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Staff Highlight

Suzanne Kirchner is the Older Adult Specialist Librarian. She works throughout the Dayton Metro Library System to make facilities and programs welcoming to Older Adults. She works with Outreach to provide the best possible service to Homebound and Lobby Stop patrons.

Christian Brewington is the Outreach Children's Librarian. He carefully crafts each Bookmobile Storytime to be both fun and educational, teaching children early literacy skills and modelling behaviors that promote reading readiness to preschool teachers.

We also have three staff members whose focus is on Reference and Technology at Outreach Services. They teach iPad and laptop classes at Senior Facilities, and provide one-on-one instruction on iPads and e-readers for Lobby Stop and Homebound patrons.

Early Literacy Kids' Bookmobile

Dayton Metro Library has an early literacy bookmobile that visits preschools and daycares. The Bookmobile provides story time and the opportunity for young readers to select and check out books that they can keep until we return. Teachers can also request special collections of books to complement any subjects they might be covering in their classroom.

To request the Bookmobile for your preschool or daycare center, call Outreach Services at 937.496.8956.

Local Early Literacy Community Partners:

Lobby Stop Service to resident facilities

Sometimes you don’t know what you want until you see it! The Dayton Metro Library could set up a browsing library in the lobby, cafeteria or common area of your senior living community. You could browse and make your selections, check out the items return them on the next visit. The materials we offer include: large and regular-print books, DVDs, music CDs and books on CD.

Talk to your activity director and ask them to call Outreach Services at 937.496.8956 to request the Lobby Stop Library.

Homebound Delivery

The Dayton Metro Library’s Outreach Services provides Homebound Delivery to adults who have difficulty leaving home because of physical or psychological reasons. We’ll deliver books, movies and music directly to you, free of charge. Whether you need us for only a short time, or indefinitely, Homebound Delivery will be there.

Local Groups Supporting Homebound Individuals


Dayton Metro Library strives to be an active member of the community, and to support community parades, festivals, and other events. The Outreach Services staff and vehicles participate in community events, while balancing the other missions of the department. While Dayton Metro Library would like to support all community events, it is not physically or financially possible, and participation must be carefully considered. If you would like to request DML participation in a community event, please see the guidelines for event participation, and if your event qualifies, fill out the application form.

Lifelong Library Services

IMG 3690The Dayton Metro Library Outreach Services department offers more than just physical books. Homebound and Lobby Stop patrons can also borrow ereaders and iPads. For patrons who need larger type print than that which is currently available in print books, ereaders allow for adjustable font size, making reading easier. Ereaders are also much lighter than heavy hardbound books, so they can be easier to handle for those who find it challenging to lift large and heavy books. Our iPads also allow access to ebooks, as well as electronic audiobooks via Overdrive and access to the Library's many electronic resources and databases. iPads are equipped with an Internet connection, and are free for homebound patrons to borrow and use. This project was kindly funded through a grant from the DMH - Dayton, Inc. Fund of the Dayton Foundation.

Outreach Services also provides technology training to groups at senior living facilities. We offer multi-part classes with our Mobile Laptop Lab and our iPads, both provided through grant-funded projects. Laptop classes cover basic skills like how to use a mouse, what a computer is, how to set up and use email, and how to search for information on the Internet. Our iPad classes help patrons learn to navigate an iPad using a touch screen as well as use the iPad to navigate the Internet, access email, and connect to the Library's digital resources such as Overdrive, Hoopla, and Zinio.

Your Lifelong Library Advisory Council is a diverse group of mature adults who offer insightful feedback on the needs and desires of older adults to help the library better serve all of our patrons. Membership in this advisory council is open to anyone who wishes to voice their thoughts and suggestions on library services and programming. This group meets quarterly for one hour at different library branches. For more information, contact Suzanne Kirchner, at 937.496.8857 or by email at

New Americans Services

One of the missions of DML Outreach Services is to attract new patron groups and to find innovative ways to serve people who are unfamiliar with libraries. Staff members network with Latino Connection and Welcome Dayton to determine the most effective ways to serve new Americans, such as a bookmobile stop at EL Puente afterschool program, English language practice programs, and bilingual storytimes. Mango Languages database is available to help learn a new language, including English. The Library has books, movies and music in multiple languages, and citizenship information for those who wish to be naturalized. If you have questions about this service, or suggestions for new programs, please call 937-496-8956.

Resources for New Americans

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