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Today at Northwest (12:00 AM)


Today at East (3:00 AM)
Stop by the Children's Area anytime between 3-5:30 and have fun making a simple …


Today at W. Carrollton (10:00 AM)
This program is for kids who love to move and dance around!  We will dance …


Today at Huber Heights (10:00 AM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading…


Today at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Are you looking for a good read·  Learn to use many of the same res…


Today at Northmont (3:00 PM)
Bring your own ereader to learn how to use the library's OverDrive program for e…


Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come during this special time set aside for ages 9-12, and play the Wii U with y…


Today at W. Carrollton (4:00 PM)
We will be watching some totally retro cartoons from the 1980's and 1990's and h…


Today at Burkhardt (5:30 PM)
Enjoy this month's movie in the Burkhardt meeting room! Popcorn provided.…


Today at Northwest (6:00 PM)
Come enjoy an activity that is some part art, and some part making.  Exampl…


Today at Northmont (6:30 PM)
There are areas in the Atacama Desert where zero rainfall has been recorded in t…


Today at Vandalia (6:30 PM)
Learn this simple method of color block painting and create a beautiful piece of…


Today at Electra Doren (6:30 PM)
Create a cool button to wear with your favorite photos or decorations. Supplies …


Today at Brookville (6:30 PM)
The Story of Dayton is defined by its people. Soon after the Treaty of Greenvil…


Today at Miami Twp. (6:30 PM)
Read,  Eat,  And  Discuss a great book with the book discussion g…


Tomorrow at Northwest (12:00 AM)


Tomorrow at Kettering (10:30 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and STEM based learning activities designed to develo…


Tomorrow at Trotwood (10:30 AM)
A special time just for toddlers to listen to stories and songs, socialize, buil…


Tomorrow at W. Carrollton (10:30 AM)
Parents and caregivers, bring your little ones to the library for stories, songs…


Tomorrow at Northwest (10:30 AM)


Tomorrow at Vandalia (11:00 AM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading…


Tomorrow at Miamisburg (12:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Tomorrow at Huber Heights (1:00 PM)
Celebrate the start of the Summer Challenge by building with LEGO! We'll provid…


Tomorrow at W. Carrollton (1:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Tomorrow at Kettering (1:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and STEM based learning activities designed to develo…


Tomorrow at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Bring your device and get assistance installing the library's apps for e-books,…


Tomorrow at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come during this special time set aside for ages 9-12, and play the Wii U with y…


Tomorrow at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, ca…


Tomorrow at Belmont (3:30 PM)
Build your vocabulary and literacy skills with a game of Word Bingo! This game u…


Tomorrow at Electra Doren (3:30 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading…

           

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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