Books by the Banks poster by Ryan OstranderBooks by the Banks, organized by the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library, the Kenton County Public Library, the Mercantile Library, Joseph Beth Booksellers, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Magazine, is scheduled for Saturday, October 17 from 10am to 4pm. It will be held downtown at the Duke Energy Convention Center. There's something for everyone and best of all, it's free!

Seen at left is the fun poster for the event by Ryan Ostrander.  Don't you love the way he has incorpoarated the  riverfront by the banks and buildings made of books.  Posters will be available for purchase for $10. Quite clever!

Target is sponsoring the Kids' Corner.  All day, they will have Lunch bags to decorate, bookmarks for children to design and temporary tattoos.  Visiting will be the Reading Retriever, Rufus the Library Reading Dog, Tales the Dragon, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Max the Bunny, Curious George and Mouse.  There will be story times at 10:30am and 2:30pm.  Joel Caithamer, the singing librarian will appear at 11am and 1pm.  Plus authors featured will be Sharon Draper, Bender and Bender, and Will Hilldenbrand.

For the rest of us, there will be over 100 local and regional authors, book signings and author panels.  Local names you will recognize are Thane Maynard and Forrest Gregg. Local interest books include: King of the Queen City, Cincinnati Ghosts, Cincinnati's Crosley Field and lots more.  Authors featured will be Jeanette Walls, Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Garth Stein, Jennifer Weiner and Ellen Schreiber  There will even be cooking demonstrations from the Joy of Cooking and The Cake Doctor.

For more information, go to www.BooksbytheBanks.org.    You could spend the entire day. Did I mention that all this is free?