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Our 2019 Universe of Stories summer reading program has come to an end. Preschoolers through adults had a great time participating in programs including: the Carnival Kickoff, Blood Drive, Licking Park District, Paint Night, Movie Day, Story Times and our children’s Cosmic Ice Cream finale (where some very happy grand prize winners received passes to Kings’ Island, COSI, Ohio State Fair, The Works, Cincinnati Reds, or gift cards from Walmart and Target). Participants also received coupons to Whit’s Custard (Johnstown), McDonalds, and Ohio State Fair. We are very grateful to local businesses (Hair Remedies, Country Cutters,  and presenters that support our summer reading program – encouraging reading and learning for all ages. Be sure to tell our sponsors, “Thank You!” when visiting their business to redeem your coupon or pass.

If your child participated in the SRP and has not picked up their final treats, stop by before August 12th to get their goodies. Congratulations to all our SRP winners and thanks to all our patrons for attending our programs and making our library “Out of this Universe!”

As the summer unofficially comes to an end and we prepare for the start of the 2019–20 school year with class visits, after school programs and book clubs, remember, we are YOUR library and we welcome you to visit us anytime during the year. Before you know it, summer of 2020 will be here.


Have you heard a good book lately?

Alexandria public library is now a member of RBdigital. As a library user you have access to over 30,000 titles without holds. If you enjoy listening to a good book check out our new selections. Register with your library card for access. Click here for audio books.


Canning Basics

Tuesday, August 13 at 6:00PM

Join us this month as we look at food preservation and safety. Shari Gallup will be joining us from the Ohio State Extension office and will check canner lid gauges for proper function. So bring your canner lids. Please call 740-924-3561 or email cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us to register.


Fall Toddler & Story Time Programs

Beginning the week of September 9, 2019

Little ones will be building friendships as we hear stories, learn finger plays and sing songs. Story time children will also do a simple craft. Registration is required. Please choose a class time then call 740.924.3561 or email kthompson1@alexandria.lib.oh.us to reserve a spot.

Toddler Time (18-36 months old & caregiver): Mondays from 6:30—6:50PM OR Wednesdays from 10:00—10:20AM

Story Time (three, four and five-year olds): Mondays from 7:00—7:45PM; OR Thursdays 10:00AM—10:45AM


Adult Book Club

Friday, August 16 at 10:30AM

The choice for August is “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson. This story looks back to a time of the traveling librarians and WPA programs in rural Kentucky.

All adults are welcome to participate in monthly book discussions. For a morning of lively discussion call 740.924.3561, email Martha at msturgill@alexandria.lib.oh.us or stop by the library to join Book Club. You need not be available every month in order to participate. If you would like to join us, please enter by the meeting room door as the library is closed on Fridays.


Don’t Throw Out Those Old Yearbooks!

If you come across old Lickingana or Northridge Yearbooks when you are cleaning out, please don’t throw them away. They are great sources for genealogical research and general history of our community. The library and museum are working on collecting a complete set of each. Also, we recently had a request from the Ohio Genealogical Society for any extra year books we might have, because they are trying to collect and preserve this precious historic resource for future generations. Just bring them to the Alexandria Library during regular business hours. The library and museum will keep one of each year and then the extras will be passed on to the OGS. Thank you for your help with this project.


Calling All Collectors

Do you collect fossils, teapots, tractors or figurines? The sky is the limit. We are looking for collections to display in the library for a month at a time. If you have a collection and would be interested in sharing it with us we have just the case for you. Currently filling slots for 2020. Please contact the library at 740-924-3561 or email lmesser@alexandria.lib.oh.us.


Little Free LibraryLittle Free Library Installed

Have you seen our newest addition? The Alexandria Public Library is very excited to announce the installation of an official Little Free Library. Built by local artist, David Tefft, the free library will be available 24/7 for anyone looking for a good read. Stocked with materials for readers of all ages!

Thank you Mr. Tefft for this treasure!


Friends_LogoBecome a Friend of the Library!

Our Friends are a group of interested patrons who plan programs for the library. They meet in June to plan programs for the year. The group helps with the book sales, Beggar’s Night, and adult-based programming throughout the year. Anyone is welcome to become a volunteer and help with the library activities. For more information, email Carrie at cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us, see any staff member, or download the Friends Member Form.