May 2018


Over Here and Over There: Cincinnatians Fight the Great War

Scrapbook Image of World War I soldier

Honor the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War by visiting this exhibit through January 27, 2019. in the Joseph S. Stern Jr., Cincinnati Room inside the Main Library. The exhibit features photographs, scrapbooks, propaganda posters, newspaper accounts and uniforms from the Main Library’s collection. The exhibit also includes items illustrating the history of Base Hospital No. 25 in France, staffed by doctors and nurses from Cincinnati General Hospital, contributed by UC Associate Professor and historian Richard Prior.

World War I 100th Commemoration

They Knew Not My Name, and I Knew Not Their Faces

Now is the Winter of Rest

See the people of Cincinnati through the lens of local photographer Michael Wilson in his exhibit, also part of the FotoFocus 2018 event, on display Sept. 7–Dec. 31 at the Main Library. Smaller satellite exhibits will also be on display at the branch libraries where those particular portraits were made: College Hill, Forest Park, Green Township, Greenhills, Groesbeck, Harrison, Mariemont, Norwood, Reading and Walnut Hills.

Wilson’s black-and-white portraits were made in a portable studio, eliminating reference to place and simplifying the visual elements of the picture to the subject’s face, clothing, and gesture. The portable studio was set up in neighborhoods across Cincinnati and Hamilton County, in most cases outside of various branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Support for this FotoFocus Biennial 2018 exhibition was provided by Fotofocus.

A book accompanies the exhibition with supporting text by acclaimed writer R.J. Smith. There is an opening reception and artist talk 7–9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Main Library, 800 Vine St. It is free and open to the public.

FotoFocus Bienneial Logo FotoFocus Black and White Logo FotoFocus Open Archive Logo

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.