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When it comes to early childhood, it’s never too soon or too late to foster literacy – you and your baby can start right now! We've rounded up a few fun things you can do with your baby over-and-over again to set them up for success with reading and writing.

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Calling all fiction readers: 2019 Library Foundation Writer-in-Residence Jessica Strawser will be joining book club discussions at branch libraries all over town this year and she’s here with her latest Inside The Writer’s Head blog post to tell you all about it.

Library to give away free trees this weekend

  • March 18, 2019 |
  • 3 MIN READ|
  • News
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The Ohio Valley Forest Fellowship and the Federated Garden Clubs of Cincinnati and Vicinity celebrate Arbor Day (April 26) by providing free tree seedlings to Library cardholders. The giveaway will happen this Saturday, March 23. Anyone who checks out an item at any of the Library’s 41 locations during normal business hours can receive a free seedling while supplies last.

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Each spring at the Harrison Branch Library, magic happens overnight. Children drop off their stuffed animals at the Library so the critters can participate in the Stuffed Animal Sleepover, one of the most popular children’s events at this location. But it's more than silly play. The kids are learning important early literacy skills.

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Emma Willig and Krystine Salyers both work at the Main Library. A few months ago, they noticed that the female-identifying cardholders they interacted with had trouble finding basic health services in Hamilton County. March is International Women’s Month, so Willig and Salyers decided to bring together a holistic community of presenters in one place.

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The Library is launching an innovative pilot project at the Main Library to connect social services with people who need it. During the month of March, providers will set up tables in the south building Atrium to promote social services available in our communities. The tables will be staffed by social services organizations each Friday morning in March from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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I have worked in public libraries for nearly thirty years and have always had an active awareness of how important and essential we are.  Now that our Library is undertaking a year-long facility master plan process, we are focusing outward to listen to what our community members are saying they want from their libraries – for today and years to come.