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Mark Your Calendars: Here's What's Happening at the Campbell County Library

The Annual YART sale featuring works from artists and crafters is November 13 at the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Library (photo: CC Library)

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A clear sign fall has arrived, the Campbell County Public Library has released its November calendar of events.

A highlight is YART, the library's annual yard art sale featuring works from artists and crafters on Saturday, November 13, at the Newport Branch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From November 11 through 13 is the Friends Book Sale, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also at the Newport Branch. And, you can catch Northern Kentucky native and country artist Jeremy Pinnell at 7 pm at Newport on Friday, November 19, as part of the library's Signature Series.

For November, two "givens" to remember. The library will follow the Covid health guidelines in place at that time — and all branches will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 25. 

Here's a list of some of the events, classes and bookclubs at the Carrico/Fort Thomas location, followed by Alexandria, Cold Spring, and Newport. For more details, see the Campbell County Public Library website


CARRICO/FORT THOMAS (Registration is required for all programs.)


Carrico/Fort Thomas Public Library, located at 1000 Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas

Book Discussions

Coffee & Conversation
2 pm Wednesday, Nov. 10
The Ghosts of Eden Park
by Karen Abbott.

If You Give a Kid a Book Club
4:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 11
Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow. Register to get a free copy of the book to keep. Grades 1-5.


Floral Burlap Wreath
2 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2
6:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 4
Create an autumnal wreath using a wire frame, burlap ribbon, artificial florals and hot glue.

St. Elizabeth Free Carotid Artery Screenings
9 am - 2 pm Thursday, Nov. 4
St. Elizabeth is offering free stroke and carotid screenings for those age 40 and older who qualify.

Exploring Local History
6:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 11
Presented in partnership with the Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum, take in stories about some of the 80,000 soldiers who came through the city.

Talking Tech Troubles with Morgan
2 pm Tuesday, Nov. 16
This month’s meeting topic is Bluetooth.

Teens & Tweens

DIY Duct Tape Hat
3 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2
Design a colorful hat with duct tape! Ages 11-19.

Spy Skills
4 pm Thursday, Nov. 4 & Monday, Nov. 8
Send encoded messages, create invisible ink, attempt to make it through a laser maze and more. Ages 8-14.

Cartoons & Canvas: Q-Tip Tree Painting
4 pm Wednesday, Nov. 10 & 17
Watch cartoons while painting a tree using Q-Tips. Nov. 17 date held via Zoom. Ages 11-19.

Tween Anime Day
4 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
Come to the library to watch anime with tweens that love it just as much as you. Ages 8-14.


Puppy Tales
2-4 pm Saturday, Nov. 13
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.

Arrowhead Reptile Rescue
4 pm Monday, Nov. 15
Get up close and personal with ambassador reptiles during this educational animal show.

Geeking @ the Library
5-7 pm Saturday, Nov. 20
Link up with fellow geeks at the library. Bring board and card games from home or enjoy the library’s collection. Geekdom has no age limit: all ages are welcome. Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver.

4 pm Monday, Nov. 22
Explore hands-on STEAM activities with Legos, Snap Circuits, Keva planks, coding activities, art supplies and more.

Despicable Me Interactive Movie
2-3:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 27
Get in on the heist with Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the Minions. Become a part of the movie with library-provided props and actions.

Graphic Novel Fans
4 pm Monday, Nov. 29
Talk about your favorite graphic novels, share your own work, and get tips from published authors and artists. Those who attend the meeting have a chance to win amazing graphic novels just for coming!

Children (Grades 1-5, unless noted.)

Invitation to Create: Howardena Pindell
4 pm Monday, Nov. 1
Learn about American artist, curator and educator Howardena Pindell, best known for her abstract collages made of layered paper dots, then make art inspired by her work.

Young Ones

Movers & Shakers
10 am Mondays
Shake, move and sing in this active, musical story time that includes open play. Ages 2-3.

Together Time Tales
10 am Tuesdays
Spend time together reading, playing and learning. Ages 3-5.

Lap Time
10 am Wednesdays
Strengthen the language, motor and social skills in very young babies through songs, rhymes, books and lap bounces. The program is followed by open play. Newborn-2, especially for pre-walkers.

Baby Time
9:30 am and 10:30 am Thursdays
Build your baby’s language, motor and social skills through engaging songs, rhymes, simple movements, games, books and open play. No story time Nov. 25. Newborn-2, especially for walkers.

Superhero Babies
10 am Saturday, Nov. 6
Baby superpowers will be on display in this special story time! Along with songs, rhymes and books, we will craft an egg shaker with superhero stickers.

Mommy and Baby Yoga
10:30 am Saturday, Nov. 13
Moms and babies will enjoy stretching, strengthening and interacting with others. Bring mat and wear comfortable clothing. Newborn-2. 


ALEXANDRIA (Registration is required for all programs.


Alexandria Public Library, located at 8333 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria

Book Discussions

Alexandria Book Club
7:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King.

Cam’s Kids Book Club
4:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 23
The Diamond and the Boy by Hannah Holt. Register for a free copy of the book. Grades 1-5.


No-Sew Fall Banner
3-4:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
Make an easy fall-inspired craft to hang in your home.

Teens & Tweens

Glittery Book Pages Fall Leaves
3 pm Thursday, Nov. 4
Use glitter, book pages and fall leaves to create a fun fall decoration. Ages 11-19.

Tie-Dye Pillowcases
3-4:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 11
These tie-dye pillowcases are sure to add color to any room. Ages 11-19.


Pete the Cat Party
3 pm Saturday, Nov. 20
Celebrate Pete the Cat by reading his stories, playing themed games and making groovy crafts.

Children  (Grades 1-5, unless noted.)

Cincinnati Museum Center presents: Archaeology of Ohio’s Native American Peoples
4:30 pm Wednesday, Nov. 17
November is National Native American Heritage Month. Join CCPL and the Cincinnati Museum Center in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Homeschool Hangout: Friendsgiving
1 pm Wednesday, Nov. 24
Play Thanksgiving-themed games and make crafts. Treat bags will be provided to take home and enjoy.

CCPL Roblox Club
4 pm Saturday, Nov. 27
Play Roblox with friends and other local kids using the library’s private server. Online.

Young Ones

Preschool Story Time
11:15 am Tuesdays
This story time includes fun activities, crafts and themed books that aim to develop your child’s pre-literacy skills. Ages 3-5.

Baby Story Time
11:15 am Fridays
Socialize little ones while making connections with other parents during this story time. Newborn-2. 

COLD SPRING (Registration is required for all programs.)


Cold Spring Public Library, located at 3920 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring

Book Discussions

You’ve Been Booked
7-8:45 pm Monday, Nov. 1
Naruto Vol. 1 by Masashi Kishimoto. Open to both teens and adults.

Cup of Crime Book Club
7 pm Wednesday, Nov. 10
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

Tuesday Book Club
10-11:30 am Tuesday, Nov. 16
Enemies, a Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Homeschool Book to Movie Club
11:30 am Thursday, Nov. 18
Indian No More by Charlene Willing and Traci Sorell. Register to get a free copy of the book. Ages 8-12.

Real Men Read
7-9 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
Banking on Trouble by Kathi Reed.


Cold Spring Stargazers Club
6-8:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 4
At this month’s meeting, the stargazers club will try to spot the lead-up to the New Moon, which is on the 7.

Dungeons & Dragons
5-8 pm Friday, Nov. 5
Figure out the mysteries of A Tough Tavern to Swallow, a one-shot adventure for up to six characters. New and experienced players are welcome.

Family Board and Card Game Day
1-5 pm Sunday, Nov. 14
Play tabletop board and card games at the library with your family. Choose any game from our collection, which includes over 250 board and card games, or bring a favorite from home.

NaNoWriMo Midpoint Push
6-7:30 pm Monday, Nov. 15
Catch up on your NaNoWriMo project at the library with others.

NaNoWriMo Wrap Up!
6-7:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 30
Enjoy the company of other writers at the library as they discuss the highs and lows of their NaNoWriMo experience.

Teens & Tweens

Minecraft Club
5-7 pm Monday, Nov. 8
Join the library’s server to hang out with other players in the virtual world of Minecraft. Online. Ages 8-12. 

After Hours Game Night
7-10 pm Friday, Nov. 19
It’s game night at the library! Bring a favorite from home or choose from our collection, which includes over 100 board and card games, along with five different console systems. Ages 12+.

Teen Media Club: Anime
5-7 pm Monday, Nov. 22
Discuss and watch some different forms of media. This month’s theme is anime. Ages 11-19.

Teen Hangout
5-7 pm Monday, Nov. 29
Play games and hang out with other teens. Ages 11-19.


Fall Slime
11 am Saturday, Nov. 6
Pumpkin spice isn’t just for coffee, it’s also for slime! Explore the sensory details of fall by making pumpkin and cinnamon-scented slime with fall foliage.

Jewelry Making Party
11 am Saturday, Nov. 13
Craft friendship bracelets, beaded necklaces and more!

Picture Book Scavenger Hunt
11 am Saturday, Nov. 20
November is Picture Book Month! To celebrate, let’s search for the library’s most beloved picture books.

Children (Grades 1-5, unless noted. )

Bullet Journal Making
4 pm Thursday, Nov. 4
Bullet journals are having a moment. A popular organizational system that allows users to set their own pace, these planners allow for creativity and endless customization. Using provided materials, create a work of art to take home and keep.

Homeschool Hangout
11 am Tuesday, Nov. 9
The Arboretum on Wheels is coming to the library! Learn about basic food chains and explore what it means to be part of an ecosystem.

DIY Squishy Making
4 pm Thursday, Nov. 11
Decorate your own squishy using materials provided by the library.

Fall Trivia
4 pm Friday, Nov. 18
Fall is here! Come to the library for fall-themed trivia and a book giveaway.

Young Ones

Tot Time
9:30 & 11:30 am Mondays
Build your child's development skills through engaging and interactive themed stories, songs and motor skills followed by open play. Ages 1-3.

Toddler Time
10 & 11 am Wednesdays
These stories, songs rhymes will exercise your little ones' bodies and minds. This story time is followed by a craft and open play. Ages 2-3.

Baby Time
9:30 am Thursdays
Strengthen your baby’s language, motor and social skills through engaging songs, rhymes, simple movements, games, books and open play. No story time Nov. 25. Newborn-2, especially for walkers.

Preschool Time
10:30 am Thursdays
Join the library every week to help your child develop their pre-literacy and motor skills with themed stories, gross motor play and crafts. No story time Nov. 25. Ages 3-5.

NEWPORT (Registration is required for all programs, unless noted.)


Newport Public Library, located at 901 E. Sixth St. in Newport

Book Discussions

Newport Book Club
7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Tween Book Club
4 pm Friday, Nov. 12
Tight by Torrey Maldonado. Register to get a free copy of the book. Ages 8-14.

Young Adults for Grown Adults
7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 16
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.


Countdown Counter
5:30-7:30 pm Monday, Nov. 8
Start the countdown to whatever holiday you celebrate this season with this festive craft.

Friends Book Sale
9 am - 5 pm Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 11-13.
Held at the Friends Room on the lower level of the Newport Branch, a large selection of items will be available, with prices ranging from 25 cents to $3 for select titles, as well as free books. Registration is not required.

YART: The Yard Art Sale
11 am - 4 pm Saturday, Nov. 13
Get a head start on holiday shopping at YART, the library’s annual art yard sale. Peruse work from dozens of artists, crafters and students selling their own unique creations. Everything is $30 or less, from ceramics to illustrations, photography, metalwork, paintings, jewelry, textiles and more.

Fall Door Hanger
6-7:30 pm Monday, Nov. 15
Visit the library to make decorations for fall.

Signature Series: Jeremy Pinnell
7 pm Friday, Nov. 19
Fresh off the release of his third studio album Goodbye LA, Northern Kentucky native and country artist Jeremy Pinnell will perform at our Newport Branch as part of our Signature Series. Free tickets are required.

Cork Pumpkin
6-7:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 22
Let’s make a cork pumpkin together.

Teens & Tweens

Tween Scene: Book Bingo
4 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2
Play bingo to win free books and other prizes. Ages 8-14.

Tween Scene: Spinning Dancers
4 pm Tuesday, Nov. 9
Get artsy by creating moving dancers for this STEAM project.

Anime Club
3 pm Thursday, Nov. 11
Watch anime and eat some good snacks! Ages 11-19.

Tween Scene: Fizzy Dinosaur Eggs
4 pm Tuesday, Nov. 16
Create dinosaur eggs that fizzle when you add water.

Fall Banner
3-4:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
Add autumn vibes to your room with this fall banner perfect for sweater weather.

Tween Scene: Lego
4 pm Tuesday, Nov. 23
Use your imagination to make a creation with Lego bricks. Ages 8-14.

Tween Scene: Watercolor Painting
4 pm Tuesday, Nov. 30
Relax by painting a picture using watercolors. Ages 8-14.


11 am Saturday, Nov. 6
Befriend a dragon and make a sunflower sword.

Family Fun Night: Raya and the Last Dragon
6:30-8:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
Enjoy a family movie night at the library with Raya and the Last Dragon. Prepackaged snacks will be available.

Collage for Kids: Gratitude
11 am Saturday, Nov. 20
Let’s collage words and images that represent what we’re thankful for.

Autumn Suncatchers
11 am Saturday, Nov. 27
Create suncatchers that look like lovely fall leaves to soak in the last bits of fall.

Children  (Grades 1-5, unless noted.)

Little Prodigies
4 pm Wednesdays
Make crafts at Little Prodigies. This month’s programming includes cloud sewing, friendship bracelets, confetti cannon, colorful turkey.

Homeschoolers’ Club: Volcanoes
1 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
For this month’s lesson, we’ll learn how to create a volcano.

Young Ones

Ready for K Through Play
10 am Mondays
Prepare your child for kindergarten with this classic story time involving books, music and play. Ages 3-5.

Movers & Shakers
10 am Tuesdays
Shake, move and sing in this active, musical story time that includes open play. Ages 2-3.

Baby Bounce and Rhyme
10 am Wednesdays
Develop your little one’s literacy skills with this story and singing time. Newborn-2.

10 am Thursdays
The songs we sing and books we read at story time can have a positive influence on young minds. No story time Nov. 25. Ages 3-5.

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 8333 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria, phone 859-572-7463. Express locations for pickups and returns are located in Silver Grove and Melbourne. Happy reading!

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