All Dayton Metro Library locations will be closed on Thursday November 27, 2014 for Thanksgiving Day. Normal hours will resume on Friday November 28, 2014.

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League of Women Voter's Election Guide in Spanish

Claudia Cortez-Reinhardt, Executive Director of the Dayton Hispanic Chamber, has translated the League's Voter's Guide into Spanish. It can be accessed here.

Small Business Startup Orientation Workshop

Those looking to start a new business in 2015 should plan to attend SCORE’s Startup Workshop on Monday, November 17.  Workshop description is provided below.  You can register via SCORE’s website.

Entrepreneurs Start-Up Business Orientation
Monday, November 17, 2014

Targeted audience: This Workshop curriculum is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who have a dream of starting a new for-profit business or non-profit organization and do not have a clear understanding of where to begin and how to proceed.

Workshop description: Part one of this free workshop provides some basic business and realistic marketplace perspective while identifying traditional and contemporary business success factors. Part two of this highly interactive program provides additional new business start-up perspective and identifies the start-up process and what is required for building an effective start-up plan.

New Business Specialist at the Dayton Metro Library

annThe Dayton Metro Library has a new Business Specialist on staff. Ann Riegle-Crichton replaces Jeffrey Fortescue, who is now Assistant Manager of the Adult Services Division for the Library.

"One of my first projects as the Business Specialist will be to conduct a needs assessment, evaluating what Library services will be most beneficial to the businesses in our service area," said Riegle-Crichton. "The climate for business, especially for new small businesses, has changed so much in recent years, and I want to make sure we're providing programming, resources and referrals that are timely and beneficial in today's market."

Currently, The Dayton Metro Library offers a variety of resources free-of-charge to assist entrepreneurs who want to:

• Write a business plan
• Find customers or suppliers
• Analyze new business opportunities
• Study business conditions
• Identify business and industry trends
• Find networking opportunities

Riegle-Crichton served as director of New Madison Public Library for 12 years before joining the Dayton Metro Library in 2013. She did her undergraduate work in communication and education at Miami University and earned a Masters in Library Science degree from Kent State University.

"I am well positioned to assist small business owners with their challenges because I have experience with everything from HR to vendor contracts, staff supervision, customer service and marketing," she said. "I served as an adjunct instructor for Edison Community College, teaching public speaking and presentation skills. In my earlier career days, I served in an administrative role for two arts organizations and earned my management stripes working in a retail setting which was a great learning experience."

Riegle-Crichton can be reached by phone at 937-496-8631, by email at or in person at the Main Library downtown, 215 E. Third Street. The Library offers a free email newsletter for updates on new business resources, upcoming workshops, and information on events in the community. Sign up at


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