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The library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, for Thanksgiving.

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Whoville Christmas, Dec. 2 Print
Active Image Everyone is invited to "A Whoville Christmas" at the library this year, even those Grinches out there.

The festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Visitors will be able to make a Whoville Christmas tree and Shrinky Dink ornament.

Light refreshments also will be available.

So, don't be a Grinch. After you have Breakfast with Santa at the Municipal Building, stop by the library.

For more information, visit the library or call 937.783.3585.

Creation Station Print
Active Image Take to the road in the library's Creation Station in November.

And not just any road, but one limited only by your creativity with the Mindscope Neon Glow Twister Tracks.

The flexible, detachable tracks allow children to easily change the direction and shape of the raceway for the light-up cars. Turn out the lights and see how the colorful tracks glow in the dark when illuminated by the vehicles.

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

Clinton County Reads 2018 Voting Print
Active Image Voting is underway for the 13th annual Clinton County Reads.

The 2018 edition of the county-wide reading program features a diverse list of four titles from which to choose.

The nominated titles are The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood; The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold and Andres Solomon; and The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead.

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 Dec. 14.

Storytime Print
Active Image Children from ages 2-5 will build a foundation for reading success through stories, play and activities. And you are invited to register your child anytime for the library's regular morning storytime sessions.

Just show up for one of the morning sessions to register and your child will receive special storytime checkout privileges with no late fees.

The library also offers a family storytime from 5-6 p.m. each Monday in which no registration is required. Children (and adults) of all ages are welcome to just show up and enjoy a story, songs, crafts and a light snack.

For more information, please visit the library or call 937.783.3585.

 November Youth Services Calendar

December Youth Services Calendar

Mobile Hotspots Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library now has mobile hotspots 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 and USB cable. The user is responsible for returning all of these items to the circulation desk (not in a bookdrop) 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.

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

December title:
The Daylight Gate
by Jeanette Winterson

Alice Nutter fights for justice when a group of Pendle women are accused of witchcraft during the reign of England's James I, when being Catholic is considered an act of treason and the Latin High Mass is comparable to the satanic Black Mass.
Lego Club Print
Active Image If 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 November 30 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.

Free driver education Print
Active Image The library is partnering with to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles practice tests to patrons.

The new service includes free tests specifically based on Ohio's Bureau of Motor Vehicles materials, including 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 12 CDL practice tests, and three online driver's manuals. This partnership allows the library to harness the power of's specialized practice exams to turn new drivers into safer drivers.

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