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One-on-one help

Need some help with that job search, navigating that new tablet, basic computer instruction, or (just about) anything? The Preble County District Library has the ‘Book a Librarian’ program. Call 937-456-5562 to schedule an appointment with the Reference Librarian. Appointments are available every Monday in April at 4 or 5 p.m.

‘The Big Read’ book discussion

Preble County District Library joined with Dayton Metro Library, Books & Co., and Clear Channel Media for the annual community read across the Miami Valley area. ‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ by Cheryl Strayed was selected as this year’s book. There are a number of events around the area for The Big Read, and PCDL will be hosting its discussion of ‘Wild’ on Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eaton Branch at 301 N. Barron St. Other area events can be found at www.bigread.org.

Book and Bake Sale

The West Elkton Branch of the PCDL will be hosting a book and bake sale in April. The sale is presented by the Friends of the Library, and it will be from 1-6 p.m. on April 7 and 9 and 12-5 p.m. on April 10. All sales are by donation only. Book and movie donations will also be accepted during the sale.

Create junk art

Get ready for Summer Reading with the PCDL’s ‘Junk Start Summer Reading’ art program. Children ages 5-12 can turn trash into art on Saturday, April 12 at the Visual Art Center at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton. Children can either build with an assortment provided by the library or bring their own trash to transform.

Prizes will be awarded in four age groups. ‘Junk Start Summer Reading’ will be held from 10 a.m.-noon, with judging at the end of the building period.

Dome Theater

Do you enjoy the Omnimax dome theaters? PCDL is bringing the dome theater experience to Preble County. On Saturday, May 10, the portable dome theater will be at Bruce Elementary School at 506 B Aukerman St. in Eaton. Programs correlate primarily with K-8 curriculum, including ‘Saturn: The Ring World,’ ‘The Dinosaur Prophecy,’ ‘Passport to the Universe,’ and many more. Shows will run every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a full list of shows, visit www.pcdl.lib.oh.us.

Drop a Beat, Grab the Mic!

Teens (grades 6-12) will have the chance to mix beats at a professional DJ center and perform rhymed couplets on a live microphone. The Cooking Caravan, a group of chefs, artists, actors, and musicians who travel with educational artistic programs, will be at the Visual Art Center at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton on Saturday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The program is free and will be followed by free pizza and snacks for the participating teens. To register, call PCDL Teen Services at 937-733-6703 or email Christina Jones at joneschr@oplin.org.

Minnetrista Theatre

Children in grades K-5 will learn the necessary elements of a habitat, what it means to have character while seeking to do great things, and the elements of theatre production. The Eaton Branch will welcome Minnetrista Theatre on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m.

The show follows King Gerg, whose kingdom is in shambles. In an effort repair it, he sends out three servants to seek stories of true greatness. The performance takes place the day of those servants’ return.

With masks and large-scale puppetry, the King and his court explore what it means to be truly great.

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