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Labor Day

All branches will be closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. Remember, you can renew and reserve items in the catalog at any time. All digital and downloadable items, such as eBooks, streaming video and digital magazines, are available 24/7 on our Downloads page. All branches will be open regular hours Tuesday, Sept. 2, noon to 8 p.m.

Scrapbooking Swap

Do you love scrapbooking? Can't get enough of our Scrapbook Club? Join us at the Union Township Branch on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. for our last Scrap Swap of the year! Bring your scrapbooking supplies to share, get to know your fellow scrapbookers, learn techniques, and swap ideas. Beginner and expert scrapbookers welcome. For ages 12+.

For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 528-1744 or register online.

Books in our branches about scrapbooking.

Felicity Quilters Make Donation

Members of the Felicity Cardinal Quilters donated this quilt to the Felicity Branch Library Aug. 28. It will be hung in the children's area of the library. The quilt has hand-quilted images of farm animals surrounded by a border of books and craft supplies. Thanks to the members for this gift.

Home Canning Techniques

Learn how to preserve your harvest at the Milford-Miami Township Branch on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. Make your fresh fruits and vegetables last longer! Corn from your garden tastes great on your holiday table. Learn helpful home canning and preservation techniques in this workshop presented by an Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences specialist.

For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 248-0700 or register online.

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Pioneer Days

Join us for "Life on the River" at the library to celebrate New Richmond's bicentennial at the New Richmond Branch on Saturday, September 6 at 2:30 p.m. Learn what life was like in the 1800s. Visit one or all of our fun stations to learn string games such as cat's cradle and jacob's ladder. Make a yarn doll or a tissue-box steamboat. Play 19th century games like hoops or cup and ball. Come dressed in your favorite frontier outfit and get a picture with our cardboard steam wheel. While you're here, look through our local history section and newspaper clipping scrapbooks. After you're tuckered out, relax with a snack of kettle corn with root beer or lemonade.

For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at553-0570 or register online. All ages are invited, but attendees ages 8 and under need a parent or caregiver to attend with them.

How-To Festival

Join us for an all ages, interactive learning event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Union Township Branch.

At 11 a.m., Mad Science presents Spin, Pop Boom. You'll be amazed when the Mad Scientist is able to defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular special event. Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to a world of exciting chemistry.

At 1 p.m., Rick Franckenhauser demonstrates and discusses brewing beer at home. He'll talk about different types of equipment and recipes.

At 2 p.m., Chef Joseph Childress of Specialty of the House demonstrates the basics of German cuisine. He'll show you how to make schnitzel, German onion soup with beef, potato soup, and sauerbraten. There will be schnitzel to share! Recipes provided.

We have fun and exciting things happening throughout the day!

  • The Manufactory, a shared membership workshop that offers tools, equipment and workspace, will demonstrate their 3D printer.
  • Learn how to create a holiday center piece and hexnut jewelry.
  • Play with brushbots and artbots.
  • Learn papercrafting and make a jumping frog or a Chinese takeout box.

We'll also have drawings for cool stuff like brushbot kits and gift cards.

For more information, visit or call the library at 528-1744.

Hats, Hats, Hats!

Wear your PJs and bring the whole family as we celebrate Fall Hat Month at the Union Township Branch on Tuesday, September 2 at 6:45 p.m. We will share stories, rhymes and songs all about what we wear on our heads. Create your own one-of-a-kind fancy hat with newspaper. Be creative!

For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 528-1744 or register online.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Exhibit

It's here! See the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder. A traveling display from the historic home and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, is currently on display at the Amelia Branch (August 15-30, during library hours). The panel exhibit offers information and images from her life and travels. Visitors can also enter a drawing for a copy of "Little House in the Big Woods" and a totebag.Call the branch at 752-5580 for more information.

Say What?! Contest

Starting Monday, August 4, we're posting goofy photos on our Facebook page. Can you come up with a clever caption? Each Monday, we'll post a new photo. You have until September 27 to post your witty captions for our wacky pictures. Each caption you post is an entry into a random drawing! Enter as many times as you'd like. Two captions, one from a teen and one from an adult, will be drawn after September 29. Teens ages 13-17 and adults are eligible to play and win. Teen winners will receive two tickets to Glow Golf and an adult winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Good luck and have fun!