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Summer Challenge

It's a SUPER SUMMER for children, teens and adults at the Dayton Metro Library! Join us for 10 weeks of activities, literature, art, hands-on learning and fun for everyone in the family. Experience, learn and explore at your Library this summer, where EVERYONE'S A HERO!

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Birth to 3 Years

Our suggested activities are a fun and easy way to develop your child's early literacy and learning skills while sharing quality time together. Sign up at your Branch Library.
Preschool-Grade 6

School-age kids will be so busy having fun and earning incentives with activities, experiments and projects, they won't realize they're building their brain power too! Sign up at your Branch Library.
Grades 7 to 12

Teens and tweens will unmask their own skills and talents with creative, hands-on maker projects, crafts and activities, while earning incentives too. Register at your Branch Library or online.
Adults Age 18+

Experience something new at your Library! Find a new hobby, explore an interest and discover great books, movies and music. Register at your Branch Library or online.

ReImagining - Vandalia


glassAurora Red Ikebana with Bright Yellow Stems, Dale Chihuly (b. 1941), American, 2001, Blown glass. Artist Dale Chihuly was one of the original members of the Studio Glass Movement that moved glass-making from the factory setting to the studio. Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art form of flower arrangement. This piece is made from three separate pieces: one vase and two flowers.

Rationale for inclusion: Like the new library, this piece combines traditional usage and forms with new and exciting ideas, colors and outcomes.

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 rubensStudy of Heads of an Old Man, Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1641), Flemish, c. 1612, Oil on oak panel. Peter Paul Rubens' use of sensuous color and bold movement have made him one of the most definitive artists of the Baroque era. Study Heads of an Old Man was probably created in anticipation of a larger work, Christ and the Adulterous Woman, but when the museum received the painting it
showed only one face. A dealer had probably painted out the second face some time ago in order to sell the work as a portrait, rather than a study.


Rationale for inclusion: The fascinating story of this painting's surprise second face would make a great novel!

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Automatic Renewals


Items you have checked out from the Library will automatically be renewed up to five times. This means you don't have to access your account or call the Library when you want to renew. It also means you won't have overdue fines when you forget or don't have time to renew the items yourself.

Two days prior to the due date, your items will automatically be renewed if no one else has requested them. If we have your email address, you'll get a message letting you know which items are due in two days, and which have been renewed, along with a list of any other materials you currently have checked out.

Most items can be renewed up to five times if there are no outstanding requests. Some items, including Fast Reads and Check Me Out, do not allow five renewals. Materials checked out on classroom cards do not have automatic renewal.

ReImagining - Kettering Moraine




Large Chest, Japanese, (Edo period), 18th century, Lacquer on wood with gilt, pigments and metal fittings. This large lacquered chest is a fascinating and unique work of art, but not for the reasons you might think. Research shows that the arrangement of the seals, or mons, don't match up with history... this chest was produced as export ware for foreigners unfamiliar with samurai culture in Edo period Japan.

Rationale for inclusion: This object speaks to the long-held tradition of imagery and symbols moving from one purpose to another in creating artworks.

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Celebration, Christopher Ries (b. 1952), American, 1998 Cut and polished optical glass. From afar, this crystal-shaped form appears a mere sliver of material at times, or takes the shape of a cornucopia. As one circles the object, the multiple facets cut into the exterior refract light and create bending, pulsing patterns. Ries works within a factory setting,  utilizing manufactured material to accomplish great artistry.

Rationale for inclusion: Referencing the community's innovative manufacturing past and future, this piece speaks to the expansiveness of mind that combines technical skill and artistry.

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Passport to Kindergarten


passportlogoPassport to Kindergarten is an exciting local project managed by ReadySet Soar and funded in part by the Grow Up Great Foundation of PNC Bank.  Now in its fifth year, Passport to Kindergarten is aimed at improving the language and literacy skills of preschool children.  In collaboration with the Dayton Art Institute and The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, The Dayton Metro Library plays a key role by providing its Early Literacy Specialist to deliver year long training and support to teachers and parents to change how they read aloud to their children.  “How we read aloud to children is just as important as doing the reading itself,” said Moore.

A key component of Passport to Kindergarten is engaging parents to read aloud at home and talk about the stories and ideas their children have.  Teachers receive a large collection of high quality children’s literature for families to borrow.  These are books that children want to hear over and over again.  Teachers often use them in their dialogic reading sessions, whetting the appetite of the children to have their caregivers at home reread them.  Families also receive books to keep in their home collections.   Parents are taught and encouraged to use  AWEsome Moments when reading aloud to a child: The reader Asks questions, Waits for a response, and then Expands on what the child says. Listening to what children say and thoughtfully replying with new vocabulary words or concepts builds the skills essential for school success.  

A cohort of teachers studies Dialogic Reading for a year, and implement the practice in their classrooms.  Dialogic reading provides the techniques teachers of young children need to ensure that the children are learning to communicate their thoughts, explain their reasoning and use their own experiences to comprehend text.   Teachers are required to plan and ask questions that require children to use inference, create their own solutions, and express their opinions.  The discussions that ensue encourage the children to “go deeper than just skimming the surface”.  Children participate in retelling the stories they hear and increase their sense of themselves as successful readers and learners.

Another component of the Passport project is family events at the different community agencies.  The whole family is invited to attend special events at the Art Institute, the Boonshoft and the Dayton Metro Library.  Methods for talking with children to build their language skills are modeled and everyone has a good time.  These experience contribute to the “background knowledge” children need to be successful comprehending what they read.  

Teaching quality is assessed in the fall and spring using Teachstone’s Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).  Passport to Kindergarten used this evaluation tool for the first time last year and the results indicated that the teachers improved their practices significantly over one year.

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