District library releases upcoming activity calendar

Kids & Family Programs

Night Out with Dad – Eaton Branch

Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Eaton Library: Children can come to the library with their dad or male caregiver to enjoy a fun night at the library! Families will participate in fun activities together, hear a story, have a snack, and get a small gift. *Register for this free program by calling 937-456-4331, emailing youthservices@preblelibrary.org or by stopping in at the Eaton Library.*

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: noon-7 p.m., 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.

Free Homework Help Club – Eaton Branch

The Eaton Branch of the Preble County District Library would like to introduce our Homework Help Club! This program provides free homework help to students in grades K-6. 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 youthservices@preblelibrary.org

Your library turns 60 years old in December

The Preble County District Library is celebrating its 60th year serving Preble County as a district library system. Visit us at our branch open houses to celebrate!

– West Alexandria Branch: Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4-7 p.m.: Christmas in the Village – Enjoy refreshments, snacks, door prizes, a parade, and visit Santa. Each child receives their choice of a toy, candy cane, or a pair of gloves – all for free.

– New Paris Branch: Monday, Dec. 9, from 2-8 p.m.: Holiday Open House – card making, refreshments, and more!

– West Manchester Branch: Wednesday, Dec. 11, from noon-6 p.m.: Holiday Open House – scavenger hunt, games, food, and hot drinks.

– Eldorado Branch: Thursday, Dec. 12, from noon-6 p.m.: Holiday Open House – scavenger hunt, games, food, and hot drinks.

– West Elkton Branch: Thursday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m.: make a classic sled ornament and enjoy refreshments.

– Eaton Branch: Thursday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m: Holiday Open House – live music by Dave Sams, refreshments, and prize drawings.

– Camden Branch: Monday, Dec. 16, from noon-8 p.m.: Enjoy a festive treat and sign up to win a gift basket.

– Preble Co. Genealogy Room: Thursday, Dec. 19, from 6-8 p.m.: Holiday Open House – Visit for punch, cookies, other snacks & refreshments, enter for a chance to win an AncestryDNA© test, and learn about area resources.

Reindeer Handprint Ornament – West Elkton Branch

Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. at the West Elkton Branch: Let reindeer know they are welcome at your home by making a cute handprint reindeer ornament to hang. All supplies provided. No registration necessary.

Holiday Craft for Kids – New Paris Branch

Dec. 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the New Paris Branch: kids can make a fun craft at the library, while supplies last!

Holiday Family Craft Night – West Alexandria Branch

Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m: Enjoy hot cocoa, snacks and crafts at the West Alexandria Library. We will be making crafts for a variety of winter holidays.

Kids Craft: Christmas Bazaar – Camden Branch

Dec. 17, at 5:30 p.m.: come to the library for a super fun evening of crafting! Children will make several Christmas crafts to take home. All materials provided.

Families: Snowman Ornament Craft – West Manchester/Eldorado Branches

Dec. 18, at 4:30 p.m. at the West Manchester Branch and Dec. 19, at the Eldorado Branch: Come in and warm up with a cute snowman ornament craft. Feel free to bring a friend!

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 youthservices@preblelibrary.org or calling 937-456-5478.

Weekly Story & Craft Programs – New Paris Branch

Join your New Paris librarians on Mondays, Dec, 2 and Dec, 16, at 5 p.m. for a fun program! There is usually a craft to be made, a story, and other exciting activities.

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!

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!

• Dec. 3: Resin Art

• Dec. 10: Monthly Movie (w/ hot cocoa bar)

• Jan. 7: Video Games

Unity – Monthly Teen Group

Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: join us for the 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.

Teen Book Club – December

Dec. 17, at 3:30 p.m. at the Eaton Branch: The Teen Book Club selection for the month of December will be Running out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix!

Adults (18+)

Adult Craft Night: Holiday Décor – West Alexandria Branch

Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m.: Join us for an evening of holiday crafting fun. We will provide supplies for you to make your choice of a variety of holiday and winter items.

Adult Craft: Tiny Pine Tree – West Manchester/Eldorado Branches

Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m. at the West Manchester Branch and Dec. 5, at the Eldorado Branch: How do you make a tree out of a piece of cardboard and some yarn? Come find out at the library.

Adult Craft: Painted Wooden Ornaments – Eaton Branch

Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m.: The library will provide the plain wooden ornaments and the paint; you provide your imagination! Registration required for this free program. Register in person or call 937-456-4331.

Adult Craft: Salt & Pepper Snowman – New Paris Branch

Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m.: Join us at the library to make your own salt and pepper snowman! All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Registration required for this free program. Register in person or call 937-437-7242.

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 – your branch

Every Wednesday (by appointment) at the Eaton Branch or your 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!