August 2017


A Dream Come True, a Song Well Sung: The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge at 150

Lafcadio Hearn

A treasure of this region, the Roebling Suspension bridge was completed at the end of the Civil War by master bridge builders John A. Roebling and his son, Washington A. Roebling, later famous for the Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the story of the bridge from dream to completion with plans, photographs, documents, antique postcards, and more in a new exhibit. A Dream Come True, A Song Well Sung: The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge at 150 will be on display Aug. 25–Nov. 12 in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room on the third floor of the Main Library.

BESA: A Code of Honor

 BESA: A Code of Honor

This photographic exhibit by Norman Gershman features images and stories of Muslim Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, Previous Director of Yad Vashem’s Department of the Righteous, will be the guest speaker for the exhibition opening to be held on Tuesday, September 5 at 7 p.m. in the Atrium of the Main Library. BESA: A Code of Honor is being held in partnership with the Holocaust and Humanity Center, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, Yad Vashem, American Society of Yad Vashem and The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. It will be on view in the Main Library from Sept. 5 - Nov. 13.

Book Art Exhibits

Lafcadio Hearn Cecelia S. Chewning, Super Women, 2017


The 18th annual Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) exhibit Bookworks will be on display June 14–Sept. 3 in the atrium of the Main Library. CBAS is a nonprofit organization of professional and amateur hand workers in the book arts.

Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit

In conjunction with the Bookworks exhibit is the Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit, the annual display of artist-created books from the Library’s collection. It is curated in memory of former Library Services Directory, Keith Kuhn.

This exhibit also runs June 14–Sept. 3 in the Popular Library and in cases by the elevators on the second and third floors.

The Story Tree by ArtWorks Teens with Natsuko Dyer

The Story Tree The Story Tree

The Contemporary Arts Center donated the “Story Tree” to the Library so it would continue to inspire young readers. This work celebrates the global role of storytelling. The large tree mural was inspired by the beloved children’s book author Eric Carle to act as the connection between each story. On the limbs you will find boxes that reveal the story as each piece of Plexiglas is pulled out. The teens from ArtWorks chose a variety of stories from different countries and traditions — Hansel and Gretel, The Emperor’s New Clothes, James and the Giant Peach, How the Coyote Stole Fire, The Gingerbread Man, and Urashimo Taro. The "Story Tree" is on permanent view at the Madisonville Branch.

See the Polar Bear and Allosaurus from the Cincinnati Museum Center


The Cincinnati Museum Center’s polar bear now welcomes visitors to the Main Library. The polar bear, the Earth’s largest land predator, is on display in the Main Library Atrium near the elevators. The Main Library is also housing the Museum Center’s Allosaurus, a fearsome carnivore which sat atop the food chain over 150 million years ago and has been a favorite amongst visitors to the Museum Center’s Dino Hall. The Allosaurus is now housed on the second floor bridge spanning the north and south buildings of the Main Library, between the TechCenter and MakerSpace. Both pieces will remain at Main Library for about the next two years, as renovation work on the Museum Center is completed.

For additional information about any of the exhibits listed, please call our Programs & Exhibits Office at 513-369-3173.