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“Natural Wonders”

Traveling Museum Exhibit

Traveling Museum Exhibits feature artifacts, specimens, educational displays, family crafts, and books

Alexandria, Ohio, June 12, 2019 – Alexandria Public Library is bringing interactive, museum-quality exhibits to the library that inspire wonder and learning for all ages.

Traveling Museum Exhibits feature six different “Natural Wonders” themes focusing on biodiversity and science learning. Each themed exhibit will be on view at the library bimonthly through Summer 2020 as part of a library grant project.

The Traveling Museum Exhibit project was created through a partnership between The Ohio State University’s Museum of Biological Diversity (OSUMBD) and the Grandview Heights Public Library (GHPL). It is funded through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

The exhibits combine wonder, engagement, and learning with all-in-one, interactive mobile kiosks for all ages and feature:

  • Artifacts and specimens
  • Engaging, educational visuals
  • Craft table with take-home family activity
  • Books for loaning

The exhibits provide free access to unique, museum-quality, science-based learning for everyone in the community.

To see the full press release click here.

2019 Summer Reading Program

“A Universe of Stories”

Join us this summer at the library. We will be participating in the collaborative summer reading program “A Universe of Stories!” There are many opportunities to grow and learn this summer with a chance to win prizes. We will have a variety of programs for adults, teens, and children of all ages. Please be sure to stop by the library to register.

“Out of this World” Family Fun!

Monday, June 3 6:00-8:00PM

Join us as we kick off our Universe of Stories summer reading program. This will be an evening of fun for the whole family. We will have face painting, food, a bounce house, and a craft. There will also be a dunk tank with several celebrities from our community such as Superintendent Scott Schmidt, Mrs. Cassie Kibler, and Mayor Jasper. We will also have a registration table so that everyone can sign up for our program to earn those reading prizes.

A Star is Born (K-5th Grade)

Thursday, June 6 (10:30-11:30AM) or (5:30-6:30PM)

Come create a star nebula with acrylic paint. Learn about the life cycle and create a story about your star. Space is limited for this program, so it is offered at 10:30AM or 5:30PM. Please register by calling 740-924-3561.

Licking County Parks

(K-5th Grade)

Thursday, June 13 (3:30-4:30PM)


Learn about creatures that light up the evening sky with Licking County Parks specialist, Miss Anne. Please register by calling 740-924-3561.

Rocket Shoot (K-5th Grade)

Thursday, June 20 (5:00-6:00PM)

Create a rocket of your own to launch. How high will you get it to go? Call 740-924-3561 to register.

Balloon Powered Nano Rover

(K-5th Grade)

Thursday, June 27 (10:30-11:30AM)

Learn about the vehicles that are used in space. Create a model of your own. See if you can power it by air. Call 740-924-3561 to register for this program.

Take it, Make it!

July 1- July 6

Stop by the library during the week of America’s birthday and pick up a game board, To the Moon and Back, to make and play as a whole family.

Family Movie Night

 How to Train Your Dragon:

The Hidden World

Tuesday, July 9 6:30-8:00PM

Explore the world of fantasy and learn how a young Viking, who hunts dragons, becomes the unlikely friend of one. He learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed… Fun for the entire family. Popcorn will be provided. Please call 740-924-3561 to register.

4-H Band Concert

Wednesday, July 17 (6:30-7:15PM)

Entertainment for the whole family. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and join us for a concert on the lawn across from the library. (In case of bad weather, the concert will be moved to the Northridge Primary School on College Street.)

Make Your Own Spaceship (K-5th Grade)

Thursday, July 18 (10:30-11:30AM)

Listen to the fractured fairy tale, The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara and paint (acrylic) an spaceship of your own. Maybe you can get it to fly! Please call 740-924-3561 to register.

Last Day to Check In (Children’s)

Saturday, July 20 (10:00-4:00PM)

Ice Cream Cosmos Finale

Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00PM

Build an ice cream cosmos that tastes “out of this world.” Grand prizes will be awarded. Must be present to receive prizes.

Licking County Parks

(K-5th Grade)

Thursday, July 25 (3:30-4:30PM)


Learn about weather from the Licking County Parks Specialist, Miss Anne. Please call 740-924-3561 to register.

Summer Toddler & Story Time Program

“A Universe of Stories”

June 17 through the week of July 29

Little ones will be building friendships as we hear stories, finger plays, and songs. Story time children will 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) Monday from 6:30-6:50PM or Wednesday from 10:00—10:20AM
Story Time (three, four, and five years old) Monday from 7:00-7:45PM or Thursday from 10:00—10:45AM

Note: The library is closed for Independence Day so there will be no story time on July 4th.

Teen Summer Reading Program

“A Universe of Stories”

How to Participate:

  1. Keep track of how much time you read (or listen to) a book between 6/4– 7/30. Color in a small square for every 15 minutes read or each activity. One hour of reading or one activity equals one treat.
  2. Bring your log to the library to earn tickets toward weekly prize drawings and treats. Need a reading log? Stop in and pick one up.
  3. Complete 20 hours of reading, 20 activities OR any combination of 20 and receive a final prize for completion.

Schedule of Events for Teens:
Please call 740-924-3561 or email to let us know you’ll be attending!

Telescope Building: June 4 (3:00-4:30PM) Space is limited.

Blood Drive: June 19 (12:00-6:00PM)

Universe Paint Night: June 25 (6:00-8:00PM) Space is limited.

Teen Book Club: July 2 (3:00-4:00PM)

Bead Craft Out of this World: July 16 (6:00-7:00PM)

4-H Band: July 17 (6:30-7:15PM)

Stargazer Project: July 23 (3:00-5:00PM)

Teen Galaxy Party: July 30 (6:00-8:00PM)

Give Blood, Save Lives

Wednesday, June 19 from 12:00-6:00PM

To accompany our 2019 Summer Reading Program, the library will be hosting a blood drive with American Red Cross of Licking County on Wednesday, June 19, from 12:00-6:00PM. Be a Hero and make a commitment to donate, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit, sponsor code: APL.

Adult Book Club

Friday, June 21 at 10:30AM

The choice for June is “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. In this book, author Susan Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American History and delivers a beautiful love letter to our libraries.

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 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.

Adult Summer Reading

June 3 – July 23, 2019

Adults have a reading program too! Prize drawings held weekly beginning June 11- earn one chance for each book (or audio book) read this summer. Stop in the library for more details.

Schedule of events for adults: Please call 740-924-3561 to let us know you will be attending.

Going Green for Summer Clean: June 4 (6:00PM)
Blood Drive: June 19 (12:00-6:00PM) Walk ins are welcome. Appointments are encouraged.
Book Club: June 21 (10:30AM) The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Book Sale: July 11 (10:00AM-7:30PM) & July 13 (9:00AM-3:30PM)
Book Club: July 19 (10:30AM) The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson

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

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.