May 2018


Rollin’ On the River Exhibition

Rolling River

Cincinnati owes its growth to river commerce. In the mid-to-late nineteenth century, she was a busy river city. This exhibit takes a step back in time visualizing the boom of industry in trade and travel along the Ohio River. This exhibit features dozens of images, photographs and prints from the Inland Rivers Photograph Collection, available to view in the Digital Library. Exhibit runs Aug. 24–Oct. 28, 2018 in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Main Library.


Now is the Winter of Rest

The Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) curates the Bookworks exhibit, on displays May 19-Sept. 2 on the second-floor bridge at the Main Library. A coordinating exhibit, The Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit, is open to the public June 11-July 23 in the Popular Library Department.

CBAS is a nonprofit organization of professional and amateur hand workers in the book arts. There are two chances to walk through the Bookworks exhibit with an artist to learn more about the creative process. Those events are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

The Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit is curated in memory of former Library Services Directory Keith Kuhn, who was responsible for growing the Library’s special collection of book artworks. Many of the books are hand-made by well-known international, national, and local artists.

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 from the Cincinnati Museum Center

Polar Bear

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 bear will remain at the Main Library until the end of 2018.

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