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Clinton County Reads 2019 Print
Active ImageTara Westover was not allowed to attend school until she was 17 years old because her father believed it to be a governmental method of brainwashing citizens.

Instead, Westover spent her days working in her father's junk yard or distilling herbs for her mother.

The 2019 Clinton County Reads selection, Educated: A Memoir, is Westover's story of growing up off the grid in a Mormon survivalist family in Idaho and how she went on to attend college and earn a doctorate in history from Cambridge University.

We invite everyone to read the book and come together to participate in this year's event to better understand the power of education.

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

Please join us for the kickoff March 11 at Wilmington Public Library hosted by Joyce Kelly. Various programs and discussions will be held throughout the county through April 11.

CC Reads program -- 7 p.m., April 2 Print
Active ImageThe first northern challenge of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision took place nearby in Hillsboro 65 years ago.

A small group of African-American mothers refused to send their children to the dilapidated Lincoln School and "marched" with their children to the white Webster School every day for two years.

Kati Herrington Burwinkel (right) will present the documentary short "The Lincoln School Story: How 18 African American Mothers Changed History" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 2 at the library. The program is being held in conjunction with Clinton County Reads 2019, and funding was made possible by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A few of the marchers also will be at the program and discuss their fight in 1954 and where we stand today. The program is free and open to the public.

Clinton County Reads 2019 features programs and discussions related to the book "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover.

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COOL Library app Print
Active ImageWe have a new app.

Blanchester Public Library, through the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL), has a mobile app to put the library at your fingertips.

Go to your app store on Android or Apple and download the "COOL Libraries" app.

From any smartphone or tablet, you can instantly tap into library resources, search the library catalog, check your account, and much more.The app also allows you to use your device as your library card.

The library's previous app is no longer functional and should be removed from your device.

Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4, in the library meeting room. The group will be discussing the Clinton County Reads book, Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Everyone is welcome to attend.

April title:
Educated: A Memoir
byTara Westover

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara's family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education. As a way out, Tara began educating herself and would go on to earn a doctorate from Cambridge University.
Creation Station Print
Active ImageThe popular Spirograph returns to the Creation Station during the month of March.

The drawing set will make an artist out of anyone. So, give it a try and create your own amazing design.

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

New databases Print
Active Image Blanchester Public Library patrons now have access to several new databases, as well as more than 12,000 courses through

As part of LinkedIn Learning, helps anyone learn business, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. The courses range from computer programming to project management and include instruction on various business topics. Patrons just need their library barcode number and PIN to access the courses.

New databases availaible are Chilton Library, Fold3, Heritage Quest, Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center, Home Improvement Reference Center, Kids InfoBits, and Oxford Research Encyclopedias.

The databases are provided by the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), which also provides the library's Internet connection.

All of the databases available to library users, with a brief summary, are listed on the Research page of the library website. These include databases the library pays for individually, plus those provided statewide by OPLIN, as well as some free web sites.

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 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.

Morning storytimes are separated into age groups, but we also have our popular Family Storytime from 5-6 p.m. each Monday. 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.

Youth Services March Calendar

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 March 28 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. blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
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