The American Library Association’s annual National Library Week is April 10-16. What better time to toot our collective horn (again!) about Cincinnati’s incredible public library system? This year’s theme, “Libraries Transform” seems tailor-made for us, since the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has adapted with each passing decade to remain a hub for technology, community, and oh yeah, reading!
1. Download the free app from iTunes to your iPhone or iPad
The app allows you to browse titles, check hours, hold and renew materials, or check out books using the Ucheck feature. Before you buy your next book, use the app’s BookLook feature to scan a book to check for availability. It’s like having the library in your pocket at all times.
2. Make Something
At the Library’s downtown MakerSpace, you can access Canon DSLR cameras, 3D printers, sewing stations, laser cutters and engravers, an audio recording booth (Cincinnati Magazine style editor and blogger Tamia Stinson recorded the intro to her Creative City podcast right here). Use the Espresso Book Machine to publish that memoir you’ve been writing.
3. Hook Up
Go to cincinnatilibrary.org to get book suggestions using their new BookHookup feature. Enter a bit about your reading preferences and the library staff will recommend three titles just for you.
4. Score a Hot Ticket
Have your name added automatically to the holds list for blockbusters you may have missed at the theater. cincinnatilibrary.org/spotlight/hottickets.aspx
5. Get it To-Go
The Main Library, Covedale, Grosebeck, and Harrison branches all have drive-thru windows, which are open during regular hours. The Main Library’s is located on the South side of 9th street between Walnut and Vine. Fries not included.