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The MIDDLE GROUND
Helping You Help Your Students

Whether you’re a teacher, school librarian, or administrator, our dedicated Teen Specialists are here with helpful, actionable information about the many FREE Library resources available to you and your students. Helping kids, and helping those who help kids, is at the heart of what drives us. The Middle Ground offers access, tips, and materials—both online and off—designed specifically for you and your students, so you can learn, share, and grow together.
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Let us support your book club! From simply reserving books students can check out themselves, to setting up and running the entire club, we can do what it takes. Already have a club? Our Book Club Kits come complete with 15 copies of the same book, plus questions to kick-start discussion – all bundled in a handy tote that can be checked out for 6 weeks at a time.
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Are your students working on a big assignment, project or research paper? We’ve got your back! Give us a heads-up with an Assignment Alert, and we’ll gather resources and provide suggestions related to the topic. Just fill out an easy online form or email your Teen Specialist, then we’ll:

  • Email a list of resources you can share with your students
  • Prepare suggestions and offer one-on-one guidance in the Library
  • Bring materials right to your classroom
  • We’ll pull and reserve specific books from across our entire system to bring to your neighborhood Branch

Submit an Alert!

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We believe that teachers deserve special privileges because, well, you’re special! A Dayton Metro Library Teacher Card lets you keep your personal card personal, and also lets you check out MORE than typical patrons and for , for LONGER… up to 6 weeks! Books, audiobooks, all kinds of materials for your classroom.

Get a Card at YOUR Library

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All students should have the access they need to keep learning. If you have students who can’t get to the Library, are having trouble getting a parent signature for a Library Card, or their own card is inactivated due to overdue fines, e-Cards and Student Cards offer solutions. Parent signatures are not required.

E-Cards

  • Sign up online for INSTANT, unlimited access to all DML digital collections and online resources
  • No printed forms, no need to go to the Library
  • Access from anywhere, 24/7
  • No overdue fines – when the loan period ends, the content disappears
  • Allows access to in-Library computers

Student Cards - Same deal as the E-Cards...

  • PLUS, check out up to three print items (books or magazines) from the Library
  • No parent signature required

Register Online Today!

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It can be challenging to help students discern good information from bad online. For homework help, research projects or special assignments, DML connects you and your students to a world of credible information, 24/7, from anywhere – with just a Library Card number and PIN. There are more than 50 reliable online resources at DaytonMetroLibrary.org. Here are some of the best:


See all of our Databases!

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Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more through a web browser, smart phone or tablet. Plus, get unlimited access to DML’s amazing online research tools wherever you have an internet connection. Our collections are always there when you need them – even at 3 a.m.!

  • Overdrive – eBooks, eAudiobooks, eZines
        - 20 Item Checkout
  • Hoopla – movies, music, eBooks and more
        - 20 Item Checkout
  • Zinio – Magazines
        - Unlimited checkout
  • Over 50 digital research databases
        - Unlimited access

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Looking for materials to compliment the curriculum or enhance your lesson plans? Let us save you time and effort by putting together a custom Teacher Collection for you! From gathering books on a particular subject, providing multiple copies of a single title, to compiling an annotated list of age-appropriate websites to share with your class, we can do it all. We’re here to research, collect and deliver. Your Teen Specialist or Children’s Librarian can help with special requests.

Request a Collection

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Career Cruising gives educators a powerful tool to help students think about their future. This exploration and planning software can help middle and high schoolers see the connection between their schoolwork and real life. Intuitive and accessible – students can explore their interests and match them with career possibilities, creating an online portfolio they can access anytime. It’s a one-stop shop for planning life after high school!

Try Career Cruising

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