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Solar Eclipse Print
Active ImageReady or not, a total solar eclipse will cross North America on April 8 — and Blanchester is near the path of totality.

If you do not understand what this all means, do not worry. The library is hosting a speaker from the Cincinnati Observatory at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, to prepare everyone for the big event.

You will learn why eclipses happen, the different types of eclipses and how to safely view eclipses. Each program attendee also will receive a free pair of solar eclipse glasses.

The next total solar eclipse that will be viewable from North America will not be until 2044, so you do not want to miss this one.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Adult Services Coordinator Amanda Johnson at 937.783.3585.

Modern Homesteading Print
Active ImageThe library has lined up an exciting series of adult programs for 2024 on Modern Homesteading.

Our six-program series begins with Bread Making at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, and features another program each month through August.

A representative from the Clermont County OSU Extension will lead the session on Bread Making. The series also features speakers from Cowan Lake, the Civic Garden Center and Wayne Wilkin's Backyard Bees.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Adult Services Coordinator Amanda Johnson at 937.783.3585.

Monday Night Movies Print
Active ImageWith Despicable Me 4 arriving in theaters on July 3, what better time than now to re-visit the beginnings of the evil Gru and his minions?

The library will be showing Despicable Me at 5 p.m., March 11, for Monday Night Movies.

The free family-oriented movie showings also include free pizza, popcorn and drinks.

After stealing the moon to become the world's greatest supervillain, Gru embarks on a seemingly impossible mission when he adopts three adorable little girls as part of his latest scheme.

For more information, visit the library or call 937.783.3585.

Adult Crafternoon Print
Active ImageCalling all crafty people — and even those not so crafty but who just want to have some free fun.

Creative adults are invited to join us at the library for our monthly Adult Crafternoon designed just for you. We meet at 1 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon each month in the meeting room and make a different craft each time.

Attendees on March 13 will have the opportunity to make a St. Patrick's Day Wreath. All supplies — and instruction — will be provided.

Please plan to join us each month. And if you have any ideas for upcoming crafts, please contact Adult Services Coordinator Amanda Johnson with your suggestion.

Clinton County Reads 2024 Print
Active ImageHomelessness continues to be a concern in this area as well as throughout the United States, which makes the 2024 Clinton County Reads selection so important.

We invite everyone to read Tracy Kidder's Rough Sleepers and come together to participate in this year's event.

A New York Times bestseller and a 2023 NPR Best Book of the Year, Rough Sleepers is the inspiring story of Dr. Jim O'Connell, who created a community of care for Boston's unhoused population, including thoe who sleep on the streets, the "rough sleepers."

The 19th annual event kicks off with What Caring Requires, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 18, at the Wilmington Public Library. The panel discussion will include Dr. Craig Stafford, Hannah Lutz, and Will Sandlin, all who work on behalf of Clinton County's homeless population. The month-long event features book discussions and programs at all of the county's public libraries. The closing dinner takes place at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18 at the Wilmington Municipal Building Community Room and is catered by Chef Jen Purkey. The dinner features a presentation by storyteller-nurse Nicole Ruttencutter.

Copies of the book are available at all of the county's sponsoring libraries and bookseller.

Clinton County Reads is sponsored by the Blanchester Public Library, Sabina Public Library, Wilmington Public Library, and Books 'N More.

Adult Take-and-Make Print
Active ImageTo help you get in the mood for spring, make sure you pick up this month's Take-and-Make at the library, Pipe Cleaner Hyacinths.

Each Take-and-Make bag includes everything you need except scissors. Just follow the detailed instructions, and you will have a small, colorful plant to brighten your day.

Visit the library and grab a free bag. These will be available through the end of March.

Booklovers Discussion Print
Active ImageThe Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., March 7, in the library meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend.

March title:
This Tender Land
by William Kent Krueger

A powerful novel about an orphan's life-changing adventure traveling down America's great rivers during the Great Depression, seeking both a place to call home and a sense of purpose in a world sinking into despair.
Tax preparation Print
Active ImageThe library is now taking reservations for free income tax assistance provided by AARP.  Time slots are available on Tuesday afternoons through April 9.

You do need to bring a photo ID and social security card to your appointment, which will be in the library meeting room. Slots usually fill up quickly, so call the library at 937.783.3585 to sign up as soon as possible. blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
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