Music series

Dayton Metro Library presents a new musical series inspired by NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert”

The Dayton Metro Library is partnering with WYSO to launch a new program called the “Tiny Stacks Music Series”. Inspired by NPR “Little Office Gigs”the library will bring music groups to perform at various branches.

The “Tiny Stacks Music Series” will begin in August. Local musical talent will perform free short concerts at three of the library branches.

The program is a partnership between the Dayton Metro Library, WYSO and House of Urban Creative Arts. Carlos Marshall is the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Dayton Metro Library. He says the series is meant to bring people back to libraries after the past two years of Covid and connect them.

“We have something for everyone, no matter their background, where they’re from or what they might need,” Marshall said. “The library is a place for everyone, and we just continue to build on our mission and values ​​to be a diverse, inclusive, and equitable place. It creates a sense of belonging.”

The director also says he hopes the series will change the way people think about their local library.

“So many times people see a library as something where you almost have a museum-type or art-gallery-type feel where you can’t say anything or you can’t express yourself,” Marshall said. “So that really inspires people to open their minds to what we’re trying to do with the Metro Library.”

He says the idea is to bring local and diverse groups to the library and connect them with the community. That way, he says, the series can become an annual tradition. Performances begin August 18 at the Northwest Library Branch.