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2019 Summer Challenge

Prizes Include Fantastic Family Experiences

sclogoTo go along with the “Universe of Stories” theme, Dayton Metro Library is offering some out-of-this-world Grand Prizes in its Summer Challenge program. This year’s prizes offer fun experiences families can enjoy together at local attractions, including the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Carillon Historical Park, the Boonshoft Museum, and more.

Summer Challenge runs May 17-August 3, with categories for all ages of children from babies through high school. Both online and paper tracking is available for participants to log the time spent reading, being read to, attending Library programs, or – for the youngest participants – accomplishing simple learning activities.

Grand Prizes will be awarded at each branch of the Dayton Metro Library. All participants who reach the 3600-minute level (60 hours of reading and/activities) will be entered into drawings for:

Admission for 4 to CARILLON HISTORICAL PARK, includes a ride on the beautiful, local-themed carousel, for kindergarten & younger.

Admission for 4 to the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE, includes a choice of the Digital 3D Theater or Flight Simulator, for grades 1-6 (height limits apply).

Membership to Wright B Flyer, Inc. includes ONE FLIGHT ON THE WRIGHT B FLYER PLANE, for grades 7-12 (height limits apply).

Additionally, all participants who reach the 3600 minute level will be invited to a special takeover of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery on November 2. This event includes Planetarium and Science Theater shows, live animal encounters, Science on a Sphere, all museum exhibits, and refreshments, too.

“We are so excited to offer prizes that really reward the efforts of young people who work so hard to read, learn, and reach their goals in the Summer Challenge,” said Mandie Burns, Dayton Metro Library’s Youth Services Director. “These experiences will bring family members together to continue building a supportive environment in which learning is both important and fun.”

Smaller prizes, including new books and space-themed novelties, are awarded throughout the Challenge as participants reach milestones along the way.

Sign up for the Summer Challenge any branch of the Dayton Metro Library starting May 17, or register online starting May 1 at



For the majority of children, summer vacation means time away from school, homework, and learning. Teachers know that this time away from the classroom can be problematic when school resumes in the fall.

“Research shows that students tend to lose academic achievement during the summer months, which means teachers have to spend the first few weeks of the school year getting everyone back up to speed,” said Burns. “But the Library steps into this educational gap with our Summer Challenge program, keeping kids engaged in reading and learning throughout the summer.”

“Summer Challenge is all about reading and discovery, learning through experiences, setting goals and making progress,” says Burns. “By awarding new books and fun prizes, children are motivated to keep going.”



“It’s really up to parents and caregivers to get their kids involved in the Summer Challenge,” said Burns. “Kids might need a nudge to get started, but once the challenge is on, parents might be surprised how focused and determined their child can be.”

Dayton Metro Library surveyed 531 parents and caregivers whose children participated in the 2018 Summer Challenge.

  • 97% reported their child maintained or increased their reading skills
  • 86% reported their child is a more confident reader
  • 86% reported their child reads more often

Burns offers suggestions for parents who want to support their children in the Dayton Metro Library Summer Challenge.

Encourage your children to read what interests them. Whether it’s comic books, picture books, fiction or nonfiction, eBooks or audiobooks – if the subject and format interest your child, they will be far more likely to read.

Build reading time into each day. Parents should demonstrate for their children that reading is important to them. For half hour after dinner, or an hour before bed, the whole family can turn off their electronics and spend quiet time reading, together or independently.

Keep reading materials readily available. Have stacks of Library books on hand. Borrowed Library materials are automatically renewed up to five times unless they are requested by other patrons, and there are no overdue fines as long as the materials are returned (not damaged or lost).

Sign up for the Summer Challenge any branch of the Dayton Metro Library starting May 17, or register online starting May 1 at For more information, call (937) 463-2665.

Dayton Metro Library Summer Challenge is sponsored by: Air Force Museum Foundation, Carillon Historical Park, Friends of the Dayton Metro Library, Junior League of Dayton, Virginia W. Kettering Foundation, National Aviation Heritage Area, National Museum of the United States Air Force, State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Vectren Foundation, and Wright B Flyer Inc.


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