EATON —The Preble County District Library has released its January programming and activity calendar as follows:
New Paris Storytime and Craft (All ages): Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
Camden Little Ones Storytime (All ages): Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
West Alexandria Storytime (All ages): Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Eaton Storytimes run through Feb. 9. Registration is required. CAll the Eaton Branch at 937-456-4331 or email [email protected] to register.
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 while supplies last.
Kids: Yarn Art
Teens: Sand Art
Each kit includes instructions and materials to complete each craft.
New: Weekly Teen Programs at the Eaton Branch
On Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. ., teens in grades 6-12 can come to the Eaton Branch to enjoy activities such as coloring and simple crafting, board games, video games, and more!
• Jan. 17: Board Games
• Jan. 24: Perler Beads
• Jan. 31: Teen Book Club – Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen
New: Let’s Get Crafty!
The Preble County District Library offers various adult craft and social programs in January at several of our locations throughout Preble County.
Tuesday, Jan. 17, at New Paris at 6 p.m. : Valentine Gnome
Thursday, Jan. 19, at Eldorado at 4:30 p.m. : Bring Your Own Craft Club
Jan. 25-26, at West Elkton at 3 p.m. : Notes from Helen
New: Family Crafts and Activities
The Preble County District Library offers various family craft and social programs in January at several of our locations throughout Preble County.
Wednesday, Jan. 18, at West Manchester at 4:30 p.m. — Game Night
Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Camden at 6 p.m. — After School Fun
New: Build Something New with LEGO Programs
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: Tuesday, Jan. 24, all day
West Manchester LEGO Party: Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 4:30 p.m.
Eldorado LEGO PARTY: Thursday, Jan. 26, at 4:30 p.m.
West Alexandria LEGO Club: Saturday, Jan. 28, at noon
Eaton LEGO Club: Monday, Jan. 30, at 4:30 p.m.
New: West Alexandria Winter Reading Kickoff
“Seas the Day with a Good Book” and dive into our Winter Reading Challenge at the West Alexandria Branch. There are programs and activities planned for All ages including Children’s Winter Reading programs, Teen and Adult Winter Reading Bingo, Weekly Grab & Go Kits, Storytime, Weekly Display Contests, and more!
Friday, Jan. 20, all day — National Penguin Day
Saturday, Jan. 21 at noon — Suncatcher Saturday
Jan. 23-28, all day — National Kiss a Shark Week with daily crafts
Monday, Jan. 30, all day — National Bubble Wrap Day
New: All the Feels Winter Reading Challenge with Beanstack
A reading challengefrom the comfort of your own home! Throughout January, patrons can participate in the “All the Feels” Winter Reading challengesponsored by Beanstack. During this online-only chAll enge, we encourage you to read at least 8 hours during January (reading to your kids and listening to audiobooks counts!). Earn fun emoji-themed badges for logging your reading, accomplishing activities, and submitting book reviews! Complete the challengeand earn a prize! Keep track of your reading on our Beanstack site at preblelibrary.beanstack.org or on the Beanstack mobile app.
New: West Elkton Book Sale – West Elkton Branch on Jan. 9-19
The West Elkton Branch will hold a book sale Jan. 19, during regular business hours. We will have books, magazines, CDs, and movies available, and all sales are through donations only. Come check out our selection!
New: Create, Explore, and More! – Eaton Branch on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m.
Join us in the new year for a fun session of Create, Explore & More at the Eaton Branch on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Families can delve into our different creative and exploratory stations together. Stations include 3D drawing pens, DIY beaded bracelets, robots, and more! Drop in and have fun as a family. There is something for everyone.
New: Social Stitch – Eaton Branch on Monday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m.
Do you enjoy activities such as knitting, crocheting, or embroidery? Please bring your own fiber arts project and join us for drop-in style meetings on the third Monday of each month. We provide a casual atmosphere (and refreshments!) for collective crafting. All skill levels are welcome! While this program is open to adults, it is geared towards our Emerging Adults, 18 to 30-year-olds.
New: Technology Sandbox – Eaton Branch on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m.
Thinking about buying a new computer, e-reader, or tablet? Want to “test drive” something before you make a decision? Visit us at the library for a “technology sandbox,” where you will have the chance to handle and learn about various electronic devices. We will have the following devices available to try out iPad, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire tablet, Laptop running Windows 10.No appointments are necessary; this will be a drop-in event.
New: Homeschool Hour: Self-Portraits – Eaton Branch on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m.
The original selfie! At this Homeschool Art Lesson, try your hand at a self-portrait. Explore oneself through painting and drawing. This program is open to home-educated students of All ages. Register at the Eaton Branch or call 937-456-4331.
New: Eaton Book Sale – Eaton Branch on Janu. 21-28
The Eaton Branch Book Sale is back! It will run for one week, Jan. 21-28. Get to the library early for the best selection of fiction, nonfiction, young adult, children’s books, CDs, and DVDs. There are no set prices, and All sales are through donation only. Grab what you want and give as much as you can. All funds raised support the Eaton Branch.
New: Open Puzzling – Eaton Branch on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m.
Want a quiet place to stay warm and work on a puzzle? Join us at the Eaton Branch, where we will have a selection of puzzles and hot drinks. You can also bring your own puzzle or choose one from our selection.
New: January Adult YA Book Club – Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin – Wednesday, Jan. 25, 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: January Teen Book Club – Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen – Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 3:30 p.m.
Welcome Teen Book Club! Grades 6-plus can request a free copy from their branch here: http://bit.ly/pcdltbc. Read the book and join us on Jan. 31, at 3:30 p.m. outside of the Eaton Branch for a discussion! If you are unable to make it to the meeting, please let us know in advance. You can still post a review on GoodReads ( http://bit.ly/tbcresponses ) to discuss it with other teens!
Other Library Program Offerings
New: West Alexandria Branch’s Betty White challenge
The West Alexandria Branch will honor Betty White’s legacy by hosting a pet supply drive for the Preble County Humane Society. Items will be collected through Jan. 31. Drop off your items on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and receive a Betty White bookmark and be entered to win a Betty White book.
The Preble County Humane Society is currently in need of: bleach, laundry detergent, dish soap, scrub brushes, all-purpose cleaners, dry cat food, pate canned food for cats, cat litter, dry adult dog food, puppy chow
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 at 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, and Carillon Historical Park.
*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 County Records Online – families, obituaries, marriages, historic landmarks, and more
Search the library’s in-house genealogical and 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.