Preble County District Library releases activity schedule


Repeating/Special Programs

Maker Space Open Hours

Maker Space Open Hours: Every Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: The Maker Space is a room full of new technology with open access to all ages. All equipment and assistance is free. Bring your own consumables, such as fabric and paper. Some materials can be purchased for a fee. Other dates and times available by appointment. Ask questions, or make an appointment by contacting youthservices@preblelibrary.org or calling 937-456-5478.

Teen Harry Potter Alliance – Monthly Teen Group

May 9, at 3:30 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: Join our chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance! Preble County Potterwatch is dedicated to teen leadership and fan-based activism. The international community of the Harry Potter Alliance works for equality, literacy, and human rights… all around the globe! Inspired by literature, this group encourages teens in grades 6-12 to take action for important causes through donations, campaigns, and community service. We may not have magic rings, death eaters, or White Witches to face, but there are plenty of opportunities to help improve our community and the world around us! For more information, follow @PreblePotterwatch on instagram, or contact magracel@preblelibrary.org.

Teen Book Club – Avalon by Mindee Arnett

May 25, at 1 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: Sign up in advance to receive a free copy of the book to read before the program! Teen Book Club takes place once a month, with a meeting to discuss a selected YA book. Ten spaces will be available for each session, allowing book club members to receive their own personal copy free of charge. Registration is open monthly, and only applies to that specific session. Please read the book in its entirety before the scheduled meeting. This program is available for grades 6-12, but YA titles may contain mature themes and language, so parental discretion is advised.

LEGO Club (school-age children)

Our LEGO Club meets on the last Monday of the month at 4 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: come in and build, complete challenges, and just have fun! Children can build with the library’s LEGO collection. If you bring LEGOs from home to build with, please bring them in a container labeled with your child’s name.

Unity – Monthly Teen Group

May 20, at 4 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: join us for the new LGBTQ+ teen group… Unity! This meeting is a safe space, open to local teens (including allies!) in grades 6-12. Join us for open discussion, as well as resources and information. The group will build objectives and goals, meeting agendas, future programming ideas, and more! For more information, contact youthservices@preblelibrary.org.

Creative Writers’ Group

Meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: If you have a written piece you would like to share, please bring it to the meeting. You will not be expected to share, but you are certainly welcome to do so! Writing activities and prompts will be provided for those who need a little extra inspiration.

Book a Librarian

Every Wednesday (by appointment) from 1-4 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: Would you like to learn more about computers? Do you have a new tablet or smartphone you’d like to learn more about? The Reference Librarian is happy to help with tablets/e-readers, computers, Microsoft Office, Internet, resumes and job searching, using the library catalog, and research. Call 937-456-5562, email prebleref@preblelibrary.org, or stop by the library in person to set up an appointment!

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. Snacks and prizes provided.

• May 7: Games

• May 14: Tiny Food

• May 21: Into the Spider-verse

• May 28: Alpaca Party

Kids, Tweens & Family Programs

Craft and Storytime

May 6 and May 20 at 5 p.m. at the New Paris Branch: kids, join us at the library for a story and some crafting fun afterwards!

Weekly Craft – West Elkton Library

Families can come to the West Elkton Branch every Thursday at 4 p.m. to enjoy a fun craft.

• May 2 – Paper Flower Mother’s Day Bouquet

•May 9 – Pop-Up Cards

•May 16 – Flower-Patterned Candle Holder

Tween-tivities: Ukulele

Have you ever wanted to play a musical instrument? Now’s your chance to try the ukulele! Tweens (ages 8-12) are invited to join us for a beginner-level ukulele lesson. No musical experience is necessary! This small group introduction will cover the basics of finger-picking, and will give everyone a chance for hands-on experience. *Please register in advance at your branch*

• May 6 – Camden Branch 452-3142

• May 7 – New Paris Branch 437-7242

• May 13 – West Manchester Branch 678-8503

Kids – LEGO Contest

May 8, 4:30 p.m. at the West Manchester Branch and May 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Eldorado Branch: Come to the West Manchester Library for a LEGO Contest for the kiddos! Create your very own masterpiece and build with other kids your age. *Please bring your own LEGOs to create with. Program is for ages 7-12.*

May Homeschool Hour – Animals

May 15, at 3 p.m. at the Eaton Library: We’re finishing out the school year with one fun lesson… animals! Join us to learn about some of the creatures we share our world with. *There will only be one Homeschool Hour lesson in May. This program is open to home-educated children of all ages. Please register in advance.*

Family Storytime Night

May 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: Help us celebrate Children’s Book Week (April 29th- May 5th) by joining us for this multi-age, family storytime! We’ll read some well-loved children’s books, sing songs, and make a fun craft. Families can come dressed comfortably in their PJs!

Book and Bake Sale – New Paris Library

Come to the New Paris Library from May 11th through May 17, during open hours to comb through our selection of used books, DVDs, and more! Then, stop by to purchase a yummy baked good. Proceeds benefit the library.

Library Picnic

May 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the West Alexandria Library: We’re going on a picnic and are bringing snacks, crafts and other fun activities. We hope you will join us.

School’s Out Dance Party!

May 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eaton Library: There are so many reasons to dance! School is out, it’s almost summer, and most importantly, dancing is fun! We’ll have a variety of kid’s music, glow sticks, and bubbles! So put on your dancing shoes and shimmy on down to the library!

Adults

Adult Craft: Decoupage Wine Bottles

May 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eaton Library: Customize your very own wine bottle to use as a vase or just a conversation piece! All supplies provided.

Mound Builders and Village Dwellers

May 4, at 1 p.m. at 450 S. Barron St.: Andy Sawyer from SunWatch Indian Village will be speaking on the Mound Builders and Village Dwellers. Over the last 2,000 years, southern Ohio’s pre-contact occupants left their mark on the landscape ranging from large earthen constructions to villages that housed hundreds of people. The Fort Ancient Site near Lebanon represents the mound building efforts of the people we call the Hopewell while SunWatch Indian Village in Dayton provides evidence of the first intensive farmers of the middle Ohio River valley region.

Beginners’ Microsoft Word

May 9, at 6 p.m. at the Eaton Library: Learn the very basics of Microsoft Word – text formatting, saving documents, adding pictures and WordArt, and so forth. Some computer experience required. Stop in at the library to sign up, or call 456-5562.

Adult Craft: Glass Dragon Eyes!

May 20, at 5 p.m. at the West Manchester Branch and May 23, at 5 p.m. at the Eldorado Branch: Come to the library to make glass dragon eyes!

Adult Craft: Egg Carton Wreath

May 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Paris Branch: Join us at the library as we make an egg carton wreath! All supplies will be provided and registration is required. Register at the library or call 437-7242.