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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.

 
Library open Print
Active ImagePatrons are allowed in the building with limitations as the library continues with Phase 2 of its re-opening plan.

The library currently is open from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays, 1-4 Saturday. We also are offering curbside pickup during these hours.

The library strives to continue to provide excellent customer service while also maintaining a safe environment for the staff, patrons and community because the novel coronavirus remains a serious concern.

All staff members and all patrons over the age of 10 (who are able) are required to wear masks. Disposable masks are available near the front entrance, along with hand sanitizer.

To help ensure that we can follow social distancing rules within the library, we are limiting the total number of patrons allowed in at any one time to 12. Visit times are limited to a maximum of 1 hour.

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Storytime-to-Go Print
Active ImageWe are missing everyone's smiling faces at storytime but now you can have storytime at your home!

The library now offers Storytime-to-Go bundles that include 3 themed books, activity sheets, and a hands-on activity. Please call Miss Amanda at 937.783.3585 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up for weekly Storytime-to-Go bundles.

We provide one bundle per child, per week and can accommodate babies through 13 year olds. Each week your registered child will receive a different theme, and we will prepare a new bundle for pickup each week – no need to call after you are registered, just pick up your new bundles.

Please be sure to give us the following information in e-mail or over the phone: full name on the library card to be used, phone number, age of child (or reading level if it differs), and sex of the child.

NOTE: The books will be checked out on the card provided and need to be returned in the bookdrops at your convenience. The activity sheets and hands-on activity are yours to keep!

 
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.
 
Census 2020 Print
Active ImageThere is still time to complete the 2020 census questionnaire. The  deadline has been extended to Oct. 31.

Rural areas such as ours are traditionally undercounted, which means our community's public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools) do not receive as much federal funding as they should.

Ohio has a 70.5 self-response rate, already exceeding the state's 69 percent in the 2010 census.  

For the first time in history, there is an online option to respond, which you are able to do at the library. Learn more about the importance of the 2020 census and how to participate at 2020census.gov.


 
Novel coronavirus info Print
Active Image Please visit these sites for the most factual and up-to-date information regarding the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:
1.    Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
2.    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
3.    Avoid contact with people who are sick.
4.    Put distance between yourself and other people (about 6 feet) if COVID-19 is spreading in the community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
5.    Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
6.    Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
 
Please take the Clinton County COVID-19 Community Response Survey to help determine the resources and needs within the county. And Neighbors for Neighbors is a network in Clinton County created to help neighbors connect so no has to face the COVID-19 crisis alone.
 
Ohio Governor's Imagination Library Print
Active Image The Ohio Governor's Imagination Library is now active in Clinton County.

Parents are encouraged to enroll their children under the age of 5 in the program, which through a partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, will provide all enrolled children in Clinton County a new book in the mail each month.

You are able to enroll online here, or paper enrollment forms are available at the library. The program is free of charge for all families.

The Ohio Governor's Imagination Library plans to be active in all of the state's 88 counties by the end of the year.

The OGIL is made possible in Clinton County by the Blanchester Public Library, Sabina Public Library, Wilmington Public Library, Air Transport Services Group, Inc., and the Clinton County Foundation.

For more information, visit or call the library at (937) 783-3585.

 
Kanopy Print
Active ImageLibrary patrons have access to 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.

Also, check out Kanopy Kids, which features movies, TV series and story read-alongs for children.

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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