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Youth Summer Reading 2019 Print
Active Image How did he do that?

You probably will be asking yourself that question if you visit the library at 2 p.m., Friday, July 19, to see a performance by magician Gordon Russ.

Gordon and his trusty sidekick, George the Raccoon, have traveled the globe in search of smiles, laughs, and fun, so we are pleased to have them visit as part of the library's Family Fun Fridays.

The Family Fun Friday presentation is free and open to the public. The weekly events are part of the Youth Summer Reading program — A Universe of Stories.

Summer Reading Program Calendar

For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Amanda Bishop at 937.783.3585 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Adult Summer Reading 2019 Print
Active ImageWhether you prefer the traditional way of reading or the electronic method, or even listening to a book on audio, there is nothing quite like the feeling you get from a good story.

The library is celebrating "A Universe of Stories" this summer to give all adults the opportunity to explore the infinite stories available — and have several opportunities to win prizes.

Adults can win prizes just by reading through August 3. All you have to do is be at least 18 years of age and fill out a Book Review slip at the library for each book you read (or listen to). You have one last  chance with the final prize drawing on August 3. The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning.

Congratulations to the winners of our first two drawings this summer:

Famous Astronauts quiz — Jack Fisher (Blanchester) space wall art, and Jennifer Wells (Blanchester) 2-person tent; A Universe of Stories — Jessica Cole (Blanchester) inflatable/splash balls, Angela Kohler-Baker (Blanchester) beach towels, and Terri Baker (Lynchburg) space pen/memo book.

Sci-fi Covers quiz — William Simpson (Blanchester) cooler, and Grayson Wells (Blanchester) luggage accessory; A Universe of Stories — Michelle Osborn (Blanchester) Kanjam, Barbara Casey (Pleasant Plain) water bottle, and Whitney Brock (Morrow) space DVD set.

Creation Station Print
Active ImageWould you mind using your mind?

Visit the Creation Station during the month of July to enjoy more than 40 mind games. Conquering these games all take some serious (or not-so-serious) thought.

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

Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 1, in the library meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend.

August title:
Save Me
by Lisa Scottoline

When an explosion rips through the nearly empty cafeteria of a Reeseburgh (Pa.) Elementary School, lunch mother Rose McKenna leads two girls to safety before racing to rescue her own daughter, Melly. But Rose soon learns that she may face both civil and criminal charges for her heroics because one of the girls she saved was seriously injured in the resulting fire that killed three school staff members.
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.

Saturday Morning Movies Print
Active Image The Heffley family is headed on a road trip to Meemaw's 90th birthday party, but, of course, nothing goes as planned.

Join us Saturday, Aug. 3, for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul to see how the family's cross-country adventure goes hilariously off course due to Greg's newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

The free family-oriented movies begin at 10:30 a.m. in the library meeting room and include popcorn.

For more information, visit the library or call 937.783.3585.
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 July 25 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.

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. blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
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