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The 13th Annual Books By The Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival will be held Saturday, October 26 the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. Along with more than 100 authors who will talk with patrons and sign copies of their books, there will be author panels and discussions; a kids zone and teen scene with a variety of activities and entertainment; sponsor tables; and an onsite bookstore from Joseph Beth Booksellers.Cincinnati Public Radio will have a table - stop by and say hi to the hosts and staff, sign-up to win a CD or other prize, and let us know what you think about our stations! This event is free to attend, and runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.More information can be found at booksbythebanks.org.91.7 WVXU is a proud media partner.We've had the opportunity to interview, or review, many of the authors you'll meet at this year's Books by the Banks . Here's a list if you'd like to hear from one of your favorites! BBTB 2019 AUTHORS WHO HAVE BEEN ON WVXU THIS YEARConnie Dow: From A to Z with Energy! 26 Ways to Move and PlayTerry Gamble: The EulogistJessica Strawser: Forget You Know MeAlexander Watson: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, AmericaMargaret McMullan: Where The Angels LivedCandace Ganger: Six Goodbyes We Never SaidBook Review: Dan and Judy Dourson: Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River BasinJohn Kachuba: Shapeshifters: A HistoryDan Woellert: Cincinnati Goetta: A Delectable HistoryKaren Abbott: The Ghosts Of Eden ParkBook Review: Constance J. Moore and Nancy M. Broermann: Maria Longworth Storer: From Music and Art to Popes and PresidentsPauletta Hansel:When She Was Done (a Mother's Day poem)Coal Town Photograph (Father's Day poems)Sherry Stanforth and Richard Hague: Riparian: Poetry, Short Prose, and Photographs Inspired by the Ohio River (airing on November 24)Rick Kennedy: 100 Years of Reimagining Flight (Cincinnati Edition)Jack Heffron: Classic Reds: The 50 Greatest Games in Cincinnati Reds History (Cincinnati Edition)Michael Morgan: Cincinnati Beer (Cincinnati Edition)Greg Rhodes and John Erardi: Baseball Revolutionaries: How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Rocked the Country and Made Baseball Famous (Cincinnati Edition)David Bell: LayoverWilliam Plunkett: The G-Men and the Nurse: A 1929 Washington Cold CaseJillian Scudder: Astroquizzical: A Curious Journey Through Our Cosmic Family Tree (Looking Up podcast)

The Marie Kondo Effect: Library Hopes To Benefit From Anti-Clutter Advice

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Seth Wenig
Marie Kondo at an event in New York in July. Her new Netflix series, 'Tidying Up With Marie Kondo', has spurred a national decluttering frenzy.

Libraries are hoping to benefit from the popularity of the newest home and lifestyle improvement guru. Marie Kondo has written books on organizing and has a popular show on Netflix where she helps people sort out their lives by decluttering.

Kondo's philosophy is, essentially, if something doesn’t bring you joy, it should be discarded. One meme caught the attention of the Kenton County Library. Kondo has written she keeps her collection of books at less than 30. The message got interpreted on the Internet to mean everyone should whittle their books.

"We've seen so many tweets and memes about people not wanting to give up their books, we thought we would use that to let people know that if they do want to clear out their collection they can donate it to the library," Public Relations Coordinator Gina Stegner says.

"We get donations pretty regularly," Stegner says. "I did have somebody comment on our Facebook page that she made a donation in the last week and that was probably a result of this show. We expect we probably will see a little increase but I really think people like to hang on to their books."

Stegner says the Kenton County Library system has accepted donated books for years. "To be clear, the books do not go into our catalog. They are used for the used book sale that we have. The money that is raised from the book sale is used to provide services and programs that we otherwise would not be able to provide."

She says that can include prizes for the summer reading program, funding for the haunted library event and even new books.

Friends of the Kenton County Library puts on week-long book sales throughout the year that rotate between the branches in Covington, Florence and Independence.