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Friends of the Library Book Sale Print
Sample ImageThe Friends of the Blanchester Public Library will hold its spring book sale beginning April 28.

The sale will continue in the meeting room during library hours through May 5.

This sale includes a large number of nonfiction books and magazines. The meeting room will be filled with DVDs, books on CD, and adult and children's hardcover and paperback books either donated to the library or withdrawn from the library collection.

The Friends of the Library welcome all donations. To donate items, just bring them to the library.

All proceeds from the sale are used to support the library.

Play & Learn @ the Library Print
Active Image Are 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?

4C for Children hosts a Play & Learn from 10-11:30 a.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the library. The group provides children from birth to age 5 who are not enrolled in preschool or child care the opportunity to learn and explore through play, setting a foundation for continued learning through school and life.

Participants also receive free activities and materials to take home to extend the learning and fun.

So, visit the library on Monday, April 23, and try it out. For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Miss Amanda at 937.783.3585.

4C for Children educates and supports the adults who care for young children and prepare them for success in school and life. The organization is the state-designated child care resource and referral agency for 27 counties in Ohio and Kentucky.

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 April 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.

Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 3, in the library meeting room.

May title:
The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah

Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. With life as they know it changing in unbelievable horrific ways during World War II, the sisters will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.
Women's Self-Defense, 2 p.m., May 19 Print
Active ImageThe free Women's Self-Defense Class has been rescheduled and will be held at the library  at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19.

The 90-minute class will be taught by Darin Ashley and his wife, Christa. Darin has been a certified women's self-defense instructor for over 20 years and has trained hundreds of women. Christa has been assisting him for more than 10 years.

Women who attend will learn safe methods and techniques to protect themselves. The session is open to all females, from teenagers up, and will cover topics such as threat awareness, fighting without speed or strength, and the survival mindset. There is no need for physical strength or stamina and has even been taught to women using walkers.

The class is open to the public but registration is requested. For more information or to register, call 937.783.5369 or the library at 937.783.3585.
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.

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.
Creation Station Print
Active ImageRobots are invading the Creation Station in April.

Well, friendly robots, Dash and Dot.

Dash and Dot are responsive robots packed full of capabilities thanks to their multiple built-in motors, sensors, LEDs, and audio capabilities. Using an app on the included tablet, you are able to program Dash and Dot to do a variety of things.

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 blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
Homepage of Karsten Oltrogge:

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