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Mercer County District Library

Message from the Director

Libraries have always been trusted entities in their communities, often times when other outlets and agencies fall short in the eyes of citizens around the country. The Mercer County District Libraries are proud to continue to be the location for your information, entertainment, and resources. Diverse locations provide access to materials and services throughout the county with hours of operation that allow you to pick up what you need when you need it. Our 24/7 hold lockers allow you to pick up requested items any time day or night. Little Free Libraries in our smaller communities provide materials when you’re visiting your favorite park. Lendable hotspots allow you to take the internet with you on vacation or bridge the gap you may have while changing local internet service providers at home. The Ohio Digital Library and the Libby app allow patrons to download and read (or listen) to books instantly. MCDL offers engaging programs for all ages at all four of our library locations. Most popular are of course our weekly storytimes and monthly book discussions. Lauren, our new Teen Services Coordinator has been working with our Teen Advisory Board to offer readers advisory, new programs and much more for teens. Be sure to check the calendar for a complete list of current programs for all ages. 


MCDL has always strived to be an integral part of the communities we serve and we’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to partner with organizations to meet needs. Our latest partnership to provide free COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits from the Ohio Department of Health to anyone has been arguably the most challenging one yet. I really struggled with this partnership when the opportunity first arose. However, as cases of COVID surged and variants developed, I knew this was certainly a need for our community. The familiarity our libraries have with our communities and with the support of our library board, we began distributing thousands of BinaxNOW home test kits via curbside at all four of our library locations. A year ago, I would have never dreamed that libraries would become the go-to place for COVID-19 test kits and although I can say it’s not my favorite service we provide, I know it is certainly the most needed right now. I just ask that you be patient and kind to our staff as we continue to work diligently with the ODH to meet demands in our area.


One year ago my message was one of hope for a return to pre-COVID levels of service. It is with immense pride, that I can now say we are not only back to this level of service, programs, and resources, we have surpassed and expanded it. 


It really is a privilege to be serving our community as the Director of the Mercer County District Library, and I look forward to seeing each of you in the coming year, when you come in to utilize what all our libraries have to offer you.  Whether that be for books, technology, events, the mineral collection, a COVID-19 Home Test Kit or just a friendly face, we are here for you.  As always, if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please share them with me.


Happy & Healthy New Year!

Celina Library Events

Teen Events

Virtual Library

Check out all things teen at the virtual library. It is basically the only link teens need.

Check it out here.

Youth Book Club

Jan 25, 2022 6pm 

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Open to everyone in middle and high school.

Reserve your copy here.

The Children...What About the Children?

Penguins & Pajamas Party

Saturday, January 29 10am-11am.

Waddle on into the library and have fun doing a penguin craft, playing penguin games and much more!

Craft Time

A variety of winter themed  Take & Make Crafts will be available starting January 3rd.

*While Supplies last*


Trivia Night

Trivia Night at Brew Nation.

Thursday, January 27.

Sign up starts at 6pm

Trivia starts at 7pm

Knit Night

Wednesdays January 12 and/or January 19, 6-8 pm.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Included with registration is a pattern, knitting needle set, cotton yarn and knit stitch guide.

The group meets year round so you could continue with your new friends!

*Limit 12 people*

Registration required at


Marion (Chickasaw) Branch Events

Lego night will be held on Thursday, January 20th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. 

No age limit. 

Parental supervision required as some pieces are rather small.  

Snowman family night will be held on Tuesday, January 11th at 6:30 pm. 

Snowman craft is included. 

No pre-registration required.

Mendon Branch Events

Book Discussion

Tuesday, January 11th at 4 pm: Book discussion of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson.

Take & Make Craft

Take and Make craft will be available starting Monday, January 3rd.

*While supplies last*

St.Henry Branch Events

Scavenger Hunt

Come see what's hiding in the library!

Weekly scavenger hunts for kids of all ages!

Escape Room

Minecraft Escape Room

January 17th

Grab your friends and family and race against the clock to escape the snowy tundra!

Age 10+

Groups of up to 6

Each participant must register individually.

Register at

Take & Make

Kids Take & Make Crafts: Available for pick up January 3rd.

*Available while supplies last*

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Book Clubs

Marion: Monday, January 4th:Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

St. Henry: Monday, January 5th: Great Beginnings Book Club: The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox

Celina: Thursday, January 7th at 6:30 pm via Zoom: BYOB Club Theme: Favorite Books from 2021

Mendon: Tuesday, January 11th at 4 pm: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson.

Celina: Tuesday, January 18th at 6:30 pm via Zoom: Good Reads: The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

Other Resources

  • Covid 19 Vaccine - Find the latest information on the Covid 19 vaccine in Ohio
  • Mercer County Health Dept.- Find the latest local Covid 19 updates and vaccine information here.
  • Covid 19 - Find the latest updates and news on Covid 19 in Ohio.
  • Unemployment - File for unemployment here or file weekly claims

Mercer County District Library

303 N Main St, Celina, Ohio
United States