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In 1808, an act of legislature empowered Daniel C. Cooper to amend the original plat of Dayton and set apart 10 in lots of land as the "˜commons', as they called it, for the use of the citizens. In 1838, the "˜public square' as the park was then called, was planted with fine forest trees and looked on as "˜an ornament to the town'. The fountain graced the center of Cooper Park. #tbt……

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Summer Challenge Finale
Today at Huber Heights (12:00 AM)
Log your hours, get your prizes, and have some fun!…

Crafty Friday!
Today at Northwest (12:00 AM)
Have some fun on your own making the craft of the week!  All materials prov…

Free Craft Friday
Today at Huber Heights (9:30 AM)
Stop in anytime for everything you'll need to make a craft at the library or at …

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

Talk Tables
Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Internet Applied
Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Let's learn how to navigate the World Wide Web. Internet Applied, second of a th…

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

Fitness Friday: Dance Party
Today at W. Carrollton (4:00 PM)
Come to a library dance party.  Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and yo…

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…

Grants 101
Tomorrow at Miami Twp. (10:00 AM)
Are you a new Development Professional or a nonprofit staff person charged wit…

Downloadable: All things Downloadable through your Dayton Metro Library
Tomorrow at Main (10:00 AM)
Discover DML's Downloadable Digital Media, find free books, music, videos and mo…

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

Family Storytime
Tomorrow at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Have quality time with books, songs, and activities for parents and children to …

Ice Cream Social
Tomorrow at Northmont (1:00 PM)
Celebrate a summer of reading with ice cream. While supplies last. …

"Brush Before the Brain"
Tomorrow at Miami Twp. (1:00 PM)
"Brush Before the Brain".  Mike Elsas believe that everyone has an artist h…

Yoga for Teens
Tomorrow at Trotwood (1:30 PM)
DAY YOGA presents "Get In The Game: "Four Week Yoga Practice" The Teens/Tweens w…

Tomorrow at Belmont (1:30 PM)
First to Third Graders -- book some time with the children's librarian! Stop by …

Summer Challenge Wrap Up: Lollipop Puppet Theater
Tomorrow at EC Doren (2:00 PM)
Finish up the Summer Challenge by enjoying puppet shows for the whole family!&nb…

Summer Challenge 30 Hours Party!
Tomorrow at Vandalia (2:00 PM)
Talk to your reading friends and enjoy a snack.   Meet Cosmo, the Dayton Me…

Reading Buddies
Tomorrow at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Do you feel that your child needs a little more practice reading? Stop by the Re…

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

Get in the Game: Closing Ceremonies
Tomorrow at Miamisburg (3:30 PM)

Dayton Christian Poetry Slam
Tomorrow at Northwest (7:00 PM)

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

Computer Basics
Monday at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
This hands-on class is for people with little to no computer experience. There w…

On Your Mark, Get Set, Have Fun!
Monday at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Join us for library style Olympics with standing book jump, book bowling, bean b…

Summer Challenge Closing Ceremonies
Monday at East (3:00 PM)
Join us for fun activities and games in the final event of the Summer Challenge.…

Monday Funday: Gaga Ball
Monday at W. Carrollton (3:00 PM)
Everyone is going ga-ga over gaga ball.  This fast paced, high energy game …

Lego Block Party
Monday at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Attention, Lego enthusiasts: Bring the whole family to the Library for an epic b…

Teens Make Stuff + Things: Knitting, Etc.
Monday at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Teen knitters, crocheters, spinners, and needle workers of all levels invited. C…


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Career Cruising is a website that lets you identify which careers will be the best fit for you. Answer a series of questions on your skills and interests, and you'll learn more about career pathways and post-secondary educational opportunities. Log in to your personal account to build a portfolio, create a personalized four-year high school plan, save careers and schools of interest, create professional looking resumes, and learn about the costs and benefits of going to school and getting a job. It's a one-stop shop to reach your career and college goals.

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

2016 Summer Challenge





Birth to 3 Years

Your Little Champ develops 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

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