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WYSO, the Dayton Metro Library and local social service agency, Rebuilding Together Dayton, have come together for a very special project. We’ve gathered the memories and wise words of Dayton’s elders for Senior Voices, a new series that is airing throughout 2018.Along with Dayton Metro Library staff, we trained nearly three dozen area residents to use digital recording equipment to interview local elders. Interviews took place at branch libraries, at selected Lobby Stop locations (Lobby Stop is a sort of book mobile for seniors), community centers, and in the homes of seniors who participated in the Rebuilding Together Dayton Fixit Kit program.We held three trainings at the DML Northwest branch this summer, and shortly after the new main branch opened in August, the volunteers began gathering stories. The full interviews will be accessible for generations to come at the Dayton Metro Library. At WYSO, Community Voices producers have been editing the interviews for broadcast. We present them to you in honor of the life experiences and wisdom of Dayton elders.This series is made possible through the generous support of the Del Mar Healthcare Fund of the Dayton Foundation.Jocelyn Robinson coordinated this series for WYSO. Janine Kinnison is the Project Liaison for Dayton Metro Library.Editors include: Dave Barber, William Brown, Tess Cortes, Patti Gehred, Javis Heberling, Kateri Kosta, Zebedee Reichert, Jason Reynolds, David Seitz, Alan Staiger, Chris Welter. Interviewers include: Dana Kragick, Tess Cortes, Anna Omulo, Doug Bowers, Hadley Drodge, M. Alice Callier, Barbra Gerla, Jason Coatney Schuler, Linda Pitzer, Carol Jackson, Audrey Ingram, Susan Brenner, Nancy Messer, Christian Davell, Ken Standifer, Liz Anderson, Cynthia Wallace-King, Karen Maner, David Murphy Sr., Cynthia Rush, Alan Stagier, Debra Root, Pamela Waltrip, Jennifer Hicks, Brandon Ulman, Karah Power    

Senior Voices: Tim Kambitsch


Today on Senior Voices, Library Director and Dayton native Tim Kambitsch remembers the neighborhood visitor that helped inspire his career. Kambitsch shared his story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Cynthia Wallace-King.


Tim Kambitsch:  Well, I grew up actually in East Dayton, my mother and father, they had a home on Wellmeier, which is just off of Linden Avenue in East Dayton, it was in the St. Anthony’s parish, because we were a Catholic family growing up. My mom and her brothers and sisters grew up on Xenia Avenue, not far away from there, and so when we grew up in our family we first started out on Wellmeier, and that house is one that is still standing, so our family, we often times drive by that house and see how it’s doing, and it’s actually, and that house is doing in pretty good shape.

One of the things that occurred that was important for our lives was that we moved to Wyoming Street when I was about five years old. I can still remember before I was five, so I remember the old house, but the house on Wyoming Street was across the street from an empty lot, and this empty lot actually had the bookmobile coming to it, the library’s bookmobile came to that spot every couple of weeks, and I can still remember, I could’ve been 5-6 years old, about that age, and looking out, I think it was the attic window or second story window, and seeing that the bookmobile had arrived, and didn’t know that it was there, I just saw that it had shown up there, and it was so exciting that the library bookmobile had come to my house, and that came for all my childhood until I was in high school, and then the library built a branch there, which helped solidify the tradition of libraries in our family.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer and Senior Voices project coordinator Jocelyn Robinson. Senior Voices is a collaboration between the Dayton Metro Library, Rebuilding Together Dayton, and WYSO. This series is made possible through the generous support of the Del Mar Healthcare Fund of the Dayton Foundation.