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2021 Summer Reading Program “Tails and Tales”

We are so excited to have you join us this summer for our Tails and Tales summer reading program! This summer we will be having in person programing for all ages, so set your goal and challenge yourself to take time and read this summer. Can’t find what you are looking for? Be sure to ask one of our staff members for assistance. We can’t wait to see you this summer at the library!


Children’s Summer Reading Events

*All children’s events with an asterisk require a registration by phone or in person one week before the event.

*Wednesday, June 16, 11:00AM-Butterflies! (K-5th) We’ll learn about the butterfly life cycle and make a butterfly puddler to take home for your own garden. 

*Tuesday, June 22, 6:00PM-ONE Owls Ohio Nature Education and Mrs. VanSchoyck are bringing their owls!  We’ll learn all about these majestic creatures of the night. 

*Wednesday, June 30, 6:00PM-Owl Pellets (K-5thWe’ll dissect a real owl pellet to find out what owls eat. 

Saturday, July 3-Thursday, July 8-Take & Make Craft Kit Pick up a craft kit and make it at home. 

*Wednesday, July 14, 11:00AM-Safari! (K-5thWe’ll have a story or two about wild animals of Africa, create our own ‘binoculars,’ and search for hidden animals in the courtyard. 

*Tuesday, July 20, 6:00PM-ONE Who are the Critters in Your Neighborhood? Mrs. VanSchoyck is back with some wild animals you might see in your own backyard! 

Tuesday, July 27, 6:00PM– SRP Wrap Up Gathering The Licking County 4H Band is joining us at 6:30 to celebrate YOU! We’ll get together for recognition, awards, prizes, and a cool treat. (Must complete final check in by July 22 and be present to be eligible for a Grand Prize.) 


Summer Toddler & Story Time Programs

Beginning the week of June 17th thru the week of July 29th

Toddler Time-for 18-36 months old with caregiver Mondays 6:00PM-6:30PM or Wednesdays 10:00–10:30AM

Story Time-(three-, four-, and five-year-old’s) Mondays from 6:30PM– 7:00PM or Thursdays 10:00-10:30AM. Call 740-924-3561 or email Karen at kthompson1@alexandria.lib.oh.us to register.


Adult Book Club

Friday, June 18 at 10:30AM

The book for June is Olive Bright, Pigeoneer by Stephanie Graves. Come learn about the role of homing pigeons in the war effort, in Britain, during World War II. It’s a mystery and a bit of history.

All adults are welcome to participate in monthly book discussions. For a morning of lively discussion call 740.924.3561, 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. If you would like to join us, please enter by the meeting room door as the library is closed on Fridays.


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 Summer Reading Events

Career Animal (Service Dog)-Tues., June 15 (6:30PM)
Check out Lion and Patti and the different careers dogs can have.

Book Club: Olive Bright Pigeoneer-Fri., June 18 (10:30AM)

Latshaw Apiaries (Honeybees)-Tues., June 29 (7:00PM)
Join us along with the Latshaw family as we learn all about honeybees.

Book Club: TBD-Fri., July 16 (10:30AM)

4-H Band-Tues., July 27 (6:30-7:15PM)
Come listen on the lawn to the Licking County 4-H Band

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Tues. July 13 – 10-8
Wed. July 14 – 10-4
Thurs. July 15 – 10-8
Sat. July 17 – 10-4


Teen Summer Reading Events

Career Animal (Service Dog)-Tues., June 15 (6:30PM)
Check out Lion and Patti and the different careers dogs can have.

Folded Book Animals-Thur., June 17 (3–5:00PM)
Give a book new life as you create your favorite animal at our book folding event.

Latshaw Apiaries (Honeybees)-Tues., June 29 (7:00PM)
Join us along with the Latshaw family as we learn all about honey bees.

Teen Book Club: Watership Down-Tues., Jul 6 (3:00-4:00PM)
Stop by and pick up your copy the second week of June. Then join us for a discussion in July.

Animal Magnets-Tues., July 13 (6:00-7:00PM)
Create your own animal magnets with air dry clay.

Tell a Tale Party-Tues., July 15 (3:00-5:00PM)
Like funny or scary stories. Create one of your own and share it at our end of summer reading party.

4-H Band-Tues., July 27 (6:30-7:15PM)
Come listen on the lawn to the Licking County 4-H Band


Calling All Teens

Looking for something fun to do this summer? We are looking for volunteers to help with our summer reading program. This is a great opportunity to earn those volunteer hours or just help in your community. There will be an end of summer party for all or our teen volunteers. Email cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us or jshaw@alexandria.lib.oh.us to get on our volunteer list or for more information.


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.