The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County eLinks September 2012
You can access over 28 million articles of primary source newspaper content from the 19th century using the Library’s online resource, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers. It features full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S.
Noteworthy New Fiction
Read a Book Day takes place on September 6 and International Literacy Day follows two days later. Celebrate these special reading and book days guessed it, reading a book! Click here for a few suggestions.
Be in the know. Read the fall issue of the Library’s quarterly newsletter, LINKS, by clicking here.
The annual MidPoint Music Festival returns to Cincinnati September 27-29. We've created a guide to bands playing the festival whose CDs are in our collection. You'll find local favorites like Bad Veins and Pomegranates, big names like Sleigh Bells and Grizzly Bear, and some great bands you may not have heard of (yet)!
Featured Book of the Month
Cover of Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
Cover of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Cover of Masterpiece by Elise Broach
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Main Library Named Busiest in North America
Group of employees at Main Library holding #1 sign.Nearly 6 million books and other materials were checked out in 2011 from the Main Library downtown, making it the single busiest central public library in North America! This is based on data from the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report published by the Public Library Association.  
Nerdfighters—John Green is coming!
Teens and nerdfighters unite! John Green, author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, will be coming to the Main Library on Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m., and you can win front row seats to the show. Just get out your webcam or phone and make a short video explaining what makes you a huge nerd. Our favorites will win reserved seating to see bestselling author John Green. Visit to submit your video, and let the nerd-off begin!
New Library catalog FAQs
We’ve received lots of great feedback about our new catalog! Click here for answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.
UC Bearcats & the Library—a Winning Team!
Library Card mascot & UC bearcat mascotHaving a RED card is your ticket to a fun football season! University of Cincinnati Athletics is offering Library cardholders a special discount on Bearcats tickets purchased in advance for three games: Delaware State (Sept. 15), Fordham (Oct. 13), and Syracuse (Nov. 3). Click here for details about this great deal. 
Storytelling Festival in Washington Park
Want to hear a story? Join us for Storytelling in the Park on Sunday, September 9 from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.! Relax in the shady green spaces of the newly renovated Washington Park to enjoy stories for the entire family. Katie Laur, noted bluegrass artist, writer and radio personality, will emcee this event featuring professional storytellers Eric Wolf, Omope Carter Daboiku, and Harold and Jonatha Wright. Arnice Smith, the 2005 New York Times Librarian of the Year, will join them with stories just for kids. Amateur storytellers with festival partner Teilen will also take the stage. Click here for details.
Books by the Banks poster debut
full color illustration of children reading on the banks of Ohio riverThe 2012 Poster Debut for the 6th annual Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival will be held on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion. Meet illustrator Marlene Steele, who will discuss the artwork she created exclusively for this event. Artists from previous years will join Marlene in a Q&A and sign posters for purchase. A percentage of the proceeds from purchases made at Joseph-Beth Booksellers and Brontë Bistro anytime during Poster Debut day will benefit Books by the Banks. A coupon is required and can be downloaded at .
One City, One Symphony
CSO logoThe Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Library are teaming up to present One City, One Symphony, a new program this fall that encourages our entire community to come together through music. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, concluding with the exhilarating “Ode to Joy,” is the perfect vehicle to engage in a celebration of our shared humanity. Visit your library and check out a copy of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on CD, or download it from our online music library. Take part in one of the CSO’s many listening parties this fall, culminating in the CSO’s performances of Beethoven 9 conducted by Music Director Designate Louis Langrée on November 15, 17 and 18 at Music Hall.
Frame Cincinnati Photography Contest Winners on View
As part of FotoFocus Cincinnati, celebrating photography and photo-based art, work from some of the region’s best photographers will be featured in the atrium of the Main Library from September 5 through November 4. The images were selected during the Frame Cincinnati Photography Contest, which was cosponsored by the Photography Club of Greater Cincinnati.
Steamboats Through an Early Lens
Travel back in time to explore the history of steamboats—steamboat building, luxury liners, river disasters, and the impact of steamboats on life in Cincinnati— through their photographs, starting with the oldest surviving photographs of steamboats, captured in the Cincinnati Panorama of 1848. View images, glass slides, postcards and prints from the Library’s Inland Rivers Collection of 20,000 photographs. “Steamboats Through an Early Lens” will be on view September 13 through November 11 in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Main Library.
See Treasures of Children’s Literature
Book cover illustration duck for presidentAfter her death in 1929, the parents of Jean Alva Goldsmith donated the 7-year-old’s book collection to the Library and set up a trust in her name to amass a treasure trove of the finest examples of children’s literature. During September, the Library will celebrate what would have been Jean Alva’s 90th birthday with a special exhibit of the Goldsmith Collection. Some of the finest books in the collection—including rare and signed books—will be on display in the Children’s Learning Center at the Main Library.
Civil War Series
To commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial, members of the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table will make four presentations highlighting the history of the Tristate during the Civil War. The series begins September 22 as David Mowery will plot the trail of Morgan’s Raid in Hamilton County. On September 29, Larry Southwick will show the importance of the Cincinnati railroad hub to the war. All programs will be held on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Genealogy & Local History study area.  
My Cincinnati House Showcases Sculptor’s Studio
Step into the Sycamore Street Studio of sculptor Ted Ganz for the next program in the My Cincinnati House series on Saturday, September 8, at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library on the third floor in the Genealogy & Local History study area. Ganz will talk and present photos on how he turned three buildings—located at Sycamore and Liberty streets on the edge of Over-the-Rhine and Mount Auburn—into a home, garden and sculpture studio.
Most Limits Are Off!
Are you an avid user of Playaway audiobooks or DVDs? Now you may borrow as many as you like at the same time—there are no limits. The only exception is the limit for new release feature films, which remains at 10. You may now also keep your borrowed materials longer. All items except new release films and digital materials may be renewed up to 8 times unless the item is on hold for another customer.
Big Pig Gig Goes Back to School
Join us and go HOG WILD as Artworks and the Library team up on Saturday, September 15 from 1:00—3:00 p.m. in the Children’s Learning Center. Ham it up at this family celebration with fun, interactive pig activities and programs, and see the Big Pig Gig pigs once more before they return to their permanent "sties". This swine soiree is dedicated to the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and the P&G Fund for their PIG support for local schools.
Click here for more great programs!