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Tomorrow at Northwest (12:00 AM)


Tomorrow at Kettering (10:00 AM)
Working with donated materials, we create quilts, wheelchair and walker bags, pe…


Tomorrow at W. Carrollton (10:00 AM)
This program is for kids who love to move and dance around!  We will dance …


Tomorrow at Huber Heights (10:00 AM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading…


Tomorrow at Northmont (11:00 AM)
Read to dogs from the Miami Pet Therapy Association.  …


Tomorrow at Huber Heights (11:00 AM)
Love LEGO· Join the club! Drop by the library and dream up a new LEGO cr…


Tomorrow at Vandalia (12:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


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


Tomorrow at Northwest (1:00 PM)
Join the Junior League of Dayton and partner organizations as they hos…


Tomorrow at Westwood (1:15 PM)
A puppet show, story, and snack.  Fun at Westwood.  …


Tomorrow at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Google Drive, formerly Google Docs, is a file storage and synchronization servic…


Tomorrow at W. Carrollton (3:00 PM)
Build your own DIY wood craft at the Library! This program is made possible by t…


Tomorrow at Northmont (3:00 PM)
Bring your own ereader to learn how to use the library's OverDrive program for e…


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


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


Tomorrow at Huber Heights (4:30 PM)
Test your Minecraft survival skills at the library! Please sign up for only one…


Tomorrow at Burkhardt (5:30 PM)
Enjoy this month's movie in the Burkhardt meeting room! Popcorn provided.…


Tomorrow at Brookville (6:00 PM)
Assemble and fuse Perler beads into amazing works of art. Make a keychain or zip…


Tomorrow at Vandalia (6:00 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading…


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


Tomorrow at Vandalia (6:30 PM)
Learn the art of painting with tape.  In this introductory class adults wil…


Tomorrow at Electra Doren (6:30 PM)
Hear about the seven day camel safari Allen Johnson and three of his grandchildr…


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


Tuesday at Northwest (12:00 AM)


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


Tuesday at East (10:00 AM)
Join us for quality family time with books, songs and activities for parents and…


Tuesday at Huber Heights (10:00 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…


Tuesday at Miamisburg (10:00 AM)
Parents and caregivers, bring your little ones to the library for stories, songs…


Tuesday at Kettering (10:30 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and STEM based learning activities designed to develo…


Tuesday at Trotwood (10:30 AM)
A special time just for toddlers to listen to stories and songs, socialize, buil…

           

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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