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Meet our new Library catalog
An exciting new Library catalog made its debut on August 1, offering you these great features:
  • Smarter keyword search technology that makes it easy to find exactly what you're looking for
  • Refinement "facets" that can be used to expand or narrow your search and browse for related items
  • Spelling correction (did you mean…) to help you find what you’re looking for even if you misspell a word
  • Colorful icons that easily identify the title's format
  • “Preferred search” feature will allow you to be notified when a new item is added to our catalog that matches your search
  • New sharing features: add tags, reviews, comments, and ratings to books, movies, and music
  • Carts allow you to place holds on multiple items at once
  • "Reading History" feature to keep track of all the material you've checked out in the past
Learn more about our new catalog by clicking here. If you're interested in picking up some tips and tricks for using our new catalog, make plans to attend one of the "Meet Our Catalog" programs that will be held throughout August.
Congratulations to our 38,000 Summer Readers
Summer Reading logoMore than 38,000 readers of all ages took on the challenge of the Library's 39th annual Summer Reading Program—Reading Rocks! From June 1 to July 31, these Reading Rock Stars read for more than 2 million hours and shared more than 125,000 book reviews online. Everyone who participated was “tuned in” not only for winning great prizes but also for enjoying the fun of reading.

Thanks to our sponsors for making this vital program possible: the Library Foundation, Friends of the Public Library, Anderson Township Library Association, Kersten Fund, The Cincinnati Reds, Gold Star Chili, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, and the Junior Woman's Club of Wyoming Foundation. For photos and highlights from this exciting reading adventure, log on to the Library's website.
Meet Bestselling Author Amor Towles
Amor TowlesAmor Towles, author of Rules of Civility, will be discussing and signing his debut novel in the Main Library’s Reading Garden Lounge on Saturday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m. Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future. The book, a New York Times bestseller, will be available for sale, courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers. The program is sponsored by the Library Program Fund, Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Public Library. (Photo credit: David Jacobs).
Download 5 Free songs a week
Download MusicLooking to update your digital music selection? Library cardholders can now download five free songs every week from Freegal music. It’s easy. All you need is your card number and PIN. With artists ranging from Adele to Ziggy Marley and genres from alt rock to zydeco, there’s something for everyone. Choose from thousands of songs and genres from the Sony Music Entertainment catalog and download up to five free songs a week.   Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download. The downloads on this site will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. All music is free, legal and you get to keep it forever, no due dates. Plus the new Freegal Music app for Android and iOS devices makes it easier than ever to download music directly to your mobile device. Start listening today. Click here to get started.
Hyde Park Branch Celebrates 100 Years
Hyde Park CentennialThe Hyde Park Branch Library is celebrating 100 years of service to the community at its current location, 2747 Erie Ave. , with a variety of activities from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4. The celebration kicks off at 10:30am with the Frisch Marionettes, followed by popcorn, balloons and temporary tattoos. There will be speakers and refreshments at 12:30 p.m. Mary Ellen Armentrout, author of Carnegie Libraries of Ohio, will give an illustrated talk at 2pm. Origami wizard Jonathan Heart will present a family program at 3:30 p.m. To mark the 100th anniversary of Hyde Park’s branch, The Library Foundation is selling commemorative bricks, engraved with the donors’ names, that will be placed in Hyde Park’s entrance hallway. Funds raised by brick sales will go towards renovating the historic Carnegie building. Click here for details.
Library Wins Top Innovators Award
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has won a national innovation award for its Virtual Information Center. The new department was designed to address the service needs of Library customers outside of the physical building through questions coming via telephone, text message, and email. The 2012 Top Innovators awards were announced by the Urban Libraries Council, a membership organization made up of North America's leading public library systems. ULC launched the Innovations Initiative in 2010 to capture and showcase creative programs that demonstrate the vital role public libraries play today in community life.
Mobile Apps and Optimized Websites
A number of mobile apps make it easier than ever to access library resources on your mobile devices. The CincinnatiLibrary Mobile App allows you to search the catalog and place holds, work with your account, find branch locations and hours, access our downloadables collection, stay up-to-date on Library news, check our calendar of events, and more! Apps are available for downloading audiobooks, ebooks, and music from the Library’s collection directly to your iPhone, android, or other mobile device. You can also use free apps to search the Library’s authoritative electronic resources for in-depth information on subjects such as business, health & wellness, books & literature, as well as World Book Mobile, plus much more. Click here to access the full list of mobile apps and optimized websites. Scan the QR codes to start using them today!
Program Series On The Taft Museum of Art
Taft Museum of ArtNancy Huth, the Taft Museum of Art’s curator of education, is presenting a series of illustrated talks at the Main Library, 800 Vine Street. Ms. Huth’s talks showcase the fascinating history, art, and families of the Taft Museum of Art. The next program, “316 Pike Street: Taft House to Taft Museum,” will be held in the Main Library’s Reading Garden Lounge on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Artists Books On View
Two special exhibits on display now at the Main Library showcase handmade artists' books: BookWorks 13, the Cincinnati Book Arts Society's 13th annual exhibit of handmade books (on view through September 2), and the annual Keith Kuhn Memorial Artists' Book Exhibit (on view through August 26). You can learn firsthand from artists and bookbinders how these remarkable handmade books were created during an Artists Walk Through on Sunday, August 26, at 2:00 p.m. Click here for more information.
Books for those on the go
Want to lighten your load when packing this summer? Download an ebook from the library’s digital collection. Or try out one of the new Playaway digital audiobooks, which are about half the size of a deck of cards and come preloaded with an entire audiobook. You don’t need a separate player to listen to the book. Playaways have universal headphone jacks that work with almost any type of headphone.
Meet Short-Story Author Luke Geddes
Join Luke Geddes as he unveils his new book, I Am a Magical Teenage Princess—a thematically linked collection of short stories celebrating and re-examining 1960s and contemporary culture, magnifying such popular icons as Betty and Veronica and Wonder Woman through a literary lens of wit and pathos. Luke Geddes, a PhD student of fiction at the University of Cincinnati, will be discussing and signing his new book on Saturday, August 18 at 4:00 p.m. in the Popular Library Reading Lounge at the Main Library.
Friends Warehouse Used Book sale
The Friends of the Public Library will host its annual Summer Warehouse Used Book Sale from August 16-19. A Members' Only Preview will be held on Wednesday, August 15 from 5-8:00 p.m. (memberships are available at the door). This popular annual event takes place at the Friends' Warehouse, located at 8456 Vine Street in Hartwell. Proceeds from the sale help fund hundreds of children's and adult programs throughout the year—including the annual summer reading program—and allow us to provide them all free of charge to the public. For hours of operation, visit the Friends website.
Click here for more great programs!