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Alexandria Beggars’ Night

Thursday, October 28 from 5:30-7:00PM

Are you ready for a fun night with lots of candy? Don’t forget to visit the library for a special sweet treat and to participate in the library’s costume contest!

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Alexandria Beggars’ Night Costume Contest

Thursday, October 28 from 5:30-6:30PM

Stop by the library for a short visit to collect a sweet treat and enter our contest.

Categories for the contest are grouped by age: Infants to 5, 6-10, and 11-18

One prize will be awarded for each category.

Please note the contest will end at 6:30 and winners will be notified by telephone.

The Holidays Are-A-Comin’

Adults & Teens

Thursday, October 7 at 6:00PM

Celebrate your autumn holidays with a home-made candle centerpiece. Items will be supplied, but you are welcome to bring your own items to match your home decor. So, we are prepared with enough items, please email Carrie Strong at or call 740-924-3561 to reserve your place.

One Book One Community of Licking County

Free Community Book Club

Monday, October 11 from 3-4-PM

Virtual book discussion with Philip J. Deloria

This will be a Zoom Webinar for Licking County residents. The first 100 participants to register will receive a free copy of the book, Playing Indian, by Philip J. Deloria. Stop by the Alexandria Public Library to get your free book and information for this webinar.

“Antique Road Show”

Comes to Alexandria Library

Tuesday, October 12 at 7:00PM

Sam Schnaidt from the Appletree Auction Center (Granville, Ohio) will be available to assess two (2) of your own personal antiques on Tuesday, October 12 at 7PM. Bring your antiques to the library for Sam to peruse and get idea of its value. Don’t know what something is that you inherited from grandma? Maybe you can stump Sam with one of your most prized antiques. Please call 740-924-3561 or email to let us know you are coming. Refreshments will be served.

Alexandria Library Book Club

Friday, October 15 at 10:30AM

As part of the library’s Cold War series, the Alexandria Library Book Club will be reading, The Daughters of Yalta by Catherine Grace Katz. This is an untold story about three glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta conference in February 1945. Discover the fateful reverberations of this conference in the waning days of World War II. Come to the library to pick up this book selection. Join us on Friday, October 15 at 10:30AM. If you would like to join us, please enter by the meeting room door (in the back of the library) as the library is closed on Fridays.

Family Movie Night

Monday, October 18 from 7:00PM

A special night of sharing a movie together with the entire family. Sense and Sensibility is based on the novel written by Jane Austin. The story depicts the life of the middle class during the 19th-Century. The Dashwood family becomes destitute upon the death of their father and find themselves in an impoverished situation. Join us for an evening of entertainment.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Please register by calling 740-924-3561 or email

Take Home COVID-19 Test Kits

In conjunction with the State of Ohio our library will be providing free COVID-19 at home test kits. These kits are easy to use and include a tele-health visit to help you interpret the results. The kits are free to the public. The library will provide these for pickup in the library or curbside. Please call the library to check availability before coming to the library. Reminder: All patrons entering the library need to be healthy and not experiencing any COVID symptoms. If you are ill and need a kit please make arrangements for a family or friend to pick up a kit via our curbside contactless pickup.

Story Time Programs for Children Ages 3-5

Ends the week of November 1

Mon. 6:30-7PM or Thur. 10-10:30AM

All Things Autumn

Join Ms. Karen to discover nature during the autumn season. Young ones will experience educational concepts through stories, songs, and finger plays. Take-n-Make packets will be given to participants. Registration is required so please call 740.924.3561 or email to reserve a place.

Emails will be sent to those who are registered.

Toddler Time Programs for Children Ages 18-36mos

Ends the week of November 1

Mon. 6-6:30PM or Wed. 10-10:30AM

All Things Autumn

Join Ms. Karen to discover nature during the autumn season. Young ones will experience educational concepts through stories, songs, and finger plays. A take-home project will be given to each participant. Registration is required so please call 740.924.3561 or email to reserve a place.

Emails will be sent to those who are registered.

Library Learners for Homeschoolers

Weekly Thursdays Meetings

October 7,14, 21, & 28 from 10:00-10:45AM

Ages 5-9

October programming is as follows:

*10/7 Polymers

*10/14 Static Electricity

*10/21 Leaves in Fall

*10/28 Fall Literature

Space is limited so please register for all remaining sessions. Email Jen Shaw at or call 740-924-3561.

Book Club for Homeschoolers

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

Wednesday, October 20 from 10:00-10.45AM

Ages 10-12

Because of an early thaw, the farmer begins mowing earlier than usual. This places shy, timid Mrs. Frisby in a desperate position as her home is on the mowing path and headed for destruction. Read Mrs. Frisby and the rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien to find out how the problem is solved. Email Jen Shaw at or call 740-924-3561.

Homeschooling Library Volunteers Needed

We always need teen volunteers at the library!  Are you a homeschooling teen aged 13-18? Would you like to earn volunteer hours by helping with our homeschool learning program? We want you! Stop in the library to fill out a teen volunteer application.


Tuesday, October 5 from 3:30-5:00PM

Listen to, Swimmy, by Leo Lionni and find out how teamwork can be helpful in meeting challenges. There will be a special fishy craft following the story. Email Jen Shaw at or call 740-924-3561.

Remember you must register with the library to participate in this program.

A snack will be served. Please bring a water bottle.

K-5 Movie

Tuesday, October 12 from3:30-5:00PM

Come join us for a combined read-aloud story followed by the movie. Email Jen Shaw at or call 740-924-3561. Remember you must register with the library to participate in this program. Popcorn will be served. Please bring a water bottle. REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 7.

K-5 Let’s Talk AboutHalloween!

Tuesday, October 19 from 3:30-5:00PM

Join us for a scary story (but not too scary!), a fun snack, a Halloween inspired craft, and games.  

Email Jen Shaw at or call 740-924-3561. Remember you must register with the library to participate in this program. Please bring a water bottle. REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 14.

K-5 COSI Connects Learning Lunchbox: Space

Ready for pick-up!

Make it your mission to drop by the library and pick up a box of science fun!  If you like science, this box is for you!  Each box contains the instructions and materials to complete 5 activities, an activity book, and other goodies. One box per family while supplies last.

Registration opens for November BFF October 18

& Closes October 28


Monochromatic Art

Tuesday, November 2 from 3:30-5:00PM

Monochromatic art makes use of a color scheme based on a single-color using variations of the hue. Come and learn how to create a masterpiece using just one color! Email Jen Shaw at or call 740-924-3561. Please bring a water bottle.


Afterschool Volunteers Needed!

If you are a teen aged 13-18 and would like to earn volunteer hours at the library, come on in and join our Teen Volunteer Group! We need volunteers in several areas. We can accommodate your schedule and work in as many hours as you would like. All teens are welcome!

Mark Your Calendars for Events

Coming in November

Mark your Calendars! Coming in November!

Where Were You When…?”

Cold War Program Part II

Tuesday, November 9 at 7PM

Thanks to all those who shared their Cold War experiences with us last month. This was a great kick-off to making our Cold War series a success. We learned first-hand how a combined German/American choir sang in East Berlin, how a joke was played by a naval destroyer on a Soviet cruiser in the Mediterranean, the real story behind the two divisions promised to have ready for NATO, a sad plane crash in Alaska, how the Vietnam troops flavored their C-rations, and many more. The library has a special book display to satisfy your curiosity. Cold War articles for the Alexandria Museum will be on displayed the evening of November 9.

The Alexandria Library along with the Alexandria Museum are co-sponsoring this interactive program in hopes of recording the Cold War stories of residents. Please join us on Tuesday, November 9th at 7PM in the meeting room. We will be reliving some of the key moments of this eventful period in history. Come to hear humorous, touching, tragic, and uplifting accounts of how it was to live through the Cold War. Come just to listen and learn or come prepared to share your own memories.

“Santa Clause is Coming to Town”

Saturday, November 20 at 1:00PM

Hey! Hey! Hey! Santa is on his way to the Alexandria Public Library. Come, listen to a story, and start your holiday early with a visit from Ol’ St. Nick. Following the story time, Santa will be available for picture taking. Don’t forget to bring your camera and your best smile.

Check Out Our Digital Resources

Need a resource for working on your car? How about learning a foreign language? Check out our our digital resources page. Chilton can assist you with automotive information while Transparent Languages will help you with a foreign language. Perhaps you are interested in learning something new or developing your computer skills. is the place for you! Looking for that lost, rich, royal, relative? Ancestry will lend a hand! If you are unsure of how to use this tool, give us a call 740.924.3561 or email to get help in navigating the system.

Check Out an E-Book

Looking for a great book to read! Download the Overdrive or Meet Libby apps for free from your apps store on any device. There are books for patrons of all ages, and you do not even have to leave home to get it! Having a problem getting an app? Call 740.924.3561 or email for assistance.

Missing your magazines

Feel like flipping through a magazine to get the scoop on things? Titles such as Kiplinger, Family Handyman, and Taste of Home are all available for you to read. Just click here. Need help? Give us a call 740.924.3561 or email It really is that easy.

Friends_LogoFriends of the Library Drive

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities or interested in helping your local library community? The Friends of the Library support the Alexandria library by hosting various programs throughout the year such as Pie Day, Gingerbread houses, Antique Road Shows, and many others. Our main fund raiser is our semiannual book sale. We are always looking for volunteers(members) to assist with book sales, planning, and programing. We have a great group of people and look forward to you joining us. Stop by the library today to sign up for our friends’ group. 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.