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Imagination Library

Your story begins here!

It’s a Summer of Reading, Learning & FUN

Dayton Metro Library is excited to host our annual summer reading program. This year, it’s a different kind of Summer Challenge with lots of new activities that count towards goals. You can check out digital and physical books (of course!), watch wonderful online performances, participate in virtual summer camps, complete electronic activities, or enjoy any school, parent or community organization’s recommended enrichment activities. All your fun this summer adds up, helping you earn imagination-themed prizes!

Who Can Participate? EVERYONE!

  • Children Birth - Grade 12: Can Participate + Earn Prizes
  • Adults + Parents: Log Your Reading to Encourage Your Children

 How do I get started?

Ways to Register and Keep Track:

  • Register and keep track online.
    Parents & Caregivers can register and easily manage online accounts for more than one child.

  • Or you can Register by calling 937.463.2665 and log with our printable paper tracker.

girl reading WHAT COUNTS?

Every Monday we’ll recommend new and different activities on this website. There will be week storytimes, booktalks, activities and challenges announced on our 2020 Summer Challenge Facebook Group. Click here to join.

  • Reading or being read to (including eBooks, eAudiobooks and eComics)
  • Watching educational programs and the Library’s virtual programs
  • Participating in online challenges
  • Volunteering, helping neighbors or doing chores
  • Completing suggested activities from DML or community organizations
  • Doing hands-on learning of any kind
  • Accomplishing Early Learning Activities (Kindergarten and Younger)
  • Be creative and have fun!

We have a Summer Full of Free Virtual Programming

Storytime, STEM, Challenges + More


JUNE 1st - AUGUST 1st

Don’t miss any of DML’s virtual family programs this summer! We have a full week of virutal video programs, book recommendations, learning activities and more that you can watch at your own pace. Not to mention our weekly challenges. How do you enjoy these? Join our Summer Challenge Facebook Group to interact and stay up to date with our weekly programs.

Weekly Schedules, Challenges and More



Career Adventures CampJUNE 15 - 19, Noon

For Middle Schoolers - Go behind the scenes and learn about all kinds of awesome careers available right here in the Miami Valley. Go behind the scenes in the fields of Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare and BioScience, Construction and Skilled Trades, Aerospace, Logistics and IT. Watch on DML's Facebook page.


Virtual Adventure and Reading Camp

Virtual AdventureJULY 13 - 17, 10:00am

For Grades K -3 - A high-energy week exploring local attractions with ThinkTV and PBS Kids. Do fun crafts and activities, sing, dance, play and read together, and get to know our special Camp Counselors. Watch on ThinkTV, ThinkTV's Facebook page and DML's Facebook page.

   at each Branch Library
All those who reach 3600 minutes will be entered in the GRAND PRIZE drawing at each Branch Library.
Ohio Advantage

Kindergarten + Younger

You could win a COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNT made possible through Ohio’s 529 College Advantage Plan

GRADES 1 - 12

Family 4-Pack of Tickets to KING'S ISLAND - valid through 2020, including Halloween, Christmas/New Year events.


Earn prizes* at 300, 900, 1800 and 2700 minutes. NEW THIS YEAR - choose the prize you prefer from the options available below. Everyone can choose a brand new book at the 900 and 2700 minute levels.

We will announce special curbside prize pick-up days, and we will make arrangements to mail prizes for those families who are unable to come to the Library (some restrictions apply).

*(Prize choices are available while supplies last.)

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