Sixth St. in Newport, phone 859-572-5035.

THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED CHRISTMAS EVE (SUNDAY, DEC. 24) AND CHRISTMAS DAY (MONDAY, DEC. 25)

Cold Spring

Programs for Adults and Teens

Dungeons & Dragons
6-10 pm Friday, Dec. 1
Welcoming experienced and new players alike, we will be playing Dungeons and Dragons. If you would like to make your own character, we will be making characters and leveling up from 6 to about 7 pm. If you are interested in DMing a game, contact Amy at acarroll@cc-pl.org for more information. Ages 13 & up. Registration required.

You’ve Been Booked
7-8:30 pm Monday, Dec. 4
Join the discussion of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Ages 14 & up. New member welcome. No need to register.

Teen Hangout: Money Games
5-7 pm Monday, Dec. 4
This month we’ll be playing money themed board games in honor of the ALA traveling exhibit Thinking Money. Ages 11-19. Registration required.

Healthy Holiday Meals on a Budget
6-8 pm Tuesday, Dec. 5
Breanna from the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service prepares for a fun and educational program where you will learn how to create healthy and affordable meals for your family during the holiday season! The program will include tips and tricks on how to save at the grocery store; meal preparation skills; and a cooking demonstration including sampling of a holiday dish. Ages 16 & up. Registration required; spots are limited.

Homeschool STEAM Blast
2 pm Wednesday, Dec. 6
Superheroes of STEMville: Calling all engineer heroes of the future! The citizens of STEMville need your engineering and math skills to solve a crime, divert a city-wide disaster or save the community from an unknown environmental hazard. Should you accept, be prepared to quickly engage your STEM skills to successfully create, test and solve for the challenge. Ages 12-19. Registration required.

Cold Spring Coding Club
6:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 7
Coding is a powerful tool in game making, and web design. Begin your journey in creating your own unique space on the internet, or in video games such as Minecraft. Ages 11 & up. Registration required; register early as laptops are limited.

Star Wars Trivia & Movie Night
6 pm Friday, Dec. 8
Get ready for the release of the new movie by competing in Star Wars trivia! Then stick around to watch a Star Wars movie. Ages 11 & up. Registration required.

Minecraft Club
5-7 pm Monday, Dec. 11
Win prizes and play with local kids.Register to save a spot on the limited library laptops or bring your own. You must have a paid PC account. Ages 8-19. Registration required.

Cold Spring Book Club
11 am Tuesday, Dec. 12
2 pm Wednesday, Dec. 13
Join the discussion of A Redbird Christmas: A Novel by Fannie Flagg. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Paint & Bake Ceramics DIY Holiday Ornaments
6:30 pm Wednesday, Dec. 13
Ages 18 & up. Online registration is full. Register on the waiting list.

Teen Holiday Party
5-9 pm Monday, Dec. 18
We’ll play games and make crafts. Bring a white elephant gift for under $5 if you’d like to participate in the gift exchange games. Ages 11-19. Registration required.

Foster Care & Adoption: The Facts You Need
6:30 pm Tuesday, Dec. 19
Ever thought about changing the life of a child by becoming a foster parent? Feel free to come to a free informational event to learn more or explore other ways you can help. A representative from the DCCH Center for Children & Families will present an informational session about the qualifications and requirements to become a foster or adoptive parent. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Real Men Read Book Club
7 pm Thursday, Dec. 21
Join the discussion of City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff. Men & women welcome. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

After Hours Game Night
7 pm Friday, Dec. 22
Play board games, card games, and games from your favorite video console at the Cold Spring Branch. Bring a game, or come to play games with your friends. Snacks, pizza and drinks will be provided. Ages 11 & up. Registration required.

Note: Cup of Crime and A Little Help with My Friends book clubs will not meet in December. Cup of Crime returns 7 pm Wednesday, Jan. 17, with An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James; A Little Help returns 7 pm Tuesday, Dec. 23, with Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830-1970 by Lynne Olson.

Programs for Children and Families

Holiday Open House
11 am-2 pm Saturday, Dec. 2
Live music, games, crafts, stories, snacks, Santa & more! Families. No need to register.

Tot Time
9:30 & 11:30 Mondays, Dec. 4 & 11
Help your child develop pre-literacy skills through stories, singing, playing and fun. Ages 1-3. No need to register.

Toddler Time
10 & 11 am Wednesdays, Dec. 6 & 13
A story and a themed craft. Ages 2-3. No need to register.

Adventure Club: Paint & Bake Ceramics
4 pm Thursday, Dec. 7
Paint & Bake Ceramics will help us make ornaments for Christmas. Grades 1-5. Registration required; register early for this popular program.

Preschool Time
10 am Thursdays, Dec. 7 & 14
Help develop pre-literacy skills through stories, singing, playing and fun, geared towards children who are getting ready for preschool or kindergarten. Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Baby Sign Story Time
11:30 am Thursdays, Dec. 7 & 14
11 am Saturdays, Dec. 9 & 16
We will sing songs, share nursery rhymes and learn simple sign language for babies. Ages 0-18 months. No need to register.

Paint & Bake Ceramics: Christmas Ornaments
2 pm Saturday, Dec. 9
Ages 0-6. Online registration is full. Register on the waiting list.

Adventure Club: Cookie Decorating
4 pm Thursday, Dec. 14
Get into the holiday spirit by decorating your very own cookie. All materials will be provided. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Super Saturday: Christmas Yoga
2 pm Saturday, Dec. 16
Join Ms. Sarah Solomon for a fun Christmas themed yoga experience. Yoga mats will be provided. Families. Registration required.

Family Card and Board Game Day
1-5 pm Sunday, Dec. 17
Choose any game from our collection, or bring a favorite from home. Families. No need to register.

Homeschool Hangout: Christmas Party
11 am Tuesday, Dec. 19
Homeschoolers, join us at the Cold Spring Library for a program series just for you! Homeschoolers can meet, learn and engage with other families. In December, we will celebrate the holiday with a fun party with crafts, food and games. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Noon Year’s Eve Bash
11 am Saturday, Dec. 30
Celebrate 2018 with the library! Join us for crafts, games, and fun as we count down to noon. Families. Registration required.

Carrico/Fort Thomas

Programs for Adults and Teens

Teen Holiday Craft
11 am-1 pm Saturday, Dec. 2
We’ll be making a hoiday-themed craft during today’s Open House. Ages 12-19. No need to register.

Brown Bag Book Club
Noon Monday, Dec. 4
Join the discussion of The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Bag lunch optional. New members welcome. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

Art Club: CD Weaving
4 pm Wednesday, Dec. 6
This month we will learn how to weave on recycled CDs with yarn. Ages 12-19. Registration required.

Christmas Striped Straw Wreath
6:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 7
Online registration is full. Register on the waiting list. Ages 18 & up.

Homeschool Hub: The Price is Right
1 pm Friday, Dec. 8
Come on down, you’re the next contestant! Join us as we learn the value of a dollar through games as seen on the popular game show. Ages 12-19. Registration required.

Chess Club
4 pm Wednesday, Dec. 13
Improve memory, develop problem solving skills or simply have fun playing chess. Chess club is open to players of all levels. Ages 8-18. No need to register.

A Novel Idea Book Club
4 pm Thursday, Dec. 14
Join the discussion of The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay. Ages 12-18. New members welcome. No need to register.

Holiday Gift Tags
6:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 14
Join us as we create unique gift tags to give your presents a personal touch. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

CCPL Board of Trustees Meeting
5:30 pm Wednesday, Dec. 20
The Board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held on a rotating basis among the branches of the Library. No need to register.

Programs for Children and Families

Holiday Open House
11 am-1 pm Saturday, Dec. 2
Santa Claus is coming to the library today. He’s ready to hear what you want for Christmas. Join us for fun and games and a visit with the big man himself. Families. No need to register.

Adventure Club: Paint & Bake Ceramics
4 pm Monday, Dec. 4
Paint and Bake Ceramics is bringing ornaments for you to decorate today. Come make a new addition for your tree. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Full STEAM Ahead
7 pm Mondays, Dec. 4 & 11
Get hands-on with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Ages 3 & up. No need to register.

Toddler Time
10 am Tuesdays, Dec. 5 & 12
Fun & learning go hand-in-hand. Ages 2-3. No need to register.

Preschool Time
11 am Tuesdays, Dec. 5 & 12
Special themes each week make reading & learning fun. Ages 4-5. No need to register.

Growing Readers
4 pm Tuesdays, Dec. 5 & 12
Keep new readers excited about books as they develop more reading skills. Ages 4-7. No need to register.

Lap Time
9:30 am Wednesdays, Dec. 6 & 13
Enjoy rhymes, bounces, lullabies and books with your baby. Ages 0-2, especially for pre-walkers. Registration required.

Movers & Shakers
11 am Wednesdays, Dec. 6 & 13
Shake out your sillies while we sing, dance and play in this musical story time. Ages 2-5. No need to register.

Lunch at the Library
12:30 pm Wednesdays, Dec. 6 & 13
Bring your lunch and join us for a story. Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Baby Time
9:30 & 10:30 am Thursdays, Dec. 7 & 14
Clap, sing and move with your baby and make new friends. Ages 0-2, especially for walkers. Registration required.

Jingle Babies
10 am Saturday, Dec. 9
Time to get jolly as we read books, sing and jingle along with everybody’s favorite holiday songs. We’ll even play a few reindeer games. A footprint craft will be included. Ages 0-2. Registration required.

Adventure Club: Merry Grinchmas
4 pm Monday, Dec. 11
It doesn’t matter how small your heart is, today’s party will get you in the holiday spirit. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Super Saturday: Holiday Movies
11 am-1 pm Saturday, Dec. 16
Enjoy a snack and some classic holiday specials today. Families. Movie rating G. No need to register.

Newport

Programs for Adults and Teens

Dominion Card Game Night
6-8 pm Friday, Dec. 1
Set in Medieval Europe, this game requires its players to build a deck of useful cards that expands their dominion over the land. We will start with a few tutorials & playing with just the starter cards, so beginners are just as welcome as experienced players. Ages 12 & up. No need to register.

Newport Book Club
7 pm Tuesday, Dec. 5
Join the discussion of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Origami & Geometry
3 pm Thursday, Dec. 7
Put math into real life! We’ll measure, fold, and build as many different shapes and color we can. Teens & tweens. Registration required.

Clay Pot Snowmen
6:30 pm Monday, Dec. 11
Ages 18 & up. Online registration is full. Register on the waiting list.

Homeschoolers’ Book Club
10 am Tuesday, Dec. 12
Join the discussion of The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White. Ages 8-12. New membes welcome. No need to register.

Thinking Money Traveling Exhibition
Regular Library Hours, Thursday, Dec. 14-Tuesday, Jan. 23
Thinking Money is a traveling exhibition designed to teach teens, tweens, and their families about money — including topics like saving, spending and avoiding fraud — in a way that is not only understandable, but fun. For teens, tweens & the adults in their lives. No need to register.

Thinking Money: Thrifty Living with Gifts from the Kitchen
3:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 14
Ronda Rex, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Agent in Family & Consumer Sciences for Campbell County will help us kick-off the Thinking Money Traveling Exhibition with a program that offers a sweet solution for saving money. Whether a guy or gal, you’ll want to join Ronda as she teaches the practicality and financial sensibility of using resources available in your kitchen to make inexpensive gifts for giving throughout the year. Supplies will be provided and Ronda will guide each participant in making a gift to take home following the program. Your participation will also provide an opportunity enter a grand prize drawing for a Podo V2 Stick + Shoot Camera. Winning entry will be drawn Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Teens & older. Registration required.

Thinking Money: Making an Ornament
1-3 pm Saturday, Dec. 16
The Library will provide the supplies to make a Wishing Ornament. NKU Economics Professor Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani will guide you in ways to create personal financial goals which will help make your wishes come true. Your participation will also provide an opportunity enter a grand prize drawing for a Podo V2 Stick + Shoot Camera. Winning entry will be drawn Tuesday Jan. 23, 2018. Teens, tweens and the adults in their lives. Registration required.

Christmas Crepe Paper Crafts
6:30-8 pm Monday, Dec. 18
Make crepe paper table-top Christmas trees & pom-poms. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Young Adults for Grown Adults Book Club
7 pm Tuesday, Dec. 19
Join the discussion of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Thinking Money: Why are Pro Athletes Going Broke?
7-8:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 28
By the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress; within five years of retirement, an estimated 60 percent of former NBA players are broke.” Why does this happen? Join NKU Economics Professor Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani to consider the reasons. One program attendee will win a $25 Target gift card. Your participation will also provide an opportunity enter a grand prize drawing for a Podo V2 Stick + Shoot Camera. Winning entry will be drawn Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Teens, tweens & the adults in their lives. Registration required.

Programs for Children and Families

Open Holiday Exravaganza
Noon-3 pm Saturday, Dec. 2
Bring the family for an afternoon of holiday fun. Live music will be playing music, teens and adults can make ornaments and children can have their picture taken with Santa. Families. No need to register.

Ready for K Through Play
10 am Mondays, Dec. 4 & 11
Join us as we play our way through the alphabet and get ready for kindergarten. Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Movers & Shakers Dance Party
10 am Tuesdays, Dec. 5 & 12
Staying fit and active is fun for little ones at this silly dance party. Ages 2-5. No need to register.

Adventure Club: Lego Club
4 pm Tuesday, Dec. 5
This month’s challenge: Build an igloo. Ages 6-12. No need to register.

Baby Bounce & Rhyme
10 am Wednesday, Dec. 6
Bond with baby while singing silly songs, playing with puppets, exploring discovery bins that spark Baby’s curiosity and imagination, doing fun laptime bouncy rhymes, and dancing in our bubbles. Ages 0-24 months. No need to register.

Little Prodigies: Melted Snowman
4 pm Wednesday, Dec. 6
Make a melted snowman craft and enjoy games and songs. Ages 2-7. No need to register.

Story Time for Bigs
10 am Thursday, Dec. 7
We’ll sing fun songs, play with puppets, read a great book, dance in our bubbles, and make a creative craft. Ages 2-5. No need to register.

Night Owl’s Story Time
7:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 7
Feel free to wear your jammies and bring you sleeping bag for this evening story time made especially for working caregivers and their littles. Ages 2-7. No need to register.

Holiday Party
3-5 pm Friday, Dec. 8
Play games, have a snack, make a craft and learn about all the amazing holidays celebrated in winter. Ages 8-12. No need to register.

Sensory Science Story Time
11:30 am Saturday, Dec. 9
Explore stories, songs and hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities in a program designed for children with sensory integration challenges but open to children of all abilities. All ages. Registration required.

Daddy & Me
6:15 pm Monday, Dec. 11
For children ages 0-6 and their father, uncles, grandfathers and male caregivers. Daddy and Me programs promote positive father involvement and strengthen the father-child relationship. The programs also create an awareness of community resources and provide an opportunity for dads to meet other dads. The program offers a group setting where dads and their children have fun together, learning through play.

Family Fun Night: Home Alone
5:30-8 pm Wednesday, Dec. 13
It’s a Home Alone party, with Miss Amy’s Home Alone obstacle course, plus snacks, hot cocoa and games along with a screening of the holiday classic itself.

Little Naturalist Story Time
10:30 am Friday, Dec. 15
We will read a specially selected nature-themed book, explore the natural world, and complete a craft. Older siblings are welcome to attend. Ages 2-7. No need to register.

NoonIsh Year’s Eve Party
12:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 30
What to do this year with the kiddos, with New Years being on a Sunday? Bring in the Noon Year of 2017 with a NoonISH Party hosted by Newport’s Children’s Department. Help Miss Amy count down to Noon with some bad dance moves, music, and games! Light snacks will be provided. Drop in. No registration required, stay as long as you can. Allergy alert: Latex balloons will be present during event for the balloon drop. All ages. No need to register.

In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, 681,701 people visited the Library, checking out more than 1 million items. In addition, 40,713 people attended 2,008 programs offered by the Library, and more than 2,359 public meetings took place the library’s meeting rooms. Public computer use topped more than 117,400 users.

For more information on the Campbell County Public Library and it programs, click here.

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