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Holiday Closings

The Library will be closed on Saturday, December 23 through Monday, December 25, 2016 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

We will also be closed Saturday, December 30 and Monday, January 1, 2015 to celebrate the New Year. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season from our family to yours!

Big Personnel Changes at the Library

December is a month for changes. This month we are welcoming our new director, Carrie Strong. Some of you may know her already since she has been with the library for three years handling our YA programming. Please take an opportunity to stop by and meet her. Another new face that you may see at the library is Jeff Rothweiler our new fiscal officer. Also, this month we will be saying Goodbye to Pam Hankinson our Children’s coordinator. Pam will be leaving us for a new opportunity and we wish her the best. Please feel free to stop by after school and wish her well.


We’re Taking a Break for the Holidays!

Stay tuned for Winter Toddler and Story Time sessions. In addition, due to Christmas and New Year’s holidays,
The Licking Park District will take a short break and resume in January. Watch our website and future newsletter for more info!

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 fall 2018. Please contact the library at 740-924-3561 or email

Book Sale

Saturday, December 9 from 9:00AM-3:30PM

 If you’re looking for an old favorite to treasure, or just something new to you, come visit us at our Semi-Annual Book Sale. We have lots of materials including videos, audio books, CDs and print materials for all ages. Individual items are available for a donation of your choice, or minimum of $5 per grocery bag or $20 per box. Sponsored by: The Friends.

 Give the Gift of Reading

With so many wonderful books available at stores, please be sure to add a book or two to your Christmas list. It’s always nice to snuggle with someone special and share a book. The time spent reading with your child will be a memory you can share. Stop by the library for suggestions of popular books or ask your child what books they have seen at the library. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone!

Gifts for Kids Needed

December 1-9, 2016

American Legion Post 254 from Johnstown, are working together to collect toys, clothing and games for kids (babies to teenagers). Donations can be dropped off at the library through Saturday, December 9. Distribution will be held at 6:30PM on Tuesday, December 12 at the American Legion Hall at 180 W. Maple St., Johnstown. If you have questions about the project, donations or registering to participate, please contact Preston Hale at 614.452.1894.

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!