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DML Magazine Summer 2020
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Grand Opening of the New Southeast Branch Library


The newest Branch in the Dayton Metro Library system will soon open its doors to the public. The Southeast Branch Library, a merging of the former Belmont and East Branches, celebrates its Grand Opening on Saturday, August 10, with a ribbon cutting and sneak preview, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Regular hours resume on Monday, August 12, at the Library, located at 21 Watervliet Avenue in Dayton.

The new 24,000 square foot facility is part of a county-wide facilities improvement project made possible by the passage of a Montgomery County bond issue in 2012. The Library features state-of-the-art amenities including flexible Community Rooms that are accessible before and after hours, a Sycamore-themed Children’s Area, dedicated TeenEDGE space, a Quiet Reading Room and fireplace, abundant parking, numerous public computers, industrial grade WiFi, laptop lending, a vending area, and five original art installations. A 700 square foot Opportunity Space is available for longer-term partnerships with organizations wanting to reach new audiences or pilot new programs in the arts, business, culture, education, health, human services, literacy and other sectors.

The August 10 Grand Opening festivities include:

  • Library Mascots Cosmo & Pip
  • “Trace Your Roots,” an interactive exhibit focusing on Dayton’s cultural diversity
  • Light refreshments by CommuniTea and Christopher’s
  • Music by Puzzle of Light

“Staff of the former East and Belmont Branch Libraries are eager to work together in this landmark building to provide the best possible service to the residents of Southeast Dayton,” said Branch Manager Mark Roma. “After many years in two of the smaller Branches in the system, this will be quite a change for all of us. We hope to see many familiar faces and we welcome new Library visitors too.”

For more information, visit or call 937.463.2665.


(IMAGE: New Southeast Branch Library by Andy Snow)

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