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Library's Renovation Set To Begin On Former Hauer Music Building

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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.  

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Before: Musical instruments adorn the floors and walls of Hauer Music in March.

On Wednesday, the library opened up the doors of the building on Patterson Blvd. in Downtown Dayton so employees could see where they’ll be working  next year.  As part of a major system-wide reorganization and renovation project for Dayton Metro, the historic building will become the library system’s operations center.

David Slivken, director of the downtown library, says it’ll be a big change for the employees moving here.

“Those who will be here permanently are very excited to be here," he said.  "It’ll be our operations center, it’ll be our technical services, our human resources, out IT department, and training and development.”

The operations center will occupy the second, third and fourth floors of the building, and in 2015, when renovations to the Third Street branch begin, many of the books there will be temporarily relocated to the first floor of the operations center.  Library officials say that space could eventually be leased out.

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After: The building's 1st floor will temporarily house Dayton Metro Library books when renovations begin at the 3rd St. branch in 2015

The library's Community Engagement Manager, Jayne Klose, says plans are to keep as much of the building’s historical look as possible. 

“Where there’s exposed brick, just clean it up. Obviously, where it’s already painted, we’ll have to give it a fresh coat of paint. And then we’ll be taking out the current stair tower on the north side, and building a new stair tower to meet current needs for elevators and so forth," she said.

Renovations are expected to be completed in February of 2015.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.