November 2015


kenner toys on parade

Just in Time for the Holidays: Kenner Toys

Features the toys and brands Kenner designed and developed from the 1940s through the 1990s. The exhibit is on display in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room. The exhibit was curated by Dan Flarida and Josh Blake of and includes toys from the Star Wars, Strawberry Shortcake, Batman, Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters collections along with Play-Doh, Spirograph and the Easy-Bake Oven. This exhibit will be on view through Jan. 16, 2016.

Beloved Toys

Takes a fun look at the childhood memories surrounding some of Kenner most beloved toys. The display is located inside the Popular Library exhibit cases. On other floors in the Library, display cases contain Kenner toy catalogs from 1966 to 1990, depicting the company’s marketing strategies throughout the decades. Also featured will be a special case that explores the origins of Star Wars toys, with images of the first prototypes created by Kenner and presented to Star Wars filmmakers in March of 1977. This exhibit will be on view through Jan. 16, 2016.

Jean Alva Goldsmith Exhibit

Goldsmith exhibit

After her death in 1929, the parents of Jean Alva Goldsmith donated the 7-year-old’s book collection to the Library and set up a trust in her name to amass a treasure trove of the finest examples of children’s literature. For more than 80 years librarians have built this book collection based on criteria such as the Caldecott and Newbery awards, culturally significant fairy tales, African American literature and local authors. The result is a collection of several hundred volumes which librarians, teachers, researchers and children can enjoy for years to come. The Jean Alva Goldsmith collection exhibit will be on view in the Main Atrium Sept. 9−Jan. 4, 2016.

For additional information about any of the exhibits listed, please call our Programs & Exhibits Coordinator at 513-369-6944.