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Today at Wilmington (11:30 AM)
Foster an early love of art with storytime at Rosewood Gallery!  A libraria…


Today at Vandalia (12:30 PM)
                Join us for stories, son…


Today at Wilmington (12:30 PM)
Learn about Astronomy with other 4th through 8th grade students.  We'll mee…


Today at Trotwood (1:00 PM)
Struggling to  get acclimated with your Android phone· Whether you'r…


Today at Main (2:00 PM)
This session introduces you to the basics of the modern version of Microsoft Off…


Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) will offer a free one hour NARCAN tr…


Today at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Don't know your Facebook from your date book· Does Twitter have you all-a…


Today at Madden Hills (2:00 PM)
Got homework· Friendly Homework Helpers can guide you in the right direct…


Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Got homework· Friendly Homework Helpers can guide you in the right direct…


Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come during this special time set aside for ages 9-12, and play the Wii U with y…


Today at Trotwood (3:00 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available t…


Today at Burkhardt (3:30 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available t…


Today at Electra Doren (3:30 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Today at Trotwood (4:00 PM)
Publish your own story or create a one-of-a-kind journal with our thermal book-b…


Today at Westwood (4:00 PM)
Fun facts, games and snacks-it's all about the popped corn.…


Today at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Attention, building enthusiasts: Bring the whole family to the Library for an ep…


Today at New Lebanon (4:00 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Today at Miamisburg (4:30 PM)
Talk about books you choose and enjoy snacks, with a game, craft, or activity ea…


Today at Northmont (4:30 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Today at Northwest (5:00 PM)


Today at Madden Hills (5:30 PM)
This class will cover the fundamentals of the computer and operating system.&nb…


Today at Main (5:30 PM)
An award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musica…


Today at Northwest (6:00 PM)
Come enjoy an activity that is some part art, and some part making.  Exampl…


Today at Huber Heights (6:00 PM)
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for families of …


Today at New Lebanon (6:00 PM)
Designed to allow more time for practice, Tech Time is your opportunity to get a…


Today at Vandalia (6:30 PM)
Learn the basics of email: how to set up an account, how to send, how to attach …


Today at Miami Twp. (6:30 PM)
Read,  Eat,  And  Discuss a great book with the book discussion g…


Today at Electra Doren (6:30 PM)
Need more practice after your class or need additional help· Lab sessions…


Today at Brookville (7:00 PM)
Light is your medium and you are the artist. Create pictures and fountains of li…


Today at Miami Twp. (7:00 PM)
Blanket forts are great fun in the winter! And they are even better when you rea…

           

Tiny Lights in the Night Garden

The magic of fireflies enchants us all. Teach your child that the lights they see on these insects are not fire, but “bioluminescence.”  Fireflies create their light by combining chemicals in their bodies.  Sadly, due to habitat loss, light pollution and pesticide use, their numbers are dwindling.   To attract more to your backyard for close observation follow these tips:

  • Skip garden chemicals, they kill indiscriminately
  • Provide a variety of shrubs, high grass and low plants to shelter theme during the day
  • Plant a variety of flowers to supply pollen and nectar to feed on
  • Reduce outdoor lighting as it discourages and confuses
  • Putting fireflies in jars will also reduce their numbers

Listening and reading comprehension improves when children relate their experiences to text.  Read these books and ask your child to talk about their own observations and thoughts about fireflies.  Together you might generate some questions about these insects to do further research.  Are they actually flies?  Is their light warm like a light bulb?  Where do they go during the daylight?

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