Our Frank Foster Memorial Library has entered the 21st century 🥳 Housed at The Sanctuary in Lower Price Hill, we wanted our community to have convenient access to the library. Thanks to UC Graduate intern, Shannon Gillie, we established an online catalog for the library. Instead of having to make an appointment and scan the shelves for books, journals, articles, etc., folks may now browse our growing online inventory. Get the link to our library in our blog post!

Be sure to also check out some upcoming community and cultural events that may interest you!

FREE COVID Vaccines Available in Price Hill
Core Member Mike Maloney has been actively working with organizations to provide accessible COVID-19 vaccinations in Price Hill. There will be free Pfizer vaccinations available on Tuesday, June 22 from 2-4 PM at St. Peter & St. Paul United Church. Help us spread the word!

The Sound Quilt Project Weaves Sonic Fibers To Tell A Story of Issues Faced by People in Appalachia - WEKU

Through song and poetry, Trey Burnart Hall and Pauletta Hansel "sew" together a story of Appalachia. Read more about the project and how to stream the Sound Quilt in this NPR article!


Cincinnati Public Library Summer Activities
Activities for Kids:

  • From June 1-July 31, every youth 18 and under who visits a library branch can get their free summer packet which includes: an activity booklet, a book, a take & make activity, and an early literacy calendar for PreK families. The activity booklet can also be downloaded from their web site.
  • Youth who finish 5 or more activities from their booklet may return to the Library may enter a grand prize drawing at their branch. 
  • Meals for youth will be provided at select locations.
  • Visit to find free in-person and online events for kids all summer long

Free Vaccinations at Library Locations: From now through August, the Library is offering free, drop-in vaccinations at select locations, in partnership with the Cincinnati Dept. of Health and the Hamilton County Public Health Dept. Find locations and dates in their online calendar.

Improvements at the Downtown Main Library

The library is beginning an 18 month improvement project at its Main Library, as part of its Building the Next Generation Library initiative, which is being funded by the 1 mil levy supported by taxpayers in 2018. Here’s what will happen first:

  • This summer the elevators will be replaced in the south building
  • This summer and through the fall, the skylight over the south building’s atrium will be replaced
  • In late summer the walls surrounding the north building’s Vine St. garden will be removed, to open up the space and make it more accessible

While all this work is happening, they will need to keep the Vine St. entrance closed. In addition, since most of the work is focused in the south building, they’ll be relocating services temporarily to the north building.

Pity These Ashes: Tulsa 1921-2021
Saturday, June 19 @ 7 PM

Libretto is by an African American Urban Appalachian Dayton poet who has been published in Pine Mountain Sand Gravel! Check out this upcoming event he is to be featured in.

A Small Group Intensive with Peter Block
Saturday, June 19

This online event will explore the social architecture of creating community, connection, and change. 

The Intensive is a learning experience and practice with Peter Block and the ASG team. It is offered for people who want to deepen their understanding of engagement and the six conversations. It is for anyone who would like to take a greater role in bringing the ideas of engagement into the community. Listening well, powerful questions, and curiosity are key elements of these conversations.

Woven throughout the day, the team will share stories of how they use the ASG conversations in their personal and professional work.

The cost is $38, your time and commitment. Breaks included throughout the day. Register HERE.

Highlight YOUR Cincinnati Neighborhood in Developing Book by Local Writer
Submissions due by July 1, 2021

Nick Swartsell is editing a book about life in Cincinnati Neighborhoods. This isn't a guidebook about where to eat or shop -- it's about the social and psychological and historic contours of distinct communities in Cincinnati.
You should write something for it! Please share this if you know other folks who might want to submit something.

You have probably heard this before: Cincinnati is a city of small towns made distinct by topography and undefined, in-between spaces. They want writers to explore the Queen City’s varied neighborhoods and the places between for The Cincinnati Neighborhood Guidebook, an anthology by Belt Publishing. The book will be part of Belt’s Neighborhood Guidebook Series.

From Sayler Park tipping the city’s far-west tail to Mount Lookout on its eastern fringes, from Carthage to Lower Price Hill, they want essays and other written works that surprise them and tell them something about how Cincinnatians experience living in their neighborhoods, and about how your living in them shapes the city. Take us to the San Antonio Italian Chapel’s Pizza Party in South Fairmount, the boxing gym in the basement of West End’s Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses or the train yards and waterways of the Mill Creek Valley.

They’re hoping to get a diversity of voices and experiences representing as wide a sample from the city’s fifty-two distinct neighborhoods, its many informal sub-neighborhoods and outlying suburbs as possible. Yes, sure, you can submit something about Over-the-Rhine or Northside. But we also really want to hear voices from South Cumminsville, Bond Hill and East Westwood, not to mention Forest Park or Delhi and Covington or Bellevue.

Interpret the above as you wish, so long as the piece you submit is about an area in Greater Cincinnati. Longer submissions will be considered, but they’re looking for work that marries unique insight about lived experience with economy of language. Somewhere between 250 and 1,000 words would be a lovely place to end up for your essay.
Authors will be compensated.

Submissions are due by July 1, 2021. Please submit all entries to
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