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Children's/Teen Summer Reading 2017 Print
Active Image The library gives you the chance to get up close and personal with a penguin at the next Family Fun Friday event.

The WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium will bring a live African Penguin to the library at 2 p.m., Friday, June 30. Find out everything you want to know about penguins at the program. 

Children and teens can continue to register for summer reading and help us "Build a Better World" throughout June and July. A number of special activities are scheduled for children (and adults) of all ages. And all participants can earn prizes just for reading (or being read to). All teens who register are automatically entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire.

Call Youth Services Coordinator Amanda Bishop (937.783.3585) with any questions or visit the library to register.

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Adult Summer Reading 2017 Print
Active ImageFrom a personal to global level, the library hopes to inspire you to "Build a Better World" this summer.

Whether 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 when you obtain information you can use to improve your life or the lives of others.

The library is giving all adults an opportunity this summer to "Build a Better World" — and have several opportunities to win prizes.

Adults can win prizes just by reading through August 5. 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). The next two prize drawings will be held July 15 and August 5. The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning.

And all entrants will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a chance to win a Fitbit 2 Charge wristband.

Congratulations to the winners in our first drawing: Buildings & Landmarks Quiz — Amanda Flaugher (Blanchester), Snow Cone Maker; and Ronda Kreusch (Clarksville), Portable Grill/Charcoal; Reading Entries — Kathy Bartolotta (Blanchester), Beverage Glasses/Tray; Dan Hamm (Blanchester), Picnic Blanket; and Kayla Daniel (Blanchester), Beach Towel Set.

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Family Storytime Print
Active ImageThe library is excited to offer a new Family Storytime one evening a month for all ages.

The Family Storytime will be held the last Monday of each month, with the first one scheduled for 6 p.m., June 26.

Library staff member Ida Garrett-Patton will lead the hour and present stories, crafts and songs around a different theme each month — with this month's theme promising to be FINtastic! A small snack also will be provided.

No pre-registration is necessary. For more information, please visit the library or call 937.783.3585.

 
Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 6, in the library meeting room.

July title:
The Husband's Secret
by Lianne Moriarty

Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her huband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.
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2017 Pulitzer Prizes Print
Active ImageColson Whitehead's bestselling novel The Underground Railroad has been named the 2017 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The book, which also won the National Book Award, chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

The other fiction finalists were Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett, and The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. The book shows how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty.

Blood in the Water: The Attic Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson earned the prize for History; The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Mitar was the Biography winner; and Olio by Tyehimba Jess won for Poetry.

All of this year's winners and finalists are available on the Pulitzer Prizes site.

 
Creation Station Print
Active Image If you happened to miss using the 3Doodler the first time we featured it in the Creation Station, you have another chance in June.

The 3Doodler, which was recently crowned Toy of the Year for 201, is the world's first 3D printing pen. It allows you to literally draw in the air. You just feed plastic through the pen and can create anything you can think of.

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

 
Mental health screening Print
Active ImageThe library is partnering with Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties to host a Mental Health Screening Kiosk.

Mental health screenings provide a quick, anonymous and effective way to help anyone who may be at risk for treatable mental health disorders. The kiosk, located in the magazine area of the library, offers a place to get information to help you take those first steps toward assistance.

Screenings are available for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, adolescent depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, and substance abuse.

 


 
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Print
Active Image Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the library.

This nationwide program encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

The library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success. Any child under 5 years of age can participate.

Stop by the library any time to register and pick up a reading log for the first 100 books. After each 100 books, your child will receive a special sticker and place their name on the 1,000 Books Wall of Fame. After 1,000 books, your child will receive a book tote and Dr. Seuss book.

For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Amanda Bishop at 937.783.3585.

 
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