PREBLE COUNTY — Fall Storytimes will be held as follows:
New Paris Storytime (all ages): Mondays at 5 p.m.
Camden Little Ones Storytime (all ages): Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Mother Goose Storytime (birth-age 3): Wednesdays or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Eaton Library Mice Preschool Storytime (age 3-Pre-K): Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. or 4:45 p.m.
After School Crew Storytime (age 6-12): Thursdays at 4:45 p.m.
New! Grab & Go Crafts Are Back — All Branches
Grab & Go Kits have returned and are available at all branches unless noted otherwise. Contact your local branch to reserve a kit while supplies last.
Kids: Pop-Up Haunted House Card
Teens: Pet Ghost
Each kit includes instructions and materials to complete each craft.
New! Family Crafts and Activities
The Preble County District Library offers various family craft and social programs in October at several of our locations throughout Preble County.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, at West Manchester at 4:30 p.m.: Spooky Snack Crafts
Thursday, Oct. 27, at Eldorado at 4:30 p.m.: Spooky Snack Crafts
New! Witches’ Brew Social – West Elkton Branch on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m.
Calling all witches & warlocks, ghosts & goblins! The West Elkton branch is having a Witches’ Brew Social for all ages! (Not your granny’s kind of ice scream social!) We will be serving up a special witches’ brew, along with coffee and hot cocoa. Do you have a spooky story about the area to share? Know any interesting history about West Elkton? If so, come sit a spell around our spooky indoor campfire and sip some witches’ brew. We’d love to hear your spooktacular tales! Kids-come in dressed in your Halloween costume and get a Halloween treat! It’s sure to be a spook-tastic time!
New! Build Something New with Lego Club
Let your imagination run wild as Preble County District Library hosts Lego Club. Lego Club is kids and teens to show off their Master Builder skills. If you bring Legos from home, please label them in a container with your child’s name.
New Paris After School Lego Time: Wednesdays all day
West Alexandria Lego Club: Saturday, Oct. 29, at noon
Eaton Lego Club: Monday, Oct. 31, at 4:30 p.m.
New! Halloween Trick or Treating – West Elkton Branch on Monday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m.
Hey kids, the West Elkton branch will be handing out a special treat for trick-or-treating on Halloween from 3-6 p.m.. So stop in for a bite! We’d love to see your Halloween costumes! Scare ya then!
New! October Adult YA Book Club – What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra – Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m.
YA books aren’t just for teens! Join us for a New book club celebrating Young Adult reads… for adults! Before each meeting, a few Free copies of our selected title will be available to registered members. Please pick up a copy, read the book, then join us for a relaxed discussion on the program date. That’s it! We’ll provide the snacks and the meeting space; you bring your conversation.
New! Sting Ray Cart: Wave on Wheels Foundation registration begins
A live sting ray is coming to your Preble County District Libraries! Get up close and personal with our Yellow Sting Rays as the Wave on Wheels Foundation at Newport Aquarium bring their mobile Ray Cart to you! Sting Rays are closely related to sharks but have an incredibly different body shape and survival method. This program will cover these differences and similarities and how we can all work to be a part of their conservation!
Seating is limited! Registration opened Oct. 1 and is required for this program. You can register for this free event at the library branch where you plan to attend. Upon registration, you will receive a ticket which you must bring with you to this event.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. (West Alexandria): Twin Valley South, located at 100 Educational Drive, West Alexandria
Monday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. (New Paris): St. Paul United Methodist Church, located at 301 East Main Street, New Paris
Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. (Camden): Camden Branch Library, located at 104 South Main Street, Camden
Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. (Eaton): Eaton Branch Library, located at 301 North Barron Street, Eaton
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.
• 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
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 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-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.
Nov. 28 – Budget, Meeting Schedule, and New Board Officers