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A Publication of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Summer 2016 • Volume 23 • Issue 3

Read all the books! Make anything you can dream up! Create the best summer ever! June 1–July 31 Get all the details starting on page 5.

Could you be the Library Foundation’s next Writer-in-Residence? How to apply on page 10.

Was Mark Twain the original gamer? The answer on page 12.


Director's Message “The great thing about public libraries is they are the one place anyone can go and ask anything.” —Kathy Y. Wilson, 2015 Library Foundation Writer-in-Residence.

We see this principle of library service in practice every single day at our libraries. With libraries across Hamilton County, we serve our wealthiest communities, and we serve our poorest. We serve those with college educations and those who never finished high school. We serve people of every age, race, gender, and religion without question because we are a public library. But in Cincinnati and Hamilton County we serve far too many children in poverty. Children whose basic needs for food, shelter, and clothing are not being met visit our libraries every day. While we can’t meet all of their needs, there are services and programs we offer that can help all children succeed in school and life. First, we have 41 locations ranging from one of the largest and busiest Main libraries in the country in downtown Cincinnati, to our smallest branch library in Elmwood Place. Wherever you live, a branch library is nearby. Next, our outstanding collection of children’s books gives children from preschool through

high school books to read for pleasure and for learning. Every one of our 40 branch libraries and the Main Library has expert Librarians dedicated to children’s services who can assist in selecting age-appropriate books for your child. With the child-only and teen-only cards, there’s no need to worry about late fees. Youth can borrow up to seven items on these special cards and return them when they finish reading. Every location also offers Internet access and computers, more than 800 at all libraries, with the software needed to write a report or prepare a presentation.

high-quality summer learning experience that helps prevent the learning loss that occurs over the summer without these activities. Children can improve their reading skills, and receive a small reward including a book and a ticket to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game by participating in our Summer Reading program and Summer Camp Reading provides the personalized instruction struggling second grade students need to become proficient readers. This four-week “camp” at seven Library branches includes vocabulary, literacy activities, and individual tutoring every day.

Summer is an especially good time for children to participate in many of the Library’s services. Our Summer Lunch Program offered at 15 libraries each year provides a free, nutritious meal to children under age 18 for much of the summer. Funded through the Free and Reduced Lunch Program and provided with our community partners Cincinnati Public Schools and Whole Again, lunches are served Monday through Friday. Our Brain Camps, available at every library location, provide all children access to a

Our Library is fortunate to be able to offer robust services to our children through the financial support we receive from our General Assembly, our local taxpayers, and the many donors to the Library Foundation. Thank you all for making these services available to all in our community. Kimber L. Fender The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director

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We know you love movies! Now you can get the most popular new DVDs placed on hold automatically with Hot Tickets. Pick your favorite genres—drama, comedy, action-adventure, horror, science fiction, suspense, or children’s movies. When a new DVD with box office sales over $10 million is released, we’ll add you to the holds list. Sign up by visiting CincinnatiLibrary.org.

Symmes Township Branch Library celebrates 25th anniversary

More than 400 people celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Symmes Township Branch Library with a party on March 20. Party-goers enjoyed activities, cake, jazz, and had their photos taken with Rufus the Reading Dog. The branch, located on Enyart Road in Loveland, opened on Feb. 24, 1991.

AUTHOR JACQUELINE WOODSON TO VISIT THE MAIN LIBRARY Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. On Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m., Woodson will guide audiences through the vivid poems from her book, sharing what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow, her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement, and the joy of finding her voice through writing stories despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Books will be available for sale, courtesy of JosephBeth Booksellers. A book signing will follow the presentation. For more information on this speaker please visit www.prhspeakers.com. Main Library 800 Vine Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202–2009 www.CincinnatiLibrary.org This newsletter is a publication of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. It is mailed quarterly to the Friends of the Public Library as a benefit of membership. If you have comments or questions regarding material in this newsletter, contact the Marketing Department at the address above or call 513-369–6900.

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New storytimes are convenient for busy families

Madison Hollingsworth and her husband brought their two-year-old son Dean to the Family Storytime at the Sharonville Branch Library earlier this year. “Since our son does not go to daycare, with my husband and I working alternate shifts, we use family storytime… to meet other families,” said Hollingsworth. “We get to all be together and the class helps our son interact with other children. We love what he is learning from his peers.” Family storytimes let busy parents, grandparents, and caregivers stop by the Library for an amazing story at a convenient time. They’re scheduled around your work and extra-curricular activities, with new times in the evening and on weekends at select locations. Find a time that suits you by visiting CincinnatiLibrary.org/Education.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Robert G. Hendon Monica Donath Kohnen 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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Six questions with author Catherine McKenzie

Library mascot Rufus the Reading Dog celebrates 10th birthday

Even though she’s from Montreal, Canada, best-selling author Catherine McKenzie has become familiar with Cincinnati over the years thanks to the Books by the Banks festival and relatives living in the Queen City. During her trips she’s enjoyed our city so much that her upcoming book, Fractured, is set here. What was your first impression of Cincinnati? “I really enjoyed it. I love being on the water. Also, being able to see into Kentucky is cool. A friend of mine, who used to live in Montreal and now lives here, also introduced me to lots of great restaurants.”, Why did you want to set a story here? “My other books have previously not named the location where they were set, or have been in a fictional town. I wanted the challenge of setting a book in a real city, and Montreal is complicated because people speak English and French, which is hard to integrate well into a book. I liked the vibe in Cincinnati and thought it would lend itself well as background.”

In 2006, the Library unveiled a furry and friendly new mascot, Rufus the Reading Dog. Since then, Rufus has won the hearts of Library lovers of all ages. Hundreds of people came to the Main Library on April 16 to celebrate during a birthday party complete with cake, crafts, games, stories, and an appearance by the Frisch Marionettes Variety Show. A behind-thescenes Library tour led by Rufus is available on Slideshare.net/cincylibrary. The Library will continue to celebrate Rufus’ big milestone throughout the year. Look for him on social media, at Library events, and make a special Rufus button in one of our MakerSpaces.

Can you tell us what the story is about? “A writer moves to Mount Adams from the Pacific Northwest to escape some difficulties she experienced there. She initially makes friends with her new neighbors (one in particular), but then a seemingly innocent incident happens that drives a wedge in that friendship and eventually between her and the rest of the neighborhood.” What locations will local readers recognize in the book? “Mount Adams and Eden Park both feature heavily. I wanted an exclusive neighborhood with interesting architectural features and that area seemed to fit the bill.” What role have libraries played in your life? “I was a voracious reader as a child and having a library nearby helped me read as many books as I wanted. My favorite memory is going back to give a book talk at the very same library where I had checked out my first book some 30 years before.” What do you enjoy the most about being a writer? “It’s fun to be able to turn the stories in my head into real things.” Fractured is set for release on Oct. 4.


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Read, Make, Create It’s more than a saying—it’s a way of life this summer. Join the fun from June 1–July 31. Here’s how!

When she looks back on the summers of her childhood, Valerie Nash of Anderson Township has one distinct memory. “My favorite thing about the Library is the memories I have of the summer my best friend and I spent in the Mt. Washington Branch Library reading…all summer long!” Jennifer Hoefle’s 7-year-old daughter is making new summer memories at the Library. “She looks forward with excitement to the Summer Reading Program and walks out of the Library with her yard sign like a banner over her head,” said Hoefle, who lives in Monfort Heights. “We come to the Library every week so my daughter can check out books. She is finishing up her first year of Girl Scouts and plans to use the Summer Reading Program to earn a reading fun patch.”

We’re giving away tons of cool stuff to readers this summer—including tote bags, charging cords, bubble wands, LEGO kits, eReaders, new books, and more! But summer at your Library is more than the traditional program of reading to win prizes. This year, Summer Learning includes more opportunities for you to use and explore our MakerSpace equipment. Even if you don’t live near the Main Library or the Reading and St. Bernard branch libraries, you’ll have a chance to make and create at all of our Library locations throughout the summer with creative programs and workshops for kids, teens, and adults. Find details by visiting CincinnatiLibrary.org/SummerLearn every day and by following the Library on social media.

SUMMER BRAIN CAMPS Not Just For Kids Anymore We’ll have themed Brain Camps at every Library location. Some last one day, while some last a full week! There are even Mastermind Brain Camps for grown-ups. Every Brain Camp is free but you have to register to participate. Call your nearest Library location and ask about Brain Camps to reserve your spot.

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Library helps kids read at grade level with Summer Camp Reading Third grade is a pivotal point in a child’s life. A 2010 study released by Hunter College showed children who could not read at grade level by the end of third grade were four times less likely to graduate high school. Educators across Hamilton County have been working to make sure all children have the reading skills they need by the end of third grade. The Library made a commitment to help and, for the third year in a row, we’re holding Summer Camp Reading programs at seven Library branches: Avondale, Bond Hill, College Hill, Corryville, Pleasant Ridge, Price Hill, and Walnut Hills. During these four-week camps (July 5–29), students will get one-on-one reading instruction from certified teachers. The curriculum is designed to help kids gain the skills they need while having fun. By the end of the program, campers will show significant improvement in word recognition, comprehension, and reading fluency. If your child is entering third grade in the fall and you think he or she might be eligible for this special program, contact the Library at 513-369-7855 or email programs@CincinnatiLibrary.org. Space is limited and enrollment is required. Other restrictions apply. Check CincinnatiLibrary.org/SummerLearn for more information.

EDUCATORS GET CHANCE TO LEARN THIS SUMMER TOO! The Library is hosting two free workshops for educators who want to learn how to teach coding to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The workshops are Tuesday, June 14 and Tuesday, July 19 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Main Library. They’re free, but you’ll need to register at CincinnatiLibrary.org. Just look for Introductory Computer Science for Grades K–5 in the program calendar and sign up. The workshops are provided in partnership with CET. COMMITTED SPONSORS: Will iam Dally Foundation

SUMMER LUNCHES FEED HUNGRY BELLIES AND NOURISH MINDS One of the most important pieces of the Summer Learning program combines feeding hungry tummies and minds. Fifteen Library branches serve lunch to anyone age 18 and younger who needs a meal. Lunch will be served Monday through Friday June 6–Aug. 12 (no lunch is served on July 4). Times vary by branch but generally fall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Supported by Newman’s Own Foundation, The Hamilton County Juvenile Court Advisory Council, The Jack J. Smith Charitable Trust, The Maxwell Weaver Foundation


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Check CincinnatiLibrary.org/SummerLearn to find a branch serving lunch near your home.


TEENS GET EXCLUSIVE CHANCE TO USE MAKERSPACE EQUIPMENT AT LOCK-INS The Library is staying open after hours for four nights this summer to give teens an exclusive chance to make and create with MakerSpace equipment. Teen Maker lock-ins run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration is required. Go to CincinnatiLibrary.org/SummerLearn to reserve your spot at one of the following lock-ins:

FRIDAY, JUNE 3, at the St. Bernard Branch Library FRIDAY, JUNE 10, in the Main Library’s TeenSpot and MakerSpace SATURDAY, JUNE 11, at the Westwood Branch Library FRIDAY, JUNE 24, at the Anderson Branch Library

NATIONAL SUMMER LEARNING DAY IS JULY 14 Children can lose up to two months of essential math and reading skills during the summer months. Those losses add up over time, putting kids at higher risk for dropping out of high school and jeopardizing dreams of college or a successful career. Join thousands of Library fans across the United States as we explore fun ways to #KeepKidsLearning. We’ll have special events at our branches. Watch CincinnatiLibrary.org for more information.

Get help reaching your reading goals all summer long with the Library! We’ll have tips and book recommendations for readers of all levels on our social media accounts. Post a photo of your reading adventures or tell us about your favorite summer reads with #ReadMakeCreate, and we might feature you or use the photo in a future Library Links!

Get up close and personal with maker equipment at end-of-summer celebration Join us on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 1–4 p.m. as we celebrate the end of Summer Learning with an all-out Creative Con at the Main Library! You’ll find stations in every part of the building where you can make and create stuff to take home. It’ll be a family-friendly event like nothing you’ve ever seen in a Library. Check CincinnatiLibrary.org later this summer for details.

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Exhibit spotlights latest artist-created books in the Library’s collection The Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit is an annual display of artistcreated books from the Library’s collection. It is curated in memory of former Library Services Director Keith Kuhn, under whose direction the collection grew to be admired by art and book lovers alike. This year’s exhibit features creative works by local artists Carol Freid, Judith Serling-Sturm, Diane Stemper, and Beata Wehr. See the exhibit June 14–Sept. 4 in the cases next to the elevators on the second and third floors of the Main Library.

Fascinating exhibit shows how books can become art The 17th annual Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) exhibit Bookworks will be on view June 14–Sept. 4 in the atrium of the Main Library. CBAS is a nonprofit organization of professional and amateur hand workers in the book arts. To learn more about the works and the artists who created them, Artist Walk-Throughs will take place Sunday, June 19 and Sunday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. There will also be a hands-on bookmaking demonstration Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m.


EMBRACE YOUR GEEKNESS DAY SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2 P.M. IN ROOM 3B Join the Popular Library to celebrate all things geeky and nerdy! We will have crafts, coloring, and board and card games for ages 12 and older.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HARRY POTTER! SUNDAY, JULY 31, 1:30 P.M. IN THE HUENEFELD TOWER ROOM Celebrate Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's birthday with crafts, games, coloring, LEGO bricks, snacks, beverages, and trivia while watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.


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Step back into the age of steamboats with unique exhibit An extraordinary exhibit gives you the chance to view life in Cincinnati through the ships, goods, and people that passed through the city’s port as captured on ship receipts, known as bills of lading. See Bills of Lading: Viewing Cincinnati through Its River Trade on display Aug. 5–Nov. 15 in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room on the third floor of the Main Library.


Friends’ Used Book Sales to ‘book-end’ your summer Looking for a great beach read? Need a book for your child’s summer reading requirement? We have you covered, starting with the 44th Annual Friends of the Library Sale at the Main Library June 4–10. You’ll find thousands of books and media at bargain prices. You may also visit the Friends’ Warehouse all summer long on Mondays (5:30– 7:30 p.m.), Wednesdays (10 a.m.–1 p.m.), and Saturdays (10 a.m.–4 p.m.). As the summer winds down, make your way to the Warehouse for the annual End-of-Summer Sale.

44th Annual Main Library Used Book Sale June 4–10 Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m.– 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 1–5 p.m. Monday, June 6 – Wednesday, June 8, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Friends’ members can use their 50 percent off coupon once during these three days. Thursday, June 9, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. All merchandise half off. Friday, June 10, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Bag Day! Buy a Friends’ shopping bag for $10 and everything you can fit into it is yours. No limit on bags.

Friends’ End-of-Summer Sale

Aug. 18–21 at the Warehouse (8456 Vine St. in Hartwell)

Designer cards and merchandise at Library Friends’ Shop make perfect summer gifts Need gifts for dads, grads, brides, and book clubbers? Rookwood Pottery and Charley Harper merchandise at the Library Friends’ Shop inside the Main Library make memorable Cincinnati signature presents. Check out our new 3D pop-up, laser-cut, and quilling cards along with artisan and designer cards you can’t find anywhere else. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the Mezzanine at the Main Library. Call 513-369-6920 or visit Friends.CincinnatiLibrary.org for more information.

Thursday, Aug. 18, and Friday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, noon–5 p.m.

Anderson Township Library Association’s 36th Annual Summer Used Book Sale

June 10-12 at Nagel Middle School (1500 Nagel Road in Anderson Township) FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 10 A .M.–8 P.M. SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 10 A .M.–5 P.M. SUNDAY, JUNE 12, NOON–3 P.M. Find books in all subjects, including amazing collectibles, during this one-of-a-kind summer sale. All proceeds benefit special projects of the Anderson and Mt. Washington branch libraries. Cash or check only; no credit cards please. To learn more about the sale and the work of ATLA, visit CincinnatiLibrary.org/ATLA. LibraryLinks | Summer 2016



Thank you...

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 January 1 and March 31, 2016. For more information about donating to the Library Foundation, visit our website at CincinnatiLibraryFoundation.org. Gifts to the Library and Foundation $50,000+ Estate gift from Dr. Harold Margolin $5,000+ Western & Southern Financial Fund, Summer Learning Sponsor $2,000+ GE Foundation for Karen and John Martens, and Stephen N. Pucher Hamilton County Genealogical Society $1,000+ Caroline S. Bahlman Mr. and Mrs. Jay Cranley Dr. J. Tracy and Mrs. Sally Schreiber for the Clifton Branch Library Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld general donation and in memory of Buck, beloved dog of Mr. and Mrs. G.G. Carey, IV $500+ James H. Brun

The Honorable Ralph Winkler $100+ AK Steel Foundation, Jerry Schoen MG Bob Bitzer in honor of Abby The Book Club in memory of Joan Thomas, member Jeremy Briggs in honor of the Green Township Branch Library staff Bryson Family Charitable Trust William and Diane Forwood Hon. Sylvia and Robert G. Hendon general donation and donation in memory of Patricia A. Ott Gretchen Krafft in memory of Patricia Ann McMullin for the Oakley Branch Library Janet L. Kramer in memory of Beulah Weppler

Betty Blakely in memory of Helen Henry Aaron J. Borden in memory of Neil H. Bailes

Cynthia Kuhr in memory of Stephen Hansell for the Harrison Branch Library

Stephanie Bricking in memory of Momo, beloved dog of the Batie Family

Leslie and David Kuschner for the Symmes Township Branch Library

Gwen Choi in memory of Token, beloved pet of Debbie and Bill Geiger

Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Messenger

Inez Clayton

David O'Neill and Pamela Thomas

Susan Cohen and Rob Schmuelling in memory of Toby, beloved pet of B.J. and Arthur Foreman and in memory of Pooh, beloved pet of Donna Gamblin Sandor

Javier Ortega Sue W. Ransohoff V'Ann Ryther and Linda Norwell for the Mt. Washington Branch Library US Bank Foundation for Talitha Schulte $49 and under

Cathleen Arnold in memory of Indy, beloved cat of Barb and Phil

Bonnie Collins in memory of Joan Gardner and in honor of Dr. Gene Ireland Melissa H. Deters in memory of George J. Coors Dolores Dixon Doug and Carolyn Goldberg in memory of Sky, beloved pet of Dave and Patty Curry

Stephanie Sweeney

Reid Wells



Glenn Perry for the Greenhills Branch Library

Jenny Coates in memory of Frances Fuller Gilmore

Ken Reeder

Gary Franklin in memory of Maggie, beloved pet of Gary Franklin Groesbeck Branch Staff in memory of Delores Heeger for the Groesbeck Branch Library

Macy's Foundation Gifts Program Debbie Hansell in memory of for Grace Sferra, Ellen Baker, Stephen Hansell for the Harrison Mary V. Cormier-Locaputo, and Branch Library Steven L. Selss LibraryLinks | Summer 2016

Jan and Jim Besl in honor of Sue and Ben Blaney's birthdays

Kate Kozminski

Lisa McMillan and Larry Hilton in memory of William "Bud" Ehrenschwender

Samuel and Susan Varghese


The Karl Miller Family in memory of Mary Kelso

Barb Amato in memory of Spice, beloved pet of Colleen Hines

Third Tuesday Book Club for the Symmes Township Branch Library

Martha A. Stimson

Elaine Luchi and Darin Ladd in memory of Jack, beloved pet of Patti and Gary Kline

John McHugh and Janet Self

Hamilton County Juvenile Court Advisory Council, Summer Learning Sponsor

Ann C. Regan in memory of Beulah L. Weppler for the Deer Park Branch Library


APPLY TO BE THE 2016-2017 WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE One local writer will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase his or her literary work and promote writing and literacy in the community by serving as the Library Foundation’s next Writer-in-Residence. Applications will be accepted May 15–July 15. You must be an active full- or part-time writer and live in Southwest Ohio to be considered. The Writer-inResidence will serve from October 2016 through September 2017 and will earn a $10,000 stipend. They will conduct workshops, speak at community events, host a podcast, write for a blog, and participate in Library promotions. To apply, visit CincinnatiLibraryFoundation.org.


Virginia Villing

Janis Kartal

Andrea Cheng Memorials

Dr. and Mrs. Adam Kaufman

Charlene Bandurraga-Hole

Mr. and Mrs. James Kesner

Bauer-Nilsen Family

Steven Kimball

Wendy Beckman

Jeff Knoop

James Cheng

KZF Design Inc.

Nicholas Cheng

Claire Lee

Laura Dell

Susan Lewis

Emersion Design, LLC

Carl and Janet Melcher

Kimber L. Fender

Judy and Paul Meyer

Mr. and Mrs. Van Foster

L.M. Pavonetti and James Cipielewski

Maureen France Andrea Cheng (1957–2015) was an award-winning children's book author and illustrator from Cincinnati whose books often focused on intercultural and intergenerational relationships. She also taught English as a Second Language and children's literature at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Terry L. Granick Margaret Peterson Haddix Patricia B. Hassel Will and Jane Hillenbrand Edna May and Harold Hirshman

David and Sandy Grau general donation and donation in memory of Phyllis O'Neill Kristen A. Gruber and Chris Greene in memory of Boomer, beloved pet of Courtney and Mike Galinger Michael and Rececca Gumbleton in memory of Phyllis O'Neil Scott E. Knox in memory of Butch, beloved dog of David Herriman

Ann Segal and Jerry Malsh in memory of Nikki, beloved pet of the Kolar Family and in memory of Belle, beloved pet of Yvonne Von Eiden and Sander Vinks

St. Xavier Library Staff in memory of Rudy, beloved pet of The Clouse Family

Monfort Heights Branch Library Staff in memory of Grace, the Tales to Tails Reading Dog

Edward Sunderhaus Christina Tugeau Max Wayne Kathy Wiechman

Nancy Tanner in memory of Newby, beloved cat of Norma Nelson


Albert and Elaine Tomasi in memory of Toby, beloved pet of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foreman

The current Library Foundation Writer-in-Residence Jeffrey Hillard will help writers navigate the world of self-publishing and develop their short story writing skills during two workshops. They’re free and will be held in the Main Library's Huenefeld Tower Room. Learn about self-publishing on Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m. and about short story writing on Saturday, July 30 at 1 p.m.

Eileen and Jeff Moore in memory of Phyllis Rose O'Neill

Greg Voorhies and Gloria Esenwein in memory of Prajna, beloved pet of Michelle and Damian Morano

Wendy Prescott in memory of Pamela C. Radford

Westwood Historical Society for the Westwood Branch Library

Mary Jo Rottmueller

Janet Wiehe in memory of Miss Prissy, beloved cat of Georgeanne and Jim Bradford

Sally Giannella and Danielle Minson in memory of Rocco, beloved pet of Kathy and John Desmond

Linda L. Strauss

Joy Smith in honor of Riley Delores Pinsky

Lakota Retired Teachers Reading Group

Ben Miller

Judith Shapiro

Emily Louise Sharrow

Mr. and Mrs. Kim Snyder in memory of Phyllis Rose O'Neill

Joan Male in memory of Pamela Radford for for the Hyde Park Branch Library

Carye Hutchinson

Linda and Douglas Sawan

Linda Seiter and Chuck Brown in memory of Jamani, beloved pet of Jon Hargett and William Carson

Kate Lacey in memory of Fossie, beloved pet of Cherie Taylor

Marc Loy

Michelle Houts

Benjamin Robinson

Hear Hillard talk more about writing as he shares tips and interviews authors on the Inside the Writer’s Head podcast available on iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. It’s also available at CincinnatiLibrary.org/WriterinResidence, where you can find Hillard's blog posts on books, writing, and creativity.

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Was Mark Twain the original gamer? While Mark Twain was busy penning the classic novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Samuel L. Clemens (his real name) was busy inventing a new board game. The famous author’s "Memory-Builder: A Game for Acquiring and Retaining All Sorts of Facts and Dates" was patented Aug. 18, 1885 by the United States Patent Office. Copyrighted in 1891, the object of the game was to learn a system of remembering historical facts, specifically about European rulers and their reigns, using a chart and straight pins. Clemens designed the game to help his daughters with their studies. The game was complicated, and the test models Clemens made weren’t a hit, so he gave up the venture. The Library purchased a copy of Clemens’ memory game from Black Sun Books in 1989 for $300. It’s part of a large collection of Mark Twain’s books and a few letters, all of which can be accessed using the Digital Library at Digital.CincinnatiLibrary.org.

ALL LIBR ARY LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED on Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, and on Monday, July 4,

in observance of Independence Day.

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