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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.

All DML locations are closed today and tomorrow in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen Tuesday, 5/31 at 9:30am.

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Newly ordered audiobooks, fictions, large print fiction, DVDs, and eBooks. eBooks can now be checked out from overdrive.daytonmetrolibrary.org and everything else can be placed on reserve at daytonmetrolibrary.org/collection. https://facebook.com/DaytonMetroLibr…

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

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…

Toddler Fun
Tuesday at Trotwood (11:00 AM)
Bring your toddler for some fun activities made especially for them! We will hav…

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

Rubber Duck Club Storytime
Tuesday at W. Carrollton (1:00 PM)
This storytime is geared toward preschoolers and their families. We'll read stor…

Preschool STEM Storytime
Tuesday at Kettering (1:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

3D Printing @ Your Library
Tuesday at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Watch a 3D printer in action, learn the basics, and learn how to design & pr…

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

SICSA: Exercise With Pets!
Tuesday at Burkhardt (3:00 PM)
Learn the basics of clicker training with hands-on learning! Practice fun and po…

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

One on One Computer Classes
Tuesday at Madden Hills (3:30 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

Learn to Code
Tuesday at Trotwood (4:30 PM)
Come learn the basics of coding in a fun way! Registration is required due to li…

Internet Basics
Tuesday at Northwest (5:30 PM)
Now that you have mastered the mouse and conquered the computer, let's go online…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Tuesday at Wilmington (5:30 PM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, pup…

Teen Art Studio
Tuesday at Miami Twp. (6:00 PM)
Drop in and Draw! All materials will be provided. Whether you like to draw comic…

Game Night!
Tuesday at Northwest (6:00 PM)
Play fun games and enjoy some treats.  Ages 5-12…

Tech Art
Tuesday at Brookville (6:30 PM)
Art + technology = lots of fun. Come check out our new 3Doodlers and watercolor …

Talk Tables
Tuesday at Belmont (6:30 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Family Storytime
Tuesday at Wilmington (7:00 PM)
Have quality family time at the library with books, songs and activities for par…

Kids READ
Tuesday at Belmont (7:00 PM)
First to Third Graders -- book some time with the children's librarian! Stop by …

Baby + Toddler Playtime
Wednesday at Belmont (9:30 AM)
Wednesdays, 5/18 - 7/27, 9:35 - 10:00 a.m. Songs, a story and other activities j…

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

Storytime
Wednesday at Northmont (10:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other learning activities designed to develop the…

Mother Goose on the Loose Bilingual Babytime
Wednesday at Kettering (10:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program in Spanish and English that …

Toddler Storytime
Wednesday at Wilmington (10:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Toddler Tales I
Wednesday at Brookville (10:00 AM)
This early literacy program is geared toward very young children and their paren…

Preschool Storytime
Wednesday at Miamisburg (10:00 AM)
Enjoy stories, rhymes, crafts, and puppet shows. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.&nbs…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Wednesday at EC Doren (10:00 AM)
Little Champs and their caregivers are invited to enjoy songs, rhymes, fingerpla…

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Dayton Metro Library Buys Historic Property for Operations Center

Dayton Metro Library announced today that it intends to purchase three properties to improve library services and keep its pledge that the new Main Library will be an important draw for Dayton's downtown.

This is another step forward in the replacement and renovation of Dayton Metro Library's facilities made possible by the $187 million bond issue voters approved in November 2012.

Dayton Metro Library will renovate the Hauer Music building at 120 S. Patterson Blvd. to serve as its Operations Center, which will house approximately 60 employees who handle behind-the-scenes services such as IT and selecting, acquiring, cataloging and processing new materials. Moving these functions out of the Main Library will save taxpayers money and expand the space available to library patrons. It significantly reduces the cost per square foot for these operations, and that savings will go toward additional improvements at neighborhood libraries.

The purchase also includes a one acre parking lot at the northeast corner of Fourth Street and Patterson Boulevard. Library officials estimate they will save more than $20,000 per year by relocating staff parking from leased space.

"We had been looking for several months for property in downtown that would meet the distinct needs of an operations center when we learned that the Hauer building might be available," said Tim Kambitsch, Dayton Metro Library Executive Director. "We are thrilled to be able to honor its history and maintain a Dayton landmark for decades to come."

"The Main Library is the hub of our network of neighborhood libraries," Kambitsch added. "With these properties, we'll have a cost-effective operations center to support the system's expanded programs and services."

Dayton Metro Library has also reached an agreement to acquire the property at 25 S. Patterson Blvd. that includes the Gentile Produce and Webster Station buildings south of the Main Library. This area will be working space during construction and then create an attractive gateway to the new Main Library.

"We are thrilled that our historic building fits in with the vision of the 21st century library," Jim Hauer said. "Given our over 75 years of service to musical arts, we are glad we can help sustain the library's service to the Arts and Literature community."

Hauer Music will be moving its operation. "We will continue for the next 75 years as the premier music store in the Miami Valley," Hauer said.

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