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Toddler Storytime
Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Afternoon Book Club
Today at Vandalia (1:30 PM)
Stop in for some lively discussion, snacks and fun!  Books will be availabl…

One on One Computer Classes
Today at Madden Hills (2:00 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

Videogames!!!
Today at Vandalia (3:00 PM)
Choose from Wii games, or go retro with (original!) Nintendo and Super Nintendo …

Teen Anime Club
Today at Brookville (3:30 PM)
Come hang with us otaku-style! Watch an assortment of anime, learn about Japanes…

Crafternoon
Today at Burkhardt (3:30 PM)
Enjoy a unique craft that's different every month. Open to all ages.…

One on One Computer Classes
Today at Madden Hills (3:30 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

Teen Advisory Board
Today at Kettering (3:30 PM)
Get involved and make a difference!  Earn Community Service hours for schoo…

Nerdfighter Nights
Today at Belmont (4:00 PM)
A weekly gathering where teens can openly be nerds. A community of such concentr…

Health & Wellness with Girl Scouts
Today at Burkhardt (5:00 PM)
Get a taste of what being a Girl Scout is all about. Join us for a six week Heal…

Game Night: Unplugged
Today at Miamisburg (6:00 PM)
Get in the game of Catan, or Carcassonne! Whether you're new to tabletop games, …

VMA Women's Self-Defense Seminar
Today at Brookville (6:00 PM)
Self-defense designed specifically for women, and taught by a woman. Learn the f…

Preschool Storytime
Today at Trotwood (6:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

Coloring for Grow-ups
Today at Huber Heights (6:00 PM)
Coloring elicits a relaxing mindset, similar to what you would achieve through m…

Toddler Storytime
Today at Northwest (6:30 PM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning.  Your little on…

Pizza, Pop & Plots
Today at Wilmington (7:00 PM)
Add discussion to your reading life!  And free pizza! And free cold beverag…

Realities of Owning Your Own Business
Tomorrow at Main (9:00 AM)
Starting your own business can be the most rewarding as well as frustrating expe…

SCORE Small Business Counseling
Tomorrow at Main (10:00 AM)
The Dayton Chapter of SCORE, a national network of experienced entrepreneurs and…

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

Spring Clean Your Computer
Tomorrow at W. Carrollton (2:00 PM)
Spring is the perfect time to clean up & start fresh, even with your compute…

Open Lab
Tomorrow at Main (2:00 PM)
Designed to allow more time for practice, Open Lab is your opportunity to get ad…

How Does the Seed Lending Library Work?
Saturday at Trotwood (10:00 AM)
The Seed lending Library is a community resource that encourages sharing, collab…

Builder's Club
Saturday at Miamisburg (10:30 AM)
Do you like LEGO? If so, this is the place for you! Build your own LEGO masterpi…

Mother's Day Craft
Saturday at Burkhardt (11:00 AM)
Get ready for Mother's Day by making a present for your marvelous mom (or grandm…

Family Storytime
Saturday at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Have quality time with books, songs, and activities for parents and children to …

Sewing Baby Things
Saturday at Wilmington (1:00 PM)
Is a family member or friend having a baby? Make something special for the baby …

Got Game?
Saturday at Main (2:00 PM)
Why should the kids have all the fun? Bring your friends or make some new ones w…

Reading Buddies
Saturday at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Do you feel that your child needs a little more practice reading? Stop by the Re…

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

Computer Basics
Monday at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
This hands-on class is for people with little to no computer experience. There w…

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Dayton Metro Library Buys Historic Property for Operations Center

Dayton Metro Library announced today that it intends to purchase three properties to improve library services and keep its pledge that the new Main Library will be an important draw for Dayton's downtown.

This is another step forward in the replacement and renovation of Dayton Metro Library's facilities made possible by the $187 million bond issue voters approved in November 2012.

Dayton Metro Library will renovate the Hauer Music building at 120 S. Patterson Blvd. to serve as its Operations Center, which will house approximately 60 employees who handle behind-the-scenes services such as IT and selecting, acquiring, cataloging and processing new materials. Moving these functions out of the Main Library will save taxpayers money and expand the space available to library patrons. It significantly reduces the cost per square foot for these operations, and that savings will go toward additional improvements at neighborhood libraries.

The purchase also includes a one acre parking lot at the northeast corner of Fourth Street and Patterson Boulevard. Library officials estimate they will save more than $20,000 per year by relocating staff parking from leased space.

"We had been looking for several months for property in downtown that would meet the distinct needs of an operations center when we learned that the Hauer building might be available," said Tim Kambitsch, Dayton Metro Library Executive Director. "We are thrilled to be able to honor its history and maintain a Dayton landmark for decades to come."

"The Main Library is the hub of our network of neighborhood libraries," Kambitsch added. "With these properties, we'll have a cost-effective operations center to support the system's expanded programs and services."

Dayton Metro Library has also reached an agreement to acquire the property at 25 S. Patterson Blvd. that includes the Gentile Produce and Webster Station buildings south of the Main Library. This area will be working space during construction and then create an attractive gateway to the new Main Library.

"We are thrilled that our historic building fits in with the vision of the 21st century library," Jim Hauer said. "Given our over 75 years of service to musical arts, we are glad we can help sustain the library's service to the Arts and Literature community."

Hauer Music will be moving its operation. "We will continue for the next 75 years as the premier music store in the Miami Valley," Hauer said.

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