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Westwood maintains a diverse staff of 10-12 people possessing varying backgrounds, interests and life experiences. Their attributes blend cohesively in their collective effort to promote “Intellectual Freedom” and create a welcoming library atmosphere on Dayton’s west side.
Ms. Johnson began her professional career with Dayton Metro Library in 2002 as a Children's Librarian at Madden Hills before becoming the Branch Manager in 2011. Her favorite authors are James Patterson and Kimberla Lawson-Roby. Winnie enjoys working in her flower garden, reading, and playing with her pups Mylo and Zoey.
A native Daytonian, Ashlee Hammond grew up in the Madden Hills and Westwood area. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University in 2016, and her MLIS from Kent State University in 2019. She is an alumnus of the Black Leadership Development Program through Parity, Inc. Her library career began in 2011 as a Library Aide. Through the years, she’s continued to grow within the Dayton Metro Library system, working as both a Patron Services Assistant and Teen Services Librarian. Ashlee has always been inspired by this simple quote: “She believed she could, and so she did.”
The variety of partnerships developed by the Westwood Branch staff demonstrates the vibrancy and vitality of this small branch in this active community. Working together with the Southwest Priority Board and Westwood Collaborative Network, the Library strengthens the neighborhood. Partnerships with nonprofits such as Family Unity ’95 and the Wesley Community Center keep the Branch as an integral partner for youth, families, and seniors. And of course, their strong commitment to education is demonstrated in partnerships with Dayton Boys Preparatory, Edison K-8. Residence Park K-8, Mary Queen of Peace, Westwood K-8, and Thurgood Marshall High School.
An expansive new West Branch Library will be built at the corner of Abbey Avenue and Route 35 on the site of the original Wright Airplane Factory – just a block off West Third Street and less than a mile from the current Madden Hills and Westwood Branches. Property acquisition is taking time but moving forward.