About the book: A colorful walk through 150 years at the Public Library, Free & Public revisits the lost library of 629 Vine Street, which made Cincinnati a national model for public libraries. It reviews the long line of branches, deposit stations, bookmobiles, and “new” Main buildings that followed. The Depression-era lows of the Library are relived, as well as great moments when it reached out to children, the blind, and those in rural areas. Free & Public remembers individuals whose dedication made the Library a vital institution. It introduces the “builder librarians” of the modern era, who transformed a paper bound archive into an interactive, multi-media, virtual Main Library district. A mix of urban history, social pageant, and library science, Free & Public offers the entertaining story of a city that surprised itself by building a world-class library.