Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library

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Updated Thursday, March 19, 5:50 p.m.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County closed all of its facilities starting Friday evening, March 13 at 6 p.m. because of COVID-19 concerns. At first those locations were to remain shut for at least a week, but on Thursday, the library sent an email saying it would be closed through April 3.

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is commemorating this year's 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with an exhibit documenting Ohio's role in the women's suffrage movement.

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is making changes. The Walnut Hills and Norwood branches will be expanded, the Mount Healthy branch will move, and the Main Library could get a parking garage. These plans and possibilities are included in the next two parts of the facility master plan, released this week. Voters in 2018 approved a library levy that was expected to generate about $19 million a year for repairs and rehabilitation of library facilities.

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The biggest headlines of 2019 overwhelmed many. On the local level, we thought we were done with the Gang of Five, and then we weren't. There were tensions over TIF districts and former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's pardons, to name a few. On the national level, "disinformation" is the word of the year, and we can't even agree on when the decade ends. Oh - and did we mention impeachment

No wonder then the area's most circulated titles of 2019 are (mostly) escapist fun. 

More than 50 movies have been filmed in Cincinnati. Cinema Cincinnati, an exhibit celebrating the history of cinema in the Queen City, opens October 12 at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

John Kieswetter previews the exhibit - which explores local theaters, iconic stars such as Theda Bara, Doris Day and Tyrone Power, Cincinnatians who worked as character actors, screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, production designers and more - with curator Brian Powers.

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is asking for community feedback on what should be done with its north and south buildings Downtown. A community listening session is set for Tuesday evening.

2019 summer reads
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James Patterson, James Patterson, James Patterson. Cincinnati readers really like James Patterson.

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A pilot program is underway at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County where social service agencies are handing out literature to people who might need help with mental health, addiction recovery and other services.

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The new director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County says the upcoming facilities master plan will include a lot of public input. Paula Brehm-Heeger gave the first State of the Library speech Friday morning.

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"I feel that 2018 was a huge year for diverse books," says one department manager at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. "Books about people of all colors and creeds and ethnicities, just telling stories about their experiences. I saw that much more in 2018 than I have seen previously, especially getting awards and getting critical acclaim."

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is engaging the same firm the Dayton Metro Library engaged for it's recent renovation and expansion to lead a similar effort.

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The Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library has put out a request for proposals as it seeks a developer to create a master facilities plan. The library board intends to hire the developer by the end of the year.

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In a surprise move, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has selected its next leader. Interim Director Paula Brehm-Heeger takes over the permanent position immediately.

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There are two finalists in the running to be the next Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County leader. Library trustees have a choice between two candidates with local familiarity.

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County plans to find its next director through a national search. The retirement of current director, Kim Fender, is effective June 29. 

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By a two-to-one margin, Hamilton County voters said "yes" to a new one mill property tax for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The Cincinnati Zoo's renewal levy passed 78 to 22 percent.

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The proposed 1-mill additional tax levy will be one topic Cincinnati Hamilton County Library Board President Bill Moran anticipates he will be asked about at Wednesday night's public forum.

According to Moran, the library needs it.

"The State officials have been telling all the libraries in Ohio that you really need to get local support for your libraries," Moran says. "And frankly, the reduction in funding that we're seeing every year bears that out."

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Updated 5:55 p.m.

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.