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Adult Summer Reading Prizes 2021 Print
Active ImageCongratulations to the winners in our first Tails & Tales drawing of the summer.

Jim Herlinger, of Blanchester, and Charlotte Weber, Maineville, had the most correct answers in the Animal Word Play quiz. Herlinger won a set of grilling tools and Weber won a yoga mat/water bottle combo.

The three winners drawn from the book review entries were: Rachel Fountain, Blanchester, who won a set of garden tools; Theresa Crawford, Blanchester, who won a beach towel/sunblock set; and Darlene Roberts, Blanchester, who won a pitcher and set of glasses.

You still have time to win a prize.

Adults can win 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 final prize drawing will be held August 7. The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning.

Library users also may win prizes by participating in the new trivia contest. Prizes will be awarded based on the most correct answers on 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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Two new resources available Print
Active Image The library now provides access to A to Z the USA and A to Z the World.

A to Z the USA is an unmatched resource for helping you to understand the country's people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. It features 106 topics of information on the country and 90 topics for each state.

A to Z the World provides information on more than 120 topics for 175 countries, making it the world's largest database of country information. Featured topics include sections on a country's culture, history, language, education, and geography.

You will just need your library card number to access these resources from outside the library.

 
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:
Please check the Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 Vaccination Program for information on the vaccine and to search for local providers.
 
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.    Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
5.    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.
6.    Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
7.    Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.

 
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