Kids and families
Maker Space Open Hours
The Maker Space is a room full of new technology with open access to all ages. All equipment and assistance is free. Learn digital design, photography, sewing, and more with free access to this equipment. Bring your own consumables, such as fabric and paper. Some materials can be purchased for a fee.
The Maker Space has open hours every Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The room includes a 3D printer, a digital paper/vinyl cutter, a sewing and embroidery machine, a computer loaded with software for 3D modeling, video and photo editing, and audio/video production equipment.
Tween-tivities: Suminagashi (ages 8-12)
Suminagashi is a Japanese art form that uses floating ink to create marbled patterns of color. Create your own designs using this technique at the library!
Please register in advance for these programs.
Suminagashi will be at the West Manchester Library on Wednesday, March 7 at 5 p.m. Call (937) 678-8503 to register.
It will be at the West Alexandria Library on Monday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. Call (937) 533-4095 to register.
The West Elkton Library will host a week of Superhero events on March 12, 14, and 15. Each day, at 4 p.m., there’ll be a different activity, from mixing up your own superhero formula to feats of strength!
Tween Film Workshop (ages 8-12)
Our Tween Film Workshop for March will focus on the amazing world of sound!
Challenges include making sound effects, vocal recordings, and music. Participants will get to try their hand at Foley — one of the most creative aspects of filmmaking! Tween Film Workshop will be at the Eaton Library on Wednesday, March 14 at 4:15 p.m.
Create, Explore and More!
The themes of this exploration program are green, gold, and rainbows! Families can delve into several creative stations together. We’ll make a pot of gold slime, explore simple science activities, and much more!
Drop in from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the Eaton Library for a family-friendly activity!
Craft and Story
The New Paris Library has story time and crafts on March 12 and 19 at 5 p.m. each day.
The West Alexandria Library will have a crafting table set up with plenty of supplies on Tuesday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. Celebrate National Craft Month.
Homeschool Hour: Recycled Art
This program will give homeschool students a chance to think outside the box with their artwork. We will discuss art made from found or recycled items, and get a chance to create our own sculptures out of recycled materials! This program will be unique, exciting, and environmentally friendly. Let’s build something new!
There are two sessions: one on Wednesday, March 21 and another on Wednesday, March 28. Both programs start at 3 p.m., and registration is required. Call (937) 456-4331 to register.
Teens (grades 6-12)
Weekly Teen programs at the Eaton Library
On Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., teens in grades 6-12 can come to the Eaton Library for a weekly program:
March 13: The monthly movie will be a throwback to the 2000s with snacks.
March 20: Toys, Games, and Tech. Try out video games, virtual reality, and more!
March 27: DIY Organization: Build your own organization station!
Now is your chance to try virtual and augmented reality! Take a turn on the library’s new VR goggles. Ride a roller coaster, explore distant lands, travel a virtual maze, or man the defense of a spaceship. While you’re waiting for a turn with the goggles, try the Aurasma app for augmented reality.
Registration is required. Stop into the library or call ahead to register.
The VR program will be at the West Manchester Branch on Wednesday, March 7 at 4 p.m. Call (937) 678-8503 to register.
It’ll be at the West Alexandria Branch on Monday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m. Call (937) 533-4095 to register.
Teen book club: Black Dove, White Raven
The next meeting of the Eaton Library’s Teen Book Club is Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. All teens in grades 6-12 are welcome, but you must sign up ahead of the book club. There are only 10 spots, but each participant gets a free copy of the book to keep!
The next book is ‘Black Dove, White Raven’ by Elizabeth Wein. We’ll have a different book every month. Young adult titles may contain mature themes and language, so parental discretion is advised.
Crafts for adults
Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.: DIY gardener’s hand scrub and sweet orange sugar scrub at the Camden Library. Reservations required by Feb. 23.
Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Add crafty touches to plastic Easter eggs at the New Paris Library
Gaming discussion and design group
Do you want to make your own game, but don’t know where to start? Join the Eaton Library’s new group! Learn where to find ideas and resources, and interact with people who also want to make their own games. This group will meet the first Monday of every month from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Winter got you down? Join us for our first Relaxation Station at the Eaton Library on Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. and find new ways to beat the winter blues. Choose between several different activities – chair massages, making simple face and skin products, and coloring. Light refreshments will be provided.
Laughing is an easy way to strengthen all immune functions, bring more oxygen to the body and brain, foster positive feelings, and improve interpersonal skills. A trained instructor will lead you through laughter exercises at the Eaton Library on Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m. Call (937) 456-4331 or visit the Eaton Library to sign up.