The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County eLinks February 2012
Love is in the air! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these recent books and enjoy these fun programs.
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bullet Meet the Library’s newest trustee Barbara Trauth.
bullet With over 300 practice tests and courses, the Testing & Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish online resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.
Featured Book of the Month
Cover of The Submission by Amy Waldman
Cover of I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Cover of Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
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Read the Book. Join the Conversation
This February and March marks the 11th annual On the Same Page community-wide reading program organized by the Library in partnership with other area organizations and universities. You are invited to read the selected book, The Submission by Amy Waldman, reflect on how 9/11 changed your thoughts and impacted our community, and relate through book discussions, tweets, and visits with the author.

Click here to place a hold on your copy of the book in regular print, large print, audio, and downloadable audio.

On the Same Page is a project of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County and is made possible in part by the Friends of the Public Library, the University of Cincinnati, and Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Our media partners are 91.7 WVXU, the Cincinnati Enquirer and This year’s special partners include the Mercantile Library, Cincinnati Metro, Xavier University, the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, BRIDGES for a Just Community, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Meet Author Amy Waldman
Meet Author Amy Waldman Save the Date! Meet Amy Waldman, author of this year’s On the Same Page selection, The Submission. All programs are free and open to the public. The author will discuss her book, which will be available for sale and will be signing at all events.

Sunday, March 4, 2:00 p.m.—Main Library, Reading Garden Lounge. Ms. Waldman’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion with the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.
Sunday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.—Xavier University, Cintas Center
Monday, March 5, 12:00 p.m.—The Mercantile Library, registration required.
Monday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.—University of Cincinnati, Tangeman University Center
New Mobile App Live!
New Mobile App Live! The Library has a new mobile app that makes it simple for you to work with your account on the go. With the new app, customers can...
  • Pick a book—any book, anywhere (even at a grocery store!)—scan the bar code, and place a Library hold on it.
  • Check out an item at the Library just by scanning it—no need to visit a circulation desk or a self-check machine.
  • Work with your account.
All of this from a mobile device! Look for more details at
Pleasant Ridge Branch ADA Project Grand Opening
Pleasant Ridge Branch ADA Project Grand Opening You are invited to attend the grand opening of the Pleasant Ridge Branch Accessibility Project on Monday, February 13 at 6233 Montgomery Road. This project opens the branch library’s doors to everyone by removing physical barriers to library service. The $1.3 million project adds an alternative ADA accessible entrance with an elevator between the program space/meeting room level and the main floor of the library, as well as alters the floor plan and bathrooms to accommodate those with mobility limitations. The ribbon-cutting program takes place at 10:30 a.m. with refreshments to follow. An open house will also be held from 4:00‑6:00 p.m.
Celebrating Black History Month
Celebrating Black History Month The Library will commemorate the significant contributions of African-Americans to our history and culture during Black History Month in February with a number of programs.

Follow the lives and lineage of three Cincinnatians who made a difference during the “We Know Who We Are” program series at the Main Library, Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.—William L. Mallory, Sr. (February 4), Dr. John Bryant (February 11), and Bootsy Collins (February 25).
Musical Programs Showcase A Fine Romance
Musical Programs Showcase <i>A Fine Romance</i> Join us for the following musical programs being hosted in conjunction with the display “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965,” an exhibit on view in the Main Library from January 13–February 23:

Fridays, February 3 & 10, Noon
Join pianist Della Enns and Friends for a lunchtime concert of music by the composers featured in the exhibit.

Sunday, February 12, 2:00 p.m.
Rabbi Kenneth Kanter of Hebrew Union College will discuss Jews of Tin Pan Alley.

Saturday, February 18, 2:00 p.m.
Samba Jazz Syndicate will perform a combination of jazz standards and Brazilian music.

All programs will take place in the Main Library's Reading Garden Lounge.
Library Use Reaches All-Time High in 2011
By any measure, 2011 was “one for the books” at your Library. Overall, Library customers borrowed more than 17.6 million items from the Library, putting total circulation for the year 7.9% ahead of 2010. E-books, e-audiobooks, and other downloadable materials exploded in popularity, with use increasing over 500% from 2010. The Library presented more than 17,500 free programs in 2011, which attracted over 428,000 attendees of all ages. By the end of the year, the Library “closed the books” with more than 425,000 active Library Cards, 1.6 million customer computer sessions, and 8 million total visits (a 1.6 million increase from 2010). For more information, see the Winter issue of Library LINKS.
1937 Flood Collection Wiki
1937 Flood Collection Wiki Our new wiki documents the impact of the flood through photographs, scrapbooks, diary entries, and other documents from the Library’s collection and other items generously submitted for digitization by families and individuals.
First Poetry Contest for Adults
Between January 1 and February 29, the Library is looking to discover new and talented poets from the Cincinnati region. The Library’s first poetry contest for adults, co-sponsored by Grailville Retreat & Program Center, invites those ages 18 and up to enter the Library’s first adult poetry contest.
Kids—Be Smart, Eat Well & Move More!
Kids—Be Smart, Eat Well & Move More! The Library is partnering with the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon and the Nutrition Council to help youngsters “Be Smart, Eat Well, and Move More”. Now through April 30, kids ages 5-12 are invited to keep track of the distances they move, the healthy food choices they make, and the time they spend exercising their brains reading by logging their efforts on the Kids Marathon “Hog Log,” available at all 41 library locations and by visiting Kidspace, the Library’s youth-friendly website.
Click here for more great programs!