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Lego Club Print
Active ImageIf 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 on April 27 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.

Play & Learn @ the Library Print
Active Image Are you the parent or caregiver of little children and want the opportunity to meet other local parents? Or do you want to give your child more time to socialize with other children?

4C for Children hosts a Play & Learn from 10-11:30 a.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the library. The group provides children from birth to age 5 who are not enrolled in preschool or child care the opportunity to learn and explore through play, setting a foundation for continued learning through school and life.

Participants also receive free activities and materials to take home to extend the learning and fun.

So, visit the library on May 22 and try it out. For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Miss Amanda at 937-783-3585.

4C for Children educates and supports the adults who care for young children and prepare them for success in school and life. The organization is the state-designated child care resource and referral agency for 27 counties in Ohio and Kentucky.

Friends of the Library Book Sale Print
Sample ImageThe Friends of the Blanchester Public Library spring book sale takes place May 6-13.

This sale includes a large number of magazines. We also have DVDs, books on CD, and adult and children's hardcover and paperback books either donated to the library or withdrawn from the library collection.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.

All proceeds from the sale are used to support the library.

2017 Pulitzer Prizes Print
Active ImageColson Whitehead's bestselling novel The Underground Railroad has been named the 2017 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The book, which also won the National Book Award, chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

The other fiction finalists were Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett, and The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. The book shows how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty.

Blood in the Water: The Attic Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson earned the prize for History; The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Mitar was the Biography winner; and Olio by Tyehimba Jess won for Poetry.

All of this year's winners and finalists are available on the Pulitzer Prizes site.

Mental health screening Print
Active ImageThe library is partnering with Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties to host a Mental Health Screening Kiosk.

Mental health screenings provide a quick, anonymous and effective way to help anyone who may be at risk for treatable mental health disorders. The kiosk, located in the magazine area of the library, offers a place to get information to help you take those first steps toward assistance.

Screenings are available for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, adolescent depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, and substance abuse.


Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 4, in the library meeting room.

May title:
Firefly Lane
by Kristin Hannah

Inseparable best friends Kate and Tully, two young women who, despite their very different lives, have vowed to be there for each other forever, have been true to their promise for 30 years, until events and choices in their lives tear them apart.
Creation Station Print
Active ImageThe library will make an artist out of everyone in April.

The Creation Station features a Spirograph during the month. This fun drawing set will have you drawing beautiful intricate designs and unusual-shapped patterns with ease.

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

Creation Station Guidelines

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Print
Active Image Families are invited to join the new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Blanchester Public Library.

This nationwide program encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

The library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success. Any child under 5 years of age can participate.

Stop by the library any time to register and pick up a reading log for the first 100 books. After each 100 books, your child will receive a special sticker and place their name on the 1,000 Books Wall of Fame. After 1,000 books, your child will receive a book tote and Dr. Seuss book.

For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Amanda Bishop at 937-783-3585. blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
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