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Fully Operational

The Alexandria Public Library is fully operational. On June 22, the library started receiving items via transportation. That means patrons can now place requests on materials from other libraries in our consortium. Patrons will be notified when the items are available for pickup. The library is open for copies, faxes, computer usage, and browsing of our stacks. Our staff continues to clean high touch areas and we have adapted our entry and exit route to limit contact within the building. Face masks are encouraged. All returned materials are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being checked in. We will continue to provide curbside service to any patrons who prefer this method. Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time and as always if you have any questions or concerns please call 740-924-3561 or email cstrong@alexandria.lib.oh.us.


2020 Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story”

Join us this summer for our virtual summer reading program. The library is proud to present CSLP “Imagine Your Story!” This year our library will be using a reading application to track your summer reading progress. The application can be downloaded for free from the app store and put on a device of your choice. Parents can register with a family account and add each child to track for their individual progress. This will eliminate the need for paper charts and lost booklets. Another positive is that Ms Jenny and Ms Karen have created some fun summer missions which can be accessed through Readsquared. If you choose to allow your children, there are games that can be played through the app when certain reading goals are met. There are many opportunities to grow and learn this summer with a chance to win prizes.

  1. Choose the device you would like to use for tracking and accessing Readsquared program.
  2. Next go to the app store on that device.
  3. Search for Readsquared.
  4. Install the application on your device.
  5. Open the app and type in Alexandria to find our library. Be sure to select Alexandria Public Library, Ohio.
  6. Next you will be given a choice to register as “myself,” “myself and children” or “my group.” Make your selection and complete the registration filling in the required information(*). We are offering four programs based on age/grade or adult. Select a program for each participant and begin reading and tracking.
    1. Preschool ages 0-4years
    1. Kindergarten-Fifth Grade
    1. Sixth-Twelfth Grade
    1. Adults

As you read and log your reading we recommend (5 days a week for 25 minutes each day) you will earn virtual badges and prizes that can be picked up at the library when you come to check in. There are also missions that can be completed to earn more points toward program completion. All of our events have also been entered into the app so you can keep track of what virtual programs are happening. (Some events will require advanced registration.) If you complete our program, you will be entered into a random drawing for various prizes, winners will be contacted by email. If you have any questions please contact the library at 740.924.3561.


Children’s Summer Reading Events

Wednesday, July 8, 2pm (Virtual) – “Get a Charge!” with Jack Brown* (K-5)

Wednesday, July 15, 1-3pm – Tie Dye Fun We will provide the dye and rubber bands! Bring an article of clothing to tie dye—nothing is off limits! Shirts, socks, shorts, scarves, even underwear are way more special when they have been tie dyed! Registration is required for 20-minute appointments. Call the library at 740-924-3561 to schedule . * (K-5)

Tuesday, July 28 SRP Wrap Up Prizes chosen randomly on July 29. Winners will be contacted by email.

Friends of the Library Semi-Annual Book Sale

The semi-annual book sale is cancelled for July. Currently we plan to have our sale in December. Please feel free to stop by the library during normal business hours and check out the items in our meeting room. The donated money raised by our friends’ group is used to purchase materials and enhance library programs. Sponsored by:


Adult Book Club

Friday, July 17 at 10:30AM

“Searching for Sylvie Lee” by Jean Kwok is a mystery that deals with secrets, identity, and longing in an immigrant family. This is one of the recommended reads listed on Jenna Bush Reads.

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.


FREE access to JLG Digital online reading platform!

Need materials for the children to read while social distancing. The Junior Library Guild has given all libraries and schools access to their online reading platform for free. You don’t even need a library card just click on the picture above and it will take you to there site. Then click on the link for the age appropriate materials and start reading. It really is that simple.


2020 Census Because You Count

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. It’s also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

This year the Census is available online at https://my2020census.gov/, by paper or by phone at 844.330.2020. Don’t forget to be counted. It is extremely easy! Click here to complete the census.


Prefer Audio Books?

Enjoy listening to over 30,000+ simultaneous use audio books while you catch up on all your work from home. RB digital has just what you are looking for and so much more. These titles can be accessed from our website with your library card.

Becoming George Orwell by John Rodden tells the remarkable transformation of Orwell from journeyman writer to towering icon—check it out on RBdigital!


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.