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Trace Your Roots

Thursday, February 10, 2022
New Lebanon
Conference Room
Celebrate the Dayton area's rich cultural diversity while connecting with your own family history at self-guided, interactive stations. Follow a refugee's difficult journey through a virtual experience, experiment with language translation, test U.S. civics knowledge, and compose music using digital "instruments" from around the world. The exhibit also includes resources for genealogy research, a collection of local recipes, and a regional guide to ethnic dining.
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Intro to Fold3

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Southeast
Technology Lab
Interested in family or military history and want to learn more about how the database Fold3 can aid in your research? Fold3 is home to a variety of historical U.S. military records. Join us to learn the basics along with tips and tricks to get the most from Fold3.
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Intro to Ancestry

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Southeast
Technology Lab
Interested in family history and want to learn more about how the genealogy database Ancestry.com can aid in your research? Join us for this introductory class on the basics of Ancestry. Be sure to bring the name of an ancestor or two to search. 
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Genealogy Club

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brookville
Community Room
Dive into your family history and meet others with a similar interest in this informal, social club. You’ll have access to Dayton Metro Library’s collection of online genealogical databases, including Ancestry, Fold3, Heritage Quest, African-American Heritage, and more.
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Intro to Fold3

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Southeast
Technology Lab
Interested in family or military history and want to learn more about how the database Fold3 can aid in your research? Fold3 is home to a variety of historical U.S. military records. Join us to learn the basics along with tips and tricks to get the most from Fold3.
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Introduction to Community Archives Workshop

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Have you found yourself in a situation where you are the archivist for your organization’s records? In this workshop participants will get an introduction to preserving and organizing their records. We will also provide information on how Dayton Metro Library can provide support as you become the archivist for your own collection. 
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Genealogy: Ancestry Library Edition

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Main Library
Conference Room 1A, 1st Floor
Tips on searching one of the largest genealogy databases, Ancestry, more efficiently and effectively. Tips on searching one of the largest genealogy databases, Ancestry, more efficiently and effectively.
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Who Am I? Explore Library Genealogy Databases

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Miamisburg
Community Room
Do you ever wonder what your grandparents were like? Did your family immigrate from another country and you would like to follow your roots? Do you have family that served in the military? Would you like to follow your African American heritage? The Library has 3 databases where you can explore all these avenues of genealogy research. Join us for this class on using the databases, and learn how to explore your past.
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Martin's Dream: Virtual Theatre Production

All Day
A Virtual Program
Access this virtual performance presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati anytime between January 16-22. Link to access coming soon!

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., really? Martin’s Dream answers this question and more as it brings this historical figure to life through the power of story, speech and song. Watch as Dr. King tells the story of his life, from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Created and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati explores the real person behind the pictures, a funny intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history.




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Martin's Dream: Virtual Theatre Production

All Day
A Virtual Program
Access this virtual performance presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati anytime between January 16-22. Link to access coming soon!

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., really? Martin’s Dream answers this question and more as it brings this historical figure to life through the power of story, speech and song. Watch as Dr. King tells the story of his life, from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Created and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati explores the real person behind the pictures, a funny intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history.




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Martin's Dream: Virtual Theatre Production

All Day
A Virtual Program
Access this virtual performance presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati anytime between January 16-22. Link to access coming soon!

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., really? Martin’s Dream answers this question and more as it brings this historical figure to life through the power of story, speech and song. Watch as Dr. King tells the story of his life, from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Created and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati explores the real person behind the pictures, a funny intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history.




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Martin's Dream: Virtual Theatre Production

All Day
A Virtual Program
Access this virtual performance presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati anytime between January 16-22. Link to access coming soon!

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., really? Martin’s Dream answers this question and more as it brings this historical figure to life through the power of story, speech and song. Watch as Dr. King tells the story of his life, from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Created and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati explores the real person behind the pictures, a funny intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history.




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Registration is open

Fold3 Hour

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Southeast
Technology Lab
Fold3 is home to a variety of historical U.S. military records. For anyone interested in utilizing Fold3 for genealogy or historical research. Bring a name or two to the open research time focused on searching military records. 
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Martin's Dream: Virtual Theatre Production

All Day
A Virtual Program
Access this virtual performance presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati anytime between January 16-22. Link to access coming soon!

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., really? Martin’s Dream answers this question and more as it brings this historical figure to life through the power of story, speech and song. Watch as Dr. King tells the story of his life, from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Created and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati explores the real person behind the pictures, a funny intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history.




View More

Martin's Dream: Virtual Theatre Production

All Day
A Virtual Program
Access this virtual performance presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati anytime between January 16-22. Link to access coming soon!

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., really? Martin’s Dream answers this question and more as it brings this historical figure to life through the power of story, speech and song. Watch as Dr. King tells the story of his life, from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Created and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati explores the real person behind the pictures, a funny intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history.




View More

Martin's Dream: Virtual Theatre Production

All Day
A Virtual Program
Access this virtual performance presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati anytime between January 16-22. Link to access coming soon!

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., really? Martin’s Dream answers this question and more as it brings this historical figure to life through the power of story, speech and song. Watch as Dr. King tells the story of his life, from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Created and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati explores the real person behind the pictures, a funny intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history.




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I Think My House is Haunted: Historic Property Research Basics

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Southeast
Community Room B
Do you live in a historic home or historic district? Have an interest in learning more about your home and/or past residents? This presentation will provide the basic steps of historic house research and share a variety of local, state, and national resources available in print and online. In addition, Bill Stolz will discuss how to locate and use library resources, property records, government records, maps, and other tools to solve those historical home mysteries.
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Intro to Ancestry

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Southeast
Technology Lab
Interested in family history and want to learn more about how the genealogy database Ancestry.com can aid in your research? Join us for this introductory class on the basics of Ancestry. Be sure to bring the name of an ancestor or two to search. 
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Genealogy Club

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brookville
Community Room
Dive into your family history and meet others with a similar interest in this informal, social club. You’ll have access to Dayton Metro Library’s collection of online genealogical databases, including Ancestry, Fold3, Heritage Quest, African-American Heritage, and more.
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Movie Inspirations

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Trotwood
Community Room

Join us as we dive into a unique film experience that will highlight the beauty of Black Movie Magic.

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Genealogy:African American Genealogy

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Main Library
Conference Room 1A, 1st Floor

Trace your family back to the date of the Emancipation Proclamation (1 Jan 1863) and possibly earlier using resources such as World War I Draft Registration cards, bank records, United States Colored Troops records, the Afrigeneas website, DNA analysis, and more.

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Starting Point: Genealogy

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Wilmington-Stroop
Community Room
Looking to get into genealogy or family history? Register for our beginner's genealogy class. We will go over databases, websites, and other destinations to find and acquire genealogy/family history research. Feel free to bring your own device(s); we will have some laptops for use.
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Fold3 Hour

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Southeast
Technology Lab
Fold3 is home to a variety of historical U.S. military records. For anyone interested in utilizing Fold3 for genealogy or historical research. Bring a name or two to the open research time focused on searching military records. 
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Registration begins 1/1/2022 at 8:00 AM

Weird Dayton

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Main Library
A flying printing press? Who was the Sleeping ProphetDid you attend the Limp Bizkit Secret Show of April 20, 2016? In this program Local History Librarian, Rachael Bussert, will share three strange stories from Dayton’s history. Audience members will also have a chance to share strange stories of their own.  
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