On display in the atrium of the Main Library Sept. 10 through Oct. 23, 2013, this exhibit examined the evolution of the Library and featured historic photos and memorabilia illustrating the Library’s transformation into one of the best, busiest and most-used library systems in North America. The exhibit featured items such as a stereoscope, a card catalog typewritter, a glass slide projector know as a magic lantern, a 16 mm reel of the French film Anatole, and Harper’s Weekly from 1874. It also showcased items from the Public Library’s holdings selected to demonstrate the diverse formats and subject areas collected over the years, from early maps, circus posters and Tarzan books to World War I photo scrapbooks and logbooks from Cincinnati’s steamboat past. After 160 years, the Public Library is recognized not only as one of the oldest in the nation, but it’s known for demonstrating innovative approaches to serving the public throughout our community.
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