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Enjoy a vast collection of materials, services and programs for all ages and stages of life. Explore our online resources including digital collections, databases, searchable events calendar and reference assistance. Learn, imagine and discover at the Dayton Metro Library – your story begins here.

Celebrate Independence Day by biking the red, white, & blue: http://bit.ly/291pfio https://facebook.com/DaytonMetroLibr… In 1941 the library experimented with providing outdoor reading facilities to patrons during the summer, in Cooper Park. They furnished folding chairs, cushions, and a beach umbrella, and it was equipped with magazines and books. The Outdoor reading Room was open 54 days and circulated 3,793 books. When the new library was built, the library garden was named the Outdoor Reading Room. #tbt https://facebook.com/DaytonMetroLibr…

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Grab a Meal
Today at Madden Hills (12:30 PM)
Enjoy a nutritious meal each day at Madden Hills and enjoy a story being read al…

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

Reading Buddies
Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Do you feel that your child needs a little more practice reading? Stop by the Re…

Fitness Friday
Today at W. Carrollton (4:00 PM)
Come to the library for a fun workout using books and videos in the library's co…

Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime
Tomorrow at Burkhardt (9:45 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, and stories, all to encourage e…

Pop-up Makerspace
Tomorrow at Belmont (10:00 AM)
Looking for a great family activity? Drop by during selected hours to try the Li…

Builder's Club
Tomorrow at Miamisburg (10:30 AM)
Do you like LEGO? If so, this is the place for you! Build your own LEGO masterpi…

Preschool Storytime
Tomorrow at Burkhardt (10:30 AM)
Support your child's early literacy development at this interactive family story…

Family Storytime
Tomorrow at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Have quality time with books, songs, and activities for parents and children to …

Kids READ
Tomorrow at Belmont (1:30 PM)
First to Third Graders -- book some time with the children's librarian! Stop by …

Got Game?
Tomorrow at Main (2:00 PM)
Why should the kids have all the fun? Bring your friends or make some new ones w…

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

Open Computer Lab
Tomorrow at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Designed to allow more time for practice, Open Lab is your opportunity to get ad…

Get in the Game: Chess/Boxing
Tomorrow at Miamisburg (3:30 PM)
Chess boxing is a fully developed competitive sport popular in Europe, and gover…

Grab a Meal
Monday at Madden Hills (12:30 PM)
Enjoy a nutritious meal each day at Madden Hills and enjoy a story being read al…

Tadpole Tales
Tuesday at Huber Heights (10:00 AM)
Hear great stories, sing songs and make a craft. Ages 2-3 with a parent or careg…

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday at Brookville (10:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

Toddler Time
Tuesday at Miamisburg (10:00 AM)
Big fun for little ones! (Ages: 0-3) …

Tuesday Morning Storytime
Tuesday at East (10:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

I Like to Move It!
Tuesday at Miami Twp. (10:00 AM)
Join us each week for some outdoor fun - sidewalk chalk, playground games, parac…

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday at Northwest (10:30 AM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

Preschool STEM Storytime
Tuesday at Kettering (10:30 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

Wiggle Worms Storytime
Tuesday at W. Carrollton (10:30 AM)
Here's a storytime especially for babies and toddlers. We'll read stories, dance…

Book Lunch
Tuesday at Northmont (12:15 PM)
Bring your lunch, listen to stories, and participate in a mystery activity. Dess…

Summer Lunch Program
Tuesday at Northwest (12:30 PM)
Kids are invited to eat lunch at the library. Meal provided by Dayton Public Sch…

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday at Miamisburg (12:30 PM)
Enjoy stories, rhymes, crafts, and puppet shows. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.&nbs…

Grab a Meal
Tuesday at Madden Hills (12:30 PM)
Enjoy a nutritious meal each day at Madden Hills and enjoy a story being read al…

Triple Play Tuesdays
Tuesday at Huber Heights (1:00 PM)
Looking for something to do? Come to the library every Tuesday for a fun activit…

Let's Get Up!
Tuesday at Northwest (1:00 PM)
Join us for an action packed time of health and wellness activities for grades K…

Tremendous Tuesdays-Puppets + Crafts + Games, Oh My!
Tuesday at Westwood (1:00 PM)
Join us for outdoor games-bowling, corn hole, twister and frisbee, and indoor fu…

           

Libraries for a Smarter Future - May 2013 Update

Libraries for a Smarter Future

In March, we shared with you the exciting news that we would be able to replace more of our aging facilities with new construction. In this update, we'd like to share some highlights of the new Main Library and some details of how we were able to strengthen our entire facilities plan.

The Dayton Metro Main Library is our library district's centerpiece. We are committed to building a downtown destination that will be an architectural showcase with first-class amenities that exceed our patrons' highest expectations. We will offer expanded services and programming that will include:

  • Public space in the new Main Library will increase dramatically from about 28,000 square feet to more than 100,000 square feet with just a minor increase in its current footprint.
  • Dedicated areas for Adults, Teens and Children – including Quiet Reading, a Teen Homework Center and activity space, and a Children's Story and Program Room
  • More than 90 patron computers, 24 short-term internet stations to search the collections, a 30-seat computer training lab, and WiFi throughout
  • Free underground parking for about 150 cars
  • A 300-seat theater for library and community programs
  • Six rooms seating 30 to 70 people for meetings and gatherings
  • 24 rooms for group study and tutoring
  • 5,000 square feet of space to share with nonprofit organizations for testing innovative services or providing longer-term programs
  • A coffee bar/café

 Our original plan for re-creating our system of libraries was reflected in a Concept Budget, based on the best information we had before we "looked under the hood" at each facility. Once voters approved the bond issue, we were able to do a comprehensive evaluation of our buildings, examining them at a new level of detail.

As with any construction project of this magnitude, the plan has evolved. Most significant, our architects and engineers concluded that expanding and remodeling some of our existing neighborhood libraries amounted to throwing good money after bad.

Some of the buildings have structural deficiencies; some have outlived their life expectancy, given, for example, new requirements for energy efficiency. Others cannot be cost-effectively configured to meet the different programming needs. In each case, a cost-benefit analysis dictated that we opt to build a new facility over trying to "make do" with obsolete structures.

Following the comprehensive analysis, the Dayton Design Collaborative created a Program Budget, reallocating the cost estimates to reflect the specific programming needs of each of the 16 neighborhood branches and Main.

In the Program Budget, we identified $21 million that we could use to improve our facilities master plan, without reducing services at the Main Library downtown. In fact, we discovered that by moving the parking to the lower levels and reducing the original floor plan for the Main Library by only 12 percent – or 12,000 square feet – we could add nearly 50,000 square feet of new construction in the neighborhood libraries. That is a four-fold return on this modest adjustment.

How did we free up dollars to address deficiencies in some of the neighborhood libraries?

  • Construction costs for the Main Library were reduced by $9.3 million by the relocation of backroom functions and the modest reduction in square footage.
  • Construction costs for the parking were reduced by $3.3 million when the analysis showed the two lower levels of the Main library could be converted to provide significant underground parking.
  • An additional $2.7 million was saved in site development costs largely because a separate site was no longer needed for a parking structure.
  • Nearly $2.7 million was eliminated from the construction escalation estimates because they were initially calculated using an across-the-board inflationary figure and then were recalculated based on the specific project timeline.
  • The balance is reflected in refined estimates for furniture, furnishings, equipment and technology ($3 million) and a net reduction in the revised contingencies calculation and owners' costs ($1 million).

How will the money be spent?

  • $14.4 million was reallocated to the 16 neighborhood libraries, including toward the construction of six new branches originally slated for renovation and to meet the programming needs at all the neighborhood facilities, including the six new buildings in the City of Dayton identified as a top priority in the initial plan.
  • $6.7 million was allocated to create a new offsite Outreach and Operations Center, cutting the cost per square foot for backroom functions by half by moving them out of the Main Library. In addition, moving these functions elsewhere will make the new Main Library interior more functional and the exterior more attractive for patrons and our neighbors because we won't need features such as a loading dock at Main.

Our goal of providing Montgomery County voters a system of 21st century libraries that will last for generations has not changed. The Main Library remains our hub and will be a stunning asset for Downtown and the Dayton region.

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