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Clinton County Reads 2017 Voting Print
Active Image Voting is underway for the 11th annual Clinton County Reads.

The 2017 edition of the county-wide reading program features a diverse list of five titles from which to choose.

The nominated titles are Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick; Girls Waits with Gun: A Novel by Amy Stewart; Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; The Tortilla Curtain: A Novel by T.C. Boyle; and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

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.

Creation Station Print
Active Image Whether you are always itching to try out every new toy or you just have some time to kill and want to have some fun, make sure to drop by the library's new Creation Station.

The Creation Station is a do-it-yourself space where users are encouraged to experiment. The space will feature 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.)

In November, try out our Snap Circuits set. You can build more than 175 different projects while learning a bit about electronics.

Creation Station Calendar

Creation Station Guidelines

Playdate @ the Library Print
Active ImageAre you the parent or caregiver of little children and want the opportunity to meet other local parents? Or do you want to give your child more time to socialize with other children?

Playdate @ the Library is our new unstructured program for children 5 and under with their parent/caregiver. From 10 to 11 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, the library meeting room will be transformed into a play space where children and parents can explore, have fun, learn and meet new friends.

So, come visit the library on Oct. 7 and try it out. For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Miss Amanda at 937-783-3585.

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

December title:
Be Frank with Me
by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Reclusive literary legend M.M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she's put to work right away -- as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer's eccentric 9-year-old, a boy with the with of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders.
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.

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 after Sept. 1 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.

Teen Top Ten 2016 Print
Active ImageTeen readers across the country selected Alive by Chandler Baker as their favorite book in the Annual Teens' Top Ten vote, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

A video announcement of the Top Ten is available. 

Voting was conducted online during the fall, with votes selecting from among the finalists chosen by teen book discussion groups across the country.

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