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Cincinnati Public Library plans to reopen events after renovation

After years of renovations to its main building, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is hosting a three-day reopening celebration. Here are the highlights and what you need to know.

The events will take place from July 12-14. The weekend will include live music, food vendors, library tours, story time and more.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the library will attempt to break the world record for most sign-ups in one day, according to its website. Sign up for your card and enjoy the reopening events at 800 Vine St. People of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Below are some of the featured events you might be interested in learning about.

  • Fridays, 2-4 pm | Live with Grammy-nominated children’s artist Zak Morgan.
  • Fridays, 4-5 pm | Crosstown Reading with athletes and mascots from Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati.
  • Saturday, 10am – 12pm | Nintendo Super Smash Tournament hosted by University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Fear football players.
  • Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm | Pickleball with the Cincinnati Tennis Foundation.
  • Saturday, 12:00-17:00 | Friendship bracelet making station.
  • Saturday, 2-4 pm | How to DJ with DJ Vader.
  • Saturday, 5:30-7 pm | “Taylor’s Version: Why Taylor Swift Resonates” by Melissa Jacquart.
  • Sunday, 3-5 pm | Roller skating performance with Skate Downtown Cincy.

See the full event program here.

What renovations were carried out in the library?

In December 2017, the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Public Library Board of Trustees decided to redesign the main library to better meet the needs of patrons, according to the library’s project page. Renovations began in 2019 and the estimated investment for the project was $43.4 million.

Below are some of the changes:

  • The south plaza has been lowered to street level, making entry on Vine Street safer.
  • New skylight in the atrium of the south building.
  • Elevators replaced.
  • New HVAC systems.
  • Redesigned meeting rooms and interactive areas for children.
  • The new Catherine C. and Thomas E. Huenefeld Storytelling Center.
  • Social stairs to connect the floors.
  • Open-air plazas with public art.
  • Return of the book sculpture.

Learn more about the library building process.