The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Branch

http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org

Just blocks from the heart of downtown is a large building housing some of the greatest works of art of mankind. No, not the Art museum, most of these works of can actually be held by the public, it’s the The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The Main branch is split between two buildings with a walk way over 9th Street connecting them. Outside is a bustling city. Inside is a calm relaxing place to study, read, get information, and create.

The south building houses the more traditional and quite sections of the library. In it is the popular library, a place to easily find fiction, films, and audio recordings. This is great way to be in and out with a new title. For more in depth studies the upper floors contain the non-fiction books. On the Third floor is the genealogy and local history rooms. This building is also where most of the computers for Internet access are located. By the front doors are main checkout and the Library Friends Shop.

The shop is is small but well stocked. Used books and media no longer needed by the Library are sold at a this location. Besides books the shop has plenty of other merchandise too. Think of this as any other book store, but with a heavy Library and Cincinnati theme. This is probably one of the best hidden stores in all the city.

The more noisy departments are housed in the North building. This allows for some activity to happen in these sections with out disturbing the patrons looking for a more quite setting. In this building are the children’s section with a children’s garden, the teen space, homework station, and the MakerSpace. The MakerSpace is one of the best free makers spaces in the state. The space houses more than the 3d printers most libraries offer. As their website states “3D printers, audio and visual equipment, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, cameras and other hardware and software tools that they can use for free to create pretty much anything they can imagine.” The traditional audio visual stations can be used to make almost anything need in modern digital society. The printers, cutters, and sewing machines can be used to create almost anything else. Want to work on something but have no knowledge on how to start? The very well informed and super helpful staff will be glad to assist. Note that materials may cost extra for some of the MakerSpace equipment, but it is way less than buying the equipment oneself.

 

To connect the two buildings is a walk way. Along the walk way and through out the two buildings are art work and galleries. These displays change regularly and enhance the overall fell of the space. The Main branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is more than just a place to get a book to read. It is a welcoming, innovative space to relax, enjoy, and create. Always worth a visit when in the area.

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Cincinnati Observatory

3489 Observatory Place
Cincinnati, Ohio 45208

https://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

We went to the Cincinnati Observatory on a sunny weekday afternoon, probably not the best day to go to an observatory, but we did get a laid back uncrowded personal experience. The Cincinnati Observatory is located on top of the hills of Mt. Lookout in Cincinnati. This Observatory is the oldest, still in use, in the United States. The observatory consists of two buildings. The two buildings house the main 11-inch Merz and Mahler refractor and the 16-inch Alvan Clark and Sons refactor. We visited the main building that house the 16-inch Clark telescope. The building was designed by the famous architect Samuel Hannaford. One can visit this observatory most afternoons during weekdays. These afternoons are reservation free.  There are many special events and astronomy nights on Thursdays and Fridays. These are the nights to look through the telescopes. There are also events on the weekends. Check out their website for these events and to make reservations.

The main building has a rotunda and two levels. The first level is a museum type of room. One can walk around the room at their leisure and look at the astronomy related artifacts. There are also daily tours (small cost) of both buildings. We did not take the tour, but lucked out and had a sort-of  guide tour of the Clark telescope. After finishing on the first floor, one can go to the second floor and look at the telesocope. When we visited the friendly and knowledgeable staff gave us a tour of the telescope. Not sure if this is standard practice, but it was much appreciated. 

This museum/observatory does not take long to visit, but is packed with many interesting artifacts. It would be good to visit the telescope during the day, then return for one of the night time viewing. This would be a great place for kids, because it is highly education and just long enough to keep their attention. Kids would probably really enjoy the night time viewings. The place is not hard to find and access or out of the way. One major tip is to visit their website to find out about special events and open hours. A visit to the observatory can easily be added to a visit to another great Cincinnati attraction.

A day or night visit to the Cincinnati observatory is well worth it, even if you have little interest in astronomy or space.

 

Findlay Market

1801 Race Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

http://www.findlaymarket.org

Findlay Market in Cincinnati is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated market. The market is open Tuesdays through Sunday with indoor and outdoor vendors. Some merchants do open on Monday’s but not all. There are more vendors in the Spring/Summer due to the added farmers market.

We went on a weekday morning, so not all the vendors were open. We were in the lookout for breakfast, to start our Cincinnati walking tour day. What we found was a leisurely stroll through a market with many fresh items. We were able to get coffee, breakfast sandwiches, corn muffins with queso, and curry chicken salad. We did not find this at one stand, but at many. This is what is great about the market, one can get items from many different stands.

The market’s website has a nice interactive map that shows what is open. It worked on the day

we tried it, just hope they keep it updated each day. Check it out

here: http://www.findlaymarket.org/map

 

 

 

 

Halfway Through the Year and 18 places to visit in 2018

At the beginning of the year we posted this post about 18 places to visit in 2018. The place were not ranked or included for any reason, other than they looked fun to visit. Here in green is an update of our list.

A few from last year, but tons of new ones.

  1. Holden Arboretum – This place has a Canopy Walk and a Tower open in the warmer months. This place has lots of hiking trails. This is a must.
  2. Loveland Castle – A real castle
  3. Celina/Coldwater /Bike path   Biking or walking
  4. Casa Nueva Restaurant & Cantina (Athens)
  5. Langsdon Mineral Collecton  This place rocks! We went and are getting a review ready. 
  6. Greater Cleveland Aquarium  
  7. Blair Museum of Lithophanes We went and are getting a review ready. 
  8. Lake Hope Lodge  Great to go to lodges, just to check them out.
  9. Columbus Washboard Company
  10. A Farmer’s Market We went to Findlay Market and that review is coming out next week. 
  11. Tabletop Game Cafe
  12. American Packard Museum Lots of classic cars
  13. Findlay Market  Another great market Post coming out next week, as you already know. 
  14. Susie’s Big Dipper  Ice cream, a must
  15. The National Historical Equipment Museum  Interesting
  16. Allen County Museum
  17. Skillet farm to table
  18. Somewhere outdoors for a hike. We did go somewhere, but want to announce it, once post is ready. 

So many places to see in 2018.

It might look like we did not go to too may of our 18 places, but that is okay. We did not put out the list, so we could visit all the places. 

Here are a few more places to visit in 2018