Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County


The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County is asking voters to renew its tax levy on election day by voting yes on Issue 1. If renewed, the property tax levy would produce approximately $18.1 million annually for a ten-year period, beginning in fiscal year 2015. The Library would use the funds to help pay for basic operating and maintenance expenses. Kimber L.

Books by the Banks

Oct 6, 2013
Designed by Jeffrey Ebbeler, Mount Washington

Books by the Banks, this Saturday at the Duke Energy Center, brings literature to life for all ages. Free and open to the public, you can meet local and nationally-known authors and illustrators, and purchase autographed copies of their work. Kate Lawrence, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Adult Services, Programming and Exhibits manager, and Michael Link, Author/Publisher coordinator for Joseph-Beth Booksellers, give us a preview.

September brings to Cincinnati the 70th Anniversary celebration of the historic King Records. Brian Powers from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County talks with Lee Hay about the events being scheduled during the month, both at the library and other locations around the area. (Lee Hay will rebroadcast her acclaimed 4-part King Records special each Saturday night in September on her Blues show at 11pm).

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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:

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will ask voters this November to renew its operating levy for ten years rather than the typical five.

The flat, one mill renewal costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $30/year, according to Library Director Kim Fender.

Fender says the library board chose to ask for a ten year renewal for planning purposes.

Were you aware that a brand new carousel is coming to Smale Riverfront Park in 2015? It’ll be at the base of Vine Street with additional trees and water features. Community input is now being accepted for the carousel design, and one place you can see some of the history of Cincinnati parks and attraction is the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s downtown branch. Mark Perzel learns more about this exciting new addition to the riverfront, and how listeners can provide input, from Steve Schuckman with the Cincinnati Parks Department and Patricia van Skaik from the library.

Is it time to start planning that summer vacation? Not exactly sure where you’d like to go? The solution may be at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on Saturday, May 11. Travel expert Patricia Schultz, author of the impressive and completely revised 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the second edition: Completely Revised and Updated with Over 200 New Entries, will be speaking about national and world travel at the downtown branch at 2:00pm. She joins Mark Perzel on the phone to discuss this completely rewritten update and the one place she never tires of visiting and revisiting.

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is rewarding the public with an amnesty day, after it won a prestigious national award.

On May 15th you can return your overdue books without owing a fine. If you've already returned them but haven't paid the fine, you're also in the clear. Just bring in your card.

The library amnesty day is the first Director Kim Fender can remember.