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Active Image4/8/21

The 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 because COVID-19 remains a serious concern. While the library has re-opened its doors, we will continue with the safety measures put in place prior to closing.

All staff members are required to wear face coverings to help protect patrons. The library strongly encourages all patrons over the age of 10 (who are able) to wear face coverings to help protect the library staff and other patrons. Disposable masks are available near the front entrance, along with hand sanitizer.

To help ensure that we can follow social distancing rules within the library, we are limiting the total number of patrons allowed in at any one time to 12. Visit times are limited to a maximum of 1 hour.

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Clinton County Reads 2021 Print
Active Image Abi Daré's powerful, emotional debut novel, The Girl with the Louding Voice, is told through the unforgettable voice of Adunni, a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future.

We invite everyone to read the 2021 Clinton County Reads selection and come together to participate in this year's event. 

The library currently has multiple copies of the book available for checkout.

This year's event has been scaled back due to COVID-19, but the kickoff will be held virtually at 7 p.m., Monday, April 5, on the Clinton County Reads Facebook page. Sherry Weller will present "The Victim Next Door," discussing human trafficking locally and globally. Weller is the Executive Director of New Life Clinic and part of a coalition that has been studying the issue of human trafficking.

Clinton County Reads will wrap up with a carryout dinner from the General Denver from 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 22. Also, Dr. Obiwu Iwuanyanwu, an Associate Professor of African Literature at Central State University, will present a virtual program at 7 that evening on the Clinton County Reads Facebook page.

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Storytime-to-Go Print
Active ImageWe are missing everyone's smiling faces at storytime but now you can have storytime at your home!

The library now offers Storytime-to-Go bundles that include 3 themed books, activity sheets, and a hands-on activity. Please call Miss Amanda at 937.783.3585 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up for weekly Storytime-to-Go bundles.

We provide one bundle per child, per week and can accommodate babies through 13 year olds. Each week your registered child will receive a different theme, and we will prepare a new bundle for pickup each week – no need to call after you are registered, just pick up your new bundles.

Please be sure to give us the following information in e-mail or over the phone: full name on the library card to be used, phone number, age of child (or reading level if it differs), and sex of the child.

NOTE: The books will be checked out on the card provided and need to be returned in the bookdrops at your convenience. The activity sheets and hands-on activity are yours to keep!

 
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.
 
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.

 
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.

 
Kanopy Print
Active ImageLibrary patrons have access to 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.

Also, check out Kanopy Kids, which features movies, TV series and story read-alongs for children.

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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INFOhio IPartner Print
Active Image The library is now an INFOhio IPartner.

INFOhio supports student learning by providing access to over 5.4 million digital resources to PreK-12 students, teachers and parents

All Ohio PreK-12 students in a public, private, charter or home school has free access to the INFOhio digital library, which features high quality, learning content.

For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Miss Amanda at 937.783.3585 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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