District library plans activities

Kids and families

Sponge prints

For ages 8-12: we’ll make sponge prints from mystery grow sponges. Grow a shape from a mystery capsule, and we’ll use the sponge and paint to create a cool print. This program will be at:

New Paris Library on Monday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Eldorado Library on Thursday, May 4 at 4 p.m.

Camden Library on Monday, May 8 at 4 p.m.

Homeschool Hour – Perspective

Our April Homeschool Hour will be another art lesson. This time, we will be focusing on drawing with perspective! We’ll have a discussion about how to draw three-dimensional objects, and how to work with one-point perspective.

This program will be offered on both April 19 and 26 at the Eaton Library at 3 p.m. Registration is not required, but reserved materials are only guaranteed if you sign up for one of these dates in advance. Register at the library or call (937) 456-4331.

Tween Film Club

Are you interested in the movie making process? Want to try it out yourself? Then join us for the Tween Filmmakers Club (ages 8-12)! Work with other tweens to create a script, props, and costumes, then help film and edit a short movie at the Eaton Library! This program includes 4 progressive sessions: May 3, 10, 17, and 24. The viewing party for the finished film will be Wednesday, May 31 at the library! Each child will get a DVD of the completed movie.

Registration is required for this program (Spaces will be limited!). TFC is intended for children ages 8-12 and will run from 4:15-5:15 p.m. For more information, or to register, call Sarah Tozier, Clayton Jaros, or Magrace Landwehr at 937-456-4331.

Parachute craft

Kids: bring your favorite action figure, and we’ll build a parachute for them! We’ll even test our parachutes at the library. The parachute craft will be at the West Elkton Library on Thursday, May 4 at 4 p.m.


Teen card game: Pit

Come play the classic card game of market bartering! Trade your commodities, pass the bull, and use this as a good excuse to make noise in the library. Program is for grades 6-12, and it’ll be at the Eaton Library on Tuesday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Anime Club

The Anime Club returns in May! Watch anime, try Japanese snacks, and craft with Fuse beads at the Eaton Library on Tuesday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. Anime Club is for teens in grades 6-12.

Teen Gaming

We’ll play from an assortment of board games and video games at this program for teens in grades 6-12. The games we play depend on attendance, so make sure to bring your friends! Catch the gaming program at:

New Paris Library on Monday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Eldorado Library on Thursday, May 4 at 5 p.m.

Camden Library on Monday, May 8 at 5 p.m.

Eaton Library on Tuesday, May 9 at 3:30 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.


Cemetery Restoration with Misti Spillman

Ever seen those worn out headstones in the cemetery? Misti Spillman has worked at restoring those, and has even created a guide for people who’d like to restore cemeteries. At the Eaton Library on Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m., she’ll discuss how she got involved in cemetery restoration and the numerous projects she’s done over the last six years.

Genealogy DNA

One of the most popular trends in genealogy is DNA testing to find your ancestors. Speaker Karla Huebner will be at the Preble County Room (450 S. Barron St. in Eaton) to provide an overview of the major types of DNA testing, their uses, and the companies that offer DNA testing in the U.S. Join us Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m. to learn more.

Adult Crafts

Library branches have various crafts for adults in May:

Make pinwheel wreaths at the West Alexandria Library on Tuesday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Bad Art Night at the Eaton Library on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. We provide the supplies, and you can see how creative you can get in 40 minutes. The only rule is the finished project must be cheesy, ridiculous, or just really bad.

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.

Escape Room: The Mighty Pen

The Eaton Library is hosting an escape room program for adults, where you’ll have to find clues and solve a mystery on Thursday, May 11 at 6 p.m.

Here are the details: Years ago this building was a studio for many famous painters, writers, and poets. Legend has it that they would commonly leave their mark somewhere hidden in the building for others to find. Over the years everything has been sold or lost, but we recently came across this hidden chest and picture. We do not want to destroy the crate, concerned of destroying what’s inside. Instead we were hoping you could use the image to somehow open the crate.

Try to solve all the clues and “escape” in under 45 minutes; the first team to escape wins a prize!

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.

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, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.