September 24, 2001

New Harrison Branch Library to Open October 16

Old Facility to Close at 5:30 p.m. on October 6 to Move Collection


When the new Harrison Branch Library (10398 New Haven Road) opens to the public on Tuesday, October 16 at 4:00 p.m., it will be a state-of-the-art facility and have four times the amount of floor space as the old branch. It will also provide the latest in library services and technology with convenient access and parking, and be open to the public seven days a week, including Sundays from noon-4 p.m.�

The old branch, located at 300 George Street in the Community Center, will close� Saturday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m. to start moving the collection and other items to the new building. Thousands of books that have been processed and stored over the last year will also be moved from the Public Library�s storage facility in Westwood.

Library service in Harrison dates to 1880, when Harrison citizens formed a private Library Association. In 1900 the Cincinnati Public Library took over the Village Library and established the Harrison Branch as one of the first two branches in Hamilton County. Throughout the years the branch has been housed in the Universalist Church, Harrison City Hall, and since 1979, in the Harrison Community Center.

The opening will begin a weeklong celebration (see complete schedule at end of this release). Immediately following the ceremonies on October 16, there will be strolling clowns and balloon animals with Rainbow Entertainment from 5-8 p.m., as well as music by the Harrison High School Chorus, and a performance by the Harrison High School Jazz Band at 7 p.m. Free hotdogs and refreshments will also be served until 8:00 p.m.

Construction of the new building began in September 2000. The new Harrison Branch grows from 4,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet, with a materials capacity of over 80,000 items. The book, audiovisual and magazine collections are significantly expanded. There will be 30 public computers with Internet access and PC Pal, an interactive CD-ROM station for children. Besides featuring the branch system's first Teen Room that will house a collection of books, audiovisual materials, and magazines specifically selected for grades 6-12, the new facility will have a Kid's Corner, a meeting room that seats 50 people, a drive-up service window, and a separate reference desk. The Teen area will also have an interactive CD station. The reference desk, which will provide faster and more efficient service, will be staffed by professional librarians trained to assist library customers with research, reference, and readers� advisory questions.

Library customers can also check out over 200 magazine titles and have access to local newspapers from nearby metropolitan areas, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Barron�s. Of special interest is the local history collection that includes copies of the Harrison Press dating back to 1871, and a genealogy collection. Feature and educational films on DVD and VHS, music on compact disc, CD-ROMs, and increasingly popular audiobooks on both cassette and CD are part of the greatly expanded collection appealing to all ages.

Regularly scheduled programs for adults and children will include weekly storytimes for toddlers (Mondays at 10:30 a.m.) and pre-schoolers (Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.). Internet instruction classes, monthly book clubs for adults and teens, family nights, and programs on such topics as genealogy, gardening and crafts will also be scheduled.�

Designed by Champlin/Haupt Architects, the building is organized architecturally around three separate and prominent spaces that are illuminated by double-height windows. These sections house the adult, teen and children�s reading rooms. The dramatic interior incorporates abundant natural light, an open floor plan, and an inviting color scheme. Aluminum sunscreens on selected east, west and south glass walls will help control excessive sunlight exposure in summer months and provide handsome decorative elements on the exterior. The building features materials that include limestone, concrete block, aluminum, glass and steel framing.


Hours of Service:

        Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

        Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

        Sunday: 12 noon-4:00 p.m.

        Telephone: 513-369-4442

Weeklong Celebration of Events

        Welcome to Your Library!: Preschool Storytimes for children ages 3-6 held at 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17. Stories followed by special tours of the Library for children and their families.

        Author Annette Curtis Klause, author of Blood and Chocolate, will appear for grades 6-up on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Copies of her book will be available for purchase through the Library Friends� Shop, and a book signing will follow.

        Behind-the-Scenes Look at Your New Library! �Tours will be held on Friday, October 19 at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

        Storytelling with Donna Schulte in Kid�s Corner on Friday, October 19, 11:00 p.m. for children of all ages.

        More Behind-the-Scenes Tours on Saturday, October 20, 10:00 & 11:00 a.m., and 12:00 & 1:00 p.m.

        Amazing Tricks (and Treats) with Magic Wanda on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. for all ages




Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired.� Please call

369-6944 (TDD 369-6946) at least one week before program.


Information about events at the Main Library and 41 branch libraries is

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