A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

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

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.

Cold Spring

Programs for Adults and Teens

Teen Hangout
5 pm Mondays, April 1, 15 & 22
Play games, relax or read. The choice is yours. Ages 11-19. Registration required.

You’ve Been Booked YA Book Club
7 pm Monday, April 1
Join the discussion of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Ages 13 & up. No need to register.

Zumba with Billie Jo
6 pm Tuesdays, April 2 & 23
Get your comfy clothes and shoes to take your first steps into Zumba, or to just enjoy the exercise and fun music. Register now as spots are limited and remember to always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Registration required.

Coding Club
6:30 pm Thursday, April 4
Love to code?  Wanting to learn how to begin?  Join us as we start a whole new text based RPG story using Python. Ages 11-19. Register now, as computers are limited. Questions? Contact Clara at cgerner@cc-pl.org.

Dungeons & Dragons
6-10 pm Friday, April 5
New and experienced players alike welcome to play Dungeons & Dragons 5e and Fate Core. We will have pre-generated characters for you to use, but if you would like to make your own, 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 pm Monday, April 8
Play the game, create new worlds on our server or join in on an adventure map. Win prizes and play with local kids. Ages 8-14. Register to save a spot on the limited library laptops or bring your own. Questions? Contact Clara Gerner at cgerner@cc-pl.org.

Teen Anime Club
7 pm Monday, April 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.

Cold Spring Book Club
10 am Tuesday, April 16
Join the discussion of Fatherland by Robert Harris. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

City Barbeque Food for Thought
6:30 pm Tuesday, April 16
Regent Professor of History from NKU Jonathan T. Reynolds shares tales of living, working and traveling in West Africa.  He will regale you with tales of journeying far off the tourist path in an Africa that you will rarely see on TV. Ages 16 & up. Registration required.

Cup of Crime Book Club
7 pm Wednesday, April 17
Join the discussion of Tool & Die: A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery by Sarah Graves. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Teen Poetry Slam
7 pm Monday, April 22
April is poetry month! Bring your poetry and share it with other teens! All forms of poetry are accepted, though please keep language and subject matter teen appropriate. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Real Men Read Book Club
7 pm Thursday, April 25
Join the discussion of Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’ by Zora Neale Hurston. Ages 18 & up. Women & men welcome. New members welcome. No need to register.

After Hours Game Night
7-10 pm Friday, April 26
ring 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, more than100 different board and card games and five different console systems. Snacks, pizza and drinks will be provided. Ages 11 & up. Registration required.

Programs for Children and Families

Tot Time
9:30 & 11:30 am Mondays, April 1, 8 & 15
Ages 1-3. No need to register.

Toddler Time
10 & 11 am Wednesdays, April 3, 10 & 17
Ages 2-3. No need to register.

Baby Sign Story Time
9:30 am Thursdays, April 4, 11 & 18
Learn simple American sign language. Newborn-2. No need to register.

Preschool Time
10:30 am Thursdays, April 4, 11 & 18
Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Rock Painting
4 pm Thursday, April 4
Make some cool and creative designs with paint on rocks. Leave your finished rocks at the library for the whole community to enjoy, or bring them home with you. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Family Story Time
10 am Saturdays, April 6, 13 & 20
All ages. No need to register.

Fairy Party
2 pm Saturday, April 6
Celebrate spring and fairies by creating a magical fairy garden for your very own yard or house.

Use every day materials and a little bit of pixie dust to build beautiful garden pieces. Hopefully you will catch a fairy! Families. Registration required.

Kentucky Shakespeare Company: Fairy Tales from Around the World
4 pm Thursday, April 11
Kentucky Shakespeare will be joining us as we learn a little more about fairy tales and the culture and oral history behind them. Help develop your child’s creativity and critical thinking skills as they have fun performing with their peers. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Sunrock Farm’s Traveling Farm
2 pm Saturday, April 13
Let us bring the farm to you! Come out and meet and interact with some super cool farm animals. Families. Registration required.

Family Board and Card Game Day
1-5 pm Sunday, April 14
Choose any game from our collection, or bring a favorite from home. We carry more than 250 board and cards games. Families. No need to register.

Explorium of Lexington: Animal Adaptions
4 pm Thursday, April 18
Guests from the Explorium of Lexington will be here to teach us about cockroaches, tarantulas, hedgehogs and geckos, and how they live. You’ll even get to meet these creatures during this program. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Easter Celebration
2 pm Saturday, April 20
Let’s celebrate Easter! Bring the kids to decorate Easter eggs and hunt bags, participate in an Easter egg hunt and do some other coloring and festive activities. Families. Registration required.

Homeschool Hangout: Critters in the Classroom
11 am Tuesday, April 23
Want to learn more about raptors and birds of prey, and maybe even meet some face-to-face? This program is for you! Join us and guests from Critters in the classroom as we learn where these birds live, what they eat, and more. We will even get to see these beautiful animals up close. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

El Dia de los Ninos
Noon-3 pm Saturday, April 27
Join us for a celebration of cultures from around the world! We have fun events scheduled throughout the afternoon, including:
Noon-1 pm: Bollywood Dancing performance by the Cultural Centre of India
1:30-2:30 pm: Ritmo Rhythm & Movement
Noon-3 pm: Face painting with the Cincinnati Circus Company
Noon-3 pm: Multicultural crafts with the Taft Museum of Art
Stay for the whole day, or come and go as you please.
Families. No need to register.

Carrico/Fort Thomas

Programs for Adults and Teens

Brown Bag Book Club
Noon Monday, April 1
Join the discussion of From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars by Viginia Hanlon Grohl. Bag lunch optional. New members welcome. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

Teen Watercolor
3:30 pm Wednesday, April 3
Have you wanted to learn how to use watercolor? Are you looking for a place to practice your watercolor skills? Join us as we have an art session working with watercolors. Ages 11-19. Registration required.

Arts & Culture Series: A Night of Latin Jazz with NKU SOTA
7 pm Friday, April 5
Experience the unique fusion of African, European, and Caribbean rhythms coming together in A Night of Latin Jazz with NKU’s School of the Arts. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Coffee & Conversation Book Club
2 pm Wednesday, April 10
Join the discussion of No One Is Coming To Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

A Novel Idea YA Book Club @ Tower Park
4 pm Thursday, April 11
Join the discussion of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Age 11-19. New members welcome. No need to register. At Tower Park Armory, Fort Thomas.

Dot Art
6 pm Thursday, April 11
Create your own colorful dot masterpiece using cotton swabs and paint. This art technique is great for any skill level and a lot of fun. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Teen Film Festival
6-9 pm Monday, April 15 @ Tower Park Mess Hall, Fort Thomas
The teens who are participating in the Teen Film Festival will be able to premier their films at the Mess Hall in Tower Park in Fort Thomas. Please bring friends and family to watch your films and all members of the community are welcomed to attend and enjoy! For more information about the Teen Film Festival please stop by the Fort Thomas branch and talk to Morgan Lockard or Paige Wilson. Registration required.

Attracting Pollinators
1:30 pm Wednesday, April 17
Join Jason Vaughn from the Campbell County Extension Office to learn about the benefits of pollinators and how to attract them to your garden. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

After School Hangout
3:30 pm Wednesday, April 17
Stressful day at school? We can help with that! Stop by the Library to enjoy snacks, board games and video games. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Dungeons & Dragons
6-9 pm Friday, April 19
All levels welcome to 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. Ages11-19. No need to register.

Felt Flower Hoops
1-3 pm Wednesday, April 24
6-8 pm Thursday, April 25
Learn to make flowers from felt and attach them in your own design to a hoop to create a fun spring decoration. Ages 18 & up. Registration required. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, this craft is offered at two different times. Please register for only one event.

Teen Mandala Sand Arty
3:30 pm Wednesday, April 24
Learn how to make art with sand. We’ll have patterns available to follow or feel free to design your own pattern. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

St. Elizabeth Free Carotid Artery Screenings
9 am-2 pm Thursday, April 25
The Heart and Vascular Institute of St. Elizabeth Healthcare will offer free stroke and carotid screenings for qualified men and women age 40 or older. Carotid Artery Screening checks the arteries in the neck where plaque buildup can lead to blockages, which are the No.1 cause of stroke.  Registration is required via St. Elizabeth Scheduling. Please contact 859-301-WELL (9355) to see if you qualify and to schedule an appointment.

Arts Culture Series: Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra presents Global Passport
7 pm Friday, April 26
Join the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra for a performance of light classics at one of its most popular programs, Global Passport. The CCO string quartet will turn the stage into a tour bus as they present a program of exciting popular works from around the world, including Tarantella, Les Champs-Elysees, Can-Can and “Besame Mucho!” So dust off your passport, bring your boarding pass and join us as we take you on a global voyage through music. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Programs for Children and Families

Movie Night
4 pm Monday, April 1
What could be better than watching a movie with your friends?  Watching a movie with your friends and eating candy. Grades 1-5. No need to register.

Full STEAM Ahead
7 pm Mondays, April 1, 8 & 15
Get hands-on with Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math. Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Toddler Time
10 am Tuesdays, April 2, 9 & 16
Ages 2-3. No need to register.

Preschool Time
11 am Tuesdays, April 2, 9 & 16
Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Lap Time
9:30 am Wednesdays, April 3, 10 & 17
Newborn-2, especially for pre-walkers. Registration required.

Movers & Shakers
11 am Wednesdays, April 3, 10 & 17
Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Baby Time
9:30 & 10:30 am Thursdays, April 4, 11 & 18
Newborn-2, especially for walkers. Registration required.

Bunny Babies
10 am Saturday, April 6
Celebrate the spring season with songs, books and lots of bunny hopping. We will have an egg hunt and spring sensory activities. Newborn-2. Registration required.

Peep Party
4 pm Monday, April 8
Marshmallow Peeps are delicious, but they are cute too. We play with our food with games and crafts featuring our favorite springtime treat. Grades 1-5. No need to register.

10 am Saturday, April 13
Let your kids burn some energy and use their creativity at Block-a-Palooza.  They’ll be playing with others and practicing gross motor skills while also having fun. Families. No need to register.

Paper Bead Jewelry
4 pm Monday, April 15
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to save the Earth.  We are practicing Reuse by making pretty jewelry from magazines instead of sending them to the trash. Grades 1-5. No need to register.

Mommy & Baby Yoga
10:30 am Saturday, April 20
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-2. Registration required.

Puppy Tales
2-4 pm Saturday, April 20
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. All ages. Registration required.


Programs for Adults and Teens

Free Tax Preparation from AARP Tax-Aide
10 am-2 pm Tuesdays, April 2 & 9
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation help to anyone and especially those 50 and older. Tax-Aide’s IRS-certified volunteers are available to prepare individual tax returns. Appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis. No need to register, but see www.cc-pl.org to see what to bring.

Tween Scene
4-5 pm Tuesdays, April 2, 9 & 16
April 2: Logo Club
April 9: Cookies & Canvas
April 16: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ages 8-14. No need to register.

Newport Book Club
7 pm Tuesday, April 2
Join the discussion of We Were Brothers by Barry Boser. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

3-5 pm Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17 & 24
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 11-19. No need to register.

Pom Pom Animals
3-4:30 pm Thursday, April 4
Turn string yarn into pom poms and then turn those pom poms into animals. Mix and match your favorite colors to make a soft and cuddly friend. All supplies provided. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Countdown to Baby
3:30 pm Monday, April 8
Pregnancy can be a new experience each time it happens, and questions are natural. Join us for a session run by Northkey in which we will discuss different topics related to pregnancy and what to expect after your child’s birth, while also providing a space for new and expecting moms to meet and discuss their experiences. Registration required.

Euchre Tournament
6-8 pm Monday, April 8
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, so come play with us even if it’s your first time. 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 are awarded to first, second, and third place. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Homeschoolers’ Book Club
10 am Tuesday, April 9
Join the discussion of Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Ages 8-12. New members welcome. No need to register.

YA for Grown Adults Book Club
7 pm Tuesday, April 16
Join the discussion of Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Board of Trustees Meeting
5:30 pm Wednesday, April 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.

Vision Boards
3 pm Thursday, April 18
Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, or even 15 years? Planning out your future isn’t the most fun activity, but we are here to help! Do you want to be a millionaire with yacht? Do you want a tiger on that yacht? Well that is the fun with vision boards. If you can imagine then the possibilities are endless. All supplies provided. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

After Hours Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt
8 pm Saturday, April 20
Have fun and act like a kid again with an after hours glow in the dark Easter egg hunt.  We’ll start with some trivia to get you hoppin ready.  Then the hunt is on… Bring your own basket or bag. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Upcycled Birdfeeders
6:30-8:30 pm Monday, April 22
Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming unwanted products into new materials better for the environment. We will be taking bottles and creatively transforming them into birdfeeders where birds can enjoy a luxurious and tasty afternoon meal. Supplies provided. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Friends Book Sale
9 am-noon Thursday, April 25
The Friends of the Library host a book sale from 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Thursday of the month from January through October. The book sale is in the Friends Room on the lower level of the Newport Branch. Come browse the great selection of books and take advantage of incredible prices. No need to register.

Anime Club
3-5 pm Thursday, April 25
Do you love anime? Have you shipped everyone? Do you want to talk about anime with other teens who love it as much as you? Today is your day. We’ll watch anime, eat Pocky, maybe we’ll make a craft or color pictures and talk about all things anime. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Programs for Children and Families

Backyard Wilderness Exhibit & Bioblitz
April 1-30
Thanks to HHMI/Tangled Bank Studios, the Newport branch is hosting an exhibit that encourages families to engage with nature through investigation and observation during the entire month of April. The Backyard Wilderness exhibit show us the wonders of nature before we even wander into our backyards and encourages us to make connections with nature that don’t require a WiFi connection. The exhibit was created in conjunction with the Imax film, Backyard Wilderness, which is currently showing in theaters across the country. Family activity guides will be provided to allow you to begin investigating in your own backyard. You may also download the app, Seek by iNaturalist, to discover what species of plants, birds, insects, mammals, etc., are growing or living near you. Or, to truly be WiFi free, ask a librarian to help you locate one of our many identification guides to check out and take with you into your own backyard wilderness adventure. All ages.

Along with the exhibit, the library is sponsoring a bioblitz, an intense period of biological survey in an attempt to record all living species within a designated area. Our bioblitz focuses on the species in either your backyard, the Library’s yard or in one of the many parks in the city of Newport. We are looking for whatever plants, amphibians, fungi, fish, reptiles, arachnids, birds, insects, mollusks or mammals you can find in those areas. To learn what species typically reside in our area, you may download the app Seek by iNaturalist, or check out one of our many nature guides. You may also stop by our Newport Branch to pick up a species bioblitz form to use to record all your findings. (A downloadable version of the form will be available here beginning April 1.) This sheet will also provide a sampling of species to look for in our area and a map of all our parks. If you bring your completed bioblitz form back to our Newport Branch and show it to one of our librarians, we will give you an entry form to win one of our outdoor adventure kits or your very own nature guide. A bonus entry form will be given to anyone visiting five or more of Newport’s parks.

Ready for K Through Play
10 am Mondays, March 1, 8 & 15
Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Movers & Shakers
10 am Tuesdays, April 2, 9 & 16
Ages 2-3. No need to register.

Baby Bounce & Rhyme
10 am Wednesdays, April 3, 10 & 17
Newborn-2. No need to register.

Little Prodigies
4 pm Wednesdays, April 3, 10 & 17
April 3: Butterflies.
April 10: Caterpillars
April 17: Flowers
Ages 2-7. No need to register.

Story Tots
10 am Thursdays, April 4, 11 & 18
Ages 3-5. No need to register.

DIY Peg Dolls
11 am-1 pm Saturday, April 6
The designs are endless when it comes to creating a doll.  We’ll be using wooden peg dolls along with various craft materials to craft our own toys. All ages. No need to register.

Exploration Station
5-7 pm Thursday, April 11
Sensory play is a way that you and your child can have fun while building language skills, developing motor skills, and exploring sensations! This fun, monthly program gives you and your child a place to explore with this kind of play. We will have sensory stations available to play with and learn from. From sensory bins and a water table, to discovery bottles and bags, we will have lots of options to choose from while you are here. This month, there will be spring themed activities and stations to explore. This is a drop-in program, so feel free to stop by at any time and stay for as little or as long as you would like. All ages. No need to register.

Yoga for Young Ones
11 am Saturday, April 13
Yoga is a great way to mix movement and reading together in this story time. During this program we will learn yoga poses to go with a story and practice mindfulness exercises for kids! There will also be songs as well as a craft and open play. Bring a yoga mat if you would like to, but they are not required. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move around in. We hope to see you there. Questions? Contact Children’s Librarian Nina Frondorf at nfrondorf@cc-pl.org or 859-572-5035 ext 18. All ages. No need to register.

Family Fun Night: A Bug’s Life
6:30 pm Thursday, April 18
This night of family fun is nature themed! During this program, we will watch the movie A Bug’s Life while enjoying a night with family. There will also be games, a play area for young ones, themed snacks, and information about how you can explore your backyard to find creatures like those we see in the movie. All ages. No need to register.

Easter Celebration
2 pm Saturday, April 20
Join us for a fun hour with an Easter egg hunt and crafts! All ages. No need to register.


Programs for Adults and Teens

No Sew Donuts
12:30-2 pm Saturday, April 6
What’s better than a donut? A donut you can everywhere and never goes bad. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Mah Jong
5-6:30 pm Friday, April 12
A small presentation on Riichi Mah Jong, a game of melding and collecting tiles that is akin to rummy. Followed by rounds of play.  All skill levels welcome. Ages 13 & up. Registration required.

Alexandria Book Club
4:30 pm Thursday, April 18
Join the discussion of Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Alexandria Homeschool Fun
1:30 pm Friday, April 19
Join other homeschool students and families as we gather monthly to learn something new. This month we’ll be learning how to play music with bananas and Play-doh. We’ll also learn how to use a Makey-Makey to do other activities with simple circuits and everyday objects. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Programs for Children and Families

Terrific Tuesdays
11:15 am Tuesdays, April 2, 9 & 16
Ages 3-5. Registration required.

Babies & Books
11:15 am Fridays, April 5, 12 & 19
Newborn-2. Registration required.

Make Your Tree Bloom
4 pm Tuesday, April 9
Ready to make your own tree bloom like the ones you see in spring? Come make your own using buttons. In this program, you will be given a bare tree image, which you will decorate with colorful buttons of all shapes and sizes to decorate to your heart’s content. This program is great for younger children who need practice developing fine motor skills as well as older kids who want to experiment with colors and express their creativity. All ages. Registration required.

Alexandria After School
4:30 pm Wednesdays, April 10 & 17
April 10: Use paper to construct your own blocks and see what you can build with them.
April 27: Play minute to win it games.
Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Pokemon Club
4 pm Thursday, April 11
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. All ages. No need to register.

Family Lego Club
2 pm Saturday, April 13
Do you love building cool things with Legos? Then join us for this hour of family fun doing Lego Mini-Challenges. Families. Registration required.

Related Posts

Leave a Comment