To a young child, the world is an amazing place to be explored. The Get Outside Book Club, which runs September 1 through October 31, encourages outdoor exploration and learning for preschoolers and their parents or caregivers. The partnership between the Dayton Metro Library and Five Rivers MetroParks features storytimes at area MetroParks led by Children’s Librarians, followed by activities conducted by park staff.
“Watching children discover the world around them is a beautiful sight,” said Dorri Hegyi, Children’s Services Librarian at the Miamisburg Branch Library and coordinator of the Get Outside Book Club. “Books are the starting point, then children can explore and experience for themselves topics such as spiders, birds, nature in the city or wetlands.”
New this year are backpacks full of nature-themed books and learning tools that can be checked out from the Library and used at home or in group settings. The insect kit, for example, comes with four books plus an insect net, magnifying box and activity guide.
“It’s a great way for parents to introduce young children to a new topic, build their knowledge and feel more comfortable about new experiences,” said Hegyi.
Families can register for the Get Outside Book Club at their nearest Dayton Metro Library location and receive a folder to keep track of the activities they do together. Once they’ve read six books on any nature-related topic and completed six outdoor activities, their child earns a prize that they can pick up at the Library. The Club concludes October 31.
For more information, visit any Dayton Metro Library location, go online at DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call (937) 463-BOOK.
STORYTIMES AT THE PARK
Registration requested; walk-ins welcome.
Programs are intended for ages 3-6 (siblings welcome).
WETLANDS | FRI, 9/1, 10-11 AM
Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark – Parking Lot, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Read stories with a Dayton Metro Librarian and discover the power of wetlands: Nature's water purifier! We'll also search for animals and discover plant life.
SPIDERS | WED, 9/6, 10-11 AM
Possum Creek MetroPark – 4790 Frytown Rd, Dayton, OH 45417
Join a Dayton Metro Librarian to read stories about spiders. Afterwards, we will go on a spider search and discover their hidden secrets while fighting arachnophobia!
NIGHT EXPLORATION | FRI, 9/15 8-9 PM
Hills and Dales MetroPark – Patterson Shelter at White Oak Camp, 2606 Hilton Dr.
Encounter the mysteries of the night! We’ll start with stories and songs, then we’ll take a walk with a Metropark Naturalist exploring the changes that happen at dusk. Watch for owls along the way!
HIDDEN NATURE | TUE, 9/19, 10-11 AM
Riverscape MetroPark – RiverScape Pavilion, 237 E. Monument Ave.
Learn about what kinds of animals can be found in the middle of a city! Read books with a Dayton Metro Librarian, then search for life hidden in the gardens and along the river. Nature may be closer than you think!
POND EXPLORATION | WED, 9/27, 10-11 AM
Taylorsville MetroPark – Shelter: Hilltop /Sledding Hill/Parking Lot, 1200 Brown School Rd.
Read stories with a Dayton Metro Librarian, and discover that we are all made of water! Then, explore the pond in search of frogs, dragonflies, and other life.
NATURE PLAY | MON, 10/2, 10-11 AM
Englewood MetroPark – Patty's Shelter, 4361 W. National Rd.
Read stories about nature exploration, then embark on your own adventures of discovering life and imagination.
SPACE TRAVELER | WED, 10/11, 10-11 AM
Sugarcreek MetroPark – Trailhead Parking Lot, 4178 Conference Rd.
Travel to the moon, planets, and far beyond our galaxy as we make spaceships from items found in nature, and blast off with our imagination!
BIRD LIFE | MON, 10/16, 10-11 AM
Germantown MetroPark – Twin Valley Welcome Center, 6910 Boomershine Rd.
What’s it like to fly through the sky? Explore bird diversity with stories and a hike.
FOREST OF LEAVES | FRI, 10/27, 10-11 AM
Cox Arboretum MetroPark – 6733 Springboro Pk.
Explore colors, sizes, and shapes of leaves with stories, songs, and puppets. Dayton Metro Librarians and MetroPark Naturalists will guide a journey through forests.