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Enjoy a vast collection of materials, services and programs for all ages and stages of life. Explore our online resources including digital collections, databases, searchable events calendar and reference assistance. Learn, imagine and discover at the Dayton Metro Library – your story begins here.

"He was using all the options together to create something completely new -- world building at its best." - #Belmont branch children's librarian Suzanne. https://facebook.com/DaytonMetroLibr… Kids pre-K to 6th grade can earn prizes and more when they take the Summer Challenge. http://daytonmetrolibrary.org/summer…

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Cooking Caravan
Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)
This mobile competition pits two Caravan chefs against each other in an "Iron Ch…

Toddler Fun
Today at Trotwood (11:00 AM)
Bring your toddler for some fun activities made especially for them! We will hav…

Book Lunch
Today at Northmont (12:15 PM)
Bring your lunch, listen to stories, and participate in a mystery activity. Dess…

Summer Lunch Program
Today at Northwest (12:30 PM)
Kids are invited to eat lunch at the library. Meal provided by Dayton Public Sch…

Preschool Storytime
Today at Miamisburg (12:30 PM)
Enjoy stories, rhymes, crafts, and puppet shows. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.&nbs…

Grab a Meal
Today at Madden Hills (12:30 PM)
Enjoy a nutritious meal each day at Madden Hills and enjoy a story being read al…

Battleship
Today at Trotwood (1:00 PM)
The classic Battleship game with a twist...being the tweens/teens will be the sh…

Let's Get Up!
Today at Northwest (1:00 PM)
Join us for an action packed time of health and wellness activities for grades K…

Tremendous Tuesdays-Puppets + Crafts + Games, Oh My!
Today at Westwood (1:00 PM)
Join us for outdoor games-bowling, corn hole, twister and frisbee, and indoor fu…

Rubber Duck Club: On Your Mark, Yoga!
Today at W. Carrollton (1:00 PM)
Join DayYoga for this special yoga storytime. Registration is not required, so j…

Preschool STEM Storytime
Today at Kettering (1:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

Terrific Tuesdays
Today at Madden Hills (1:30 PM)
Tuesdays:  6/7 -7/26 p.m.  Enjoy fun games, crafts and treats every Tu…

Lego Fun!
Today at Vandalia (2:00 PM)
Build something with your friends!   Legos will be supplied or bring your o…

Chef Battle
Today at Miami Twp. (2:00 PM)
Watch Chef's Battle it out and taste test their results as judges. They'll be ma…

The Ribbon
Today at Main (2:00 PM)
The Ribbon: No more toolbars or drop down menus, there's just the Ribbon. Prereq…

Open Computer Lab
Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Designed to allow more time for practice, Open Lab is your opportunity to get ad…

Reading Buddies
Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Do you feel that your child needs a little more practice reading? Stop by the Re…

Chef Battle with the Cooking Caravan
Today at Miamisburg (4:00 PM)
Caravan Chefs square off in a culinary competition that features audience member…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Today at Wilmington (5:30 PM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, pup…

Internet Basics
Today at Northwest (5:30 PM)
Now that you have mastered the mouse and conquered the computer, let's go online…

Grants 101
Today at Westwood (6:00 PM)
Are you a new Development Professional or a nonprofit staff person charged wit…

Chef Battle with Cooking Caravan
Today at W. Carrollton (6:00 PM)
The Caravan Chefs will square off in a culinary competition that features audien…

Game Night!
Today at Northwest (6:00 PM)
Play fun games and enjoy some treats.  Ages 5-12…

Talk Tables
Today at Belmont (6:30 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Shopping Smarter
Today at Trotwood (6:30 PM)
This workshop is designed to help you in making wise choices that can save you m…

Evening Storytime
Today at Burkhardt (6:30 PM)
Support your child's early literacy development at this interactive family story…

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

On Your Mark, Dance!
Today at Belmont (7:00 PM)
Exercise while you Dance! Begin with aerobic warm-ups and stretches, then move t…

Family Storytime
Today at Wilmington (7:00 PM)
Have quality family time at the library with books, songs and activities for par…

Evening Storytime!
Today at Vandalia (7:00 PM)
Ages 3 - 8. Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities d…

           

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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