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The Alexandria Library Staff Wish You & Yours

a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

The Library will be closed the following dates:

Dec. 23, 25, 30 & Jan. 1

Family Night

Gingerbread House Craft

Thursday, December 2 at 6:30PM

Did you ever dream of creating your own gingerbread house? Your opportunity is here! Bring the whole family and create a house of your own. Space is limited so call 740-924-3561 to reserve your spot. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

December 7, 8, 9, 11

During Normal Business Hours.

Everyone loves a great book, and we have many gently used books for purchase by donation. Your donations help fund the special programs we offer during the year to our patrons. Stop by the library during our normal business hours. Books will be on display in the meeting room for your perusal. Come, browse, and find the perfect winter read for everyone in your family. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Alexandria Library Book Club

Friday, December 17 at 10:30

The Kitchen Front written by Jennifer Ryan is set in England during WWII where housewives had to become clever in creating meals due to rationing. To assist in the preparation of meals, the BBC runs a radio program hosted by a man. It has been decided that the show needs a woman’s touch so a contest is launched to find who the new female co-host will be. Stop by the library to check out a copy of the book and join us for a discussion on Friday, December 17 at 10:30. Please enter by the back door as the library is closed on Fridays.


Seasonal Mini-Session Story Time

for Children Ages 3-5 years

December 2, 6, & 9

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

Join Ms. Karen for a mini season of fun. 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 kthompson1@alexandria.lib.oh.us to reserve a place. Emails will be sent to those who are registered.

Seasonal Mini-Session Toddler Time

for Children Ages 18-36 months

December 1, 6, & 8

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

Join Ms. Karen for a mini season of fun. 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 kthompson1@alexandria.lib.oh.us to reserve a place. Emails will be sent to those who are registered

K-5 BFF Christmas Crafts

Tuesday, December 7 from 3:30-5:30

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join in the fun making Christmas crafts with Ms. Jenny Remember to register by emailing jshaw@alexandria.lib.oh.us or call 740-924-3561.  Remember you must register with the library to participate in this program. Snacks will be served. Please bring a water bottle.

REGISTRATION CLOSES DECEMBER 2

K-5 Movie

Tuesday, December 14 from 3:30-5:00PM

Come join us for a hilarious holiday celebration with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, based on the book by Barbara Robinson. Email Ms. Jenny at jshaw@alexandria.lib.oh.us or call 740-924-3561 to register. Remember you must register with the library to participate in this program. Popcorn will be served. Please bring a water bottle.

REGISTRATION CLOSES DECEMBER 9

Homeschool Book Club

Wednesday, December 15 at 10:00AM

Ages 10-12

Join Ms. Jenny in the holiday laughs by reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. This story will have you in stitches until your sides ache. See what happens when the Herdman siblings insist on being part of the Christmas Pageant. Pick up your copy at the library and join us for a fun discussion.

Library Learners

Christmas Crafts

Thursday, December 16 from 10-11:30AM

Get into the festive spirit by making a holiday craft. RSVP to Ms. Jenny at jshaw@alexandria.lib.oh.us or call 740-924-3651.

Elementary STEM Program

Grades 2-5

Monday, December 27 & Tuesday, December 28

1:00-3:00PM

Do you need a fun learning experience for your children during the Christmas break? Andy Moore will be leading a 2-day STEM Program for grades 2-5. Come and enjoy learning robotic skills by building a conveyor belt and wrecking ball. See how you can mine for cookies and even witness a Jell-O earthquake. Space is limited so make sure you call 740-924-3561 to make your reservation. This program was made possible through the generous donation from Martin Trucking.


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.


Teen Movie Night:

Polar Express in 3D

Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00PM

Come take an extraordinary train ride in 3D to the North Pole and discover life never fades for those who believe. Join in the holiday excitement and you may even find yourself singing along. Snacks will be provided. Please register by calling 740-924-3561.3561 to reserve your spot.

Teen Ornament Making

Thursday, December 16 at 6:00PM

Spread the cheer and make this holiday special by making some homemade ornaments to hang on your tree. Come join us for an evening of fun and excitement as we create something special for the tree! Snacks will be provided. Please register by calling 740-924-3561.

CALLING ALL TEENS! Volunteers Needed!

Whether you are homeschooled or attend regular school, youth 13-17 are welcome to become part of our Teen Volunteer Group. Through this group it is possible to earn volunteer hours. We need volunteers in several areas. We can accommodate your schedule and work in as many hours as you would like.

2021 Gifts for Kids

Collection ends Monday, December 13

Distribution will be Wednesday, December 15 at 6:30PM

American Legion Post 254 from Johnstown is working to collect toys, clothing, and games for kids (Newborn to age 17). Donations can be dropped off at the library through Monday, December 13. Distribution will be held at 6:30PM on Wednesday, December 15 at the American Legion Hall located at 180 W. Maple St., Johnstown. If you have questions about the project, donations or registering to participate, please contact Mike Heffley at 740-358-2950 or Janet Piper at 614-325-5441.

Sunflower Seeds Available

Free for the taking!

Come to the library and collect some sunflower seeds from the one that grew to over 15 feet tall right here at the library. See if you can grow a tall one in your yard for the summer of 2022!


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. Lynda.com 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 cstong@alexandria.lib.oh.us 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 cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us 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 cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us. 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 cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us, see any staff member, or download the Friends Member Form.