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Mitten Drive!

Donate mittens, hats and scarves! The Clermont County Public Library will accept donations of new scarves, mittens and hats for the annual Mitten Drive Nov. 1 to Jan. 3 at any of our branches. These items will be donated to the YWCA House of Peace and to the James Sauls Homeless Shelter. Your donations are appreciated!

Letters to Santa

Santa letters bring back happy memories for many people. This year, the Clermont County Public Library would like to share your family’s Santa Letters by posting online.

Email copies of the letters to and we’ll post them on our website, Include a small photo. Only emailed letters will be posted to the website.

The library is accepting letter now and will start posting them to the website Dec. 1. Letters will be accepted through Dec. 22. Letters considered inappropriate by library staff will not be posted.

Goshen Branch Closed for Renovations in November

The Goshen Branch will close for renovations on Nov. 3. The library is expected to reopen Dec. 1. Visit the Milford-Miami and Owensville branch libraries during November. The book drops will be open at Goshen during this time. You can have items held for you at the Milford Branch. The Milford-Miami Township branch is at 1099 Ohio 131, 248-0700. The Owensville branch is at 2548 U.S. 50, 732-6084.

Once the Goshen Branch Library reopens, an open house and 25th anniversary celebration is planned for Dec. 13. Magician Jason Jacobs will perform at noon. This also will be the day for your family’s traditional visit to the library to decorate gingerbread houses. Times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also at noon, a few remarks will be shared about the renovation, former branch managers will be introduced along with members of the library board.

Call 722-1221 or visit for more information.

LibrariCon 2014

Do you like comic books, games, Doctor Who? Do you like to dress up as your favorite character from those comic books? Do you like all things geeky? Then mark your calendar for Librari*Con for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Union Township Branch.

This is an after-hours event for ages 11 and up inspired by the coolest books, TV, movies and pop culture. Enjoy trivia, win prizes, pick up a giveaway and sample the refreshments.

Jim Fox will be there from GenCon, a local gaming convention, to demonstrate tabletop gaming. Ron LaCour will show everyone how to draw super heroes. Both will be in the library from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Everyone can get their face painted between 6 pm. and 8 p.m. A costume contest will take place at 8 p.m. No weapons or toy weapons are allowed.

Take photos of your costume and face painting in the photo booth and visit the Doctor Who giant Tardis display.

Make your own cubees and candy sushi. Take your turn with games like giant Candyland, Jenga and Chinese Checkers.

For more information about LibrariCon, call the library at 528-1744.

Pie Crust Tips

Learn how to make a good pie crust at the Williamsburg Branch on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Pie making is a skill passed down from generation to generation. The secret of most of those family recipes starts with the crust. A perfect pastry pie crust is a work of art and Cindy Mahaffey will demonstrate how to become a pie crust artisan just in time for Thanksgiving. Her technique was passed down from her grandmother and she will happily share her secrets. She'll also have samples to try! Call the branch at 724-1070 for more information.

Sandwich Feast

Have some fun with sandwiches! Join in the fun of all things sandwich in honor of Sandwich Day at the Union Township Branch on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6:45 p.m. We'll share stories, songs and rhymes with items that make a sandwich. You will be able create our own unique make believe sandwich. Let's be creative! This program is for all ages.

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

Toy Car Races

Race into the library! Race die-cast cars and then participate in a car show at the New Richmond Branch on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 3-4 p.m. Bring three cars of any brand and style. Your fastest car can race on a four-lane Hot Wheels track. Your best looking car can be entered to win the People's Choice award. Join the fun! This program is for ages 3-8.

For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 553-0570 or register online.

Learn about Candy Science

Got a lot of candy? Instead of eating it all, learn some fun science experiments using sweet treats at the Bethel Branch on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Can you make a marshmallow sink? Blow up a balloon using pop rocks? Grow a giant gummy worm? Explore the world of science using candy! For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 734-2619 or register online. For ages 5 and up.

Science of Eclipses

Since the dawn of civilization, an eclipse has struck terror into the hearts of cultures worldwide. While the mystical quality of eclipses has been a part of many cultures, eclipses have long served an important scientific purpose. The atmosphere of the sun is easiest to study during a solar eclipse. Learn the science of eclipses, the types and the important questions they allow scientists to study at the Owensville Branch on Monday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Plenty of time will be available for questions and, weather permitting, a telescope will be set up for public viewing. This program is for ages 16+.

For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 732-6084 or register online.

Holocaust Survivor Speaks

Join us for a special presentation with Holocaust Survivor, Werner Coppel at the Amelia Branch on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m. Come listen to Mr. Coppel tell his story about being sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp as a child, where he survived a death march and the war. A question and answer session will follow. For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 752-5580 or register online. This program is for ages 13+.

Local Authors

Join us at the Union Township Branch for a Local Author Panel on Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Listen to local authors and editors who will discuss their literary works and publishing experiences. Hear from an editor what publishers expect from authors. Ask questions and have authors sign purchased copies of their books. Some books will be available for purchase the day of the event.

For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at (513)528-1744 or register online. For ages 16-adult.

Library Short Story Contest

Now is the time to write the short story that’s been inside your head for some time. And the Clermont County Public Library has the perfect encouragement.

The Teen and Adult Short Story Contest is open Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded to teens age 11 to 17 and to adults ages 18 and up.

Short stories should be 700 to 1,000 words long. Special attention should be paid to spelling and grammar, story structure, appropriate and effective use of language and the story should have an imaginative approach. Stories with explicit sexual content and/or violence will be disqualified.

Email stories as a Word document to no later than midnight Oct. 31. All entries are final; no revisions will be permitted once the short stories are submitted. Include your name, age, address, email address and phone number when submitting your short story.

Winners will be announced Dec. 6 and the winning stories may be published on the library’s website.

Judges will not know the names of writers until after choosing winners.

So sharpen those pencils and grab a clean sheet of paper – or pull up a clean virtual sheet of paper on your computer screen – and start writing.