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Holiday Closings

The Library will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

We will also be closed Monday, December 31, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 to celebrate the New Year. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season from our family to yours!



We’re Taking a Break for the Holidays!

Fall Toddler and Story Time sessions end December 13. Stay tuned for Winter Toddler and Story Time sessions beginning in January 2019. In addition, due to Christmas and New Year’s holidays, BFF will take a short break and resume in January. Watch our website and future newsletter for more info!


Book Sale

Saturday, December 8 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. 



Kids Movie Day: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 13 from 3:15-5:00PM

Come celebrate the season with the Dicken’s beloved Christmas Carol told through the eyes of those favorite characters, the Muppets.

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 4:00PM on Wednesday, December 12. Please call 740.924.3561 or email if you have questions or to register. Due to the school dismissal time for 4th and 5th graders, parents will need to arrange transportation.


Licking Park District for K-5th Graders

Thursday, December 20 from 3:15-4:30PM

Look in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s the constellations! Join us with the Parks specialist to learn all about the sky above us!

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 4:00PM on Wednesday, December 19. Please call 740.924.3561 or email if you have questions or to register. Due to the school dismissal time for 4th and 5th graders, parents will need to arrange transportation.


Adult Book Club

Friday, December 21 at 10:30AM

There is no assigned book this month. Instead, we will take turns sharing about the best book we read this year. We will also have tea and cookies and get the book for January. Come and join us to meet new friends and hear about great books. 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.


Teen Movie: The Incredibles 2

Tuesday, December 11 from 6:00-8:00PM

Join us for popcorn and a movie. Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world. Teens 6th thru 12th grade are invited to join us for the movie.

Please call the library at 740.924.3561 or email to register.


Teen Craft: Ornaments

Tuesday, December 18 from 6:30-7:30PM

Join us for an evening of crafting fun. We will make several different ornaments to jazz up your Christmas tree. Teens 6th thru 12th grade are invited to join us.

 Please call the library at 740.924.3561 or email to register


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 1-8, 2018

American Legion Post 254 from Johnstown is working to collect toys, clothing and games for kids (babies to teenagers). Donations can be dropped off at the library through Saturday, December 8. Distribution will be held at 6:30PM on Tuesday, December 11 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.

December Make-It Take-It (K-5th Grade)

Stop by the circulation desk during the month of December and pick up a simple art project to take home and make.


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!