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Holiday closing

The library will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas and Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year's.

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The library is looking for a part-time Circulation Clerk/Youth Services Associate. Please apply by Dec. 28.

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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 Lynda.com.

As part of LinkedIn Learning, Lynda.com 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.

 
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Active Image "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."

You will not be wasting it if you visit the library's Creation Station during the month of December. There are more than 40 mind games featured this month to test your skills and patience.

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

 
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.

The morning storytimes resume the first week in September, and Family Storytime continues 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 December Calendar

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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 Dec. 27 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.

 
Kanopy Print
Active ImageThe library now offers Kanopy, a streaming video collection featuring more than 30,000 films. Find films on every subject imaginable, plus educational content from The Great Courses and PBS, and a selection of must-see classic films from The Criterion Collection.

The service is free to use with your library card.

To get started:

  • Visit the library's Kanopy page and click the "Sign up" button in the top right.
  • Create a unique login with your e-mail address and a password. (The service is only available to adult patrons)
  • A confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address you provided.
  • Once you have confirmed your e-mail, you will be asked to enter your library card number. You will only need to do this once.
  • Once you have entered your library card number, you are ready to watch.
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Saturday Morning Movies Print
Active ImageKick off the new year with a few laughs and join us at the library for a free showing of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie on Saturday, Jan. 5.

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

The schedule of upcoming movies includes The Greatest Showman in February and Trolls in March.

For more information, visit the library or call 937.783.3585.
 
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Active Image The Blanchester Public Library now has mobile hotspots 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 and USB cable. The user is responsible for returning all of these items to the circulation desk (not in a bookdrop) 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.

 
Free driver education Print
Active Image The library is partnering with Driving-Tests.org to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles practice tests to patrons.

The new service includes free tests specifically based on Ohio's Bureau of Motor Vehicles materials, including 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 12 CDL practice tests, and three online driver's manuals. This partnership allows the library to harness the power of Driving-Tests.org's specialized practice exams to turn new drivers into safer drivers.

Click here to get started.

 
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