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tinystacksDayton Metro Library Tiny Stacks Series

Dayton Metro Library, in conjunction with WYSO and the Home of the Urban Creative Arts, is now accepting the applications of solo musicians and bands from the Southwest Ohio area to be selected to play in one of three Tiny Stacks music sessions at different Library Branches beginning in August.

The Tiny Stacks Music Series, sponsored by the Dayton Metro Library’s Friends of the Library was created with the mission of bringing area musicians, books, and patrons together. DML will host live music sessions at select Branches while introducing communities not only to the vast resources DML offers, but also to the diverse musical talents of the Dayton area. This event, produced and curated by Sierra Leone, will be a unique experience for DML patron audiences as well as for the musicians.

“This initiative is about reimagining public libraries and creating dynamic opportunities for the community to engage in our state-of-the-art facilities in new ways,” adds Karlos L. Marshall, DML’s Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. “We are excited to support local talent and diverse musicians to advance our mission as a cultural beacon for information, resources, and innovation.”

Applicants must be 18 years old or older and are encouraged to stem from different musical genres, keeping in mind that the performances will take place in Branches amongst the stacks. Those applying will want to make sure to fit and sound their best in such a setting.

Applications will be accepted online until Wednesday, June 1. A committee will review applications, with all entrants being notified, along with selected performers, by late June. Musicians who are selected will play at one of three locations:

Each musician will receive a stipend for their performance but will be responsible for bringing their own instruments and amplifiers. However, DML will set up a PA system at each Branch location with someone to operate it. The performances will be recorded by the International College of Broadcasting.

The application form can be found here, additional questions should be directed to Sierra Leone directly at information about the Friends of the Library, please visit

Apply online here.

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