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Learn about Monday's Story Slamm - Summer Vacation in this segment of Living Dayton. http://wdtn.com/2016/06/… Adults can get some great stuff during the Summer Challenge, too! https://oh.evanced.info/daytonmetro/…

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15 items = tote bag and drawing for Dayton Dragons tickets

30 items = drawings for Meijer gift card, library umbrella, and Creed DVD

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

Talk Tables
Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Family Fun Day @ Wilson Park
Today at W. Carrollton (12:00 PM)
Join us at Wilson Park for a day of fun! There will be food, games, crafts, and …

Talk Tables
Today at East (1:00 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

On your mark...Magic!
Today at Miamisburg (2:00 PM)
Stan the Magic Man will delight us with feats of disbelief. …

Sit, Stay, Come...Basic Dog Training
Today at Belmont (2:00 PM)
Help your dog become a better pet with basic dog training from professional trai…

New Lebanon Branch Stitchers
Today at New Lebanon (2:00 PM)
Work on a project and socialize with other crafters. We welcome all crafters.…

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

Summer Movie Slam
Today at Madden Hills (2:30 PM)
Saturdays:  6/25, 7/23.  Enjoy a good movie on special Saturdays at th…

Dayton Christian Poetry Workshop
Today at Northwest (2:30 PM)
Learn different styles of poetry and the art of the spoken word.…

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

Drop-in Sports Lab
Monday at Trotwood (12:00 AM)
Drop in anytime for some self-directed fun with a craft or experiment based on t…

Toddler Time
Monday at Miamisburg (10:00 AM)
Big fun for little ones! (Ages: 0-3) …

Kids READ
Monday at Belmont (10:00 AM)
First to Third Graders -- book some time with the children's librarian! Stop by …

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

Cooking Caravan Chef Battle
Monday at Huber Heights (11:00 AM)
Caravan Chefs square off in a culinary competition that features audience member…

LEGO Club
Monday at Huber Heights (11:00 AM)
Love LEGO? Join the club! Drop by the library and dream up a new LEGO creation e…

Paws To Read
Monday at Northmont (11:00 AM)
Read to dogs from the Miami Pet Therapy Association. …

Summer Lunch Program
Monday at Northwest (12:30 PM)
Kids are invited to eat lunch at the library. Meal provided by Dayton Public Sch…

Grab a Meal
Monday at Madden Hills (12:30 PM)
Enjoy a nutritious meal each day at Madden Hills and enjoy a story being read al…

Afternoon Storytime!
Monday at Vandalia (12:30 PM)
Ages 3 - 6.  Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activi…

Learn, Grow, Explore
Monday at Northwest (1:00 PM)
Join the Junior League of Dayton and partner organizations as they hos…

T-Shirt Decorating
Monday at East (1:30 PM)
Decorate your own t-shirt for the Summer Challenge. Bring a pre-washed white or …

Cooking Caravan Chef Battle
Monday at Brookville (2:00 PM)
Caravan Chefs square off in a culinary competition that features audience member…

Dance, Dance, Dance the Day Away with Ms. Beth
Monday at Westwood (2:00 PM)
Ms. Beth from the Muse Machine will move you to the music.  Exercise and ha…

Computer Applied
Monday at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
"What every computer user should know". We will explore the anatomy of the compu…

Fun Club!
Monday at Vandalia (2:00 PM)
Come join your friends for math, exercise, games, Maker Kits, and more.  So…

On Your Mark, Get Set, Have Fun!
Monday at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Healthy Heart: Check your heart rate before and after exercise, and learn what k…

Monday Funday: Chalk Drawing Techniques
Monday at W. Carrollton (3:00 PM)
Artist Matthew Burgy will be here to demonstrate different drawing techniques. &…

Chef Battle with the Cooking Caravan
Monday at Northmont (4:00 PM)
Caravan Chefs square off in a culinary competition that features audience member…

           

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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