Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County plans to find its next director through a national search. The retirement of current director, Kim Fender, is effective June 29. 

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By a two-to-one margin, Hamilton County voters said "yes" to a new one mill property tax for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The Cincinnati Zoo's renewal levy passed 78 to 22 percent.

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The proposed 1-mill additional tax levy will be one topic Cincinnati Hamilton County Library Board President Bill Moran anticipates he will be asked about at Wednesday night's public forum.

According to Moran, the library needs it.

"The State officials have been telling all the libraries in Ohio that you really need to get local support for your libraries," Moran says. "And frankly, the reduction in funding that we're seeing every year bears that out."

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Updated 5:55 p.m.

In a Dec. 20 memo to members of the Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library Trustees a library committee recommends retaining ownership and re-purposing the North building instead of selling it. The trustees will also put a new levy on the May 2018 ballot.