PCDL plans activities


Kids and Families:

Homeschool Hour: Alternative Energy

Learn all about solar power, wind power, and other ways to make electricity at the April Homeschool Hour. Open to all homeschool students and educators, this class will teach you about some of the latest ways our electricity is being generated. Homeschool Hour is on Wednesday, April 20 at 3 p.m. in the Preble County District Library meeting room at 450 S. Barron St. in Eaton.

Create, Explore, and More: family program

At the Eaton Library on Saturday, April 9, families can delve into our different creative and exploratory stations together. We’ll have heat-sensitive putty, a giant Connect 4 game, instant snow, and more! Drop-in between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. and have fun as a family!

Bernoulli Ball tween craft (ages 8-12)

In April, you’ll learn to make a device to levitate a ball in mid-air! See the Bernoulli Principle in action! The tween craft will be at the:

West Manchester Branch on Monday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m.

Eldorado Branch on Tuesday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Camden Branch on Wednesday, April 6 at 4:45 p.m.

West Alexandria Branch on Monday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m.

New Paris Branch on Tuesday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m.

West Elkton Branch on Wednesday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Spring crafts

Celebrate the coming of spring with a unique craft at the Eldorado and West Manchester library branches. We’ll have refreshments afterwards. The Spring Make It-Take It will be at the West Manchester Library on Wednesday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. and at the Eldorado Library on Thursday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m.

National Library Week Open Houses

See all your library has to offer during National Library Week, April 10-16. The West Alexandria and New Paris branches of Preble County District Library are each having an open house to showcase library services. The West Alexandria Branch’s open house is Monday, April 11 beginning at 12 p.m., and the New Paris Branch’s open house is Tuesday, April 12, starting at 2 p.m.

Earth Day crafts

Celebrate Earth Day with crafts at the library. The New Paris Library will have an Earth Day craft on Friday, April 22 at 11 a.m. The West Alexandria Library will be recycling old crafts left over from other programs on the same day at 12 p.m.

Teens (grades 6-12):

Super Smash Bros. Tournaments

We’ll be playing up to 8-player Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U in March! Every player wins a prize, and the tournament champion will win a Pikachu hat! Snacks will also be provided. Play in the Super Smash Bros. Tournament at the Eldorado Library on Thursday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m.

Teen Anime Club

Like anime? Teens in grades 6-12 can watch anime, try Japanese snacks, and make anime/manga inspired crafts at the Eaton Library. The next Anime Club meets Tuesday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m.

Super Mario Maker Challenge

Try out one of the library’s newest Wii U games: Super Mario Maker! Take our Course Maker Challenge, where you’ll design a Mario course. We’ll play the courses and vote on the best one. The creator of the top course will win a Super Mario prize box! Everyone gets snacks and prizes. Join us at the Eaton Library on either Tuesday, April 12 at 3:30 p.m. or Friday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m.

Registration is required. Call (937) 456-4331 or register in person at the library.

Pokkén Tournament

Try the newly released Pokkén Tournament game for the Wii U! We’ll play tournament style, and the top player will win a Pikachu hat! Everyone will leave with a prize, and we’ll have snacks during the tournament! Pokkén Tournaments will be at the:

West Alexandria Library on Wednesday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Camden Library on Thursday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.

West Manchester Library on Monday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Teen Creative Writing Group

Local teens can spur their creative juices at the Teen “Write On!” writing club. We’ll have creative writing prompts, snacks, and you can talk with other teens about writing. You can share aloud, but you don’t have to.

Join us on Tuesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. at the Eaton Branch Library (301 N. Barron St.). Registration is required. Register in person at the library or call 937-456-4331.


Eldorado Library book sale

Throughout the month of April, check out the Eldorado Library for a large selection of fiction and nonfiction books, with titles available for adults, teens, and kids. The book sale will run during open hours, which are 12-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. All sales are by donation only with no set prices. Take what you like and give as much as you can, as all proceeds go back into the Eldorado Library.

Adult Crafting: Tussie-Mussie Holder

Design and make a Tussie-Mussie holder at the library’s April adult crafting programs. Fill it with flowers for someone special or keep it for you own enjoyment. This would make a beautiful Mother’s Day gift. We’ll be crafting at the:

Eaton Library on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Camden Library on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.

New Paris Library on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.

West Alexandria Library on Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Eldorado Library on Tuesday, April 26 at 4 p.m.

West Manchester Library on Wednesday, April 27 at 4 p.m.

Furnishings of early Ohio

Learn about the wide range of goods both made and used on the Ohio frontier at the Preble County Room on Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. The library will welcome Andrew Richmond, who will take you through how trade networks and consumer choice played key roles in the furnishing of Ohio frontier homes. The presentation is free to attend. It will be held at 450 S. Barron St. in Eaton.

This program is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Novel Discussion Book Club

Join us at the Eaton Branch of Preble County District Library for our monthly book discussion. This month, we’ll meet Thursday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “Circling the Sun” by Rebecca Paula McLain, author of “The Paris Wife” and “A Ticket to Ride.” The Novel Discussion book club meets the third Thursday of every month.

Be a Kid Again

Why should the kids have all the fun? Join us at the West Alexandria Library for a program to remind you of your childhood. On Tuesday, April 26, adults will have a chance to color with our adult coloring books at 5:30 p.m. We’ll have crayons, markers, and colored pencils for an hour of coloring.

Tea Party

Join us for the West Manchester Library’s inaugural monthly tea party. On Wednesday, April 27 at 3 p.m., we’ll have tea and a treat and discuss the latest books and movies. Make sure to stay for the adult craft at 4 p.m., where we’ll be making Tussie-Mussie holders.

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