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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.

Pumpkin Display

Bring a pumpkin decorated as your favorite children's book character to the Milford-Miami Township Branch for our Storybook Character Pumpkin display. Pumpkins can be real or foam, just no carved pumpkins please. Drop off your creative masterpiece at the library. Pumpkins will be on display from October 1-31. For more information, call the library at 248-0700.

Testing Success

Join us for SAT & ACT Success on Monday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Milford-Miami Township Branch. Ms. Jennifer Henson, a teacher with 18 years experience and test prep guru, will discuss how to prepare for the SAT and ACT tests. Attendees 13 and up with their parents will learn tips and tricks for scoring better, test taking strategies and the testing process. Learn more about when to start preparing, library tools and other local resources.

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

Family Fun with Popcorn

Join us for Family Night: National Popcorn Popping Month at the Union Township Branch on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:45 p.m. Bring the family for games, stories, snacks and more. Kids wear your PJs to pop up some fun!

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

Kids' books about popcorn.

Family Fall Fest

Bring the family for our Family Fall Fest at the Milford-Miami Township Branch on Saturday, Oct. 4, 1-3 p.m. Enjoy hot cider or hot chocolate with a snack while creating fall crafts or playing games. Weather permitting we will also have some fun outside activities!

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

Jack the Ripper: Man or Myth

The Whitechapel district of London, England, in 1888 is a bleak and menacing place to live. Then, from August to November of that year, five women are brutally murdered. More than 100 theories of who Jack the Ripper was exist today, and dozens of fictional works attempt to explain the man and the myth.

Adults are invited to join J. T. Townsend at the Union Township Branch on Saturday, Oct. 4, 1-3 p.m. Mr. Townsend, author of Queen City Gothic, will discuss the trail of this infamous and fascinating case. Who was Jack the Ripper, really?

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

Library Card Sign-Up Month

Just in time for school, September is Library Card Sign Up Month. The Clermont County Public Library welcomes everyone to sign up for a card and be eligible to win prizes.

There will be online drawings for kids, teens and adults. Just use your library card to enter. If you don’t have a card, sign up and use it. Or renew your existing card and use it. You must check out an item with a library staff member to receive an entry slip. Everyone age 5 and up is eligible.

Entry giveaways include book bags for adults and messenger bags for teens. Children who sign up for a library card receive bookmarks when they visit in September. Giveaways are available while supplies last, one per person.

For those age 5 to 11, you can help Browser find his lost library card in your branch library to earn an entry. Just ask a library staff member. Or find Browser’s library card on our website. When you find the card, click on it and you will be taken to an entry form that can be submitted online.

For those who like eBooks and other eResources, download your selected item, fill out an online entry slip and submit it - online.

Teens, tell us what is the last thing you check out with your library card. Fill out the online entry form with the name of the last item check out and submit the form.

You can enter once a day. Winners of system prizes will be announced Oct. 3. These prizes include gift cards for ages 5 to 17 and an Apple iPad Air for ages 12 and up.

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