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The Preble County District Library and the Visual Art Center are collaborating for a couple programs for children and teens in April.

PCDL is warming up for Summer Reading with a special art program for children aged 5-12. The library has been collecting trash, and area kids will have a chance to turn that trash into art on Saturday, April 12. ‘Junk-Start Summer Reading’ will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Visual Art Center. Each kid will have the opportunity to win a prize after a panel of judges chooses the top piece in each of four age categories: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12.

Children can either bring their junk from home or use the assortment provided by the library. Science is the overall theme to the PCDL Summer Reading Program, and the junk art contest provides a perfect segue to the perennial favorite.

Also in April, teens will have the opportunity to mix and scratch beats at a DJ center with two turntables at the Visual Art Center on Saturday, April 26. PCDL and the Visual Art Center will celebrate National Poetry Month with the ‘Drop a Beat, Grab the Mic!’ program, open to area teens in grades 6-12.

Teens will also learn how poetry connects with hip-hop music by writing and performing rhymed couplets on a live microphone. The program will last from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pizza and snacks will follow. Registration is recommended. Call PCDL Teen Services at 937-733-6703 or email Christina Jones at joneschr@oplin.org to register.

The Visual Art Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton. More information on PCDL programs can be found at www.pcdl.lib.oh.us. A full list of programs from the Visual Art Center can be found at its website: www.takepartinart.net.

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