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Campbell County Public Library offers activities for adults, children at all branches in October

The Campbell County Public Library operates four 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 Alexandria Branch is located at 8830 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria, phone 859-572-7463.

There are two Express locations for pickups and returns in Silver Grove and Melbourne.

Hours for Cold Spring, Carrico/Fort Thomas and Newport branches are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Hours for Alexandria are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, click here.

Cold Spring

Programs for Adults and Teens

Teen Hangout
5-7 pm Mondays, Oct. 1 & 15
Drop in and hang out with your friends. Play games, read or relax. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

You’ve Been Booked YA Book Club
7 pm Monday, Oct. 1
Join the discussion of The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1) by John Flanagan. New members welcome. Ages 13 & up. No need to register.

Let’s Talk About It Lecture Series: Bury Your Dead
6 pm Tuesday, Oct. 2
Dr. Steve Gores, English professor at Northern Kentucky University, discusses Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny. Ages 16 & up. Registration required.

Coding club
6:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 3
Love to code? Wanting to learn how to begin? Join us at the Cold Spring Branch Coding Club as we start a whole new text based RPG adventure using Python! Be a part of the game creation, starting with the initial design and concept. Register now, as computers are limited. Questions? Contact Clara at cgerner@cc-pl.org. Ages 11 & up. Registration required.

Dungeons & Dragons
6-10 pm Friday, Oct. 5
Welcoming experienced and new players alike, we will be playing Dungeons and Dragons 5e. We will have pre-generated characters or, if you’d prefer, we will be making characters and leveling up from 6 to about 7 pm. If you are interested in DMing a game, contact Clara at cgerner@cc-pl.org. Ages 13 & up. Registration required.

Minecraft Club
5-7 pm Monday, Oct. 8
Win prizes and play with local kids. Register to save a spot on the limited library laptops or bring your own. Questions? Contact Clara Gerner at cgerner@cc-pl.org. Ages 8-19. Registration required.

Cold Spring Book Club
11 am Tuesday, Oct. 9
Join the discussion of The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout. New members welcome. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

Bullet Journals Made Easy
6:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 10
Bullet Journals are a DIY method of keeping a custom calendar, journal, to-do list and more. This method is great for people who want to get organized in a fun, crafty way! All supplies will be provided. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Homeschool STEAM Blast
2 pm Tuesday, Oct. 9
Enjoy a visit from the Cincinnati Observatory to learn about the observatory and space. Ages 11-18. Register.

Teen Anime Club
6:30 pm Monday, Oct. 15
Come hang out and talk about anime and manga. We’ll also be showing the first few episodes of an anime. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Cup of Crime Book Club
7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 17
Join the discussion of Assult and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz. New members welcome. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

Let’s Talk About It Lecture Series: Exit West
6 pm Tuesday, Oct. 2
Professor Tony Krouse, English professor at Northern Kentucky University, discusses Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Ages 16 & up. Registration required.

Real Men Read Book Club
7 pm Thursday, Oct. 25
Join the discussion of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. New members, women & men welcome. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

After Hours Game Night
7-10 pm Friday, Oct. 26
Bring a personal favorite (T for Teen or lower please) , or come to play from the library stock with your friends. We have guitar hero for the Wii and WiiU, over 100 different board and card games, and five different console systems. Snacks, pizza and drinks will be provided. Ages 11 & up. Registration required.

Teen Halloween Party
5-8:30 pm Monday, Oct. 29
Come dressed as your favorite ghoul or character to win in the Costume contest, play in the Ultimate Werewolf social deduction game, and watch a scary movie! Snacks will be provided. Ages 11-19. Registration required.

Programs for Children and Families

Tot Time
9:30 & 11:30 am Mondays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Help your child develop their pre-literacy skills and social skills through stories, singing, playing and fun. Ages 1-3. No need to register.

Toddler Time
10 am Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Develop pre-literacy skills with a story and a themed craft. Ages 2-3. No need to register.

Baby Sign Story time
9:30 am Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25
This story time includes stories, songs, bouncy rhymes and simple American Sign Language signs. Ages newborn to 18 months. No need to register.

Sculpture Making
4 pm Thursday, Oct. 4
Art meets STEAM. Come and build a magnificent sculpture using materials like clay, marshmallows and toothpicks. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Preschool Time
10:30 am Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25
Help children get ready for preschool or kindergarten with stories, early literacy stations and crafts. Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Family Story Time
10 am Saturdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27
Bring the whole family for a story, songs, games and a craft. Families. No need to register.

Fall Crafts
2 pm Saturday, Oct. 6
Celebrate the arrival of fall with some fun fall-related crafts. Families. Registration required.

Explorium of Lexington presents: Amazing Arthopods
4 pm Thursday, Oct. 11
Guests from the Explorium of Lexington are coming to talk all about arthopods! What are arthopods and how do the differ from insects? How do they survive? What do they do for our environment? You’ll even get to get up close and personal with spiders and cockroaches. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Haunted Birdhouses
2 pm Saturday, Oct. 13
Get in the spooky spirit. Build and decorate a birdhouse and make your own haunted house. Families. Registration required.

Homeschool Hangout
11 am Tuesday, Oct. 16
Join guests from the Cincinnati Museum Center as we learn a little more about bats, including how they use echolocation to get around. You’ll even get to meet a native bat. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Pumpkin Painting
4 pm Thursday, Oct. 18 (Grades 1-5)
and Noon Saturday, Oct. 27 (Families)
Get in the holiday spirit by painting your very own mini pumpkin. All materials will be provided. Registration required.

Halloween Movie and Snacks
2 pm Saturday, Oct. 20
Join us for a spooky movie and some spooky snacks. We will be watching Scared Shrekless. How scared will you get? Families. Registration required.

Family Board and Card Game Day
1-5 pm Sunday, Oct. 21
Choose any game from our collection, or bring a favorite from home. Families. No need to register.

Evening Story Time
6:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 24
Come enjoy a story, songs, games and a craft before bed. Families. No need to register.

Monster Mash Bash
4 pm Thursday, Oct. 25
Who’s feeling spooky? Come and celebrate Halloween with us! We will have crafts (including spooky slime!), games, snacks, and more. Feel free to come dressed in your Halloween costume. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Carrico/Fort Thomas

Programs for Adults and Teens

Brown Bag Book Club
Noon Monday, Oct. 1
Join the discussion of The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. Bag lunch optional. New members welcome. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

Halloween Wreath
2 pm Wednesday, Oct. 3
& 6 pm Wednesday, Oct. 4
Create a cute but simple wreath for Halloween. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, this craft also offered two days. Registration required; please register for only one event.

Coffee & Conversation Book Club
2 pm Wednesday, Oct. 10
Join the discussion of Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America by Amy Belding Brown. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Chess Club
4 pm Wednesday, Oct. 10
Improve memory, develop problem solving skills or simply have fun playing chess. Open to players of all levels. Ages 8-18. No need to register.

A Novel Idea YA Book Club
4 pm Thursday, Oct. 11
Join the discussion of The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. Ages 11-18. New members welcome. No need to register.

Mountain Ghost Stories
6:30-8 pm Thursday, Oct. 11
Join Jerry Deaton, a Kentucky Author & Filmmaker, who grew up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky listening to old-time ghost stories as told by his father and grandmother. In this talk, he reads from his book, Appalachian Ghost Stories, and talks about the odd and often eerie folk traditions that he experienced and often heard about as he grew up in Breathitt County. No need to register.

Senior Medical Patrol
2 pm Wednesday, Oct. 17
Join the Senior Medicare Patrol to learn information about Medicare and the open enrollment period beginning Oct. 15 as well as ways to prevent Medicare fraud. The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program at the Brighton Center empowers seniors through increased awareness and understanding of Medicare programs. The program provides free unbiased and up-to-date health insurance information, counseling, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages and their caregivers. No need to register.

Pumpkin Decorating for Teens
4 pm Wednesday, Oct. 17
Glitter, confetti, rhinestones or paint: Which will you choose to decorate a pumpkin of your very own? Ages 11-18. Registration required.

Brighton Center RSVP
2 pm Thursday, Oct. 18
RSVP (The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) helps people 55 and older find volunteer opportunities in Northern Kentucky that best match their personal interests while impacting the most pressing needs of our community. Participants can volunteer as much or as little as they desire. Cheryl Bradley, Volunteer Recruiter for RSVP at Brighton Center, will discuss local volunteer opportunities, including the Fort Thomas VA Medical Center. No need to register.

Zombie Party at Tower Park
6-9 pm Friday, Oct. 19
October, the month to enjoy fall, pumpkin spice, and best of all zombies! Hosted at the Tower Park Armory in Fort Thomas, enjoy zombie trivia, zombie target range, and the opportunity to zombiefy yourself! This event is for teens and tweens only ages 12-18, and of course snacks provided. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Dungeons & Dragons
6-9 pm Friday, Oct. 26
All levels of experience welcomed as we play Dungeons & Dragons 5e. This session will be a special Halloween-themed session with our existing characters. Groups that would like to continue with their own campaign will be able to do so as well. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Programs for Children and Families

Full STEAM Ahead
7 pm Mondays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Get hands on with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Ages 3 & up. No need to register.

Adventure Club: Cincinnati Observatory Shows Us the Sun
4 pm Monday, Oct. 1
The Cincinnati Observatory is bringing a sunny day to the library. Join us for the chance to take a close, safe look at the sun. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Toddler Time
10 am Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Stories & fun for your little one. Ages 2-3. No need to register.

Preschool Time
11 am Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Lots of ways for your little ones to have fun. Ages 4-5. No need to register.

Lap Time
9:30 am Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Enjoy rhymes, bounces, lullabies and books with your baby. Ages 0-2, especially for pre-walkers. Registration required.

Movers & Shakers
11 am Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Shake out your sillies in this musical story time. Ages 2-5. No need to register.

Baby Time
9:30 & 10:30 am Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25
Clap, sing and move with your baby. Ages 0-2, especially for walkers.

Exploring Space with Crafts
1 pm Saturday, Oct. 6
We are rocketing through the solar system as we make space-inspired crafts. Families. No need to register.

Adventure Club: Make Your Own After-School Snacks
4 pm Monday, Oct. 8
There’s a long time between lunch and dinner. Come to the library to learn some simple recipes for easy after school snacks you can make yourself. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Story Time in the Park
10 am-noon Friday, Oct. 12
It’s time for our annual Story Time in the Park. This year we are celebrating the fire fighter heroes who keep us safe. Join us at Tower Park from 10 am to Noon for stories and games. You’ll also be able to explore a real fire engine. Families. No need to register.

Baby Ghosties
10 am Saturday, Oct. 13
Wear your costume and come celebrate Halloween with stories and songs. Cookies will be served. Newborn-age 2. Registration required.

Adventure Club: Don’t Lose Your Marbles
4 pm Monday, Oct. 15
People have been playing with marbles for as far back as human history. Today we’ll learn some old and new ways to play with this simple toy. Grades 1-5. No need to register.

Hocus Pocus Viewing Party
1-3 pm Saturday, Oct. 20
Tis the season for a little spooky fun. We are showing Hocus Pocus (PG) and making some movie inspired crafts. Families. No need to register.

Adventure Club: DIY Suncatchers
4 pm Monday, Oct. 22
Days are getting shorter so we need to enjoy the sun while we can. Make a craft today that will help you catch a few rays. Grades 1-5. No need to register.

Mommy & Baby Yoga
10:30 am Saturday, Oct. 27
Yoga is a great way to heal after giving birth and a delightful way to bond with your baby. Mommies and babies will enjoy stretching, strengthening and interacting with others. Please bring a mat if you have one and wear comfortable clothing. Newborn to age 2. Registration required.

Puppy Tales
2-4 pm Saturday, Oct. 27
Come 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. Ages 3-11. Registration required.

Adventure Club: MYO Haunted House
4 pm Monday, Oct. 29
Halloween is just a few days away. Add to the spirit by making your own haunted house. Grades 1-5. No need to register.

Newport

Programs for Adults and Teens

Newport Book Club
7 pm Tuesday, Oct. 2
Join the discussion of The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Tween Scene
4 pm Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Join us Tuesday afternoons for a different activity each week. Ages 8-12. No need to register.

University of Kentucky’s Nutrition Program (in Spanish)
6:30-8 pm Wednesdays, Oct. 3 & 10
Please join the University of Kentucky’s Nutrition Education Program for our free nutrition and cooking workshop this fall. We will review the benefits of eating balanced meals and food budgeting. The supplemental topics include physical activity, nutrients, and better beverage choices. We will have a food demonstration, sampling and free give away each session. All food and materials will be supplied. Classes will be taught in Spanish. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Impromptu
3-5 pm Wednesdays Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Come unwind after school, we may play board games, we may make a craft. We could do both…impromptu the time is planned the fun is not. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

Countdown to Baby
3:30 pm Monday, Oct. 8
Come join us for a free session at the library in partnership with NorthKey. We will provide snacks while you learn and talk all about your pregnancy and preparing for your new baby. Feel free to bring your kiddos. The Library’s children’s department will provide a play area and entertainment for your kiddos during the program. Questions? Call Miss Nina at 859-572-5035 ext. 18. Register.

Homeschoolers’ Book Club
10 am Tuesday, Oct. 9
Join the discussion of I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Ages 8-12. New members welcome. No need to register.

Science Club: Egg Drop Experiment
3-5 pm Thursday, Oct. 11
Use any and all materials you can to keep your egg safe before we drop it off a ladder. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Euchre Tournament
6-8:30 pm Monday, Oct. 15
Join us for a night of card dealing, table talk, and fun competition From 6–6:30 pm, we’re having a tutorial for new players. At 6:30 pm, the tournament begins. We’ll draw for random partners, change up teams throughout the night, and count each individual player’s score throughout the tournament. Prizes to first, second, and third place. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

College and Job Help from the Brighton Center
10 am-noon Tuesday, Oct. 16
Meet with a staff member from the Brighton Center to learn about federally funded job training and college opportunities. Also, get help with resumes and job searching. Open to all — teens and adults. Walk-ins are welcome. No need to register.

YA for Grown Adults Book Club
7 pm Tuesday, Oct. 16
Join the discussion of Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Teen Pumpkin Decorating
3-5 pm Thursday, Oct. 18
Break out the Sharpies, paint, and glitter: it’s time to decorate pumpkins for Halloween. Mini pumpkins will be ready and waiting for their faces: funny or ghoulish, friendly or scary – you decide. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

Signature Series: Bluegrass artists Sister Sadie
7 pm Friday, Oct. 19
DaleAnn Bradley, Tina Adair, Deanie Richardson, Gena Britt, & Beth Lawrence make up the extraordinary band known as Sister Sadie. The event is free and open to the public; however, free tickets must be requested in advance. Please phone 859.781.6166, ext. 31 to request your tickets; or go online.

Halloween Jewelry
6:30 pm Monday, Oct. 22
Get your spooky on with DIY Halloween jewelry. Ages 18 & up. Register.

Friends Book Sale
9 am-noon Thursday, Oct. 25
Stop in and take advantage of great prices, from 25 cents to $2 for select titles. No need to register.

Teen Halloween Party
3-5 pm Thursday, Oct. 25
Start you Halloween early at our Teen Halloween Party. There will be face painting, Halloween board games, crafts and a viewing of Monster House. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Party
6-8 pm Monday, Oct. 29
Get ready for a night of B movie horror with Mystery Science Theater 3000. Join us as we watch our favorite narrators (human and robot alike) riff on the film Starcrash (1978) starring David Hasselhoff– the Star Wars (1977) knockoff so bad, it’s scary. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

Programs for Children and Families

Ready for K Through Play
10 am Mondays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Each week we’ll sing silly songs, play fun games, read a great story, and explore art, all while working to develop kindergarten readiness skills. Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Movers & Shakers
10 am Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Join us for a fun morning full of dancing, jumping and playing. Ages 2-5. No need to register.

Baby Bounce & Rhyme
10 am Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Bond with baby while singing silly songs, doing fun laptime bouncy rhymes, and dancing in our bubbles. Newborn to age 24 months. No need to register.

Little Prodigies
4 pm Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Join us Wednesdays for different art and music related programs! It’s not about the destination in this program but all about the journey.

Story Time for Bigs
10 am Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25
We will sing songs, read a book, have plenty of time for play, and make a craft. Ages 2-5. No need to register.

Perler Bead Party
Noon Saturday, Oct. 6
We will have patterns available to use or you can create your very own designs. Materials to turn creations into keychains or fridge magnets will be provided as well. All ages. No need to register.

Night Owl Story Time
6:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 11
Feel free to come in pajamas ready to relax together as we wind down from the busy activities of the day. Ages 2-6. No need to register.

Yoga for Young Ones
11 am Saturday, Oct. 13
We will read a story, learn some yoga poses, and practice a mindfulness exercise for kids. Bring a yoga mat if you would like to, but they are not required. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move around in. Ages 2-7. No need to register..

Family Fun Night: Hotel Transylvania
6:30-8:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 18
Join us for a spooky move night perfect for the whole family, with a screening of Hotel Transylvania. There will also be snacks, spooky crafts, and a play area for little ones. Families. No need to register.

Sensory Science Story Time
11:30 am Saturday, Oct. 20
Children are invited to use all of their senses to explore stories, songs and hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. This program is designed for children with sensory integration challenges but is open to children of all abilities. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Children’s Librarian Nina Frondorf: nfrondorf@cc-pl.org OR 859.572.5035 ext. 18. All ages. No need to register.

Halloween Hullabaloo
1:30-4:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 27
Costumes are encouraged as we will be enjoying Halloween shenanigans in the form of snacks, crafts, and a viewing of Halloweentown. All ages. No need to register.

Alexandria

Programs for Adults and Teens

Board of Trustees Meeting
5:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 17
The board meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings rotate among all four branch locations. All board meetings are open to the public. No need to register.

Alexandria Book Club
4:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 18
Join the discussion of Day One: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Homeschool Hour: Celebrating National Chemistry Week
1 pm Thursday, Oct. 25
Celebrating National Chemistry Week, join members from the American Chemical Society and Northern Kentucky University for a hands on presentation with chemistry and chemistry experiments. Ages 11-18. Registration required.

Bottle Cap & Beaded Wind Chimes
4:30 pm & 5:30 Thursday, Oct. 25
Create a unique wind chime to hang at home. In order to accommodate more patrons, there will be two sessions. Registration required, but please register for only ONE session. Adults.

Programs for Children and Families

Lego Games
4 pm Wednesday, Oct. 3
Join us for some fun with Legos. You can build on your own or play some games we found. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Alexandria After School
4:30 pm Wednesdays, Oct. 10 & 24
Join our new afterschool program. Oct. 10: Construct towers and bridges made of marshmallows and toothpicks; Oct. 24: Make bubble paintings. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Terrific Tuesdays
11:15 am & 1:15 pm Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Join us for an exciting story time, fun activities, crafts, and a great time. 3 & up. Registration Required.

Friday Fun for Little Ones
11:15 am Fridays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26
Every week we read board books geared to babies. Ages 6-36 months. Registration Required.

Pokemon Club at Alexandria
4 pm Thursday, Oct. 11
Calling all Trainers: Alexandria is hosting our monthly Pokémon Club. Come with your video games and cards and meet up to battle to the top. Make friends, trade Pokémon and have fun with us at Alexandria. Ages 6 & up. No need to register.

Pumpkin Party
11:30 am-4 pm Saturday, Oct. 20
Join us for a fun afternoon filled with pumpkin painting, Halloween movie screening, snacks and crafts. There will be a pumpkin painting contest, winner will be chosen at 3 pm. Families. Registration required (only register your child or children).

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