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Today at Wilmington (11:00 AM)
With a mix of holiday songs and puppet plays, it's fun for the whole family. The…

Today at Northmont (11:00 AM)
Parents and caregivers, bring your little ones to the library for stories, songs…

Today at Kettering (11:00 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…

Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…

Today at New Lebanon (1:00 PM)
If you are 50+, you are welcome to enjoy good conversation and refreshments with…

Today at Huber Heights (1:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

Today at Northmont (2:00 PM)
Read a pre-selected book and come and discuss it with the group.  Each book…

Today at Main (3:00 PM)
Now that you are familiar with the basics features of your email account, let's …

Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come in after school and play the Wii U with your friends!  A special time …

Today at Vandalia (3:00 PM)
Face off at a board or card game with your friends. We have a ton to choose from…

Today at Kettering (3:30 PM)
Giant Word Winder is a 9 foot by 9 foot giant word game played on the floor. &nb…

Today at Brookville (3:30 PM)
  Hang out after school. Read, play games, chat, and craft, just come and c…

Today at East (4:00 PM)
Make your very own wallet to stash your cash, they make great gifts, and they fi…

Today at Belmont (4:00 PM)
Place for teens to have fun while developing into people who will…

Today at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Enjoy a delicious teen read and a delicious sweet treat inspired by the story. S…

Today at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Come and game at the new Northwest library. Video games, card games, and board g…

Today at Westwood (4:00 PM)
Pick and play your favorite board game, cards or puzzle; make and take a craft; …

Today at Brookville (4:00 PM)
  Does your child need some extra guidance in reading· Reading Bud…

Today at Huber Heights (4:00 PM)
Love Minecraft· So do we! Join us every week to play Minecraft at the lib…

Today at Trotwood (4:30 PM)
Join us for some cookie decorating! Edible holiday decorations will be provided.…

Today at Miamisburg (4:30 PM)
Our meeting room is reserved every Thursday as a place for teens to hangout.Tab…

Today at Trotwood (6:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

Today at Electra Doren (6:00 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available …

Today at Northwest (6:00 PM)
The Dayton Metro Library is partnering with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery …

Today at New Lebanon (6:30 PM)
Celebrate the season with a special evening family storytime featuring Chris Van…

Today at W. Carrollton (6:30 PM)
Have you always wanted to sign up for a Facebook account but weren't sure what t…

Today at Kettering (6:30 PM)
"Apps" is the short form name for online/mobile software applications that help …

Today at Trotwood (6:45 PM)
Enjoy a lively conversation on the book read for this month's meeting.  …

Today at Burkhardt (7:00 PM)
David Weickert of Compost Dayton will share the benefits of compost, focusing…

Today at Brookville (7:00 PM)
Read to a furry friend at the library, and while you're waiting for your turn, l…


Petitioning Inside and Outside the Library


Circulating petitions for signature outside of the library but on library property, such as the parking lot, is considered free speech and protected by the First Amendment.

Circulating petitions for signature in the library is prohibited. It disturbs the orderly operation of the library and may make some patrons feel harassed.  Also, it may give the appearance that the library is supporting a specific cause or issue.


All library facilities, including branches and the main library of the Dayton Metro Library are considered limited public forums and therefore provide access and use of designated library spaces to the general public. However that access and use is limited to library purposes and approved activities.

Library exterior spaces are considered public forums and petitioners are not restricted from seeking signatures within the guidelines established for this policy.

Restrictions and prohibitions to petitioners apply to all paid and volunteer canvassers for candidates, partisan or non-partisan, and petitions to get issues on the ballot or those simply those seeking support for a cause or issue. This policy is content-neutral and applies to all regardless of the candidate, issue or cause.



Petitioners may offer literature to individuals; however, petitioners are prohibited from placing leaflets on vehicles in library’s parking lot.

Patron comfort and safety requires petitioners to observe the same 25 ft. limit from doorways as is required of smokers.

Petitioners may not block doorways, prevent patrons from getting in or out of cars, use abusive language or behave in any way which is harassing or intimidating.

Petitioners must stay clear of traffic lanes and vehicular entrances.

Download a PDF of the entire Policy on Petitioning Inside & Outside the Librarypdf-file-48x48

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