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Get in here! The Library building is the most important place in town. Why people love to visit—and why you should too!
The history behind your favorite Kenner childhood toys. Details on page 8
Homework Help is expanding! Find out more on page 11
Winter 2016 • Volume 23 • Issue 1
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Would you be surprised to learn that 92% of school-age children in Hamilton County already have a Library card? Earlier this year we joined our colleagues in 30 cities across the country in supporting ConnectED, a partnership of the American Library Association, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Urban Libraries Council and the White House with the lofty goal of having a Library card in the hands of every school-age child in the country. Our first step was to determine how many children we needed to reach. So we did the math and were astonished to learn that 92% of school-age children already have a Library card. 92%! But the goal is 100% not 92%, and even this amazing number meant that 9,989 children in Hamilton County still didn’t have a Library card. We developed a plan to reach the elusive 8% spread across our county. We began contacting the superintendents of the 22 public school districts we serve. We reached out to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. We asked them to do two things. First, we provided a postcard with a Library card attached to it. Give these to anyone who doesn’t have a Library card, we urged them. Second, we asked to visit their kindergarten classrooms and sign up the students for Child-Only cards. So far, every superintendent we’ve talked to has agreed and showed their support by signing the ConnectED pledge.
Thanks for making your Library the fifth busiest in the country!
IN THIS ISSUE OF
Library News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Big Events on the Horizon. . . . . . . . . . . 5 Get In Here!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Things You Need To See. . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Friends. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
The 2015 Public Library Data Service statistical report shows our cardholders checked out more than 18 million items in 2014—stacked on top of each other, that’s enough items to reach 430 miles into the atmosphere! Your appetite for our collection makes our Library the fifth busiest in the U.S. We want to say thanks to all of you!
The Library Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . 1 0 Tales From the Archives . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Keep the momentum going by visiting your local branch or checking something out from your couch using our eBranch.
Four Library cardholders earn high school diplomas, career certification Four Library cardholders are celebrating a major milestone: they earned a high school diploma and career certification from Career Online High School (COHS) and the Library.
In the first month, nearly 1000 children and teens signed up for a Library card. We’re not yet to 100%, but we’re making progress. But this is about more than numbers. It’s about ensuring that the children of our community have access to the age-appropriate books and the digital content they need.
Jim Thomas, Silke Stuart, Brandon Waldon, and Lashanda Bishop (pictured) all received scholarships from the Library to enroll in COHS. Bishop accepted her diploma at a special ceremony held in September. “Getting my high school diploma was a goal of mine since dropping out of school at the age of 16,” said Bishop. “It was something I regretted for a long time. Being without a high school diploma as an adult is very hard
Help us get Library cards into the hands of all children in Hamilton County by making sure the children you know have Library cards. It’s something they’ll use for the rest of their lives, and it’s free.
Child-Only cards allow children ages 12 and under to check-out up to three items cataloged for children with no fines. TeenOnly cards allow teens ages 13–17 to checkout up to three items cataloged for teens. Both card types allow access to the Internet, online databases, and downloadable materials. Neither card requires a parent or guardian signature.
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when you have a family to provide for. I am hoping to find a great career and maybe further my education someday.” Students enrolled in COHS take classes and exams online and are paired with an academic coach who guides and evaluates their performance. Students can get career certification in more than half a dozen fields, including Childcare and Education, Homeland Security, and Office Management. Learn more about COHS and apply for a scholarship by visiting CincinnatiLibrary.org/COHS.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Robert G. Hendon Elizabeth H. LaMacchia William J. Moran Barbara W. Trauth Ross A. Wright Allen G. Zaring IV
The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director Kimber L. Fender Fiscal Officer Molly DeFosse
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B I G E V E N TS O N T H E H O R I ZO N
L I B R A RY NE WS
HISTORIC AUDUBON VOLUMES GET NEW DISPLAY CASES, DIGITAL LIFE
Top: The double elephant folio gets a rare airing, circa 1925. Before there was a rare books room at the “New Main,” the “Old Main” Library rented a bank vault to store its most valuable items. Bottom: Digital Services scans a page from Birds of America using the Library’s large-format planetary scanner.
The Library is fortunate to own one of the few intact copies of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. Housed in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Main Library, one page of the double elephant folio edition is turned each week. Starting in November, visitors will be able to access the entire four-volume set via new display cases and a computer touch screen. Over the summer, Digital Services worked with the University of Cincinnati's Conservation Lab to scan the rare images so they would be available online in the Digital Library as well as in the new cases.
LISTEN Library’s archived newspaper collection expands
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Black History Month FINDING A VOICE AND SHAPING AN IDENTITY: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE MEDIA Historically, African Americans have struggled for adequate and accurate representation in mass media. In celebration of Black History Month, hear from local heroes who made a difference in mainstream and African American-owned media as they discuss the political, cultural, and economic barriers they encountered and how they brought about change in the newspaper, television, and radio world.
Local television anchormen Clyde Gray, Courtis Fuller, and John Lomax share how they got started in broadcasting, their challenges, and the changes they have observed in the industry.
SATURDAY, FEB. 20 | 11 A.M. GENEALOGY AND NEWSPAPERS
Television content coordinator and accomplished genealogist Thomas Jordan presents a workshop on genealogy research techniques using newspapers. Co-sponsored by the Hamilton County Genealogical Society.
SATURDAY, FEB. 20 | 2 P.M. CINCINNATI BLACK PRESS AND ITS EDITORS As The Cincinnati Herald celebrates its 60th anniversary, its publisher emerita Marjorie Parham, current publisher Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, and historian and author Najiyyah Duncan share the rich history of black newspapers and lead a lively discussion on the future of the black press.
The Anness Family Foundation
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The atrium of the Main Library will feature a model train display from the Cincinnati Northern Model Railroad Club this holiday season. The train, with controls you can operate, will be on display Saturday, Dec. 19, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20, 1–5 p.m. The train is sponsored by Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI).
Poets from the Cincinnati area may submit works for the fifth annual Poetry in the Garden Contest sponsored by the Library and the Greater Cincinnati Writer’s League. The contest runs Jan. 1 through Feb. 29, 2016. Adults ages 18 and older can submit no more than one unpublished original poem suitable for a general audience. Winners will have their poems published on the Library website and will get to read their poem at the Main Library’s Poetry in the Garden series in April. Check CincinnatiLibrary.org on Jan. 1 for the official contest entry and rules.
AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE TELEVISION ANCHOR’S SEAT
In Memory of Sandy K. Reusing, MLS
The Kautz Family Foundation
HOLIDAY TRADITION RETURNS TO MAIN LIBRARY
SATURDAY, FEB. 6 | 2 P.M.
Birds of America was acquired in 1870 by thenLibrary Director William Frederick Poole from the prominent Longworth family of Cincinnati for $1,000 and is now valued at $12 million. The Library Foundation received $25,000 in pledges or gifts for the project. Donations were received from:
In Memory of Robert E. Hampel
New and talented poets sought for contest
SATURDAY, FEB. 27 | 2 P.M In September, the Community Press newspaper office in Loveland moved to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s West Chester location. Before the move, the Community Press donated to the Library bound editions of newspapers ranging from 1992-2007, including the publications Eastern Hills Journal, Forest Hills Journal, Indian Hill Journal, Northeast Suburban Life and Suburban Life. You can access the newspapers by visiting the Main Library.
WCIN RADIO–A CINCINNATI ICON Hitting the airwaves in October 1953, WCIN-AM, the oldest black radio station east of the Mississippi River, opened the door for other black-formatted stations to exist in the area. Local historian, author, and former WCIN reporter Gina Rufflin Moore will examine the station’s important role in the community. LibraryLinks | Winter 2016
GE T I N HE R E
GET IN HERE
Get in here! The Library eBranch is convenient and exciting, but many people know the Library building is the most important place in town. Here's why they visit—and why you should too!
THEY ASK US ANYTHING… LITERALLY. Before there was Google, there were Librarians. Trained staff at the Library is still the most accurate source for information on any subject, from obscure baseball facts to historical documentation to navigating the world of college applications and scholarships. For instance, during the Major League Baseball All-Star week in Cincinnati, reference Librarian Albert Hallenberg took a call from a Cincinnati Reds staff member looking for the world record holder for the longest washing machine throw! The Reds were hosting an official Guinness World Record event and wanted to make sure they knew the record local strongman Sean McCarthy would need to beat. McCarthy ended up shattering the world record on July 31 when he threw a washing machine 15 feet and 9 inches, more than two feet farther than the previous record discovered by Hallenberg. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find it!
THEY ARE LEARNING TO DO NEW THINGS. From knitting to cooking to crafts, programs at neighborhood Library locations are designed to help you learn new skills. Our Librarians schedule programs based on requests—so if there is something you are itching to learn, tell your Librarian. 6
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THEY ARE BUILDING SMALL BUSINESSES. Library branches have everything you need to start a small business, including sessions on loans and grants, information to help you create a business plan, and databases where you can learn more about your customers and your competitors. Small business owners are also using our MakerSpaces to make products and market on a small budget.
“I have had my Library card for so long, I honestly can't remember getting my first card. However, I still remember riding in the wagon up to the Delhi Branch Library for storytime. My Library card is one of the most important cards in my wallet.” -Tracy Weingartner, Library cardholder.
THEY ARE RELIVING THEIR CHILDHOOD AND REDUCING STRESS. For many Library visitors, the smell, feel, and sight of aisles and aisles of books brings back a sense of nostalgia, peace, and comfort. “The library has always been my favorite place,” says Kasi Kinnett of Madisonville. “It was the first place I was allowed to ride my bike to on my own. I remember always walking into the cold air conditioning after a hot summer ride and the smell of books hitting me. I loved browsing the shelves and the sense of excitement of looking at each title and picking out the books I would dedicate the next week to reading.” There is scientific proof that visiting a Library can improve your health. A study by the University of Sussex found that reading just six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by as much as 68 percent.
THEY ARE GETTING TO KNOW THEIR NEIGHBORS. People go to the Library looking for information, but they also find a connection with others. New moms meet at storytime, teens connect with other teens over Wii game tournaments and pizza parties, and book lovers find new friends at book clubs.
THEY ARE ENJOYING ART AND LIVE PERFORMANCES FOR FREE. The Main Library hosts rotating art exhibits, including works by masters like Picasso and Renoir as well as dozens of local artists. Other exhibits showcase historical documents and artifacts in museum displays without the price of museum admission. Many branches host musical and theatrical performances which are free and open to the public. What do you love about visiting the Library? Share your stories with us at marketingmail@CincinnatiLibrary.org.
Storytime with Curious George at the Avondale Branch Library
Did we mention we have 41 locations? So no matter where you are, a Library branch is nearby. All are open six days a week—including evening hours—and seven locations are also open Sundays 1–5 p.m. For more information visit CincinnatiLibrary.org or better yet, stop at that building down the street with the red Library sign in front. We’ll see you there.
NEW CARDHOLDER HELPS LIBRARY REACH
600,000TH MILESTONE On a sunny summer afternoon, Stanford Grantham walked into the Main Library to get a Library card. It was not just his first RED Card from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, but his first Library card ever. And with that simple act, he became the Library’s 600,000th cardholder. Formerly of Westwood, Grantham had to give up his garden and sewing room when he moved from a house to an apartment in downtown Cincinnati. “It’s the first time I’ve lived downtown, so instead of driving I went out and learned to walk around,” said Grantham. “I thought it would be a good place for me to come, a nice pleasant environment to work on a computer or read. So one day I said to my friend ‘Can you show me how to get a Library card?’”
In honor of being the 600,000th cardholder, Grantham received a prize pack that included a coffee mug and a gift certificate to the Library Friends’ Shop. Grantham said he was going to enjoy using his card to check out items instead of relying on Internet purchases for reading and entertainment. “I’m with other people,” said Grantham. “It’s just nice getting out and being out in public with other people and seeing what’s going on.” He was especially delighted to learn the Main Library MakerSpace contains an area complete with a cutting table, sewing machines, and a dressmaker’s dummy. “This is wonderful,” said Grantham. “I thought a library was just for books.”
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TH IN G S YOU NE E D TO S E E
T H E F R I E N DS
Relive the magic of childhood toys with new exhibit at the Main Library
In Memoriam: Rob Monteserin
Just in Time for the Holidays: Kenner Toys celebrates the history and legacy of Cincinnati-based Kenner products. Founded in 1947 by the Steiner brothers, the company was named after a Cincinnati street in the West End, home to the company’s first headquarters. Throughout its history, Kenner produced widely popular toys and merchandise lines, including the original series of Star Wars action figures.
Rob came to the Friends of the Public Library as a volunteer some eight years ago and quickly grasped the work, embraced the mission, and understood the environment. Hired in October 2007 as Volunteer Manager, Rob was an integral part of the book warehouse operation.
The exhibit runs Nov. 20–Jan. 16, 2016 in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room on the third floor of the Main Library. Curated by Josh Blake and Dan Flarida of KennerCollector.com, it will showcase Kenner-designed toys and brands from more than six decades, including the Easy-Bake Oven, Play-Doh, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, and Star Wars.
Photos provided by Kenner Collector
KENNER TOYS SYMPOSIUM On Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., attend a day-long celebration of Kenner Toys at the Main Library. The event includes panel discussions, photos with Star Wars characters, and the premiere of the documentary Plastic Galaxy: The Story of the Star Wars Toys, highlighting Kenner Toys’ contribution to the Star Wars phenomenon. Following the film, director Brian Stillman will moderate a panel discussion with designers of the original Star Wars toys.
View a remarkable collection of classic children’s literature When 7-year-old Jean Alva Goldsmith passed away in 1929, her parents donated her books to the Library and established a trust fund which the Library used to amass a treasure trove of the finest examples of children’s literature. The highlights of this collection are on display through Jan. 4, 2016 in the atrium of the Main Library. 8
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ENVELOPE SHOWCASES RELATIONSHIP BUILDING THROUGH MAIL ART In the fall of 2013, Visionaries + Voices put out an international call for Mail Art. With the theme “Neighborhood,” no limitations were placed on medium or size and V+V committed to responding to the first 200 submissions received with mail art by an artist from V+V. The response to the call for entries was overwhelming, connecting V+V with an international mail art network. ENVELOPE showcases relationship building through art. Unlike most exhibitions sponsored by V+V, where art created by artists working from the V+V studios is curated for exhibition; what will be on display will be a combination of V+V work and what’s been received from the world highlighting international connections with renown Fluxus/Mail Artists. Hundreds of artistic pieces, made of different parts of correspondence including stamps, envelopes, and postcards, will be on display in the atrium of the Main Library Jan. 6–March 10, 2016.
BY ANNE KELLER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
His ability and willingness to take on any work—from recruiting committed volunteers to providing one-on-one training and initiating proper recordkeeping—was evidence of his professional volunteer management skills. But he also possessed a rare and wonderful gift to inspire the dedication of his 500 annual volunteers and cajole his weekly crews to sort, shelve, and box thousands of items. In addition to his hard work, he brought a well-honed understanding of thrift-shoppers, a range of reading interests and knowledge, an untiring pursuit of improvement, an engaging wit, and a goodness that few can claim. He was the Friends’ best friend!
THE FRIENDS WISH TO THANK THE FOLLOWING DONORS FOR MEMORIALS MADE IN ROB’S MEMORY Eunice H. Abel
Joanna H. Ach
Kenneth R. Hughes
Mr. and Mrs. Duane V. Keller
Mr. and Mrs. Richard N. Aft
Mary Ann Knoop
Dr. and Mrs. Jose G. Algenio
Cheri Ann Allison
John H. Appel
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Louderback
Amy Banister and Carl Stich
Allen W. Bernard
Karen Petrosky and Brad Dunn
Rose M. Blankenbuehler
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Cody
A. “Dolly” Rice
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Connelly
Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Rice
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Cowan
Maria A. Sferra
Staff Association, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Mr. and Mrs. Jules Freedman Susan M. Grote Julia H. Hawgood Barbara Heldman and Robert Collins Mr. and Mrs. Richard Helmes
Cheryl R. Tieman Helen B. Waits Don Weiss Lenora Whiston-McCoy
Holiday shopping is easy at the Library Friends’ Shop EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS Nov. 27–Dec. 23 Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, 1–5 p.m. Do your holiday gift shopping at the Library Friends’ Shop inside the Main Library! Gift-givers will find Charley Harper merchandise, German glass, Kissing Krystal ornaments, and snuggly scarfs and accessories. The Library Friends’ Shop also has coloring books for all ages! Take advantage of a 25 percent discount during the Annual Holiday Open House Sunday, Nov. 29, 1–4 p.m. Come again for great deals at our Work, Shop, Save Event Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5–8:30 p.m.
WINTER WAREHOUSE USED BOOK SALE January 14–17, 2016 8456 Vine Street in Hartwell Open Thursday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 17, noon to 5 p.m. Shop from more than 80,000 items, including children’s and adult books, books on CD, DVDs and CDs, books on tape, and even vinyl records! Most items priced from $1–$4. Cash, check, MasterCard, or Visa accepted. Find out more about the Library Friends’ Shop and the Winter Warehouse sale at Friends.CincinnatiLibrary.org.
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T H E LIBR A RY FO UNDAT I ON
T H E L I B R A RY FO UN DAT I O N
The Library is deeply grateful for the generosity of our community and welcomes gifts of all sizes. Your donations are essential to ensuring delivery of excellent Library services and the availability of the widest possible range of informational resources for all ages. For inquiries regarding contributions, please contact Melissa H. Deters, Library Foundation Executive Director, at (513) 369-4595.
The following gifts were received between June 15 and September 30, 2015. For more information about donating to the Library Foundation, visit our website at CincinnatiLibraryFoundation.org. Ms. Betty Bollas in honor of Susan Ms. Roxann H. Dieffenbach in Osborn and Marianne Puntenney, memory of “Amelia,” friend of Maggie and beloved pet of July 4, 2015 $10,000+ Deb Mantick and in memory Aaron J. Borden in memory of $100+ of “Gladdy,” beloved pet of Dr. LaMacchia Family Foundation Charles Shappelle and Bryan Bihl Mrs. Martha G. Anness in Beatrice Lampkin William Hueneke Foundation for Aaron J. Borden and Family in memory of “Cassie,” beloved The Grand Oaks Neighbors in the Hueneke Homework Center Sheltie companion of Rosie Evans memory of Rose Schneider memory of Norris F. King $5,000+ Bonnie Collins in honor of Gene Robin Annexstein Rick Helmes in memory of Todd Ireland and in memory of Dana Ms. Jill Grisco to benefit the Joan and Allen Evans in memory A. Neal Randall Madisonville Branch in memory of of Margaret E. Miller Toni Alger and Dr. Larry Keller in Rae Grisco Alexa Ann Cornett in memory of Hon. Sylvia and Robert G. Hendon memory of “Ople,” beloved pet John Charles Sroufe PNC Foundation - Preschool in memory of Martha Seibel, of Cathy and Gordy Snyder and Summer Reading Sponsors William L. Schoenling, Jason “Windy,” beloved pet of Helene Sedler, Susan Gorman & Joan and Bruce Ault $1,000+ Hogan Jamey Aebersold for Jazz of the Her Fellow Book Group in honor Month Club performances of Mary Frey’s retirement published books, The Shadow Carole A. Douglas for the St. Ms. Cheryl Klink for the Bernard Branch in memory of Family: Poems (1987), River Anderson Branch Library Richard Taft Douglas Dwellers: Poems on the Settling of the Ohio River (1993), Janet L. Kramer in memory of Cincinnati-Liuzhou Sister City Beulah Weppler Pieces of Fernald: Poems and Committee for the Children’s Images of a Place (1998), and Learning Center Mary and Larry Larson in Story’s Triumph: Mining Your memory of John Charles Sroufe Karen & John Martens, GE Creative Writing for Its Deepest Foundation Joseph and Anne O’Donnell Riches. His first young adult for the Pleasant Ridge Branch Dr. and Mrs. Peter J. Stern novel, Shine out of Bedlam, Library in honor of Joseph Walmart Foundation - Summer is scheduled for release in O’Donnell’s birthday Learning Grant November and two new Joseph O’Donnell, IBM Corp. books of poems, Havana Riffs: $500+ Ken Reeder Poems on Cuba and North Truro Lakeshore Women’s Club for the Light: Poems will be released Ms. Ann C. Regan in memory Greenhills Branch Library NEW WRITERin December 2016. He is also of Ethel Youngerman for the Anita Marks and Sue Richmond Sycamore Branch the publisher and editor of IN-RESIDENCE “Along Lafayette Avenue” sales RED! the breakthrough ‘zine, a Margaret A. Stavic NAMED for the Clifton Branch webzine which shares stories Mr. Dan McKenna in memory of Mr. Jeffrey P. Waltz in honor of Jeffrey Hillard was named the of transformation in the lives Mackenzie Mills Dorothy M. McKenna Library Foundation’s Writerof incarcerated and formerly in-Residence for 2015-2016 at incarcerated individuals $50+ $250+ a donor event on Sept. 24 at around the world. The Mrs. Sarah Anness Evans in John DeRosa, Deutsche Bank in the Main Library. Hillard is an Writer-in-Residence program memory of “Mandy & Ellie,” memory of Marion Hirseman associate professor of English is made possible through the beloved pugs of Sue, Stu, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Lapresto and modern languages at Charlie and Spike Anness & generous support of Naomi Mount St. Joseph University. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Pichler for “Cassie,” beloved companion Tucker Gerwin. the Children’s Department at the of Roslyn Evans and Pam Evans He is also an award-winning Main Library Smith poet and author of four Gifts to the Library, Foundation, and Friends
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Ms. Ann C. Regan for the Deer Park Branch in honor of Beulah L. Weppler
Kate Lacey in memory of “Louie,” beloved pet of Debbie and Bob Oliver and “Kai,” beloved pet of Cherie Taylor Retha Reedy in memory of “Buddy,” beloved pet of Damon, Iris and Miles Cavitt Steven and Linda Reyer in honor of Ms. Nancy Stuckert Alicia M. Rosselot Ms. Janette M. Rolcik Janette M. Rolcik – Gannett Foundation Susan C. Schmidt in memory of Dona Crosby Service Operations Office: Paula, Maria, Angela, Chris and Andy in memory of “Lola,” beloved dog of Holbrook and Carla Sample Ms. Karen Smith and Mr. Paul Demarco in memory of “Cassidy,” beloved dog of the Missy Deters family Elizabeth and Joe Stewart-Pirone Ms. Carol H. Sturzenberger in memory of “Lucia,” beloved cat of Susan and Jeff Berman
Lisa Velagic in memory of John Charles Sroufe
Fred Dull in memory of Margaret Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Waldvogel in honor of Bob and Sylvia Hendon
Ms. Judith L. Gelwicks
Mr. Jeffrey P. Waltz in memory of “Ruby,” beloved pet of Beth Crane Bill and Mary Williams in memory of “Ghiz,” beloved pet of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Re and “Clarenc,” beloved cat of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Williams $49 and under Kathy Bach in memory of “Zorro,” beloved pet of Michelle and Garry Brockmeyer
Jeannette Hagerman in memory of “Gracie,” beloved pet of Cheri Ann Allison Illinois Education Research Council in memory of Clara Ann Segrist Mr. Janet K. Kempf in memory of “Rudie,” Boston Terrier of Eli and Melissa Liddle Kelly Kolar in memory of “Amber,” beloved pet of Bill and Marilyn Thiemann
Cindy and Tim McCarthy in memory of “Mattie,” beloved pet of Francie and Russ Morrison Sharon McFarland in memory of “Tucker,” beloved pet of Mary Gorman Donna McMullin and David Rensberger in memory of “Mocha,” beloved cat of the Patrick Family Ms. Angela Mitchell Denise Miller, Mom, Dad and Sharyn in memory of Michael Kramer Lois A. Mulloy
Michael and Patty Laber
Mr. and Mrs. Mario Pellegrini
Beckett Springs Alumni in memory of John Charles Sroufe
Robin Lippelman in memory of “Lola,” beloved pet of Carla Sarr and Holbrook Sample
Barbara Blum in memory of “Sundance,” beloved orange tabby cat of Carol and Irvin Loew
Dave and Jan Machnovitz in memory of “Gracie,” beloved Cat of Sherry Daniel
Gwen Choi in memory of “”Jelly Bean,” beloved cat of Betty Tseui and Jim Seeger
Ms. Eileen Mallory in memory of Todd A. Neal
Linda and Wally Cornett in memory of John Charles Sroufe
Josh and Gwen Roth in memory of “Linus,” beloved pet of Bruce and Holly Halcomb
Sara Mathews in memory of “Oscar,” beloved pet of Mike and Stacey Rohrbaugh
GENEROUS DONATION WILL EXPAND HOMEWORK HELP PROGRAM A generous donation from the Marge & Charles J. Schott Foundation made it possible for the Library to expand its Homework Help program and serve the growing number of students who use Homework Helpers in Library branches. The Library provides free homework help to students
in kindergarten through eighth grade at many Library locations after school during the school year. Homework Helpers work with students on assignments and also act as mentors, providing a positive educational role model.
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Cincinnati, Ohio Permit No. 3221
TALES F RO M T HE A RCHI VES
Revolutionary machine cleans dust from books FROM “REPORT OF THE LIBRARIAN” IN THE 1906 ANNUAL BOARD REPORT During the spring the pneumatic dust remover, upon which experiments had for time been progressing, was perfected and put in operation. The apparatus consists of a battery of steam jet pumps in the basement; these exhaust the air from stand-pipes running up through the building. On several floors connections can be made with rubber hose [sic] running to the book stands where the work is in progress. The method of use is made clear in the figures, in one of which the books are shown on edge that the effect of the cleaner on their tops may be evident. Ordinarily the backs of the books are cleaned as they stand on the shelves; then they are removed to the stand, when the tops and front edges are submitted to the process. A spring valve in the base of the stand prevents
air from rushing into the hose except when opened by the foot of the operator. All the dust is removed by the strong suction and drawn through the discharge pipe into the sewer. With cloth and brush the dust is sent from one book to another, where it lodges until in course of time it is sent back again. The thoroughness of the cleaning is such that nothing remains even on the roughest edges to soil the whitest fabric when rubbed across them. It is also found that the speed in cleaning is greater than by the cloth and brush method.
Book-holder for Dust Remover — Gallery Form
ALL LIBR ARY LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED Thursday, Nov. 26, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday; Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holidays; and Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. ALL LIBR ARY LOCATIONS WILL CLOSE AT 6 P.M . ON NEW YEAR’S EVE , THURSDAY, DEC . 31.