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Have you visited the new Main Library yet? We showed Living Dayton around last month. Our patrons made it back safe. The books? Not so much.

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Today at Miamisburg (11:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, pup…


Today at Main (11:00 AM)
Children ages 0-3 and caregivers can enjoy unstructured playtime with a variety …


Today at Miamisburg (12:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Today at W. Carrollton (1:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Today at Kettering (1:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and STEM based learning activities designed to develo…


Today at Northmont (1:30 PM)
Come and join us as a fitness instructor from the YMCA leads a month long sessio…


Today at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Looking for something new to use in your classroom· Come to the library …


Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Before you begin to use a computer, there is the "mouse." For beginners learn th…


Today at Brookville (2:45 PM)
Stop by the library every month and participate in a range of crafts and activit…


Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come during this special time set aside for ages 9-12, and play the Wii U with y…


Today at Brookville (3:00 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available t…


Today at Miamisburg (4:00 PM)
Play games, make crafts, explore science activities, or just hang out. Snacks pr…


Today at Kettering (4:00 PM)
Plan cool activities for the library, create displays, share good books, and mor…


Today at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading…


Today at Burkhardt (4:30 PM)
Calling all Girl Scout Cadettes! Join other Girl Scouts in the community and ear…


Today at Main (4:30 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Today at Northwest (5:30 PM)
Now that you have mastered the mouse, let's learn the basics of how the compute…


Today at Wilmington (5:30 PM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, pu…


Today at Main (6:00 PM)
First, of our revised Microsoft Office Series, this session introduces you to th…


Today at Huber Heights (6:00 PM)
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the …


Today at Main (6:00 PM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, ca…


Today at Brookville (6:30 PM)
Explore the variety of mysteries being published at our monthly book discussion!…


Today at Electra Doren (6:30 PM)
Quality family time with books, songs and activities for parents and children to…


Today at Main (7:00 PM)
Poet Aimee Noel can find inspiration takeout menus, parking tickets, postcards. …


Today at Vandalia (7:00 PM)
Join  us for quality family time with books, songs, and activities for pare…


Today at Wilmington (7:00 PM)
Join us for quality family time with books, songs and activities for parents an…


Tomorrow at Northmont (9:45 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Tomorrow at Miami Twp. (9:45 AM)
Join us for stories, nursery rhymes and songs! For children 18-35 months old wit…


Tomorrow at Vandalia (10:00 AM)
Taylorsville MetroPark - Shelter: Hilltop/Sledding Hill/Parking Lot, 1200…


Tomorrow at Brookville (10:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow children's love of learning. This is an early liter…

           

First Impressions Matter and Help for Introverts


badinterviewSome scientific studies say a first impression is formed in 30 seconds, others say 7 seconds and a 2006 Princeton study says it can happen in less than 1/10 of a second! No matter which study is right, we can all agree that it happens quickly and whether it is an interview, a sales call or a social event, you don’t want to miss out on making the best of your first encounter with the other party. So here are some suggestions on how to do that:

  1. Arrive early - especially allow yourself extra time if you have to deal with traffic, parking or weather concerns.

  2. Dress the part - how to dress for an interview is a separate topic, but you should dress appropriately for the setting and purpose of the meeting.  There’s a lot of discussion about personal style and how you express yourself in your dress, but it is always best to err on the conservative side rather than being too casual.

  3. Grooming matters - this includes everything from hair care to make-up, not wearing a heavy scent and being aware of your breath. This is especially important if you are a smoker. For those with pets, go over your clothes with a lint brush just before you leave or keep a lint brush in your car.

  4. Smile and make eye contact - nothing gives the impression of ease and confidence like a big smile and direct eye contact. (You don’t have to stare in to their eyes for the whole meeting, but make eye contact often when you are speaking.)

  5. Practice your handshake - there is an art to doing this well. Here’s a video tutorial.

  6. Be attentive throughout the meeting - put your cell phone and other electronics away while you enjoy conversation.

Introverts can have a hard time making a good first impression. Here’s a 2015 article from Inc.com that can help those who feel socially awkward.

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