On Monday, April 21, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County conducted three ceremonies to mark the groundbreaking and start of construction on their new branches in the communities of Clifton, Reading and St. Bernard.
Jeff Hillard, associate professor of English in the Department of English and Modern Languages at the College of Mount St. Joseph, was the featured speaker at the groundbreaking of the Reading branch.
The Library purchased the three-acre lot at the Reading location and will build a new, 12,000-square-foot branch that will have a drive-up window, ample parking, a Maker Space, tech lab, and a mobile service model. Hillard teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature and drama, communication studies, advanced composition, and creative writing. Growing up in Lockland (neighbor of Reading), Hillard said he was honored to be the keynote speaker.
“I'm like the writer who has come out of the valley,” he says. “They tapped me to speak about libraries' impact on communities with about 50 officials present."
The three branches are expected to be completed by spring/summer 2015. Learn more about the new library branches.