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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, Alexandria Library Board of Trustees voted to go fine free, which 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. Finally, do not forget we also offer free Wi-Fi and computers for you to use at the library. If you have not been in for a while stop by and check us out.


Downsizing or Decluttering: They Want Your Stuff!

Have you been cleaning out during this pandemic? Do you have lots of items that you would like to donate, but you do not know where to take/send them? Here are some ideas.

Medical supplies: med-eq.org connects you with charities seeking medical supplies and equipment, mostly for overseas use.

Computer: globetops.com takes used laptops. Our own local museum of science & technology – “The Works” will accept old computer parts. They are located at 55 S. 1st St. in Newark. Call them at 740-349-9277 for more information. They do not accept printers.

Appliances: Contact habitat.org to see if Habitat for Humanity can use your gently used appliances.

Hearing Aids: Try either starkeyhearingfoundation.org or hearingaiddonations.org.

Musical Instruments: hungryfromusic.org offers them to young musicians. Guitars4vets.org welcomes guitars and related gear which are passed on to veterans.

Formal wear: bridesacrossamerica.com or beccascloset.org accept wedding dresses and special occasion gowns.

Shoes: soles4soles.org takes regular shoes and oneworldrunning.com takes running shoes.

Phones: cellphonesforsoldiers.com help service members overseas. Medicmobile.org supports health care providers.

Books: booksforsoldiers.com or operationpaperback.org allow you to ship your books directly to service members with your reading tastes.


New Book for Teens and Tweens

Have you ever considered taking an expedition underground…in the dark?  All Thirteen (The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team) takes you on a dangerous journey into the depths of caves in Thailand to experience the daring international rescue of 12 soccer players and a coach.  The author, Christina Soontornvat, keeps you in suspense from beginning to end. Check your local library or search online for a copy for a great read that you just cannot put down! Let us know what you think by emailing cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us 

Your comments help us in selecting reading materials.


Tax Resources

There are many tax resources available to you. The library has computers available for your convenience to print forms or find a free filing resource. Tax season is here, and FREE IRS-sponsored tax preparation services are available to millions of eligible taxpayers.

IRS Free File is available online and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides help locally and you can contact them https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free.


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.


Adult Book Club

Friday, March 19 at 10:30AM

The selection for March is The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood. When the engineer responsible for the building of the Brooklyn Bridge is injured, he asks his wife to do the unthinkable. Untrained for the task, but under his guidance, she assumes his role, despite stern resistance and overwhelming obstacles. Based on the true story of the Brooklyn Bridge, it’s a story of a husband and wife determined to build something that lasts, even at the risk of losing each other. All adults are welcome to participate in monthly book discussions. For a morning of lively discussion call 740.924.3561 or email Martha at msturgill@alexandria.lib.oh.us or stop by the library to join Book Club. You need not be available every month to participate. The library is closed on Fridays, so please enter through the meeting room door.


Spring Toddler and Story Time

Let’s Read About…Our Fabulous Five Senses

Virtual Story Time

Join Miss Karen online through our YouTube channel as she shares a story with you weekly. Please call 740.924.3561 or email kthompson1@alexandria.lib.oh.us to sign up your little reader.

In Person Story Time

Wednesday morning at 10AM Beginning the week of March 10, 2021

Inviting all 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old youngsters to come, explore the senses of taste, touch, see, hear, and smell through stories, finger plays, songs, and a take and make craft. Our program begins the week of March 10th with the last meeting the week of April 21st. Story time meets Wednesday at 10AM in the meeting room. There will be no story time on March 31st. Registration is required, and space is limited. Please call 740.924.3561 or email kthompson1@alexandria.lib.oh.us to sign up your little reader.


Read with Ms. Jenny! (Homeschoolers)

Tuesday, March 9 from 10 to 11AM

Show off your reading skills or practice new ones!  Ms. Jenny will be your audience.  20-minute, one-on-one appointments.  Call 740-924-3561 or email jshaw@alexandria.lib.oh.us to register!


Let’s Talk About Theater!

Thursday, March 11 from 6-7PM

Join Ms. Jenny for a fun evening learning all about how the theater works and try out your acting skills when you perform a short skit.

Call 740-924-3561 or email jshaw@alexandria.lib.oh.us to register.


Read to Ms. Jenny! (Grades K-3)

Monday, March 15, 6-7PM

Show off your reading skills or practice new ones!  Ms. Jenny will be your audience.  20-minute, one-on-one appointments.  Call 740-924-3561 or email jshaw@alexandria.lib.oh.us to register!


BFF: Giving Back: Treats for Wild Birds

Thursday, March 25 from 6 -7PM

Looking for some fun on a Thursday evening. Join Ms. Jenny at the library and make treats for the wild birds in your neighborhood. This program will fill up fast! Register by calling 740-924-3561 or email jshaw@alexandria.lib.oh.us.


Teen Craft: Geometric Canvas

Tuesday, March 30 from 5:30-7:30PM

Join us for a fun night crafting. Each teen will be able to create their own piece of art to take home using a canvas, stencils, and fabric markers. The only limit is your imagination. Be sure to tell your friends this is sure to be fun for all. This program is open to all student’s 6th through 12th grade. Call 740-924-3561 or email cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us to register.


Bee-Bots Ready for Check-Out

STEM fun for the entire family! An easy and fun way to learn the fundamentals of coding for kids of all ages! Check out a kit to use at home. Directions and suggestions along with command coding cards are included in the kit. Construct your own maze, see who can get down the lane first, or just enjoy a day of creating your own codes for the Bee-Bot to follow using the command cards.  Send us a photo or tell us what you think by emailing cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us

Your comments help us to select STEM materials for the library.


Check Out Our Digital Resources

Need a resource for working on your car or want to learn a foreign language? Check out the resources available through our website on the digital resources page. We have everything from Lynda.com to Chilton to Transparent Languages and Ancestry. All of these resources plus more can be accessed from home during this time. Need assistance call 740-924-3561 or email cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us.


Check out an E-Book

Looking for a great book to read. No need to even leave your house. Use one of two free applications and your library card to check out a book or two. There are books for all ages and the application can be downloaded for free from your app store. Having trouble feel free to call 740-924-3561 or email cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us and we will assist you.


Missing your magazines

Just like to flip through the pages and see what is happening? Check out the digital magazine collection that is available right at your fingertips. Titles such as Kiplinger, Family Handyman, and Taste of Home are all available digitally from the comfort of your home. Just click here. It really is that easy.


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