There’s a bold new building at the intersection of Wilmington Pike and Stroop Road in Kettering. The Wilmington-Stroop Branch of the Dayton Metro Library celebrates its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 1, 1:00-4:00 p.m., with a ribbon cutting and sneak preview for the public. Regular hours resume Monday, June 3, at the Library located at 3980 Wilmington Pike.
The old Wilmington-Stroop building closed in December of 2017, and was subsequently demolished. The new facility, made possible by a bond issue passed by Montgomery County voters in 2012, is 50% larger than the previous building. It features state-of-the-art amenities in library service, including a Community Room accessible before and after hours, a Reflections-themed Children’s Area and dedicated TeenEDGE space, a Quiet Reading Room, a fireplace, outdoor patio, numerous public computers, industrial grade WiFi, laptop lending, a vending area, and four original art installations.
“This Branch has something new and exciting for everyone to enjoy, but one of the highlights that I think people will notice right from the start is the wonderful natural light filtering in through all directions,” said Branch Manager Mike Hensel. “It truly is a welcoming beacon to the area.”
The June 1 Grand Opening festivities include:
A special Quiet Tour of the new Library will be held Wednesday, June 5, 8:30-9:30 a.m., an hour before the Library opens to the public.
“We’ve set aside this time to give our patrons with sensory needs the opportunity to explore and experience all the new features of their Library without the crowds and noise we anticipate during our first few weeks back in business,” said Children Services Librarian Melissa Sokol.
After being closed for nearly a year and a half and working elsewhere in the Dayton Metro Library system, the Wilmington-Stroop Branch staff are eager to get back to their community.
“Staff look forward to being together under one roof and reconnecting with our patrons,” said Hensel. “Even though we are just opening, we want everyone to know that the Summer Challenge is alive and well, so stop in to the new Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library to register, and join us for a variety of fun programs this summer.”