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Winter 2022 Magazine
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Your Dayton Metro Library is here to help!

Our dedicated Children and Teen Services Librarians are eager to work with the schools and school districts in the Dayton Metro Library service area.

Looking for pages for school age children?
Try these: Middle Ground  |  Teens
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Looking for materials to complement 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 to providing multiple copies of a single title, 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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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 items than typical patrons and 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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HOMEWORK HELP to the rescue Our Homework Help Guide has many online tools for students in elementary through secondary school. Academic Search Premier, CultureGrams, Explora, Science Reference Center, World Book Online and many more are all free and available 24/7.

Explore Our Homework Guide

Featuring: HelpNow

Free Online Tutoring + Homework Resources

Need guidance choosing and using the best sites? Ask us! And, for students who would benefit from one-one-one assistance, trained ROCK YOUR HOMEWORK volunteers can review assignments, improve study skills, and guide students in the use of Library resources. Call the Volunteer Services Manager at 937.463.2665 for dates and locations.

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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.


  • 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. 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
  • Kanopy – Classic + Indie Films, Top Documentaries
        - 8 Item Checkout
  • Hoopla – movies, music, eBooks and more
        - 20 Item Checkout
  • Digital Magazines are available on Libby and PressReader – Magazines
        - Unlimited checkout
  • Over 50 digital research databases
        - Unlimited access

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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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Extending our relationships with school districts to support workforce development, our MANUFACTURING DAY outreach has expanded to fourth grade classrooms across our service area. The Library partners with WPAFB and DRMA to bring hands-on manufacturing activities to your students. We’ll introduce the history of manufacturing, talk about Dayton’s important contributions to the industry, and bring your students front and center to create a class project through a human assembly line.

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FIRST CLUB is the Library’s annual campaign to make sure all first graders have their own Library Cards. Children Services Librarians visit first grade classrooms across Montgomery County to share an original picture book and send students home with card applications and incentives. It’s a lively, fun and practical introduction to the Library for children who are learning to read and explore their world.

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Dayton Metro Library supports children of all ages with out-of-school learning through SUMMER CHALLENGE. Research shows that children who participate in summer reading programs improve their reading achievement, are more motivated, return to school ready to learn, and are more confident in classroom activities. There are Summer Challenge categories for children from birth through high school, and incentives for school participation.

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