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Live music at Main on Fridays! Next up is The Dianne Coble Ensemble on 11/24. Learn how singing builds literacy skills and setting screen-free time in this issue of Early Childhood Literacy FOCUS.

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Today at Huber Heights (11:00 AM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Today at Kettering (11:00 AM)
Yoga for Success is a guided presentation of foundational Isha yoga practices de…


Today at Huber Heights (12:00 PM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, cas…


Today at Burkhardt (1:00 PM)
This program is focused on being a living fossil. We will discuss what it means …


Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Join us for a family-friendly movie with popcorn!…


Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Why should kids have all the fun· Bring your friends or make some new one…


Today at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Join us for science experiments using dry ice!…


Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Play games and enjoy snacks with your loved ones.  …


Today at Madden Hills (3:30 PM)
This program is focused on being a living fossil. We will discuss what it means …


Today at Kettering (4:00 PM)
Come to the library for an afternoon of building with LEGOs and littleBits elect…


Monday at Belmont (9:30 AM)
Schedule an informal session to address your personal technology needs. Sessions…


Monday at Madden Hills (10:00 AM)
This class will cover the fundamentals of the computer and operating system. &nb…


Monday at Main (10:00 AM)
This workshop, designed for the novice, will highlight some of the most useful d…


Monday at Wilmington (11:30 AM)
Foster an early love of art with storytime at Rosewood Gallery!  A libraria…


Monday at Wilmington (12:00 PM)
This class is designed for homeschooled Teens--age 13-18--who are interested in …


Monday at Vandalia (12:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…


Monday at Huber Heights (12:30 PM)
Are you a Mahjong player or interested in learning· Mahjong (pronounced m…


Monday at Main (2:00 PM)
Are you ready to take your computer skills to the next level· Have you ev…


Monday at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
This class is for people with little to no computer experience. Learn the mouse…


Monday at Madden Hills (2:00 PM)
Got homework· Friendly Homework Helpers can guide you in the right direct…


Monday at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Got homework· Friendly Homework Helpers can guide you in the right direct…


Monday at Kettering (2:00 PM)
Come join us for a family movie on the big screen. Fresh popcorn and juice will …


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


Monday at Main (3:00 PM)
Fight your boredom and stop by Teen Edge for a do-it-yourself drop-in activity. …


Monday at Northmont (3:00 PM)
Bring your own ereader to learn how to use the library's OverDrive program for e…


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


Monday at Wilmington (3:30 PM)
Learning to code has never been so much fun! All it takes is color to control th…


Monday at Miamisburg (3:30 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available t…


Monday at Westwood (4:00 PM)
Come for some fun as we learn all about these big, spectacular birds:  thei…


Monday at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Attention, building enthusiasts: Bring the whole family to the Library for an ep…

           

Tiny Lights in the Night Garden

The magic of fireflies enchants us all. Teach your child that the lights they see on these insects are not fire, but “bioluminescence.”  Fireflies create their light by combining chemicals in their bodies.  Sadly, due to habitat loss, light pollution and pesticide use, their numbers are dwindling.   To attract more to your backyard for close observation follow these tips:

  • Skip garden chemicals, they kill indiscriminately
  • Provide a variety of shrubs, high grass and low plants to shelter theme during the day
  • Plant a variety of flowers to supply pollen and nectar to feed on
  • Reduce outdoor lighting as it discourages and confuses
  • Putting fireflies in jars will also reduce their numbers

Listening and reading comprehension improves when children relate their experiences to text.  Read these books and ask your child to talk about their own observations and thoughts about fireflies.  Together you might generate some questions about these insects to do further research.  Are they actually flies?  Is their light warm like a light bulb?  Where do they go during the daylight?

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