Programs For Families

Steamboats Remembered in Story and Song
John and Gwenn Noftsger and Lois Kidd from The Ohio River Steamboat Company combine music, drama, and history to take you from the early days of flatboating to the great steamboat era and glamorous showboat days.
Sunday, August 24
Main Library Atrium
2:00 p.m.

Programs For Adults

Along the Ohio with Photos
Andrew Borowiec, the author of Along the Ohio, talks about his efforts to explore the “cultural landscape” of the Ohio River Valley through photographs. A book-signing will follow his lecture.
Sunday, September 7
Main Library, Huenefeld Tower Room
2:00 p.m.
The Whitewater Shakers: A Look at How They Did Business with the World
with Richard B. Spence, co-author of Maps of the Shaker West
Monday, September 8
Harrison Branch Library
7:00 p.m.
The History of Steamboats Comes Alive
Steamboat Historian and former Delta Queen Steamboat Company employee Don Deming offers a fascinating account of the great steamboat era.
Wednesday, September 10
Harrison Branch Library
7:00 p.m.
The Painted River: Incorporating Great River Stories and Photo Archives into Original River Art Work
Renowned maritime artist Michael Blaser describes how he combines river stories and historical photographs to create original works of art.
Sunday, September 21
Main Library, Huenefeld Tower Room
2:00 p.m.
Cincinnati, Greene Line Steamers and the Delta Queen
Experience the colorful history of the Greene Line and its many steamboats, including the legendary Delta Queen. Gerald W. Sutphin, a visual communication arts specialist with expertise in inland rivers history, presents an informative slide program on this noted steamboat company.
Sunday, September 28
Main Library, Huenefeld Tower Room
2:00 p.m.
The Island Queen: Five Decks of Fun
Many Cincinnatians still fondly remember when the steamer Island Queen ran trips between the Public Landing and Coney Island. John H. White, author, professor, and former Senior Historian for the Smithsonian Institution, takes his audience back to those days with an engaging slide program on this beloved steamboat.
Sunday, October 5
Main Library, Huenefeld Tower Room
2:00 p.m.
Riverboats, River Towns & River People: Ohio River Photographers 1890–1920
Relive life along the Ohio River as captured on film by ten little-known photographers. M’Lissa Kesterman, Assistant Manager of the Rare Books & Special Collections Department, is your guide back to a time when steamboats were commonplace at many river landings.
Thursday, October 9
North Central Branch Library
7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 13
Oakley Branch Library
6:30 p.m.
Passenger Lists at the Library and Online: Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors
During the 19th century, immigrants helped make Cincinnati one of the largest cities in the nation. Passenger lists for Atlantic and Gulf ports record their entrance and link immigrants to their overseas homeland. Learn strategies for investigating these important records.
Saturday, October 11
Main Library, Huenefeld Tower Room
10:00 a.m.
Cincinnati in 1848: A Retrospective Look at the Public Library’s Historic Daguerreotype Panorama
Explore the buildings, businesses, and steamboats found in Fontayne & Porter’s panoramic view of Cincinnati from 1848. M’Lissa Kesterman, Assistant Manager of the Rare Books & Special Collections Department, and Rick Kesterman, Art Teacher at Concordia Lutheran School, share a unique slide program on this fascinating panorama.
Sunday, October 12
Main Library, Huenefeld Tower Room
2:00 p.m.
Buckeye Battlefields with Edwin Kramp
Author Edwin Kramp discusses Buckeye Battlefields, his book about the Ohio’s battlefields and military past. Copies will be available for purchase.
Monday, October 13
Harrison Branch Library
7:00 p.m.
Coney Island: Cincinnati’s Finest Amusement Park
with Charles Jacques, author of Cincinnati’s Coney Island
Monday, October 20
Anderson Branch
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 25
Main Library, Huenefeld Tower Room
1:00 p.m.

Programs For Children

The Fowler Family Gets Dressed
Learn about the clothing worn by early settlers, indentured servants, and slaves through this interactive presentation by costumed representatives from “Threads Thru Time.”
Saturday, September 6
Main Library, Children’s Learning Center
2:00 p.m.
The Buckeye State Adventure
Celebrate Ohio’s 200th birthday through this fast-paced, zany show as Mark Wood combines stories about famous people from Ohio with games, and magic tricks. Audience participation is encouraged!
Saturday, September 13
Children’s Learning Center
2:00 p.m.
Steamboats for Kids
Marine inspector and riverboat captain Bill Judd shares his knowledge and experience with young river enthusiasts.
Saturday, September 20
Main Library, Rare Books & Special Collections Department
2:00 p.m.
River Science
Experience hands-on river science and learn more about river ecology, bogs, fens, marshes, floodplains, swamps and more through demonstrations and experiments presented by the Public Library’s children’s librarians.
Saturday, September 27 & Saturday, October 18
Main Library, Children’s Learning Center
2:00 p.m.
T-Rex and the History of Flight
Thaddeus Rex will cover the history of flight, starting with ancient times and ending with the space exploration program. His program includes songs, games, and fun props.
Saturday, October 4
2:00 p.m.
Main Library Atrium
Down the Ohio Storytime
Fascinating stories and amusing songs presented by the Public Library’s children’s librarians make for a fun journey down the Ohio River.
Saturday, October 11
Main Library, Children’s Learning Center
2:00 p.m.
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