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Summer Reading 2018



Libraries Rock

May 22 thru July 31, 2018

Summer is right around the corner, and this year’s theme is Libraries Rock. Our programs and activities are rock solid. Watch the June newsletter for the order of events for this summer’s production.

Over the years, the Alexandria Public Library and Northridge Primary School have built a great relationship promoting reading to our community children. We are excited to announce Mr. Pickles, will be at Northridge Primary School on Thursday, May 22 at 2:00PM for a 45 minute program to kick off our Libraries Rock summer reading program. If you would like to see Mr. Pickles, mark your calendars and stop in the Northridge Primary School office before the show to sign in. We would like to give a big, “Thank you!” to Northridge Primary principal, Mr. Blum, for his support of our 2018 summer reading program.

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 to sign up your little reader.



Kids Movie Day: Charlotte’s Web

Thursday, May 10 from 3:15–5:00PM

Wilbur the pig fears the end of the season, because he knows when that time comes he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

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


Licking Park District for K-5th Graders

Thursday, May 17 from 3:15–4:30PM

Join us this month for a snack, story and activity as we learn all about ponds.

Students need to be registered by Wednesday, May 16 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 to register your student.

Teen Movie: Maze Runner: The Death Cure (PG-13)

Tuesday, May 22 from 3:15-5:45PM

Join us for The Death Cure. Young hero, Thomas’ embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as “The Flare”.

Register by Monday, May 21 to reserve your seat. Call 740-924-3561 or email Popcorn will be provided.



Got Plants? We do!

Monday, May 21 at 7PM

Join Rick Gardner from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a discussion on indigenous plants.

The Alexandria Garden Club will have perennials to swap FREE. SIGN UP IS NECESSARY! Call the library or email to reserve your spot.

We’ll need to know in advance what kind of perennials you’re interested in. Choices may include: peony, hosta, cone flower, black-eyed Susan, daisy, ivy, sedum, fern, phlox, ivy, lavender, sage, chives and other herbs.



Adult Book Club

Friday, May 18 at 10:30AM

The choice for May is News of the World: A Novel, by Paulette Jiles. It is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. In his travels Kidd is burdened with delivering an orphan girl, Johanna, to an unknown aunt and uncle. During his travels he is faced with many difficult issues.

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.

Give Blood, Save Lives

Thursday, May 31 from 12:00-6:00PM

To accompany our 2018 Summer Reading Program, the library will be hosting the American Red Cross of Licking County for a blood drive on Thursday, May 31, from 12:00-6:00PM. If you would be willing to Be a Hero and make a commitment to donate, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit, sponsor code: APL.

Participants receive a BOGO Columbus Zoo entrance offer and will be enrolled in the
Red Cross weekly drawing for FOUR FREE Zoombezi Bay passes.


 Guess what is new at the Library?

Puzzle swap

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


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!