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Youth Summer Reading 2019 Print
Active Image Do not be afraid!

Dr. Insecta will introduce you to some of the largest insects on the planet at 2 p.m., Friday, June 21.

Learning about and understanding these insects during the Family Fun Friday presentation hopefully will lessen any fears. The programs are all free and open to the public.

Also, make sure to register soon for the Youth Summer Reading program — A Universe of Stories.

There are opportunities to read (and be read to) for prizes for all children under 18 years of age. Just visit the library to register and pick up your Summer Reading packet. And make sure to take a free yard sign to show everyone there is a Summer Reading Superstar in your household.

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

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Adult Summer Reading 2019 Print
Active ImageWhether you prefer the traditional way of reading or the electronic method, or even listening to a book on audio, there is nothing quite like the feeling you get from a good story.

The library is celebrating "A Universe of Stories" this summer to give all adults the opportunity to explore the infinite stories available — and have several opportunities to win prizes.

Adults can win prizes just by reading through August 3. 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 three prize drawings will be held June 22, July 13 and August 3. The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning.

Creation Station Print
Active ImageTake the ThinkFun Roller Coaster Challenge in the Creation Station during the month of June.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this roller coaster kit comes with challenge cards that will be perfect for you. Roller Coaster Challenge incorporates elements of a logic puzzle, while also allowing for the creativity that stems from free-form building.

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

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 June 27 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.

Saturday Morning Movies Print
Active ImageThey're cute...they're cuddly...they're back!

Penguins of Madagascar features your favorite super spies – Skipper, Kowalski,, Rico and Private – and will be shown Saturday, July 6. The groups joins forces with the North Wind team to save the world from Dr. Octavius Brine.

The free family-oriented movies begin at 10:30 a.m. in the library meeting room and include popcorn.

For more information, visit the library or call 937.783.3585.
COOL Library app Print
Active ImageWe have a new app.

Blanchester Public Library, through the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL), has a mobile app to put the library at your fingertips.

Go to your app store on Android or Apple and download the "COOL Libraries" app.

From any smartphone or tablet, you can instantly tap into library resources, search the library catalog, check your account, and much more.The app also allows you to use your device as your library card.

The library's previous app is no longer functional and should be removed from your device.

New databases Print
Active Image Blanchester Public Library patrons now have access to several new databases, as well as more than 12,000 courses through

As part of LinkedIn Learning, helps anyone learn business, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. The courses range from computer programming to project management and include instruction on various business topics. Patrons just need their library barcode number and PIN to access the courses.

New databases availaible are Chilton Library, Fold3, Heritage Quest, Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center, Home Improvement Reference Center, Kids InfoBits, and Oxford Research Encyclopedias.

The databases are provided by the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), which also provides the library's Internet connection.

All of the databases available to library users, with a brief summary, are listed on the Research page of the library website. These include databases the library pays for individually, plus those provided statewide by OPLIN, as well as some free web sites.

Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 11, in the library meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend.

July title:
Flight Pattern
by Karen White

The story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind — and to the women she always wanted to be. Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people's pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert on fine china — especially Limoges — requires her to return to the one place she swore she'd never revisit. It has been 13 years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida.
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