Kids & Family Programs
Fall storytimes under way!
Storytimes will run through Nov. 7. There are several sessions available for different age groups from 6 months to 12 years old. Classes will be held weekly. Call 937-456-4331 with any questions or to register.
The Mothman Experience with Southern Ohio Supernatural
Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: It is the time of the year for the creepy and unusual…and in keeping with jack-o-lanterns and trick or treaters, we bring you a program sure to please young and old! Besides investigating all sorts of paranormal phenomena like ghosts, spirits, and Sasquatch, investigators John and Marsha from Southern Ohio Supernatural (S.O.S.) also look into reports of UFOs and Cryptids, like Mothman! On this night, we learn historical details of Mothman sightings and what these sightings might mean.
Homework Help Club – Eaton Branch
The Eaton Branch of the Preble County District Library has introduced our Homework Help Club! This program provides FREE homework help to students in grades K-6th. Drop-ins are welcome! No registration required! Tutors will be available to assist in homework in a variety of subjects. This program is available from 3-5 p.m. each Monday. For more information, contact the Eaton Branch at 937-456-4331 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Crafting Programs – West Elkton Branch
Join your West Elkton librarians on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for a fun program! There is usually a craft to be made and other exciting activities.
• Oct. 31: Halloween Party
Weekly Fall Story & Craft Programs – New Paris Branch
Join your New Paris librarians on Mondays Oct. 21 and 28, at 5 p.m. for a fun program! There is usually a craft to be made, a story, and other exciting activities.
Halloween Party – West Manchester/Eldorado Branches
Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. at the West Manchester Branch and Oct. 24, at the Eldorado Branch: Have fun at our Halloween Party! Play games, win prizes, and enjoy snacks and candy.
PCDL MakerSpace Open Hours – Eaton Branch
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 email@example.com or calling 937-456-5478.
LEGO Club – Eaton Branch
Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: Join us for LEGO Club at the Eaton Library! School-age children can come in and build, complete challenges, and just have fun! The program will meet on the last Monday of the month from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 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.
Tween Filmmakers Club Premiere – Cops and Robbers
Nov. 6, at 4:30 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: Tween Filmmakers Club will be hosting the premiere of their finished film from the autumn session. Friends and family are invited to the first screening of a short film created right here in the library! Snacks will be provided, and materials from the filmmaking process will be on display for guests to see.
Tweens (ages 8-12)
This is the second installment of our new library vlog Library, Camera, Action! Participants will get a chance to pick their own topic to write and film for our show. The finished work of will be available on our library Youtube page following the event! All tweens must have a signed Photo Release form before the program. These will be available at the start of the program, or at the desk during registration. Tweens without a signed form are welcome to help write and film, but cannot be included on screen. Please register in advance by stopping in at your branch or by calling.
• New Paris Branch 937-437-7242: Nov. 4, at 4:30 p.m.
• West Alexandria Branch 937-533-4095: Nov. 11, at 4 p.m.
• Eaton Branch 937-456-4331: Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m.
Tween/Teen After School Vlogging
Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. at the West Elkton Branch: This is the second installment of our new library vlog Library, Camera, Action! Participants will get a chance to pick their own topic to write and film for our show. This is a program for teens and tweens. All participants MUST have a signed Photo Release form before the program. These will be available at the start of the program, or at the desk during registration. Those without a signed form are welcome to help write and film, but cannot be included on screen. Please register in advance at the West Elkton Library or by calling (937) 787-4873!*
Homeschool Hour – Pumpkin Patch Painting
Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: Paint your own Pumpkin Patch! Learn different painting techniques to create your own pumpkin patch artwork. This program is open to home-educated students of all ages. Please register in advance by visiting the library or calling 937-456-4331!
Homeschool Hour – Fossils
Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: Jim Carr from Good Guy Science will be joining us for a special talk on fossils! Learn about Paleontology, fossil hunting, and more. This program is open to home-educated students of all ages. Please register in advance by visiting the library or calling 937-456-4331!
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 to enjoy activities such as coloring and simple crafting, board games, video games, and more! These programs are designed to be self-led. Just drop by any time from 3:30-5 p.m., sign in, and have fun!
• Oct. 29: Little Shop of…Halloween
• Nov. 5: Peppa Pig Party
• Nov. 12: Ramen Noodle Bar
• Nov. 19: The Sun is Also a Star (PG-13, 120mins.)
Teen Craft: Halloween Bag – Camden Branch
Oct. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Camden Branch: Teens, create your own bag for Halloween! This bag is perfect for collecting candy or even shopping. Registration required by October 21st for this free program. Register in person or call 937- 452-3142.
Teen UV Resin Art Crafting
Try something new with UV Resin! Create a tiny scene, a piece of jewelry, or abstract art with the materials provided. This program is intended for grades 6-12. Please register in advance at your branch or by calling.
• New Paris Branch 937-437-7242: Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m.
• West Alexandria Branch 937-533-4095: Nov. 11, at 3:00p.m.
Teen Book Club – October
Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: The Teen Book Club selection for the month of October will be Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link! 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.*
Teen Book Club – November
Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: The Teen Book Club selection for the month of October will be The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin! Sign up in advance to receive a free copy of the book to read before the program!
Teen Harry Potter Alliance – Monthly Teen Group
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genetic Genealogy: Using DNA Testing to Advance Genealogical Research
Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Preble County Genealogy Room – 450 S. Barron St., Eaton: Come to the Preble County Room for a walkthrough of genealogy and DNA testing with Dr. Michael L. Robinson, PhD. If you are interested in doing DNA testing on yourself or family members and have no idea where to start, or what to do with the information once you have it, this is the seminar for you. We will start with a brief introduction to basic human genetics and how DNA testing can support genealogical investigation.
Santa Villa Toy Drive – Sponsored by Friends of the West Alexandria Library
The West Alexandria Branch will be holding a toy, book, hat, and glove drive for the West Alexandria Santa Villa during the month of November. For each NEW toy, book, hat or gloves you donate, you will be entered to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card.
Donate your new items at the West Alexandria Library during open hours: Monday & Wednesday: 12:00 pm-7:00 pm, Tuesday: 1-7 p.m., Friday: noon-4 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All items will be delivered to Santa on Dec. 1.
Christmas Card Outreach – Sponsored by Friends of the West Alexandria Library
Help us brighten the holidays for others! Stop in during open hours in the month of November to sign a Christmas or holiday card. All cards will be taken to area nursing homes and/or given to area Veterans.
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s – Informational Class
Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others, an education program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association®. The one hour program covers typical age related changes, common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.
Registration is encouraged but not required. Call 937-456-4331 to sign up.
Adult Craft: Turkey Candle Holder
Nov. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the West Alexandria Library: Adults of all ages are welcome to join us for our adult craft. Attendees will be given all supplies to create their very own Turkey Candle Holder just in time for Thanksgiving. Registration is requested to be sure we have enough supplies. Call 937-533-4095 or stop in to register!
Creative Writers’ Group – Eaton Branch
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.
Book a Librarian – Eaton Branch
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 email@example.com, or stop by the library in person to set up an appointment!