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This means our Interlibrary Loan service will be unavailable until July 13th.

If you need to return an ILL book, please do so at one of our branches.

We apologize for the inconvenience!

Every entrepreneur faces the challenge of raising capital for a new business idea. With so many options out there, from angel investors to venture capitalists to crowdfunding, there must be an easier way to determine what is the best option during what phase of development. Anthony Zeoli & Kiran Lingam of Crowdfund Insider recently pulled together the attached article with an infograph which clearly shows the types of capital available and when a business owner should seek that type of support as their business grows and changes.

Read more here.

3D printing is available for Library cardholders at select Dayton Metro Library locations at a price of $0.10 per gram of material used, rounded up to the nearest gram.

  • Printing is available on a first come, first served basis and is done by Library staff. Priority printing is given to Library programs and events.
  • Persons wanting to print should bring their file on a usb flash drive to the Library during open hours. Staff will add the model to the printing queue.
  • File must be submitted in .STL format.
  • Object must be smaller than 10" x 10" x 10"
  • Due to the popularity of the printer, we can only print items that require less than 6 hours printing time.
  • Only one print request at a time will be accepted. (Print job must be picked up before submitting another print request.)
  • Patrons will be notified by email or phone when print job is finished. All files will be deleted at that time. The Library recognizes that an original design is the property of the designer and designs will not be duplicated for others.
  • Items printed from Library 3D printers that are not picked up within 7 days will become property of the Library. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them.

The Library's 3D printers may be used for lawful purposes only. The public will not be permitted to use the Library's 3D printers to create material that is:

    • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
    • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
    • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.
    • In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
  • The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

The following Library locations have 3D printers, as of June, 2015:
Ft. McKinley (Dayton), Huber Heights, Miamisburg, Vandalia and Wilmington-Stroop (Kettering)

3D Printing Use Form (PDF)



Activities that build the early language and literacy skills of babies and toddlers:
  1. Talk with a children's librarian about your child and get a recommendation of a book just right for your little one.
  2. Attend a library program
  3. Read a book that matches with a recent experience your child has had (taking a bath, petting a dog, trip to the doctor etc.) Talk about the experience when you read the book
  4. Find an example of a real thing that looks like a book illustrator's picture and point out that they are the same....
  5. Check out some children's music from the library
  6. With your child, use a ruler or spoon to tap on various surfaces and materials to explore sounds
  7. Find a new bouncing rhyme and use it everyday until you've learned it.
    Dickery, dickery, dare (bounce baby on knees)
    The pig flew up in the air (lift baby up)
    The man in brown soon brought him down
    Dickery, dickery dare! (bounce baby on knees)
  8. Read a book of nursery rhymes aloud. Even if your child doesn't understand the words, he or she will enjoy the rhythm and sounds.
  9. You and your child shake a rattle or a jar of dried beans in rhythm to a song.
  10. Hide behind a chair, letting your child see part of you. Call out, "Where am I? Come and find me."
  11. Read a "Peek-a-boo" book. Ask your children's librarian to help you find a good one for your child.
  12. Take a picture of your child "reading" a book and look at it together and talk about it.
  13. Read a familiar book aloud using the silliest voices you can
  14. Talk about what you are doing. "I'm going to put you down." "I'm going to change your diaper." "I'm going to give you a kiss."
  15. Check out the library's enewsletters, there's one called Babies and Books that features board books:
  16. Sing a book to your child. Lots of children's books are actually songs.
  17. Place your child in a cardboard box or laundry basket and prop her up with a small pillow. Gently push her around the room. Talk about where you are going. Make car sounds as you go.
  18. Read a book about vehicles and the sounds they make.
  19. Bring a blanket outside and read books in the shade.
  20. Make a book about what your toddler does everyday
  21. Make talking a part of daily rituals. Play "goodnight, elbow" at bedtime. Tell your child, "I am going to say good night to your hair, your ears, your chin, your thumb, and so on." Touch each part as you say it.
  22. Read a book about body parts and point to the body part on yourself and your baby
  23. Point out words on signs at the park, in the grocery store, or when walking outside
  24. Read a newspaper, adult book or magazine aloud when your child is nearby
  25. Visit a fire station and read a book about fire fighters
  26. Visit a zoo, farm or animal rescue organization and then look at a book of animal photos together. Talk about your recent visit.
  27. Attend a library program. Take a picture of your child with the children's librarian and help him learn her/his name.
  28. Learn a new fingerplay to do with your child. The library has resources and this link has lots of ideas:
  29. Dance with your baby using scarves (or ribbons). Thrift shops often have cheap lightweight scarves that are perfect for this
  30. Borrow a CD of lullabies from the library
  31. When your child can sit up pull him or her around on a blanket or sheet and label the rooms and items you see
  32. Bang rhythmically on pots/boxes with your child and sing a song
  33. Read a book and make sound effects. Talk about the pictures in the book.
  34. Ask your child to point to objects illustrated in books. If he or she is too young, move their finger to the object yourself
  35. Gather a collection of things with holes: (berry basket, spoons with holes, large mesh bag, etc) and give your toddler a straw. Help him or her to discover the holes using the straw.
  36. Read a book with holes. Your children's librarian can help you find one.
  37. Make a book with pictures of the words your child knows. As new ones are added to his or her vocabulary, add new pictures to the book. Your child will enjoy looking through the book and saying the words.
  38. Crumple pieces of paper and let your toddler put them into an empty 2-liter bottle. This will build his or her finger skills needed for later writing
  39. Create a spot for a box or basket of board books that your child can easily access
  40. Get a book with pictures of everyday household objects and go on a scavenger hunt with your child looking for these objects in the house
  41. Join your child's play imitating his or her sounds and actions
  42. Bring a stuffed animal or doll along with you to a visit at the library and have the toy engage in library activities with you and your child. (read a book, choose a book from the shelf, check a book out, listen to a story)
  43. Read a book with different textures to feel
  44. Sing a song about your activity as you do it: "Walking down the sidewalk, sidewalk, sidewalk, walking down the sidewalk on this sunny day"
  45. Set out several books and ask your child to choose one to read together
  46. Support your child to turn the pages of a book that you are sharing
  47. Read a rhyming book and bounce your child on your lap to the rhythm of the text
  48. Fill a washtub or big pot with clean rice and let him or her play in it
  49. Borrow an Old MacDonald book from the library
  50. Read a book with flaps or other movable parts
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