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Dayton Metro Library Offering New Resource for Nonprofits

Do you have an idea for a new program you would like to pilot?  Do you want to reach more people with your services?  Are you trying to start a nonprofit but lack a physical location?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, Dayton Metro Library’s new Opportunity Spaces may offer just the resource you need.

As part of the Libraries for a Smarter Future system-wide facilities, we are building flexible programming areas in the new Main Library and about half of the branches that will be available to community partners.  Think of these as pop-up shops for nonprofit organizations.

knittersThe first of these spaces is open at the recently renovated and expanded Miami Township Branch Library, conveniently located next to the RTA Hub behind the Dayton Mall at 2718 Lyons Road.  Additional Opportunity Spaces will be available when the Northwest Library at Philadelphia and Hillcrest opens this spring when the New Lebanon Branch Library is completed this summer.

Currently, Dayton Metro Library is seeking partners in the areas of arts, business, culture, education, health, human services, literacy, science, and technology who want to explore a potential collaboration in 2016.  We are willing to jointly develop an idea or concept you might have and are particularly interested in participatory activities and/or educational displays that align with Dayton Metro Library’s mission to inform, inspire and enrich the community.

We are open to partnerships of varying length, but suggest commitments of three weeks to three months as an optimal duration.  Programs do not have to be fully operational during all Library hours, but ideally would include a visible component or related display that can be viewed through the glass-fronted rooms when not open.  Some spaces will be able to facilitate programming outside of Library hours.

Dayton Metro Library’s largest facilities host more than 1,000 to 1,500 visitors a day, and we expect that number to grow.  Your organization can benefit by the exposure to a large audience from children to older adults.  In addition, the Library has many unique resources to bring to a partnership including accessing and highlighting relevant materials from our extensive collections and databases.  Partner activities in an Opportunity Space will be promoted in the Dayton Metro Library program guide, on the website, and on digital signage.

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