Blanchester Public Library joins the national observation of Banned Books Week
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1, celebrating the freedom to read.
Stop by the library to pick up a Banned Books Week bookmark and check out the display of books that have been challenged or banned. Better yet, defend your First Amendment rights and read one.
This is the 35th anniversary of the celebration of the freedom to read, which is sponsored by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom
and a number of other groups.
The week highlights the value of free and open access to information; here is a look at the Top 10 most challenged books of 2015.
Whether you are always itching to try out every new toy or you just have some time to kill and want to have some fun, make sure to drop by the library's new Creation Station.
The Creation Station is a do-it-yourself space where users are encouraged to experiment. The space will feature 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.)
In September, try out the 3Doodler, the world's first 3D printing pen. Make your very own phone stand or some cool shades. The 3Doodler
allows you to literally draw in the air — whether freestyle 3D sketching or tracing shapes from templates to make larger structures and objects.
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?
Playdate @ the Library is our new unstructured program for children 5 and under with their parent/caregiver. From 10 to 11 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, the library meeting room will be transformed into a play space where children and parents can explore, have fun, learn and meet new friends.
So, come visit the library on Oct. 7 and try it out. For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Miss Amanda at 937-783-3585.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Blanchester Public Library fall book sale kicks off at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct.8.
This sale includes a large number of magazines and VHS videos. 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or withdrawn from the library collection.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 sale continues during library hours through Saturday, Oct. 15.
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.
Accessing your library from your smartphone just got a whole lot easier.
Blanchester Public Library, through the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL), has launched a mobile app to put the library at your fingertips. From any smartphone or tablet, you can instantly tap into library resources, search the library catalog, check your account, and much more.
To access the library's mobile app, search "COOL Library" in your mobile device's app store and download the app, or you can visit cool.boopsie.com.
The app also allows you to use your device as your library card and includes the feature BookLook Mobile, which lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library owns the title.
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 after Sept. 1 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.