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Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)


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)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…


Today at Main Library (1:30 PM)
Miss Beth will demonstrate and teach a different dance to rock and roll music fr…


Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Now that you have mastered the mouse and conquered the computer, let's go online…


Today at Main Library (2:00 PM)
Cut, Copy & PasteLearn about an essential tool to aid in becoming an efficie…


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


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


Today at Brookville (3:03 PM)
It's a battle of the Oreo s! Come sample and vote for your favorite of Oreo's s…


Today at Belmont (4:00 PM)
Design and create pin-on buttons. Snack provided. …


Today at Miamisburg (4:00 PM)
Being a DJ has to be one of the most enjoyable professions around. There is noth…


Today at Kettering (4:00 PM)
Celebrate "the greatest spectacle in racing," the Indianapolis 500, with a Wii r…


Today at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Come enjoy an activity that is some part art and some part making. …


Today at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Come enjoy video and board games! Snacks will be provided. For teens going into …


Today at Burkhardt (4:30 PM)
Want to make something cool but don't know how· Join us in the community …


Today at Main Library (6:00 PM)
Dennis Turner, local author of "What Did You Do in the War, Sister: How Catholic…


Today at New Lebanon (6:00 PM)
Join us for a fast paced, 10 hour journey through time with our forefathers and …


Today at Kettering (6:00 PM)
Join us for quality family time with books, songs and activities for parents and…


Today at Trotwood (6:30 PM)
Join us for quality family time with books, songs, and activities for parents an…


Today at Vandalia (6:30 PM)
Bring your needles, hooks, and yarn to the library to learn from each other. Nov…


Today at Kettering (6:30 PM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, cas…


Tomorrow at Main Library (10:00 AM)
Open LabNeed more practice after your class or need additional computer help&mid…


Tomorrow at Kettering (10:00 AM)
Designed for individuals living with early stage dementia, Memory Cafe is o…


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


Tomorrow at New Lebanon (7:00 PM)
Join us as we kick off the Summer Challenge! Solve the riddles and do the challe…


Saturday at Electra Doren (11:00 AM)
Tweens, teens, and families are welcome to join the Library and Old North Dayton…


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


Saturday at Main Library (1:00 PM)
Meet a live African penguin and learn about the amazing lives, history, and habi…


Saturday at Main Library (1:00 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Saturday at Electra Doren (1:00 PM)
Adult video gamers can take it to the next level (or try to make it to the next …

           

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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