Try Something New at your Library

This May, we encourage you to Try Something New at your library! Discover new passions, hobbies, and endeavors through curated catalog collections, special programs and more!

From your catalog:

Try Something New – an assortment of catalog items to inspire your next passion!

Compiled by Beavercreek Adult Services Librarian Krista Marx

Try Something New: Fun for Kids – cool catalog picks for projects to try this month!

Compiled by Jamestown Youth Services Librarian Velma Hormann



Did you know National Week of Making is in May? Make an appointment at Spark Place today to find numerous tools and technology to invent, build, and create your latest project! Visit to learn more or call (937) 736-7092.


Whether you’re learning internet basics like searching on the internet or honing in on more advanced skills, Northstar Digital Assessments is here to help you! Your library card gives you access to test your digital literacy skills here.


Happening at your library:


[Sat, May 14 – Beavercreek] Book hedgies with Miss Julie – Reuse an old book to make an adorable spiky critter. Registration required. For teens.   

[Sat, May 7 – Beavercreek] Jazz Music with Connor and Cameron – Listen to jazz music played on a double bass and electric guitar. Music selections from the Great American Songbook.

[Mon, May 9 – Beavercreek] Saving the Bees With Shawn Williams – Learn about bee conservation and how you can be involved. Registration required.   

[Wed, May 18 – Beavercreek] Ukulele for Beginners – Learn the basics of playing the ukulele with local musicians Phil and Ann Case. Registration required.  



[Mon, May 2, 9, 16, 23 – Cedarvile] No Judgment Fitness – Join Nancy as we exercise with one of the library's fitness DVDs in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. For adults.   

[Sat, May 7 – Cedarville] Bugs Be Gone: Natural Bug Repellant Using Essential Oils – Learn how to use essential oils to repel bugs and create a bug spray.    

[Sat, May 14 – Cedarville] Self-Defense for Women – Adult and teen women can learn the fundamentals of avoiding and dealing with a violent attacker. Registration required.  

[Sat, May 21 – Cedarville] Earrings – Make stunning earrings cut out with the Cricut. For ages 12-18. Registration required.

[Wed, May 25 – Cedarville] Tech Tips at the Cedarville Senior Center

Enjoy one-on-one tech help from librarians the last Wednesday of each month at the Cedarville Senior Center. For adults.   



[Mon, May 2 – Fairborn] Caregiver & Child American Sign Language Class – This ASL class will be perfect for caregivers and their littles. All ages and their caregiver. Registration required.

[Thu, May 12 – Fairborn] Friendly Knitters – Beginning knitters are always welcome with the Friendly Knitters! Bring needles if you have them, not required!   

[Tue, May 17 – Fairborn] Tween & Teen Yoga with Ms. Sarah – Join Ms. Sarah, a certified yoga teacher, for easy yoga, perfect for beginners! For grades 3 - 12.   

[Sat, May 14 – Fairborn] Creative Craft Hour: Polymer Clay Fossils – Use polymer clay and paint to make artificial plant fossils that look real. Turn your finished project into a necklace.

[Sat, May 21 – Fairborn] Sewing Workshop – Come work with Ms. Jeri one-on-one on a project. Email Ms. Jeri to secure your spot! Space is limited. For all ages. 



[Mon, May 7 – Greene County Room] Meet-and-Greet with the Greene County Chapter-Ohio Genealogical Society – Who’s who in the Greene County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. For adults. Registration required.



[Tues, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Jamestown] Crafters Night Out – Drop in to the library and join other crafters as they work on various projects, from knitting to scrapbooking.

[Sat, May 17 – Jamestown] Card Making and Paper Crafts – Join us as Ewanda Steward leads her infamous card class! Card making and paper crafts with a monthly theme. All materials provided. Registration required.


[Sat, May 14 – Spark Place] Alcohol Ink Mugs – Come learn about the fun and wonderous world of alcohol inks, and create your own custom mug. Ages 16+

[Mon, May 16 – Spark Place] National Week of Making: Laser Cut 4-in-a-Row Game – Come celebrate the National Week of Making with Spark Place! Use our laser and make your own 4 in a row game! Ages 16+



[All Month – Winters] Taste The World Spice Kit - Jerk Seasoning – Learn new culinary skills with our monthly take-home spice kit at Winters!    

[Mon, May 2 – Winters] Beginner Crochet Class, Part 4 – Beginner level class. Learn a new stitch by working on a small project each session. Registration required.

[Thu, May 12 – Winters] Adult Card Making Class – Join us for a fun card making class, making four varieties of greeting cards to gift to friends and family at Bellbrook Presbyterian Church.

[Sat, May 14 – Winters] Teen Dungeons & Dragons – Join us to play D&D at the library! Open to tweens & teens in grades 6 & up. Registration required.   

[Sat, May 14 – Winters] Dungeons & Dragons: Adults – Ready for new adventures and quests? Join us to play D&D at the library. New players welcome. Registration required.   



[Mon, May 2 – Xenia] Basket Making Class – Make a flower gathering basket for yourself or to give as a gift! Registration is required.  

[Fri, May 6 – Xenia] Plant the Garden – Help us plant the seeds we started indoors, during April's program, into our outdoor children's garden. For ages 3-12.   

[Tue, May 10 – Xenia] Xenia Writers' Group with Donnisa – Join Donnisa as she meets together with fellow writers to provide writing support and inspiration!

[Tue, May 24 – Xenia] Art Camp for Kids and Tweens: Keith Haring – Join us to hear a picture book biography about a famous artist and begin a flexible art project inspired by that artist.

[Fri, May 27 – Xenia] Tiny Art Show Supply Pick Up and Submission – Create a tiny ocean themed artwork for display in our Library. Kits available starting May 1st.


[Tue, May 3 – Yellow Springs] Art in the Library: make a gift for Mom – Come in after school, have a snack and make a Mother's Day gift for Mom or someone special. For kids 7-12.

[Thu, May 5 – Yellow Springs] Mother's Day Cardmaking with Lorri Doherty – Create lovely Mother's Day cards with Lorri Doherty.   

[Tue, May 10 – Yellow Springs] Secret Summer Reading Project –'s a secret project that we'll make together and display in the library this summer!

[Sat, May 21 – Yellow Springs] First Annual Dumpling Exchange – In celebration of the vast and delicious food culture across Asia, join us for the First Annual Dumpling Exchange at Ellis Pond!


And dozens more programs all month long! Find your new passion this May at your community library. See you soon!