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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.

In 1941 the library experimented with providing outdoor reading facilities to patrons during the summer, in Cooper Park. They furnished folding chairs, cushions, and a beach umbrella, and it was equipped with magazines and books. The Outdoor reading Room was open 54 days and circulated 3,793 books. When the new library was built, the library garden was named the Outdoor Reading Room. #tbt… Find out what the Bookmobile is up to in this segment of Living Dayton.…

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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 …

SCORE Small Business Counseling
Today at Main (10:00 AM)
The Dayton Chapter of SCORE, a national network of experienced entrepreneurs and…

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

Grab a Meal
Today at Madden Hills (12:30 PM)
Enjoy a nutritious meal each day at Madden Hills and enjoy a story being read al…

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

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
Today at W. Carrollton (4:00 PM)
Come to the library for a fun workout using books and videos in the library's co…

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…

Pop-up Makerspace
Tomorrow at Belmont (10:00 AM)
Looking for a great family activity? Drop by during selected hours to try the Li…

Builder's Club
Tomorrow at Miamisburg (10:30 AM)
Do you like LEGO? If so, this is the place for you! Build your own LEGO masterpi…

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 …

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

Got Game?
Tomorrow at Main (2:00 PM)
Why should the kids have all the fun? Bring your friends or make some new ones w…

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: Chess/Boxing
Tomorrow at Miamisburg (3:30 PM)
Chess boxing is a fully developed competitive sport popular in Europe, and gover…

Grab a Meal
Monday at Madden Hills (12:30 PM)
Enjoy a nutritious meal each day at Madden Hills and enjoy a story being read al…

Tadpole Tales
Tuesday at Huber Heights (10:00 AM)
Hear great stories, sing songs and make a craft. Ages 2-3 with a parent or careg…

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday at Brookville (10:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

Toddler Time
Tuesday at Miamisburg (10:00 AM)
Big fun for little ones! (Ages: 0-3) …

Tuesday Morning Storytime
Tuesday at East (10:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

I Like to Move It!
Tuesday at Miami Twp. (10:00 AM)
Join us each week for some outdoor fun - sidewalk chalk, playground games, parac…

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday at Northwest (10:30 AM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

Preschool STEM Storytime
Tuesday at Kettering (10:30 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

Wiggle Worms Storytime
Tuesday at W. Carrollton (10:30 AM)
Here's a storytime especially for babies and toddlers. We'll read stories, dance…

Book Lunch
Tuesday at Northmont (12:15 PM)
Bring your lunch, listen to stories, and participate in a mystery activity. Dess…

Summer Lunch Program
Tuesday at Northwest (12:30 PM)
Kids are invited to eat lunch at the library. Meal provided by Dayton Public Sch…

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


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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.

July Exhibits at YOUR Dayton Metro Library

Miami Township and Northwest Branch Libraries

JULY 2016


Miami Township Branch Library’s artist-in-residence Mike Elsass believes that everyone has an artist hiding within - the trick is to be in the moment, to “brush before the brain gets in the way.”

Related Programs:

Brush Before the Brain
Elsass leads fun, 3-hour classes for children and adults. Create a 7x7” piece that will be combined into a group installation for display in the Library. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy. Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday, July 11, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 21, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Monday, July 25, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

NORTHWEST BRANCH, 2410 Philadelphia Drive

See how Dayton helped create the Funk Music scene! Memorabilia from TheFunkCenter’s growing collection will be on display through Fall 2016, and a docent will be on hand regularly to augment the changing displays with expertise. See the Events Calendar at for program information.

Related Programs:

Guitarist Kellen Williams
Saturday, July 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Performance by 14-year-old accomplished blues/rock guitarist.

Greg Webster, Original Ohio Player Book Signing
Saturday, July 23, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Band member and author of The Early Years/The Ohio Players will sign books, available for purchase from the author.

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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