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Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library


Key Facility Amenities

  • Free public computers with internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi + Laptop Tech Lending
  • Printers and Copiers with Fax and Scanner
  • Monthly book discussion group
  • Test proctoring (with advance notice to Branch Manager)
  • Toys and games for children and teens

Branch Manager,
Cara Kouse
Assistant Branch Manager,
Sandy Prell

Staff - Branch Highlight

The Wilmington-Stroop Branch has a staff of 12 full and part-time librarians and library workers who assist patrons, plan and conduct programs, and engage in outreach to the community. Patrons who need computer training can attend classes or schedule individual help. Additional part-time aides (both adults and teens) shelve books and assist the staff in keeping the Library looking neat and orderly.

Branch Manager, Cara Kouse

Ms. Kouse began her library career at Ohio University’s Alden Library in the Center for International Collections and Microforms. Before becoming Manager of the Wilmington-Stroop Branch of the Dayton Metro Library, she served as Assistant Branch Manager of the Wilmington-Stroop Branch and Manager of the Miamisburg Branch. In addition to her Library Science degree, she holds degrees in computer science and applied mathematics. When not at work, Cara enjoys spending time with her family, tinkering with various technologies, and making jewelry.

Assistant Branch Manager, Sandy Prell

Ms. Prell served as the Business Specialist for Dayton Metro Library before working at the Wilmington-Stroop Branch. In addition to her Library Science degree, she has degrees in journalism and business. Working in a busy library utilizes all her education and experience to help people. At home, Sandy enjoys reading, cooking and having fun with her border collie.

Community Connection

The Wilmington-Stroop Branch is a valued partner for the community. Whether through offering collaborative programming with Rosewood Arts Centre or by collaborating with the City of Kettering Parks and Recreation Department in studying the feasibility of a joint facility, the Branch staff strives to meet the needs of the community in innovative ways. Connected to the business community, "Wil-Stroop" is an active member of the KMO Chamber. With a strong focus on education, the Branch partners with local education centers to provide library cards, materials, programming and other services to schools, teachers and students in Kettering City Schools, as well as other area schools and daycares.


Design work is beginning for a new larger Wilmington-Stroop Branch. The current building will be demolished to provide space to better position a larger building and improve access and egress to the parking lot. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2017.

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