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Storytime Print
Active Image Children 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.

Fall storytime sessions are underway. Just show up for one of the morning sessions to register.

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.

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Booklovers Discussion Print
Active Image The Blanchester Public Library Booklovers meets next at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 6, in the library meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend.

October title:
The Great Unexpected  
by Dan Mooney

Joel lives in a nursing home, and he's not one bit happy about it. He's fed up with life and begins to plan a way out when his new roommate Frank moves in and turns the nursing-home community upside down. Though the two men could not be more different, a fast friendship is formed. When Joel tells Frank about his burgeoning plan, they embark together on a mission to find the perfect escape, and along the way will discover that its never too late for new beginnings.
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Individual Computer Assistance Print
Active ImageThe library now offers free one-on-one computer assistance.

Adult Services Coordinator Leah Pease will be available from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week for individual sessions. You can just walk in during these times or contact Leah by e-mail or by calling the library at 937.783.3585 to make an appointment.

These one-on-one sessions can cover various topics including: General computer use, web navigation, e-mail setup and use, social media accounts, resume setup and format, Libby accounts, library databases and more.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale Print
Sample ImageThe Friends of the Blanchester Public Library annual fall book sale begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, in the library meeting room.

The sale will run for a week, through Nov. 5, during library hours.

This sale features a large number of books, DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines. The Friends of the Library welcome all donations. To donate items, just bring them to the library.

All proceeds from the sale are used to support the library.

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Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Print
Active ImageThe library now has free rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits.

There are two tests per kit. Instructions are in the test kit box.

These tests are being provided through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Health. Tests are limited to two per household per day.

For more information about the test, please visit https://www.fda.gov/media/144575/download.

 
Monthly Trivia Night Print
Active ImageIs your head filled with useless information? Do you enjoy a good challenge? Do you like to have fun?

If you answered all three of these questions correctly, then you should join us for our new monthly Trivia Night on the last Monday of each month.

Gather a team of two to five friends or family members and join us from 6-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24. (Moved up a week due to Halloween.) All ages are welcome. 

No registration is required, and we will provide the nourishment (pizza and chips). Just show up ready to think — and eat.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 937.783.3585.

 
Mobile Hotspots Print
Active Image The library recently added four new mobile hotspots, increasing the total to eight available for checkout.

The hotspots allow patrons to connect their tablet, phone, laptop and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Internet.

A hotspot may be checked out by any cardholder 18 years of age or older whose card is in good standing. All borrowers must show a current driver's license, state ID, passport or military photo ID at the time of checkout.

Hotspots circulate for 7 days. Each hotspot circulates in a carrying case within a plastic case along with an AC adapter. The user is responsible for returning all of these items to the circulation desk in good condition.

Hotspots may be renewed one time, provided there are no holds on the item. Only 1 hotspot may be borrowed on a patron's account at a time. The fine for an overdue hotspot is $1 per day until returned. After 3 days overdue, the hotspot will be deactivated and the patron is billed for the item. You may put a hold on a hotspot here.

A hotspot can provide Internet access for up to 10 devices.

By borrowing and initiating use of the library's mobile hotspot, the user agrees to abide by the library's Mobile Wireless Hotspot Policy.

 
New library features Print
Active ImageThe Blanchester Public Library features several new conveniences for patrons!
  • Patrons may now borrow up to 10 DVDs on their card.
  • Loan periods have been lengthened for almost every type of item. The loan period for mobile hotspots remains 1 week, but for DVDs, Blu-ray and new books it has doubled to 2 weeks, and is now 3 weeks for all other items in the library. 
  • The library is now fine free. This means we have eliminated all overdue fines for books, audiobooks, magazines, and DVDs. And all previous overdue fines on patrons' accounts have been eliminated.
    Fines continue to be $1 per day for mobile hotspots; and the library still charges fees for lost, non-returned, and damaged items. Check here for more information.
  • All items are automatically renewed for you on the due date. You no longer need to worry about contacting the library to renew your item.
    There are still the maximum number of renewals allowed for various items (3 for everything except for DVDs, Blu-ray, new books, and mobile hotspots which are 1), and items that have a hold on them can not be renewed. Upon renewal, a notice will be sent via e-mail detailing the new due dates and indicating any items that were unable to be renewed.
    Patrons with more than two overdue items will not be able to check out additional items.
 
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