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Toddler Storytime
Today at Kettering (11:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Babies & Books
Today at Northmont (11:30 AM)
Parents or caregivers, bring your little ones to the library for stories, songs,…

Leapfrogs Storytime
Today at Huber Heights (1:00 PM)
Stories, music and more! Groups please register in advance. For children ages 4-…

Computer & Mouse Basics
Today at Trotwood (1:30 PM)
Learn the fundamentals of the computer and an operating system. The class will c…

The Cloud
Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Why is everyone taking about it? What is it? Are you that person that just looks…

Instant Recess
Today at Brookville (3:00 PM)
Refresh, rejuvenate and just have fun with a 10 minute break to stretch your mus…

Cupcake Decorating Contest
Today at Kettering (3:30 PM)
Join us as we Cupcake Decorating Contest!  The teens of Kettering will be c…

Flowers + Butterflies For Mother
Today at Brookville (3:30 PM)
-          Need a gift for Mother's…

Teen Hangout
Today at Miamisburg (4:00 PM)
Whether you need a place to do homework, a space for creative writing or art pro…

Grants 101
Today at EC Doren (4:00 PM)
Are you a new Development Professional or a nonprofit staff person charged wit…

Nerdfighter Night
Today at Belmont (4:00 PM)
A weekly gathering where teens can openly be nerds. A community of such concentr…

Games + Glitter, Thursdays at Westwood.
Today at Westwood (4:00 PM)
Come in out of the cold, munch on some tasty popcorn and get your game on.  …

Teen Cafe
Today at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Enjoy some down time playing games, doing crafts, and hanging out with friends.…

Ukulele Basics
Today at Vandalia (6:00 PM)
Learn the basics of playing the uke in this four week series with your ukulele-p…

Preschool Storytime
Today at Trotwood (6:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

Short Hops: Dayton's Age of Interurbans
Today at Northmont (6:30 PM)
The interurban, also known as the "traction," was an electrically powered tr…

Teen Game & Craft Night
Today at EC Doren (6:30 PM)
Spend time with friends and play chess, checkers, cards or video games. Feeling …

Teen Video Game Night
Today at Wilmington (6:30 PM)
Test your hand-eye coordination against Kettering's best!  Each month stalw…

Preschool Storytime
Today at Brookville (7:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

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

Instant Recess
Tomorrow at Brookville (3:00 PM)
Refresh, rejuvenate and just have fun with a 10 minute break to stretch your mus…

Author Meet-n-Greet
Tomorrow at Miami Twp. (6:00 PM)
With book lovers from across the nation coming to experience the Dayton Book Exp…

Rainbow Magic Fairy Party
Saturday at Miamisburg (10:30 AM)
Wear your fairy attire if you wish and join us as we celebrate all things fairy …

Superhero Party
Saturday at Huber Heights (11:00 AM)
Batman, Superman, the Avengers, celebrate all of your favorite superheroes with …

Local Authors Event & the Dayton Book Expo 2016
Saturday at Main (11:00 AM)
The 4th annual Local Authors Event mixes with the Dayton Book Expo at the Ponitz…

Maker Kit Open House: Lasers
Saturday at Miamisburg (1:30 PM)
Drop in and see our Lasers Maker Kit in action! Laser pointers, a fog machine, b…

Windows 10 Basics
Saturday at Wilmington (3:00 PM)
Whether you want a preview of Windows 10 or just want to know how to use it more…

National Poetry Month Poetry Slam
Saturday at Huber Heights (3:00 PM)
Send out this year's National Poetry Month with a Poetry Slam!  We'll turn …

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

Social Media Basics
Monday at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Don't know your Facebook from your Snapchat? Does Twitter have you all-a-flutter…

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The Get Outside Book Club

photo bookclubThe Get Outside Book Club is a Dayton Metro Library and Five Rivers MetroParks program designed for pre-schoolers and their parents. The program takes place September 1 - October 31.

Read about it, talk about it and do it!
Get ready for some nature adventures right in your backyard! This special reading club for preschoolers includes stories that will kick-start imaginations and get you and your little one outside exploring and discovering. Participants can sign up anytime after August 23 and are asked to complete 6 books and 6 activities from the book club list.

Young children are naturally curious about their world. They want to know what things are, how they work, and what they can do with them. The Get Outside Book Club is designed to get you and your preschooler reading great books and then spending time together outside having fun and exploring nature.

Click to view the book club booklist! (PDF)

Programs are weather dependent.  Registration requested; walk-ins welcome. Register online at www.metroparks.org or call (937) 275-7275.

9/13 10:00 am
Salamanders! Salamanders!
Join Miss Jen for a story about a boy who discovers a salamander and learns about their magical connections with the forest.  After reading the story, we’ll join a naturalist and go on our own salamander expedition in search of the red-backed salamander and other creatures of the Paw Paw Forest.  Meet in the Paw Paw Shelter at Hills and Dales MetroPark. (Registration requested)

9/18 10:00 am
Leave it to Beavers!
Is that just a pile of sticks or is it something more? Join us for an adventure as we search with a MetroPark naturalist for signs of beavers. Learn about their exciting water habitat and share some great stories about beavers. Meet at Eastwood MetroPark - use the 1385 Harshman Road entrance and park in the last parking lot. (Registration requested)

 9/27 10:00 am
Tree-ific Tales!
Join Miss Dorri for a fun morning in the garden with some shady characters - trees!  We'll discover stories about trees and how they help us. Enjoy a puppet show and spend some time "meeting" a few trees that live in the shrub garden at the Arboretum with MetroParks volunteers.  Meet in the Edible Landscape Garden pavilion at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. (Registration requested)

10/3 10:30 am
Who lives in the Woods?
Join Miss Helen for some outdoor fun with stories about animals that live in the woods. We will play “I Spy”, make a craft, and search for animals. We’ll meet at Skeeter’s Garden at Wegerzyn MetroPark Children’s Discovery Garden. (Registration requested)

10/7 10:30 am
Friendly Farm Animals
Join Miss Melissa for a farm themed storytime at Possum Creek MetroPark. We will tell stories and sing songs about farm animals and then take a tour of the farm and meet the animals that live in Possum Creek with Miss Connie.  The address for the main entrance of Possum Creek is 4790 Frytown Rd.  Dayton, OH.  Follow the road until you come to a parking lot and look for the shelter to the right of the white restroom building.  You can also follow the signs for the farm. (Registration requested)

10/15 1:30 pm
Happy Harvest Helpers!
Miss Amanda will be visiting Carriage Hill MetroPark for a harvest themed storytime! She'll read some books about things that grow, we'll sing harvest songs, and help the staff at Carriage Hill with some fall chores. Don't miss the husking bee and country dance! Meet at the plaza behind the visitors' center at Carriage Hill MetroPark. (Registration requested)

10/23 10:30 am
Above or Belowground Homes?
Join Miss Sam as we explore animal homes both above and below the surface through stories. Following the stories, we’ll meet a Black Rat Snake and an Eastern Box Turtle and take an optional hike. Meet in the Nature Center at Germantown MetroPark. The Nature Center will open at 10:00 a.m. for self-guided exploration and stories will begin at 10:30 a.m. (Registration requested)

10/31    10:30 am
Wild about Ohio Bugs!
Join Mrs. Stringer for stories about amazing bugs and enjoy making a bug craft. Then go buggy for bugs with a Naturalist and see how many bugs can be found in the gardens and habitats at Wegerzyn MetroPark. Meet in the Children’s Discovery Garden. (Registration requested)

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