PCDL programs, services listed


Branches open to public

To help ensure the safety of the staff and patrons, library staff has modified public areas and changed certain procedures to comply with state and federal guidelines for reopening.

Temporary change in hours and building capacities are as follows:

•Camden Branch —10 patrons at a time, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, noon-8 p.m.; Tuesday, 2-8 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

•Eaton Branch —10 patrons at a time, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m..

•Eldorado Branch — five patrons at a time. Tuesday and Thursday, noon-6 p.m., Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

•New Paris Branch —five patrons at a time, Monday-Wednesday, 2-7 p.m.; Friday, noon-4 p.m.

•Preble County Room —two patrons at a time (call ahead, 937-456-4970, for reservations) Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

•West Alexandria Branch, five patrons at a time, Monday-Wednesday, noon-6 p.m., Friday, noon-4 p.m.

•West Elkton Branch, three patrons at a time, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1-6 p.m.

•West Manchester Branch, two patrons at a time, Monday and Wednesday, noon-6 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Important notes about the library’s reopening

•The first hour of each day will be reserved for seniors and those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

•Children ages 15 and under must always be accompanied by an adult guardian while in the library.

•Building capacities have been lowered to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

•Returned items will be quarantined for at least 72 hours. This means that they will still show on your account for 3-4 days after you return them. No late fines will accrue.

•SEO holds and deliveries are suspended until further notice.

•Each patron will be limited to 30 minutes per day on the computer. Only one person will be allowed at the computer at a time. No headphones will be available at the computers. If you need audio, please bring your own headphones.

•If you require one-on-one computer help, you will be required to wear a mask.

•There will be no in-building programs offered at this time. Patrons are encouraged to connect with PCDL on Facebook where recorded programming is being offered.

•Seating will be limited, and we will be discouraging leisure reading and studying at this time.

•Table space will also be limited.

•All library toys, games, puppets, and stuffed animals have been lovingly stored for future use.

•Meeting rooms will not be available.

•All previously scheduled meetings have been canceled.

•The Preble County Room asks that patrons make an appointment to visit their location. Walk-ins are welcome, but preference will be given to appointments made in advance.

For the comfort and safety of staff and patrons, we have put the following safety measures in place:

•All items must be returned to the outdoor book drops only.

•All returned items are quarantined for at least 72 hours.

•Library staff will wear face coverings while working.

•Library staff will wear gloves when handling materials.

•Library staff will have training in new protocols before the library reopens.

•Library staff will participate in daily health assessments.

•Library staff will practice regular hand washing.

•Plexiglas shields will be put in place at all service desks.

•Social distancing measures have been put in place.

•A cleaning/sanitizing schedule has been put in place for open hours.

•Furniture has been moved or removed to allow for social distancing.

What we ask of those coming into the library:

•Respect social distancing guidelines by maintaining a 6-foot space between yourself and other patrons and staff.

•Please wear a face covering. We are not requiring patrons to wear a face covering. We will be wearing one to keep you healthy. We would appreciate it if you would do the same for library employees and your fellow patrons. If you need to have close contact with a staff member, you will be asked to wear a mask during the interaction. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.

•Use the hand sanitizer provided by the library before and after any circulation transactions.

•Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have any symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Curb-side pick-up and online programming will continue. Call your branch or visit our website to request items for no-contact pick-up.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – now available in Preble County

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, Preble County District Library, and the Dayton Foundation have partnered with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Preble County. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. It is available in Preble County, and you can sign your child up for free at https://ohioimaginationlibrary.org/enroll.

Virtual library programs on social media

The library has been working very hard to offer lots of options in the form of virtual programming and access to digital content that is sure to make your stay-at-home time brighter and busier! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @PrebleLibrary to keep up with our virtual offerings. Our events section on Facebook will allow you to view our current programs. You’ll find other fun activities such as virtual storytimes, PCDL’s new web series Vids for Kids, and more on our Facebook playlist: https://bit.ly/pcdlvirtual

Camden Branch Events

DIY hand scrub

Join Miss Lauren as she makes a nice-smelling, two-ingredient hand scrub. This simple mixture will make your dirty hands squeaky clean after a long evening in the garden. You can customize our recipe by adding any essential oil or moisturizer to the mix. Video tutorial is available here: https://bit.ly/0507pcdl

Whipped coffee recipe

Miss Lauren is showing you how to make a refreshing iced whipped coffee drink. This tasty coffee beverage is a great pick-me-up after a long day outdoors or even as a lunchtime treat! Video tutorial available here: https://bit.ly/0508pcdl

Eaton Branch Events

Edible Cookie Dough Recipe [Virtual]

Miss Emily has a delicious recipe for you! Have you ever wanted to eat cookie dough but decided not to because of the eggs? Now you can make your own egg-free version in just a few minutes. Recipe sheet and more info here: https://bit.ly/060510pcdl

Broken Record Wall Art [Virtual]

This was to be the June craft of the month at the Eaton Library, but we can still do it with some adaptations! Please contact Emily at 937-456-4331 if you would like supplies to complete this craft on your own. First come, first serve! For a printable instruction sheet and more information, visit https://bit.ly/060512pcdl.

Teen Book Club – The Turtle of Oman [Virtual]

To accommodate for continued social distancing, this month’s Teen Book Club book is available as an eBook on Hoopla Digital. Borrowing from Hoopla is FREE with your library card! Visit the Facebook post to download the book and join the discussion: https://bit.ly/tbcmay

Bleeding Tissue Paper Craft [Virtual]

Miss Emily at the Eaton Branch Library came up with a fun watercolor art painting idea while staying at home and she wants to share it with all of you! More information and directions are on Facebook: https://bit.ly/0514pcdl

Learn How to Practice Mindfulness [Virtual]

Mindfulness is the process by which you are aware of the world around you and you are in tune with what’s going on in the present, instead of focusing on the past or on the future. Miss Emily made a short video walkthrough teaching you how to practice mindfulness, and it’s available here: https://bit.ly/0519pcdl

Eldorado Branch Events

Flower Fairy Coloring Page [Virtual]

A shy flower fairy has come out to say hello! She thinks May is the perfect time for a makeover. Give her some color and share it with the library on social media! Make sure to use #PCDLib and tag us @PrebleLibrary. Download the coloring page here: https://bit.ly/05212pcdl

New Paris Branch Events

Cyber LEGO® Club – Wrecking Ball Challenge! [Virtual]

We have been missing all of the brick-tastic builders on our awesome LEGO® Team in New Paris. Though the club can’t meet together just yet, there is no reason we still can’t have fun. So, to all of you Brickologists out there, I offer a virtual challenge: The Wrecking Ball Challenge! Visit https://bit.ly/0606lego

DIY Solar Yard Light Craft [Virtual]

Miss Lisa in New Paris came up with a fun craft to repurpose old glass lampshades into beautiful solar lights! You can use these for decorating your yard or even to add some colorful flair to your outdoor space. Find a downloadable guide here: https://bit.ly/0520pcdl

Homemade Butter Recipe w/ Miss Cris [Virtual]

Have you ever wondered what goes into making a simple food like butter? While the butter-making process is lengthy, the payout is deliciously savory! Miss Cris from the New Paris Branch has pioneered a simple butter recipe that only requires two ingredients and some sort of container with a lid. Recipe sheet and more information here: https://bit.ly/06051pcdl

West Alexandria Branch Events

Monday Craft Curbside Pickup – W. Alexandria [Virtual]

Each Monday during summer reading, we will have a variety of crafts and craft supplies for you to use your imagination to create your own story. Each bag will have a variety of miscellaneous craft supplies. It is your mission to come up with a craft, story, poem, or anything you can imagine to make with these items! Feel free to share them on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages @PrebleLibrary. Please let us know when you call for your curbside pickup how many craft bags you need. 937-533-4095 https://bit.ly/06055pcdl

Imagine Your Story Weekly Quiz – W. Alexandria [Virtual]

Each week look for a new quiz of the week event posted on Facebook. Each contest will start on Monday and run until Saturday of that week. Weekly winners will be picked to receive a small prize. https://bit.ly/06054pcdl

Storytime Take Home Kits – W. Alexandria [Virtual]

We don’t want you to miss storytime this summer so we are creating a wide variety of Storytime Take Home Kits. These themed kits will include a book(s) and a variety of activities. Simply let us know when you call for curbside pickup that you would like a Storytime Take Home Kit. Share with us what your favorite craft or activity is. Post a picture of your crafts. https://bit.ly/06056pcdl

Storytime Take Home Kits – W. Alexandria [Virtual]

Do you like a good challenge? Do you like exploring new books, movies, genres, or activities? This event is for you. Complete one letter of this challenge board by completing all five activities in that column. For each letter column you complete, submit the form for those challenges to earn an entry in the prize drawing. Anyone of any age may complete this board to earn entries. Prizes donated by West Alexandria Friends of the Library. Feel free to share your pictures of your activities or tell us about your favorite challenge.

• Challenge Boards (case-sensitive):

• A-Z Book Challenge https://bit.ly/2ZYKYkN

• Fun Activities To Do #1 https://bit.ly/3eH5ESr

• Children’s Books #1 https://bit.ly/2XT0xb8

• Listen To Music Albums/CDs https://bit.ly/2U3G8Pc

• Movie Challenge https://bit.ly/3gPmyzZ

• Variety of Challenges #1 https://bit.ly/3cpee6J

LEGO Club Home Edition – June [Virtual]

While we may not be able to build together we can still show off our Lego creations. Please post pictures of your mythical creatures and made up monsters you have built with your Legos. https://bit.ly/06052pcdl

LEGO Club Home Edition – July [Virtual]

While we may not be able to build together we can still show off our Lego creations. Please post pictures of your mythical creatures and made up monsters you have built with your Legos. https://bit.ly/06053pcdl

Penny Spinner Craft [Virtual]

Miss Michelle in West Alexandria has been keeping busy with many different fun activities and crafts. She has made this colorful penny spinner craft to share with all of you! You can use your penny spinner as a game piece or just for fun. Directions and more information on the Facebook event: https://bit.ly/0521pcdl

Daily Reading Challenge [Virtual]

Let’s make reading an adventure! Each day, we will post a fun place for you to read or a challenge of what to read for 15 minutes in the Facebook event: https://bit.ly/0522pcdl

Never Have I Ever – Library Edition [Virtual]

Let’s play a game and start some conversations. Each day, we will post something library related and you tell us if you have or never have done the item listed. Help us learn more about our patrons on the Facebook event: https://bit.ly/0509pcdl

West Elkton Branch Events

DIY Peanut Butter Bird Feeder [Virtual]

Make a bird feeder with items you can find in your home and a bag of birdseed. For instructions and example image, visit https://bit.ly/060513pcdl.

Learn How To Repurpose Furniture! [Virtual]

Miss Stefenie at your West Elkton Branch Library put this fun guide together to teach you how to repurpose old furniture. She brought new life to a storage bench she had laying around. Guide, instructions, and examples here: https://bit.ly/06059pcdl

Rock-Painted Garden Marker Craft [Virtual]

Add a little bit of originality and glam to your gardens with these interesting garden markers. This craft is intended for adults, as spray sealant is used. Download the supply list and instructions here: https://bit.ly/05141pcdl

West Manchester Branch Events

Flower Fairy Coloring Page [Virtual]

A shy flower fairy has come out to say hello! She thinks May is the perfect time for a makeover. Give her some color and share it with the library on social media! Make sure to use #PCDLib and tag us @PrebleLibrary. Download the coloring page here: https://bit.ly/05212pcdl