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Children's/Teen Summer Reading 2017 Print
Active ImageWe thank you for making this summer's Build a Better World Children's/Teen Summer Reading Program a great success. Please help us celebrate by joining us for the Finale Party from 1-3 p.m. Friday.

We will have pizza, games, crafts and fun for all ages.

Call Youth Services Coordinator Amanda Bishop (937.783.3585) with any questions.

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Growing Station Grand Opening Print
Active ImagePlease join us for the the grand opening of The Growing Station, the library's new children's garden, at 4 p.m., Monday, July 31.

The garden features a number of raised beds, with fruits, vegetables, herbs, and a butterfly garden. The space will be used for library programs, with excess produce donated to the Blanchester Community Food Pantry.

The library looks forward to sharing this new space with the community for many years to come, so please take this opportunity to explore the garden.

Everyone is then welcome to attend the library's new Family Storytime, with a special garden theme, which follows inside at 6 p.m.

Family Storytime Print
Active ImageThe library is excited to offer a new Family Storytime one evening a month for all ages.

The Family Storytime will be held the last Monday of each month, with the next one scheduled for 6 p.m., July 31.

Library staff member Ida Garrett-Patton will lead the hour and present stories, crafts and songs around a different theme each month. A small snack also will be provided.

No pre-registration is necessary. For more information, please visit the library or call 937.783.3585.

Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 3, in the library meeting room.

August title:
The Hamilton Affair
by Elizabeth Cobbs

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of legendary characters, this book tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from passionate and tender beginnings to his fateful duel on the banks of the Hudson River.
Adult Summer Reading 2017 Print
Active ImageFrom a personal to global level, the library hopes to inspire you to "Build a Better World" this summer.

Whether you prefer the traditional way of reading or the electronic method, or even listening to a book on audio, there is nothing quite like the feeling when you obtain information you can use to improve your life or the lives of others.

The library is giving all adults an opportunity this summer to "Build a Better World" — and have several opportunities to win prizes.

Adults can win prizes just by reading through August 5. 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 5. The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning.

And all entrants will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a chance to win a Fitbit 2 Charge wristband.

Congratulations to the winners in our second drawing: Where Does It Come From Quiz — Angie Lakes (Martinsville), 2-Person Tent; and Kristen Baker (Blanchester), Cooler; Reading Entries — Margaret Levitre (Blanchester), Beanbag Toss; Amanda Schaub (Pleasant Plain), Jenga/Tugie Games; and Janice Johnson (Blanchester), Portable Chairs.

2017 Pulitzer Prizes Print
Active ImageColson Whitehead's bestselling novel The Underground Railroad has been named the 2017 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The book, which also won the National Book Award, chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

The other fiction finalists were Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett, and The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. The book shows how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty.

Blood in the Water: The Attic Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson earned the prize for History; The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Mitar was the Biography winner; and Olio by Tyehimba Jess won for Poetry.

All of this year's winners and finalists are available on the Pulitzer Prizes site.

Creation Station Print
Active Image What is the next best thing to riding a roller coaster? Building one, of course. And the Creation Station gives you that opportunity in July.

K'Nex Wild Whiplash Roller Coaster is available for anyone to build their own motorized roller coaster. The coaster features a motorized chain-lift and 14 feet of twisting, turning track.

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

Mental health screening Print
Active ImageThe library is partnering with Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties to host a Mental Health Screening Kiosk.

Mental health screenings provide a quick, anonymous and effective way to help anyone who may be at risk for treatable mental health disorders. The kiosk, located in the magazine area of the library, offers a place to get information to help you take those first steps toward assistance.

Screenings are available for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, adolescent depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, and substance abuse. blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
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