October 24, 2001

 

A Bright New Look & Future for Newly Remodeled

Cheviot Branch Library - Open House November 3 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

 

How do so many good things come together under one roof and work in unison to produce what�s needed in a Library? For the answer, take a look at the newly remodeled Cheviot Branch Library (3711 Robb Avenue) during a special Open House on Saturday,

November 3 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fun-filled activities will include magic tricks, clowns, and crafts, along with refreshments. Construction and interior design know-how combined with the original 1960�s architecture bring together all the right elements to create a spacious, open look: new lighting, new furniture, and new shelving units (some built-in the wall, some trimmed in wood). Just inside the front entrance, the dramatic expanse of the vaulted, wood-paneled ceiling along with the beautifully-detailed, wood-paneled service desk visually unifies all areas within the Library.

 

Every space does its part to provide comfort and help make materials more accessible. The newly added Literature Lounge is a cozy sitting area with chairs and a coffee table where periodicals and videos can be easily accessed. A Teens Corner caters to the interests of grades 6 through 12 as well as the increase in computers (there are now 10) with Internet access. In the well-planned Children�s Room are colorful chairs and a curved couch dotted with a round table that match the bright confetti-colored carpeting. Castle-shaped display units, bookcases in primary colors, even a large elephant bookcase all come on wheels. Since everything�s moveable, the room can be easily transformed into a spacious program area. A Meeting Room downstairs with a 55-person capacity, expanded storage areas, a huge tack board and a storybook mural painted by Cheviot teens, has been newly carpeted as well. DNK Architecture designed the interior refurbishment, while Frank Messer & Sons Construction Company managed construction on the project.

 

To serve the needs of customers, the branch has over 40,000 items in its collection for all ages and interests, including everything from bestsellers to magazines to CDs and CD-ROMs to videos and audiobooks. Recognizing the importance of local history, Ken Horne, who has been Branch Manager for Cheviot since 1973, takes special pride in maintaining the branch�s collection of bound issues of the Western Hills Press, which date back to 1944 with a complete set from 1975 on. The branch is the sole known depository of hard copies of this local newspaper. Besides the manager, the branch staff including a reference librarian, children�s librarian, two public services assistants, one part-time public services assistant, and four student assistants. �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������

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The Library reopened on October 19. Branch hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-9:00 p.m.; Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; and Friday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

 

History of Cheviot Branch Library:

Originally a book deposit station at 3727 Glenmore Avenue during WW I (open one day a week), the Cheviot Library attained branch status on May 14, 1929 and moved into rented quarters at 3737 Glenmore. By 1935, the open hours had expanded to five afternoons and three evenings per week. Cheviot became an "Area Branch" in 1953, moving into larger quarters in 1954 and yet again shortly thereafter. As an Area Branch, it became the mother branch for the Cleves, Harrison, and Sayler Park branches, whose staff people looked to the staff of the Cheviot Branch for help, advice, supervision, exchange of book collections, publicity plans and other projects. In 1962 the Cheviot Branch opened in its new building in the Cheviot Memorial Center grounds. Built at a cost of $171,603, the current building was designed by Cellarius & Hillmer in the "modern ranch home" style to conform to the community, and blends in well with the adjacent tennis courts and playground. Since it opened this is the first remodeling other than general maintenance, the building has undergone.

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√Information about events at the Main Library and 41 branch libraries is available on the Internet site: www.CincinnatiLibrary.org.� Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired. Please call 369-6944 (TDD 369-6946) at least one week before program.