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Electra C. Doren Branch Re-Dedication and Open House

The oldest branch in the Dayton Metro Library system becomes the newest when the Electra C. Doren Branch Library reopens after 10 months of remodeling under the Libraries for a Smarter Future plan. The public is invited to explore the renovated facility during an Open House on Saturday, January 3, 2015, exactly 87 years after its original dedication.

The Electra C. Doren Branch is the first completed project in the $187 million Libraries for a Smarter Future plan, made possible by voter support in 2012. New features at the Library include:

  • Bright new Children's Area
  • Dedicated Spaces for Adults and Teens
  • Community Room
  • Enhanced Technology
  • Outdoor reading terrace featuring original sculptural art installation by local artist Darren Kall.

DorenThe Open House runs from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. with refreshments, guests and prizes throughout the day. Children's programs are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and a Teen program takes place at 4:00. It is free and open to the public at the Library, which is located at 701 Troy Street in Dayton.

"We are so happy to be back in our historic building," said Branch Manager Jonathan Cline. The Branch has been operating out of a temporary facility at 359 Maryland Avenue during the renovation. This temporary Library will close on Friday, December 19, as operations move back into the renovated building.

"We're looking forward to welcoming our patrons into their familiar Library and offering so many improvements to better serve them," Cline said.

Additional support for the Electra C. Doren facility was provided by the Kiser High School Alumni Association, Dayton Children's Hospital, and the Leslie C. Mapp Foundation as well as anonymous donors.

The Electra C. Doren Branch Library will begin regular operating hours on Monday, January 5, 2015: 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Contact the Library at 937-496-8928 or visit the Electra C. Doren Branch Library page.

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