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CC Reads program -- 7 p.m., March 20 Print
Active Image Annie Stephens has been traveling the state talking to students, teachers, parents, really anyone who is interested in making our schools safer.

Stephens is a mother and the Ohio Outreach Coordinator for the Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

She will visit the library at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, to present the program, "Taking Action to Prevent the Next Tragedy." The program is being held in conjunction with Clinton County Reads 2018.

Sandy Hook is the deadliest K-12 school shooting in U.S. history, with 20 students and six teachers killed. Stephens will talk about the Sandy Hook Promise's mission to protect children from gun violence and the small, but meaningful actions all citizens can take to make our communities safer and work toward achieving this goal.

The program is free and open to the public.

Clinton County Reads 2018 features programs and discussions related to the book "A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy," by Sue Klebold, mother of one of the Columbine High School shooters.

Clinton County Reads 2018 Print
Active ImageSadly, the number and scope of school shootings continue to increase. There already have been more than a dozen school shootings this year, and the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, was the most deadly high school shooting ever in the United States.

The previous most deadly high school shooting in American history took place at Columbine on April 20, 1999, when 13 people were killed and 24 wounded by two students.

Sue Klebold is the mother of one of the shooters and the author of the 2018 Clinton County Reads selection, A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy.

We invite everyone to read the book and come together to participate in this year's event to better understand and, hopefully, work to prevent such tragedies in the future.

"I would gladly give my life to reverse what happened that day, and yet I know that nothing I can do or say could ever atone for Dylan's choices, choices that I have spent the last sixteen years trying to understand," Klebold writes. "Although it is very hard for me to share my story−to lay bare my heart and the inner workings of my family−I feel a moral imperative to share the insights I have gleaned to help other families see the signs when their children need help."

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

Clinton County Reads is a month-long event beginning March 12 featuring various programs and book discussions in order to bring the county closer together.

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.

Kanopy Print
Active ImageThe library now offers 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.

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.
Creation Station Print
Active ImageBack by popular demand, children (and adults) of all ages are invited to practice their origami skills in the Creation Station in March.

Origami is the art of paper-folding, and a kit will be provided with all the necessary supplies. A number of books also are available with various projects, including a dinosaur

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

COOL Library app Print
Active ImageAccessing your library from your smartphone just got a whole lot easier.

Blanchester Public Library, through the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL), has launched a mobile app to put the library at your fingertips. From any smartphone or tablet, you can instantly tap into library resources, search the library catalog, check your account, and much more.

To access the library's mobile app, search "COOL Library" in your mobile device's app store and download the app, or you can visit

The app also allows you to use your device as your library card and includes the feature BookLook Mobile, which lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library owns the title.

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.

March Youth Services Calendar

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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