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New Carpet Print
Active ImageThe library will be closed Friday, Nov. 20, through Saturday, Nov. 28, to have new carpet installed.

We will be getting new carpet in the entire public space of the library, including the meeting room. The extended closure is due to the fact we also need to have tile removed in the original part of the library.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the current carpet sorely needs replaced. We invite everyone to visit and take a look at the new carpet when we re-open at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 30.

We also remind you that many services are still available to you through the library website, including access to your account, research databases and the Ohio Digital Library. Any item fines associated with the closing will be waived, but the library bookdrops will be available to return items. And any requested items will be held through Dec. 5.

Clinton County Reads 2016 Voting Print
Active Image Voting is underway for the 10th annual Clinton County Reads.

The 2016 edition of the county-wide reading program features a diverse list of five titles from which to choose.

The nominated titles are Being Mortal by Atul Gawande; Black Boy by Richard Wright; The Circle by Dave Eggers; Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng; and The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.

The ballot will be published periodically in the Wilmington News-Journal and also is available at all three public libraries in Clinton County. You also may vote by sending the title of your selection to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visiting the event's Facebook page. Votes must be cast by Nov. 30.

Holiday Mail for Heroes Print
Active Image The library once again is serving as a dropoff location for the American Red Cross's Holiday Mail for Heroes.

This is the ninth year the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have teamed up to send holiday cards to service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. This is a great way to give back for the holiday season.

Please drop your signed holiday cards off in the box in the front of the library by Dec. 2.

Envelopes are not needed. Do not include letters or other inserts. Use general holiday cards rather than religious-themed cards, and do not include cards with any glitter.

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.

National Book Award 2015 Winners Print

Active ImageTa-Nehisi Coates dedicated his recent National Book Award for nonfiction for Between the World and Me to his college friend, Prince Jones, who was killed 15 years ago by police when he was mistaken for a criminal.

"I'm a black man in America. I can't punish that officer," Coates said during his acceptance speech. "I can't secure the safety of my son. [But] I do have the power to say you won't enroll me in this lie. You won't make me a part of it."

In the book, Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of personal awakenings.

The award for fiction went to Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson. The collection of stories delves deeply into love, loss, the decisions we make for ourselves, and the decisions we make for others.

Other winners included Neal Shusterman for Challenger Deep in the young people's literatury category. and Robin Coste Lewis for Voyage of the Sable Venus for poetry.

Booklovers Discussion Print
TActive Imagehe Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, in the library meeting room.

December title:
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

SelectReads Print
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