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DML Magazine Summer 2020
Imagination Library

Huber Heights Branch Library

Huber-Heights

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Key Facility Amenities

  • Free Public Computers with internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi + Laptop Tech Lending
  • Printers | Copiers with Fax and Scanner
  • Test proctoring
    (with advance notice to Branch Manager)
  • Monthly Book Club
  • Quiet Reading Room
  • Early literacy area
  • Dedicated teen area
  • Board games/puzzles for in-library use

Branch Manager, Carol Mitchell

Branch Manager, Carol Mitchell

Carol joined the Dayton Metro Library as the Huber Heights Branch Manager in April 2018. A Miami Valley native, Carol is experienced in library youth services and library management and administration. She formerly worked with libraries in Champaign and Greene Counties and worked abroad in libraries in Qatar and British Columbia, Canada. Carol enjoys traveling, and reading thrillers, nonfiction, and historical fiction.

Staff - Branch Highlight

Huber Heights employs a diverse staff of 12 full-time, 4 part-time, and 13 aides. This location also provides volunteer opportunities for adults and teens. Librarians at Huber Heights specialize in services for adults, children and teens. The staff is happy to provide assistance with technology, suggestions on what to read, watch, or listen to next, support emerging literacy, set-up and troubleshoot electronic devices used to access online library resources, and offer help with resume building and online job hunting.

Community Connection

The Huber Heights Branch is one of the busiest branches in the Dayton Metro Library system. Partnerships with the City of Huber Heights, Huber Heights Senior Center, Huber Heights City School District, Huber Heights Early Readiness Coalition, Sinclair Community College – Huber Heights Campus, YMCA – Huber Heights, Ohio Virtual Academy, Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce, Wayne Township Huber Heights Historical Society, Five Rivers MetroParks, Garden Station, Huber Heights Farmers’ Market, The Foodbank, Toys for Tots, Aullwood’s Farm Babies, and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio help the Branch staff serve patrons of all ages with engaging, interesting, and educational programming.

Facilities

A new Branch Library in Huber Heights is the final project in DML’s Libraries for a Smarter Future facilities improvement plan, made possible by a $187 million bond issue passed in November 2012. Over the course of this system wide project, we have learned that it can take much longer to acquire the right property at the right price than our initial timeline allowed. However, careful planning for such contingencies, along with earmarked funds for each project, ensure that the final Libraries, including Huber Heights, are built to the same high standards as the earlier ones.

In Huber Heights, much work has been going on behind the scenes. The Executive Director has been working closely with Huber Heights city officials to find and secure a location that meets our site selection criteria, which includes:

  • accessible by car, bus, and pedestrians
  • visible from a major route
  • central to the population
  • reasonable development costs

We are focused now on a location with real promise, and we hope to make an announcement this year (2020).

The new Huber Heights Branch Library will have the following core elements:

  • Rich collections of print books and media displayed for easy browsing
  • Substantially more computers for public use
  • Small group study and tutoring rooms
  • A Quiet Reading Room for readers and researchers
  • Dedicated spaces for children, tweens, teens and adults
  • Upgraded power and connectivity, with work stations tailored for current and future technology
  • Adequate parking

In addition to these core elements, the Huber Heights Branch Library’s children’s area will feature early childhood learning technology along with storytime and creativity spaces. There will be reservable rooms for both Library and community events, and original art installations specifically created for the Huber Heights community as part of the ReImagining Works project.

As the project progresses, public forums will invite community input on design elements and other features. Stay tuned! We appreciate your patience as we work to bring a state-of-the-art Branch Library to Huber Heights.

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