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Tax preparation Print
Active ImageRepresentatives from AARP will provide free income tax assistance at the library this year.

They have openings at 1 and 2:30 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 10 through March 31. Please call the library at 937.783.3585 to reserve a slot. They do fill up fast.

Due to budget cuts at the IRS, the library will receive only the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms this year. The library also will receive a laminated copy of the most popular forms that may be copied. All other instructions and forms must be accessed on the IRS web site.

LibraryReads Print
Active ImageEver wonder which books librarians are reading?

Now you can find out at LibraryReads, which features a new list each month of the top ten published books that librarians across the country love.

You also may sign up on the site for an e-mail newsletter to find out when each new list is released.

Faxing now available Print
Active ImageThe library now offers a fax service for patrons.

The faxing is done through the new BookScan Station installed at the library. The new station replaces the previous copy machine. The self-service faxing costs $1 for the first page and 50 cents for each additional page.

In addition to making copies, patrons also may use the station to scan documents to a USB flash drive, Google Docs, e-mail, or a smartphone or tablet. The cost is the same for all: 10 cents for black-and-white copies and 30 cents for color copies.

The BookScan Station, which is owned and maintained by an outside company, has a user-friendly touchscreen.

Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Feb. 5, in the library meeting room.

February title:
The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

Moving his youg bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia's Janus Rock where the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant that has washed up on the shore, a decision with devastating consequences.

New DVDs Print
Active Image Are you interested in keeping up with the latest DVDs added to the library's collection? You now are able to access the list in several different ways.

A New DVDs tab is available on the Online Catalog; New DVDs is just one of many lists available on the BookNews page, which is the first item you see by clicking on the Good Books & More link in the Catalog Search menu box; and, through BookNews, you can sign up to receive the list by e-mail.

The New DVDs list is updated twice a month.

Clinton County Reads 2015 Print
Active Image You may have heard of the winning title for Clinton County Reads 2015.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand was the top vote-getter. The book has spent more than 180 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List; only three nonfiction books in history have been on the list longer. And a movie based on the book is scheduled for release on Christmas Day.

Hillenbrand tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner, who is captured by the Japanese during World War II and becomes an Army hero by proving the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

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

Clinton County Reads is a month-long event beginning in mid-March that invites the entire county to read one book and attend various programs and book discussions in order to bring everyone closer together. The event is sponsored by the Blanchester Public Library, Sabina Public Library, and Wilmington Public Library.
National Book Award 2014 Winners Print
Active ImagePhil Klay returned home with all types of questions he could not answer following 13 months in the Marines in Iraq. To think everything through, he wrote Redeployment, which won the National Book Award for fiction.

"War is too strange to be procesed alone,'' Klay said at the award ceremony, "so I want to thank everyone who picked up the book, read it and decided to join the conversation."

The book consists of a series of stories revealing the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming.

The award for nonfiction went to Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos. The author looks at the clash taking place in China between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control.

Other winners included Jacqueline Woodson for Brown Girl Dreaming in the young people's literatury category. and Louise Gluck for Faithful and Virtuous Night for poetry.

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