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Big Read Events at the Dayton Metro Library


Take A Closer Look at the Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough, is the topic of conversations taking place across the Miami Valley during the annual Big Read community reading event. The New York Times bestseller about Dayton’s inventive duo is not only a great book discussion title, it’s also the inspiration for a variety of other programs at the Dayton Metro Library which take a closer look at the Wright Brothers and their legacy.

All programs are free and open to the public.

Gliding the “Wright” Way
Did you know the Wright brothers built kites and gliders in the years leading up to their flight in 1903? Learn about their 1899-1902 experiments that led to the invention of the first practical airplane.
SAT, 3/25, 10 - 11 AM | West Carrollton Branch Library, 300 E. Central Ave.

The Wright Brothers in Dayton
Dayton Aviation Heritage Nation Historical Parks presenters discuss the brothers from their early childhood to their success at Kitty Hawk and Huffman Prairie.
MON, 3/27, 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Northmont Branch Library, 333 W. National Rd.

The Brains Behind The Wings
Qualities such as perseverance and resilience contributed to the Wright Brothers’ success. Learn how you can apply these principles for your own well-being, interpersonal effectiveness and professional success. Presented by Paul Hershberger, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Behavioral Science, WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine.
THUR, 3/30, 6:30 - 8 PM | Kettering-Moraine Branch Library, 3496 Far Hills Ave.

A Poem of Steel: The Early Days of Bicycling
Learn about the strange contraptions that once roamed the earth in this light-hearted talk about the history of the bicycle – the Wright Brothers’ other favorite means of transportation!
SAT, 4/8, 10 - 11AM | West Carrollton Branch Library, 300 E. Central Ave.

The Other Wright Brothers
What about Lorin, Reuchlin and Otis? Mary Kay Mabe introduces you to the other men in the Wright family who give us an inside glimpse into the Wright ancestry.
MON, 4/10, 7 - 8 PM | Brookville Branch Library, 120 Blue Pride Dr.

Talk With Orville and Wilbur Wright
In honor of Wilbur Wright's 150th birthday on April 16, meet Wilbur and Orville Wright in person (as portrayed by Ross Gaby and Tommy Collins). Hear what they have to say for themselves about their pursuits and successes.
TUE, 4/11, 6:30 - 8 PM | Kettering-Moraine Branch Library, 3496 Far Hills Ave.

A complete schedule of Big Read events, author and book information and the sponsoring and participating organizations can be found at

For more information on these or other programs, visit or call 937.463.BOOK.


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M, T, Th: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
W, F: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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