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Exhibits at YOUR Dayton Metro Library

View fascinating exhibits, meet talented artists-in-residence and experience interactive programs.

Miami Township Branch | 2718 Lyons Road


The DIG: Gem City Art Excavation
April 3 - 29, 2016

The DIG is a mail art exhibition celebrating the diversity and talents of the Dayton art community with works on canvas, paper, sculpture, textiles, fashion and ceramics. The artists all live or work within a 30-mile radius of Dayton.

Participating Artists: Jesy Anderson, Nicholaus Arnold, Wesley Berg, David Bignell, Bridgette Bogle, Arlene Branick, Jennifer Bristol, Clara Coleman, Amy Deal, John Dickinson, Rhonda Duncalf, Zachary Goetz, Shannon Grecula, Gretchen Durst Jacob, Darren Haper, Janis Johnnywilt, Maureen O’Keefe, Colleen Kelsey, David Kenworthy, Marysa Marderosian, Tracy McElfresh, Mychaelyn Michalec, Ben Morrison, Danielle DeWitt Naples, Heather Lea Reid, Ron Rollings, Kate Santucci, Francis Schanberger, Teri Schoch, Andrea Starsky, Peggy Steinberg, Sharon Stolzenberger, Barb Stork, Stephanie Tyson, Terry Welker, Joel Whitaker, Mary Beth Whitley. The DIG Art Exhibition was coordinated and curated by Colleen Kelsey of Kelsey Projects.

Related Programs:

Art Talk by Mychaelyn Michalec | Thursday, April 7 at 7 PM
Dayton Most Metro named Michalec one of Dayton’s top 10 visual artists in 2015, and her artwork will be on permanent display at the Miamisburg Branch Library as part of ReImagining Works.

How to Draw a Bunny Movie Night | Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 PM
A screening of the 2002 film illuminating the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson. Features interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, James Rosenquist and others.

Workshop: Make & Exhibit Your Own Mail Art Piece | Saturday, April 16 at 1 PM
Learn about mail art and make your own piece that will be displayed, then mailed at the conclusion of the exhibition. Art materials provided; bring an address where your piece will be mailed.
Workshop presented by Colleen Kelsey of Kelsey Projects.

Northwest Branch | 2410 Philadelphia Drive

northwestFunk Music Hall of Fame Exhibit
April 23 - December 31, 2016 |

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Dayton is home to an amazing number of chart topping musicians including The Ohio Players, Slave, Roger Troutman and the Human Body, Zapp, Heatwave, Lakeside, Faze-O, Shirley Murdock, Van Hunt, Dayton, Sun, The Majestics, Overnight Low, New Horizons, Aurra/Deja, and Junie Morrison, just to name a few! Besides well-known Funk stars, Ohio has produced other stellar performers including Vesta, The Isley Brothers, Bootsy Collins, The O’Jays, The Deele, Cab Calloway, House Guest, The Pacemakers, The Dazz Band and the incomparable Nancy Wilson.

Dayton Metro Library is pleased to announce our first long-term Opportunity Space Partner – The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center. Memorabilia from theFunkCenter’s growing collection will be on display through the end of 2016. Special programming will be offered and a docent will be on hand regularly to augment the changing displays with information and expertise.

Exhibits and programs are FREE. Exhibit hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday | 9:30 AM-8:30 PM
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday | 9:30 AM-6 PM
Sunday | 1-5 PM

Maker Kits

DML Maker Kits

videobox The Maker Movement has arrived at the Dayton Metro Library

Nine Makers Kits, containing all the tools and materials needed to experiment and create in many different subject areas, offer opportunities for hands-on creativity and experimentation for teens, tweens, children and adults.

Explore Circuits, Textiles, Photography & Stop Motion Animation, Kitchen Science, Computers, 3-D, Music, Lasers and Electronic Textiles & Papercraft with the Library's Maker Kits. All programs are FREE!

This animated video was made using Dayton Metro Library Stop Motion and Music Maker Kits. A shout out to DML staffers Christine Gaffney, animation, and Noelle Landis, music, for collaborating on this video. You can make your own video too when you attend one of our Maker Kit programs.

Find a Maker Kit program near you today!



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careerFeatured Homework Resource


Career Cruising is a website that lets you identify which careers will be the best fit for you. Answer a series of questions on your skills and interests, and you'll learn more about career pathways and post-secondary educational opportunities. Log in to your personal account to build a portfolio, create a personalized four-year high school plan, save careers and schools of interest, create professional looking resumes, and learn about the costs and benefits of going to school and getting a job. It's a one-stop shop to reach your career and college goals.

This resource is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Teen Fiction Contest Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who entered the Dayton Metro Library’s 2016 Teen Fiction Contest! More than 50 entries were received, and choosing the winners wasn’t an easy task. Special thanks to our judges Sharon Short, Michelle Bolanger and Meredith Doench for their time and thoughtful consideration of all the entries.

Congratulations to all the winners! Enjoy their stories.

Academic Search Premiere

This is the good stuff – reliable, scholarly resources in the world’s largest academic database! You’ll find full articles from more than 4,500 magazines, academic journals and other resources.


Here’s a user-friendly site with articles from magazines and scholarly journals, newspapers, websites, photographs, maps - even TV and radio transcripts. Includes the MLA and APA citations you need to back up your research.


Federal Depository


govdocsThe Dayton Metro Library (DML) has been a federal depository institution since 1909. The government information collection at the Dayton Metro Library offers a core collection and specialized government documents including the US Government Manual, Federal Register, CIA World Fact Book, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, census information, and more.   The Dayton Metro Library selects materials in both electronic and paper format.

Catalog of Government Publications

The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) is the finding tool for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government. The CGP contains descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides links to those that are available online.

Search the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

FDSYS – Federal Digital System

The Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

Search the Federal Digital System (FDsys)

 FDLP Basic Collection

What is the Federal Depository Library Program?

Please use the links below to access important United States Government Information.

Federal depository resources are available and usable for all library customers regardless of library affiliation, disability, age, residency, or other customer status.  Any member of the general public may use depository resources in all formats at a Federal depository library free of charge and without impediments.

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