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2020 Census Because You Count

This year the Census will be available online. The library will aid in completing the count. If you do not have access to the internet or a computer and would like help just stop by the library during our normal hours and we will have staff available to assist you.

The Library is not Just for Books

How long has it been since we have seen you? There are so many things I need to let you know. First of all, last year the Alexandria Library Board of Trustees voted to go fine free. That means that we no longer charge fines on overdue materials. The only charges incurred are on lost or damaged items. Second, we added Dawes Arboretum experience passes that can be checked out at the circulation desk for two weeks. Included events for this weekend at Dawes are the Treewhispers and Maple Syrup Days. We have also added the RBDigital platform which provides patrons with simultaneous use e-audio books reducing the time you wait for books such us Diana Gabaldon, C.J. Box, Craig Johnson just to name a few available. Don’t forget we also offer free wi-fi and computers for you to use. If you haven’t been in for a while stop by and check us out.

Care Packages for Active Service Members

March 1 – 26, 2020

Donations are being gathered through March 26th for care packages that are sent annually to all service men and women from St. Alban’s Township. Personal care items or individual serving food packages are all helpful. If you’d like to include a bonus fun item, hand held games, word game books, playing cards, card games, dice games, travel size board games, travel size jigsaw puzzles or Nerf balls would be appreciated. Best gift of all? Letters and cards!

If you would like items sent to a specific service member, please mark the item with the name and we will see that it gets delivered. If you know of any service member who should be included, please submit name and address to Ina Rae Kean. Items may be dropped off at the library anytime. Questions? Please contact Ina Rae at 740.924.5671. Can you help pack boxes? We’ll be compiling them on Sunday, March 29 at 3PM at the Alexandria United Methodist Church.

Pie(π) Day Contest

Saturday, March 14 at 1:00PM

Are you into baking? Enjoy eating a slice of pie. The library in conjunction with our Friends group will be sponsoring a pie baking contest. All you need is to pick you favorite recipe and get to baking. All ages are welcome to participate. Registration will begin at 12:30PM in the library meeting room. Judging will begin sharply at 1PM and a giftcard will be given to the best in show. Call 740-924-3561 or email if you have any questions. This program is

Thursday Night Movie: The 3rd Man

Thursday, March 19 at 7PM

Last chance this season for our Monthly Movie at the library. Do you want to learn more about the Cold War in Europe, plus enjoy a vintage post-war spy movie? Come join us on Thursday evening, March 19th at 7 pm for the Orson Wells classic, The Third Man. A tense, spy flick set in Vienna, with an Oscar-winning chase scene! Popcorn and drinks provided.

Adult Book Club

Friday, March 20 at 10:30AM

The Alexandria Public Library is happy to announce that in cooperation with the other libraries in Licking County, The Ohio State University Newark and COTC we will be participating in “One Book, One Community”. This is an opportunity to meet and discuss with author Dr. Mona Hanna-Atitisha about her book, “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.” A story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world.

First, the Alexandria Book Club will be reading the book in March and discussing it at our regular time and place. Second, you are invited to the book discussion and signing at the Reese Center on the Newark Campus of Ohio State on Monday, April 13th 6:00PM. Free books will be given to the first 100 registrants. Call the library at 740-924-3561 to register now! All adults are welcome to participate in monthly book discussions. For a morning of lively discussion call 740.924.3561, or 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.

Power Ahead Physical Therapy Wellness Chat: Fall Prevention

Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00PM

The Alexandria Public Library is pleased to be hosting Kerri S. Marks, PT as she discusses the fall prevention. Each attendee will receive a FREE gift.

Space is limited. To reserve your seat please call Power Ahead Physical Therapy at 740-966-5444.

BFF (K-5)

Thursday, March 12 from 3:15-4:30PM

Join us as you learn and create a book all our own.

Parents, please remember a note needs to be sent to school giving permission for your child to walk with library staff to the library. Space is limited, children need to be registered with the library by 8:00PM on Tuesday, March 10. Please call 740.924.3561 or email if you have questions or to register.

Licking Park District (K-5)

Thursday, March 19 from 3:15-4:30PM

The Alexandria Public Library is happy to be working with the Licking Park District to offer children’s programs for kids in grades K-5. Parents, please remember a note needs to be sent to school giving permission for your child to walk with library staff to the library. Space is limited, children need to be registered with the library by 8:00PM on Tuesday, March 17. Please call 740.924.3561 or email if you have questions or to register.

Family Movie: Frozen II

Saturday, March 21 at 4:00PM

Join us for a fun filled family afternoon to kick off spring break. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom. The library will provide popcorn. Please bring water bottles. Call the library at 740.924.3561 or email to let us know you’re coming. The library closes at 4PM so please enter and exit through the meeting room door.

Spring Toddler and Story Times

Continues through the week of March 16

Reading with Curious George!

Inviting all 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old youngsters to come learn through stories, finger plays, songs, and simple crafts. Our program runs from the week of February 24th with the last meeting the week of March 16th. Story time is scheduled to meet Monday evenings 7:00-7:45PM, or Thursday mornings 10:00-10:45. Reserve your spot by calling 740.924.3561 or emailing

Toddler Time

Fun with Curious George! Little ones 18-36 months are invited to join in a special time of reading books, singing songs and moving to music. Lots of fun is in store for our little folks as we share this time together making new friends.  Our program is scheduled to run the week of February 24th with the last meeting the week of March 16th. We are scheduled to meet Monday evenings 6:30-6:50 or Wednesday mornings 10:00-10:20. Please reserve a spot by calling 740.924.3561 or emailing

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.

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.