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The bridge that marks the entrance to the new Main Library Children's Area is designed to look like the old Third Street Bridge. #tbt Main Library Fun Fact: The new Main Library has four times the public space of the previous building (120,000 square feet of public space; 224,000 square feet total).

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Summer Challenge
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Events (view all)


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


Today at Wilmington (11:00 AM)
 Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to …


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


Today at Northwest (12:30 PM)
Kids are invited to eat lunch at the library. Meal provided by Dayton Public Sch…


Today at Northmont (1:00 PM)
Kids join us for a fun game of BINGO. …


Today at Brookville (1:00 PM)
Come play life-sized board games, where you are the pieces! We'll play Clue and …


Today at Huber Heights (1:00 PM)
Dancer, choreographer and educator Beth Wright helps young children build confid…


Today at Wilmington (1:30 PM)
Build something that you can also eat. This program is an hour long, free build…


Today at Northwest (1:30 PM)
Each week we'll have a different way to use our creativity and make something. &…


Today at Trotwood (2:00 PM)
Join us on the library lawn for fun, games, and a frozen treat.…


Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Now that you have mastered the mouse and keyboard, let's learn the basics of how…


Today at Miamisburg (2:00 PM)
Build a fun filled Thursday afternoon with games, crafts, and more. Explore a ne…


Today at Miami Twp. (2:00 PM)


Today at Madden Hills (3:00 PM)
Join us for outdoor games and snacks! …


Today at Northmont (3:00 PM)
Bring your own ereader to learn how to use the library's OverDrive program for e…


Today at Brookville (3:00 PM)
Add to your décor with a throw pillow you've made yourself! We'll use our Text…


Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come during this special time set aside for ages 9-12, and play the Wii U with y…


Today at Kettering (3:30 PM)
Need to relax and relieve stress·   Join us for a coloring program f…


Today at New Lebanon (3:30 PM)
Join us as we let our geek flags fly in crafty ways!…


Today at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Meet with other creative people at the Creativity Cafe. We will showcase project…


Today at Miamisburg (4:00 PM)
  It's the last Hangout of Summer Challenge and anything could happen!…


Today at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Come play video games and board games. Snacks will be provided!…


Today at Huber Heights (4:30 PM)
Test your Minecraft survival skills at the library! Please sign up for only one…


Today at Northwest (6:00 PM)
If you are thinking about starting a new nonprofit organization, you'll have a l…


Today at Northmont (6:30 PM)
House historian Betsy Wilson delves into the architecture of D…


Today at Kettering (6:30 PM)
Feeling overwhelmed by the number of "educational" apps currently available&midd…


Today at Trotwood (6:30 PM)
Join us for quality family time with books, songs, and activities for parents an…


Today at Northwest (6:30 PM)
Spend time playing and chatting with Ms. Becky in the Story Corner.  We'll …


Today at Wilmington (6:30 PM)
Once a month teens gather for an hour and a half of mayhem and thumb-jockeying, …


Today at Brookville (7:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

           

Africa


Dayton has immigrants and refugees from many African countries escaping armed conflict.  Others come here through the U.S. Diversity Visa, and some come as college students.  The Dayton Metro Library welcomes all those who come to our communities seeking a better life.  The library intentionally purchases books that reflect the diversity of our communities and makes an effort to acquire books in languages other than English.

Children’s books can be helpful resources for supporting children who are developing a sense of their identity, as well as an understanding of those who are different.  There are 54 countries on the continent of Africa, home to more than 2,000 languages and four of the world's 10 fastest growing economies. One booklist could never encompass the rich of diversity coming from the African continent, but here is a start:

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