PCDL events, activities

Kids and families

Homeschool Hour

Preble County District Library’s popular Homeschool Hour education program will be Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. at the Eaton Library. During this session, we’ll learn about bugs. The monthly program is for homeschool students and educators.

Story times

Bring the kids (ages 11 and under) to the New Paris Library for a story and a craft. Story time will be Oct. 24, at 5 p.m.

Totally Gross Magic Show

See magician Gordon Russ’s alter ego Dr. Ooze perform magic at its grossest at the Camden Library on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. If you like strange bodily noises, slimy green stuff and foot fungus, this show is for you. Every child at the show will receive a totally gross noise maker. This show is rated PG (Pretty Gross).

Newt’s Magical Map Quest

Get ready for the movie release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with this program at the Eaton Library on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Join us to hunt for magical and mystical beasts from the world of Harry Potter! Each adventurer will receive a map that leads the way to the creatures. Find them all and collect your reward. There will be games, prizes, and refreshments. Families are welcome to come in a family-friendly “Wizarding World” costume.

After School Fun

Join us at the Camden Library for fun after-school activities on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Harvest Parties

Celebrate cooler weather and a beautiful fall! We’ll have a coloring contest, games and an assortment of baked goods at the West Manchester Library (Oct. 19 at 4:30 p.m.) and the Eldorado Library (Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m.)

Eaton Library Lego Building Contest

Show off your Master Builder skills at the Eaton Library on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. You can win a prize for the best builder in three different age groups for grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. You’ll have one hour to finish. Light refreshments will be available. You must bring your own Legos, and all bricks must be separated before building.


For ages 8-12, we have programs at each library branch in November that may include crafts, games, or other fun activities with an autumn theme. Catch tween-tivities at your local library:

Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. at the Eldorado Library

Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 4:45 p.m. at the Camden Library

Monday, Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the West Manchester Library

Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the New Paris Library

Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the West Elkton Library

Monday, Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the West Alexandria Library

Teens (grades 6-12)

Tim Burton Halloween

Get ready for Halloween with Tim Burton-themed crafts and a popcorn bar! The teen program for grades 6-12 will be at:

West Elkton Library on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.

New Paris Library on Monday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.

Eaton Library on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. (Registration required at Eaton. Sign up at the Eaton Library front desk or call (937) 456-4331.)

Eldorado Library on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Anime Club: Ninjas

For grades 6-12: watch anime, try Japanese snacks, play ninja video games and make edible fondant ninjas at the Eaton Library on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Sign up at the Eaton Library front desk or call (937) 456-4331.

Minecraft Mania!

Play Minecraft on the Xbox 360 and on the Wii U at the Eaton Library on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. We’ll have snacks, too. Minecraft Mania is for teens in grades 6-12, and you must register at the library or call (937) 456-4331 to ensure your spot.

Zelda and NES Classic Gaming

Teens in grades 6-12: Compete in Nintendo Land’s Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest and try the original Legend of Zelda on the library’s new NES Classic console! You can also make Zelda crafts and eat Zelda snacks and enter to win a Link plush as a door prize. Call (937) 456-4331 or register at the library.


Mystery Short Story Challenge

Pick up your form for the Eaton Library’s Murder Mystery competition. Write a short story for a chance to win a mystery-themed prize pack. Stories will be judged on structure/plot, characters/dialogue, style, and uniqueness. Stories are due by Oct. 19, and winners will be announced on Oct. 22 after the author visit by mystery author Heather Webber at 1 p.m.

Not a writer? We also have a competition with two-minute mystery challenges. Get more information at the Eaton Library or call 937-456-4331.

Novel Discussion book club

Discuss Gone with the Witch by Heather Blake at the Eaton Library on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Meet Heather Blake (pseudonym of Heather Webber) at the Eaton Library’s Afternoon of Mystery on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m.

Basic computer class

Are you new to computers and the internet? Are you familiar, but it’s been a while since you’ve used them? Take this beginner class at the Camden Library on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. for a primer.

Burlap Pumpkin craft

Make some fun, free decorations for fall at the library! Pick the time and location for you:

Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the New Paris Library

Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. at the West Elkton Library

Genealogy Lock-In

The Preble County Room’s semi-annual Night Owl Prowl genealogy lock-in returns on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 5-10 p.m. Researchers will provide you free assistance with the library’s collection of local history, as well as the library’s online genealogy databases.

Creative writing group

The Eaton Library’s Creative Writers Group for adults meets every second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Bring a written piece to share if you like. We’ll provide writing activities and prompts for a little extra inspiration. The next meeting of the group is Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

Sighting Bigfoot!

Learn more about the search for Bigfoot from Mike Miller of the Ohio Night Stalkers. You’ll hear about tracking Bigfoot in Ohio and some recent sightings in the area. The Ohio Night Stalkers will bring some audio and video recordings. Join us Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Eaton Library.