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Clinton County Reads 2017 Print
Active Image Constance Kopp doesn't quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, had no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago.

Author Amy Stewart tells the forgotten true story of Constance, one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs, in her first novel Girl Waits with Gun.

The novel is the focal point of Clinton County Reads 2017. The entire county is invited to read the book and attend various programs and discussions during the 12th annual event.

A discussion of the book will be held at the library at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 2.

Creation Station Print
Active ImageRobots are taking over the library in February.

Well, not exactly, but you do have the opportunity to build a robot in the library's Creation Station throughout the month with the 14-in-1 Solar Robot Kit.

The robot can be transformed into a wagging-tail dog, running beetle, walking crab, surfer, speedster, zombie chaser, etc. The kit includes all the accessories necessary to make the robot move on land and water.

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

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 Feb. 23 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.

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 March 3 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

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.

Children's/Young Adult Book Awards 2017 Print
Active Image The American Library Association has announced the major children's book award winners for 2017.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill won the Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, while Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, received the Caldecott Medal, for most distinguished American picture book for children.

Also, March, Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell earned the Printz Award, for excellence in literature written for young adults; and author Sarah Dessen received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

For more information on all the winners and other finalists, visit the Book Awards page on the American Library Association web site.

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