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Adult Summer Reading 2021 Print
Active ImageSummer is here. The library is open. You can win prizes just by reading.

Take an expedition to the library and help us celebrate "Tails and Tales" this summer, when all adults will have several opportunities to win prizes.

Whether you prefer the traditional way of reading or the electronic method, or even listening to a book on audio, there is nothing quite like the feeling you get when reading a good story.

Adults can win prizes just by reading through August 7. 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 two prize drawings will be held July 10 and August 7. The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning.

Library users also may win prizes by participating in two trivia contests. Prizes will be awarded based on the most correct answers, also on July 10 and August 7. For more information and entry sheets, please visit the library.

All summer reading participants automatically will be entered in the grand prize drawing (held August 7) for a PhotoShare Digital Photo Frame. Three runners-up prizes — $50 store gift cards to Kroger, Subway and Dick's Sporting Goods — also will be awarded. 

 
Youth Summer Reading 2021 Print
Active ImageRegistration for the Youth Summer Reading Program, "Tails and Tales," is open.

The program is open to newborns through 17 year olds, and participants may earn prizes for any books, audiobooks, magazines, etc., read between June 1 and July 31.

Visit us inside the library or at one of our curbside spots to pick up your free yard sign and registration bag (which includes some fun coupons and trinkets).

For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Amanda Johnson 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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Library open Print
Active ImageThe library is open from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays, 1-4 Saturday. We also are offering curbside pickup during these hours.

The library strives to continue to provide excellent customer service while also maintaining a safe environment for the staff, patrons and community as we continue to fight COVID-19. While masks are now optional in the library, we ask all patrons who are not fully vaccinated to wear one, per the Ohio Department of Health.

Disposable masks are available near the front entrance, along with hand sanitizer.

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LinkedIn Learning Print
 Active ImageYour Blanchester Public Library card now gives you access to more than 16,000 courses, tutorials and webinars with LinkedIn Learning for Library.

LinkedIn Learning for Library provided an extensive library of training videos on practically any software program available, professional design software, audio and video production, mobile platforms, and much more. Sharpen your current skills or learn new ones using this self-directed online learning resource. Access video courses and webinars taught by industry experts.

All you need to sign in is your library card number and PIN.

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

 
Storytime-to-Go Print
Active ImageWe are missing everyone's smiling faces at storytime but now you can have storytime at your home!

The library now offers Storytime-to-Go bundles that include 3 themed books, activity sheets, and a hands-on activity. Please call Miss Amanda at 937.783.3585 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up for weekly Storytime-to-Go bundles.

We provide one bundle per child, per week and can accommodate babies through 13 year olds. Each week your registered child will receive a different theme, and we will prepare a new bundle for pickup each week – no need to call after you are registered, just pick up your new bundles.

Please be sure to give us the following information in e-mail or over the phone: full name on the library card to be used, phone number, age of child (or reading level if it differs), and sex of the child.

NOTE: The books will be checked out on the card provided and need to be returned in the bookdrops at your convenience. The activity sheets and hands-on activity are yours to keep!

 
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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