The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County eLinks July 2012
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Intrigued by a song you hear at the World Choir Games? The Library’s Music Online offers the broadest and most comprehensive digital music resource as well as free downloads of classical and world music.
Featured Book of the Month
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Cover of Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Cover of A Wrinkle in Time  by Madeleine L’Engle
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Summer Reading Children holding prizesThe Library's Summer Reading Program is in full swing, but there’s still plenty of time to register the entire family to be part of Reading Rocks. Reading is its own reward but it’s even more fun when you earn incentives and chances to win great prizes, too! Plus, the more you read, the more chances you have to win one of more than 350 grand prizes including Sony eReaders (adults), iPod Touches (children & teens), $25 Gold Star Chili certificates (children & teens), Leap Frog Tags (preschoolers), and family 4-packs of tickets to performances of the Cincinnati Symphony  & Pops Orchestras (all ages). The Summer Reading Program runs through July 31. What are you waiting for? Register now and get reading.
World Choir Games Friendship Concerts
World Choir Games logo           You won’t even need a ticket to experience some of the world’s best choirs. Just stop by one of three Library locations to enjoy a 90-minute musical performance by several national and international choirs as part of a series of free Friendship Concerts. On Friday, July 6 from 3:00-4:30 p.m., the Sharonville Branch will host choirs from Austria, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. On Saturday, July 7 from 2:00-3:30 p.m., the Delhi Township Branch welcomes singers from Canada and the U.S.  Finally, don’t miss the Wenzhou Children’s Art School Boys Choir (China) and the St. Veronica Vocal Ensemble and Northern Kentucky Children’s Ensemble performing in the Main Library atrium on Friday, July 13 from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Renowned Composer Morten Lauridsen Featured
The Cincinnati film premier of a documentary about renowned choral music composer Morten Lauridsen will be shown in the Main Library Reading Garden Lounge on Monday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. Lauridsen is a National Medal of Arts recipient who has taught at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 30 years. Following the screening of “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen,” the film director Michael Stillwater and Morten Lauridsen will answer questions.
Mainly Musical
While at the World Choir Games (WCG), be sure to stop by the Main Library to enjoy a variety of music-related activities: see “What Children Believe,” an exhibit featuring art by European and American youth, and visit the “Queen City of Song” exhibit, which showcases Cincinnati’s choral music history. Be sure to take the QR code “Tour of Ten Treasures” for a look at some of the Library’s outstanding art and architectural features, and don’t forget to visit the Library Friend’ Shop, where you’ll find WCG merchandise, along with music-themed items and Cincinnati souvenirs and gifts. You’ll even have the chance to spot some artfully-decorated pigs around the building as part of the Do-Re-Wee 2012 Big Pig Gig!
Mobile Apps Available
QR code for library mobile siteDid you know that there are a variety of free apps available that can be used to access Library resources on your smartphone? These apps make it easier than ever to use the library anytime, anywhere. These apps and optimized websites allow you to download Library audiobooks directly to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch; access more than 34 foreign language instruction courses, and look up quick facts and reliable information from World Book Encyclopedia. Visit the Library's website to scan the QR codes to start using them today.
Meet Thriller Author Karin Slaughter
Karin Slaughter photo credit Alison RosaInternationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter will be at the Main Library on Sunday, July 15 at 2:00 p.m. to speak and sign books in the Reading Garden Lounge. With millions of copies of books in print worldwide, this thriller/crime fiction author has wowed readers and critics alike with the gritty forensic detailing, all-too-human characters, and stark rendering of crime found in her lacerating thrillers. Books, including her newest release, Criminal, will be available for purchase from Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Library Receives Top Innovator Award
The Library has been named a 2012 Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) for its Virtual Information Center (VIC). The VIC was established in 2011 in order to provide enhanced service for the Library’s vast number of remote users—those who reach out to us via telephone, text message, and email.
Redlegs Reading Week Is July 23-31!
Rosie RedSummer Reading concludes with a Grand Slam as the Cincinnati Reds and the Public Library team up for Redlegs Reading Week. From July 23–31, Summer Reading will be in play with an action-packed line-up:
  • Visit with your favorite Reds Mascots & Library Mascots. Kids can also collect mascot trading cards by attending any program at any library location that week. Each time they do, they’ll receive another trading card until they collect all four.
  • Meet the crew of the Reds Rover and enjoy baseball trivia, games, giveaways, and more.
  • Enter the Redlegs Kids' Coloring Contest for chances to win prizes and have your artwork displayed at your local library.
  • Take in baseball storytimes & crafts along with other Summer Reading highlights.
  • PLUS, receive a “Redlegs Reading” ½ off discount for tickets to the Reds home game on July 31 by logging onto
It’s all part of Redlegs Reading Week! For more, go to
The Curtain Rises
Summer Reading PocohontasDo you have a flair for the dramatic? Call on your inner thespian by attending one of the fun, theatrical programs  being staged at a library location near you this summer! Choose from interactive theatre workshops with ArtReach (a division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati), join Pocahontas for preschool storytime, or experience the book, What a Wonderful World, coming alive with trumpeter Wesley Barnfield. For the complete line-up of exciting Summer Reading programs, be sure to visit our online program calendar.
Saturdays in the Park
Looking for an interesting outing to share with your kids on a sunny Saturday? Come enjoy the newest jewel in the City’s crown—Washington Park—which has been completely renovated and expanded. Don’t miss the musical water fountain or the children’s playground, complete with a play castle, miniature canal boat, and interactive percussion instruments. Children’s Librarians will be on hand to offer an exciting array of activities, crafts, and programs, such as scavenger hunts and sidewalk games, oh, and maybe some books! The programs will be offered every Saturday from July 7 to August 25, noon to 2:00 p.m. And, there’s a dog park, too.
Artists Books On View
Book Arts itemThe Cincinnati Book Arts Society's 13th annual exhibit of artists' books features 45 works from regional artists and binders. Come see the wide range of talent displayed in these books that delve into poetic musings, reveries on daily life, or that pay homage to important texts. You will enjoy the variety of technical approaches, too, from altered book to finely crafted bindings. The exhibit is on view in the Main Library atrium through September 2.

In conjunction with Bookworks 13, the Library mounted an exhibit in honor of former Library Services Director Keith Kuhn, who passed away in 2008. The Keith Kuhn Memorial Artists' Book Exhibit displays books from the Library's permanent collection of regionally and nationally recognized book artists on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Main Library.
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