A lively festival and a really, really long ribbon will help open the Dayton Library’s $64 million downtown main branch to the public, explains Chuck Duritsch, the library’s external relations manager.
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He estimated as many as 5,000 Dayton area residents will visit the newly-reconstructed library on its opening day.
Two hundred people — elected officials, levy supporters and children from the The Dayton Metro Library Summer Challenge reading program — will hold the ribbon during a ceremony at noon on Aug. 5. That date is when the new library will be open to the public.
The ribbon cutting will stretch the length of Third Street between St Clair St. and Patterson Boulevard.
KEY TIMES FOR EVENTS
There will be a community festival outside of the library featuring local entertainers from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Patterson Boulevard with food trucks, the Library Bookmobile and:
- DJ Basim spinning R&B
- Deja Kru street dancers
- Femme Fatale ribbon and hoop dancers
- Willie Morris and his City Wide Pep Band
- Chalk Artist Boy Blue
- Balloon Sculptures by Cre8tive
- Face Painters from the School of Advertising Art
The library will be open that day from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
It will open for its regular hours on Sunday, Aug. 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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There will be performances by Zoot Theatre Company, The Repeating Arms band, poet Sierra Leone and Deja Cru dancers.
Entertainment will take place on all three floors of the building during the festivities including:
- The Repeating Arms — five-piece “newgrass” folk string band
- Dayton Performing Arts Alliance — violin, bass and keyboard trio
- The Human Race Theatre Company — an excerpt from the upcoming new show.
- Michael & Sandy Bashaw — flute and guitar
- Miami Valley Dance Company — three repertory pieces
- Sierra Leone and The Art of Word in Motion — poets, dancer and vocalist
- John Benjamin — pianist
- The Black Box Theater — Justin Howard & Matt Bruggeman in the Green Screen Room
- Zoot Theatre — a zoological journey with Zoot puppets
- ReImagining Works Artists — Terry Welker, Katherine Kadish, Paula Kraus and Gretchen Durst Jacobs
- Local Authors — Molly Campbell and Matt Kish
FOUNDATION’S PARTY RAISED $125,000
The Dayton Metro Library Foundation hosted the Main Event, a sold-out fundraiser, in April.
Duritsch said that private event netted $125,000, but not everyone could attend. The library wanted to do something for the entire community, he said.
“We really wanted to make sure everyone feels like this is their library,” Duritsch said. “We will have some little surprises and giveaways for people.”
Voters approved a $187 million bond issue to fund a system-wide construction and renovation project for the libraries in 2012.