READ FOR FUN & PRIZES THIS SUMMER
Summer Reading is back and everyone is invited to discover the pleasures of reading. Whether you're a preschooler being read to, an adult, or all ages in between, from June 1 to July 31 you can explore great books, attend exciting programs, and win prizes. This year's “Creature Feature” kickoff for kids is Saturday, May 30 at all Library locations and for teens June 5 at selected branches and TeenSpot. Join us for free fun and entertainment while learning about all of the activities planned for this summer. Or, just print out an official game card from our website and begin reading.
BEACH BLANKET BOOK BASH, JUNE 13
Join the "wave" of book-lovers and head to Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Rookwood Pavilion on Saturday, June 13 for a Beach Blanket Book Bash. Bring the little ones for a story time at 12:30 p.m. with the Cincinnati Zoo's Thane Maynard. Listen to beach music and soak up some insight on sizzling summer reads from those in the book-know. Sign up for the Library's adult reading program for a chance to win $25 gift certificates for Friends of the Public Library or Anderson Township Library Association used book sales or the Ultimate Grand Prize of a $100 gift card for Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
HUMANA HEALTHY KIDS ZONE
Each week this summer from June 1–August 13, kids can visit 14 Library locations to learn about health, nutrition and fitness. The Humana Healthy Kids Zone, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, will include visits from the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati's Discover Health! Mobile health program, yoga for kids, African dance lessons, and much more! Healthy snacks will be provided along with fitness-related prizes while supplies last. Kids participating can register for a chance to win a Nintendo Wii, extra Wii-mote and Active Life Outdoor Challenge game! Click here for locations and times.
UPDATE ON LIBRARY FUNDING
State funding provides more than 86% of the Library's total revenue. From 2000 - 2008 that funding dropped 10.5% and, so far this year, is 16% less than the same period last year. As the Library continues to operate conservatively, this gap in state funding is being filled with one-time gifts and capital moneys. A continuing funding reduction at this rate would by year-end require over $11 million and essentially eliminate all one-time funds. Without a new source of funding for 2010, we will be forced to close branches and further reduce hours and staffing. These cuts would impact everyone in the community and result in less access to information.
For more information on Library Funding click here.