Music Librarian Steven Kemple strives to keep the library relevant through experimental programming
2 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
There’s a serious reason behind
everything Kemple is doing with music programming at the Main Library,
even if it sometimes means wearing the gorilla suit he got as a wedding
present three years ago. He’s championing libraries as a source for
experimentalism — a place to “blow minds,” in his words — and is part of
a national movement to do sO.
Local writer/musician Chris Charlton produces some of the freshest new comic books on the market
1 Comment · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The gap between comic books when I was a
kid and comic books today is like the difference between Bruce Wayne and
Batman. My obsession dates back to the Big Three: DC, Marvel and Dell.
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Site lists library among “The 30 Best Places To Be If You Love Books”
BuzzFeed, the viral video and pop culture aggregate, loves
lists. And Cincinnati has been mentioned in at least two of their “random
number funny sentence” list posts this past week.First, it’s always best to start with dessert … and chili.
BuzzFeed contributor and former Cincinnatian Donna Dickens makes a list of all
of her favorite Cincinnati foods that are better than food from other cities,
claiming, “The worst
part about moving away from Cincy is leaving behind this regional feast.”
on the list?
Graeter’s ice cream, Skyline chili (sorry, Gold Star), Izzy’s giant rueben,
Busken cookies, Glier’s Goetta, LaRosa’s, Montgomery Inn sauce and the
unnaturally blue, unnaturally delicious, formerly Smurffy blueberry soft serve
from King’s Island.
those of us less interested in praising our meat products (although perhaps we
should since they aren’t full of horse), can praise the beautiful
history of our public library.
at #28 on the 30 best places to be if you love books list, which includes Shakespeare and Company in Paris as well as the Oxford
Union Library, is an image of the Cincinnati Public Library looking as most of
us have never seen it — in black and white, yes, but also from its original
location, “Old Main,” at 629 Vine Street. With stories and stories of shelves
and shelves of books, each with a small catwalk, the expanse and whimsy of this
literary wonderland is fantastic. (And really makes you wish it was still
According the Main Library’s flickr page (where you can find more images of the original library location):
“The Main Library has occupied a prominent
position in downtown Cincinnati since 1874, when a new building was constructed
at 629 Vine Street. Considered the most magnificent public library building in
the country at the time, ‘Old Main’ featured one element similar to today’s
library: a towering atrium with a skylight ceiling. Of the dramatic atrium,
Harpers Weekly said, ‘The first impression made upon the mind on entering this
hall is the immense capacity for storing books in its five tiers of alcoves,
and then the eye is attracted and gratified by its graceful and carefully
studied architecture.’ The building closed in 1955, when the ‘New Main
Library,’ located at 800 Vine Street, opened.”
Find more historic
photos of Cincinnati and learn more about the history of our library on the
virtual library Facebook page.
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In one of those rare places people
still come to browse for books, they are encased in glass. Touched by the
hands of artists, they suspend like paper time capsules in the atrium
of the Cincinnati Public Library for Bookworks 13,
organized by Cincinnati Book Arts Society.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
There’s no need to shush anyone at the Main Public Library during the 2010 MidPoint Music Festival. The library, right in the heart of the festival’s downtown action, is hoping to keep MPMF fans busy during the daytime hours with free live music and music-related art shows and documentary films.