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Take-Home Storytime Print
Active ImageIn-person programs are still on hold through the end of the year, but that doesn't mean learning has to be paused!

Grab a few themed books from our Take-Home Storytime table along with the hands-on craft and activity sheets and create your own storytime at home. The theme will change weekly (or sooner if we run low on supplies or books).

Some themes may be better suited for younger children while others are for older children.

Please limit to one craft per child. No limit on books!

Please call Miss Amanda at 937.783.3585 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

 
Masks in the library Print
Active ImageWe are once again recommending that all patrons who are able to please wear a mask in the library.

Based on CDC recommendations for Clinton County, which has one of the highest case rates of COVID-19 in the state, all library staff members have resumed wearing masks. The library strives to continue to provide excellent customer service while also maintaining a safe environment for the staff, patrons and community as we continue to fight COVID-19.

The library is open from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays, 1-4 Saturday. We also are offering curbside pickup during these hours.

Disposable masks are available near the front entrance, along with hand sanitizer.

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Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 7, at Grace United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.

October title:
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
by Dan Gemeinhart

Five years. That's how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation. It's also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash. Coyote hasn't been home in all that time, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished — the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box — she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington State in four days ... without him realizing it.
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LinkedIn Learning Print
 Active ImageYour Blanchester Public Library card now gives you access to more than 16,000 courses, tutorials and webinars with LinkedIn Learning for Library.

LinkedIn Learning for Library provided an extensive library of training videos on practically any software program available, professional design software, audio and video production, mobile platforms, and much more. Sharpen your current skills or learn new ones using this self-directed online learning resource. Access video courses and webinars taught by industry experts.

All you need to sign in is your library card number and PIN.

 
Scholastic Teachables Print
Active Image Teachers, homeschoolers, parents ... the library is pleased to announce a new resource available free to all cardholders.

Scholastic Teachables features worksheets, activity pages, coloring sheets, and a lot more. From preschool through 8th grade, you can find teacher-made, Scholastic-approved printable activities for any subject. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, and skills sheets for children in any grade.

You will just need your library card number to access Scholastic Teachables from outside the library.

 
New library features Print
Active ImageThe Blanchester Public Library features several new conveniences for patrons!
  • Patrons may now borrow up to 10 DVDs on their card.
  • Loan periods have been lengthened for almost every type of item. The loan period for mobile hotspots remains 1 week, but for DVDs, Blu-ray and new books it has doubled to 2 weeks, and is now 3 weeks for all other items in the library. 
  • The library is now fine free. This means we have eliminated all overdue fines for books, audiobooks, magazines, and DVDs. And all previous overdue fines on patrons' accounts have been eliminated.
    Fines continue to be $1 per day for mobile hotspots; and the library still charges fees for lost, non-returned, and damaged items. Check here for more information.
  • All items are automatically renewed for you on the due date. You no longer need to worry about contacting the library to renew your item.
    There are still the maximum number of renewals allowed for various items (3 for everything except for DVDs, Blu-ray, new books, and mobile hotspots which are 1), and items that have a hold on them can not be renewed. Upon renewal, a notice will be sent via e-mail detailing the new due dates and indicating any items that were unable to be renewed.
    Patrons with more than two overdue items will not be able to check out additional items.
 
Mobile Hotspots Print
Active Image The library recently added four new mobile hotspots, increasing the total to eight 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. The user is responsible for returning all of these items to the circulation desk 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.

 
Two new resources available Print
Active Image The library now provides access to A to Z the USA and A to Z the World.

A to Z the USA is an unmatched resource for helping you to understand the country's people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. It features 106 topics of information on the country and 90 topics for each state.

A to Z the World provides information on more than 120 topics for 175 countries, making it the world's largest database of country information. Featured topics include sections on a country's culture, history, language, education, and geography.

You will just need your library card number to access these resources from outside the library.

 
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