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Children's/Teen Summer Reading 2017 Print
Active ImageRegistration is underway for the library's Summer Reading Program.

Children and teens can help us "Build a Better World" throughout June and July. A number of special activities are scheduled for children (and adults) of all ages during Summer Reading. And all participants can earn prizes just for reading (or being read to).

You especially will not want to miss the lineup scheduled for Family Fun Fridays, at 2 p.m. each Friday, which include live penguins, puppet shows, magic shows, insects and more.

Call Youth Services Coordinator Amanda Bishop (937.783.3585) with any questions or visit the library to register.

Summer Reading Calendar

2017 Pulitzer Prizes Print
Active ImageColson Whitehead's bestselling novel The Underground Railroad has been named the 2017 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The book, which also won the National Book Award, chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

The other fiction finalists were Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett, and The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. The book shows how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty.

Blood in the Water: The Attic Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson earned the prize for History; The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Mitar was the Biography winner; and Olio by Tyehimba Jess won for Poetry.

All of this year's winners and finalists are available on the Pulitzer Prizes site.

Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 8, in the library meeting room.

June title:
Fly Away
by Kristin Hannah

This followup to Firefly Lane returns readers to the world of Tully, Kate, and Tully's mother, who explore their understandings about love, family, loss, and redemption while turning to each other in the hopes of salvaging their lives.
Creation Station Print
Active Image Get your hands dirty — and learn a bit about electricity — at the library in May.

The Creation Station features Squishy Circuits during the month. Squishy Circuits is fun (and safe) as you use the play dough and batteries to make your creations light up, buzz and spin.

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

Mental health screening Print
Active ImageThe library is partnering with Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties to host a Mental Health Screening Kiosk.

Mental health screenings provide a quick, anonymous and effective way to help anyone who may be at risk for treatable mental health disorders. The kiosk, located in the magazine area of the library, offers a place to get information to help you take those first steps toward assistance.

Screenings are available for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, adolescent depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, and substance abuse.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Print
Active Image Families are invited to join the new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Blanchester Public Library.

This nationwide program encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

The library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success. Any child under 5 years of age can participate.

Stop by the library any time to register and pick up a reading log for the first 100 books. After each 100 books, your child will receive a special sticker and place their name on the 1,000 Books Wall of Fame. After 1,000 books, your child will receive a book tote and Dr. Seuss book.

For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Amanda Bishop at 937-783-3585.

COOL Library app Print
Active ImageAccessing your library from your smartphone just got a whole lot easier.

Blanchester Public Library, through the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL), has launched a mobile app to put the library at your fingertips. From any smartphone or tablet, you can instantly tap into library resources, search the library catalog, check your account, and much more.

To access the library's mobile app, search "COOL Library" in your mobile device's app store and download the app, or you can visit

The app also allows you to use your device as your library card and includes the feature BookLook Mobile, which lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library owns the title.

Children's/Young Adult Book Awards 2017 Print
Active Image The American Library Association has announced the major children's book award winners for 2017.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill won the Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, while Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, received the Caldecott Medal, for most distinguished American picture book for children.

Also, March, Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell earned the Printz Award, for excellence in literature written for young adults; and author Sarah Dessen received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

For more information on all the winners and other finalists, visit the Book Awards page on the American Library Association web site.

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