The Libraries for a Smarter Future levy, overwhelming passed by voters in 2012, empowers Dayton Metro Library to create 21st century Libraries. The Main Library and 16 Branches will have excellent resources and boast common areas that are open, welcoming and free of charge. Each Branch will be a true destination, an anchor for the neighborhood, that creates a place for learning and gathering, connects people to information, delivers resources and provides learning, meeting and creative spaces to meet the needs of individuals as well as the community.
The Foundation is working together with community partners – individuals, families, foundations and corporations – to add "something extra" to each Library facility. Whether it's enhanced technology, art spaces, supplies for "messy creation," or hands-on learning programs for children, through the Foundation we will reach beyond traditional Library services.
To make a significant difference in this growth, consider our naming opportunities. A top priority of the Dayton Metro Library Foundation is to enhance the Library's facilities plan to bring new, modern Libraries into neighborhoods all across the county. While the voters generously provided the bricks and mortar through their overwhelming support of the 2012 bond issue, the Foundation offers opportunities for individuals, families, foundations, or corporations to reach beyond by sponsoring special places within the Main Library or the many new Branches.
In each of the new branches, there is the opportunity to offer Named Spaces to celebrate or remember those who believe in the power of education, literacy and community. Opportunities to name a specific space within the libraries range from $5,000 - $1,000,000. Naming rights may be within a specific neighborhood Branch or system-wide.
Some naming opportunities may include:
$5,000 - $9,999: Commemorative Benches, Small Collaborative Spaces, Tech Suites
$10,000 - $24,999: Teen Edge Technology, Fireside Rooms, Outdoor Reading Terraces and Gardens, Original Works of Art
$25,000 - $99,999: 24-Hour Lobbies, Children's Imagine! Portals, Traveling Exhibitions
$100,000 - $249,999: Quiet Reading Rooms, Special Collections, Centers of Excellence
$250,000 - $499,999: Opportunity Spaces, the Theater Off Third
$500,000 and up: System-Wide Meeting Rooms/Spaces
No Longer Available: The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Forum (Main), The Berry Reading Room (Main)
Contact Megan Cooper by email or at 937.496.8516 to learn more and make your gift.
Explore the Library's facilities page to learn about the construction timeline and how each Branch will be designed.