Meet Samantha – she can bring out your creativity!

Let’s play Two Truths and a Lie. My name is Samantha, and I have three facts for debate:  1) I listen to heavy metal.  2) I am naturally a red-head.  3) My husband is 15 inches taller than me.

I’ve been working at BCPL for only 8 months, but have been a part of BCPL for so much longer!  As a kid, I spent a lot of time at the Lents Branch, both for myself, and tagging along as my mom has been in the Chick Picks book club for 19 years. The library has always been a part of my life, but I never knew how big that piece would become. I started out at UC studying architecture, but after two years, I ran away (screaming) to NKU, where I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, having studied graphic design plus some painting, ceramics, and screen printing on the way.

 

After graduating, I worked for a local company designing a myriad of items for them. But when the Boone Innovation Lab at the Hebron Branch was set to open, and the position to work with all the creative machinery became available, I couldn’t pass it up!  My job now not only entails my own creative process, but helping others realize what they can create.  And I get to use a sewing machine, photo cube, 3-D printer, form box and so much more!  Click here to learn more about the Boone Innovation Lab and to reserve equipment.

In my spare time, my husband (Damian) and I watch sci-fi movies, historical dramas, and medical dramas; (we are watching Scrubs for the 4th time currently!). We also go to concerts, specifically METAL! Most recently we saw The Hu, a Mongolian metal band at The Taft. Also this past year, we saw Iron Maiden, Breaking Benjamin and 3 Days Grace. Some of our favorite shows have been Rob Zombie (seen 5 times), Seether (seen 4 times), Gojira (seen once, but they are great!), InFlames (seen twice), and Breaking Benjamin (seen 4 times).

 

Damian and I have been married for just over a year, and have been together for almost 6 years. Our wedding was at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and before our ceremony, we were given an hour to wander the closed museum and take photos. If you look at the photo, you can see that Damian is quite a bit taller than I, 6’4 to my 5’1, which makes him 15 inches taller than me!

Which brings us to the end of the game, the lie. I am not naturally a red-head, though sometimes I wish I was! My mother has bright red hair, and for years, I dyed my hair red as well. Red isn’t the only color I’ve tried though; in the past it has been blue, green, and even purple.

 

So come visit me at the Hebron Branch!  I can help you tap into your creative side and teach you to use the machinery in the Boone Innovation Lab.  Or maybe just discuss heavy metal!

 

Connect with Other Families Over Coffee and Cocoa at Chill 2020

Stop. Step back. Breathe.

Between work, school, family, and other activities, we often lose sight on what’s important in our lives. The stress can appear in ways that impact our own mental and emotional health, and eventually the overall well-being of our families. January is a time for new beginnings. Learn how to connect as a family in a meaningful way during Chill 2020, a three week series beginning Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library located at 1786 Burlington Pike. Please register here.

Each week, early literacy library staff will present a major topic for discussion. Each topic will have a number of supporting components. There may be a couple of books that support the topic, a rhyme or song, mindful movement, and family activities that encourage positive interactions. Each session also includes some time for children and adults to interact with each other and get to know people in their community. Throughout the program, you will receive resources that will reinforce the ideas and activities you receive during the month of January to continue on your family’s path of taking a step back from the chaos of life and intentionally practicing mindful activities.

The first week encourages connecting as a family unit. You will write out your family values and rules and display them in a creative way. You will also create weekly and daily routines and learn movements that encourage taking a few moments to process thoughts and manage stress in healthy ways. During week two, families will learn about ways to encourage positive behaviors. Look at family photos and discuss their relationship to positive family interactions. Learn methods that encourage children to make good decisions every day. The final week covers the uniqueness of your child and how to handle situations based on their personalities. The activity this week will allow families to create something that embraces their child’s individuality. Mindful movement for this week encourages seeing the positive side of seemingly negative traits and using colors to help express feelings.

We lead busy lives. Our children often have as many activities as we do and don’t always have a healthy way to communicate the stress they feel in their own lives. Make this January the time that your family becomes a mindful and meaningful family!

Chill 2020 (family program)
Tuesday, January 14, 21 & 28
Main Library, 6:30 p.m.
Reduce stress and improve focus while connecting with other families over coffee and cocoa. Practice mindfulness techniques and how to encourage positive behavior through stories and play. Each evening will end with a door prize! Registering for January 14, registers you for all three sessions.

Please register here.