The beautiful Vandalia Branch Library opened in November, 2016, but library service in Vandalia dates back to 1945. There are currently nine full-time staff members, one part-timer and ten library aides working at the Vandalia Branch Library. From storytime for little ones, to popular teen programs, to book discussions for adults – there is something for all ages. We emphasize hands-on STEM learning opportunities for school age children and teens, and one-on-one technological assistance for adults by appointment.
Suzanne comes to Dayton Metro Library with a decade of teaching experience and a decade of experience managing libraries in the for-profit higher education sector. However, her real library story began when her mother took her to the library every week as a child. Using the library has helped her reach her goals ever since. Suzanne is thrilled to be managing the Vandalia Branch Library, and is eager to help others to use the library to meet their goals, too.
Jenny joined the Dayton Metro Library in 2001 and has worked in a variety of roles around the Dayton Metro Library System. She became the Vandalia Branch Library Assistant Manager in October 2018. Previously she served as the Older Adult Services Librarian in the Outreach Services Department. In addition to her Master's Degree in Library and Information Science, she has degrees in History and Humanities. At home, Jenny and her husband have two young children who keep them on the go.
The Vandalia Branch leverages many community partnerships for the success of area students. As active participants in the 10-week after-school READS Program at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, the Branch staff is working to develop a love of literacy and learning. Additionally, they work closely with the local schools and teachers to create inspiring classroom collections and connect students to the many resources available at the Branch.
Vandalia’s first Library dates to 1945 when it was part of the Vandalia Township Building. In 1963, the Library opened its own building, which was remodeled over the years. The Libraries for a Smarter Future project called for a brand new Vandalia Branch, which opened to the public in November 2016 at nearly twice the size of the old building. The navigation theme of the Children’s Area reflects the community’s connection to aviation and exploration, and three specially commissioned art installations were created for this Library.