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Public Library is now fifth busiest in U.S., hands out 600,000th card

According to the 2015 Public Library Data Service (PLDS) statistical report, cardholders of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County checked out more than 18 million items in 2014 making the Library the fifth busiest Library system in the United States.* The 2015 PLDS report is based on survey responses collected from more than 1800 public libraries in the United States and Canada for fiscal year 2014. In last year’s report (2013 usage data), the Library was the sixth busiest library in the United States. The report is published each year by the Public Library Association, the largest division of the American Library Association.
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Take a ride through riverboat history in a new exhibit at the Main Library

Whether traveling on the ‘Beautiful Ohio’ or the ‘Mighty Mississippi’, river cruises offered a delightful respite from the daily grind. The sound of a calliope or a dance band filled the air as boats from the Greene Line, Streckfus Steamers and the While Collar Line made their way from port to port. Relive the days of river excursion travel through C’mon Along: Take A Riverboat Cruise, an exhibit of riverboat photography and promotional materials on display in the Joseph S. Stern Jr. Cincinnati Room from Aug. 7 through Nov.15.
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Public Library hires new Strategic Initiatives Director

Shelli Dronsfield has been hired as the new Strategic Initiatives Director at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. In this position, she is responsible for leading various initiatives intended to meet the goals of the Library’s strategic plan.
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Local book promotes early literacy at Library programs

Join acclaimed visual artist, author and arts educator Annie Ruth and lyricist Teniah for interactive performances of music, poetry, storytelling and song during the "My Daddy Reads" programs.
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Bookworks exhibit returns to the Main Library

Bookworks XVI is a Cincinnati Book Arts Society exhibit of one-of-a-kind, handmade books. The exhibit is on view June 10-Sept. 7 in the Main Library’s atrium. Get up-close and personal with the exhibit during two artist walk-throughs at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 28, and Sunday, Aug. 23. There also is a hands-on bookmaking demonstration at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 26, at the Main Library.
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Public Library branches offer free Summer Lunches

In order to fill the nutritional gap which free and reduced-cost lunches help alleviate during the school year, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is partnering with Cincinnati Public Schools and Window Arts Enrichment to provide free summer lunches to children ages 18 and under Monday through Friday, June 8–Aug. 7. Due to the July 4 holiday, lunch will not be served Friday, July 3.
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