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Pickup a Take and Make Kit at Your Branch Library


Pick up free, fun activities at your Library and do them at home! Everything you need comes in a special Take & Make box, including instructions and supplies (or a list of supplies you’re likely to have on hand).

PLUS, we’ll suggest some great virtual programs so you can learn more about the different themes from our partners:

APRIL: NATURE presented by Five Rivers MetroParks
MAY: WATER presented by UD’s River Institute
JUNE: OWLS presented by the Glen Helen Raptor Center

Different activities are offered for Families (young children will need assistance), Grades 1-6 (minimal assistance needed), and Teens (independent).

Time spent on Take & Make Activities can be counted in the Summer Challenge!

NOTE: Check back for details as to when you can visit your nearest Branch Library to pick up a Take & Make Kit!

ACTIVITIES from
Five Rivers MetroParks
+ Your Library

Get in touch with nature - even in your own backyard! All activities are FREE. Please register in advance; registered participants will be emailed details on how to join each event. Register by following the links below, or by calling the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.

Virtual Community Campfire

Tuesday, April 27
8 - 8:25 pm - Family
8:30 - 8:55 pm - Grades 1-6

Listen to the crackling of the campfire and the chirps of the frogs as you join Five Rivers MetroParks and other families around a virtual campfire for a fun filled evening! We’ll debunk common nature myths, share campfire stories, and discuss how your family can either create or enhance your very own backyard habitat using the resources included in the Dayton Metro Library Take & Make Kit. Before you know it, your family will be ready to host their very own campfire gathering in your new backyard habitat!

Amazing Amphibians

Wednesday, April 28
8-8:25 pm - Grades 1-6
8:30-8:55 pm - Teen

Many amazing creatures call ponds home, including amphibians. Join Five Rivers MetroParks and other families as we virtually explore these amazing creatures. Some of our local amphibians will join us as special guests! Like all animals, amphibians have specific needs from the food that they eat to the quality of the water they swim in. You can encourage a variety of different animals, not just amphibians, to visit your backyard by making even small changes to help meet some of their needs.

Family Storytime

Wednesday, April 28
4-4:15 pm - Family

This Family Storytime features nature-themed stories, songs and rhymes. It’s a great option for families with young children for whom the 8 pm campfire program is too late in the evening.



ACTIVITIES from the
University of Dayton River Institute
+ Your Library

Learn about water and the importance of clean, healthy rivers. All activities are FREE. Please register in advance; registered participants will be emailed on how to join each event. Register by following the links below, or by calling the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.

Virtual RiverMobile Tour

Tuesday, May 25
6-6:30 pm - Grades 1-6

Get a virtual tour of this 53-foot tractor-trailer that delivers an experiential exploration of our region’s watershed, history, aquifer, rivers, and our global responsibility, all in one place!

Family Storytime

Wednesday, May 26
4-4:15 pm - Family

This Family Storytime features a special book called Into the River, a colorful, original picture book created by the UD River Stewards! This book takes you on an adventure through the Great Miami River.

Watercolor Resist Virtual Class

Wednesday, May 26
7-8 pm - Teens

Instructor Renee Hopson teaches you how to create a watercolor resist - the process of wax repelling water - while also teaching basic watercolor techniques like washes, blending and layering. Create abstract patterns, underwater scenes, or a painting with a message. You’ll need a basic water color set, a few crayons, and some watercolor paper, which you can get FREE in a Take & Make Kit from your Library!

ACTIVITIES from the
Glen Helen Raptor Center
+ Your Library

Learn about Ohio’s owls from the experts, and get a close up look and them, virtually! All activities are FREE. Please register in advance; registered participants will be emailed details on how to join each event. Register by following the links below, or by calling the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.

Owl Babies

Tuesday, June 29
2 - 2:30 pm - Family, PreK

Whoooo is that owl? Meet a live owl from the Glen Helen Raptor Center, and listen to a story about owls you may find in your very own backyard during this fun-filled storytime program.

Only Owls

Tuesday, June 29
6-6:30 pm - Grades 1-6

What is that bird hooting in the night? Meet three native Ohio owls from the Glen Helen Raptor Center and discover the unique adaptations that make them masters of the night.

Hunters of the Sky

Tuesday, June 29
7 - 7:30 pm - Teens

Have you ever looked up to the sky and wondered what birds were zooming overhead? In this program, learn about three types of Ohio native raptors, and meet some live educational bird ambassadors from the Glen Helen Raptor Center up close.

Dayton Metro Library Take and Make Kits are kindly sponsored by College Advantage and The Dayton Metro Library Foundation.

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