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July 2007

What’s New · New Bond Hill Branch

Grand Opening!

Please join us for the grand opening of the new Bond Hill Branch (1740 Langdon Farm Road at Jordan Crossing) on Thursday, August 9 at 4:00 p.m.!

Following the special opening ceremony and ribbon cutting, a wide variety of special activities will take at the branch, including:

  • 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., performance by Al Beasley Trio and refreshments
  • 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., visit from Rufus the Library Reading Dog
  • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., help make a “Unity Quilt”
  • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., balloon sculptures with Rainbow Entertainment
  • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., tours of the Community Action Agency

About the new Bond Hill Branch

The 12,000 foot facility is roughly twice the size of the current Bond Hill and Roselawn Branches. It has a materials capacity of over 70,000 items, giving staff the opportunity to significantly expand the agency’s book, audiovisual, and magazine collections. Designed by K4 Architecture, LLC and Intra Design, the branch architecture is organized around three separate spaces that are illuminated by double-height windows. These sections house the adult, teen, and children’s areas. The dramatic interior incorporates abundant natural light, an open floor plan, and an inviting color scheme. Plenty of computers (which will offer access to the Web and Microsoft Office applications) and a program/meeting area that seats 50 are also available.

New Hours of Service

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: Noon - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Background

In 2006, the Library began working with the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) to pursue occupation of a 12,000 square foot space in Jordan Crossing as the site for a combined and expanded Bond Hill and Roselawn Branch Library. In early 2007, fundraising to cover the costs of the new facility was completed, and the Library signed a ten-year lease with CAA. Construction of the new facility begain in late February.

Funding

No public moneys were expended on the project—funding to cover the $750,000 cost to finish the space was provided by private support, including a lead gift of $100,000 from Carl H. Lindner, and $100,000 each from the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trust, Fifth Third Bank, trustee; Helen T. Ehlers Trust, and an anonymous gift through the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Additional support was provided by a $150,000 allowance from the CAA for building out the space, a bequest in excess of $100,000 from Norma Holt, $25,000 grants from both the Farmer Family Foundation and an anonymous foundation, as well as a bequest from Dorothea H. Fine and combined contributions received from the Library Foundation's Annual Fund.