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The library will be closed Dec. 23-25 in observance of Christmas and Dec. 30-Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's.

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Kanopy Print
Active ImageThe library now offers Kanopy, a streaming video collection featuring more than 30,000 films. Find films on every subject imaginable, plus educational content from The Great Courses and PBS, and a selection of must-see classic films from The Criterion Collection.

The service is free to use with your library card.

To get started:

  • Visit the library's Kanopy page and click the "Sign up" button in the top right.
  • Create a unique login with your e-mail address and a password. (The service is only available to adult patrons)
  • A confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address you provided.
  • Once you have confirmed your e-mail, you will be asked to enter your library card number. You will only need to do this once.
  • Once you have entered your library card number, you are ready to watch.
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Clinton County Reads 2018 Voting Print
Active Image Voting is underway for the 13th annual Clinton County Reads.

The 2018 edition of the county-wide reading program features a diverse list of four titles from which to choose.

The nominated titles are The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood; The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold and Andres Solomon; and The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead.

The ballot will be published periodically in the Wilmington News-Journal and also is available at all three public libraries in Clinton County. You also may vote by sending the title of your selection to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visiting the event's Facebook page. Votes must be cast by Dec. 14.

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National Book Award 2017 Winners Print
Active Image Southern writer Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for her novel Sing, Unburied, Sing about a struggling family in Mississippi. Ward also won the award in 2011 for Salvage the Bones.

"Throughout my career when I've been rejected, there was sometimes subtext, and it was this: 'People will not read your work because these are not universal stories.' I don't know if some doorkeepers felt this way because I wrote about poor people or because I wrote about black people or because I wrote about Southerners," Ward said in her award speech. "And you, my fellow writers and editors and publishing people and National Book Foundation folks who read my work, you answered plainly. You looked at me and the people I love and write about.

"I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you who reads my work and finds something that sings to you, that moves you in it. I hope to continue this conversation with you for all of our days."

Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen won the award for her nonfiction work, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. The book follows the lives of four people who were born in the author's native Russia at what promised to be the dawn of democracy but ended up crushed by the reemergence of the old Soviet order. 

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Mobile Hotspots Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library now has mobile hotspots available for checkout.

The hotspots allow patrons to connect their tablet, phone, laptop and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Internet.

A hotspot may be checked out by any cardholder 18 years of age or older whose card is in good standing. All borrowers must show a current driver's license, state ID, passport or military photo ID at the time of checkout.

Hotspots circulate for 7 days. Each hotspot circulates in a carrying case within a plastic case along with an AC adapter and USB cable. The user is responsible for returning all of these items to the circulation desk (not in a bookdrop) in good condition.

Hotspots may be renewed one time, provided there are no holds on the item. Only 1 hotspot may be borrowed on a patron's account at a time. The fine for an overdue hotspot is $1 per day until returned. After 3 days overdue, the hotspot will be deactivated and the patron is billed for the item. You may put a hold on a hotspot here.

A hotspot can provide Internet access for up to 10 devices.

By borrowing and initiating use of the library's mobile hotspot, the user agrees to abide by the library's Mobile Wireless Hotspot Policy.

 
Creation Station Print
Active Image The library goes 3-dimensional in the Creation Station in December.

We feature one of the simpler 3D maker kits available, the 3D Magic Maker. This new product does not involve heat or glue, so it is great even for the youngest makers.

Using safe gel and an LED light box, you can make something with one of the molds provided or create your own design.

The Creation Station is a do-it-yourself space where users are encouraged to experiment. The space features different gadgets or tools each month.

Just stop at the front desk with your library card to check out the materials and you are ready to begin creating. All ages are welcome, although children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. There is no cost involved. (And library staff are available to help if you encounter any problems.)

Creation Station Calendar

 
Storytime Print
Active Image Children from ages 2-5 will build a foundation for reading success through stories, play and activities. And you are invited to register your child anytime for the library's regular morning storytime sessions.

Just show up for one of the morning sessions to register and your child will receive special storytime checkout privileges with no late fees.

The library also offers a family storytime from 5-6 p.m. each Monday in which no registration is required. Children (and adults) of all ages are welcome to just show up and enjoy a story, songs, crafts and a light snack.

For more information, please visit the library or call 937.783.3585.

 December Youth Services Calendar

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Free driver education Print
Active Image The library is partnering with Driving-Tests.org to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles practice tests to patrons.

The new service includes free tests specifically based on Ohio's Bureau of Motor Vehicles materials, including 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 12 CDL practice tests, and three online driver's manuals. This partnership allows the library to harness the power of Driving-Tests.org's specialized practice exams to turn new drivers into safer drivers.

Click here to get started.

 
Lego Club Print
Active Image If you want to show off your Lego-building skills or if you just want to have fun building with your friends, the library is the place you want to be from 6-7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

The Lego Club meets next on December 28 in the meeting room.

Youth ages 5 and up are invited, but we do ask parents to accompany children 7 and under. Legos will be provided, although donations are welcome to help our collection grow. Donations may be dropped off any time at the front desk.

For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Miss Amanda at 937.783.3585.

 
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