District library releases event, activity calendar

Repeating/Special Programs

Kids: A Universe of Storytimes

June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17 & 24 at 1 p.m. at the West Alexandria Branch: Rocket into space, become an astronaut, meet some aliens, learn about the stars. You never know what Miss Kathy has in store for you in her Universe of Stories. Activities may include crafts, stories, snacks, dancing, music — who knows!

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.

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

June 17, 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 Friday of the month at 3:30 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.

Monthly Family Board Game Night – New Paris Branch

Visit the library on the last Tuesday of each month 5 p.m. to play board games and enjoy a snack!

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.

• June 25: Battleship Blaster

Weekly Summer Reading Fun at Camden Library

June 25, July 2, 9, 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Camden Branch: Enjoy Summer Reading at the library! Listen to a fabulous exciting story that is out of this universe! The day may contain alien crafts or space activities. Delicious snacks will be provided.

Kids & Family Programs

Summer Reading

Summer reading began June 1! Stop by your local branch library to sign up. Start logging your reading for a chance to win prizes! While you’re at it, pick up a list of all the fun kids, teen, and adult events being held during the summer at your PCDL branch!

Families: Crafty Universe

June 24, July 1, 8, 15, & 22, during open hours at the West Alexandria Branch: Every Monday we will have a new “Craft of the Day” at our table located by the glass case. These crafts will require limited or no help and may be taken home to be completed. Everyone who participates will receive a piece of candy. This program is open to everyone and will stay out all day.

Families: D.I.Y. Bookmark Contest

June 24, during open hours at the West Elkton Branch: Create your own bookmark design for the library! The contest will run from June 3 to July 1, with sit-ins for creators on Mondays to use the library’s art supplies. Age categories are as follows: 5-9 years (kids), 10-14 years tweens and early teens), 15-17 years (mid teens, and 18+ (adults).

• Please return your entry to the West Elkton Branch Library no later than Monday, July 1. Winners will be chosen and notified by Friday, July 12, at the phone number provided.

• The winning bookmarks with be printed/reproduced and made available at the West Elkton Branch Library after the winners have been announced.

Weekly Crafts at the West Elkton Library

On Thursdays at 4 p.m., come to the West Elkton Library for a craft!

• June 20: Constellation Exploration (Craft & Science!)

• June 27: Summer Mystery Craft

• July 11: Barn Quilt Mini Tile

• July 18: Summer Mystery Craft

Wild Hearts Mobile Zoo

July 24, at 4:30 p.m. at the West Manchester Branch and July 25, at 3 p.m. at the West Elkton Branch: Wild Hearts Mobile Zoo will be visiting two of our libraries to help close out the Summer Reading Program! This 1-hour long program will feature 5-7 live animals varying from birds, mammals, reptiles, arthropods plus touchable furs and artifacts.

Outer Space Magic Show with Jim Kleefeld

Jim’s new show Outer Space Magic is the most FUN Summer Reading Club program Jim has done in years! Kids will be amazed as they watch Astronaut Andy get rid of ALIEN EGGS, see a wacky Space Crew who mis-assemble their spaceship, and the clever, witty ZORK, the Flying Alien. Jim’s new show is bright and colorful and interactive, so children get to be helpers and participants and help create the magic all along the way! Jim Kleefeld’s Outer Space Magic Show is 45 minutes long, highlights books and reading, is suitable for ages 4-12 and entertaining for parents as well as children.

• July 22 at 6 p.m.: New Paris Branch

• July 23 at 3:30 p.m.: West Alexandria Branch

• July 23 at 6 p.m.: Camden Branch

• July 25 at 5 p.m.: Eldorado Branch

• July 25 at 2 p.m.: Eaton Branch

• July 26 at 10 a.m.: Eaton Branch

Intro to Astronomy with Lori Cutright

July 27, at 1 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: We are closing out Summer Reading with a closer look at space! Join Lori Cutright, Sinclair professor of astronomy and physics, for an all-ages introductory astronomy lesson – terminology, star charts, telescope basics, what you might see in the sky this year, and so forth.

Tween Interstellar Engineer at YOUR Library

Your spaceship is in trouble! Solve a series of challenges to save it! From mind-games to mini-rovers, this program will test your creativity and survival skills under pressure. *This program is for ages 8-12. Please register in advance by calling or stopping in at your branch!*

• June 24, at 4:30 p.m.: New Paris Branch (437-7242)

• June 26, at 4:30 p.m.: Camden Branch (452-3142)

• June 27, at 4 p.m.: Eldorado Branch (273-4933)

Weekly Tween Activities at West Alexandria Library

June 19, 26, July 3, 17 & 24 at 2 p.m. at the West Alexandria Branch: Hey tweens! Enjoy a program just for you while exploring all types of things in your universe. We will have many types of activities, and, best of all, snacks

Adults (18+)

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!

Miniature Gardening Talk with Stockslagers Garden Center

June 19, at 3 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: Join Stockslagers Garden Center at the Eaton Library to learn about creating a miniature garden! Learn about the supplies you will need, how to care for the plants, and see a live demonstration. Stockslagers staff will be on hand to assist you with any and all miniature garden questions!

Preble County Genealogy & History Fair

June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 450 S. Barron St.: The Preble County Room is planning our 2nd Annual Genealogy & History Fair on Saturday, June 22, to highlight the genealogy resources in the area. We are inviting local history organizations throughout the area to give researchers a single event to get acquainted with research opportunities and to allow networking between the organizations. To add another layer to the Genealogy Fair, this year we are also inviting local vendors who specialize in historical crafts and restoration of materials.

The Genealogy & History Fair will be held outdoors at 450 S. Barron St., Eaton, ith a rain date of July 13. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Programming For 20-Somethings: 80s Night

June 27, at 6 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: Join us for our new series of programs aimed at younger adults! Anyone between 18 and 35 is welcome to attend. We will have 80s trivia, music, food, and movie clips. Come dressed in your finest 80s wear if you wish.