Celebrating Our Library Cats, Dogs and Fish

There are many libraries that serve as home to library cats. Now that we’re working remotely from home, our furry friends and four-legged family members have been given a promotion to co-worker and library cat/dog. In honor of National Library Week, we’d like to introduce our newest colleagues. They have made our work-from-home environment much more fun (and maybe a little more frustrating at times?).

National Library Week: Our favorite S.W.A.G.

The UCBA Library continues to celebrate National Library Week. The library staff pulled out, and in some cases, dusted off, some of our favorite library S.W.A.G. (souvenirs, wearables and gifts). These items have been collected from various library conferences, purchases from our favorite bookish vendors and gifted to us by our friends and loved ones.

Recreational Reading Recommendations

The UC Blue Ash Library is celebrating National Library Week. To kick off the week, we’d like to share a few of our favorite books. Every recommended title is available in either ebook or audiobook format from the Public Library of Cincincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC). Although physical library locations are closed, ebooks and audiobooks can be accessed and downloaded for free in the comfort of your own home with your PLCHC library card.

Pam Adler and cover of Breaking and Entering

Pamela Adler’s Recommendation

Name: Pamela Adler, Public Services Assistant
Book Recommendation: Breaking and Entering: The extraordinary story of a hacker called “Alien” 
Author: Jeremy N. Smith
Book Description: This taut, true thriller takes a deep dive into a dark world that touches us all, as seen through the brilliant, breakneck career of an extraordinary hacker – a woman known only as Alien.
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Review: A page turning real life thriller, the sort of book that may leave you feeling both invigorated and vulnerable.



Elizabeth Hartlaub and cover of The Tale of Despereaux

Elizabeth Hartlaub’s Recommedation


Name: Elizabeth Hartlaub, Library Operations Manager.
Book Recommendation: The Tale of Despereaux
Author: Kate DiCamillo.
Book Description: Despereaux, a most unassuming and tiny mouse, shows that even the smallest among us can be great heroes against all odds.
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Review: Author Kate DiCamillo weaves a charming story using a “classic” fairy-tale approach that will delight children of all ages.



Heather Maloney and cover of The Power

Heather Maloney’s Recommendation

Name: Heather Maloney, Library Director
Book Recommendation: The Power
Author: Naomi Alderman
Book Description: Now in possession of a new kind of power, this novel explores how the world begins to change when girls and women experience and wield this power in different ways.
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Review: I’m not usually into science fiction but this story really pulled me in and is a relatively quick read. It made me consider our world now and how it might be if evolution took a strange and powerful turn for one gender. The page turning plot will keep you on your toes and linger with you long after you read it.

Michelle McKinney and cover of She Came To Slay

Michelle McKinney’s Recommendation


Name: Michelle McKinney, Reference and Web Services Librarian
Book Recommendation: She Came to Slay
Author: Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Book Description: This biography of Harriet Tubman is “An illustrated tribute to one of the most exceptional women in American History.”
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Review: I listened to the audiobook version and found it perfectly paced and engaging. This is a very easy-to-read and enlightening book on the life of Harriet Tubman.


Kellie Tilton and cover of Midnight RiotName: Kellie Tilton, Instruction Technologies Librarian
Book Recommendation: Midnight Riot /Rivers of London (Rivers of London/Peter Grant series, Book 1)
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Book Description: Police procedural meets Hogwarts in modern-day London.
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Review: Fun, twisty and just a touch creepy, this book (and the rest of the series) provides a new spin on magic in every day London, with a lowly policeman that gets stuck in the middle.


Christian Boyles and Normandy '44 book cover


Name: Christian Boyles, Collection Services Manager
Book Recommendation: Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Epic 77 Day Battle for France
Author: James Holland
Book Description: A stirring narrative by a pre-eminent historian, Normandy ’44 offers important new perspective on one of history’s most dramatic military engagements and is an invaluable addition to the literature of war.
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Review: I enjoy historical accounts that tell the story from multiple viewpoints.  It was a fascinating read detailing how the Allies and Axis prepared for the invasion and how the fighting was for those on the frontline and behind the lines.  In spite of the amount of information, it is a quick and lively read.

by Pam Adler

Celebrate National Library Week With Us!

by Michelle McKinney

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National Library Week, April 8 – 12th, is underway and we’d love for you to join us! Take part in any or all of the fun activities scheduled this week!

Strong Communities Giving Campaign

You chip in, and we’ll chip in! Donate personal care items for the 100,000 individuals in need served by St. Vincent de Paul. If you fill the blue bin in the library with donations, we’ll fill it with bags of delicious chips the following week as a thank you!
Accepted donations: Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Bar soap, Toothbrushes and Toothpaste.
Each personal care item donated can get you $1 off your library fines up to $15! Stop in for details.

Other fun activities

Snag your own UCBA student-designed button giveaway by stopping by the information desk. Guess How Many Bookworms contest. Winner gets a ½ gallon jar of gummy worms! Free candy Friday!
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Love Your Library Button Design Winner

by Michelle McKinney

student button contest winner, Sarah Burton, poses with her prize and winning button design

2019 Button Contest Winner, Sarah Burton

Congratulations to Sarah Burton, the student designer of the winning 2019 National Library Week Button Contest. Her black and white, “Love Your Library” design was chosen by library staff in a blind review. She won bragging rights and  UC Blue Ash College mug filled with goodies.

Stop by the library information during National Library Week to snag a button for yourself!

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Design Our 2019 National Library Week Button

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Create the winning design for our National Library Week buttons and win UCBA swag, sweets and bragging rights! Design submissions will be accepted from March 18 – April 4, 2019. The winning design will be determined using a blind submission and voting process among the UCBA Library Team.

Visit libraries.uc.edu/ucba/button.html for more details and to download the button template.

Another Successful National Library Week in the books for UCBA Library

The UCBA Library enjoys celebrating National Library Week with our students, staff and faculty and this year was no different! Visitors had the chance to participate in a number of activities such as “Guess How Many Bookworms” are in a jar, Book Drive for local non-profit Adopt a Book, submitting Book Recommendations and Wake Up And Read Pajama Day.

Survival Basket Winner

Madaline Bowman wins the Exam Week Survival Basket

Bookworm Winner Rebecca Dabb

Rebecca Dabb won the jar of gummy Bookworms by guessing 226 bookworks (there were 225)



Wake Up and Read at the UCBA Library

Wake Up and Read at Your UCBA Library graphic

Celebrate National Library Week with fun activities and chances to win an Exam Week Survival basket of goodies! Collect a raffle ticket for participating in activities and earn additional chances to win each time you participate!

Monday, April 9 – Friday, April 13

Monday – Friday

  • Donate a children’s book! All donations go to local, non-profit Adopt a Book, (which was started in 2011 by local 8 year old siblings).
    • Accepted donations: new or used (in good condition) books for ages birth through high school.
    • Donations not accepted: magazines, encyclopedias, and textbooks.
  • Recommend your favorite book(s) to fellow students!


  • “Wake Up and Read” but leave those jammies on! Wear your pajamas and earn another raffle ticket!

Come to the Library Information Desk to participate in the above activities and collect your raffle tickets!

The more you celebrate National Library Week with us, the more chances you’ll have to win the amazing Exam Week Survival basket on display at the Library Information Desk!

Other Activities:

  • UCBA student-designed button giveaway
  • “Guess How Many Bookworms” contest. The winner gets an entire jar of gummy worms!
  • Free color therapy bookmarks
  • Donuts and coffee on Friday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m.
  • Cast a vote in UCBA Library’s 1st Annual Tournament of Titles

Design the UCBA Library’s National Library Week Button

Button Contest Graphic

Create the winning design for our National Library Week buttons and win a $30 UC Bookstore Gift certificate and bragging rights!

Design a 2.25 inch button. Guidelines and templates can be found on the Button Design Contest page. Design submissions will be accepted from March 5 – March 30, 2018. Submit final designs in PDF or JPG format to: ucbalibrary@ucblueash.edu.

The winning design will be determined using a blind submission and voting process among the UCBA Library Team.  Voting team members will not be aware of the students responsible for the button designs during the voting process. The winner will be notified on Monday, April 2, 2018.