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

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.

The Library will be closed New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Cold Spring
Programs for Adults and Teens

Coding Club
6:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 2
Love to code? Want to learn how? Join us 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. Ages 11 & up. Register now, as computers are limited. Questions? Contact Clara at cgerner@cc-pl.org.

Dungeons & Dragons
6 pm Friday, Jan. 4
New & experienced players alike welcome to play Dungeons & Dragons 5e. We will have pre-generated characters and, if you would like to make your own, we will make characters and level up from 6 to about 7 pm. If you are interested in DMing a game, contact Clara at cgerner@cc-pl.org or Tori at tstory@cc-pl.org for more information. Ages 13 & up. Registration required.

Teen Hangout
5-7 pm Mondays, Jan. 7 & 21
Play games, read or relax; the choice is yours. Ages 11-19. Registration required.

You’ve Been Booked YA Book Club
7 pm Monday, Jan. 7
Join the discussion of Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 1 by Keith Giffen. Ages 11-19. New members welcome. No need to register.

Crafternoon
2-4 pm Tuesday, Jan. 8
Come make some crafts! All supplies provided. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

Minecraft Club
5-7 pm Monday, Jan. 14
We will play the game and create new worlds on our server, or you can join in on an adventure map. Win prizes and play with local kids. Ages 8-19. Register to save a spot on the limited library laptops or bring your own.

Cold Spring Book Club
10 am Tuesday, Jan. 15
Join the discussion of The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Cup of Crime Book Club
7 pm Wednesday, Jan. 16
Join the discussion of The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. New members welcome. No need to register.

Teen Anime Club
7 pm Monday, Jan. 21
Hang out and talk about anime and manga. We’ll also show the first few episodes of an anime. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Homeschool Hangout
11 am Tuesday, Jan. 22
Guests from the Cincinnati Observatory will teach us about stars and constellations. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Tween Hangout
6-7:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 23
Come relax, play games, participate in activities & hang out. This month’s featured activity: Slime station! Ages 8-12. Registration required. Questions? Contact Megan Gillespie at mgillespie@cc-pl.org.

City Barbeque Food for Thought Series
6:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 22
Dr. Burke Miller from the NKU History and Geography Department will discuss the Great Depression. Did you ever happen across your grandparents’ stash of aluminum foil scraps or rubber bands or newspapers and ever wonder why they never threw things away? Come learn how people made it through one of the worst times in history. Ages 16 & up. Registration required.

Real Men Read Book Club
7 pm Thursday, Jan. 24
Join the discussion of 1984 by George Orwell. Ages 18 & up. Women & men welcome. No need to register.

Adults Only Game Night
6-10 pm Friday, Jan. 25
This is for adults only! Video game content will be rated M for Mature, which is 17+. There will be video games, board games and card games waiting to be played. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Teen Advisory Board
7 pm Monday, Jan. 28
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? The Teen Advisory Board – TAB for short – gives teens an opportunity to let us know what they like and what they want to see in the programs we do for them. Join us and let your voices be heard. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

Programs for Children and Families

Tot Time
9:30 & 11:30 am Mondays, Jan. 14, 21 & 28
Help your child develop pre-literacy skills and social skills through stories, singing, playing and fun. Ages 1-3. No need to register.

Toddler Time
10 am & 11 am Wednesdays, Jan. 16, 23 & 30
Read stories, sing songs, play games and make crafts. Ages 2-3. No need to register.

Preschool Time
10:30 am Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24 & 31
Together we’ll learn various concepts through stories, songs and activities. Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Mid-Winter Luau
4 pm Thursday, Jan. 17
Beat the cold winter with a luau! Remember the warm days of summer as we play games, do crafts and enjoy treats. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Baby Sign Story Time
9:30 am Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24 & 31
Learn simple signs, sing some songs, read some books and play with other babies. Ages newborn-18 months. No need to register.

Family Story Time
10 am Saturdays, Jan. 19 & 26
Bring the whole gang for a fun story time. Families. No need to register.

Winter Fest
2 pm Saturday, Jan. 19
Let’s celebrate the beauty of winter with fun winter crafts, games, snacks and more. Families. Registration required.

Family Board and Card Game Day
1-5 pm Sunday, Jan. 20
Choose a game from our collection or bring a favorite from home. Families. No need to register.

Perler Bead Party
4 pm Thursday, Jan. 24
Join us as we make beautiful, colorful and creative designs using Perler Beads. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

White Bead Party
2 pm Saturday, Jan. 26
Let’s create with beads! Make a beautiful necklace or a fun winter craft with beads. Families. Registration required.

Life-Size Board Games
4 pm Thursday, Jan. 31
Be a part of the board game yourself, as we play some life size board games! Play Jenga, Kerplunk, Mancala, Connect Four, Chess and more. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Carrico/Fort Thomas
Programs for Adults and Teens

Brown Bag Book Club
Noon Monday, Jan. 7
Join the discussion of Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Bag lunch optional. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Coffee & Conversation
2 pm Wednesday, Jan. 9
Join the discussion of Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

A Novel Idea YA Book Club
4 pm Thursday, Jan. 10 @ Tower Park Armory
Join the discussion of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Ages 12-18. New members welcome. No need to register. Tower Park Armory is at 950 South Fort Thomas Avenue. Use the entrance across from the tennis courts.

Homeschool Hub: Jupiter’s Mystery Objects
1 pm Friday, Jan. 11
Joining us this month are guests from the Cincinnati Observatory. We will be exploring the mystery objects of Jupiter. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

Bob Ross Paint Along
3:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 16
Join Bob Ross enthusiasts and others who like to paint as we follow along with Bob Ross during one of his famous painting sessions. Canvases, paint and happy clouds included. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

Board of Trustees Meeting
5:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 16
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.

Teen Game Night
7-10 pm Friday, Jan. 18
Visit after hours and play board games, card games, any kind of game. Ages 12-18. No need to register.

Art at the Armory: Bob Ross Paint Along
3:30-5:30 pm Monday, Jan. 21
Join Bob Ross enthusiasts and others who like to paint as we follow along with Bob Ross during one of his famous painting sessions at the Armory in Tower Park! Canvases, paint,and happy clouds included. The Armory is located at 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave. Enter across from the tennis courts. Ages 11 & up. Registration required.

Composting 101
1:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 23
Join Jason Vaughn from the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service to learn about composting and the benefits it has for your home garden. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

After School Hangout
3:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 23
Stressful day at school? We can help with that! Stop by to enjoy snacks, board games and video games. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

DIY Tea Blending
Thursday, Jan. 24
Carisa Bunten of Seventh Street Gifts presents a factoid session about tea as well as blending teas and, best of all, a tea tasting. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Dungeons & Dragons
6 pm Friday, Jan. 25
All levels of experience welcomed as we play Dungeons & Dragons 5e.This session will continue with our campaigns, premade characters will be available for those without a character who would like to join. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

Silk Painting
1-3 pm Wednesday, Jan. 30
6-8 pm Thursday, Jan. 31
Come learn the joy of the art of silk painting, attendees will learn some basic skills and create their own unique designs on silk boards. Ages 18 & up. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, this craft is offered two days. Please register for only one.

DIY Essential Oil Beauty Products
3:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 30
Let’s combat the winter blues and DIY some skin care beauty products with essential oils! Each participant will take home:
One  12-oz container of Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub
One 8-oz container of Jasmine and Honey Face Wash
One 8-oz container of Lime Essential Oil Exfoliating Scrub
Supplies and packaging provided. Ages 11-18. Registration required.

Programs for Children and Families

Especially for Homeschoolers: Jupiter’s Mystery Objects
11 am Friday, Jan. 11
Join the Cincinnati Observatory and learn about the mysterious objects around Jupiter. Grades 1-5.

Game Day
4 pm Monday, Jan. 14
Join us for a relaxing afternoon of games and snacks. Grades 1-5. No need to register.

Full STEAM Ahead
7 pm Mondays, Jan. 14, 21 & 28
Get hands-on with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Ages 3 & up. No need to register.

Toddler Time
10 am Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22 & 29
Enjoy stories and fun for your little one. Ages 2-3. No need to register.

Preschool Time
11 am Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22 & 29
Get ready for school and have fun at the same time. Ages 4-5. No need to register.

Lap Time
9:30 am Wednesdays, Jan. 16, 23 & 30
Enjoy rhymes, bounces, lullabies and books with your baby. Ages newborn-2, especially pre-walkers. Registration required.

Movers & Shakers
11 am Wednesdays, Jan. 16, 23 & 30
Shake, rattle and read in this musical story time. Ages 3 & up. No need to register.

Baby Time
9:30 & 10:30 Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24 & 31
Clap, sing and move with your baby. Ages newborn to 2, especially walkers. Registration required.

Family Game Day
1 pm Saturday, Jan. 19
The library is pulling out games and pizza for a relaxing day. Bring your family and enjoy. Families. No need to register.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
4 pm Monday, Jan. 21
Enjoy the fun of a snow day without the frostbite at our snowman party. Grades 1-5. No need to register.

Mommy & Baby Yoga
10:30 am Saturday, Jan. 26
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 and strengthening and interacting with others. Please bring a mat if you have one and wear comfortable clothing. Newborn-age 2. Registration required.

Puppy Tales
2-4 pm Saturday, Jan. 26
Come read a story or two to a specially trained therapy dog. Ages 3-11. Sessions will be 15 minutes. Registration required; Library staff will contact you to schedule a specific time.

Foil Art
4 pm Monday, Jan. 28
We are getting inspiration from the kitchen as we use shiny foil to make our art projects. Grades 1-5. No need to register.

Newport
Programs for Adults and Teens

Newport Book Club
7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 8
Join the discussion of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Impromptu
3-5 pm Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30
Come unwind after school. We may play board games, we may make a craft.  We could do both … At Impromptu, the time is planned but the fun is not. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Origami Club for Teens
3-4:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 10
Come learn about Origami. We’ll learn the basics to measure, fold and build as many shapes as we can. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Countdown to Baby
3:30 pm Monday, Jan. 14
Come join us for a free session in partnership with NorthKey. We will provide snacks while you learn and talk all about your pregnancy and preparing for your new baby. The Library’s Children’s department will provide a play area and entertainment for your young ones during the program. Questions? Call Miss Nina at 859-572-5035 ext. 18. Registration required.

Tween Scene
4 pm Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22 & 29
Hang out with snacks, music and a different activity. Jan. 15: Lego Club; Jan. 22: Arctic animal science; Jan. 29: Easy sewing. Ages 8-12. No need to register.

YA for Grown Adult Book Club
7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 15
Join the discussion of Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Signature Series: The Common Man with Falcon Theatre
7 pm Friday, Jan. 18
Falcon Takes Flight, the outreach wing of Falcon Theatre, will read selections from Kentucky author and poet Maurice Manning’s The Common Man, a series of ballad-like narratives that honors the strange beauty of the Kentucky mountain country he knew as a child. Ages 18 & up. Free tickets are required in advance. Please call 859-781-6166, ext. 31, or go online to request your tickets.

Euchre Tournament
6-8:30 pm Monday, Jan. 21
Join us for a night of card dealing, table talk and fun competition. From 6-6:30pm, we’re having a tutorial for new players. At 6:30pm, 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 are awarded to first, second, and third place. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

Friends Book Sale
9 am-noon Thursday, Jan. 24
Cost is 25 cents for paperbacks, 50 cents for hard covers and up to $3 for select titles.  Some books are free! Large selection of items are available. No need to register.

CD Scratch Art
3-4:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 24
We have the CDs and you have the creativity. All supplies provided. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Felt Pins
6:30-8:30 pm Monday, Jan. 28
Make a fashionable felt pin to liven up your wardrobe. All supplies provided. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Programs for Children and Families

Ready for K Through Play
10 am Mondays, Jan. 14, 21 & 28
Sing silly songs, play fun games, read a great story and explore art through a craft, all while working to develop kindergarten readiness skills. Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Movers & Shakers
10 am Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22 & 29
Staying fit and active is fun for little ones at this silly dance party. We’ll sing and dance with scarves and shakers and play with parachutes. Siblings always welcome. Ages 2-5. No need to register.

Baby Bounce & Rhyme
10 am Wednesdays, Jan. 16, 23 & 30
Bond with baby while singing silly songs, doing fun laptime bouncy rhymes and dancing in our bubbles. There is open play time before and after each program where babies and caregivers can socialize. Newborn to 24 months. Siblings welcome, but make sure older siblings are prepared for a calmer story time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Miss Nina at (859) 572-5035 ext 18 or at nfrondorf@cc-pl.org. No need to register.

Little Prodigies
4 pm Wednesday, Jan. 16
Music and art are important for developing a child’s early literacy skills. Join us for different art and music related programs. Ages 2-7. No need to register.

Storytots
10 am Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24 & 31
We will read a book, sing fun songs, make a craft and have time for open play. Ages 2-5. No need to register.

Sensory Science Story Time
11:30 am Saturday, Jan. 19
All ages 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. No need to register.

Family Fun Night: Frozen
6:30-8:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 24
Celebrate the winter season with the ever-popular Disney movie Frozen. We will have games, crafts and a play area for little ones, so there is something for everyone. Families. No need to register.

Cook Through the Book
Noon Saturday, Jan. 26
Join us for an afternoon of yummy snacks and books. We will read a book together as a group, and after we read it, we will make a snack based on the story. Families. No need to register.

Alexandria
Programs for Adults and Teens

Alexandria Book Club
4:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 17
Join the discussion of The last Days of Night by Graham Moore. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Alexandria Homeschool Fun
1:30 pm Friday, Jan. 18
Introducing a new homeschool program. Join other homeschool students and families as we gather monthly to learn something new. This month we will be welcoming the Cincinnati Observatory to talk about Stars and Constellations. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

Dungeons & Dragons
Noon-4 pm Saturday, Jan. 26
Come and join experienced and new players, as we play Dungeons & Dragons 5e at Alexandria! If you don’t know how to make a character, we will have several pre-generated characters for you to use. If you would like to make your own character, we will be making characters and leveling up before the program begins from 11 am to about noon. Light snacks provided. Ages 12 & up. No need to register.

Programs for Children and Families

Terrific Tuesdays
11:15 am Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22 & 29
Join us every week to help your child develop their pre-literacy skills at story time. Terrific Tuesdays are an exciting time filled with fun activities, crafts, and themed books. Ages 3 & up. Registration required.

Alexandria After School
4:30 pm Wednesdays, Jan. 16 & 30
Join us for a special program. Jan. 16: Scratch art. Jan. 30: Google Maps scavenger hunt using iPads. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Babies & Books
11:15 am Fridays, Jan. 18 & 25
We will be singing, rhyming, and dancing. Each week we read board books geared towards 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 6-36 months. Registration required.

Pokémon Club at Alexandria
4 pm Wednesday, Jan. 23
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.

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