April 2018


Taft Museum of Art’s Artists Reaching Classrooms (ARC)

Artists Reaching Classrooms exhibit

The ARC program immerses high school art students in Cincinnati’s visual arts community and exposes them to careers in the arts. Students are asked to make artwork in response to the experience. Their work is the professionally organized and exhibited at the Main Library on the 2nd Floor Connector from April 11–May 17. Participating schools are Aiken High School, Anderson High School, Cincinnati Country Day School, Colerain High School, Dater High School, Hamilton High School, Kings High School, Roger Bacon High School, School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Sycamore High School, Walnut Hills High School, and Winton Woods High School.

Beer Fit for a Queen: The Art of Brewing in Greater Cincinnati

Bock Cincinnati

The Queen City has always had a love affair with beer. A new exhibit, Beer Fit for a Queen: The Art of Brewing in Greater Cincinnati, takes a look at the history of beer and brewing heritage in Cincinnati—dating all the way back to the founding of the very first brewery in 1806 by James Dover, through prohibition in the early 20th century and all the way up to the modern-day resurgence of craft and micro-breweries. The exhibit features original memorabilia, photographs, lithographs and advertisements from Bruckmann, Hudephol, Christian Moerlein, John Hauck, Foss-Schneider, Gerke, Jackson, Windisch-Mullhuaser, Kauffman, Lackman and Bellevue brewing companies, among others.

Beer Fit for a Queen: The Art of Brewing in Greater Cincinnati coincides with the 26th Annual Bockfest celebration happening March 2–4 in Over-the-Rhine. The exhibit will be located in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room in the Main Library Feb. 5–May 13.

Romancing the Stacks

Romancing the Stacks

With the cold of winter and the season of valentines in the air, we thought it would be appropriate to pay homage to the great romance novel. The Public Library has collected more than 12,000 romance titles written by more than 5,000 different authors. The popularity of these books span decades, with locations remote and secret, intertwined in daily life or lost in complete fantasy. The cast of characters is as wide as the imagination, the scenarios farfetched or familiar, the plots mild mannered or steamy. The genres range from historical to medical to contemporary and paranormal. This exhibit offers just a small sample of the many novels housed in the Library collection, representing mostly vintage covers from the earlier days of illustrations to the days of models striking a pose in a studio setting. See the exhibit Feb. 1–March 15 in the Popular Library Department of the Main Library.

The Story Tree by ArtWorks Teens with Natsuko Dyer

The Story Tree The Story Tree

The Contemporary Arts Center donated the “Story Tree” to the Library so it would continue to inspire young readers. This work celebrates the global role of storytelling. The large tree mural was inspired by the beloved children’s book author Eric Carle to act as the connection between each story. On the limbs you will find boxes that reveal the story as each piece of Plexiglas is pulled out. The teens from ArtWorks chose a variety of stories from different countries and traditions — Hansel and Gretel, The Emperor’s New Clothes, James and the Giant Peach, How the Coyote Stole Fire, The Gingerbread Man, and Urashimo Taro. The "Story Tree" is on permanent view at the Madisonville Branch.

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.