Spotlight Series

Cool down from the summer heat with engaging talks from local speakers and authors as part of our Spotlight Series this August.

All talks take place at 7 pm. Registration is required for each program in the series. Email Amy Carroll at with any questions.

I Am a Refugee: Finding Home Again in America

Thursday, Aug. 11
7 – 8 pm
Newport Branch

Mirsada Kadiric will share her personal story of her childhood journey in 1992 from Bosnia to Western Europe and the United States, where at 16 years old she settled in Florence, Kentucky with her family. This story is recounted in her book, I Am A Refugee: Finding Home Again in America. Hear from Kadiric about the challenges and opportunities she faced coming to the U.S. as a teenager, as well as her hopes for creating a welcoming community for all of our neighbors.



The History of KY Bookmobiles with Wayne Onkst

Thursday, Aug. 18
7 – 8 pm
Newport Branch

Kentucky is home to the largest fleet of bookmobiles in the United States, a title the Commonwealth has claimed for decades, according to data from the American Library Association. The Bluegrass State’s relationship with these vans—mobile walk-on libraries that allow patrons to check out materials—dates back to World War II. It’s a history that Wayne Onkst,the former state librarian, knows well.

Onkst’s presentation covers the development of outreach services, from the packhorse librarians to the book wagons and the earliest bookmobiles. It also focuses on the bookmobile drive on the 1954 statewide campaign to raise funds for the purchase of 100 fully-stocked bookmobiles.



A Local Reporter Looks Back on Cincinnati Sports


This event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Wednesday, Sept. 21
7 – 8 pm
Newport Branch

It’s been an exciting year in local sports! Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer joins the library to discuss some of his favorite stories from his time as a local sports journalist.

Daugherty has worked as a sports columnist at the Cincinnati Enquirer since 1994. In 2015, the Associated Press Sports Editors named Daugherty the best columnist and best feature writer in America. He is the co-author of the book Finish Strong: A Father’s Code and a Son’s Path.



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