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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.
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., Jan. 8, in the library meeting room.

January title:
A Thread of Grace
by Mary Doria Russell

It is September 8, 1943, and 14-year-old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes overnight an open battleground among the Nazis, the Allies, resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive.

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.

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.

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.

Energy Choice Ohio Print
Active ImageThe Energy Choice Ohio website is now available to educate consumers about electric and natural gas choice in Ohio.

The website, run by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), offers information to help consumers know what steps to take when switching suppliers, what their rights are as a consumer, what aggregation is, and other answers to frequently asked questions.

More than 4 million customers in Ohio now purchase their electric and/or natural gas supply from a competitive retail supplier rather than from the utility.

Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-7826 to speak with a representative. blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
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