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Creation Station Print
Active Image LEGO Fusion Town has taken over the library's Creation Station this month.

You are the mayor of your online town, but to add buildings, you must first build them with LEGO bricks and scan them into your town on the iPad. With missions to save the town and build shops to keep everyone happy, you will have hours of fun.

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.)

Each person who checks out the iPad and LEGO bricks gets to add to the previous person's work.

Creation Station Calendar

Creation Station Guidelines

 
Lego Club Print
Active ImageIf 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 on Jan. 26 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.

 
Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 2, in the library meeting room.

February title:
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of 6. Her father builds her a perfect miniature of their Paris neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father's life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering. At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in.
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How important are books? Print
Active Image One of President Obama's secrets to surviving the White House the past eight years? Books.

He told the New York Times in a recent interview that books were a "sustaining source of ideas and inspiration, and gave him a renewed appreciation for the complexities and ambiguities of the human condition."

Reading gave Obama (pictured above speaking to New York Times reporter Michiko Kakutani) the ability to occasionally "slow down and get perspective" and "the ability to get in somebody else's shoes."

"At a time when so much of our politics is trying to manage this clash of cultures brought about by globalization and technology and migration," he said, "the role of stories to unify — as opposed to divide, to engage, rather than to marginalize — is more important than ever."

 
Playdate @ the Library Print
Active ImageAre you the parent or caregiver of little children and want the opportunity to meet other local parents? Or do you want to give your child more time to socialize with other children?

Playdate @ the Library is our new unstructured program for children 5 and under with their parent/caregiver. From 10 to 11 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, the library meeting room will be transformed into a play space where children and parents can explore, have fun, learn and meet new friends.

So, come visit the library on Jan. 6 and try it out. For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Miss Amanda at 937-783-3585.

 
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 cool.boopsie.com.

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 ImageChildren 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 storytime sessions.

Just show up for one of the sessions to register and your child will receive special storytime checkout privileges with no late fees. 

For more information, please visit the library or call 937.783.3585.

 

January Youth Services Calendar

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