After 10 months of renovation, the Electra C. Doren Branch of the Dayton Metro Library reopened to the public on a cold, wet day in January. Now that warm weather has arrived, it's time to dedicate the Library's new Outdoor Reading Terrace. A Neighborhood Celebration and Dedication Ceremony takes place on Friday, May 15, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Library, located at 701 Troy Street in Dayton. The public is invited.
"The Outdoor Reading Terrace is not only a beautiful addition to our Library, it's a welcome attraction in the neighborhood as well," said Jonathan Cline, Manager of the Electra C. Doren Branch Library. "Children can gather here for storytimes, adults can enjoy a peaceful place to read, and everyone can appreciate the beautiful artwork."
Artist Darren Kall created six cutout metal sculptures for the terrace fence depicting notable Old North Dayton landmarks such as Kiser School and the Barney & Smith Car Works. This is the first art installation in the ReImagining Works program, which will incorporate new artwork at each Dayton Metro Library location. Kall will give tours of the sculptures and be available for conversation during the celebration.
"I made the sculptures to create an art-gallery experience for people who use the reading terrace," Kall said. "I imagine people sitting outside reading books, surrounded by these Old North Dayton landmarks giving them a sense of place and connection to the historical importance of the neighborhood."
Library Executive Director Tim Kambitsch will lead the ceremony which also features a Lithuanian dance performance and tours of the Library's Bookmobile. Free hot dogs and Mikesell's Potato Chips will be available to the first 200 in attendance.
The Outdoor Reading Terrace was made possible by the Leslie C. Mapp Foundation. ReImagining Works is made possible by an anonymous bequest. The Garden Club of Dayton worked on plantings in the Terrace area.
For more information, call the Dayton Metro Library at (937) 463-BOOK.