The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County eLinks August 2010
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Cover of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Hot Authors Expanded
We just expanded Hot Authors to include 20 additional well known novelists. This service gives you the opportunity to automatically receive the latest novels from over 90 popular fiction writers! You can now have your name automatically added to a holds list for future novels by Dan Brown, Carol Higgins Clark, Robert Crais, Jennifer Crusie, Diane Mott Davidson, Richard Paul Evans, Joy Fielding, Zane, and many more. Signing up is easy–enter your library card number and PIN, tell us where you would like to pick up your books, and then select your favorite novelists. We take care of the rest! Visit the Library’s website to get started today.
Early Literacy Stations at 16 Locations
Early Literacy Station Children need six basic pre–literacy skills before entering kindergarten in order to do well in the classroom. To help children ages 2 through 10 develop these important skills, the Library has added Early Literacy StationsTM (ELS) at 16 locations. The ELS offers 50 top rated, fun, and educational software programs spanning seven curricular areas. Each program is imaginative, intuitive, and uses sound and graphics to encourage exploration and to draw kids into a learning adventure. Log on to the Library’s website to find the location nearest you.
Books by the Banks Poster Debut
Books by the Banks Meet four of our region's most acclaimed illustrators–John Maggard, Will Hillenbrand, C.F. Payne, and Ryan Ostrander. They will discuss their work and the illustrations they created for the annual Books by the Banks book festival posters on Wednesday, September 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Joseph–Beth Booksellers in the Rookwood Pavilion. Posters will be available for purchase and signing. A percentage of proceeds from bookstore and Bronte Bistro purchases that day benefit Books by the Banks, which will be held on Saturday, October 2nd.
Share Your Treasures Contest
Cover of a Civil War diary from 1863 Share your historic item without jeopardizing its security by entering the Library’s 2nd Digitization Contest! Perhaps you own a diary from the Civil War period or a payroll ledger from a long–gone Cincinnati shipping company. Maybe it’s a 19th century map or tintype. Whatever your treasure, the Library now has the ability to help you preserve it and share it with the world! Through the process of digitization, it’s possible to make a high quality electronic image of your materials–even very fragile items–without causing them any damage. Once digitized, these collectibles can be posted on the Library’s Web site in the Virtual Library where they’ll be available, for free, to the world. Showcase your treasure to the global community either as the acknowledged or anonymous collector. To enter the contest, log onto the Virtual Library and fill out the short form.
Upcoming Author Programs
Cover of Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Save the dates to meet two bestselling authors who will be in town next month.
  • Meet Wicked author Gregory Maguire on Tuesday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library. Discover how Gregory Maguire’s powerful storytelling prowess made his six novels for adults and dozen children’s books so popular.
  • The Library is partnering with Xavier University to co–sponsor a visit from bestselling author Greg Mortenson on Wednesday, September 29th, 7:00 p.m. at Xavier University, Cintas Center. Mortenson is the co–founder of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute, founder of Pennies For Peace, and co–author of Three Cups of Tea, the August Featured Book of the Month.
Strategic Planning Update
Using surveys conducted at branches and online, observation of customer behavior, and in–depth interviews, significant progress has been made on developing the Library’s Strategic Plan. Some interesting data has emerged from the tabulation of the surveys. Overall survey respondents were very satisfied with the Library’s services with the highest ratings given for friendliness and helpfulness of staff as well as the safety, appearance, and cleanliness of the buildings. Overwhelmingly, the primary library use—nearly 60%—was to browse and borrow books for adults. We heard that more access to new materials was the top priority of our cardholders so we made some changes to our purchasing to get more copies of new materials. We also heard that more, up–to–date computers are needed and we’re now working on addressing this need. The Strategic Plan is on target for completion by end of year.
Play Me I’m Yours
Paul Burch and Sherry Frey at BC2G As part of Play Me I’m Yours, a community–wide celebration of Cincinnati Public Radio, the Main Library will have a piano out for the public to enjoy from August 9th–27th adjacent to the Ninth Street entrance. Award–winning pianist Della Enns will be performing classical and contemporary selections Wednesdays, August 18th and 25th at noon in the Children's Garden. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library.
Friends’ Warehouse Used Book Sale
The Friends of the Public Library will host its annual End of Summer Warehouse Used Book Sale from August 12th–15th, with a Members’ Preview on August 11. This popular annual event takes place at the Friends’ Warehouse, located at 8456 Vine Street in Hartwell. Proceeds from the book sales fund thousands of children’s and adult programs throughout the year and make these events available free of charge to the public. They also sponsor the annual summer reading program and purchase items for the Library’s collection.
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