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Big Read Kickoff Event: A Hike on the “Wild” Side

Sunday, March 9, 2:00 p.m.
Dayton Metro Library Auditorium
215 E. Third Street, Dayton

Local hikers Brent and Amy Anslinger took a walk together on their honeymoon - a very long walk! The Anslingers spent five months hiking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, the same trail Cheryl Strayed hikes in this year’s Big Read book, Wild. At the Big Read Kickoff, the Anslingers will share their first-hand account of what it’s like to travel by foot 2,650 miles through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, from the arid desert of Southern California to the high mountain passes of the Sierra and into the breathtaking Cascade Range in Oregon and Washington.

If you enjoy a stroll in nature, a rugged hike in the mountains, or just hearing about them from the comfort of a chair, let the Anslingers spark your imagination and then read Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.

This program will also be presented on Monday, March 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Cox Arboretum MetroPark.

A Walk from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail

Monday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.
Cox Arboretum MetroPark
6733 N Springboro Pike, Dayton

A Walk from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail

Monday, March 17, 6:30 p.m.
Miami Township Branch Library
2718 Lyons Rd, Miamisburg

Hiking the Tri-State: Hidden Gems and Everyday Treasures (featuring author Tamara York)

Thursday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.
Preble County Library, Eaton Branch
301 N Barron St, Eaton

Big Read Hits the Trail

Saturday, April 12, 11am - 2pm
Hills & Dales MetroPark - Paw Paw Shelter
100 Deep Hollow Road, Kettering

The Big Read Discussion Locations and Dates

Day of the Week?

Where from Dayton?

Time of Day?


Cox Arboretum MetroPark

7:00 pm, P:277.4374
About - Map


Boston Stoker in Centerville

10:00 am, P:439.2400
At 6071 Far Hills Ave. & hosted by WCPL, Caitlin Wissler


Winters-Bellbrook Community Library

7:00 pm, P:352.4004
About - Map


Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

7:00 pm, P:229.4270
About - Map


University of Dayton

12:00 pm, P:277.4374
Held at the Outdoor Engagement Center, located at 437 Stonemill Road. - About


Xenia Community Library

6:30 pm, P:352.4000
About - Map


Yellow Springs Community Library

3:00 pm, P:352.4003
About - Map


Beavercreek Community Library

6:30 pm, P:352.4001
About - Map


Cedarville Community Library

6:00 pm, P:352-4006
About - Map


Dayton View Branch Library

7:00 pm, P:496.8926
About & Map


Miamisburg Branch Library

6:30 pm, P:496-8946
Joint book discussion between Miamisburg and Miami Township Branch Libraries.


Tipp City Public Library

7:00 pm, P:667-3826
About - Map


Books & Co. at The Greene

7:00 pm, P:429.2169
At 4453 Walnut St., Dayton. - About


2nd Street Market, Dayton

12:00 pm, P:277.4374
About - Map


Franklin Public Library

6:30 pm, P:746.2665
About - Map


Brookville Branch Library

6:30 pm, P:496.8922
About & Map


Brixx Ice Co. - Dayton

7:00 pm, P:463.2665
At 500 E. 1st St., Pub-Lit Book Discussion Group hosted by DML librarian, Kristen Allen-Vogel


Belmont Branch Library

7:00 pm, P:496.8920
About & Map


Huber Heights Branch Library

7:00 pm, P:496.8934
About & Map


Vandalia Branch Library

1:30 pm, P:496.8960
About & Map


New Lebanon Branch Library

7:00 pm, P:496.8948
About & Map


Rumbleseat Wine, Dayton

7:00 pm, P:435.3700
At 5853 Far Hills Ave., Uncorked Book Discussion Group hosted by WCPL, Caitlin Wissler


Books & Co. - The Greene

7:00 pm, P:429.2169
At 4453 Walnut St., Dayton - About


Starbucks, Oakwood

7:00 pm, P:429.2169
At 2424 Far Hills Ave., hosted by Wright Memorial Library


Sinclair Community College Library (Room 7L21)

2:00 pm, P:512.3006
About - Map


Northmont Branch Library

2:00 pm, P:496.8950
About & Map


Preble County District Library, Eaton Branch

6:30 pm, P:456.4331
About - Map


Trotwood Branch Library

6:30 pm, P:496.8958
About & Map


Sinclair Community College Library (Room 7L21)

1:00 pm, P:512.3006
About - Map
A Field Guide to Wild: Exploring the Intersection of Grief, Nature, & Ecology.


Fairborn Community Library

2:00 pm, P:352.4002
About - Map


Woodbourne Library

1:00 pm, P:435.3700
About - Map


Centerville Library

7:00 pm, P:433.8091
About - Map


Summer Reading Club Party

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Saturday, August 9, 2014, 1:00- 4:00 p.m., Cooper Park and Main Library, Downtown Dayton

Free Family Fun for Everyone
Rain or Shine!

Check Out These Special Events!

1:00 – 2:00 – Meet Curious George at the PBS Kids Island in the Children's Area
1:15 and 2:45 – Ms. Winnie as Cinderella in the Story Tent
1:30 – The History of Cooper Park with Local Historian Nancy Horlacher in Adult Tent
1:30 – 3:30 – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Animals Alive! Inside the Main Library
2:00 – Get Your Genealogy Going with Shawna Woodard in the Adult Tent
2:00 and 3:30 – Get Moving with Ms. Beth of Muse Machine in the Story Tent
2:00, 2:45, 3:15 – Zoot Theater Puppet Shows inside the Main Library
2:00 – 3:00 – Meet the Dayton Dragons' Heater and Gem, wandering
3:00 – Start Me Up – Grow Your Own Book Club, with Angela Jones and Kristen Allen in the Adult Tent
3:00 – 4:00 – Meet The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! at the PBS Kids Island in the Children's Area
3:30 – What's the Skinny on the New Main Library in the Adult Tent
3:45 – Summer Reading Club Prize Drawings in the Main Tent

What's Going On & Where!

Circular Drive (near the Library Drop-Off Window)

Kids Bookmobile - : Relax in the cool comfort , browse the latest books and join Ms. Kim for Storytime

Check out The Bat Mobile from Carl's Body Shop and pose for pictures with Batman and Robin

At the McKinley Monument in Cooper Park

Stop by the Information Station for everything you need to know for the day

Dejakru /KFH – Groove to the beat with freestyle break dancing

Say CHEESE! Photo Opportunities

C.R. (Curious Reader) Raccoon

Dayton Dragons Heater and Gem

Star Wars Characters

Yo-Yo Works – skillful yo-yo tricks and entertainment

Adult Tent – Southwest Side of Cooper Park

Adult programs – see schedule above

Book Swap – bring a book / take a book, perfect for all ages

Retro Tech – get up close and personal with technology from the 70s, 80s and 90s

Technology Petting Zoo – Designed especially for technology novices, try your hand at iPads and other popular technology tools

Welcome Dayton – Work with Dayton's newest citizens and learn to write in native languages

STEAM Area – West Side of Cooper Park

Family Engineering Games and Activities with Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School

Program Your Walkie Talkie with P&R Communications

Temporary Tattoos with Ohio Henna

Free Books from Project Read

Make Your Own Comic Art with Rosewood Arts Center

Get Outside and READ with Five Rivers MetroParks

Test your Strength with the U.S. Marines

Main Tent – North Side of Cooper Park along Second Street

Music with DJ Dan Edwards

Make Your Own Slime and more with Ohio Virtual Academy

Connect a Cable and giveaways with Time Warner Cable

STEM Labs – Look through microscopes and learn fun facts on the small scale

Special Prizes for Summer Readers

The Friends of the Dayton Metro Library

Face Painting

Children's Area – East Side of Cooper Park near swing set

Construction Zone – Dig and build in the sandbox

PBS Kids Island – Hands on activities and prizes with visits from Curious George and The Cat in the Hat

Coloring activities and eye health with Prevent Blindness Ohio

Adorable puppies from Humane Society

Life-sized Chess Game

Story Tent – East Side of Cooper Park

Dayton Metro Library's Ms. Winnie as Cinderella

Muse Machine Sing and Dance Along with Ms. Beth

Family Activity Area – East Side of Cooper Park

Bike Safety and giveaways with Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission -

Sun Safety and games with EarthFare

Get Up Montgomery County – Join the two bite club, read books and participate in games

Blender Bike - Peddle your way to a Blender of Smoothies

Corn Hole, Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Bubbles, Sidewalk Chalk and more

Street Performers will add a special element to the day - Juggling, Poi, Stilt walkers and
Hula Hoop

Inside the Main Library

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery – Animals Alive!

Zoot Theatre Company, Puppet Shows

Balloon Artist, Sculpture and Entertainment

Food and Beverages for Purchase on St. Clair Street

Big Ed's Food Truck

Kona Snow Cone

El Meson Food Truck

Take Back the Tap - City of Dayton, Division of Water FREE

Events and Vendors are subject to change.


Presented By:
Connect a Million Minds
Dayton Metro Library

Sponsored By:
George B. Quatman Foundation
Friends of Dayton Metro Library
Ohio Virtual Academy
Think TV
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