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Calling All Artists

Express yourself on the theme Our World! Create an original work of art in any media, and drop it off with a completed entry form at any Dayton Metro Library.

Entries accepted September 1 - 21

  • Enter one artwork only per person
  • 2 age groups: Grades 7-9 + 10-12
  • Amazon Gift Card Prizes awarded in each age category
  • 1st Place $75, 2nd Place $50, 3rd Place $25
  • One Best In Show Award - $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • Follow the submission process carefully from the Entry Form
  • Awards presented Tuesday, 10/1, 6:30 PM, Vandalia Branch Library

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Do You Love Drama?

If you're an aspiring playwright, this is your chance to shine! Write an 8-15 minute scene, and it could be staged at the Library!

Entries accepted October 1 - 31

  • 3 Age Groups: Grades 7-8, 9-10 + 11-12
  • One scene only per person
  • Must be original, not previously published or produced
  • 8 - 15 pages long (8-15 minutes)
  • Pages should be numbered; include a list of characters
  • No musicals or children’s plays
  • Follow the submission process carefully from the Entry Form
  • Winners will be announced at StoryCon: Teen Saturday, 11/16, at the Main Library Prizes awarded and readings staged on Saturday, 12/14, at the Main Library

Featured Teen Programs

Scenario-based training generates thoughtful discussion. Talk about what dating is like for today’s teens – from their perspective. Participants will become characters in different scenarios, make choices, and see different outcomes. Led by Karen McQueary, Artemis Center.

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You know the importance of using medications safely, but do you know how to turn down invitations to misuse? Do you have alternatives to cope with the demands of life? This program, presented by Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley, can help.

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What Career Fits You?

Career Cruising is a website that lets you identify which careers will be the best fit for you. Answer a series of questions on your skills and interests, and you'll learn more about career pathways and post-secondary educational opportunities. Log in to your personal account to build a portfolio, create a personalized four-year high school plan, save careers and schools of interest, create professional looking resumes, and learn about the costs and benefits of going to school and getting a job. It's a one-stop shop to reach your career and college goals.

This resource is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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