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Cincinnati is ready to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the legendary King Records with more than 40 events around the community. 

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If life has felt like a circus lately, well, this weekend is about to replace that craziness with a little fun. 

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Kimber Fender will retire at the end of June after 19 years as director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

She has been with the library since 1988, when she began as a librarian in the Institutions/Books by Mail department.

"I am looking forward to the next chapter, but it is bittersweet to share this news,'' Fender said in a press release from the library. "I have dedicated the majority of my life to the library and it has been an incredible 30 years. I am so proud of our accomplishments as an organization."

For Black History Month: the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will be celebrating the month with the theme African American Women in Cincinnati. 

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In a Dec. 20 memo to members of the Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library Trustees a library committee recommends retaining ownership and re-purposing the North building instead of selling it. The trustees will also put a new levy on the May 2018 ballot. 

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Uncle Al, Gary Burbank, Skipper Ryle, Jim Scott, the Q102 Morning Zoo, Bob Shreve, Bob Braun, Ruth Lyons, WEBN's Jelly Pudding, the Cool Ghoul and "WKRP in Cincinnati" are "Living on the Air" in a wonderfully nostalgic display at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County downtown through January.

If you're heading downtown over the holidays, plan on spending an hour gazing at the Cincinnati TV and radio displays on the first and third floors at the main public library, 800 Vine Street.

The newest Writer in Residence at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is a familiar name to young readers (and their parents), Emma Carlson Berne

Cincinnati's long and accomplished broadcast history is being celebrated in a new exhibit at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

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Trustees of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are being criticized for the format of a public hearing Monday night. It was billed as a community conversation about the library's facilities plan and what the future holds for the main branch.

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has a new trustee. Karen Clemons replaces Alan Zaring, who had served since 2010, most recently as president. His term expired in September.

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New details are uncovered in the tea party suit against the IRS. Hamilton County Public Library trustees say the fate of the main branch is still undecided. And a look at why students are suspended and the latest Ohio public school report cards.

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For some people, learning about their family history is a matter of curiosity. For others it’s a way to better understand who they are and where they came from, perhaps even a source of pride. 

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Despite being the second busiest library system in the nation, the number of people using the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County doesn't come close, per square foot, to the number of customers at other branches.

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The country responds to Hurricane Irma as work crews and volunteers help with recovery efforts. Hate crimes in the region fueled by the far right. A Cincinnati police officer sues the city manager. 

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Midwestern Hayride was one of the many early radio and television programs produced in Cincinnati that made the city famous for live broadcasting. 

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The first westerner to translate Japanese stories into English was Patrick Lafcadio Hearn. Born in 1850 on the Greek island of Lefkada, and later abandoned by his parents, Hearn was sent to America. He made his way to Cincinnati and while here he wrote hundreds of articles, many of them for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Two local libraries – the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Lebanon Public Library – have recently added the on-demand streaming service Kanopy to their benefits for card holders. 

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It is never too early to talk to your children about money. A new traveling exhibit at the Main Library can help families start the discussion. "Thinking Money" aims to make financial literacy a topic that's both understandable and fun for adolescents. The exhibit is framed with an adventure theme and includes interactive technology to engage teens.

Longtime music journalist and historian Larry Nager is returning to Cincinnati to speak at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County as part of Miami Regionals Appalachian Studies project. 

Book Review: "Driven Toward Madness" By Nikki M. Taylor

Mar 31, 2017

Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews former UC Professor Nikki M. Taylor'Driven Toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio (New Approaches to Midwestern History)  advance of the author's April 8 talk at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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A mob of reporters shouted questions at Christian Slater outside the downtown Main Public Library's Ninth Street entrance about 11 p.m. Wednesday night, while surrounded by Cincinnati Police cars and an ambulance.

TV vans from WLWT-TV and WKRC-TV, plus two WCPO-TV news vehicles (a van and the huge satellite transmission truck), were parked by the library. But you didn't see this on late newscasts.  

The new writer-in-residence at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is a local teacher, husband and father who published his first book last year. 

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It’s a place for creative people and business owners alike to bring their ideas to life: the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Branch's MakerSpace

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This summer, many Americans heard the phrases Gold Star Families and Gold Star Mothers for the first time. The terms come from the Service Flag that originated during World War I. 

The 10th Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival will happen Saturday, October 15 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. 

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Since the 19th century, the only Democrats to lose Ohio yet win the presidency were John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt. And no Republican has ever lost the state and won the White House. 

September is King Records Month in Cincinnati. WVXU will pay tribute with four special episodes of Lee Hay's Blues show (Saturday nights at 11pm starting September 3). 

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Barbara Gray speaks with the Writer-in-Residence at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Jeffrey Hillard. He talks about a novel and 2 books of poetry he has coming out and his duties as Writer in Residence.

Rebecca Forste visits with Jim Stump to discuss her presentation on the celebrated Ohio poet Paul Laurence Dunbar at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on Saturday, January 30.

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Every year, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County compiles a list of most popular titles. 

Manager of the Popular Library David Siders says they gather circulation data on the top ten adult fiction, young adult and children's books, and the most popular e-books. 

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