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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.

What's your favorite eResource from DML? Overdrive ebooks? music and more on Hoopla? Magazines on Zinio? Or maybe there's a database you love. Let us know for a chance to win Your Weekend Read - a preview copy of a recently released book.

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Toddler Tales!
Today at Vandalia (11:00 AM)
Ages 18 months-2 years.   It's never too early to grow your child's lo…

Preschool Storytime
Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Today at Kettering (11:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program in English that uses rhymes,…

Toddler Storytime
Today at Wilmington (11:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Toddler Tales II
Today at Brookville (11:15 AM)
This early literacy program is geared toward very young children and their paren…

Babies + Books
Today at Northmont (11:30 AM)
Parents or caregivers, bring your little ones for stories, songs, nursery rhymes…

Giant Word Winder
Today at New Lebanon (12:30 PM)
Do you like to play word games?  Come try out our Giant Word Winder.  …

Giant Word Find
Today at New Lebanon (12:30 PM)
It's a giant word find puzzle on the floor! Come to the New Lebanon Library and …

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

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…

Preschool Storytime
Today at Wilmington (1:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

Reading Buddies
Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Do you feel that your child needs a little more practice reading? Stop by the Re…

Word Basics
Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
This session introduces you to the basics of Microsoft Office Word.  We wil…

GaGa Ball!
Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
We have a GaGa Pit! Join us to play GaGa Ball, an easy, fun, fast moving, energe…

Teen Chaos: Armstrong Air + Space Museum
Today at W. Carrollton (3:00 PM)
It takes more than a love for space to become an astronaut.  You have to be…

Talk Tables
Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Teen Gaming
Today at Huber Heights (3:30 PM)
Come to the library for video games on the big screen, snacks, and your favorite…

Little Champs Five Senses Olympics
Today at East (3:30 PM)
There will be five activities (one for each sense) for each child and caregiver …

Video games + Football Ice cream Sandwiches at the Hoover Street Cafe
Today at Westwood (3:45 PM)
Teens its Ice Cream sandwiches and football fun!!! Create football Ice cream san…

T-Shirt Decorating
Today at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
You provide a pre-washed (no softener) white t-shirt (or pillow case) and we'll …

Teen Book Club
Today at Northmont (4:00 PM)
We're reading great stuff - something different every month! Come in a few …

Morning Story Time!
Tomorrow at Vandalia (10:00 AM)
Ages 3 - 8. Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities d…

Storytime
Tomorrow at Northmont (10:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

Toddler Storytime
Tomorrow at Kettering (10:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Tomorrow at Wilmington (10:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, pup…

Toddler Storytime
Tomorrow at Northwest (11:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Toddler Storytime
Tomorrow at Kettering (11:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Preschool Storytime
Tomorrow at Wilmington (11:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

Babies & Books
Tomorrow at Northmont (11:30 AM)
Parents or caregivers, bring your little ones for stories, songs, nursery rhymes…

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

           

Collection Development Policy

Introduction

"The Dayton Metro Library connects our community to the broadest range of information and thought. We are the marketplace of the mind." (From the Library's Mission Statement, Appendix A)

To meet this service responsibility, the Board establishes a Collection Development Policy. This document defines a policy to guide library staff in the selection of materials. It also serves as a means to inform the public of the philosophy of selection and establishes a framework for continuous collection evaluation and improvement.

In addition to the Main Library, the Dayton Metro Library is served by twenty branch locations as part of an integrated system. The library system is a unified collection with an integrated computer catalog which allows a patron to see what is in the entire collection by checking the PAC (public access catalog) at any library. One library card can be used at all locations to borrow materials. Materials borrowed from one library branch can be returned to another, and library materials from any location may be delivered to another branch that is the most convenient for a patron to use.

The Board of Library Trustees and staff cooperate and communicate with other libraries in the area as well as community agencies, groups, and organizations with purposes and activities related to library objectives.

This document outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Board and staff in making decisions about library collections. It also examines the demographic and cultural context by which materials are added to the collection. The general philosophical basis for selection and support for the protection of intellectual freedom are included with specific guidelines for the purchase of various types of material for a diverse clientele.

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