FINE FREE and National Library Week
April 8-14, 2018
In observance of National Library Week, Alexandria Public Library is hosting FINE FREE WEEK April 8-14, 2018. During the week, 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 blessing box. We will not be able to accept any expired or damaged food items.
For a little extra fun, don’t miss your chance to take a guess about how many non-fiction items are in our collection each time you visit the library throughout the week!
Spring Toddler and Story Times
April 9th through May 10th
Toddler Time: Hop into Spring!
Join us for a hopping good time during our Spring Toddler Time. Toddlers 18 – 36 months old along with their favorite adult will enjoy 20 minutes of stories, songs and finger plays as we hunt for everything spring. Little ones and parents will make new friends while visiting the library. Mondays from 6:30-6:50PM.
Story Time: Hop into Spring!
Three, four and five-year-old children will meet in the story room for 45 minutes of stories, finger plays, songs and a simple craft as we search for everything that is spring. Please choose from one of the sessions: Mondays from 7:00-7:45PM, Wednesdays from 10:00-10:45AM OR Thursdays from 10:00-10:45AM.
Registration is required, and space is limited. Please call 740.924.3561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up your little reader.
BFF (K-3rd Grade)
Thursday, April 19 from 3:15-4:30PM
Blast off your own balloon rocket! Will it reach the moon? Join us for a fun story, a yummy snack and an activity.
Space is limited for BFF and registration is required by 4:00PM Wednesday, April 18. Please call 740.924.3561 or email email@example.com for more information and to register for this month’s BFF.
Please don’t forget to send a note to school giving permission for your child to walk over from school with our staff.
Kids Movie Day: Paddington 2
Thursday, April 26 from 3:15–5:00PM
Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.
Library staff will pick K-3rd grade kids up at school and escort them to the library for movie day. Due to the school dismissal time for 4th & 5th graders, transportation arrangements will need to be made for them to attend movie day. Parents, please remember a note needs to be sent to school giving permission for kids to walk over with library staff AND kids need to be registered at the library by 4:00PM Wednesday, April 25. Space is limited. Please contact the library if you have questions or to register at 740.924.3561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Licking Park District for K-5th Graders
Animals in Flight
Thursday, April 12 from 3:15–4:30PM
Join us this month for a snack, story and activity as we learn all about animals in flight.
Students need to be registered by Wednesday, April 11 and a note will need to be sent to school giving the kids permission to walk from Northridge Primary to the library with our staff. Due to the school dismissal time for 4th and 5th graders, transportation arrangements will need to be made for them to attend the Licking Park District program. Please contact the library at 740.924.3561 or email email@example.com to register your student.
Teen Craft: String Art
Tuesday, April 24 from 3:15-4:30PM
Join us for an afternoon of fun as we create a beautiful piece of string art for your room. It could be your initials or a picture of something that you love. How creative are you? You decide! A light snack will be provided.
Register by Saturday, April 21 to reserve your space. Call 740-924-3561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Movie: Justice League(PG-13)
Tuesday, April 17 from 3:15-5:15PM
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Register by Monday, April 16 to reserve your seat. Call 740-924-3561 or email email@example.com. Popcorn will be provided.
Adult Book Club
Friday, April 20 at 10:30AM
All adults are welcome to participate in monthly book discussions. For a morning of lively discussion call 740.924.3561 or email Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the library to join Book Club. You need not be available every month in order to participate. The choice for April is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class, Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.
But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.
A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.
If you would like to join us, please enter by the meeting room door as the library is closed on Fridays.
Guess what is new at the Library?
Bring a puzzle and take a puzzle. The Homer library has generously donated a few puzzles to get us started. Bored on a rainy day or just want something to occupy your free time. Stop by the library and check out our selection.
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 email@example.com.
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!
Become 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, see any staff member, or download the Friends Member Form.
2nd Thursday of each month
September through May
Kindergarteners through 3rd graders are invited to the library for a chance to unwind after school with a snack, story and activity. Space is limited for BFF and registration is required by the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Please call 924.3561 or email to reserve a spot for your student.
Winter Story Time for 3, 4 and 5 Year Olds
February 19 – March 19, 2018
Little ones will be building friendships as we explore Mother Goose through stories, finger plays, songs and a simple craft. Please contact the library to register for the program that fits your schedule:
Mondays from 7:00-7:45; Wednesdays from 10:00-10:45AM; OR Thursdays from 10:00-10:45AM.
Winter Toddler Time
February 19 – March 19, 2018
Little ones will be building friendships as we read Mother Goose stories, sing, and move to music. Please contact the library to register:
Toddler Time (18-36 months old & caregiver) on Mondays from 6:30-6:50PM .
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.
THANK YOU KURTZ BROTHERS!!!
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.
THANK YOU ENERGY COOPERATIVE!
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!