4th Annual Nutcracker Celebration

Join us this Saturday at the Main library from 1-3pm where we will have treats and entertainment for the whole family. I also hear that a special guest from the Nothpole will be here taking pictures!




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Santa Claus is Coming!

Santa Claus is coming to town—on a firetruck! Join us for this fun holiday tradition as Santa kicks off the Christmas season with his yearly stop at Hebron Library. There will be music, crafts, snacks, a story, and gifts for all good girls and boys!

When: Tuesday, December 6th from 5:00-6:30PM

Where: Hebron Library, 934 W Main St, Hebron, Ohio

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Village of Utica Christmas Walk on Main


Looking for fun and free things to do this holiday season? On Wednesday, December 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. the Village of Utica will have their annual Christmas Walk on Main. Santa will be visiting the village and there will be all kinds of goodies at the local businesses. Be sure to stop by the Hervey Memorial Library and decorate a cookie.

Jenn – Hervey Memorial

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African Penguin Encounter

Did you know that African Penguins prefer to dig nest burrows in their own excrement, called guano? The burrows provide a safe environment for the penguins to raise their chicks. Unfortunately, the removal of this guano for fertilizer has caused this species to become endangered, which means that there is a high risk of them becoming extinct. Want to learn more about this cool penguin? Join us at Hebron Library for a hands-on learning session and a meet-and-greet with a live African penguin from Cincinnati’s Newport Aquarium! Attendees of all ages are welcome, just be sure to bring your camera for this FREE program!


Check out these two books at Hebron Library to learn more about penguins! Penguin Problems is a cute picture-book story about a penguin with too many problems and an inability to look at the good things in his life–until a walrus changes his mind. Paired with this is the non-fiction book titled Penguins, brimming with bright photos and bold text about how penguins look and behave in the wild. These are just a few of the books about penguins that we have available; come check them out to learn more about these fascinating animals!

Join us for the FREE African Penguin Encounter on
Tuesday, November 15th, 1:30-2:30 PM
at Hebron Library. 


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Book Review: Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat


Abbie Wu is a middle child and she’s about to start middle school. Abbie knows the middles are the absolute worst and is completely frazzled about having to start middle school. How will she cope with being in middle school? Nothing good ever happens in the “Middles.” To top that off, her family doesn’t understand her and she’s worried that she will never find her “Thing.” Middle school has electives and all the others have their “Things” like drama or computers, but Abbie doesn’t have one. So, since she didn’t choose an elective, she’s stuck in study hall. Will Abbie ever find her “Thing?” Will she survive middle school? Read this humorous book to find out.

This is a really fun book with lots of illustrations to keep you entertained while reading about Abbie and her constant worries.  

Jenn – Hervey Memorial


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Book Review: Dad School by Rebecca Van Slyke

Did you know that Dads go to school just like kids? Yep, Dads have just as much to learn as their children do, and tdad-schoolhe only place to learn valuable fathering skills is at Dad School. Lucas— the young, informative narrator—weaves the imaginative and fun tale of Dad School after his father says he went to school. The Dad School curriculum covers many subjects, but my favorites include how to play go fish while paying the bills, giving a piggy-back ride, and how to sing badly in the car. The illustrations only make this charming children’s tale more comical as men with beards and mustaches show up to a school, similar to an elementary, with their backpacks and sack lunches to learn how to be wonderful fathers.

This book explores the imaginative stories a child can create from the simple sentence “Dad went to school too.” A fun picture book to read to young children, Dad School is sure to be a book that both children and adults can laugh with. Check it out next time you are at the library!


-Emily, Buckeye Lake Library

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Dia De Los Muertos-Day of the Dead

bolDia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is observed from October 31-November 2 mainly in Mexico and in regions with large Hispanic populations. This cultural holiday is when family and friends come together to remember friends and family members who have died. Come celebrate with the Licking County Library on October 31st to learn about this holiday where we will create some tasty treats!


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Book Review: The Last Boy at St. Edith’s by Lee Malone

lastboySt. Edith’s School tried going coed, but the experiment failed. The school soon stopped accepting boys, but allowed those already enrolled to continue. Over the years, the number of boys has dwindled, and now, the thing he has dreaded has finally come to pass: Jeremy is the last boy left at the school. He gets his tuition waived because his mother is the secretary, which means that she can’t afford to pull him out and send him to another private school — and the public schools in his area are not desirable. Jeremy is desperate: he has to find a way to get kicked out of school that won’t land him in juvie. He and his daring friend Claudia settle on a prank war as the best way to get him in just enough, but not too much, trouble. Jeremy has some rules: nobody is to get hurt, and nothing is to be permanently damaged. Unfortunately, things start to (literally) snowball out of his control. Will his plan work, or is Jeremy headed for more trouble than he bargained for?

This was a quick, fun read. It was also an interesting, though not incredibly deep, look at masculinity and what it might be like to be in Jeremy’s situation. I’d recommend this to readers who enjoy boarding school stories and tales of prank wars, though this does not have quite the high levels of hilarity that typically characterize the latter.  Still, if the topic is of interest to you, it’s definitely worth reading!

-Misti, Children’s Librarian, Main Library

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Book Review: The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need From Grownups, by Erika Christakis


The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need From Grownups (by Erika Christakis) is not the final word on preschoolers’ development, but it will make you think about what constitutes meaningful interaction with young children.

Some interactions with adults are just more engaging, enlightening, and stimulating to children than others.  And teachers and care takers are in a unique position to encourage curiosity and creativity in kids by asking meaningful, interesting questions at the right times and then by stepping back, allowing children’s own trains of thought to continue contemplating independently.

This is a dense book (299 pages) with lots of relevant true stories and supportive research.  In it, Christakis draws attention to…

  • The unnecessary emphasis we sometimes place on the importance of buying specific, material supplies, when an engaging conversation would be infinitely more valuable.
  • The observation that time spent alone with an adult is not always of special value. It depends what truly goes on in that time.
  • The well-supported finding that play is a necessary component of childhood.
  • And the well-supported idea that real world experiences are more valuable than just pictures, diagrams and models of them.

Christakis makes many more good points in her book as well.  I found myself nodding while reading more than once.  Only one complaint- I felt that the conclusion of the book was not as detailed or as well-supported by research as the rest was.  However the bulk of the book was interesting, enlightening, and worth the time commitment.

– Kathy, Children’s Librarian, Main Library

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Book Review: Good Night, Baddies by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Juli Kangas


A really fun bedtime story about the “baddies” in fairy tales and the end of their busy days. It’s bedtime at the castle and all the fairy tale villains are preparing for bed. After spending the day causing trouble, they can relax and enjoy time together without having to be evil. I enjoyed this calm, rhyming story that is perfect for reading to your little one before bed. With a different take on the baddies and wonderful illustrations, it will hopefully help a child to have pleasant dreams. Or just please a child who feels sorry for the villain.


Jenn – Hervey Memorial, Utica


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