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Youth Summer Reading 2023 Print
Active ImageLet the reading begin.

Well, reading should never end (in our opinion), but the library's Youth Summer Reading Program has begun.

All children — from newborns to 12-year-olds — are invited to read for fun and prizes this summer. The first 100 families that register receive a free yard sign. All children who register will receive a packet with reading logs, coupons, etc.

The Summer Reading Program runs through July 31. This year's theme is "All Together Now."

The library also is hosting weekly storytimes through the end of July. See the schedule below.

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For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Amber Chaney at 937.783.3585 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Adult Summer Reading 2023 Print
Active ImageOne of the unique aspects of your public library is that it serves everyone. People of all ages, social classes, nationalities, etc., are welcome to take advantage of everything we have to offer.

So in our effort to help bring everyone together, the theme for Summer Reading 2023 is "All Together Now."

We are promoting kindness, friendship and unity this summer, and if you join us "All Together Now," you can win prizes just for reading.

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 you get when reading a good story or about a fascinating subject.

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 three prize drawings will be held June 24, July 15 and August 5. The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning.

Library users also may win prizes by participating in three trivia contests. Prizes will be awarded based on the most correct answers, also on June 24, July 15 and August 5. For more information and entry sheets, please visit the library.

All summer reading participants automatically will be entered in the grand prize drawing (held August 5) for a premier picnic set featuring a 60-quart Igloo cooler; a picnic tote; a picnic blanket; picnic bowls, plates and plasticware; and a pickleball set. Three runners-up prizes — $50 store gift cards to Kroger, Subway and Lowe's — also will be awarded. 

Teen Summer Reading 2023 Print
Active ImageTeens have several opportunities to win prizes this summer at the library just for reading — or completing a few fun activities.

All young adults ages 13 to 17 can pick up a registration folder for the Teen Summer Reading Program at the library. The folder contains all the information necessary to participate, plus some coupons.

The summer reading program runs through July 31 with a Teen Review Raffle and Be Better Bingo. For every hour teens read, they can submit a Teen Review for their choice of two prizes. The more you read, the better your chances of winning. Prize drawings will take place on June 30 and July 31.

Teens also may complete five boxes on the Be Better Bingo board and submit it by July 31 to be entered in a drawing for one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.

Each teen who turns in either a Teen Review or a Be Better Bingo form gets a drawstring sports bag just for participating. (Limit one per person.)

Please contact Adult Services Coordinator Amanda Johnson at 937.783.3585 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.

Saturday Morning Movies Print
Active ImageJoin us for a one-of-a-kind viewing of Raya and the Last Dragon on Saturday, June 17.

Our monthly Saturday morning movies are now an interactive experience, with props and "rules" throughout the movie, making it even more fun. And there is still free popcorn.

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

It is up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon to help her stop the sinister Druun from taking over their land for good. But, along her journey, Raya learns that it will take more than dragon magic to save the world; it's going to take trust as well.

Enjoy the journey with Raya during this unique viewing experience.

For more information, visit the library or call 937.783.3585.

Lunch at the Library Print
Active Image Books? Check. DVDs? Check. Audiobooks? Check. Magazines? Check. Lunch? Check.

Yes, the library is pleased to be able to offer a free bagged lunch to anyone 18 and younger this summer. And, in a change from last year, children and/or their guardians may pick up lunch each day or up to 5 meals per week at one time and take it with them.

The library is participating in the Summer Food Service Program through sponsorship with the Children's Hunger Alliance, the Ohio Department of Education, and the USDA.

Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday through August 11.

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider"

Adult Take-and-Make Print
Active ImagePatrons have the opportunity this month to create their own magazine bows.

Visit the library and grab a free Take-and-Make bag with all the supplies needed to construct your bows. The bags include enough supplies to make three bows, but you also can use your own magazine pages to put your individual spin on it.

They will be available throughout the month.

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

July title:
Between Shades of Gray  
by Ruta Sepetys

In 1941, 15-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.
Home Delivery Service Print
Active ImageWe now have the capability to bring the library to you.

The library's new Home Delivery Service provides library materials to homebound residents who reside in the Blanchester Local School district.

You may be eligible for this free service if you are unable to visit the library due to illness, physical or mental disability, lack of transportation, or are temporarily homebound due to surgery or illness.

To register for the program, please call Amanda Johnson at the library at 937.783.3585 or print, complete and return this form.

We will deliver items to registered cardholders each month by appointment as well as pick up items ready for return. Deliveries may be suspended or stopped at any time. blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
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