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Win prizes during Teen Tech Week

A set of Zip Up ear buds and a Pac-Man Candy Tin are up for grabs during this year’s Teen Tech Week at the Preble County District Library. All teens in the county between grades 6-12 are eligible for a chance to win.

Teen Tech Week runs from March 9-15, and this year, teens will have to be a little creative and use social media to show off that creativity. Each of the seven branches of the library will have Pac-Man craft kits available. After building the Pac-Man, teens will have to be imaginative as they take a photo with the craft and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #pcdlteens. Show the Instagram to your librarian to enter to win.

One set of Zip Up ear buds and a Pac-Man Arcade candy tin will be given away at each of the seven PCDL branches.

Another competition lined up for Teen Tech Week is a guessing game at each of the seven branches. Each branch will have a “Chaos” jar (M&Ms and Skittles mixed), and teens can guess how many are in the jar to win. One entry is allowed per day. Closest guess wins the jar.

Entries are due March 15, and drawings for winners will be a couple days later. For more information on the library’s programs, visit pcdl.lib.oh.us or visit the Teen Facebook page at facebook.com/PCDLTeens.

PC Library part of ‘Wild’ Big Read

The Preble County District Library is one of many Miami Valley organizations taking part in The Big Read, an annual event focusing on one book across the area. This year, the book chosen for the Miami Valley’s Big Read is ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed.

Strayed’s memoir, soon to be a feature film starring Reese Witherspoon, focuses on the 22-year-old Strayed, who hiked 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. It received votes throughout the Miami Valley, beating out ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern and ‘The Round House’ by Louise Erdrichto be this year’s Big Read.

From the voting ballot for The Big Read: “Her adventure evolves into this strong wilderness survival story full of surprises laced with good humor. The drama in her life that led her to the decision to hike the trail is a satisfying back story artfully woven into her memoir. Hiker or not, readers will relate to her quest, the people she meets and her love of the beautiful trail.”

The Big Read is sponsored by local libraries, book stores, nonprofit organizations, and the Dayton Daily News. It kicks off on March 10 and runs through April 19.

The Preble County discussion of ‘Wild’ will be held on Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eaton Branch at 301 N. Barron St.

Sticking with the hiking theme, the Preble County District Library will also welcome author Tammy York to the Eaton Branch of the PCDL at 301 N. Barron St. on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. York wrote ‘60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati,’ which covers some of the best, and some lesser known, hiking paths in the Cincinnati area. York grew up outside of Connersville, Indiana.

To reserve a copy of this year’s Big Read, “Wild,” or York’s “60 Hikes within 60 miles: Cincinnati,” visit the PCDL’s new online catalog at pcdl.lib.oh.us, and click on “Our catalog” in the left-hand navigation. Free copies of ‘Wild’ will also be available at various locations in the county when The Big Read begins. Follow the PCDL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrebleCountyDistrictLibrary, and on Twitter @PrebleLibrary.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss at PCDL

Dr. Seuss’ birthday was March 2, and the Preble County District Library has events lined up throughout the month of March to celebrate the writer and cartoonist of many classic children’s books. The West Manchester Branch has a ‘Seuss-tastic’ Party on Wednesday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m., and the Eldorado Branch will have a Seuss party on Thursday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. Both Eldorado and West Manchester Branches have Seuss storytimes for the rest of the month. For a full schedule, visit www.pcdl.lib.oh.us/images/Seuss.pdf. Children are welcome to come dressed as their favorite Seuss character.

PCDL St. Patrick’s Family Fun Night

Put on your green and join us at the Eaton Branch of the Preble County District Library on March 17 from 6:30-7:30 PM for a St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Night. There will be games, prizes, crafts, refreshments and lots of green! As with all library programs, it’s free to all.

Call Teresa Deaton or Sarah Tozier at 456-4331 with any questions.

Free computer basics class

Need to learn the basics of using a computer? The Preble County District Library will host a free class for you. The class will be held Wednesday, March 19 from 10 a.m.-noon at the PCDL Admin Building at 450 S. Barron St. in Eaton. Topics will include: basic computer components, using a mouse and keyboard, operating systems, and how to create an email account. To register for the class, call 937-456-4331.

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 March at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Zentangle art

Zentangle is an easy, relaxing, and fun way to create art. Join us at the Camden Branch of the Preble County District Library at 104 S. Main St. as we welcome Janice Blevins to teach the basics of zentangle art. With zentangle, anything is possible, one stroke at a time. Reserve a spot in the free class by calling 937-452-3142. Reservations are required by March 6.

Computer basics class

If you’re baffled by computers, join us at the Administration Building of the PCDL (450 S. Barron St.) for a computer basics class on Wednesday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to noon to learn the basics. The class will cover the basic components of a computer, operating systems, how to use a mouse and keyboard. Also, communicate easier with your loved ones as you learn to create an email account. Registration is required. Call 937-456-4331 to reserve your spot.

Classical guitar with Kirk Redman

Listen to classical guitar music and learn about its origins as the Camden Branch of the PCDL welcomes Kirk Redman on March 5 at 6 p.m.

Discover local hiking

Ready to hit the trails? Join Tammy York, author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati at the Eaton Branch of the PCDL as she discusses her book, guides you through tips for beginning hikers, and identifies some of the best hiking in the area. The program is scheduled for Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

National Craft Month

Celebrate National Craft Month at the library. Visit the West Alexandria Branch throughout the month of March for a chance to win a craft basket. At the West Elkton Branch, crafts will be available all month long.

Dome Theater

Do you enjoy the Omnimax dome theaters? PCDL is bringing the dome theater 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.

Turn trash into treasure

Summer Reading is just around the corner, and the PCDL is getting ready with ‘Junk-Start Summer Reading,’ an art workshop where you can turn junk into beautiful works of art. Materials will be provided, but you may also bring your own trash to turn into a treasure. The workshop will be held at the Visual Art Center of Preble County at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Minnetrista Theatre educational show

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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