March newsletter 2

HOURS Monday through Thursday 9 am - 7 pm Friday 9 am - 5 pm Saturday 10 am - 2 pm Library Closed Saturday, March 2 (Staff In-service) Time Change: Spring Forward Sunday, March 10 at 2 am Election Day Tuesday, March 19 : Polls open 6:30 am -7:30 pm Playscape Planning The public is invited to attend an informative discussion of our proposed playscape area on Wednesday, March 27. Drop in and meet our designers any time from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Bring your questions and comments! New Recommended Releases: 3/5: Anita de Monte Laughs Last - X. Gonzales Bye, Baby - C. Lovering Findlay Donovan Rolls the Dice - E. Cosimano The Great Divide - C. Henriquez 3/12: Becoming Madam Secretary - S. Dray Black Wolf - J. Gomez-Jurado A Grave Robbery - D. Raybourn The Underground Library - J. Ryan 3/19: The Divorcees - R. Beard Expiration Dates - R. Serle Finding Margaret Fuller - A. Pataki The Mystery Writer - S. Gentill

3/26: The Emperor and the Endless Palace - J. Huang A Great Country - S. Gowda Studios at the School by the Sea - J. Colgan What Happened to Nina? - D. McTiernan Our Readers Liked: All the Broken Places - J. Boyne Fluke: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters - B. Klass Manner of Death - R. Cook The Women - Kristin Hannah CHILDREN Toddler Time Storytime for children 24 months - 36 months and their caregivers on Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:00 am. We will read a story or two and do fun activities each program. These sessions involve caregivers as active participants. Caregivers are expected to stay with children during all sessions. No registration required. Baby Bookworms Storytime for children from birth to 24 months and their parent or caregiver on Wednesdays 10:30 -11:00 am. Enjoy great books for babies, learn fun songs and rhymes, and meet other families in your neighborhood. These sessions involve caregivers as active participants. Caregivers are expected to stay with children during all sessions. No registration required. Preschool Storytimes For 3 - 5 year olds including kindergarten on Thursdays 10:30 - 11:00 am. We play games, sing songs, listen to stories and share laughs. Caregivers are not required to stay in the room during storytime. No registration required. *While the recommended ages are listed in the above children’s program descriptions, please know they are a guide and that your child(ren) may continue in the program they started in the fall even if they have a birthday during the course of the program season (September-April). We want your child to be comfortable and confident in a developmental stage appropriate program. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Welch or Cathy Ruth. We would be happy to talk with you and help in any way we can! Storytime Superstars for Preschool Storytime Come to storytime at the Mary L. Cook Public Library and get a stamp! When you have 10 stamps on your Storytime Superstar card you will earn a free book. We will keep your Storytime Superstar card here at the library. Look Who’s Reading Book Club (K) Meets on Thursday, March 28 from 4:00 - 4:30 pm. The group will engage in a variety of fun learning activities featuring phonics, the writing of letters and words, and many other skills that promote a strong literacy foundation. Registration is required for this book club and it is currently full.

Questions, contact Cathy Ruth at Chapters Book Club (grades 1 - 2) Meets on Tuesday, March 12 from 4:00 - 4:45 pm. This group will read a short chapter book a month. We will meet and start off with a snack, discuss the book and author, and do activities associated with the book. Registration is required for this book club and it is currently full. Questions, contact Kathleen Welch at Rapid Readers Book Club (grades 3 - 5) Meets on Tuesday, March 26 from 4:00 - 4:45 pm. We will meet and start off with a snack, discuss the book and author and do activities associated with the book. Registration is required for this book club and it is currently full. Questions, contact Kathleen Welch at For programs requiring registration, please call the library at 513-897-4826 to register. Paws to Read is a chance for children grades 1st - 5th to read to a non-judgmental listener. For many children, this allows them a chance to experience stress-free reading; they’re able to relax and have fun! Read with Roo, a 6-year-old retired Greyhound. He and his owner, Jan are certified for therapy through Pet Partners. We will have six 15-minute time slots available for children in grades 1st-5th on Thursday, March 7 from 4-5:30 pm. Registration began February 26. One time slot per child. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your time slot. Miss Kathleen will have books to choose from or you may bring a book from home. Kids Creativity Workshop Monday, March 11 - Explore your creativity! Come join us in using recyclables and creativity to create art. Grades K-5 from 4:15-5 pm. Required registration began Monday, February 26. All materials will be supplied. This class is a collaboration with the Waynesville Arts Council. NEW!! Preschool Discovery Centers Bring your little one to explore their creativity! No registration; this will be a selfdirected activity. For ages Pre-K thru K on Friday, March 15. We will have PlayDoh stations in the Children’s Activity Room from 11:00 am-12:00 pm and 3:304:30 pm. Finding Dory Interactive Movie Kits Available beginning Monday, March 18. Pick up a movie kit at the front desk, available while supplies last. DVDs are available for check out. Each kit has activities and

snacks for 4 people. Stem Mystery Bags to Go Stop by the counter outside of Miss Kathleen’s office and pick up a Stem Mystery Bag, beginning Monday, March 18. These mystery bags contain a variety of items to be used to complete a STEM Challenge. These kits are for Kindergarten - 5th grade students. While supplies last. NEW!! Drop-In Family Master Builders Monday, March 18 from 4:15-5 pm for grades Pre-K thru 5th (Pre-K children must be accompanied by a caregiver). Use your imagination to build with LEGO, magnetic tiles, marble run, Keva planks and more. No registration required. Waynesville Food Pantry Help support our local food pantry. Gather your donations and drop them off at MLC. Items needed: peanut butter, canned soup, individual fruit cups, tuna, canned chicken, granola bars. Read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Parents: Stop at the front desk to request your 1000 books log sheet. For every 100 books your child reads they earn a free book and a sticker! When your child reaches 1000 books they will receive a free book and a certificate of achievement. Imagination Library Help us give every child in Warren County the gift of a free book every month! Talk to your friends & family and share our posts far and wide. Register at If you need assistance in registering your child, please contact us and we will help. The goal of the Warren County Imagination Library is "Every Child Reads Every Day", and to help achieve that goal, the five Warren County libraries are funding a three-year pilot program to provide a free book each month to Warren County children from birth to age five. The Warren County Imagination Library is a community effort of founding partners: Franklin-Springboro Public Library, Lebanon Public Library, Mary L. Cook Public Library, Mason Public Library, Salem Township Public Library, United Way of Warren County, and Warren County Foundation, with support from The Ohio Governor's Imagination Library and Dolly Parton Imagination Library. ADULT The Mind-Life Project will be held Saturday, March 2 at 10 am with Dr. Brian Beckett, DMIN, MTS, and Director of Counseling, Cobblestone Church. Since the library will be closed that day for staff training, the March meeting will be held at Cobblestone Church, 1100 West State Route 122, Lebanon, OH. The topic for the March gathering is "How to Increase Motivation".

Adult Watercolor Class Sign up now for the adult watercolor class which begins Monday, March 4 from 9 am - 12 noon, and runs through May 20. The class is led by Pam Campbell. Spaces are limited. A list of supplies that you will need to purchase will be available. Rootfinders Join us on Saturday, March 9 at 10 am for our genealogy gathering. Genealogy Workshop Join us Wednesday, March 20 from 1-3 pm for a beginning genealogy workshop. No registration is needed. Adult Craft Night Sock Bunnies What's cute, fuzzy, and hops? If you guessed adorable bunnies, then you are correct! Join us in making cute, fuzzy sock bunnies on Friday, March 22 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm for our in-person craft night. Registration begins Monday, March 4. This craft night is for ages 16 and up and registration is required due to limited supplies. All materials will be provided, no experience necessary, and it's free! If you have questions regarding this program, please contact the library at 513-897-4826. Eclipse Glasses Get ready for the solar eclipse of a lifetime! The library will have some eclipse glasses available for adults/homeschoolers starting Monday, March 25, while Waynesville Schools will be providing eclipse glasses for their students on Friday, April 5. Eclipse Event Program On Saturday, April 6 at 11 am, Mark Reinemann will present a brief program on what you should know to watch the 2024 solar eclipse, which occurs on April 8. No registration necessary - for all ages. If you don’t already have a pair of eclipse glasses, there should be some available at the program. To see the solar eclipse, three things must be in alignment: the sun, the moon, and you! This eclipse is special because the sun is going through a period of heightened activity; this will make the outer layer (corona) appear much larger and dynamic than at the last eclipse. Also, there is a slight chance that a comet may be visible if you have a pair of binoculars to use during totality. The next total solar eclipse after this one will be in 2044. Come and learn how an eclipse occurs so you will be ready to stand in the shadow of the moon. Puzzle Swap/Puzzle Table We have a puzzle swap area near the Large Print book section. We have several puzzles available for you to look through to borrow. If you want to rotate your puzzle collection, bring one in and take one out. No checking out! We also have a

puzzle currently available for you to sit down and work on while visiting here at the library. TEENS After School Tuesdays After school Tuesdays for teens in 6th-12th grade : food, fun and friends from 3 - 4 pm in the Community Room. Upcoming after school activities - no registration required. March 5th - Bracelets and Origami March 12th - Book Bouquet Craft March 19th - Spring Break - No after school program March 26th - Bingo