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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has released a list of the most popular books in 2014.  They are the titles that were checked out most often between January and November of this year.  (December’s numbers weren’t available.)

Top 10  Adult Book Titles:

1.       Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich

2.       Invisible by James Patterson 

3.       The Target by David Baldacci

4.       Unlucky 13 by James Patterson 

5.       The Collector by Nora Roberts 

6.       A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith 

Do you like comic books, games, Doctor Who? Do you like to dress up as your favorite character from those comic books? Do you like all things geeky? Then stop by the Librari*Con at the Union Township Library.

Special events include games, costume contests, a demonstration of tabletop gaming by Jim Fox from GenCon as well as lessons on how to draw super-heroes by illustrator Ron LaCour.

The Librari*Con runs from 6 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County / Provided

No one likes to read as much as folks in Southwest Ohio. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is the busiest central library in the country for a second year in a row. That's according to a report from the Public Library Association.

Overall, the Cincinnati library is the 7th busiest public library system in the country and second busiest in Ohio behind Cuyahoga County.

The 2013 Public Library Data Service (PLDS) statistical report surveys more than 1,400 public libraries in the United States and Canada.

The Cincinnati library writes:

Authors from Hamilton County will gather on Sunday, April 21 at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s downtown branch as part of the Ohioana 2013 celebration. Kate Lawrence from the library and Georgeanne Bradford from the Ohioana Board of Trustees are in the studio with Mark Perzel with details of the event and some of the authors who will be in attendance

You may have heard Nancy Pearl during one of her appearances on NPR’s Morning Edition where she opines about all things books. A former librarian, she is the creator of the first community-wide reading program back in 1998, which led the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to undertake their On the Same Page effort. As part of the wrap-up to this year’s On the Same Page, Nancy Pearl will appear via Skype at the downtown branch of the library on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm. But first, she joins Mark Perzel by phone to talk about the origins of community reading programs, her lifelong love of books, and her incredibly popular Librarian Action figure.


Iconic local music legend Bobby Mackey is in the studio with Brian O’Donnell in advance of his March 9 appearance at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. During that talk, he’ll share stories of his music career and of his haunted nightclub in Wilder.


Soldier Come Home

Jan 18, 2013

The Newport Branch of the Campbell County Public Library will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War with a presentation of the dramatic Soldier Come Home, a play based on the historic Civil War Letters of Mary Luke Pringle, her husband Philip W. Pringle, and family members, written 1859-1865, presented by the Falcon Theater. Music of the era will be provided by the trio Raison d’Etre. Jim Stump talks with two of the actors, Ted Weil and Elizabeth Molloy, about this historic, and emotional, production taking place on Friday, January 25.


The Mercantile Library

Jan 11, 2013

Albert Pyle, the longtime director of downtown’s Mercantile Library, joins Mark Perzel to discuss their 2013 Lecture Series, including the annual Niehoff Lecture and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Lecture. The library, located at 4th and Walnut, prides itself on being the literary center of the city and houses an impressive collection of books and artwork.


The Animals’ Merry Christmas: Copyright Richard Scarry, 1958

Now that the kids are off for a couple of weeks, and you’re done with opening presents and spending money on presents, what will you do until school starts again? How about a trip to the library? And not just to check out books, but to enjoy a couple of exhibitions that even adults will enjoy.

Experimental Halloween

Oct 26, 2012

On the night before All Hallow’s Eve, make your way to the Downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for Experimental Halloween. This frightful event will combine the showing of the classic 1922 silent movie Nosferatu with a live soundtrack provided by The Symphony of Horror, made up of the best of local circuit benders and other musicians.

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