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Clinton County Reads 2015 Print
Active ImageYou have read the book, you have seen the movie, why not delve a bit deeper into the inspirational story of World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini and join in as Clinton County Reads 2015 features Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

The entire county is invited to read the book and attend various programs and discussions during the 10th annual event.

This year's kickoff will be held at Wilmington College's Watson Library at 7 p.m., Monday, March 16. History professor Ed Agran will lead the program.

The month-long event once again will wrap up with a dinner at the General Denver at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 16. That evening's entertainment will include World War II-era music by the Boyer Sisters and a presentation by Dean "Okie" Waddell, a local veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Unbroken has been one of the longest-running New York Times bestsellers of all time. Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit, spent seven years researching and writing Zamperini's story. The former juvenile delinquent became a track sensation and competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He suspended his running career after World War II began and became an Army Air Corps bombardier. Then one day his bomber crashed in the Pacific, leaving Zamperini and two other survivors stranded on a raft surrounded by sharks.

"So haunting and beautifully written, those who fall under its spell will never again feel the same way about World War II and one of its previously unsung heroes," said the Columbus Dispatch.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale Print
Sample ImageThe Friends of the Blanchester Public Library will hold its spring used book sale beginning April 11.

This one-week sale includes a number of donated music CDs for just $1.

The book sale features a variety of items either donated to the library or withdrawn from the library collection. The Friends of the Library welcome all donations. To donate items, just bring them to the library.

The Friends of the Library uses all proceeds from the sale to support the library.

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Tax preparation Print
Active ImageRepresentatives from AARP are providing free income tax assistance at the library this year.

There are just a few remaining slots for the Tuesday afternoon sessions, which run through March 31. Please call the library at 937.783.3585 to make a reservation.

Due to budget cuts at the IRS, the library will receive only the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms this year. The library also will receive a laminated copy of the most popular forms that may be copied. All other instructions and forms must be accessed on the IRS web site.

 
LibraryReads Print
Active ImageEver wonder which books librarians are reading?

Now you can find out at LibraryReads, which features a new list each month of the top ten published books that librarians across the country love.

You also may sign up on the site for an e-mail newsletter to find out when each new list is released.

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

March title:
The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

On Sarah's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of 10-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

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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.

 
New DVDs Print
Active Image Are you interested in keeping up with the latest DVDs added to the library's collection? You now are able to access the list in several different ways.

A New DVDs tab is available on the Online Catalog; New DVDs is just one of many lists available on the BookNews page, which is the first item you see by clicking on the Good Books & More link in the Catalog Search menu box; and, through BookNews, you can sign up to receive the list by e-mail.

The New DVDs list is updated twice a month.

 
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