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Dayton Metro Library's Get Outside Book Club Encourages Early Literacy and Outdoor Activity

The Dayton Metro Library and Five Rivers MetroParks are collaborating this fall on a nature-themed reading program for preschoolers and their parents.

The Get Outside Book Club is designed to support parents as they help their preschool children develop strong minds, strong bodies and enjoy nature. With a "Read About It, Talk About It, Do It" concept, families share a nature-themed story and then head outside for a related adventure. After completing six stories and six adventures, children collect a prize at their Library.

"It's a natural partnership between the Library and parks," said Dorri Hegyi, Children's Librarian at the Miamisburg Branch Library and coordinator of the program. "This is now the 6th year we've done the Book Club and it grows each year to incorporate more programs, more parks and more prizes."

The Get Outside Book Club runs September 1 through October 31. Activity journals to log books and adventures are available at area parks and Libraries.

Get Outside Book Club Programs - FREE! Please register in advance at www.metroparks.org or call 275-7275.

Get Outside Book Club Library Programs

Night Time Exploration!
September 5, 8 p.m.

Encounter the mysteries of the night at Hills and Dales MetroPark! Meet at the Paw Paw shelter for stories and songs, then walk with a Metropark Naturalist to see the changes that happen as dusk falls and look for owls along the way. Fun for the whole family!
Focus on Owls
September 9, 1:30 p.m.

Are animals at all like us? Do they need homes too? Come see some special wild animal guests and hear their stories during this hour long presentation by Five Rivers MetroParks staff at the Kettering-Moraine Library. Families are welcome. No registration required.
Leave It To Beavers!
September 10, 10 a.m.

Come to a special outdoor storytime at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Learn all about beavers: read stories and talk about how beavers use their teeth and tails in the wild. Then, take a walk to look for signs of beavers!
Hidden Nature
September 16, 10 a.m.

Sometimes it is a challenge to feel close to nature in the city. We will explore stories and tips to connect with our urban settings. Nature may be closer than you think. Meet at Riverscape MetroPark near the big canopy.
Pondology
September 25, 1 p.m.

Meet at Taylorsville MetroPark at the Hilltop Shelter to learn all about Pond Life with stories and crafts. Then explore the pond with Five Rivers MetroPark Naturalist to see what you can find!
Meet Animals from Five Rivers MetroParks
September 30, 7 p.m.

Are animals at all like us? Do they need homes too? Come see some special wild animal guests and hear their stories during this hour long presentation by Five Rivers MetroParks staff at the Vandalia Library. Families are welcome. No registration required.
Nature Play & Fort Building
October 1, 2 p.m.

Come visit the Englewood MetroPark and listen to stories in the shelters, animals and walks. Meet in Patty’s shelter.
Camp-Out
October, 10 7 p.m.

Come to Sugarcreek MetroPark and explore camping through stories and learn camping tips from a MetroPark Naturalist.
Bald Eagles
October 13, 4 p.m.

Join us at Eastwood MetroPark for a special storytime all about bald eagles. We will learn about our feathered friends and MetroPark Naturalists will tell us all about birds and their habitats.
Meet Animals from Five Rivers MetroParks
October 21, 4 p.m.

Are animals at all like us? Do they need homes too? Come see some special wild animal guests and hear their stories during this hour long presentation by Five Rivers MetroParks staff at the Huber Heights Library. No registration required.
Leaves
October 24, 10 a.m.

Meet in the Edible Garden at Cox Arboretum MetroPark for a leafy good time. We will share stories all about leaves and then we will go on a leaf hunt lead by MetroPark Naturalists and volunteers.

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