Free Take & Make Boxes from Dayton Metro Libraries

Families count on the Dayton Metro Library to provide educational materials that support learning and create a bridge between school and home. This year, with hybrid learning taking place across the region and summer fast approaching, DML is responding to the need for free, high-quality science materials with new Take & Make Kits.

The first Kits, with a Nature theme, will be available for pickup at all Dayton Metro Library locations starting Thursday, April 22 – Earth Day.

“Our Take & Make Kits meet community need in an innovative way,” said Julie Buchanan, Programming Manager. “Kids can work independently or with their families to explore STEM themes, learn something new, and see how science integrates into everyday activities.”

Each specially-marked Take & Make box offers games, puzzles, instructions for a craft project or experiment, and all the needed supplies (or a list of supplies available at home). There are different themed activities for different age groups: families with young children who will need assistance, kids in grades 1-6 who need minimal assistance, and teens who can work independently. Each month, a new Take & Make Kit will be available with a different theme and all new activities.

Also tucked into each box are details about participating in free, virtual programs hosted by partner organizations such as Five Rivers MetroParks, The University of Dayton’s River Institute, and the Glen Helen Raptor Center.

“The Library is dedicated to working with our partners to celebrate water, animals, and nature,” said Buchanan. “Their programs take each theme beyond games, puzzles and crafts, giving kids an opportunity to learn about real-world science and nature topics from experts,” said Buchanan.

In April, live, online programs from Five Rivers MetroParks include a Virtual Campfire and Amazing Amphibians. In May, UD’s River Institute offers a virtual tour of their RiverMobile and a storytime featuring their own original picture book. Details about other upcoming themes and programs can be found at

“When our Summer Challenge kicks off June first, the time kids spend doing activities in their Take & Make boxes and attending virtual programs and can be counted toward their Summer Challenge goals,” said Buchanan.

DML’s Take & Make Kits are sponsored by Ohio’s 529 College Advantage and The DML Foundation. Visit any Dayton Metro Library Branch to pick up a free Take & Make Kit, or visit for more information.

*Note: image does not represent actual kit contents.

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