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The Vandalia branch is now closed. Attend a special preview party on Thursday 11/17 3:30-6:30pm before the new library opens regular hours on Friday 11/18. It's just next door to the old library!

The dropbox at the old library will remain open through 11/17.…
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Today at Wilmington (11:00 AM)
Come in costume to enjoy some not-so-spooky stories, puppet shows, and parade ar…

Today at Northmont (11:00 AM)
Parents and caregivers, bring your little ones to the library for stories, songs…

Today at Kettering (11:00 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…

Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…

Today at Huber Heights (1:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Just as important as the mouse, the keyboard is a vital part of most computers…

Today at Electra Doren (2:00 PM)
Stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develop the langua…

Today at Main (3:00 PM)
Second of our three part series, learn how to work with data within a Workbook. …

Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come in after school and play the Wii U with your friends!  A special time …

Today at Burkhardt (3:30 PM)
Create your own unique masterpiece with step-by-step instructions. No painting e…

Today at Kettering (3:30 PM)
Learn how Ohio Ghost Hunters investigates the paranormal! Team members will bri…

Today at Brookville (3:30 PM)
Create a self portrait that is as unique as you are using mixed media art. We wi…

Today at Madden Hills (3:30 PM)
· Computer & Mouse Basics· Internet & Email Basics·…

Today at Miami Twp. (3:30 PM)
Three Thursdays for three months, September, October, and November, teens will h…

Today at New Lebanon (4:00 PM)
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to join the fun at New Leb…

Today at Huber Heights (4:00 PM)
Come join this Cincinnati-based puppet troupe for a 30 minute variety show featu…

Today at Belmont (4:00 PM)
Place for teens to have fun while developing into people who will…

Today at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Come and game at the new Northwest library. Video games, card games, and board g…

Today at Westwood (4:00 PM)
Pick and play your favorite board game, cards or puzzle; make and take a craft; …

Today at Miamisburg (4:30 PM)
Our meeting room is reserved every Thursday as a place for teens to hangout.Tab…

Today at Northmont (5:30 PM)
Celebrate Halloween with stories, crafts, games and treats. This program is for …

Today at W. Carrollton (6:00 PM)
Have a monsterously good time at the library and the West Carrollton Civic Cente…

Today at Miamisburg (6:00 PM)
After taking Word Basics, or if you already have a working knowledge of Word Bas…

Today at Burkhardt (6:00 PM)
Join us for a 4 week series where you will design and make your own wearable wor…

Today at Trotwood (6:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

Today at Electra Doren (6:00 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available …

Today at Kettering (6:30 PM)
A local amateur ghost hunter will share photos of his investigations at local Da…

Today at Northmont (6:30 PM)
Easy ways to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the winter weather ahead. Pre…

Today at Northwest (6:30 PM)
As poets and artists, our creative narratives are continuously being redefined t…

Today at Wilmington (6:30 PM)
90 minutes of big screen throwdown!  Join us for cold soda, cool kids, and …


The Get Outside Book Club

photo bookclubThe Get Outside Book Club is a Dayton Metro Library and Five Rivers MetroParks program designed for pre-schoolers and their parents. The program takes place September 1 - October 31.

Read about it, talk about it and do it!
Get ready for some nature adventures right in your backyard! This special reading club for preschoolers includes stories that will kick-start imaginations and get you and your little one outside exploring and discovering. Participants can sign up anytime after August 23 and are asked to complete 6 books and 6 activities from the book club list.

Young children are naturally curious about their world. They want to know what things are, how they work, and what they can do with them. The Get Outside Book Club is designed to get you and your preschooler reading great books and then spending time together outside having fun and exploring nature.

Click to view the book club booklist! (PDF)

Programs are weather dependent.  Registration requested; walk-ins welcome. Register online at or call (937) 275-7275.

9/13 10:00 am
Salamanders! Salamanders!
Join Miss Jen for a story about a boy who discovers a salamander and learns about their magical connections with the forest.  After reading the story, we’ll join a naturalist and go on our own salamander expedition in search of the red-backed salamander and other creatures of the Paw Paw Forest.  Meet in the Paw Paw Shelter at Hills and Dales MetroPark. (Registration requested)

9/18 10:00 am
Leave it to Beavers!
Is that just a pile of sticks or is it something more? Join us for an adventure as we search with a MetroPark naturalist for signs of beavers. Learn about their exciting water habitat and share some great stories about beavers. Meet at Eastwood MetroPark - use the 1385 Harshman Road entrance and park in the last parking lot. (Registration requested)

 9/27 10:00 am
Tree-ific Tales!
Join Miss Dorri for a fun morning in the garden with some shady characters - trees!  We'll discover stories about trees and how they help us. Enjoy a puppet show and spend some time "meeting" a few trees that live in the shrub garden at the Arboretum with MetroParks volunteers.  Meet in the Edible Landscape Garden pavilion at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. (Registration requested)

10/3 10:30 am
Who lives in the Woods?
Join Miss Helen for some outdoor fun with stories about animals that live in the woods. We will play “I Spy”, make a craft, and search for animals. We’ll meet at Skeeter’s Garden at Wegerzyn MetroPark Children’s Discovery Garden. (Registration requested)

10/7 10:30 am
Friendly Farm Animals
Join Miss Melissa for a farm themed storytime at Possum Creek MetroPark. We will tell stories and sing songs about farm animals and then take a tour of the farm and meet the animals that live in Possum Creek with Miss Connie.  The address for the main entrance of Possum Creek is 4790 Frytown Rd.  Dayton, OH.  Follow the road until you come to a parking lot and look for the shelter to the right of the white restroom building.  You can also follow the signs for the farm. (Registration requested)

10/15 1:30 pm
Happy Harvest Helpers!
Miss Amanda will be visiting Carriage Hill MetroPark for a harvest themed storytime! She'll read some books about things that grow, we'll sing harvest songs, and help the staff at Carriage Hill with some fall chores. Don't miss the husking bee and country dance! Meet at the plaza behind the visitors' center at Carriage Hill MetroPark. (Registration requested)

10/23 10:30 am
Above or Belowground Homes?
Join Miss Sam as we explore animal homes both above and below the surface through stories. Following the stories, we’ll meet a Black Rat Snake and an Eastern Box Turtle and take an optional hike. Meet in the Nature Center at Germantown MetroPark. The Nature Center will open at 10:00 a.m. for self-guided exploration and stories will begin at 10:30 a.m. (Registration requested)

10/31    10:30 am
Wild about Ohio Bugs!
Join Mrs. Stringer for stories about amazing bugs and enjoy making a bug craft. Then go buggy for bugs with a Naturalist and see how many bugs can be found in the gardens and habitats at Wegerzyn MetroPark. Meet in the Children’s Discovery Garden. (Registration requested)

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