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Virtual Field Trips
Follow this link to go on one of over 30 virtual field trips for kids. Where will you “go” today?

Another Resource for Kids

Toon Books offers resources for distance learning and home-schooling, and right now, access is free!

There are all kinds of comics and activities for kids ages 3-12 to entertain themselves with. 


Check them out here

Audible Titles Free!

For as long as schools are closed, will be allowing access to their catalog for free! No registration required!

According to Radio Times, "The mix of education, entertainment, and general-interest titles available include Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre (narrated by Newton), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (narrated by Stephens), The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and many children’s titles from Winnie The Pooh to Peter Rabbit." 

Check out the Radio Times article here.


Click here to access Audible. 

Overdrive - electronic access to books

CCRLS just added 205 more titles to our shared Overdrive catalog. 


Check something out today! - Remote Access!

You've always had access to with your library card from a CCRLS member library, but you used to have to be inside of one of our locations to use their site. Not any more! 

We're please to announce that is temporarily available remotely, thanks to the generosity of our vendor(s); requires a valid CCRLS library card. Just click here.

 Just one more thing you can do from home during these unusual & challenging times.

Llamas love to read!

Check out Caesar the No Drama Llama and his buddy Larry McCool. 

Levar Burton Reads

Levar Burton, who you might remember from Reading Rainbow, has a love of books. He hosts a podcast where he reads books to his audience once a week. Recently he took to Twitter to voice his frustration about finding compelling short stories to read that were available in the public domain. Sometimes the stars align online, and when they do, authors happen to see a tweet like Mr. Burton's and respond. Neil Gaiman, author of "Sandman" and "Anasazi Boys" (and many others) offered his entire catalog to be read on the podcast. 


Long story short, please enjoy "Chivalry."

National “Emergency” Library

Announcing a National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public

To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. 

During the waitlist suspension, users will be able to borrow books from the National Emergency Library without joining a waitlist, ensuring that students will have access to assigned readings and library materials that the Internet Archive has digitized for the remainder of the US academic calendar, and that people who cannot physically access their local libraries because of closure or self-quarantine can continue to read and thrive during this time of crisis, keeping themselves and others safe.  

This library brings together all the books from Phillips Academy Andover and Marygrove College, and much of Trent University’s collections, along with over a million other books donated from other libraries to readers worldwide that are locked out of their libraries.

This is a response to the scores of inquiries from educators about the capacity of our lending system and the scale needed to meet classroom demands because of the closures. Working with librarians in Boston area, led by Tom Blake of Boston Public Library, who gathered course reserves and reading lists from college and school libraries, we determined which of those books the Internet Archive had already digitized.  Through that work we quickly realized that our lending library wasn’t going to scale to meet the needs of a global community of displaced learners. To make a real difference for the nation and the world, we would have to take a bigger step.

“The library system, because of our national emergency, is coming to aid those that are forced to learn at home, ” said Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive. “This was our dream for the original Internet coming to life: the Library at everyone’s fingertips.”

Public support for this emergency measure has come from over 100 individuals, libraries and universities across the world, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  “Ubiquitous access to open digital content has long been an important goal for MIT and MIT Libraries. Learning and research depend on it,” said Chris Bourg, Director of MIT Libraries. “In a global pandemic, robust digital lending options are key to a library’s ability to care for staff and the community, by allowing all of us to work remotely and maintain the recommended social distancing.”

We understand that we’re not going to be able to meet everyone’s needs; our collection, at 1.4 million modern books, is a fraction of the size of a large metropolitan library system or a great academic library. The books that we’ve digitized have been acquired with a focus on materials published during the 20th century, the vast majority of which do not have a commercially available ebook.  This means that while readers and students are able to access latest best sellers and popular titles through services like OverDrive and Hoopla, they don’t have access to the books that only exist in paper, sitting inaccessible on their library shelves. That’s where our collection fits in—we offer digital access to books, many of which are otherwise unavailable to the public while our schools and libraries are closed. In addition to the National Emergency Library, the Internet Archive also offers free public access to 2.5 million fully downloadable public domain books, which do not require waitlists to view.

We recognize that authors and publishers are going to be impacted by this global pandemic as well. We encourage all readers who are in a position to buy books to do so, ideally while also supporting your local bookstore. If they don’t have the book you need, then Amazon or Better World Books may have copies in print or digital formats. We hope that authors will support our effort to ensure temporary access to their work in this time of crisis. We are empowering authors to explicitly opt in and donate books to the National Emergency Library if we don’t have a copy. We are also making it easy for authors to contact us to take a book out of the library. Learn more in our FAQ.

A final note on calling this a “National Emergency” Library.  We lend to the world, including these books. We chose that language deliberately because we are pegging the suspension of the waitlists to the duration of the US national emergency.  Users all over the world have equal access to the books now available, regardless of their location.

Get your library card online and use it today!

Caught without a library card? No worries - you can register online for a temporary account that will work with most of our electronic resources. Just go to and look for the 'Register' link (left side).

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Tumblebooks now available! No library card needed.
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Help Accessing the Internet
Check out this page for some free and low cost solutions for access to the internet. 

Storytime Online

Storytime Online

With school closures around the country due to #coronavirus, please use our FREE children's literacy resource featuring the world's best storytellers reading books aloud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home.

Stream movies and TV with Kanopy!

Kanopy Streaming Service

Kanopy has generously offered a collection of credit-free movies.

These titles and more will not use up your 6 checkout credits on the movie streaming service. Kanopy kids has no credit limit, so you can still watch unlimited titles on there.

Click here to check out what is included. You will need your library card number to initially set up your account.

Checkout Creative Bug!

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Now is a great time to learn something new!

Creativebug has an amazing source of tutorials for all sorts of projects.

Check around your house - you probably have lots of supplies on hand already!
Go to and set up your totally free account with your library card.

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Library Closed due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 Concerns

The health and safety of our citizens is the number one priority of local government. We are at a critical point in terms of protecting the most at-risk portions of our community, the elderly and those with preexisting health conditions.


Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Mary Gilkey Library is closed. 


To view your patron account, please visit Consider downloading the CCRLS and Libby apps for electronic access to materials while our physical locations are closed.


Thank you!

Cultural Passes Now Available

The Mary Gilkey Library is happy to announce that we now have cultural passes available for patron use! These passes are good for admission to: Gilbert House Children's Museum in Salem (up to 5 admissions at a time), and for Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville (up to 2 admissions at a time). 


Passes may be checked out twice per calendar year per Dayton library cards. Patron checking out the pass must live inside Dayton's city limits, or have paid for a full membership to the library. Passes are due to the desk at the Mary Gilkey Library on by 12:00 noon on their due date, and are subject to a $5.00 per day fine for each day that they are late. Passes that are five or more days late will be charged $100 for the replacement value. 


Please check the calendar on the Library's page to see if your desired date is available, and then fill out the request online to reserve your pass. When you stop in to pick it up, please bring your library card and a picture ID. Only the library card holder may pickup the pass. 



Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Did you know that children in Dayton, ages 0-5 are eligible to receive a book every month for free? It's true! Dolly Parton's Imagination Library sends over one million books every month to children all over the USA. Every child gets a copy of "The Little Engine That Could" to start their collection, and their final book when graduating from the program is "Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!"


Visit this link to see the books that were sent to kids during the month of August, to find out more information, or to sign a child up for the program. 

Auto Renewal of Items

Auto Renew

Beginning Monday, April 8th, we will automatically renew items that you have checked out - as long as your account is in good standing and there are no holds on the item! Now you can return your items when it's more convenient for you, and worry less about building up late fees - at the libraries that charge them. 

In order to receive notices about renewals, you must have given us permission to contact you via email. Please let a library staff member know if you would like to receive email notices the next time you stop in. 

Creative Bug
CCRLS now offers the online craft program, Creativebug from the eResources page of our online catalog 
Login and see what you can make of it!

Magazines Online

CCRLS now offers eMagazines through our Overdrive eBook service.

To find them, login to Overdrive with your CCRLS member library card, , choose the Subject option, and choose Magazines under Subject Browse. If you choose See All, you will see cover displays for all available magazines.

Consumer Reports
07/23/2018® provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services. 


 Click here to start your research!


(You must be logged into your patron account on the CCRLS website to access Consumer Reports online).