PCDL plans activities, programs

Summer Reading starts June 1

Sign up at your local Preble County District Library branch beginning June 1 to participate in the Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is: “The Epic Quest begins @ your Library…” Check the calendar at www.preblelibrary.org or pick up a printed calendar at your local branch for a listing of events. The more you read, the more chances you have to win prizes! With programs and prizes for kids, teens, and adults, there’s something for everyone! Sign up to get your Summer Reading game board and start tracking your reading time! Preble County District Library branches are in Camden, Eaton, Eldorado, New Paris, West Alexandria, West Elkton and West Manchester.

Kids and families

Dance Parties!

Join us at the Eaton Library for our first ever dance parties! At 1 p.m. on Friday, May 26, we’ll have a party for children 7 and under with music, bubbles, shakers and scarves. Kids and parents can dance to energetic children’s songs.

At 3 p.m. on the same day, the Eaton Library will have a dance party for children ages 8-12, complete with games and refreshments!

After School Fun

Join us at the Camden Library for our monthly after school craft program on Tuesday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Homeschool Hour: Kitchen Chemistry

You can register for one of two Homeschool Hour sessions in May. We’ll learn the basics of kitchen chemistry with simple experiments based on easy-to-find chemicals and cooking supplies that can be recreated at home.

Homeschool Hour will be Wednesday, May 17 at 3 p.m. at the Eaton Library with the program repeated on Wednesday, May 24 at 3 p.m. Make sure to sign up in advance to reserve your space.

Newport Aquarium presents: Scales and Tails

Begin your epic adventure at the library! Newport Aquarium is helping kick summer reading off in a colossal way! Discover the reptilian world during this unique experience as the aquarium’s Waves on Wheels program bring some awesome animals to the library. The featured animals are a lizard, a snake and a turtle or tortoise! This program will cover the animal’s natural history, including basic facts, adaptations and specialized features these animals display to succeed in the wild.

On Tuesday, June 6, the Newport Aquarium will be at the West Alexandria Library at 3 p.m. and at the Camden Library at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, June 8, the program will travel to the Eaton Library at 2 p.m. and the Eldorado Library at 4 p.m.

On Friday, June 9, see the Scale and Tails program at the Eaton Library at 10 a.m. and at the New Paris Library at 1 p.m.


Teens Write!

Teens in grades 6-12: Have you ever been interested in writing? Get some practice at the West Elkton Library on Wednesday, May 17 at 4 p.m.

Teen Flash Film Fest

The Eaton Library will have a two-part filmmaking program for teens in grades 6-12. Come to the library on Tuesday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 30 at 3:30 p.m. each day to create a short film. Equipment and a variety of materials will be provided as you race against the clock to create a short cinematic masterpiece.


Adult Crafts

Library branches have various crafts for adults in May:

Flower Pot Painting at the West Manchester and Eldorado libraries. We’ll decorate a clay flower pot for your inside or outside décor and provide a plant for your new pot! Join us at the West Manchester Library on Wednesday, May 24 or the Eldorado Library on Thursday, May 25. Craft starts at 4 p.m. each day.

Bring a white t-shirt to the West Elkton Library on Thursday, May 25 at 4:30 p.m. to make a tie-dye shirt with Sharpie pens.

New Paris Book Sale

The New Paris Library’s book sale is going on now through May 19. Get to the library early for the best selection of fiction, nonfiction, adult, teen, and children’s books. The book sale will be held during regular library hours, and all sales are by donation only.

Mental Health Month at the Library

May is National Mental Health Month. The Eaton Library will host staff members of the Cherry Street Clubhouse and the Preble County Mental Health and Recovery Board for a discussion of mental health issues and services in the community. Join us Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at the Eaton Library.

Resume Writing and Job Searching

Learn the ins and outs of creating a resume and filling out online job applications. There are no prerequisites for the class, but a valid personal email address is preferred. Call (937) 456-5562 or visit the Eaton Library to register for this class on Saturday, May 27 at 1 p.m.

Eaton Library Creative Writers Group

Do you like to write? Join your fellow writers at the Eaton Library once a month for our Creative Writers Group. You don’t have to share, but you are certainly welcome to. We’ll provide writing activities and prompts for those who need a little extra inspiration. The next meeting of the Eaton Library Creative Writers Group is Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.