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Trace Your Roots

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This original, interactive exhibit celebrates Dayton’s rich cultural diversity and invites visitors to connect with their own immigration story.

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About this Exhibit

In the fall of 2018, Dayton Metro Library enhanced its services to immigrants, international students, and other non-native English speakers. Dedicated NEW AMERICANS space in the Main Library, along with updated information packets at all Branch locations, allowed the Library to provide valuable resources, tools and referrals to individuals and organizations that work directly with New Americans in the community.

The exhibit is self-guided. Visitors can view at their own pace, in any order, the different interactive stations:

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Two Billion Miles

How would you say goodbye to your homeland if you wanted (or were forced) to leave?

Navigate through a series of choices, and be prepared for a long, hard journey. Read about various elements of the journey through an interactive touch screen display.

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Ethnic Dining Guide

A Guide to Ethnic Dining, Markets & Food Trucks was created as a companion piece to the Trace Your Roots exhibit, for anyone wanting to explore the many ethnic and independent eateries in the area.

Trace Your Roots was the impetus for Welcome Dayton, Ethnosh Dayton, and the Collaboratory to work together to create a comprehensive ethnic dining guide for the region.

The guide includes maps to locate all of the listed restaurants and markets, which are arranged by geographic region:

  • African & Caribbean
  • Asian: East & Southeast
  • Asian: South
  • European
  • Latin & South America
  • Mediterranean & Middle Eastern

Let your taste buds sample the world without ever leaving Montgomery County.

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World Languages

Experiment with language translation technology. Use a camera to hover over words and watch as they are translated instantly into the language you choose. Discover the popular, online language learning programs available free on our website with Mango Language or Transparent.

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Global Music

A sound board allows you to choose the sounds of digital “instruments” from around the world. Blend the sounds together to create your own melody. A filter, mixer and effects section allows you to alter the music you create.

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Civics Challenge

How much do you know about U.S. government, history, and civics?

Take a Practice Citizenship Test used by aspiring U.S. citizens who are preparing for their naturalization interviews.

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Come, Explore!

This original, interactive exhibit celebrates Dayton’s rich cultural diversity and invites visitors to connect with their own immigration story.

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Library Resources

Additional Information in the Trace Your Roots exhibit includes:

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Trace Your Roots was made possible by a grant from The Dayton Foundation.

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