DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – You voted for it five years ago and in just a few weeks, the new $64 million public library in Downtown Dayton will finally open.
In the digital age, libraries must adapt or die. Dayton Metro Library takes that philosophy to heart.
“It’s so much more than a library, it’s a community gathering place,” External Relations Manager Chuck Duritsch said.
Evidence of that is found on the first floor.
Duritsch says this new stage will be used for concerts, movies and presentations. There’s also a black box theater upstairs.
“It’s really designed to do a lot of things,” Duritsch said.
The same could be said about the green screen media studio on the second floor. Let your mind run wild and maybe make a YouTube video.
Technology is everywhere. There’s also a laptop vending machine and area to play video games.
Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of books. 335 thousand volumes are being moved in.
The revived building is four times larger than the old one. Paid for, thanks to a bond voters passed in 20-12.
Anthony Regensburger is happy with the investment.
“As I walk by I see a rejuvenation,” Regensburger said.
He says the old library had an image problem, with concerns about homelessness and security. The library took that into consideration when designing the new building.
“The downtown library might not have been somewhere I went before, but I know we’ll frequent it from here on out,” Regensburger said.
Duritsch hopes more families will visit, enjoying a revamped kids space with an outdoor patio and bridge.
“The theme for the kid’s room is building bridges,” Duritsch said.
Hoping a new generation will help link the Dayton Metro Library to the future.
“We built this library for the next 40-50 years plus,” Duritsch said.
If you want to go to the grand opening, it’s August 5th from noon to five.
There will be a block-long ribbon cutting ceremony and a party including…