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Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)
 Join us for quality family time with books, songs and activities for paren…

Today at Trotwood (1:00 PM)
Come meet a Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association pet and share your favorite boo…

Today at Miamisburg (1:00 PM)
Learn how Ohio Ghost Hunters investigates the paranormal! Team members will brin…

Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Join us as author Karen Laven recounts her experiences while researching local h…

Today at Kettering (2:00 PM)
We are living in a time when going toxin free is a necessity, but it can be so o…

Today at New Lebanon (2:00 PM)
Can't find the time to work on your favorite craft project·  Join th…

Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Designed to allow more time for practice, Tech Help! is your opportunity t…

Today at Electra Doren (2:00 PM)
Get together with friends and see how creative you can be with LEGOs!…

Today at Wilmington (3:00 PM)
Coloring is a relaxing activity, especially for adults. Come out and treat yours…

Today at Miamisburg (4:00 PM)
A YA book club shared by the Miamisburg and West Carrollton Branch Libraries tha…

Tomorrow at Northwest (12:00 AM)
Coloring or activity sheets are available daily in the children's room.  We…

Monday at Northwest (12:00 AM)
Coloring or activity sheets are available daily in the children's room.  We…

Monday at W. Carrollton (10:00 AM)
This program is for kids who love to move and dance around!  We will read s…

Monday at Main (10:00 AM)
Begin your preparation for the GED with FREE Adult GED Classes offered by Miami …

Monday at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Google Drive, formerly Google Docs, is a file storage and synchronization servic…

Monday at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come in after school and play the Wii U with your friends!  A special time …

Monday at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Attention, Lego enthusiasts: Bring the whole family to the Library for an epic b…

Monday at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Join us to have a scary good time during the Halloween season. We'll do a skelet…

Monday at Electra Doren (4:00 PM)
Learn how Ohio Ghost Hunters investigates the paranormal! Team members will brin…

Monday at Northwest (6:00 PM)
Come into the computer lab for help with homework, studying, or school projects.…

Monday at Wilmington (6:00 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available …

Monday at W. Carrollton (6:00 PM)
Join us for this hands on workshop! Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, an…

Monday at Main (6:00 PM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills· Talk Table…

Monday at Northwest (6:00 PM)
Learn how Ohio Ghost Hunters investigates the paranormal! Team members will brin…

Monday at Huber Heights (6:00 PM)
Drawing inspiration from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, p ar…

Monday at New Lebanon (6:30 PM)
Different seasons bring different challenges, and the Public Utilities Commissio…

Monday at Brookville (6:30 PM)
All but closed to Americans for a half a century, Cuba is finally ready for tra…

Monday at Wilmington (6:30 PM)
Learn how to make earrings with beads and wire. This class is suitable for those…

Monday at Miami Twp. (6:30 PM)
We invite you to join us as we discuss Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaim…

Tuesday at Northwest (12:00 AM)
Coloring or activity sheets are available daily in the children's room.  We…


Libraries for a Smarter Future - May 2013 Update

Libraries for a Smarter Future

In March, we shared with you the exciting news that we would be able to replace more of our aging facilities with new construction. In this update, we'd like to share some highlights of the new Main Library and some details of how we were able to strengthen our entire facilities plan.

The Dayton Metro Main Library is our library district's centerpiece. We are committed to building a downtown destination that will be an architectural showcase with first-class amenities that exceed our patrons' highest expectations. We will offer expanded services and programming that will include:

  • Public space in the new Main Library will increase dramatically from about 28,000 square feet to more than 100,000 square feet with just a minor increase in its current footprint.
  • Dedicated areas for Adults, Teens and Children – including Quiet Reading, a Teen Homework Center and activity space, and a Children's Story and Program Room
  • More than 90 patron computers, 24 short-term internet stations to search the collections, a 30-seat computer training lab, and WiFi throughout
  • Free underground parking for about 150 cars
  • A 300-seat theater for library and community programs
  • Six rooms seating 30 to 70 people for meetings and gatherings
  • 24 rooms for group study and tutoring
  • 5,000 square feet of space to share with nonprofit organizations for testing innovative services or providing longer-term programs
  • A coffee bar/café

 Our original plan for re-creating our system of libraries was reflected in a Concept Budget, based on the best information we had before we "looked under the hood" at each facility. Once voters approved the bond issue, we were able to do a comprehensive evaluation of our buildings, examining them at a new level of detail.

As with any construction project of this magnitude, the plan has evolved. Most significant, our architects and engineers concluded that expanding and remodeling some of our existing neighborhood libraries amounted to throwing good money after bad.

Some of the buildings have structural deficiencies; some have outlived their life expectancy, given, for example, new requirements for energy efficiency. Others cannot be cost-effectively configured to meet the different programming needs. In each case, a cost-benefit analysis dictated that we opt to build a new facility over trying to "make do" with obsolete structures.

Following the comprehensive analysis, the Dayton Design Collaborative created a Program Budget, reallocating the cost estimates to reflect the specific programming needs of each of the 16 neighborhood branches and Main.

In the Program Budget, we identified $21 million that we could use to improve our facilities master plan, without reducing services at the Main Library downtown. In fact, we discovered that by moving the parking to the lower levels and reducing the original floor plan for the Main Library by only 12 percent – or 12,000 square feet – we could add nearly 50,000 square feet of new construction in the neighborhood libraries. That is a four-fold return on this modest adjustment.

How did we free up dollars to address deficiencies in some of the neighborhood libraries?

  • Construction costs for the Main Library were reduced by $9.3 million by the relocation of backroom functions and the modest reduction in square footage.
  • Construction costs for the parking were reduced by $3.3 million when the analysis showed the two lower levels of the Main library could be converted to provide significant underground parking.
  • An additional $2.7 million was saved in site development costs largely because a separate site was no longer needed for a parking structure.
  • Nearly $2.7 million was eliminated from the construction escalation estimates because they were initially calculated using an across-the-board inflationary figure and then were recalculated based on the specific project timeline.
  • The balance is reflected in refined estimates for furniture, furnishings, equipment and technology ($3 million) and a net reduction in the revised contingencies calculation and owners' costs ($1 million).

How will the money be spent?

  • $14.4 million was reallocated to the 16 neighborhood libraries, including toward the construction of six new branches originally slated for renovation and to meet the programming needs at all the neighborhood facilities, including the six new buildings in the City of Dayton identified as a top priority in the initial plan.
  • $6.7 million was allocated to create a new offsite Outreach and Operations Center, cutting the cost per square foot for backroom functions by half by moving them out of the Main Library. In addition, moving these functions elsewhere will make the new Main Library interior more functional and the exterior more attractive for patrons and our neighbors because we won't need features such as a loading dock at Main.

Our goal of providing Montgomery County voters a system of 21st century libraries that will last for generations has not changed. The Main Library remains our hub and will be a stunning asset for Downtown and the Dayton region.

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