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Learn about the Minority & Women Entrepreneur’s Conference, upcoming Jobseekers sessions, and more in this issue of Business FOCUS. Local author and University of Dayton Law Professor Dennis Turner will talk about his new book, What Did You Do in the War, Sister? on Thursday, 5/24, 6pm in the Main Library's Eichelberger Forum.

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Today at New Lebanon (9:30 AM)
Choose from one of our topics and have your own private class.  These class…


Today at Miamisburg (10:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Today at Main Library (10:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow a child's love of learning. This is an early litera…


Today at Northwest (10:00 AM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, cas…


Today at Main Library (10:00 AM)
MVCTC Aspire Program at the Dayton Metro LibraryBegin your preparation for the H…


Today at Kettering (10:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program in Spanish and English that …


Today at Northwest (10:00 AM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, cas…


Today at Electra Doren (10:30 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Today at Belmont (10:30 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Today at Kettering (11:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, pup…


Today at Vandalia (12:00 PM)
Hang out in our community room for a quiet spot to study for exams alone or with…


Today at Brookville (1:00 PM)
Tech Help is an open, informal training session for those seeking personalized h…


Today at Main Library (2:00 PM)
Computer In Action Third class of the Computer series "What every computer …


Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Got homework· Friendly Homework Helpers can guide you in the right direct…


Today at New Lebanon (2:30 PM)
Calling all tweens and teens! Join us for a celebration of the end of school!&nb…


Today at Electra Doren (2:30 PM)
Come to the library for video game time. We have a PS4 and lots of great games f…


Today at Belmont (3:00 PM)
Dig into the science of Paleontology - the study of fossil animals and plants. …


Today at Northmont (3:00 PM)
Use household items and office supplies to build mini catapults, then test their…


Today at Main Library (3:00 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Today at Huber Heights (3:30 PM)
Enjoy some down time playing games, doing crafts, and hanging out with friends. …


Today at Westwood (3:30 PM)
Teens and Tweens will enjoy fun gaming (arcade games/ board games)…


Today at Kettering (4:00 PM)
Bring a pre-washed, WHITE T-shirt or pillowcase that you will decorate to show e…


Today at Huber Heights (4:00 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Today at Main Library (4:00 PM)
Watch anime with your friends and enjoy snacks or other activities. For grades 7…


Today at Electra Doren (4:00 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Tomorrow at New Lebanon (10:00 AM)
Join us as we explore our more artistic sides!…


Tomorrow at Vandalia (10:00 AM)
Stop in and watch the Quilts of Valor Foundation volunteers create amazing quilt…


Tomorrow at Kettering (10:00 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…


Tomorrow at Northwest (10:30 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…

           

Dayton Metro Library Selects Architects

The Dayton Metro Library has selected the Dayton Design Collaborative – a partnership among LWC, Levin Porter, and Ruetschle – to be the Architect of Record for the first segment of its facilities plan. These three local firms will work with Group 4 Architecture, a national firm with extensive library experience, to design five distinct facilities. The first five projects are: renovate and expand the Main Library downtown; build a new neighborhood library in Northwest Dayton that will be the largest branch in the system; renovate and expand the Miami Township branch; renovate the historic E.C. Doren branch; and establish an operations center to reduce costs by moving support functions out of the Main Library.

Four other firms were pre-qualified for consideration for the 13 projects slated for the remaining three segments of the facilities plan:

  • Bostwick Design Partnership with APP Architecture
  • HBM Architects
  • John Poe Architects and Annette Miller Architects
  • Matrix/Moody-Nolan

"When interviewing the finalists we wanted to be certain the firms selected really understood the special mission of a library," said Tim Kambitsch, Dayton Metro Library Executive Director. "These cannot just be attractive buildings. They must also be functional, cost effective, and lasting," he said.

The firms were selected by a committee comprised of members of the Dayton Metro Library Board of Trustees and senior library staff after reviewing proposals received through an open Request for Qualifications process. The RFQ specified a team approach to ensure that the project will be designed by professionals with a strong local presence and proven expertise creating libraries for 21st century needs. The Architect of Record had to be a Montgomery County firm, and proposals were scored on the quality and capacity of the local firm. Other selection criteria included documented experience creating inspiring library designs, quality of supporting consultants, experience with Main libraries, and the ability to design all projects in the initial segment.

"We are excited about the capabilities and vision the selected firms will bring to the process to transform our libraries to meet the current and future needs of our community," said Kambitsch.

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