District library news, activities

Library holiday closings

All Preble County District Library locations will be closed Saturday, Dec. 31; and Monday, Jan. 2 for the holiday season.

Food for Fines

Through the end of December, donate nonperishable food items to your local Preble County District Library branch to pay off your fines. For every item donated, $1 in fines will be removed from your account. Personal-sized items, single-serve-sized items, and items less than three months from the expiration date will not be accepted. Donation amounts will go only toward overdue fines and not toward lost or damaged items or collection fees. All donations will go to local food banks.

Kids and families

Eaton Library winter story time

Registration is open for the winter sessions of story time at the Eaton Library. The six-week sessions are available for kids as young as six months and as old as 12 years. The winter story times run from Jan. 4 through Feb. 8 with sessions that meet on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Register early, as spots are limited. You can register in person at the library at 301 N. Barron St. or call (937) 456-4331.

Winter Reading Challenge

Kids 12 and under in West Alexandria can track reading throughout January to earn prizes. Beginning Jan. 3, track your reading each day, and return your form to the library. For each full week completed, you’ll get a candy bar. Read every day in the month, and you can take home a book of your choice.

Story Times

Bring the kids (11 and under) to the New Paris Library every Monday at 5 p.m. in January for story time and a craft.

Calming Jars

Do you like to shake and watch the glitter fall in snowglobes? You’ll love making your own calming jar at the West Alexandria Library on Saturday, Jan. 7 at noon. This program is open to all ages but we recommend an adult be available to help small children.

Lego Building Contests

Kids in grades K-5: bring your Legos to the library and show off your build skills in our Lego Building Contests! Two contests are scheduled: Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Camden Library and Saturday, Jan. 28 at noon at the West Alexandria Library.

Create, Explore & More

Catch your first glimpse of the Eaton Library’s new 3D printer! We’ll also have LittleBits electronic kits and instant snow. All ages are welcome to the Eaton Library on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 1-3 p.m.


Eaton Library Creative Writers Group

If you have a written piece you would like to share, please bring it to the meeting. You will not be expected to share but you are certainly welcome to do so! Writing activities and prompts will be provided for those who need a little extra inspiration. The next meeting of the Eaton Library Creative Writers Group is Thursday, Jan. 12.

Novel Discussion book club

We’ll discuss ‘A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy’ by Sue Klebold at the Eaton Library on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Klebold details the last 16 years of living with the indescribable grief and shame of her son’s (Dyland Klebold) part in the massacre at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.

Email Basics class

In this class, we will set up your own email account and password, practice sending and receiving messages, and learn e-mail terminology. You are also welcome if you already have an email address and just want some practice. Class will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. Call (937) 456-4331 to sign up.