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The Summer Challenge for all ages is in full swing! Sign up online or stop by any DML location. http://daytonmetrolibrary.org/summer Learn about our "Leaving a Legacy of Love" program series and more in this month's issue of Lifelong Learning FOCUS. http://myemail.constantcontact.com/L…

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A Date with a Sewing Machine
Today at Brookville (9:30 AM)
Wish you had a sewing machine for just an hour to do all that mending …

Baby + Toddler Playtime
Today at Belmont (9:30 AM)
Wednesdays, 5/18 - 7/27, 9:35 - 10:00 a.m. Songs, a story and other activities j…

Mother Goose on the Loose Bilingual Babytime
Today at Kettering (10:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program in Spanish and English that …

Toddler Storytime
Today at Wilmington (10:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Preschool Storytime
Today at Miamisburg (10:00 AM)
Enjoy stories, rhymes, crafts, and puppet shows. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.&nbs…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Today at EC Doren (10:00 AM)
Little Champs and their caregivers are invited to enjoy songs, rhymes, fingerpla…

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

Preschool Storytime
Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Today at Kettering (11:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program in English that uses rhymes,…

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

Preschool Power!
Today at EC Doren (11:00 AM)
Preschoolers can power up during our Summer Challenge Storytimes! Fun stories, s…

Preschool Storytime
Today at Wilmington (1:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

Talk Tables
Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

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

Word Basics
Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
This session introduces you to the basics of Microsoft Office Word.  We wil…

Talk Tables
Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Show Me the Money!
Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Check out our hands-on Money Smarts Exhibit, watch a fun video about money, and …

Teen Chaos: Chess + Tabletop Games
Today at W. Carrollton (3:00 PM)
From Chess to Munchkin and more, we will have a variety of new and classic board…

Teen Gaming
Today at Huber Heights (3:30 PM)
Come to the library for video games on the big screen, snacks, and your favorite…

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

Lego Party
Today at East (3:30 PM)
Enjoy a fun afternoon building and creating with Lego. Ages 4-12. …

Hey teens stop into the Hoover Street Cafe + create Sharpie Rock art
Today at Westwood (3:45 PM)
Teens it's time to create using rocks and sharpie ink pens. Let your creative si…

Talk Tables
Today at Huber Heights (4:30 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Daydreaming on Paper
Tomorrow at New Lebanon (9:30 AM)
Participants in this 6 week collage-journaling class for adults 55+, led by teac…

A Date with a Sewing Machine
Tomorrow at Brookville (9:30 AM)
Wish you had a sewing machine for just an hour to do all that mending …

Toddler Storytime
Tomorrow at Kettering (10:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Tomorrow at Wilmington (10:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, pup…

Math + Science Fun
Tomorrow at Belmont (10:30 AM)
A variety of fun activities with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and…

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

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

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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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