Preble County District Library announces June programming


EATON — The Preble County District Library has announced its June programming, with several new programs available.

NEW — Summer Reading Hits the Trails

Read Beyond the Beaten Path and join us for Summer Reading through July 26. Read and complete challenges to earn prizes. Summer Reading programs are open to kids, teens, and adults. Keep track of reading for the whole family in one place: visit for your one-stop place to register, log time, earn badges and turn in tickets for prizes. There will be free grab & go kits, prize drawings, family programming, weekly storytimes and more. Contact your local branch for more information or for help signing up.

NEW — Weekly Kids Grab & Go Crafts – ALL Branches

Weekly kids grab & go kits are available at all branches unless noted otherwise. Contact your local branch to reserve a kit while supplies last.

June 20-25: Handprint Campfire

June 27-July 2: Woven Tiny Turtles

NEW — Weekly Tween/Teen Grab & Go Crafts – ALL Branches

Weekly tween/Teen grab & go kits are available at all branches unless noted otherwise. Contact your local branch to reserve a kit while supplies last.

June 20-25: Camper Door Sign

June 27-July 2: Bee Soap

NEW — Weekly Summer Storytimes & Crafts for Kids

The New Paris Branch offers weekly in-person storytimes for kids of all ages. Our storytimes are formulated around Every Child Ready to Read initiative, focusing on the five early literacy practices of reading, singing, playing, talking, and writing. Some crafts may get a little messy.

Happy Camper Summer Reading Storytime (New Paris): Mondays at 5 p.m.

Summer Reading Fun (Camden): Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (starting June 21)

Summer Reading Storytime (Eaton): Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Campfire Tales (West Alexandria): Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Camp Wanna-Funna Wednesday (New Paris): Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

Summer Camp: Read Away (West Manchester): Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.

Summer Camp: Read Away (Eldorado): Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

NEW — Dive into a New Craft.

The Preble County District Library offers various adult craft and social programs in June at several of our locations throughout Preble County.

Tuesday, June 21 at New Paris at 6 p.m.: Macrame Plant Hanger

NEW — Weekly Teen Programs at the Eaton Branch

On Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., teens in grades 6-12 can come to the Eaton Branch to enjoy activities such as crafting, board games, movies, and more. Registration is encouraged. To register, visit the Eaton Branch or call (937) 456-4331.

• June 21: Exit: The Game

• June 28: Teen Book Club – Gone to the Woods by Gary Paulsen

NEW — Teens: Exit: The Game

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to try a game of escape in The Abandoned Cabin. After your car breaks down, you are looking for shelter for the night. Luckily, you find an abandoned cabin in the woods near the road. But the next morning, the door is locked. Can you solve the riddles left for you by the cabin owner and escape the cabin? This card game works as an escape room in a box. Working with your team, solve the riddles to win.

• Tuesday, June 21, at 3:30 p.m.: Eaton

• Wednesday, June 22, at 3:00 p.m.: West Elkton

• Friday, June 24, at 1:00 p.m.: West Alexandria

• Tuesday, June 28, at 6:00 p.m.: New Paris

• Wednesday, June 29, at 4:30 p.m.: West Manchester

• Thursday, June 30, at 4:30 p.m.: Eldorado

NEW — Family Rock Painting Night – Eaton Branch on Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m.

Painting rocks, rocks. Join us for a fun night of rock painting. Families can paint tiny rocks with fun designs and hide them to spread joy around Preble County. All supplies provided.

NEW — Intermediate Word Class – Eaton Branch on Tuesday, June 21, at 6 p.m.

Now that you know the basics of Microsoft Word, here is your chance to learn more advanced skills. The class will cover columns, tables, inserting comments, text wrapping, and much more. Attendance is limited to 5. RSVP at the Eaton Branch or call (937) 456-4331.

NEW — Youth Book Club – Eaton Branch on Wednesday, June 22, at 3 p.m.

The Eaton Branch hosts a special Youth Book Club meeting for Summer Reading on Wednesday, June 22, at 3 p.m.. Register at the Eaton Branch for a FREE copy of My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. Read the book independently (or with parents and friends) and join us to discuss the book when you are finished. All participants are expected to read the book in its entirety before the program. My Side of the Mountain is targeted at grades 3-5. Still, this program is open to students who can read and comprehend the material.

NEW — A Talk with Paul Stutzman – Eaton Branch on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m.

After losing his wife to cancer, Paul Stutzman sensed a tug on his heart and a call to pursue a dream. He left his job, traveled to Georgia and took his fire steps on the 2,176-mile Appalachian Trail. After completing the trek, which took four and a half months, Paul wrote Hiking Through: One Man’s Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail. In the summer of 2010, he heeded the call to adventure and pedaled his bicycle 5,000 miles across America. His experience is recorded in his book Biking Across America: My Coast-to-Coast Adventure and the People I Met Along the Way. He has documented several more adventures and published many more books. Paul will be speaking about his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail and other adventures at the Eaton Branch on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m..

NEW — TBC – Gone to the Woods by Gary Paulsen – Tuesday, June 28, at 3:30 p.m.

Welcome Teen Book Club. Grades 6+ can request a free copy from their branch here: Read the book and join us on June 28, at 3:30 p.m. outside of the Eaton Branch for a discussion.

• Some snacks are provided, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

• Our discussions are casual. You’re not being graded. There is no right or wrong answer. There is no pressure to have everything understood & figured out before you arrive at Book Club. It’s okay if you didn’t like the book or didn’t ‘get’ the book. Different perspectives make the discussion more fun.

If you are unable to make it to the meeting, please let us know in advance. You can still post a review on GoodReads

( ) to discuss it with other teens.

NEW — Build Something New with LEGO Club

Let your imagination run wild as Preble County District Library hosts LEGO Club. LEGO Club is for school-age children to show off their Master Builder skills. The library will have LEGOs for children to build if they do not bring their own. If you bring LEGOs from home, please label them in a container with your child’s name.

West Alexandria LEGO Club: Saturday, June 25, at noon

NEW — Weekly Grab & Go Crafts – West Alexandria

Weekly grab & go kits are available at the West Alexandria Branch while supplies last.

June 20-25: Bugging Out (Kids)

June 27-July 2: Turtle (Kids) and Photo Holder (Teens)

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:

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:

NEW — Explore & More Adventure Pass Program

Explore & More NOW with your PCDL Library Card. We are excited to introduce our newest service, the Explore & More Adventure Pass Program, enabling PCDL patrons to borrow passes using their library card. This one-time pass, which must be checked out in person at the Eaton Branch, grants patrons limited free access to attractions that would otherwise charge admission fees.

Participating organizations include The Dayton Art Institute, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, Carillon Historical Park, and Quiet Harmony Ranch – Elk Ranch.

Visit to learn more about the program.

*Each organization sets its own rules for how many individuals are covered under its passes and which days the passes will be honored. Patrons are advised to call the organization ahead of their visit for hours and rules.

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 through Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or by email at [email protected].

Preble Co. Records Online – Families, Obituaries, Marriages, Historic Landmarks, and more

Search the library’s in-house Genealogical & Historical Records collections. Visit 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

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

July 25

Aug. 22

Sept. 26

Oct. 24 – Director and Financial Officer Evaluation

Nov. 28 – Budget, Meeting Schedule, and New Board Officers

By Kirstin Weaver


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