EATON — The Preble County District Library will complete its June programming this week, with several new programs available through July.
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 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 & 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 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 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 — 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 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 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 — 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: http://bit.ly/pcdltbc. 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
(http://bit.ly/tbcresponses ) 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 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: 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
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 preblelibrary.org/exploreandmore 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
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 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