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Begining May 31, the library will be open 10-7 Monday-Thursday, 10-5 Friday, and 10-3 Saturday.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale Print
Sample ImageThe book sale is back!!

The Friends of the Blanchester Public Library annual spring book sale will take place May 21-28 in the library meeting room.

We have accumulated a large number of books over the past two years, so this sale features a large number of books, DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines. 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.

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Youth Summer Reading 2022 Print
Active ImageRegistration for this year's Youth Summer Reading Program begins Monday, May 23.

All children and teens — from babies to 17-year-olds — are invited to read for fun and prizes from June 1 through July 31.

Anyone interested in participating should pick up a Youth Summer Reading registration packet and yard sign (while supplies last) beginning May 23. This year's theme is "Oceans of Possibilities."

The library will return to hosting in-person programs on Monday, June 6, to go along with the Youth Summer Reading Program. See the schedule below.

For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Miss Amanda 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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Lunch at the Library Print
Active Image Books? Check. DVDs? Check. Audiobooks? Check. Magazines? Check. Lunch? Check.

Yes, the library is pleased to be able to offer a free bagged lunch to anyone 18 and younger this summer.

The library is participating in the Summer Food Service Program through sponsorship with the Children's Hunger Alliance, the Ohio Department of Education, and the USDA.

Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 6 through August 12 in the library meeting room. (The food cannot be taken out of the library, per rules of the program.)

 
Scholastic Teachables Print
Active Image Teachers, homeschoolers, parents ... the library is pleased to announce a 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.

 
Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Print
Active ImageThe library now has free rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits.

There are two tests per kit. Instructions are in the test kit box.

These tests are being provided through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Health. Tests are limited to two per household per day.

For more information about the test, please visit https://www.fda.gov/media/144575/download.

 
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 30 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.

 
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.

 
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