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Kentucky Broadband Initiative: Internet Speed Test Kentucky

Kentucky Launches Free Statewide Wi-Fi Speed Test to Better Connect People to School, Business and Government Services

Go to ewdc.ky.gov/Initiatives/Pages/KBI.aspx to participate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2021) – Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced today the launch of the Kentucky Broadband Speed Test, a crowd-sourcing project that will gather data from Kentuckians needed to expand internet home access for distance learning, telework and telehealth. Kentuckians can take the free, anonymous speed test from Jan. 19 to Feb. 18 at ewdc.ky.gov/Initiatives/Pages/KBI.aspx.

To participate, the device must be connected to your home Wi-Fi service and disconnected from a virtual private network (VPN) that may be connected to a workplace or school. For the most accurate results, ensure that no one else connected to your home internet is using a substantial portion of the internet bandwidth for activities such as streaming video or gaming during the test.

Individuals without Wi-Fi access in their home can visit their local library or other locations such as stores or restaurants that offer free internet access to submit the address of a home with no available service.

“We need as many Kentuckians as possible to take this internet speed test, to get an accurate picture of who has adequate internet access across the state,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “The more speed tests taken, the better understanding we will have of our state’s internet capabilities, and the better prepared we will be to repair and expand it.”

The Governor noted that the budget proposal he recently offered up before the General Assembly contains $50 million dedicated to the last mile of broadband to areas in need. This historic investment would be the first time state money funded an expansion of broadband, which the pandemic has shown to be crucial to schools, telehealth, business and more.

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WINTER READING CHALLENGE

Sign up for the Winter reading challenge today, you can sign up by clicking on the link: http://cynthianalibrary.beanstack.org

or downloading the Beanstack App to your smart phone

or tablet.  Read books and complete challenges to win prizes.  The grand prizes are gift cards

for Joseph-Beth, Barnes and Noble, and Half-Price Books!    The reading challenge is an for all ages, birth and up!

http://cynthianalibrary.beanstack.org

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Holiday Breakout Games

 

Click on the links to get started; the games are free. If you need

help or have any problems, please call the library at 234-4881.

 

https://platform.breakoutedu.com/game/twas-the-night-before-christmas

https://resources.breakoutedu.com/breakout-of-2020-start

 

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CHCPL & The Main Cup Partner To Offer FREE WIFI

Exciting news for students,, virtual learners and parents!
You can now access the library’s WIFI at THE Main Cup. We have strengthened and boosted our WiFi for the purpose of supporting virtual learners. If you are struggling with a poor internet connection, you can utilize services at the library or at The Main Cup! The signal is strongest on our lawn and front porch. We invite you to use these spaces to study and just ask that you practice social distancing and COVID guidelines while visiting us. We are so excited to partner with The Main Cup and give a big thanks to them for letting us utilize their space.
The Library offers WIFI 24/7 and boosts the signal to the parking lot as well. If you have any questions, please let us know at 234-4881

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Story Walk

Introducing our newest project at CHCPL, our brand new Story Walk.  This is a permanent story walk located on the lower walking trail at Flat Runs Veteran Park.  It features a wonderful book, From Head To Toe by Eric Carle.  We encourage you to take your family out for stroll and enjoy a story.     This project was made possible by funding by the Kentucky Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, as well as the Wm. Frank Lebus, Jr. Library Fund.

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Free Breakout Games

Check out the link to play a Breakout Game online for FREE!! There are several games and they are for all different age groups from young children to adults.   Just click on the link to get started on your next virtual adventure! Then let us know if you BROKE OUT!

http://breakoutedu.com/funathome

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A statement from the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library Director and Board of Trustees

The Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library is proud to support the Kentucky Library Association’s statement on racial inequality, as well as those made by the American Library Association and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Your library staff is committed to providing equal access to materials, information, and programming to all in Harrison County. Equality is an essential part of our library’s values, and libraries are essential in providing access to materials and information for everyone.

Branching out into the community

 

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Breakout Games-Free Digital Breakout Games

Check out the link to play a Breakout Game online for FREE!! There are several games and they are for all different age groups from young children to adults.   Just click on the link to get started on your next virtual adventure! Then let us know if you BROKE OUT!

http://breakoutedu.com/funathome

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Summer Reading 2020!

It’s that time of year again! Despite the current pandemic, we still hold a Summer Reading Program for kids and adults alike! We will be providing curbside services and online tracking so you can complete your journey.

June 1st – Summer Reading kicks off!

Beanstack-Online Summer Reading Program

This year we are using an online program to track library events and your reading progress. You will earn badges and tickets by reading and other fun activities. You can sign up using our link  or by downloading the Beanstack App on your smartphone or tablet.

Complete Activities and earn badges. Earn tickets when you complete badges to be entered to win summer reading prizes!

  • Each child earns a free book after they have completed 7 badges.
  • Adults receive a bag and flashlight after they have completed 7 badges.

Children’s Grand Prizes

Pre-Readers:

  1. Melinda’s Boutique Gift Card – Melinda’s Boutique is a family owned business in Cynthiana, Kentucky, offering a variety of clothing selections for babies to tweens and everything in between.
  2. Moonlite Storybook Projector – Your child’s favorite tales come alive with Moonlite, an easy-to-use storybook projector! This small device clips onto your phone and uses the flashlight to project vibrant storybook images onto any surface!The Moonlite app displays story text and plays charming sound effects, creating an immersive and magical story time experience for you and your child.

Children:

  1. Rohs Opera House Gift Card – The Rohs Opera House proudly offers movies on a new state of the art digital projector.  Grab the popcorn and enjoy the movie!
  2. Kindle Kids Edition – Ideal for both beginner and experienced chapter book readers, Kindle Kids Edition is designed just for reading, which means no distractions from apps, videos or games. Includes a colorful cover, 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, and a 2-year worry free guarantee.

Teens:

  1. Deluxe Mega Wood Box Art, Painting & Drawing Set – 142-Piece Wood Box Drawing Set Includes: 24 colored pencils, 24 oil pastels, 24 watercolor cakes, 60 Wax Crayons, 3 Mixing trays, 2 drawing pencils, 2 paint brushes, sharpener, ruler, eraserField Sketch Book, Watercolor Paper Pad, Drawing Sketch Pad, 15-Piece Brush Set, 10-Well Plastic Palette & Color Mixing Wheel
  2. Fujifilm instax Mini 9 Instant Camera – Fujifilm instax Mini 9 Instant Camera and one Mini Film Twin Pack (20 Sheets) Snaps and prints pictures that fit in your wallet. Compact and lightweight design. Macro Lens for close-ups from 35-50cm away, adjustable brightness and selfie mirror.

Adult Grand Prizes:

  1. Eat Local, Shop Local! $25 gift certificates to a variety of Local Restaurants and Businesses

August 15th – Summer Reading Ice Cream Social Distancing Party

Drive Thru for a Free Sweet Treat and to pick up summer reading prizes!

Paper Reading Log

If you don’t have access to the Internet or have a smartphone, you can download the paper Summer Reading Log here.

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History As It Happens

Because we are now living in historic times, we would like to encourage all Harrison County residents to contribute to a file we will create about living in Harrison County during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are interested in your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Write either on paper or electronically, whichever is your preference. You can contribute as much or as little as you wish. Once we know when the library will re-open, we will announce that we are taking contributions. After the library has an opportunity to curate the documents this file will be available to the public.

Follow this link for prompts to help you get started http://cynthianalibrary.org/history-as-it-happens/.  Check out our Facebook page throughout the rest of our closure for additional prompts.