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Job Hunt Assistance

We recently conducted an online survey about how our patrons use our website, online resources, and public computers. We'd like to share some of the results.

During the survey, 23% of our patrons using the public computers/wifi did so for employment purposes. 12% of them applied for a job using our computers and other online resources. 58% of those patrons received an interview and 42% were hired!

In addition to books about resumes, interviewing, and career opportunities, we have several resources to assist you during your job hunt.

Book a Librarian: Schedule a one on one session with one of our reference staff. Ask questions about setting up an email account or using MS Word. Learn about online resources to assist with resume creation or time management or brushing up on computer skills. Call one of our branches or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.

Learning Express Library: Online resource that assists throughout the job search from filling out a job application to creating a strong resume to acing the interview.

Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success: Tutorials about workplace skills, computer skills, job search and resume tools, career test preparation, and GED test preparation.


New Price Guide Available

We're now offering our patrons access to a new price guide, Price It! Antiques & Collectibles. This online resource will help you discover an item's current realistic market value by aggregating data from WorthPoint's own Worthopedia™ database, as well as established and reliable sources like eBay, TIAS.com and dozens of brick-and-mortar auction houses. You'll have the latest information about collectibles without costly appraisals. Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is available 24/7 on our website at Research and Homework.


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.


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.


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.

Additional resources about canning:


Discovery Club: Be Ready!

September is National Preparedness Month. Join our monthly Discovery Club at the Union Township Branch on Friday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. Kids will learn facts about emergency situations, how to create preparedness kits, and brainstorm how to make their own home safety plans. Make a plan to attend! This program is for ages 6-12.

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


Learn Paper Marbling

Create unique works of art with ink, paper and water! Learn the art of suminagashi, Japanese paper marbling at the Amelia Branch on Saturday, September 13 at 2:00 p.m. You can make your own masterpiece to take home! We provide the supplies; you provide the creativity! This program is for ages 16+. For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 752-5580 or register online.

Books about Japanese paper crafts.


Visit from The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Join us at the Milford-Miami Township Branch on Saturday, September 13 at 2 p.m. for a visit from Rick Walls, executive director of The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. We will take a look back at the history of Cincinnati's baseball team and see memorabilia and artifacts from the museum's collections. Test your knowledge of team history with a trivia challenge to win prizes!

For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 248-0700 or register online. This program is for ages 6+.

Books about the Cincinnati Reds.


Learn to Loom

Lori Blevins of Lorilooms will teach you how to make handmade knitted gifts for friends and family members. Join us on Saturday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. at the Owensville Branch. Using looms and your own two arms, you'll make a scarf, a mug cozy, or body scrubbie We provide all of the supplies; you bring your creativity! For ages 13+. For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 732-6084 or register online.


Kitchen Reader Cookbook Club

Do you love browsing cookbooks and trying new recipes? Join our newest book club - The Kitchen Reader. We will meet at 6:45 p.m. every other month starting September 15, 6:45 p.m. at the Union Township Branch. For our first meeting, we'll discuss general cookbooks like Good Housekeeping and Joy of Cooking. Bring a recipe and your favorite kitchen gadget so we can talk about what we consider to be the kitchen essentials. We have copies of cookbooks to checkout; just ask at the desk.


Visit from RAPTOR, Inc!

See birds of prey up close at the New Richmond Branch on Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about the adaptations that make them supreme hunters of the sky. Cindy Alverson of RAPTOR, Inc. will have artifacts like feathers, wings, skulls, feet and raptor vocalizations available. Meet several rescued raptors! This event is for all ages. For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 553-0570 or register online.


Hardware Store Pumpkins

It's a pumpkin! It's a pumpkin? Craft a fall pumpkin from supplies found at the hardware store. Make a dryer vent pumpkin at the New Richmond Branch on Monday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. All supplies are provided, but space is limited. Get crafty this Halloween season! This program is for 18 and up. For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 553-0570 or register online.

Books and DVDs about making fall decorations.


Talk Like a Pirate Day

Shiver me timbers, matey! Come to the Milford-Miami Township Branch on Saturday, September 20 at 1 p.m. to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day! The library's very own Hands Up! Puppet Troupe will perform A Pirate Adventure starring Hap Hazard and his faithful sidekick Polly. Attendees ages 5-10 get to make a captain's hook. There will be grog to drink and pirate grub to eat. For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 248-0700 or register online.

Children's books about pirates.


Crafter Dark

Back by popular demand! Make your other coffee mugs jealous by decorating your own with oil-based paint Sharpie markers at Crafter Dark: DIY Sharpie Design Mug II. Join us at the Union Township Branch on Monday, September 22 at 6 p.m. wearing clothes you don't mind getting dirty. All supplies are provided but bring creativity and your sense of fun! All attendees will get instructions on how to fire their newly-designed mugs in their own ovens after the program. For teens and adults. For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 528-1744 or register online.


Perfect Pie Crust Tips

No-fail pie crust every time! Learn how to make a perfect pie crust from Cindy Mahaffey, who learned her techniques from her grandmother. Join us on Tuesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Owensville Branch. She'll have samples to taste and discuss. Bring your favorite recipe to share, too!For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at or register online. For ages 16+.

Cookbooks about pies.


Weave a Rainbow Bracelet

Make your own colorful bracelets at the Amelia Branch on Tuesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. Weave a bracelet using the library's loom or create a cool chevron bracelet with embroidery floss. Attendees, ages 10-17, will design their own bracelets to weave, wear, and take home. Come prepared to devour a colorful snack!

For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 752-5580 or register online.


Homeschool Hangout: Poetry Slam

Join our Poetry Slam at the Amelia Branch on Friday, September 26 at 11 a.m. Try your hand at found poetry, spine poetry and more! We'll talk about different types of poetry. Write your own poetry and share it with the group if you'd like. Bring your creativity! For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 752-5580 or register online.

Children's books of poetry.


Free Jim Gill Concert

Join us for a special family concert with Jim Gill at the Union Township Branch on Friday, September 26 at 6 p.m. Each of Jim’s concerts is an active sing-along and clap-along. He bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, jumps, dances and even sneezes along. The concert is filled, of course, with songs and stories from Jim’s award-winning recordings and books for young children.

Jim’s true art is to create a joyful musical experience for children and parents together. He is a nationally acclaimed author and musician. Over the years his recordings and books have received five separate awards from the American Library Association.

For more information or to receive a reminder phone call before the concert, visit or call the library at 528-1744. If you would like to receive a reminder email, register online. You don't need to register to attend the concert.


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.


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.


Star Wars Reads Day

The Force is strong…at the Amelia Branch! Attendees ages 4-11 are invited to help us celebrate our third annual Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2-3 p.m. Play Jedi games, create out of this world crafts and play with LEGOs. Enjoy a "Wookie" cookie with us and meet other young Jedi warriors. Don't forget to come in costume.

For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 752-5580 or register online.


Pumpkin Contest

Do you have what it takes to win The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest? To win, create the coolest pumpkin around! Enter the contest with your friends or family, decorate a pumpkin and bring it to the Amelia Branch between Oct. 20 and Oct. 28. It will be on display for everyone to see. Patrons will vote Oct. 28 for their favorite, during Amelia's Fall Festival. Prizes will be awarded to the winners! Call the branch at 752-5580 for more information.


The History of Spring Grove Cemetery

Cemeteries act as memorials to the past and offer a unique view of our history, culture and way of life. Meet author, Philip J. Nuxhall at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 21 at the Amelia Branch. Mr. Nuxhall will share his vast collection of historical facts, stunning photos, and remarkable documentation of over 3,000 markers, monuments, and sculpture from the Spring Grove Cemetery during his tenure as historian. Join us for a look at the history of this well-known cemetery. Copies of Mr. Nuxhall's books "Beauty in the Grove" and "Stories of the Grove" will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information or to register for the program, visit or call the library at 752-5580. For attendees ages 12-adult.


Chilling Tales and Hot Chocolate!

The Dreamweavers Storytelling Troupe will perform scary and not-so-scary tales in the outdoor area at the Felicity Branch on Monday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. The library will provide the hot chocolate. Do you dare to be scared? For more information, call the library at 876-4134.

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Fall Open House

Join us for our fall festival at the Amelia Branch from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, October 28. We'll have refreshments, a craft table and a performance from the puppet troupe! A technology table will be available to assist patrons with the library's downloadable resources. Visitors can vote for their favorite design in the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. The Hands Up! Puppet Troupe performance is at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call the library at 752-5580.


Fire Truck Stories

Kids ages 3-11 can come to the Amelia Branch on Saturday, September 20 at 2 p.m. for a special story time. Enjoy stories about fire trucks, firefighters and fire safety! Make a firefighter's hat to take home, but first, try your hand at driving our pretend fire truck and putting out a pretend fire! visit or call the library at 752-5580 or register online.

Children's books and DVDs about fire trucks.