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New Library Opens in Northwest Dayton on April 23rd

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The first entirely new Library to be built in Montgomery County since 2000 opens its doors in a grand celebration on Friday, April 22. The Northwest Branch of the Dayton Metro Library, located at 2410 Philadelphia Drive, serves patrons of the consolidated Dayton View, Ft. McKinley and Northtown-Shiloh Branches.

The Grand Opening takes place 1:30-5:30 p.m. on April 22, with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Marsha Bonhart at 2:00 p.m. Activities are planned throughout the afternoon, including a performance by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, tours of the Library, technology demonstrations and refreshments. Special attractions for children include animals from the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Library mascots Cosmo and Pip, and gaming in the Teen and Tween Area.

“We are so pleased to open this beautiful new Library,” said Tim Kambitsch, Dayton Metro Library Executive Director. “It is a state-of-the-art facility with expanded services and beautiful amenities,” said Kambitsch.

This is the first new facility to open in the Libraries for a Smarter Future project, the Dayton Metro Library’s system-wide facilities upgrade made possible by voter support of a bond issue in 2012.

“It will do far more than replace the aging and inefficient facilities that housed the three small branches in the area,” Kambitsch said. “It will be a community resource for early literacy and workforce development.”

Featured amenities at the Northwest Branch Library include:

  • Enclosed Quiet Reading Room
  • Technology Lab and tech lending
  • Reading lounge with a dual-sided fireplace
  • Meadow-themed Children’s Area with early childhood manipulatives to promote literacy and kindergarten readiness
  • Enclosed outdoor children’s patio and outdoor amphitheater
  • Designated Teen and Tween areas with gaming systems
  • Audiovisual Editing Suite plus a video recorder and green scree
  • A large, dividable community room for Library and community programs
  • Flexible space for partnerships and longer-term exhibits
  • Original artwork by four regional artists
  • Café operated by Third Perk Express
  • Automated 24-hour returns
  • 24-Hour Lobby Lockers for Holds
  • Plentiful, lit parking
  • Convenient access to RTA lines

“We are pleased to announce our first long-term Opportunity Space Partner, the Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center,” said Jayne Klose, Community Engagement Manager.  “Memorabilia from TheFunkCenter’s growing collection will be on display at the Northwest Branch Library through late fall of 2016 and a docent will be on hand to offer information and expertise on the interactive display.”

Regular hours begin Saturday, April 23, 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. with continued operating hours the same as all Dayton Metro Library locations:
9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
The Northwest Branch Library will offer Sunday hours in the fall.

For more information, call (937) 463-BOOK.

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