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Winter 2022 Magazine
DML Careers

Read, Learn, Help!

Dayton Metro Library is excited to host our annual summer reading program. This year, it’s a different kind of Summer Challenge with lots of new activities that count towards goals. You can check out digital and physical books (of course!), watch wonderful online performances, participate in virtual summer camps, complete electronic activities, or enjoy any school, parent or community organization’s recommended enrichment activities. All your fun this summer adds up, helping you earn fun prizes!

Who Can Participate? EVERYONE!

Prizes awarded by age group:
  • Birth - Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 - 6
  • Grades 7 - 12

Ways to Register and Keep Track:

  • Register and keep track online.
    Parents & Caregivers can register and easily manage online accounts for more than one child.

  • Or you can Register by calling 937.463.2665 and log with our paper tracker from Your Library.

  • Don't forget to REGISTER for the grand prize drawing! Your child could win a $2,529 College Savings Award from CollegeAdvantage!

What Activities Count?

Reading, learning, and helping are part of your daily activities. Keep track of the time you spend doing them, and they’ll all add up to awesome prizes in the Dayton Metro Library’s Summer Challenge!

For Early Learners Birth - Kindergarten

  • READ all kinds of things!


  • LEARN something new every day!

    library activities
    camp experiences
    church programs
    online learning
    educational TV
    school programs

  • HELP your family, neighbors, or community!

    volunteer work
    helping your family
    picking up trash
    helping a neighbor
    youth group activities


In JUNE - WAVE on Wheels:

Aquarium to YOU

As a special treat for Summer Challenge this year, the Newport Aquarium Animals are returning to DML! Get up close and personal with sting rays, sharks, and unique tidal pool creatures! The WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium’s WAVE on Wheels: Aquarium to YOU! programs will only be at multiple Branches in June. Register is required.

Free Each Month - Pickup at Your Branch


Take and Make Activities

Pick up free, fun activities at your Library and do them at home! We’ll provide instructions and supplies, or a list of supplies you’re likely to have on hand. Plus, we’ll connect you to some great virtual programs so you can learn more about nature, animals, and science concepts. Different activities will be offered for Families (young children needing assistance), Grades 1-6 (minimal assistance), or Teens (independent). The time you spend on them counts in the Summer Challenge!

Learn more and watch Take & Make Virtual Programs here.

Pop-Up Programs

Pop-In for a POP-UP

It could be a craft activity, a storytime, a STEM experiment, or a program related to the OCEAN! There will be a wave of amazing programs this summer at the Library and they all count towards your Summer Challenge goals! Pop-Ups that are held outdoors (weather permitting). See our Pop-Up Programs here.


Earn prizes at 600, 1200, 1800, and 2400 points. Choose the prize you prefer from the options available at each level.

Prize choices are available while supplies last and can be picked up at any DML location any time before August 31, 2022. Ask about our curbside pickup if preferred.

Prizes Birth - Kindergarten

Bubbles - Tote Bag - Dolphin Sand Toy - a Book
Jumbo Crayons - Modeling Clay

Prizes Grades 1 - 6

Color-changing Ruler - Eraser/Sharpener - 24 Crayons
Stencil - a Book

Prizes Grades 7 - 12

12 Colored Pencils - Tablet Stand - Drawstring Bag
Puzzle/Maze - Pen - Mini Journal - a Book

*(Prize choices are available while supplies last.)

One lucky reader will win a $2,529 CollegeAdvantage Savings Award! Parents or caregivers can enter the sweepstakes HERE starting June 1! COLLEGE SAVINGS AWARDS are made possible through Ohio’s 529 College Advantage Plan.

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