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Youth Summer Reading 2018 Print
Active ImageFridays are all about fun at the library this summer.

Our Family Fun Fridays continue with programs throughout July — with Family Fun with magician Gordon Russ at 2 p.m., Friday. All ages are welcome to attend this free program featuring the magician and his sidekick, George the Raccoon.

The complete list of programs and events can be found on the summer calendar.

Also, it is never too late to register for the Youth Summer Reading Program "Libraries Rock!"

Newborns through 17-year-olds may register for free to receive prizes for reading (or being read to) through July 31. Registration also is required to attend the hands-on programs offered throughout the summer.

Visit the library to pick up your registration bag.

Summer Reading Program Calendar

For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Amanda Bishop at 937.783.3585 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Adult Summer Reading 2018 Print
Active Image Congratulations to the second group of prize winners in our "Libraries Rock!" Adult Summer Reading Program.

Winners for Book Review entries are Conley Wolfe (Blanchester), headphones; Monica Bornemann (Blanchester), tote/food storage; and Shailyn Paul (Blanchester), airbed. Winners for the Children's Songs Crossword are Brianna Baggs (Fayetteville), picnic blanket; and Rachel Bishop, bluetooth speaker.

Winning a prize is easy this summer at the library. All you have to do is be at least 18 years of age and fill out a Book Review slip at the library for each book you read (or listen to). The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning. Or you can try to get all the correct answers in a music-related trivia contest. The final drawing will be held August 4.

All summer reading participants automatically will be entered in the grand prize drawing (held August 4) for a UE Boom 2 portable bluetooth speaker. Three runners-up prizes, $50 store gift cards, also will be awarded.

"Libraries Rock!" is sponsored by the Friends of the Blanchester Public Library and First National Bank of Blanchester.

Creation Station Print
Active Image The designs are limitless in the Creation Station in July with the Mindscope Neon Glow Twister Tracks.

The cars and tracks are very easy to use and fun for just about everyone!

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

Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 2, in the library meeting room.

August title:
Why Not Me?
by Mindy Kaling

Hollywood starlet Mindy Kaling shares her ongoing, laugh-out-loud journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life.
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.
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.

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 July 26 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.

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. blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
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