Tim Kambitsch, executive director of the Dayton Metro Library, invited children in the audience to assist him in the cutting of the ribbon.
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The new facility is the latest completed of the 11 new branches being built as part of a $187 million upgrade funded by a bond issue passed in 2012. Other locations include Kettering-Moraine and the Main Library in downtown Dayton.
Brad Neavin, superintendent of the Vandalia-Butler City Schools, spoke of the strong relationship between the schools and the library.
“This is a great partnership – it has worked very well for this school district for the past 56 years,” he said.
“These are learning spaces as we see it,” Neavin said. “When our students leave at the end of the day and need a space to study or do research, its right here on our campus. Most high schools don’t have that advantage like a college does – but we have that benefit. Plus, it’s more of a community center than libraries used to be, so kids can be safe and socialize in a positive environment.”
The new library has more than 20,000 square feet of space, more than double of the previous library location.
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“Patrons will love all of the unique, dedicated spaces for all ages and stages,” said Vandalia Branch Manager Nancy Maddon. “There is truly something for everyone. The children’s area will be such fun for little ones – with a huge rocket ship in which children can read and play. Teens have their own space with a gaming system and a view of the Aviator’s Athletic Complex. Adults have a lovely reading room with a relaxing fireplace and technology galore throughout the building. The new library will truly be a wonderful destination for the citizens of Vandalia.”
Regular library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.