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Little Willie John publicity photo
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The original King Records studio in Evanston.
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Musicians James Brown and Frank Vincent
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Album cover for James Brown's "Live at the Apollo."
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Cover of the biography "Fever: Little Willie John’s Fast Life, Mysterious Death, and the Birth of Soul" by Susan Whitall.
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The cover of the James Brown biography "The One: The Life and Music of James Brown" by RJ Smith.
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Album cover of “In Action” by King Records vocalist Little Willie John, released in 1960. (Photo: Gusto Records)
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Album cover for “This is Otis Williams and His Charms.”
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Susan Whitall, author of "Fever: Little Willie John’s Fast Life, Mysterious Death, and the Birth of Soul."
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A 1959 poster for a show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem that features two King Records artists, Little Willie John and James Brown. (Photo: Craig Falbe)
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King Records owner Syd Nathan with James Brown in Miami in 1966 receiving a gold record for “I Got You (I Feel Good).” (Photo: Gusto Records)
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Musician Bobby Mackey
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Musician Bobby Mackey
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Some young Library customers join in the dragon dance during the Chinese New Year’s celebration in the Children’s Learning Center.
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Dancers perform at the Children’s Learning Center during a previous year’s Chinese cultural program.
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The nine exchange teachers from China, from left, are Chen Fengrong (Crystal), Chu Qian (Selena), Wang Zhenhua (Mary), Bai Xue Ying’er (Melinda), Tuo Lina (Lina), Liao Baohua (Jennifer), Xian Ying (Lilian), Li Xinnian (Annie), and Li Caixia (Daisy).
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Melissa Franek, Manager of the Main Library’s Children’s Learning Center, shows kids the medal they can earn for completing the Hog Log program and crossing the “swine line.”
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Robin Pendery, Youth Programs Coordinator for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, (left) leads kids in a fitness exercise
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Sumatran rhinos at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
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Cincinnati Zookeeper Paul Reinhart with a Sumatran rhino.
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“Underground No. 3” by Cedric Michael Cox
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“3 a.m. Sunrise (Wings for T.C.)” by Kevin Cole
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“Searching for Balance I” by Kevin Cole
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A “tree- rific” tradition at the Main Library continues with magnificent trees featuring ornaments symbolizing storybook haracters hand-made by the Federated Garden Clubs of Cincinnati and Vicinity.
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In between Dazzle Day performances at the Main Library, make ’n take a craft together as a family or watch your kids’ faces light up as they create their own holiday mementos.
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Award-winning composer and singer David Kisor will give a holiday performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, during Dazzle Days at the Main Library.
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The Madcap Puppets will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, during Dazzle Days at the Main Library.
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Grammy nominee Zak Morgan will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, during Dazzle Days at the Main Library.
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Pendleton Art Center in Over-the-Rhine.
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The “old” Main Library, which once stood on Vine Street.
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Cincinnati’s Music Hall, late 1800s.
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David and Barbara Day in front of the Over-the-Rhine bell tower which they designed.
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Cover of "Vanishing Cincinnati"
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Omope Carter Daboiku has been affiliated with the Ohio Arts Council as an Artist-in-Education since 1990. She was among the first artists chosen for the Cincinnati Arts Association's "Artists On Tour" program and is a regular teller for the Public Library and the Cincinnati Storytellers Guild. She is featured in the Urban Appalachian Council's traveling exhibit, "Perceptions of Home.”
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Eric Wolf graduated with a B.A. in human ecology from College of the Atlantic for which his senior project was storytelling. His experience has included an apprenticeship with a professional storyteller. He completed an M.S. in environmental education from Lesley University. He was awarded an Oracle Award for Distinguished Service to the National Storytelling Community in 2010 for the podcast The Art of Storytelling Show.
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Jonatha and Harold Wright have been specializing in Ohio, Ohio Appalachian and Japanese stories for the last several years. They do workshops all over the U.S. and in Kyoto on storytelling techniques and skills. Professionally they belong to the state storytelling groups of Ohio, Kentucky and Florida, the National Storytelling Network, and the Miami Valley Storytellers.
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Katie Laur, award-winning bluegrass musician, will emcee the Library’s innaugural Storytelling in the Park event Sunday, Sept. 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Washington Park, downtown Cincinnati.
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Inside of the Matthew McWilliams house in Riverside, which will be featured July 14 at the Main Library in the My Cincinnati House program.
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The Matthew McWilliams house in Riverside is the featured home for My Cincinnati House July 14 at the Main Library.
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Antiques 101 - book cover
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Frank Farmer Loomis
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CSO Woodwind Quintet
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CSO String Quartet
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Author Karin Slaughter's new book, Criminal.
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Thriller Author Karin Slaughter will be at the Main Library on July 15
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Thriller Author Karin Slaughter will be at the Main Library on July 15
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Auhtor Amor Towles' new book.
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Rules of Civility Auhtor Amor Towles will be at the Main Library on August 25.
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Library's READ poster featuring Spiderman
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Library's READ poster featuring Spiderman
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Karin Slaughter's new book Criminal
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Storytime at the Bond Hill Branch Library. To help prepare children to read and succeed in kindergarten and beyond, the Public Library offers an average of 350 free story times every month for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at the Main Library and 40 branch libraries in Hamilton County.
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The Library offers free computer and internet access at all 41 locations in Hamilton County.
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The Library offers programs and volunteer opportunities for teens.
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The Library offers programs and volunteer opportunities for teens.
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The Library offers resources for area senior citizens. In fact, we developed Fifty-Five +, a website to help seniors connect with them.
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The Genealogy and Local History Department at the Main Library is one of the best in the country.
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Many Library locations offer a self-check out service for customers.
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A chemistry demonstration at the West End Branch Library. The Library produces thousands of educational programs for kids, teens, and adults throughout the year.
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The Library offers free programs and resources to job seekers and the general business community.
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The Library offers free homework help to students both online and in-person.
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Customer service is a top priority at the Public Library.
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Customer service is a top priority at the Public Library.
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Baby Rhyme and Sign Storytime at the Green Township Branch Library. To help prepare children to read and succeed in kindergarten and beyond, the Public Library offers an average of 350 free story times every month for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at the Main Library and 40 branch libraries in Hamilton County.
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Storytime with Curious George at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. To help prepare children to read and succeed in kindergarten and beyond, the Public Library offers an average of 350 free story times every month for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at the Main Library and 40 branch libraries in Hamilton County.
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Storytime at the Madeira Branch Library. To help prepare children to read and succeed in kindergarten and beyond, the Public Library offers an average of 350 free story times every month for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at the Main Library and 40 branch libraries in Hamilton County.
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Storytime at the Main Library. To help prepare children to read and succeed in kindergarten and beyond, the Public Library offers an average of 350 free story times every month for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at the Main Library and 40 branch libraries in Hamilton County.
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Melissa Anelli, Harry Potter historian and author of Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon, at the Main Library
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Paper engineer and designer Bruce Foster personalized books for audience members while they took an up-close look at the Hogwarts Castle pop-up following a talk at the Main Library.
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More than 1,500 people crowded into the Main Library Atrium to meet travel expert and author Rick Steves.
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More than 1,500 people crowded into the Main Library Atrium to meet travel expert and author Rick Steves.
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Author Doug Fine brought his “Green Stand-Up” routine to the Main Library. His 90-minute talk, “Petroleum Free in One Year,” based on his best-selling book Farewell, My Subaru, used humor (including his many initial mistakes), rather than fear, to show us how anyone can move seamlessly to sustainability through solar power and other easy tips at home, vegetable oil-powered autos, and a sustainable diet.
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Two-time Golden Kite award winner and New York Times #1 bestselling illustrator Loren Long at the Delhi Township Branch Library