OUR DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
YOU ARE the center of everything we do. KIMBER L. FENDER The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director
Feeding children in our community throughout the year For many of the children in our community, summer and other school breaks mean no meals. Without the breakfast and lunch available at school, these children go hungry every day. That’s why we decided to offer lunches at many of our branch libraries each summer. Served as part of our Summer Adventure program, any child in the Library at lunchtime, Monday through Friday, can have a free, nutritious lunch. Sadly, the need in our community is great and in 2017 we served more than 17,000 lunches at the Main Library and 12 branch libraries across Hamilton County. One of the great things about the summer lunch program is the cost to the Library is minimal. Funding comes from the USDA’s Free and Reduced Lunch program, and the meals are prepared and delivered by our community partners Cincinnati Public Schools, Mt. Healthy City School District, and the UMC Food Ministry. Without these partners, this service would not be possible and we greatly appreciate their support.
year-round at eighteen of our 41 locations. Free, nutritious snacks such as milk, fruit, vegetables with dip, oatmeal bars, yogurt, pretzels, string cheese sticks, cereal bars, and muﬃns are delivered Monday through Friday. In addition, shelf-stable snacks are kept on hand in case of an unexpected increase in students. Snacks are for kids ages eighteen and younger who are attending Homework Help or other Library afterschool programs. More than 21,000 snacks have been served since starting this initiative.
We look forward to the day when this service is no longer needed and there are no hungry children in our community. Until then we’ll continue to look for ways to use the Library’s programs, locations, and partnerships to go beyond traditional Library service to meet these community needs.
The success of this program prompted us to look for additional ways to meet the nutritional needs of children in our community beyond the summer months. In March of 2017, we joined the Children’s Hunger Alliance to offer an Afterschool Snack service
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Library launches first Pop-up Preschool in Deer Park The Library celebrated the opening of its first Pop-up Preschool at the Deer Park Branch Library March 5. The Pop-up Preschool is a free eight-week series of interactive experiences for hands-on learning and play, put together in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. The preschool supports one of the Library’s
strategic plan objectives to prepare children to succeed in kindergarten and throughout their education. The class filled up in the first 24 hours of registration! If this project proves successful, it may be expanded to other communities.
MAIN LIBRARY CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER ADDS NEW FEATURES FOR KIDS The CLC now has a Children’s Technology Center — a new computer room complete with 10 public computers designed to provide a safer, more collaborative learning environment. The Children’s Technology Center is the latest update in a series of other changes that the CLC has completed over the last year. The department has a new storytime theater, where storytimes recorded by Librarians play on a loop; group study tables; and the baby zone, where the CLC’s youngest customers learn, explore, and play safely.
LIBRARY BOOKS AND LAPTOPS NOW AT CARNEGIE CENTER OF COLUMBIA TUSCULUM The Library and the Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum are working together to bring laptops and a deposit collection of print material to the former library. A laptop kiosk is now at The Center, located at 3738 Eastern Ave. Library cardholders can check out a laptop and use it inside The Center for four hours at a time. The Library is also placing books at The Center. The Library paid for these new features thanks to a grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio.
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