District library news

July 23, 2014

Insect show coming to PCDL

Have you ever wanted to get hands-on with some of the largest live insects on the planet? In August and September, the Preble County District Library will welcome Dr. Insecta, the first to combine the study of insects with magic, and he’s sure to keep audiences of all ages entertained.

Bill Maxwell (Dr. Insecta) is a former U.S. Navy diver, humorist, illusion designer, and insect aficionado whose performance history goes back nearly 40 years. He has taken his performance to NASA, various science centers, including the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, college outreach theaters, metro parks, nature centers, and many elementary and middle schools across the country. He’s also been seen on NBC, CBS, and Fox television networks. Hundreds of thousands of children and adults know his show, the ‘Incredible Unforgettable Bug Lab Experience.’

Dr. Insecta will present his show at each of the seven PCDL branches. The full schedule is as follows:

Monday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m at the West Manchester Branch (212 S. High St.)

Monday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the New Paris Branch (115 N. Washington St.)

Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Eldorado Branch (150 N. Main St.)

Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Camden Branch (104 S. Main St.)

Saturday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Eaton Branch (301 N. Barron St.)

Saturday, Sept. 6 at 12 p.m. at the West Alexandria Branch (16 N. Main St.)

Monday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. at the West Elkton Branch (135 N. Main St.)

The Bug Lab’s ultimate goals are to educate, encourage, and inspire young entomologists of the future to discover this ever-expanding science of insects, who allow us to share their world.

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Tween Filmmakers Club

Are you interested in the world of stop-motion animation and filmmaking? Children age 8-12 will have the opportunity to work on a collaborative movie in a four-week club at the Eaton Branch of PCDL. In the club, the group will write, create, and film a movie as a group. At the final week, parents and families of the children will be invited for a viewing party, and each participant will receive a DVD of the completed film. The schedule of sessions is:

Thursday, Aug. 14 from 4:45-6:15 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 21 from 4:45-6:15 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28 from 4:45-6:15 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4 from 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Light snacks will be provided at each session. Registration is required for the club. Register by calling the branch at 937-456-4331 or sign up in person at the Eaton Branch circulation desk. Please only register if you are able to attend all four sessions, as each session builds upon the previous sessions, and there are limited spots available.

New genealogy database

Preble County historians now have a brand new genealogy database with which to research local records over the internet. Although still in its testing phase with new records being added every day, the Preble County Genealogy Database will thrill anyone researching family history. If you’re looking for crystal clear (and easily manipulated) images, broader subject matter (such as records for historic homes and Sexton Reports), and obituaries and marriage records, try out the new database at Please also continue to use the ‘Preble County Historical Marriage and Obituary Records’ database, as not all records have been moved to the new database.

Local Computer Basics classes

The popular classes on computer basics provided by PCDL will be available at some of the branch libraries in July. Learn the basic components of a computer, create an email account, and practice using a mouse and keyboard. Registration is required prior to each class. In July, classes will be at:

West Elkton Branch on Thursday, July 24 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Register by calling 937-787-4873.

Eldorado Branch on Tuesday, July 29 from 1-3 p.m. Register by calling 937-273-4933.

West Manchester Branch on Wednesday, July 30 from 4-6 p.m. Register by calling 937-678-8503.

Brown Bag speaker series

Communicating through email is the perfect way for businesses and nonprofits to connect with people. Email is easy, affordable, timely, and has a far greater response rate than direct mail. This class will teach you the basics of using Constant Contact and offer tips on email marketing etiquette and how to use it creatively and effectively to grow your business/nonprofit. Wright State Small Business Development Center Director Earl Gregorich will be at the Library Administration Office on Thursday, July 31 at noon for a presentation on email marketing. Register for the presentation by emailing

Book Talk

What are you reading this summer? Come to the Eaton Branch of PCDL to share your adventures with friends and make some new friends. The next summer Book Talk will be held at the Eaton Branch at 301 N. Barron St. on Thursday, Aug. 21. at 6:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. Bring a friend.