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 Happy 4th of July—certainly has the summer feel right now—hot, sunny, and ripe for boat rides, picnics, and summer fun.  Last week I mentioned the 2 dinosaur programs—as I am penning this column, there are a very few tickets left, and the Cincinnati Museum Center is very strict on the number of kids attending (I don’t blame them—if you have too many, then the kids don’t have the opportunity to really explore and participate).  The preschool-kindergarten age kids are at 11:00 a.m. (Dino Dig) and the program for the older kids (Digging for Dinosaurs) grades 1st-4th is at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9th The tickets are free, but you must sign up and pick up a ticket before the event— not only will the ticket get you in the door, there will be a ‘prize’ for all the kids as well. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this program.

        If you’ve used BookMyne app to place and track your holds and what you have checked out, the app has ‘died’ as of July 1st, but no fear! Manage your library account from the new SEO Libraries app, available for Android and iOS. This free app is easily available from the Apple or Google app ‘store’. Sign in with your Union Township Public Library card number and PIN. Once signed in, the app will display your library card number on demand.

Your PIN is the password for your library account in the Online Catalog, the mobile app, and other library services such as the Ohio Digital Library, and online services like Lynda.com. Forgot your PIN number? Just stop in and we can let you know what it is, and if you want to change it to something more memorable, we can do that for you.

You can use the barcode scanner in the SEO Libraries app to instantly scan the ISBN barcode on a book that you might see in a store, and find out if it’s available at the library—pretty cool. Of course, with each change to a new app, some people will miss features in the old, but hopefully the upgrade will have enough ‘new’ perks to make your library use easier.

New books this week include Nora Robert’s stand-alone suspense Under Currents, Nancy Thayer’s summer read Surfside Sisters, Laura Griffin’s suspenseful Her Deadly Secrets, and The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger, in which a close-knit group of friends find out how close they really are when a new gifted school appears—how hard will they fight to get their child in, and at what cost?