Dayton Metro Library

Dayton Metro Library Operations Center Gives New Life To Hauer Music Building

Sep 16, 2015
An employee installs cameras on exterior of new north stair tower at the Hauer Music Building
Marika Snider / WYSO

A new Dayton Public Library Operations Center is about to open in the former Hauer Music Building. In 2012, the passage of the $187 million Libraries for a Smarter Future levy began an enormous construction and remodeling campaign of the entire Dayton Metro Library System.

Jerry Kenney

The Libraries for a Better Future project is a four stage plan to overhaul the Dayton and Montgomery County Library System. Several contracts were awarded Wednesday in phase one of the plan.

The Otis Elevator Company, Champion Bridge, and  M&R, LLC--all local or regional companies--were all approved for a contracts of around $250,000 each. 

Tim Kambitsch is the library’s executive director. He says within the $187 million dollar project, they are working hard to stay on budget and on time.

Jerry Kenney

The musical instruments recently on display here are gone, and after 75 years, the old Hauer Music Store is mostly empty. But not for long: As early as mid-May, construction crews will begin renovating the building, making it ready for about 50 Dayton Metro Library employees.  

Dayton Metro Library Executive Director Tim Kambitsch is excited about the new library facilities
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The Dayton Metro Library system begins construction this spring on the first part of a major reorganization. The library board meets Wednesday to finalize the contract for the first of those projects, the E.C. Doren branch in Old North Dayton, and by 2017, neighborhoods all over Dayton will see smaller, older branches close or get renovated—and some big new libraries open up.

The Wayne Township/Huber Heights Historical Society is presenting "Dinner With The Presidents" on Friday at the St Peter School. There will be enactors for Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and Teddy Roosevelt.

Two different holidays specifically celebrate women - Mother's Day and International Women's Day. Dr. Judith Ezekiel, Women's Studies professor at Wright State University, will examine the historic roots and deeper meaning of these very different holidays at a free program at the Dayton Metro Library. Saturday, at 2:00-4:00 pm.

If you want to see some art work of comics, Dayton landscapes, book illustrations, science fiction, portraits, and political cartoons, then tonight go to the Tejas Gallery on East Third Street in downtown Dayton. The artist is Mark Martel, local Dayton art legend and 2012 ART OFF reigning champion. There is a Reception from 6:00-10:00pm.

Montgomery County county overwhelmingly passed Issue 70 on Tuesday. The bond issue is a $187 million levy that will go towards consolidating the downtown main library branch and 20 other locations into 17 buildings.

In unofficial results, voters approved Issue 70 by a count of 62% to 38%.  Over 122,200 people voted for the measure, while just over 75,500 voters opposed it.

Tim Kambitsch of the Dayton Metro Library says the levy's passage will also allow for updates on suburban branches and improvements to the library's programming.

Celebrate the kick-off of the London 2012 Olympic Games with the best opening ceremonies party in Dayton! It’s sure to be a “gold medal” night, full of English pub food, drinks, British music, prizes and fun, as you watch the opening of the Summer Games unfold. Who knows, the Queen herself might even make an appearance! This is at the DAI, tonight….7-11pm.

As part of National Poetry Month celebrations, the Dayton Metro Library hosted a public reading by poets featured on Conrad's Corner.  This week recently retired Wright State University professor David Garrison shares 3 short poems.