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The library will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3, and will be closed Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

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Adult/Teen Summer Reading 2015 Print
Active ImageFive lucky entrants took home prizes from our first "Escape the Ordinary" Adult/Teen Summer Reading drawing.

Drawn from the entries with all correct answers in the Literary Heroes Quiz, Michael Juniet, of Clarksville, won a two-person tent, and Alice Irvin (Blanchester) won a Cincinnati Reds throw. The three prizewinners from the book review entries are Abra Koch (Midland), a cooler on wheels, Roger Wells (Blanchester), a gardening set, and Reagan Day (Midland), a beach towel set.

Adults and young adults can win prizes just by reading through August 8. All you have to do is be at least 13 years of age and fill out a Book Review slip at the library for each book you read (or listen to).

Library users also may win prizes by participating in trivia contests. Prizes will be awarded based on the most correct answers. For more information and entry sheets, please visit the library.

The second of three prize drawings will be held after the library closes on Saturday, July 18. Prizes being awarded include a picnic blanket set, a tiki torch with fuel, a portable grill, a beanbag toss game, and a shaved ice maker. 

All summer reading participants automatically will be entered in the grand prize drawing (held August 8) for a GoPro video camera. Three runners-up prizes, $50 gift cards to Subway, McDonald's, and Kroger also will be awarded.

"Escape the Ordinary" is sponsored by the Friends of the Blanchester Public Library and First National Bank of Blanchester.

Children's Summer Reading 2015 Print
"Every Hero has a Story" at the library this summer, and the days are jam-packed with events for the Summer Reading Program.

You may stilll register babies through children who just completed third grade to earn prizes for books read (or read to) through July 31. Parents may pick up their child's registration packet at the library.

Superhero-themed storytimes with Ms. Amanda for children 2 years of age through those who just completed third grade also will continue throughout the summer following the schedule below. No registration is required to attend these sessions, which feature stories, crafts, games, prizes, lots of books, and more!

There are a number of special events planned throughout the summer for children (and adults) of all ages. We will have hands-on chemistry and live animals with the Cincinnati Museum Center, magician John Louis, the Wump Mucket puppet show, a meet-and-greet with community heroes, and the Red Show Revue with Ronald McDonald.

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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AuthorCheck Print
Active Image One of the more common questions we receive at the library is, "When is my favorite author's next book coming out?" We can now provide an answer much more easily.

The library is introducing the new AuthorCheck service designed to help you keep track of your favorite authors, receive notices of their upcoming releases, and place these items on hold, plus discovering other authors in the library's collection you may enjoy reading. AuthorCheck may be found on the library's website among Good Books & More.

After creating a username and password, you can search for your favorite authors and track them. AuthorCheck will send you an e-mail in advance of the author's next book and provide you with a link to put the item on hold.

Take advantage of this service, and make sure you don't miss that next good book to read.

Magazines available Print
Active Image Many popular magazines are now available at The Ohio Digital Library to be read on your Nook or through the Nook App.

You have seven days to send a title to your Nook account. A title will remain in your account until you delete it, but you may have a maximum of only three magazines in your account at a time.

New titles are being added regularly, but the collection currently includes such titles as FamilyFun, HGTV Magazine, O The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Wired, Simple and Delicious, and ESPN Magazine.

Recycling again Print
Active ImageCommunity members are encouraged to once again bring all of their old papers to the green and yellow paper retriever bin located near the library's back parking lot.

A different company, Royal Oak Recycling in Cleveland, is now handling the program, but virtually all types of paper products are still accepted, including newspapers, magazines, and catalogs.

The library does receive a small amount based on the volume of papers recycled, but, more importantly, we are all helping the environment.

Faxing now available Print
Active ImageThe library now offers a fax service for patrons.

The faxing is done through the new BookScan Station installed at the library. The new station replaces the previous copy machine. The self-service faxing costs $1 for the first page and 50 cents for each additional page.

In addition to making copies, patrons also may use the station to scan documents to a USB flash drive, Google Docs, e-mail, or a smartphone or tablet. The cost is the same for all: 10 cents for black-and-white copies and 30 cents for color copies.

The BookScan Station, which is owned and maintained by an outside company, has a user-friendly touchscreen.

2015 Pulitzer Prizes Print
Active Image Anthony Doerr's bestselling novel All the Light We Cannot See has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The book has spent 38 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and was a National Book Award nominee. The story, set during World War II, follows a French girl who is blind and may be in possession of a precious jewel, intertwining her story with that of a German boy with a talent for radios.

The other fiction finalists were Let Me Be Frank with You by Richard Ford, The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami, and Lovely, Dark, Deep by Joyce Carol Oates.

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. The book discusses the five devastating mass extinctions on Earth and predicts the coming of a sixth.

Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn earned the prize for History; The Pope and Mussolini by David I. Kertzer was the Biography winner; and Digest by Gregory Pardlo won for Poetry.

All of this year's winners and finalists are available on the Pulitzer Prizes site. blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
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