Northmont Branch Library news and events

The Northmont Branch Library continues to collect food for FISH (Friends in Service for Humanity) food bank here in Englewood. Bring any non-perishable food items and put them in our designated tub. We also have a collection box for glasses for the Lion’s Club where you may bring unused glasses for those who need them.

We always have a book sale going at the branch. The money from this book sale stays with the Northmont Branch Library and helps to fund different items for the branch. Come; look through some really interesting books, and other items and support your branch library. Prices range from 50 cents – $5. There is a ½ price sale on all items through May.

Adult programs in May include “Make Your Own Personal Fitness Notebook & Recipe File”

Start the summer off healthy and fun with this decorated composition notebook for your own personal fitness and health goals along with this cute recipe file to keep your new healthy recipes in. Class taught by 10 year veteran paper crafter, Marla Hartzell. All materials will be provided. On Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m. Registration is required for this program and can be done on the library’s website,, or by calling the Ask Me Line at 463-BOOK or 463-2665.

“The Czar of Kossuth Colony” will be on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. In 1905 Dayton’s largest employer, the Barney & Smith Car Company, turned to immigrant labor agent Jacob D. Moskowitz to secure workers to manufacture its new line of steel freight cars. The result was Kossuth Colony, a walled company town on the outskirts of North Dayton. Teacher and local historian Mike Williams will discuss the positives and negatives of this interesting “colony.”

If you’ve ever driven through Woodland Cemetery you may have noticed that many of the monuments have the names of many of the streets in Dayton. In this program Angie Hoschouer, from Woodland Cemetery, will introduce you to the men and women whose streets bear their name and how they contributed to the history of Dayton. “Street Names of Dayton” will be on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Come “Hear the Sounds of the Greater Dayton Brass Ensemble” on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. Come and hear the fun and entertaining music by the Greater Dayton Brass Ensemble which includes two trumpets, a trombone, a horn, and a tuba. The band members are the area’s top professional musicians.

The Summer Challenge for all ages begin on Wednesday, May 18. Information will be going home with children from schools as our Children’s Librarians are visiting each of the schools in the Northmont School District. For more information on the children’s, teens, and adult summer challenge see the display, library website, or come discuss it with one of our staff members.

Teen programs are on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. this summer and will begin on June 1 and July 6 with the “Teen Anime Club” where teens can come watch and discuss Anime. As always food will be included. June 8 and July 13 will be the “Teen Gaming” where teens come in and play board games or games on the Wii. Come and enjoy being with other teens and working together.

June 15 and July 27 will be the “Teen Book Club” where you spend the month reading a specific book and then come and discuss it with the group. As always food will be available.

June 22 is a “Teen Giant Gaming” program. Are you ready to try your hand at giant-sized Jenga? Or how about scan for words on a game board the size of the entire floor? We’re doing both with this special giant gaming day!

June 27 is “Chef Battle with the Cooking Caravan”. Caravan Chefs square off in a culinary competition that features audience members as sous chefs and judges. June 29 is a “Teen Chess Event” Think you know chess? Well, we’ve got different versions of the classic game. Try a different version of the game, like playing with more than two players. Something new and different awaits you in this special competition day. All of these programs are for grades 7-12.

Babies and Books for ages 0-3 with adults on Wednesday or Thursday at 11:30 a.m. beginning June 1. Preregistration is required as space is limited.

Story times are for ages 3-5 with adult on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 10 a.m. beginning June 1.

Paws to Read will be on Monday, June 6 and will go through July. This program begin at 11 a.m. Come and allow the children to read to the dogs from the Miami Pet Therapy Association.

Book Lunch begins on Tuesday, June 7 and will be every Tuesday through July at 12:15 p.m. Bring your lunch, listen to stories, and participate in a mystery activity. Dessert will be provided. For ages 6-10. Registration is required.

Every Thursday at 1 p.m. this summer will be a special program. These begin with “T-Shirt Decorating” on Thursday, June 2. Decorate a T-shirt for the Summer Challenge theme “On Your Mark, Get Set!” Bring your own pre-washed white T-shirt and we will provide the stencils and fabric markers.

June 9 will be “On Your Mark, Get Set, Paint.” Calling all artists! Join us in painting large designs that will hang in the library all summer.

June 16 is “Get Set, Tumble” for ages 3-6 at 1 – 1:30 p.m., and ages 7-10 from 1:30- 2 p.m. Learn a few tumbling basics.

“Library Olympics” will be on June 23. Join us for library style Olympics with standing book jump, book bowling, bean bag toss and much more. “Outdoor Fun” will be on June 30. Join us on the side field for an afternoon of playground games including Tug-a-War, Red Light Green Light, Hopscotch, Jump Rope and more.

“Family Book Club” will be every other Thursday, beginning June 2 at 7 p.m. Begin reading a preselected book and enjoy light refreshments. Registration is required.

All programs are completely free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter can be arranged for any program by calling 496-8950 at least one week in advance.

For more details on programs come to the Northmont Branch, see the Program guides (available at the library), or visit the Library’s website at Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

All of the Dayton Metro Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day and on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Donna Brown, manager

Northmont Branch Library

Reach the Northmont Branch Library at (937) 496-8950. The library is located at 333 W. National Road to the rear of the Englewood Government Center.