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Adult Summer Reading 2022 Print
Active ImageWe may be biased, but one of the best things about your library is the variety of things to which we provide access.

You could say we offer something for everyone.

Or, you might say we offer "Oceans of Possibilities," which just happens to be the theme for Summer Reading 2022.

Explore the "Oceans of Possibilities" at your library this summer and you can win prizes just for reading.

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 you get when reading a good story or about a fascinating subject.

Adults can win prizes just by reading through August 6. 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 three prize drawings will be held June 25, July 16 and August 6. The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning.

Library users also may win prizes by participating in three trivia contests. Prizes will be awarded based on the most correct answers, also on June 25, July 16 and August 6. 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 6) for a pair of Beats Solo Pro Wireless Headphones. Three runners-up prizes — $50 store gift cards to Kroger, Subway and Dick's Sporting Goods — also will be awarded. 

 
Youth Summer Reading 2022 Print
Active ImageRegistration is underway for this year's Youth Summer Reading Program.

All children and teens — from babies to 17-year-olds — are invited to read for fun and prizes from June 1 through July 31.

It's never too late to start. Anyone interested in participating should pick up a Youth Summer Reading registration packet at the library. This year's theme is "Oceans of Possibilities." 

The library will return to hosting in-person programs on Monday, June 6, to go along with the Youth Summer Reading Program. See the schedule below.

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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Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in the library meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend.

July title:
The Last Chance Library  
by Freya Sampson

Lonely librarian June Jones has never left the sleepy English village where she grew up. Shy and reclusive, the 28-year-old would rather spend her time buried in books than venture out into the world. But when her library is threatened with closure, June is forced to step out from behind the shelves to save the heart of her community and the place that holds the dearest memories of her mother.
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Lunch at the Library Print
Active Image Books? Check. DVDs? Check. Audiobooks? Check. Magazines? Check. Lunch? Check.

Yes, the library is pleased to be able to offer a free bagged lunch to anyone 18 and younger this summer.

The library is participating in the Summer Food Service Program through sponsorship with the Children's Hunger Alliance, the Ohio Department of Education, and the USDA.

Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 6 through August 12 in the library meeting room. (The food cannot be taken out of the library, per rules of the program.)

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider"

 
Scholastic Teachables Print

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Teachers, homeschoolers, parents ... the library is pleased to announce a 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.

 
Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Print
Active ImageThe library now has free rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits.

There are two tests per kit. Instructions are in the test kit box.

These tests are being provided through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Health. Tests are limited to two per household per day.

For more information about the test, please visit https://www.fda.gov/media/144575/download.

 
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 June 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.

 
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.
 
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