Local Author Fair – just in time for holiday shopping!

October is almost over and after Halloween, you know what’s coming next…the holidays! Say it to yourself in your best Jon Snow voice and maybe it will be a little less stressful. One of the biggest challenges for many people is the gift situation. We live in a world where we can get basically anything we want whenever we want it. What do you get the person that has everything? How about a book written by a local author? To help you with your gift list, Boone County Public Library will hold a Local Author’s Day on Saturday, November 17 from 1-4 p.m. at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington.

A panel of local authors will lead a discussion about the writing and publishing process at 1 p.m., open to the public and all writing enthusiasts! Directly following will be a book fair featuring over 40 different local authors. Genres include mystery, history, children’s literature, thrillers, romance, and more! This unique treat for yourself or a loved one is a perfect way to take a little stress out of the holiday season, while you meet and support local writers in the process!

The authors and titles featured at this event are listed below. For more detailed information about their work, please click here: https://www.bcpl.org/docs/local-author-day-2018.pdf

  • Amanda Bailey-Ramos, Seven Colors of the Rainbow
  • Anthony W. Frohlich, A Kentucky Court; Serving The LawTime Keeper
  • Ava Aldon, The Barn; The Castle
  • Barb Lownsbury, Using What’s Broken to Boldly Shine
  • Bryce Warren, Waverly Hills Incursion
  • Candice Crear, Invisible Dad; Invisible God, I’m Waiting; From Fatherless to Fearless
  • Carly Jordynn, Forest of the Mist: Travelers; Forest of the Mist: Awakening; Sasha Bishop: Retired Slayer; Sasha Bishop: Shifter
  • Chad McClendon, Lipstick Trace
  • Colleen O’Connell, Untamed Hearts
  • Covington Writers Group, Covington Writers Group Anthology 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and Traditions (6 different titles)
  • Darryl Jouett, Devil in the Details; Devil May Care  
  • Denise Thiery, Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now, Before We Forget
  •  Elle Mott, Out of Chaos: A Memoir
  • Gary Reed, Things Could Get Ugly; A Fatal Cell Phone Video
  • Hedrick and Canning, When Time Warps; Feathers Across Time
  • J.E. Rechtin, Horizons Collide
  • Jason Bessler, The Witch’s Mess
  • Jennifer Brasington-Crowley, Lyndsay &Lainey Lion Adventure Books
  • Jennifer Sierra, Merry Christmas, Y’all!
  • John A. Bercaw, A Pink Mist; The Mighty Jungle; Juliet and Her Romeo
  • JT Townsend, Summer’s Almost Gone
  • Karen George, A Map and One Year; Swim Your Way Back; Frame and Mount the Sky; The Seed of Me; The Fire Circle; Inner Passage; Into the Heartland
  • Karisa Moore, Broken Butterflies: Emerging Through Grief, A Suicide Survivor’s Poetic Journal
  • Kathryn and John Witt, Secret Cincinnati
  • L.N. Passmore, Wayward Wulves Beware
  • Liz Ashlee, Step Toward You; Once Upon a Summer
  • Marcie A. Bridges, Tough Love
  • Mary Kay Jordan Fleming, You Do You (anthology edited by Jen Mann)
  • Michael W. Evans, The Girl Of Many Names; With All My Heart; Hard Roads
  • Mike Due, Grave Consequences in Erlanger Kentucky; A Corpse on the Court at St. Henry‘s Gym
  • Mirsada Kadiric, I Am a Refugee: Finding Home Again in America
  • Nancy K. Jentsch, Authorized Visitors
  • Nathan Singer, Blackchurch Furnace; The Song in the Squall; Transorbital; In the Light of You
  • Norma Fowler, Steve Chuke: His Story; Gone Twice
  • Paige Downie, Clouds; Sun; Daisy Daydreams; Rain; Kites
  • Rhonda Pettit, Riding the Wave Train; Fetal Waters
  • Rock D. Neelly, Purple Heart Detective Agency; Prince of the Border; The Babylon Blues; A Brand New Me
  • Stacie Haas, Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee
  • Stacy McKitrick, My Sunny Vampire; Bite Me I’m Yours: Blind Temptation; A Vampire Wedding; Ghostly Liaison; Ghostly Interlude
  • Troy Pendleton and Charles Little, Dead or Alive: The Reaper’s Redemption; Sheriff Carter Link: Vanished
  • Vonnie Mateer Campbell, The Tree
  • William Thomas Jones,Middle Management 101-Zen in the Art of Middle Management
  • Breanna Mounce   The Last July, Southern Rebirth  
  • Stuart Thaman, The Goblin Wars (Siege of Talonrend, Death of a King, Rebirth of a God), Killstreak: Respawn, Shadowlith, Blood and Ash, Unsheathed
  • Rick L. Phillips, The Door Into Murder


Kelsey is the Adult Community Events Liason at Boone County Public Library. She has lived in this area for about a year and enjoys exploring all the local sites and sounds of the Greater Cincinnati area. Kelsey likes to support local businesses when possible and loves Jet Coffee and the Tousey House Tavern, especially brunch!

“That’s when the real magic happens…”

(Micha O’Connor is the Community Events Liaison for Youth Services at BCPL.)

You know when you’re browsing the Internet and one of those pesky windows infiltrates your field of vision?  This is not a new idea.  In the marketing/retail world, this is a strategy implored to lure potential customers to a particular good or service.   Fashion designers have pop-up shops open frequently, artists will stage a surprise showing in alternate gallery spaces, and U2 famously did so in LA resulting their music video classic “Where the Streets Have No Name.”  Now, libraries are getting in on the action with pop-up programs.  Essentially, the process is much the same; we still plan the same way as we would for any other program, save for the time and place.   That’s when the real magic happens…

Programming at the library requires a lot of moving parts.  We’re always looking for the perfect combination of topic and audience.  There are so many variables to consider, and we have both hits and misses.  There are times when the library is buzzing with activity for no particular reason and we’re left thinking “why aren’t we having a program?”  We realize your lives are busy – while you may use the library, your schedule might be so that you can’t participate in a program.  For this reason, we’re giving the concept of pop-up programming a test drive.   We are employing the scientific method known as “trial and error” to determine times when the library is teeming with life.  Like those pesky pop-up windows, we will show up in the public space with some new task or technology for you to try.

For the past two weeks, I have piloted this idea with a crate full of our new tech toys.  I have dropped in at every branch with the chance for unsuspecting patrons to try our virtual reality equipment, coding robots and 3D printing pens.  A simple loudspeaker message was the only warning I gave to signify that a program would be occurring.  More often than not, I had a crowd gather to try their hand at our traveling tech.  I will continue to push my luck and the boundaries of the calendar and busy schedules with nothing but a cart full of ideas.

I hope that you won’t disable your browser against our spontaneous activity!


Micha O’Connor is the Community Events Liaison for Youth Services at BCPL.  The “Maestro of Mayhem” as she is frequently called, thrives on the spontaneity and innovation that is becoming the norm of library programming.