Dayton Metro Library News

VANDALIA — The following activities are planned for the Vandalia Branch of the Dayton Metro Library:

Free Irish history program

Traditional Irish singer Mai Hernon presents an entertaining overview of Ireland’s the rich history of at two Dayton Metro Library locations. From the megalithic passage tombs, through the famine years to contemporary Ireland, Hernon shares beautiful photos and stories of her native country.

Hernon is owner/director of Secret Ireland Tours, which leads small group tours through Ireland. She performs and teaches traditional Irish singing and is co-founder, along with her husband, Mick McEvilley, of the Celtic Font duet.

The programs are free and open to the public:

VANDALIA BRANCH, 500 S. Dixie Drive

Monday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.

WILMINGTON-STROOP, 3980 Wilmington Pike

Monday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.

Live music at the Dayton Metro Library

Visiting a warm Library on a cold winter day can be even more pleasant when accompanied by live music. Several branches in the Dayton Metro Library system are offering live musical performances, from gentle jazz guitar to lively Celtic tunes, free and open to the public.

Scheduled performances:

VANDALIA, 500 S. Dixie Dr.

New Horizons Flute Ensemble Saturday, March 5, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

New Horizons Oompah Band Saturday, March 19, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

MADDEN HILLS, 2542 Germantown St.

Mark Gearo, Guitarist Saturday, March 19, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Teen fiction contest accepting entries

Creative teens with a story to tell are encouraged to enter the Dayton Metro Library’s Teen Fiction Contest now through February 13, 2016.

The contest is open to all area teens in grades 7 through 12. Teens can choose to enter Flash Fiction for stories of under 500 words, or General Fiction for stories up to 2,000 words maximum.

Winners will be chosen in two age categories: Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12. First place wins $100, second place wins $75 and third place wins $50 in each category; cash prizes are provided by the Friends of the Library.

Submissions can be dropped off at any Dayton Metro Library location and must include a completed entry form, available at Email submissions are accepted at

For more information on these or other Library programs, visit the online Events Calendar at or call (937) 463-BOOK.

For more information on these or other Library programs, visit the online Events Calendar at or call (937) 463-BOOK.