April 19, 2018

Book Honors 150th Anniversary at Cincinnati/Hamilton PL

By LJ Staff

The 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati area’s library services is commemorated with the publication of Free & Public: One Hundred and Fifty Years at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County 1853-2003. Beginning with the book’s launch on February 1, a number of activities in the coming months will highlight the library’s most interesting moments, both in the present and the past. The anniversary celebration at the main library on March 15 will feature an afternoon full of music, dance, and activities showcasing the library and its collections throughout its history. An exhibit in the Children’s Learning Center features the library’s earliest efforts to reach out to its youngest readers, including ‘Home Library Clubs’ and bookmobile services to rural communities. Another exhibit centers on Andrew Carnegie’s contributions to Cincinnati, consisting of nine branch facilities. The book, a 160-page, cloth-bound edition containing 200 photographs, tells of the library system’s greatest moments, as it reached out to the blind, to children, and those in rural areas. It also recalls Depression-era hard times and brings to life the stories of some heroes, ‘characters,’ and philanthropists who made sure the library system provided uninterrupted service for 150 years.