WHO NEEDS LIBRARIES IN THE DIGITAL AGE?
Apparently more people than ever need our Library, which is why usage is breaking all records. The Library is on target to loan in excess of 16 million books and other materials this year with about 1 million more items borrowed in 2009 than in 2008 (a 25% increase in usage since 2000)! Visitors to the Library, use of databases, program attendance, computer usage, and library card registration have also increased dramatically. During challenging financial times like these, managing your money, spending it wisely, and pinching pennies are very important. The Library remains one of the area’s treasured institutions as people look for sources of free, effective help in a time of need. Read how the free services at your Library changed lives of these Library fans.
JOIN "THE BIG READ" OCTOBER 1-31 FOR BIG FUN
Throughout October the Library, in partnership with the Cincinnati Park Board and Joseph-Beth Booksellers, invites everyone to share in Mark Twain's classic novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by participating in The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, Help us launch this exciting month-long celebration of programs and book discussions at "Tom Sawyer Day" on Sunday, October 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Eden Park's Seasongood Pavilion. Enjoy live music, meet a Mark Twain "copycat," play by-gone era games, and learn about the history of the Ohio River and its wildlife. Be sure to pick up your free copy of the book (while supplies last) and enter to win Tom Sawyer Gift Packs and BB Riverboat cruises.
3RD BOOKS BY THE BANKS BOOK FESTIVAL
Booklovers are invited once again to "celebrate the joy of reading and books." Meet 80 plus national and regional authors including Jennifer Weiner, Garth Stein, Jeannette Walls, Barbara Bradley Hagerty, and Sharon Draper at the 3rd annual Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival. The free all-day event will be held Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center (in downtown Cincinnati at 5th & Elm streets). Take in author panels and cooking demos, purchase and have your books signed, while younger visitors can enjoy visits with costumed storybook characters, children's author readings, music, and fun crafts in the Target Kids' Corner.
VOTE EARLY! AVOID ELECTION DAY LINES.
Hate waiting in line at the polls on Election Day? Did you know that you can vote early in Hamilton County? Voting early is easy. Click here for details. Not registered to vote? The deadline to register for the November 3rd election is Monday, October 5. Stop by any Library location to register or to fill out an "Application for Absent Voter's Ballot."