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!


Libraries as Part of Your Fitness Routine!

(Kelsey Shackelford is the Community Events Liaison at the Main Library)

When is the last time you took a walk? A true, brisk walk, not just a walk to your car or up a flight of stairs. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, such as brisk walking or water aerobics, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, such as running or swimming laps. Additionally, strength training, stretching, and balance are all important parts of overall fitness. Boone County Public Library not only has resources to improve your mental fitness, but can assist with your physical fitness routine as well.

Physical Library Resources

Fitness Programs: Libraries have become about other resources in addition to the books they house. At the Library, we offer movement classes for different interests. For example, did you know yoga is offered in partnership with the Boone County Parks Department (see weekly events on page two of our newsletter) and Madison Pike Yoga (begins Feb. 3, register here) several times per week between 3 different branches? We also have a fitness sampler series for the month of January, featuring four different types of classes taught by the Greater Cincinnati YMCA: Low Impact Barre on January 9, Body Weight Circuit on January 16, Light Weight Training with Chair on January 23 and Zumba on January 30.

The Ichiban Karate School will conduct a Basic Self Defense Class on January 23 at the Main Library, and the Florence Branch will have a Women’s Self Defense class beginning February 1. The Scheben Branch has an ongoing Tai-Chi class in partnership with the Kenton County Public Library and Beginning in February, the Main Library will partner with NKU for a Geek Your Health, a monthly series that uses pop culture ideas to create a fun workout! Please note, most of our fitness programs do require registration. Keep up with programs and events on the Events page of our website.

Books and Magazines: The Library is one of your best sources for materials you can hold in your hands while learning about a new or more efficient way to work out. Maybe you’ve always been curious about how ballet dancer Misty Copeland stays in dance-ready shape, or want to know more about interval training-there are books about that! In addition to books, the Library subscribes to several fitness-related magazines, including Men’s Health and Women’s Health.

DVDs and Fitness Kits: There are many DVDs that you can explore that feature all kinds of fitness activities, from Pilates and weight-training, to Zumba and belly dancing. The Library also offers fitness kits. These kits contain books, DVD workouts, equipment, and other supporting materials relevant to that specific workout. Some fitness topics include PiYo, senior fitness, and family fitness.

Digital Library Resources

Music: Do you listen to music while you’re on the treadmill or lifting weights? Freegal Music is a free streaming and download service for all valid Boone County Public Library cardholders with under $10 in fines. Library users can download 5 free songs a week onto their mobile devices and stream up to 3 hours of free, commercial free music daily. What a great way to build a high energy playlist for your workout! Check out our streaming Workout Playlist on Freegal!

Audiobooks, Ebooks, and Magazines: Maybe music isn’t your thing, but you love to read. Audiobooks are a great companion for any type of workout. Kentucky Libraries Unbound is a digital collection available to any valid BCPL cardholder that offers audiobooks, ebooks and magazines. Using the Libby or Overdrive apps you can choose from over 15,000 audiobook and 68,000 ebook titles to download to your favorite devices. Libby users can also download 50 magazines, the day they hit the newstand, including: Muscle & Fitness and Yoga Journal.

Streaming Videos: I personally enjoy watching videos while I do certain workouts to make me forget what I am doing. Access Video provides videos about variety of different subjects, including health, history, travel, and more. If nonfiction television isn’t your cup of tea, check out RBDigital for British television, indie films, Spanish-language content, and more.

With all the resources available at your Boone County Public Library, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your active lifestyle. The only downside is now you have no more excuses for not exercising!


Kelsey Shackelford is the Community Events Liaison at the Main Library. She likes to take group fitness and dance classes, along with walking or running outside. One of her favorite types of workouts is barre class because it does so much for the entire body.