PCDL programs, services listed

Submitted by Preble County District Library

Kids and Tween/Teen Grab & Go Crafts – ALL Branches

Kids grab & go kits are available at all branches, unless noted otherwise. Contact your local branch to reserve a kit. Supplies are limited.

Nov.: Tiny Art

Pick up your Tiny Art kit and decorate the tiny canvas however you wish! Keep your art piece or return your finished canvas to your library to display it in our Tiny Art Show through December! Use the supplies provided, and feel free to use supplies you might have at home.

Weekly Fall Storytimes

The Eaton and New Paris Branches are offering weekly in-person storytimes for kids of all ages. Our storytimes are formulated around the Every Child Ready to Read initiative, focusing on the five early literacy practices of reading, singing, playing, talking, and writing.

New Paris Storytime (all ages): Mondays at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 22

Let’s Get Crafty This Nov.!

The Preble County District Library is offering various adult craft programs in Nov. at several of our locations throughout Preble County.

Starting Nov. 22 at Eaton (Grab & Go): Holiday Oil Lamp.

All month at New Paris (Grab & Go): Autumn Canvas Banner.

Wednesday, Nov. 17 at West Manchester at 4:30 p.m: Wood Block Pumpkin

Thursday, Nov. 18 at Eldorado at 4:30 p.m: Wood Block Pumpkin

Weekly Teen Programs at the Eaton Branch

On Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., teens in grades 6-12 can come to the Eaton Branch to enjoy activities such as coloring and simple crafting, board games, video games, and more! These programs are designed to be self-led. Registration is encouraged. To register, visit the Eaton Branch or call 937-456-4331.

Nov. 16: Harvest Door Sign

Nov. 23: Board Games

Nov. 30: Teen Book Club – Hide With Me

Build Something New with LEGO Club

Let your imagination run wild as Preble County District Library hosts LEGO Club. LEGO Club is for school-age children to show off their Master Builder skills. The library will have LEGOs for children to build if they do not bring their own. If you bring LEGOs from home, please label them in a container with your child’s name.

Eaton LEGO Club: Monday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m.

Registration is required. Call the Eaton Branch at (937)456-4331 to register.

West Alexandria LEGO Club: Saturday, Nov. 27 at 12 p.m.

Teen Book Club – Hide with Me by Sorboni Banerjee – Nov. 30 at 3:30 p.m.

Welcome back to Teen Book Club! Grades 6+ can request a free copy from their branch here: http://bit.ly/pcdltbc. Read the book and join us on Nov. 30 at 3:30 p.m. outside of the Eaton Branch for a discussion!

Some snacks are provided, but you are also welcomed to bring your own.

Our discussions are casual. You’re not being graded. There is no right or wrong answer. There is no pressure to have everything understood and figured out before you arrive at Book Club. It’s okay if you didn’t like the book or didn’t ‘get’ the book. Different perspectives make discussion more fun!

If you are unable to make it to the meeting, please let us know in advance. You can still post a review on GoodReads ( http://bit.ly/tbcresponses ) to discuss it with other teens!

Free Tutoring, Writing Help, and More Available!

Preble County residents have free access to on-demand, anytime, anywhere online learning assistance for all ages and levels. Brainfuse HelpNow™ allows students to communicate with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. To download the app, visit www.bit.ly/pcdlbrainfuseapp or to access HelpNow™ on your computer, visit www.bit.ly/pcdlbrainfuse.

Magnet of the Month Club (W. Alex Branch ONLY)

Visit the West Alexandria Library each month to pick up a magnet kit. Each kit will include the materials you need to complete that month’s magnet. Please let us know if you need a paintbrush. Colors may vary. If you are missing a previous month, contact the front desk for extras.


Pick up your Magnet of the Month punch card at the West Alexandria Branch or download it here: https://bit.ly/pcdlmagnets

After you complete your magnet, bring it or a picture of it to show us to get your card stamped.

Collect all 12 punches to be entered into our grand prize drawing.


Nov – Leaf Magnet

Dec – Gingerbread People

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – 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 age 5, no matter their family’s income. It is available in Preble County, and you can sign your child up for FREE here: https://ohioimaginationlibrary.org/enroll

Genealogy Room Highlights

Research Your Family’s Past From Your Couch – Use Ancestry.com At Home

Access to Ancestry.com has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access is now available through the end of the year. Visit www.bit.ly/ancestrypcdl to start your research right now!

Don’t Throw Away Local History – Contact the Preble Co. Genealogy Room, Instead!

The Preble Co. Genealogy Room is interested in archiving any local and family historical items you might come across as you clean. This includes (but is not limited to): old paperwork/documents/records, family bibles with family information, pictures of Preble Co. residents, landmarks, and properties, old maps and land records and any items having to do with the history of Preble County, its families and the surrounding areas.

If you come across an item as you clean and wish to donate it to the PC Room, please get in touch Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling 937-456-4970 or by emailing pcroomatpreblelibrary.org.

Preble Co. Records Online – Families, Obituaries, Marriages, Historic Landmarks, and more

Search the library’s in-house Genealogical & Historical Records collections. Visit https://preblelibrary.org/genealogy to get started on your search! Family files can also be researched in person at the PC Room. To view a list of all PC Room resources, visit https://preblelibrary.org/genealogy/holdings.

Get Free, Printable Maps at the Library!

AtoZ Maps Online is a resource offered by the Preble County District Library. This is an excellent tool for students who need printable maps for school projects, teachers, or anyone who likes maps! To watch a short walkthrough and access the service, visit www.preblelibrary.org/atoz

COVID-19 Tests Available at Your Library

The library has partnered with Preble County Public Health to offer free proctored At-Home Rapid Response COVID-19 Testing Kits for pick-up at the Eaton Library (301 N. Barron) and the Library Administration Office (450 S. Barron). You must have access to a computer with microphone, webcam, and the Chrome web browser to use the test. Call the Eaton Library at 937-456-4331 or the Library Office at 937-456-4250 opt. 0 Monday-Friday and provide us with your first and last name, date of birth, and email address. When you arrive at your preferred pickup location, a masked librarian will drop the kit, with information packets, in your trunk or back seat.

Operating Hours

Camden Branch: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 12-8 p.m., Tuesday from 2-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 937-452-3142.

Eaton Branch: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 937-456-4331.

Eldorado Branch: Tuesday and Thursday from 12-6 p.m., Saturday from 1-4 p.m. 937-273-4933.

New Paris Branch: Monday through Wednesday from 2-8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 937-437-7242.

West Alexandria Branch: Monday from 12-7 p.m., Tuesday from 1-7 p.m., Wednesday from 12-7 p.m., Friday from 12-4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 937-533-4095.

West Elkton Branch: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-6 p.m. 937-787-4873.

West Manchester Branch: Monday and Wednesday from 12-6 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 937-678-8503.

Preble County Genealogy Room: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 937-456-4970.

Administration: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call ahead for services and to make a reservation.

Submitted by Preble County District Library