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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…

           

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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