The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County eLinks October 2011
Researching your family history? Access more than 10 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from the historical archives of top national newspapers, such as The New York Times using the Library's convenient online resource, ProQuest Obituaries.
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bullet Need a Halloween costume idea for your little ghoul or goblin? Planning a "howl-a-day" party? Or just looking for a really spooky read? The library has plenty of great Halloween books for kids, teens, and grownups!
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5th Books by the Banks Festival
Books by the Banks logoWith nearly 100 authors participating in the 5th annual Books by the Banks book festival on Saturday, October 22nd, it may be difficult to pick a favorite but here are some you won't want to miss.
  • Dennis Lehane
  • Judy Collins
  • Chris Bohjalian
  • Paula McLain
  • Matthew Reinhart
  • Alyssa Satin Capucilli

There's something for all ages. Meet authors of fiction, history, sports, travel, cookbooks, children's and teen literature, plus more. Costumed storybook characters, crafts, and other family activities will be ongoing in the K12 Kids' Corner. For a complete schedule of panel discussions and list of the authors and illustrators who will be on hand during this FREE event at the Duke Energy Convention Center, downtown from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., visit the Books by the Banks website.

Teen On The Same Page
Portrait of Jay AsherThis year's community-wide reading program for teens, Teen On the Same Page, will be held October 1-31. Teens across Greater Cincinnati will be invited to read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, the American Library Association's spokesperson for 2011 Teen Read Week. The book, selected by area teens, deals with the sensitive topic of teen suicide.

Meet author Jay Asher, who will visit Cincinnati on October 18 for free programs with teens, including a talk and book signing at the Main Library at 7:00 p.m. Other thought-provoking programs for teens and parents scheduled at various Library locations include presentations by The Suicide Prevention Program unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. For more information about these events, visit Teenspace.

Teen Photography Contest
Photo, blue eggs in a nestDuring October teens are invited to participate in the Library's 10th annual Teen Photography Contest. This year's "Go Wild!" theme calls for teens to snap pictures of the flora and fauna that live in and around their communities! Winners will receive a gift card courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill. Visit Teenspace for entry information.
Library Foundation Annual Fund
The Library Foundation invites you to contribute to a future of innovative programs, enhanced technology, and access to materials that will light the fire and feed a burning desire to see and be something more. Gifts of all levels directly impact Library services. Please consider making a gift to the Library Foundation! Donate to the Library Foundation Annual Fund.
Share Your 1937 Flood Materials Contest
Ohio river during floodJanuary marks the 75th anniversary of the worst natural disaster in the history of the Ohio Valley. Heavy rains in early 1937 led to extensive flooding along the Ohio River and numerous tributaries. Cincinnati and Louisville were hit particularly hard. Do you have photographs, diaries or letters related to Cincinnati's Great Flood? The Library is looking for these materials to be digitized to share with the world via the Library's website without any damage to your original. Once digitized, these items will be posted on the Library's website to be available around the globe, and will be included in an online display commemorating the historic flood. No original materials will be needed in order to enter the contest. To be considered for digitization, collectors need only complete the form, available online, by November 9.
Kindle Compatible eBooks Are Here!
Photograph of Union TerminalYou can now search for FREE eBooks on the Library's website that can be checked out and delivered to an Amazon® Kindle. By visiting the Library's Downloadable webpage, you can browse the Library's ever-growing collection of bestselling, new release, and classic eBooks or search for "Kindle Book," check out a title with a valid Library card, and then click "Get for Kindle". Access to the Kindle Book will occur at Amazon's website after signing in and selecting delivery to the user's device or any of the free Kindle reading apps.
Library Card Challenge
Library card mascot with local ballerinaA RED library card is every child's ticket to be a STAR. It's free and it's easy to get! With it students can get online homework help with English or Spanish speaking tutors, access the latest research materials to support school projects, download eBooks, and borrow books, magazines, and even manga. And now we offer Child Only and Teen Only cards with NO fines.

This fall, an exciting campaign is underway to help every student K–8 get a library card. The Library is partnering with the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education to offer great prizes for the classes and schools in Hamilton County with the highest percentage of cardholders! Classrooms are competing for chances to win fantastic music, dance, and theater performances plus recognition not only for their class but also their school!

National Chemistry Week
Do you think chemistry is something that only happens in a science lab? Join us for an exciting program about chemistry at the Library! "What does chemistry have to do with cosmetics, food, sports equipment, medicine, fuels, and computers? Come join us and find out! Ages 6-12. Visit the Library's website for a schedule of 18 programs.
Civil War Program Series
Join us for a series of free programs to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and to celebrate October as Family History Month. The series will kick off on Saturday, October 1 with our "Day with the Experts" from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will continue into November with programs by regional genealogical experts and local historians, as well as an after-hours lock-in at the Main Library.

Visit the Library’s website for more information about this series presented by the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County and the Hamilton County Genealogical Society.

Save the Date!
Saturday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m., plan to visit the Main Library for a free, fun-filled classical music experience for the entire family, performed by a brass quintet comprised of members of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras and led by Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell.
Branch Library Anniversaries Hosted
Since 1853 the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has been serving the community from various locations around the county. In October, two branch libraries celebrate anniversaries. The West End Branch will officially mark its 50th birthday on Saturday, October 29, from 2:00–5:00 p.m. with a visit from Rufus the Library Reading Dog, crafty activities for kids, refreshments, and prize giveaways! At 3:00 p.m., the branch will also hold its 10th Annual Mary E. Finley Essay and Speech Contest.

The origins of the Harrison Branch date back to 1880, but in 2001 it moved to its present location, where a new state-of-the art facility was built to provide the Harrison community with the latest in library services and technology. You are invited to stop by the branch on Monday, October 17 for food, music, and fun to celebrate its 10th year at 10398 New Haven Road. From 2:00-4:00 enjoy music from the '20s, '30s, '40s, and '50s with Jim & Barb, and at 7:00 p.m. to meet Holy Chow author Joanne Giovanna Delli Carpini Trimpe.

Click here for more great programs!