PREBLE COUNTY — Read beyond the beaten path and join us for summer reading, June 1-July 26. Read and complete challenges to earn prizes. Summer reading programs are open to kids, teens, and adults. Visit preblelibrary.org.beanstack.org for your one-stop place to register, log time, earn badges and turn in tickets for prizes. There will be free grab and go kits, prize drawings, family programming, weekly storytimes and more!
The Return of the Preble County Comic Con
Coming soon to The Star Theatre… The return of the Preble County Comic Con®! #PCCC2022
We are again kicking off our annual Summer Reading Challenge with this epic, free, fourth annual event! Join us for a day full of family fun and pop culture excitement!
There will be:
• Artists & Vendor Tables
• Tabletop Gaming with Darkhold Games
• Superhero Training with Dixon Dance Studio
• Cosplay Contest
• The 501st Legion
• Community Art Display
• Games & Prizes
• And more!
Vendors: Interested artists, cosplayers, and comic con-related vendors can fill out this form (https://bit.ly/2022pcccvendors) if they are interested in participating.
There will be more information to come, but we can tell you that, like always, it will be a FREE, family-friendly event!
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Cosplay Contest Information:
Cosplay Contest form: https://bit.ly/CosplayContestForm
One of the most popular activities associated with Comic Cons worldwide is cosplay: dressing up as your favorite character from a movie, book, or video game. During Preble County Comic Con®, we’ll decide on the best costumes for two different age groups: 0- 13 yr. and 14 yr. and older. There will be prizes for first place, runner-up, and honorable mention for each age group. You can pre-register at the Eaton library by filling out a Cosplay Contest Registration Form. Costumes from all genres are acceptable, and original characters are welcome, too. Only handmade or hand-assembled costumes will be accepted. You can use pre-styled/modified accessories such as wigs, shoes, and props, but we strongly encourage handmade accessories. This is your chance to show off your handiwork! Contestants are encouraged, though not required, to bring a reference photo or drawing of their character for the judges. Actual weapons and other items considered dangerous by the library are prohibited. All costumes must follow the library’s code of conduct (such as no nudity or offensive language) as this is an event for all ages.
Other Library Program Offerings
Magnet of the Month Club (West Alexandria Branch only)
Visit the West Alexandria Library each month to pick up a magnet kit. Each kit will include the materials you need to complete that month’s magnet. Please let us know if you need a paintbrush. Colors may vary. If you are missing a previous month, contact the front desk for extras.
1. Pick up your Magnet of the Month punch card at the West Alexandria Branch or download it here: https://bit.ly/pcdlmagnets
2. After you complete your magnet, bring it or a picture of it to show us to get your card stamped.
3. Collect all 12 punches to be entered into our grand prize drawing.
• June – Seashells
• July – USA Outline
• August – Apples
• September – Owls
• October – Ghost
• November – Dinosaur
• December – Stocking
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – Available in Preble County
United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, Preble County District Library, and the Dayton Foundation have partnered with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Preble County. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until age 5, no matter their family’s income. It is available in Preble County, and you can sign your child up for FREE here: https://ohioimaginationlibrary.org/enroll
Genealogy Room Highlights
Genealogy Fair set for June 25 at the Preble County Room
The Genealogy Fair returns to the Preble County Room on Saturday, June 25, with a host of area resources for genealogy and local history research. We are inviting local history organizations throughout the area to give researchers a single event to get acquainted with research opportunities and to allow networking between the organizations. To add another layer to the Genealogy Fair, we are also inviting local vendors who specialize in historical crafts and restoration of materials.
Don’t throw away local history – contact the Preble Co. Genealogy Room, instead!
The Preble Co. Genealogy Room is interested in archiving any local and family historical items you might come across as you clean. This includes (but is not limited to): old paperwork/documents/records, family bibles with family information, pictures of Preble Co. residents, landmarks, and properties, old maps and land records and any items having to do with the history of Preble County, its families and the surrounding areas.
If you come across an item as you clean and wish to donate it to the PC Room, please contact us at 937-456-4970 Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-3p.m. or by email at pcroomat preblelibrary.org.
Preble County records online – families, obituaries, marriages, historic landmarks, and more
Search the library’s in-house Genealogical & Historical Records collections. Visit https://preblelibrary.org/genealogy to get started on your search! Family files can also be researched in person at the PC Room. To view a list of all PC Room resources, visit https://preblelibrary.org/genealogy/holdings.
Preble County District Library Board meeting dates
The Preble County District Library Board of Directors will meet on the following dates at the PCDL Administration Office at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
June 27 – tax budget
Oct. 24 – director and financial officer evaluation
Nov. 28 – budget, meeting schedule, and new board officers