Sep
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Beer 'n Board Games - Learn Something New

Have you wanted to try a new game but didn't know how exactly to break into it? Or are you simply too lazy (like me) to read the instructions? Then this is Your night!
We have staff-volunteers On-Site to Teach you something new!!! Choose from over 800 Game Night Games. Pull em off the shelf and Play! Come solo or with friends. (Or play something not new, we don't care. Just play!) BYOB welcome. 

$5 per person. BYOB, Beer, Bevs, Boardgames, Snacks and Happiness provided :). Friendly, well trained dogs also welcome. Donations suggested. 

Admission and donations go directly to funding our nonprofit community-serving organization. 

21+ Only, please! (does not apply to dogs)

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Sep
17
11:00am11:00am

Play Library at Ish Festival

In partnership with the Urban League Young Professionals and sponsored by the Mayerson Foundation, Play Library will be cohosting the activity booth at Ish: Cincinnati's Jewish and Israeli Arts and Culture Festival. Our activity will benefit Woodward Career Technical High School's Groom Room. Please bring along donations of grooming products like hotel shampoo samples, nail poilsh, combs, hair dryers, etc. It's gonna be a super event on a very beautiful day (fingies crossed!). More info to follow!
Check out www.ishfestival.com for more info about the fest!

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Sep
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

CurioCity Series: Childhood Toys n’ Games

Revisit your childhood! Cincinnati Museum Center takes you back in time and celebrates your favorite toys! From Star Wars to Care Bears, He-Man to the Easy Bake Oven. Did you know that Kenner Toys, a former Cincinnati company, was responsible for some of the most iconic toys of the 20th century? Leave grown up worries behind, take your action figures off the shelves and have a night filled with nostalgia.

#MuseumOnTaphttp://bit.ly/2rqSGAw
Advance tickets: Members $10; non-Members $15
Day-of tickets: Members $12; non-Members $17
http://www.cincymuseum.org/programs/curiocity

Childhood Toys n’ Games Partners:
Gorilla Cinema
The Play Library
OKI Lug (Lego Users Group)
#CincyMuseum Curators and education staff

CurioCity is generously supported by ArtsWave and Paycor!

Facebook Invitation Here

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Aug
20
11:00am11:00am

Bethune Family Takeover!

The famous (infamous?) Bethune Family will Take Over Play Library for the day! Wanna learn a new game from a super smart and engaging 11 year old? Done. Wanna play something a bit quieter with a sweet and bright 9 year old? Done. Wanna run around playing cars and laser tag with two happy littler fellas? Gochya covered. 

Heather and Levi are always make Play Library Take-Over day something special. 

Want your family to do a Take Over? Contact Julia at julia@playlibrary.org.  

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Aug
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Beer 'n Boardgames - Learn Something NEW!

Come Learn Something NEW! Have you wanted to try a new game but didn't know how exactly to break into it? Great! We'll have staff-volunteers On Site to Teach you something new!!! Choose from over 800 Game Night Games. Pull em off the shelf and Play! Come solo or with friends. (Or play something not new, we don't care. Just play!) BYOB welcome. 

$5 per person. BYOB and Wine. Snacks, Beer, Bevs, Boardgames and Happiness provided :). Friendly, well trained dogs also welcome. Donations suggested. 

Admission and donations go directly to funding our nonprofit community-serving organization. 

21+ Only, please! (does not apply to dogs)

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Aug
16
11:00am11:00am

OPENING AT 1PM TODAY!

Our staff is attending the Rumpke Recycling Tour this morning at the Rumpke Recycling Facility. We don't like to see any play-things ending up as landfill so we're going to learn what more we can be doing to prevent this!

We will be opening at 1pm today. Sorry for any inconvinience! 

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Aug
12
10:00am10:00am

The Little Folkers Puppet Party!

Little Folkers Puppet Party with Miss Hanna Rae
Presented by The Play Library and Eli's BBQ
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Free and open to the public
For children of all ages
Small bites provided by Eli's BBQ

Enjoy singing, dancing, musical instruments and puppets in this interactive experience that's fun for the whole family! And for the first time in Little Folkers Puppet Party history, we will have a REAL LIVE BAND! Get down with the Silly Strings and get ready for a good time at the historic Herzog Studios in beautiful Cincinnati, Ohio!

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Aug
8
10:00am10:00am

Play Library Play Testers 4-6y x2

Update 8/1: This event is SOLD OUT - please check back for the next one!

Play Library and US Playing Card Company are looking for 4 youth (between 4-6 years old) and 4 adult participants to test some new (not yet released) games! All kids will walk away with a goodie bag!

After the first Play Library testing session, it was determined that some changes needed to be made to "Monkey May I" and they are looking for 4 kids and their adults to test the revised samples.

We will have kids and their grown-ups arrive for 15 minute shifts. The event is Free but you MUST reserve your spot.

Parents/guardians are REQUIRED to stay with their children the ENTIRE time. You may bring your other kids (outside of the age bracket) but they MUST be able to entertain themselves. Your attention is reqired with the 4-6year old.

We Need your Commitment for this event.
Snacks are available for purchase.


By participating you understand that your child's image may be used in print publications, online publications, presentations, websites, and social media by both Play Library and US Playing Card Company and that no royalty, fee or other compensation shall become payable by reason of such use.

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Jul
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

Harry Potter's Birthday Celebration

(Hagrid’s voice): It’s yer birthday, Harry!
Join us at Play Library® July 31 for the most magical of all birthdays – Harry Potter’s!

Witches and wizards 21+ celebrate Harry’s birthday with a party that’s every bit as magical as a trip to Hogsmeade. Enjoy Potions Class (wine tasting), try your hand at Quidditch, test your knowledge at History of Magic trivia, take a trip down our Diagon Alley Silent Auction, win a raffle prize, stop in at Flourish and Blotts (sponsored by Joseph-Beth Booksellers), and more. Make sure to dress in your finest robes for the costume contest (with prizes)!

Must purchase eventbrite ticket to hold your space. Tickets are limited! Drink included with price of ticket.

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Jul
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Beer & Boardgames

Beer & Board Games Night at our new location! Choose from over 300 Game Night Games. Pull em off the shelf and Play! Come solo or with friends. BYOB welcome. 

$5 per person. Beer, Snacks, Boardgames and Happiness provided. Friendly, well trained dogs also welcome. 

21+ Only, please! (does not apply to dogs)

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Jul
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Grocery & Grilling - Findlay Market x Play Library

Click here for the deets.

The gist:

Findlay Market is staying open late on Wednesdays from May-September to accommodate the grocery shopping needs of those who live and work in the city. 

This week's featured community group will be The Play Library. Welcome Play Library members and prospective members. 

Join us each Wednesday for our special Groceries & Grilling Program! Each week has a different theme and featured merchant.

This Week's Theme: Family Night
Featured Merchant: Em's Sourdough Bread

Groceries & Grilling:
1. Watch our featured merchant do a food demo at 5:30 and 6:30pm
2. Grab a recipe card and shop for the ingredients
3. Grill up your own delicious meal on one of our satellite grills

Findlay Market provides utensils, plates, napkins, basic spices and condiments, grills, tongs, spatulas and tin foil. You provide the grub!

The OTR Biergarten at Findlay Market is open, and Market Wines at Findlay Market is putting together red and white wine pairings the whole family can enjoy! 

Groceries & Grilling takes place on the Race Street esplanade.
 

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Jul
14
12:00pm12:00pm

Water Balloon Toss (in Washington Park)

What? A Giant Water Balloon Toss in Washington Park? Yup!

The balloons are filled and ready. Now We need YOU to Toss 'em! Come in a bathing suit or outfit you won't mind getting wet. This is a friendly, happy, water balloon toss. Be prepared to have a really great time! All Ages Welcome. This event begins at 12 and goes till the balloons run out. 

Balloons (partially) Generously Donated by Eli's BBQ

 

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Jul
7
11:00am11:00am

Giant Parachute in the Park

The Weather is Perfect! Come Play with us in Washington Park!

We'll have the Giant Parachute and Accompanying Activities. We'll Provide the Laughs, You Bring the Giggles. All Ages Welcome. 

Meet on the North Lawn (just north of the fountains).

Some rules:

1. Be respectful & Cooperative

2. Grown-ups, no standing on the sidelines - come play! Your kids want to play With you. 

3, A new game will start about every 10 minutes on the 10(ish) minutes. If you arrive in the middle of a game, wait till the next one. Do not run into the middle of a game. I do not want anyone to get hurt. 

4. Have fun. 

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Jun
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Beer & Boardgames

Beer & Board Games Night at our new location! Choose from over 300 Game Night Games. Pull em off the shelf and Play! Come solo or with friends. BYOB welcome. 

$5 per person. Beer, Snacks, Boardgames and Happiness provided. Friendly, well trained dogs also welcome. 

21+ Only, please! (does not apply to dogs)

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Jun
10
9:30am 9:30am

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - Play Library Game & Toy Drive

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is holding a Game and Toy Drive for Play Library! 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra's Superheroes program is back and packed with more familiar favorites than ever! Costumes are encouraged as John Morris Russell and your Cincinnati Pops team up with Cincinnati Children’s Theatre to provide the action and soundtrack to this epic adventure.

Visit the Family Fun Zone to try orchestra instruments, make a craft and more! Open pre-concert starting at 9:30 am and immediately following the concert. Bring a a toy or game to donate to PLAY LIBRARY!!!

More info on activities and programing before and after the event: http://cincinnatisymphony.org/concerts-plus-events/lollipops/

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May
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Beer & Boardgames

Beer & Board Games Night at our new location! Choose from over 300 Game Night Games. Pull em off the shelf and Play! Come solo or with friends. BYOB welcome. 

$5 per person. Beer, Snacks, Boardgames and Happiness provided. Friendly, well trained dogs also welcome. 

21+ Only, please! (does not apply to dogs)

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May
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Little Yelpers Club: Play Library

YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THE LITTLE YELPERS CLUB! 

What's a Little Yelper you ask?
Yelp isn't just about grown ups. Open to the entire Yelp community, we launched Little Yelpers Club for kids up to age 11. Come explore kid-friendly businesses you might not know about and meet other Yelpers with kids. Whether you have wee ones in your life 24/7 or just occasionally babysit your nephew for the afternoon, we're hooking you up with all the hot spots for tots.

This event will be held at The Play Library in historic Over-the-Rhine on May 16th from 6-8pm. We will get to meet the owner, check out the brand NEW space, have some munchies, and play some fun games! 

NEED TO KNOW'S: 
*YOU MUST HAVE A REAL NAME AND REAL PHOTO ON YOUR YELP PROFILE IN ORDER TO BE CHOSEN FOR THIS EVENT
**JUST BC YOU RSVP DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU WILL GET IN. PLEASE RSVP AND WE WILL SEND YOU A CONFIRMATION OR WAITING LIST EMAIL AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE DATE. 
***YOU WILL BE ALLOWED 2 LITTLE YELPERS FOR THIS EVENT. 

More info and to RSVP click HERE

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May
13
12:30pm12:30pm

Bill & Ted's Excellent Scavenger Crawl on the Streetcar!

All the info you need, right here!

For those of you not on the Facebook:

Have Fun. Drink Beer. Win Prizes. Be Excellent.

From the creators of The Cov Abides comes Bill & Ted's Excellent Scavenger Crawl, a pop culture fueled adult scavenger hunt/bar crawl through downtown Cincinnati and OTR!!!
Help Bill & Ted pass a bogus History Exam in a stellar journey through time across the Queen City! 

You've never seen an adult scavenger hunt/bar crawl like this!
Starting in OTR at 16-Bit Bar and ending at Arnold's Bar & Grill, individuals and teams (2-6) have three hours (1-4pm) to earn as many points as possible by visiting the BEST BARS, drinking most excellent local craft beer and cocktails, completing challenges all over town, and collecting enough points to pass your history exam.

We are taking over the city! Use the Streetcar to get around quickly! You can also walk or jump on a Red Bike!
Get exclusive drinks and specials at the BEST bars in town including 16-Bit, Arnolds, The Rook, & more!
Perform challenges at famous downtown landmarks including Washington Park, Fountain Square, Findlay Market, and Smale Riverfront Park!
Re-enact scenes from the iconic movies and beat Death at Battleship, do your best Van Halen air guitar challenge, and get selfies with Socrates (and other famous dead dudes) causing trouble all over town!
Visit the Play Library, get a photo onstage at Below Zero, and take a selfie with a legend at Great American Ballpark!

Prizes for Best Costumes!
Outfits inspired by the movie and characters (B&T, Rufus, The Princesses, Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Future Dudes) get 50 BONUS POINTS per person and put you in the running for the Best Costume Prizes! (Individual and Team!)

Register by 4/17 and save 50%! (Just $15!)
Register by 4/24 and save 33%! (Just $20!)
Register by 5/1 and save 20%! (Just $24!)!

All Participants Get:
A special wristband to unlock major drink specials!
A Totally Triumphant Limited Edition Event Fannie Pack!
A once-in-a-lifetime afternoon of tasty drinks, crazy challenges, new locations, and killer prizes. Plus all the traveling through time with your friends stuff.
A digital high five we are giving you right now for supporting a local businesses! (Thanks!)
The joy of knowing a portion of the proceeds will benefit underprivileged campers with The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio! Simultaneously help kids grow and get them out of your hair.

Schedule:
12-1pm at 16-Bit Bar in OTR: Check in, Grab Some Drinks, Grab your Maps and Challenges, and Pick Up Your Swag.
1pm-4pm Embark on the craziest scavenger hunt/bar crawl to hit the Queen City! Dozens of bars, businesses, landmarks, and hidden challenges.
4-? After Party At Arnolds! Turn in your score sheets, grab drinks & food, announce winners, award prizes!

Contact keepyourshirtoncovington@gmail.com with any questions!

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May
4
4:00pm 4:00pm

May the 4th Be...Play Library Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars-themed Costumes strongly encouraged. 

Starting at 4pm we'll have Star Wars themed, everything. Entrance fee - $5 per adult, $2 per kid (under 14). Snacks and Bevs available for a donation of any amount. 

4-6p - Kids' & Families' Star Wars-Themed Activities - All sorts'a Star Wars themed games, crafts and activities. 

6-9p - older kids and adults Star Wars-Themed Activities - Star Wars themed games and activities of all sorts geared towards teens and adults (that said, children are also welcome and we will still have activities for them on the ready).

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Apr
23
10:00am10:00am

Start the morning with You Are Here & Play Library

At this All-Ages event, you get to go cray-cray and scribble on everything! Phil Rowland has created an entire dry-erase map of Cincinnati coloring room. Like, literally, the floor, windows and all walls are decorated in black and white map that YOU get to explore! Come color and find some hidden goodies on the walls, floors & windows. 

This event is Free and the event will be held a few blocks north of us at the People's Liberty Globe Gallery. 

 

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Apr
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Beer & Board Games (21+ Game Night)

The very first Beer & Board Games Night at our new location! Choose from over 300 Game Night Games. Pull em off the shelf and Play! Come solo or with friends. 

$5 per person. Beer, Snacks, Boardgames and Happiness provided. Friendly, well trained dogs also welcome. 

21+ Only, please! (does not apply to dogs)

More deets to come. 

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Apr
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Volunteer & Potential Volunteer Appreciation Party (V.I.Players Party)

This is the first of many Play Library Volunteer Appreciation Events

Wether you've helped out just a little, helped a lot, or want to help, we wanna see you here. This event is exclusively for you and your family and a friend or 2 or 3. 

  • Free, All-ages event
  • Trivia provided by Trivia with a Twist (host Derek Kolligian) - begins promptly at 7.
  • Food & bevs provided
  • It's going to be fun and you don't wanna miss it. Cool? Cool.

RSVP HERE so I know how may string cheeses to provide cause people love string cheese, right?

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Apr
9
9:30am 9:30am

Play Library Design Committee Meeting

Hi and hello,

 

For those who have been on this list, we are starting up again! For those who are new, Welcome.

 

Play Library is officially open. Here's your chance to BE A PART OF PLAY LIBRARY!!! A Play Library (PL) "Player", if you will...and I know you will. 

First of all, thank you. To everyone. Community is the backbone of Play Library™ so without you, this wouldn’t be. 

 

Time commitment:

  • All volunteers will be celebrated via parties and events throughout the year as well as receive perks (like free borrowing privileges) and discounts per number of hours worked.
  • Your children ARE welcome to play in the space while you volunteer! 

Time commitment:

The Design committee will meet once every 2 months for about 2 hours with emails in between.

 

We are looking for Committed Committee Members

Feel free to join as many different committees as you like.

At each committees' first meeting, you will decide on team name & roles.

If you are unable to make it to a particular meeting, let me know.

 

Design Committee

  • Graphic design services/skills
  • Come up with and implement innovative ideas for the space on a semi regular basis (this could include a ball pit, wall-sized Rube Goldberg machine, etc.)
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