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Enjoy a vast collection of materials, services and programs for all ages and stages of life. Explore our online resources including digital collections, databases, searchable events calendar and reference assistance. Learn, imagine and discover at the Dayton Metro Library – your story begins here.

We're back to our regular hours today. Did you read anything good over the long weekend? All DML locations are closed today and tomorrow in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen Tuesday, 5/31 at 9:30am.

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Toddler Fun
Today at Trotwood (11:00 AM)
Bring your toddler for some fun activities made especially for them! We will hav…

Preschool Storytime
Today at Miamisburg (12:30 PM)
Enjoy stories, rhymes, crafts, and puppet shows. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.&nbs…

Rubber Duck Club Storytime
Today at W. Carrollton (1:00 PM)
This storytime is geared toward preschoolers and their families. We'll read stor…

Preschool STEM Storytime
Today at Kettering (1:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

3D Printing @ Your Library
Today at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Watch a 3D printer in action, learn the basics, and learn how to design & pr…

Open Computer Lab
Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Designed to allow more time for practice, Open Lab is your opportunity to get ad…

SICSA: Exercise With Pets!
Today at Burkhardt (3:00 PM)
Learn the basics of clicker training with hands-on learning! Practice fun and po…

Reading Buddies
Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Do you feel that your child needs a little more practice reading? Stop by the Re…

One on One Computer Classes
Today at Madden Hills (3:30 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

Learn to Code
Today at Trotwood (4:30 PM)
Come learn the basics of coding in a fun way! Registration is required due to li…

Internet Basics
Today at Northwest (5:30 PM)
Now that you have mastered the mouse and conquered the computer, let's go online…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Today at Wilmington (5:30 PM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, pup…

Teen Art Studio
Today at Miami Twp. (6:00 PM)
Drop in and Draw! All materials will be provided. Whether you like to draw comic…

Game Night!
Today at Northwest (6:00 PM)
Play fun games and enjoy some treats.  Ages 5-12…

Tech Art
Today at Brookville (6:30 PM)
Art + technology = lots of fun. Come check out our new 3Doodlers and watercolor …

Talk Tables
Today at Belmont (6:30 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Family Storytime
Today at Wilmington (7:00 PM)
Have quality family time at the library with books, songs and activities for par…

Today at Belmont (7:00 PM)
First to Third Graders -- book some time with the children's librarian! Stop by …

Baby + Toddler Playtime
Tomorrow at Belmont (9:30 AM)
Wednesdays, 5/18 - 7/27, 9:35 - 10:00 a.m. Songs, a story and other activities j…

Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime
Tomorrow at Burkhardt (9:45 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, and stories, all to encourage e…

Tomorrow at Northmont (10:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other learning activities designed to develop the…

Mother Goose on the Loose Bilingual Babytime
Tomorrow at Kettering (10:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program in Spanish and English that …

Toddler Storytime
Tomorrow at Wilmington (10:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Toddler Tales I
Tomorrow at Brookville (10:00 AM)
This early literacy program is geared toward very young children and their paren…

Preschool Storytime
Tomorrow at Miamisburg (10:00 AM)
Enjoy stories, rhymes, crafts, and puppet shows. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.&nbs…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Tomorrow at EC Doren (10:00 AM)
Little Champs and their caregivers are invited to enjoy songs, rhymes, fingerpla…

Adult GED Classes
Tomorrow at Main (10:00 AM)
Begin your preparation for the GED with FREE Adult GED Classes offered by Miami …

Preschool Storytime
Tomorrow at Burkhardt (10:30 AM)
Support your child's early literacy development at this interactive family story…

Tomorrow at Belmont (10:30 AM)
Every Wednesday, 6/1 - 7/27, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Tailored for ages 3-6, including…

Preschool Storytimes
Tomorrow at Madden Hills (10:30 AM)
Wednesdays:  6/1-7/27 a.m.  IT'S STORY TIME!  Bring your preschoo…

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2016 Summer Challenge





Birth to 3 Years

Your Little Champ develop early literacy and learning skills with books and fun activities you can share together. Each activity shared is a chance to learn, grow and bond.
Summer Reading List, Birth to PreK
Preschool-Grade 6

Go to the library for learning fun this summer! School aged children will develop strong minds and bodies with hands-on projects, games, creative activities and awesome prizes!
Summer Reading List, Grades K - 2
Summer Reading List, Grades 3 to 5
Grades 7 to 12

Teens need to stay in the game too. Teen Services Librarians are happy to come talk with your students about maker activities, coding, creative arts and other opportunities at the Library, and how they can earn great prizes this summer!
Summer Reading List, Grades 6 to 8
Adults Age 18+

Adults, give your brain a Challenge! Learn something new, pursue a favorite hobby and feed your brain with books, movies and music from your Library.

ReImagining - Electra C. Doren



About the Electra C. Doren Art Installation

Darren Kall earned his degree in Studio Art from Rutgers University where he specialized in large-scale outdoor sculpture. Kall is a conceptual artist interested in creating site-specific art. He is motivated by the challenge of the commission’s intention and goals and finds inspiration in the site’s environment. For more information please visit his blog at

Darren Kall (b. 1959) American, SIX SCULPTURES OF OLD NORTH DAYTON, 2015, cutout sheet aluminum.
Collection of the Dayton Metro Library. 2015. 1-6

Kall’s work was inspired by Stacks in Celebration by Charles Sheeler, a painting from the collection of The Dayton Art Institute. Choosing six landmarks of old North Dayton, Kall renders them in a Sheeler inspired, Precisionist style which was translated to machine readable instructions for a water jet cutting machine, which created the six relief sculptures. Kall is interested in having these works be accessible to the public and touching is encouraged.

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The Stories Behind the Electra C. Doren Art Inspirations

From the What is a Masterpiece? Collection at the Dayton Art Institute

1998 52Stacks in Celebration by Charles Sheeler
The Dayton Art Institute, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Eloise Spaeth Fund, the Virginia Rike Haswell Fund by exchange, the James F. Dicke Family, and other contributors, 1998.52

Sheeler helped to develop and popularize the Precisionist art movement, which originated around 1915. This 1954 oil painting beautifies the industrial advances of his time. The landscape is akin to that of Old North Dayton’s heyday, when it was home to new immigrants who were the mighty engine of a growing city.

I’ve loved the work of Sheeler since I was in art school. His sense of balance between reality and abstraction creates a tension that triggers the viewer to ask “What am I seeing?” and actively participate in understanding the artwork. I aimed to create a similar tension in these sculptures.
— Darren Kall, sculptor

Exhibits at YOUR Dayton Metro Library

View fascinating exhibits, meet talented artists-in-residence and experience interactive programs.

Miami Township Branch | 2718 Lyons Road


The DIG: Gem City Art Excavation
April 3 - 29, 2016

The DIG is a mail art exhibition celebrating the diversity and talents of the Dayton art community with works on canvas, paper, sculpture, textiles, fashion and ceramics. The artists all live or work within a 30-mile radius of Dayton.

Participating Artists: Jesy Anderson, Nicholaus Arnold, Wesley Berg, David Bignell, Bridgette Bogle, Arlene Branick, Jennifer Bristol, Clara Coleman, Amy Deal, John Dickinson, Rhonda Duncalf, Zachary Goetz, Shannon Grecula, Gretchen Durst Jacob, Darren Haper, Janis Johnnywilt, Maureen O’Keefe, Colleen Kelsey, David Kenworthy, Marysa Marderosian, Tracy McElfresh, Mychaelyn Michalec, Ben Morrison, Danielle DeWitt Naples, Heather Lea Reid, Ron Rollings, Kate Santucci, Francis Schanberger, Teri Schoch, Andrea Starsky, Peggy Steinberg, Sharon Stolzenberger, Barb Stork, Stephanie Tyson, Terry Welker, Joel Whitaker, Mary Beth Whitley. The DIG Art Exhibition was coordinated and curated by Colleen Kelsey of Kelsey Projects.

Related Programs:

Art Talk by Mychaelyn Michalec | Thursday, April 7 at 7 PM
Dayton Most Metro named Michalec one of Dayton’s top 10 visual artists in 2015, and her artwork will be on permanent display at the Miamisburg Branch Library as part of ReImagining Works.

How to Draw a Bunny Movie Night | Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 PM
A screening of the 2002 film illuminating the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson. Features interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, James Rosenquist and others.

Workshop: Make & Exhibit Your Own Mail Art Piece | Saturday, April 16 at 1 PM
Learn about mail art and make your own piece that will be displayed, then mailed at the conclusion of the exhibition. Art materials provided; bring an address where your piece will be mailed.
Workshop presented by Colleen Kelsey of Kelsey Projects.

Northwest Branch | 2410 Philadelphia Drive

northwestFunk Music Hall of Fame Exhibit
April 23 - December 31, 2016 |

More information available at

Dayton is home to an amazing number of chart topping musicians including The Ohio Players, Slave, Roger Troutman and the Human Body, Zapp, Heatwave, Lakeside, Faze-O, Shirley Murdock, Van Hunt, Dayton, Sun, The Majestics, Overnight Low, New Horizons, Aurra/Deja, and Junie Morrison, just to name a few! Besides well-known Funk stars, Ohio has produced other stellar performers including Vesta, The Isley Brothers, Bootsy Collins, The O’Jays, The Deele, Cab Calloway, House Guest, The Pacemakers, The Dazz Band and the incomparable Nancy Wilson.

Dayton Metro Library is pleased to announce our first long-term Opportunity Space Partner – The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center. Memorabilia from theFunkCenter’s growing collection will be on display through the end of 2016. Special programming will be offered and a docent will be on hand regularly to augment the changing displays with information and expertise.

Exhibits and programs are FREE. Exhibit hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday | 9:30 AM-8:30 PM
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday | 9:30 AM-6 PM
Sunday | 1-5 PM

Resources for Teens




teens (May 18, 2016) – Area teens are invited to enter the Dayton Metro Library’s Teen Photo Contest, accepting entries now through July 30, 2016. Montgomery County teens in grades 7-12 can enter in one of four categories: Black & White, Color, Digitally Enhanced and Googly-Eyes. Cash prizes courtesy of the Friends of the Library will be awarded in each category: $100 first place, $75 second place, $50 third place.

“Entries will be judged on quality and creativity,” said Steve Moser, Teen Services Coordinator. “Judges will select the finalists in each category, then the finalists will be posted on our website for popular vote.”

To enter, email photos as attachments to In the body of the email, entrants must include their name, address, phone number, email address, school, grade, photo title and the category they are entering.

For more information call (937) 463-BOOK and ask for Steve Moser, Teen Services Coordinator.

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This resource is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Teen Fiction Contest Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who entered the Dayton Metro Library’s 2016 Teen Fiction Contest! More than 50 entries were received, and choosing the winners wasn’t an easy task. Special thanks to our judges Sharon Short, Michelle Bolanger and Meredith Doench for their time and thoughtful consideration of all the entries.

Congratulations to all the winners! Enjoy their stories.

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