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The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

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Happy New Year! Print
Active ImageThe Blanchester Public Library will feature two major new conveniences in 2020!

First, 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 effective Jan. 1.

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.

Second, all items will be 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, 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 2 overdue items will not be able to check out additional items. 

 
Creation Station Print
Active ImageChildren love playing with magnets — and it's also a great way to learn.

We have a kit in the Creation Station this month for kids to explore the science behind magnetism. Use real lab tools and materials to perform amazing experiments and experience what it's like to think like a scientist or an engineer. 

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

 
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 Jan. 30 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.

 
Blu-ray available Print
Active Image The library now features a growing collection of new and classic movies on Blu-ray to borrow.

Just as with DVDs, Blu-ray discs can be borrowed for 7 days and renewed once as long as there are not any requests.

The Blu-ray collection currently includes all of the Harry Potter movies, many of the Marvel movies, as well as all of the Toy Story and Lion King moves, and many more. Just let us know if you have any suggestions of movies you would like to see the library own on Blu-ray.

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

February title:
Winter Garden
by Kristin Hannah

Reunited when their beloved father falls ill, sisters Meredith and Nina find themselves under the shadow of their disapproving mother, whose painful history is hidden behind her rendition of a Russian fairy tale told to the sisters in childhood.
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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.

 
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.

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.

Youth Services January Calendar

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Ohio Legal Help Print
Active ImageOhioans in need of legal assistance can now turn to a new website, Ohio Legal Help, for free information.

Ohio Legal Help is a non-profit organization that was founded to help all Ohioans access the civil justice system. The site provides plain language legal information, interactive self-help tools and connections to local legal and community resources that can help people solve their legal issues

Featured sections include Family, Disaster Recovery, Housing, Money and Debt, Health and Public Benefits, Crime and Traffic, and Going to Court.

 
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