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It also will expand and renovate five branches: Electra C. Doren, Kettering-Moraine, Miami Township, West Carrollton, and Wilmington-Stroop. The plan calls to move backroom functions in the branches to an operations center in a renovated historic building.
The new Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library is expected to open in 2019.
“We want to thank our community members for their wonderful patronage at the Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library and we look forward to joining them on opening day for the new facility,” Hensel said.
The $187 million bond issue passed in November 2012 helped the library move along with the facilities plan. The 26-year bond issue will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $48 annually.
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The process to construct a facilities plan started in 2007, when the library reached out to users to determine how well services met their needs.
Surveys and meetings with library patrons, residents and community leaders determined “what libraries can and should be.”
The feedback from the surveys and meetings revealed that residents wanted the Dayton Metro Library to continue its traditional core services of providing books, movies, music, and research, according to library officials.
But it was also clearly stated from the surveys that patrons wanted the library to increase access to technology, to expand educational activities for all ages, and to strengthen its role as a community center.
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The Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library and other facilities are being modernized to with up-to-date technology that will enable them to operate more cost effectively, while adding more public space according to library officials.
Some renovation highlights include:
Improved access and egress on Wilmington-Pike
Larger meeting room accessible to the community outside of library operating hours
Dedicated teen space
Larger children’s area
Enclosed quiet reading room with a fireplace
Outdoor reading terrace
Four group study rooms