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Youth Summer Reading 2018 Print
Active ImageFridays are all about fun at the library this summer.

Our Family Fun Fridays continue with programs throughout June and July — with Family Fun with ECHO Bats coming up at 2 p.m., Friday. All ages are welcome to attend this free program featuring a visit from a native Big Brown Bat.

The complete list of programs and events can be found on the summer calendar.

Also, it is never too late to register for the Youth Summer Reading Program "Libraries Rock!"

Newborns through 17-year-olds may register for free to receive prizes for reading (or being read to) through July 31. Registration also is required to attend the hands-on programs offered throughout the summer.

Visit the library to pick up your registration bag.

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

Adult Summer Reading 2018 Print
Active Image Why should kids have all the fun this summer?

"Libraries Rock!" for all ages, and adults have several opportunities to win prizes during the library's Summer Reading Program, June 4 through August 4.

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 23, July 14 and August 4. The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning.

All summer reading participants automatically will be entered in the grand prize drawing (held August 4) for a UE Boom 2 portable bluetooth speaker. Three runners-up prizes, $50 store gift cards, also will be awarded.

Rock painting, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 21 Print
Active Image"Libraries rock!" is the theme for the Youth Summer Reading Program this year.

Or, in this case, "Library rocks," as the library hosts another Rock Painting Party for the Kindness Rocks Challenge. The program will be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 21, and is free and open to the public.

We will provide the paint and rocks, but additional rocks are always welcome. Paint some rocks to take and hide while meeting other rock hunters.

To see examples of the rocks found in the area, check out the Blan Rocks Facebook page. For more information, visit or call the library at (937) 783-3585.

Author Caroline Walken, 7 p.m., June 19 Print
Active ImageLocal authors certainly help "Libraries rock!," so make sure to join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, as Caroline Walken discusses and signs copies of her latest book, Nowhere on the Map.

The romance novel is Walken's third book, following Ell's Double Down and Reggie's No Limit.

Along with discussing her book, Walken will talk about what it is like being an independently published author. She lives on a small farm nearby with her husband, horses and dogs.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library or call 937.783.3585.

Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 5, in the library meeting room.

July title:
A Week in Winter
by Maeve Binchy

Follows the efforts of Chicky who, with the help of Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business), turns a coastal Ireland mansion into a holiday resort and receives an assortment of first guests who throughout the course of a week share laughter and the heartache of respective challenges.
Creation Station Print
Active ImageThe Creation Station in June features the world's first and best 3D pen, the 3Doodler.

The 3Doodler is specifically designed for kids, as it does not have anything too hot to touch. Use the pen to draw in the air, creating objects limited only by your imagination.

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

Kanopy Print
Active ImageThe library now offers Kanopy, a streaming video collection featuring more than 30,000 films. Find films on every subject imaginable, plus educational content from The Great Courses and PBS, and a selection of must-see classic films from The Criterion Collection.

The service is free to use with your library card.

To get started:

  • Visit the library's Kanopy page and click the "Sign up" button in the top right.
  • Create a unique login with your e-mail address and a password. (The service is only available to adult patrons)
  • A confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address you provided.
  • Once you have confirmed your e-mail, you will be asked to enter your library card number. You will only need to do this once.
  • Once you have entered your library card number, you are ready to watch.
Mobile Hotspots Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library now has mobile hotspots 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 and USB cable. The user is responsible for returning all of these items to the circulation desk (not in a bookdrop) 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. blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
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