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COVID-19 update (3/24) Print
The Blanchester Public Library is temporarily closed through April 11 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Board of Trustees and I feel this is the best step we can take for our patrons and staff members, and the way we can best serve our community during this extraordinary time. Per library policy, all staff members will be paid for their normally scheduled hours while the library is closed.

While the library’s bookdrops will remain available, patrons may keep all items they have borrowed until the library re-opens.

Please remember everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy. Please stay home if you are exhibiting signs of the flu or if you are not feeling well. We invite you to explore everything we have to offer on our website. You have access to movies through Kanopy and can download eBooks and audiobooks through the Ohio Digital Library.

To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:
1.    Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
2.    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
3.    Avoid contact with people who are sick.
4.    Put distance between yourself and other people (about 6 feet) if COVID-19 is spreading in the community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
5.    Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
6.    Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.

The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving daily. We will keep you informed of any changes to our schedule, including any possibility of reopening early. For the latest information, please follow us on social media or check our website.

Please stay safe.

Sincerely,
Chris Owens
Director

 
Clinton County Reads 2020 Kickoff Print
Active Image While all other events related to Clinton County Reads 2020 have been postponed, we invite you to view the virtual kickoff held with Megan Fair.

Fair presented People, Places, and Perspectives: A Conversation about Identity and "The Line Becomes a River." Just go to the Clinton County Reads Facebook page to view the recorded version.

The 2020 Clinton County Reads selection, The Line Becomes a River is Francisco Cantú's story of his four years working for the Border Patrol. The book was named a Top 10 book of 2018 by NPR and The Washington Post

Fair is a Clinton County native who has lived across the country and around the world. She has spent the last decade working alongside Muslims, communities of color, and refugees.

The Clinton County Reads committee will announce times and locations when the other events are rescheduled. For anyone who has already made a reservation for the closing dinner, the General Denver will carry it over to the rescheduled event.

Clinton County Reads is sponsored by the Blanchester Public Library, Sabina Public Library, Wilmington Public Library, and Books 'N More.

 
Novel coronavirus info Print
Active Image Please visit these sites for the most factual and up-to-date information regarding the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
 
Free online magazines Print
Active Image Library patrons now have access to more than 2,000 magazines through a free trial from Flipster.

It is simple to select your favorite digital magazines from the Flipster newsstand and start reading. You can access Flipster on any device that has a web browser, or you can download the Flipster app for either Apple or Android devices.

Use User ID: blanchtrial and Password: Spring2020$.

 
Ohio Governor's Imagination Library Print
Active Image The Ohio Governor's Imagination Library is now active in Clinton County.

Parents are encouraged to enroll their children under the age of 5 in the program, which through a partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, will provide all enrolled children in Clinton County a new book in the mail each month.

You are able to enroll online here, or paper enrollment forms are available at the library. The program is free of charge for all families.

The Ohio Governor's Imagination Library plans to be active in all of the state's 88 counties by the end of the year.

The OGIL is made possible in Clinton County by the Blanchester Public Library, Sabina Public Library, Wilmington Public Library, Air Transport Services Group, Inc., and the Clinton County Foundation.

For more information, visit or call the library at (937) 783-3585.

 
Kanopy Print
Active ImageThe library now offers Kanopy, a streaming video collection featuring more than 30,000 films. Find films on every subject imaginable, plus educational content from The Great Courses and PBS, and a selection of must-see classic films from The Criterion Collection.

The service is free to use with your library card.

To get started:

  • Visit the library's Kanopy page and click the "Sign up" button in the top right.
  • Create a unique login with your e-mail address and a password. (The service is only available to adult patrons)
  • A confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address you provided.
  • Once you have confirmed your e-mail, you will be asked to enter your library card number. You will only need to do this once.
  • Once you have entered your library card number, you are ready to watch.
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Ancestry Library Available Print
Active Image Ancestry Library Edition is currently available remotely to all library patrons through April.

The site helps you unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Just visit Ancestry Library and enter your library card number for access.

 
Census 2020 Print
Active ImageWe are excited to announce that the library has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 census.

As a partner, we will be working to ensure that our community is accurately represented. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community's public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government.

For the first time in history, there will be an online option to respond, which you are able to do at the library. Learn more about the importance of the 2020 census and how to participate at 2020census.gov.


 
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