SWON Visits – Wright Memorial Public Library
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Posted by: Melanie Blau McDonald
SWON Libraries is pleased to welcome Wright Memorial Public Library to its Supporting Membership level. Wright Memorial Public Library was the result of a bond issue passed in 1937, “…for a library building to be built in a park named for Katharine Wright, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s sister.” Travis Bautz, the new Director, has plans to restore the main reading rooms back to more of their original charm (among myriad other projects). The original rooms looked pretty charming to me already with leaded glass, timbered ceilings and wooden carvings above the doors. Located in Oakwood, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, on a beautiful tree-lined avenue, next to a school and public park, the setting is idyllic.
New wings were added in 1964, 1972 and 1983. Since then, more technology allowed for better use of space and changes have involved increased automation, open shelving, electronic notification systems, virtual reference, early adoption of the Ohio eBooks project and increased access to technology for all ages.
I met several staff members involved in youth programming. The particular blend of programming, from introductory science for preschoolers to a teen writing group based at Starbucks is impressive, especially for a library of its size. Looking forward to hearing more from them!
For more about their Youth Services: http://www.wrightlibrary.org/youth
Image credit: Wright Memorial Library Foundation