August 2016


Bills of Lading: Viewing Cincinnati Through its River Trade Exhibit

Packet bill

This unique exhibit gives viewers the chance to step back into the age of steamboats to view life in Cincinnati through the boats, goods and people which passed through the city’s port as captured on boat receipts, known as bills of ladings. "Bills of Lading" will be on view in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room on the third floor of the Main Library from Aug. 5–Nov. 15.

Every year the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County reminds readers how books themselves can be transformed into art, with two exhibits: Bookworks XVII and the Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit.

Bookworks XVII

Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs by Paul Johnson

Bookworks XVII is a Cincinnati Book Arts Society exhibit of one-of-a-kind, handmade books in the Main Library Atrium. Get up-close and personal with the exhibit during two artist walk-throughs 2 p.m., Sunday, June 19, and Sunday, Aug. 21. There also is a hands-on bookmaking demonstration 2 p.m., Sunday, July 17, at the Main Library.

The exhibit will be on view from June 14 – Sept. 4, 2016.

Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit

Home, Michael Home, Michael by Judith Serling-Sturm

The Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit is on display in conjunction with Bookworks XVII in cases near the Main Library’s South Building elevators and in the Popular Library. The exhibit showcases artists’ reimagined books from the Library’s collection. The show is organized annually in the memory of former Library Services Director Keith Kuhn, who directed the Library’s expansion of the collection.

The exhibit will be on view from June 14 – Sept. 4, 2016.

See the Polar Bear and Allosaurus from the Cincinnati Museum Center


The Cincinnati Museum Center’s polar bear now welcomes visitors to the Main Library. The polar bear, the Earth’s largest land predator, is on display in the Main Library Atrium near the elevators. The Main Library is also housing the Museum Center’s Allosaurus, a fearsome carnivore which sat atop the food chain over 150 million years ago and has been a favorite amongst visitors to the Museum Center’s Dino Hall. The Allosaurus is now housed on the second floor bridge spanning the north and south buildings of the Main Library, between the TechCenter and MakerSpace. Both pieces will remain at Main Library for about the next two years, as renovation work on the Museum Center is completed.

For additional information about any of the exhibits listed, please call our Programs & Exhibits Office at 513-369-3173.