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Big Read Kick-off Event

Jay Jennings, who has been a longtime friend and mentored by fellow author of True Grit, Charles Portis, will be our Keynote Speaker for the evening. Please join us for an exciting and fun-filled evening as we saddle up to Kickoff this wonderful community event.

Event Location: Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144

Date: Fri, Oct 7, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Book: True Grit

Old Weird America: The Mystery of Writer-Adventurer Ambrose Bierce

Thursday, November 14     6:00-7:00 PM      Northside Library  When author Ambrose Bierce vanished without a trace in 1913 at the age of 71, after joining up as an observer in the army of Pancho Villa in the Mexican Revolution, he sealed his place in the American consciousness. This time around, we'll explore the life and likely death of the misanthropic satirist known as ‘Bitter Bierce’—who defined a year as: A period of 365 disappointments.

Mingling Through the Decades- 1950s-60s

Join KPL as we explore how people would meet and greet in different eras. Immerse yourself in history and learn and practice techniques from each time period that you can use for upcoming holiday get-togethers. Each event will have opportunities for photos, so dressing for the theme is welcome and encouraged! View ideas for clothing by clicking here and choosing the time period.

Ages 14 and up.  Registration is limited and required. Register online by clicking on the title of the event or call 262-564-6130.

1950s-1960s- Table settings, “Mock”tails, and Weird Foods in Jello Molds. Photo op with a 1950s Chevy pickup (weather permitting).
Saturday, November 9
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Southwest Library

OLD WEIRD AMERICA / Haunting Images Thurs, Oct 24, at 6pm @ Northside Library

Do you believe in ghosts? Seeing is believing.  In a 19thc America awash in civil strife, technical miracles, and outrageous frauds, the development of photography encompassed all 3 in the practice of capturing “ghosts” on film. Was spirit photography proof of life after death, as so many longed to believe—or the mere humbug of an opportunistic entrepreneur? Come see and hear the fascinating story of this curious phenomenon, presented by historian Cathy Polovina.

2019 Scary Story Contest: Ghost Towns - Winners Have Been Contacted

Our annual scary story contest is back! 3rd-12th graders, here's your chance to write an original story that incorporates the theme: Ghost Towns

Entries can be returned to any KPL location and must be received by 9 PM on Thursday, October 31st. 

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, quality of writing, adherence to contest rules, and scariness. 

Your short story should be about 500 words long and typed, if possible. If you like, you may illustrate your story.

Your story MUST be your own, original work, and it MUST incorporate the theme. Stories that do not follow the theme will be disqualified. Language must be library appropriate.

Pick up an entry form at any library or print it here.

 

 

 

 

2019 Scary Story Contest: Ghost Towns

Our annual scary story contest is back! 3rd-12th graders, here's your chance to write an original story that incorporates the theme: Ghost Towns

Entries can be returned to any KPL location and must be received by 9 PM on Thursday, October 31st. 

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, quality of writing, adherence to contest rules, and scariness. 

Your short story should be about 500 words long and typed, if possible. If you like, you may illustrate your story.

Your story MUST be your own, original work, and it MUST incorporate the theme. Stories that do not follow the theme will be disqualified. Language must be library appropriate.

Pick up an entry form at any library or print it here.

 

 

 

 

Workshop for Job Seekers

Looking for a job or thinking of changing careers? Join KPL and the Kenosha Job Center to learn about all of the resources available to you for employment success. Attendees will get a list of who is hiring in the area, templates to help write resumes and cover letters, and prep questions and tips for favorable interviews. Bring your current resume for a mini-review session at the end of class.

Saturday, September 21st at 1:30-3:30pm

Southwest Library

Old Weird America: The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing, the 1906 "Crime of the Century" (Thurs. Sept.12, 6pm @ Northside Library)

Come see and hear the story of a beautiful but naïve young woman, a talented and prominent New York citizen with a secret life, and the mentally disturbed son of a millionaire who married one and murdered the other in turn-of-the-century New York City. When innocent 16-year-old Gibson Girl model Evelyn Nesbit met 47-year-old architect Stanford White, the stage was set for an explosive sex and murder scandal that brought America into the modern age of celebrity culture. THURSDAY, SEPT.12, 6 PM @ THE NORTHSIDE LIBRARY

Adult Books for Kids who are Advanced Readers

 

Parents, do you have a voracious reader at home? A preteen or teen who reads at a high level, but has “read everything already” and thinks everything is “too easy”?
One of my favorite questions is what books would I recommend for a young reader who has already sped through the novels meant for them and needs more books! Bigger books!
Here are some suggestions:
 

For the kid who has read all of Harry Potter, Narnia, and Percy Jackson…

 

For the kid who likes mysteries…

 

For the kid who likes out-of-this-world, funny books…

 

 

For the kid who likes history or classics…


Of course the best book for any child is the one they are interested in reading, but these might give you a place to start for those itching to move on to adult books. Even better, these books are ones you may enjoy too!
 

Hilary Perrino
Early Literacy Specialist
Youth and Family Services
Kenosha Public Library

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