District library plans activities, events

EATON — The Preble County District Library has a host of events scheduled for the upcoming month.

Kids and families

Still time for Summer Reading

You can still take advantage of Summer Reading in July! The more you read, the better your chances for prizes during the library’s Summer Reading program! With programs for kids, teens, and adults, there’s something for everyone. Sign up at your local Preble County District Library branch in Camden, Eaton, Eldorado, New Paris, West Alexandria, West Elkton, or West Manchester.

Weekly Crafts

Through July, stop into the West Alexandria Library every Monday from 12-7 p.m. for a new weekly craft!

The Camden Library will have crafts for children on Tuesday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m. Stop in for a chance to make yummy putty! Check the full schedule at www.preblelibrary.org under “Events.”

Movie showings

Watch the newest entry into the Harry Potter universe at the Eldorado (July 11 at 3 p.m.) and West Manchester (July 12 at 3 p.m.) libraries. Starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, follow the adventure of New York’s secret community of witches and wizards set seventy years before Harry Potter.

Fantastic Bugs and Where to Find Them

Come to the West Elkton Library on Monday, July 17 at 4 p.m. and learn about the bugs that crawl all over the world! Scott Trochelman will teach us all about these fantastic creatures!

Story Times

Summer Reading is filled with story times. Bring your kids and keep them reading through the summer months:

Every Wednesday through July 26, we’ll have story time and activities at the West Alexandria Library.

The Eaton Library has weekly plays, story times, and crafts every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and every Thursday at 2 p.m.

The New Paris Library has story times and crafts on July 17, and July 24 at 5 p.m. each day.

At the West Elkton Library on July 10 at 4 p.m., we’re reading ‘Dragons Love Tacos 2,’ followed by crafts.

Fantasy Filmmaker (ages 8-12)

Summer is a great time for epic fantasy blockbusters. Kids can work to make their own fantastic short film using stop-motion in July. Reservations are required for this program. Sign up in person at your library or call ahead of the program date:

New Paris Library on Monday, July 10 at 4:30 p.m.

West Alexandria Library on Wednesday, July 12 at 2 p.m.

West Manchester Library on Monday, July 24 at 4 p.m.

Eaton Library on Thursday, July 27 at 12:30 p.m.

Preble County Comic Con

Come to the Eaton Library on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the inaugural Preble County Comic Con! The event will include cosplay contests for all ages (registration required; forms available at the library), a community fan art display (drop your art off at the library by July 19 for display), Comic Book Illustrator Adam Fields, Cosplayer Kelly Turner, green screen photo ops, and the first 100 attendees will receive a free library light saber!


Jewel Soap (teens in grades 6-12)

Choose a scent and color combination to make your own jewel-shaped bar of soap! Sign up for this program in advance at your library or call your branch ahead of the program date:

Monday, July 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the New Paris Library

Tuesday, July 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the Eaton Library

Wednesday, July 12 at 3 p.m. at the West Alexandria Library

Monday, July 24 at 5 p.m. at the West Manchester Library.

Action Origami

Action Origami will also be at the Eaton Library on Tuesday, July 25 at 3:30 p.m. Make fantasy-world origami, a chocolate frog, a Legend of Zelda bookmark and a dragon!

Chocolate Frog Origami

Have you ever wanted to be on a chocolate frog Famous Wizard Card? Create the frog (and its box) out of paper, and decorate a Wizard Card to complete the package at the West Alexandria Library on Wednesday, July 19 at 3 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, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Internet classes

If you or someone you know is just getting started using the internet, come to the Eaton Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 13. It’s the second of two classes on the internet. We’ll go further into security and privacy, website navigation, and search engines.

Tea Painting

Use your favorite tea blends to make some fantastic artwork at the West Elkton Library on Thursday, July 13 at 4 p.m. All supplies will be provided.

Wine Bottle Crafting

Make something cool with recycled wine bottles at the Camden Library on Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. All supplies are provided, but reservations are required. Reserve your spot by July 3 by signing up at the library or calling (937) 452-3142.

Scan Day

Bring your old documents and photos to the library’s genealogy department, the Preble County Room, on Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff will scan them, keep a digital copy for the genealogy archives, and send you home with the originals and a digital copy on a flash drive. The service is free. It helps you get your historical documents digitized and expands the Preble County Room’s collection. Bring your own USB flash drive, or purchase one the day of the event. Call (937) 456-4970 for more information.

Canvas String Art

Make your own epic artwork using string and spray paint at the West Alexandria Library on Tuesday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m.