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Fine Free Week: November 17-24


100th Anniversary Ending WWI

The Alexandria Public Library is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI with a variety of special displays. Newark resident, Stan Tinon’s collection of recruiting posters will be on exhibit throughout the month of November. Our local students from the Northridge Primary School helped in creating a hallway display to remember those who fought in the war from 1914-1918. On loan from the local Alexandria Museum are artifacts pertaining to this period of history. Please stop by the library to take a walk down our hall of remembrance, browse the items on loan and feel free to add a WWI family member’s name to our special wall to pay tribute to those who fought for the freedoms we still enjoy today. Call for directions and hours 740-924-3561.



Fine FREE Week

November 17-24, 2018

In honor of Thanksgiving, we will be sponsoring Fine FREE Week, November 17-24, 2018. Any overdue or lost materials can be returned with fines waived. If you would like to pay off existing OVERDUE fines (not lost or damaged), please bring one canned or non-perishable food item for each dollar you owe for donation to the Alexandria Blessing Box. We will not be able to accept any expired or damaged food items.



Fall Toddler & Story Time Programs

October 29 through December 20th

“Autumn Time Fun”

Little ones will be building friendships through stories, finger plays and songs. Story time children will also do a simple craft. Registration is required. Please choose a class and time then call 740.924.3561 or email 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 10:00—10:45AM


Teen Movie: The Darkest Minds (PG-13)

Tuesday, November 6 from 3:15-5PM

Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future. Teens entering 6th thru 12th grade are invited to join us for the movie.

Popcorn will be provided.

Please call the library at 740.924.3561 or email to register.


BFF: K–3rd Graders

Thursday, November 8 from 3:15-5:15PM

Join us at the library this month for a story and to prepare for Santa’s visit. We will be making ornaments and decorating the library.

Space is limited for BFF and registration is required by 4:00PM Wednesday, November 7. Please call 740.924.3561 or email for more information and to register for this month’s BFF. Don’t forget to send a note to school giving permission for your child to walk over from school.



Licking Parks Program (K-5th Graders)

Thursday, November 15 from 3:15-4:30PM

Going Batty is our program this month. Come read and  learn everything you always wanted to know about bats. An afterschool snack will also be provided.

Space is limited for Parks and registration is required by 4:00PM Wednesday, November 14. Please call 740.924.3561 or email for more information and to register for this month’s Parks. Don’t forget to send a note to school giving permission for your child to walk over from school.



Santa is Coming!

Saturday, November 17 from 10AM-12PM

Please join us for a special family holiday story time. We’ll gather in the meeting room to hear Santa read a Christmas story or two. After the stories, families will take turns visiting with Santa as children tell him their Christmas wishes.


Light refreshments will be available. Registration is required, and space is limited. Please contact the library to register for Santa Story Time at 740.924.3561 or email to get on Santa’s nice list. Please arrive a few minutes early and enter through the meeting room door so we’ll be all settled and ready for Santa’s arrival at 10:00am.


Teen Craft: Mason Jar Craft

Tuesday, November 20 from 6-7:30PM

Join us for an evening of fun as we get our creative juices flowing while you create your own mason jar masterpiece. We will serve a light snack. Please register at the library by November 19 by emailing or calling 740-924-3561.



Adult Book Club

Friday, November 16 at 10:30AM

The book for November is “Winter” by Ali Smith. With winter and the holidays upon us, this book about Christmas in Cornwall, England, will get us in the mood. This is the second novel in Ali Smith’s ‘Seasonal’ cycle. This is a new author for the club. We’ll see what she has to say.

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


Family Gingerbread Houses

November 29 from 6:30-8PM

Always dreamed of gingerbread houses? You’ll love our hands-on gingerbread workshop just in time for the holidays. Adults and families are invited to attend our make-it and take-it program. Space and materials cost limit us to 50 participants. We’ll be making a basic model and then you will be able to decorate everything you have dreamed about. Please call the library at 740.924.3561 by Saturday, November 24 to register.

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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 2019. Please contact the library at 740-924-3561 or email



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, see any staff member, or download the Friends Member Form.




Kurtz Brothers, Alexandria, donated the materials and time to add gravel to the library’s parking lot today.
NO MORE icy patches and knee deep puddles.



IMG_20151020_174936_281 Operation Round Up Grant Received to Repair Historic Bell

The Historical Society of Alexandria installed the Congregational Church bell on the lawn of the Alexandria Public Library in 1976. The base was built of cement and brick, unfortunately, the base did not withstand the test of time or the weather. Neither the Historical Society nor Congregational Church exists today; no funds were saved for any future care of the monument.

IMG_20151201_145139_500In 2005 The Energy Cooperative’s Board of Directors adopted a community service program called Operation Round Up. The program “rounds up” a member’s bill to the nearest dollar and that amount (which is completely tax deductible) is donated to local charities in their service area. Operation Round Up approved a grant in the amount of $1800 toward the repair and replacement of the bell base.The work is now completed and the bell is in great shape for future generations of our community to enjoy. Please take a moment to visit the library’s front lawn and appreciate the Energy Cooperative Operation Round Up foundation’s generosity.  Included are pictures of before and after.



Library Golden Anniversary, 1985

The Alexandria Library celebrated its Golden Anniversary. Pictured left to right are Helen Dumbauld, Margaret Herreman, Priscilla Horn, Robert Nichols, Deirdre Schedwin and Linda Schneider. ©1985

Priscilla Horn,
Fiscal Officer Retires

Mrs. Priscilla Horn, Fiscal Officer for the library since 1967, retired on June 30, 2015. Her tireless, behind-the-scenes efforts enabling the library to be a sustainable, vibrant gathering spot for everyone, are greatly appreciated by the Board of Trustees and library staff. Mrs. Horn will continue to serve the library as a Trustee.

Thank you, Miss Priscilla for taking such great care of us!




Memorial Chair Donated

The members of the Alexandria Homemakers Club have generously donated a cozy reading chair in memory of former Homemaker, friend and longtime library patron, Mrs. Jo Budd. Their donation is a wonderful gift that all our library visitors will enjoy. The oversize chair (perfect for reading) is located in the nook near our newspapers and magazines. Thank you, Homemakers!