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Outreach Services



Branch Manager, Kim Bautz

Mrs. Bautz has worked in the Outreach Services Department at Dayton Metro Library since 2008. Prior to becoming the manager she was the Children's Librarian and is famous for her bookmobile storytimes.

Mrs. Bautz came to Dayton Metro Library in 2001 and served as the children's librarian at several other branches before moving to the Outreach Services Department.

Staff Highlight

Jennifer Hicks is the Older Adult Specialist Librarian. She works throughout the Dayton Metro Library System to make facilities and programs welcoming to Older Adults. She works with Outreach to provide the best possible service to Homebound and Lobby Stop patrons.

Allison Knight is the Outreach Children's Librarian. She carefully crafts each Bookmobile Storytime to be both fun and educational, teaching children early literacy skills and modelling behaviors that promote reading readiness to preschool teachers.

Drew Wichterman is the Reference and Technology Assistants at Outreach Services. He teachs iPad and laptop classes at Senior Facilities, and provide one-on-one instruction on iPads and e-readers for Lobby Stop and Homebound patrons.

Early Literacy Kids' Bookmobile

The Dayton Metro Library Children's Bookmobile is an early literacy bookmobile. It is a branch on wheels that visits Head Starts, daycares and preschools all over Montgomery County. The Children's Bookmobile holds thousands of books for children, their teachers and caregivers. At the visits, a librarian demonstrates for the teachers how to do a storytime and choose appropriate books for their classroom.  To find out how the Children's Bookmobile might serve your school or organization, call Outreach Services at 937-496-8956.

Local Early Literacy Community Partners:

Lobby Stop Service to resident facilities

The Dayton Metro Library Lobby Stop truck takes carts of books, movies and music to senior apartment complexes and to independent and assisted living facilities. Staff brings the carts into the facility meeting area, and sets up a mini library for a few hours once every three weeks. Residents can reserve materials, get new library cards, and select items for check out.

At this time, all Lobby Stop schedules are full. To join our waiting list, or for additional information, call 937. 496.8956.

Homebound Service

The Dayton Metro Library Homebound service delivers Library materials to patrons who have difficulty leaving home because of physical or psychological reasons. Staff will deliver anything that checks out from the Library, exchanging items once every three weeks. Patrons can be specific or general in their requests, and can check out as much as they will use during the three weeks. If you are interested in this service for yourself or someone else, please call 496-8956 for more information, or to register.

Local Groups Supporting Homebound Individuals


Dayton Metro Library strives to be an active member of the community, and to support community parades, festivals, and other events. The Outreach Services staff and vehicles participate in community events, while balancing the other missions of the department. While Dayton Metro Library would like to support all community events, it is not physically or financially possible, and participation must be carefully considered. If you would like to request DML participation in a community event, please see the guidelines for event participation, and if your event qualifies, fill out the application form.

Lifelong Library Services

IMG 3690The Dayton Metro Library Outreach Services department offers more than just physical books. Homebound and Lobby Stop patrons can also borrow ereaders and iPads. For patrons who need larger type print than that which is currently available in print books, ereaders allow for adjustable font size, making reading easier. Ereaders are also much lighter than heavy hardbound books, so they can be easier to handle for those who find it challenging to lift large and heavy books. Our iPads also allow access to ebooks, as well as electronic audiobooks via Overdrive and access to the Library's many electronic resources and databases. iPads are equipped with an Internet connection, and are free for homebound patrons to borrow and use. This project was kindly funded through a grant from the DMH - Dayton, Inc. Fund of the Dayton Foundation.

Outreach Services also provides technology training to groups at senior living facilities. We offer multi-part classes with our Mobile Laptop Lab and our iPads, both provided through grant-funded projects. Laptop classes cover basic skills like how to use a mouse, what a computer is, how to set up and use email, and how to search for information on the Internet. Our iPad classes help patrons learn to navigate an iPad using a touch screen as well as use the iPad to navigate the Internet, access email, and connect to the Library's digital resources such as Overdrive, Hoopla, and Zinio.

Your Lifelong Library Advisory Council is a diverse group of mature adults who offer insightful feedback on the needs and desires of older adults to help the library better serve all of our patrons. Membership in this advisory council is open to anyone who wishes to voice their thoughts and suggestions on library services and programming. This group meets quarterly for one hour at different library branches. For more information, contact Jennifer Hicks, at 937-496-8857 or by email at

New Americans Services

One of the missions of DML Outreach Services is to attract new patron groups and to find innovative ways to serve people who are unfamiliar with libraries. Staff members network with Latino Connection and Welcome Dayton to determine the most effective ways to serve new Americans, such as a bookmobile stop at EL Puente afterschool program, English language practice programs, and bilingual storytimes. Mango Languages database is available to help learn a new language, including English. The Library has books, movies and music in multiple languages, and citizenship information for those who wish to be naturalized. If you have questions about this service, or suggestions for new programs, please call 937-496-8956.

Resources for New Americans

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