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The Library Store: your destination for last-minute gift ideas






If you missed our Member Appreciation Week last week at The Library Store, don’t fret. There are still plenty of one-of-a-kind gift ideas that await the bibliophile and library supporter on your list.

From unique stationery and cards to  games, totes and apparel — and of course books — your patronage to The Library Store during the holiday season (and all year long) helps support the library you love.

So stop in today, find a great gift and support your library by becoming a Friend or renewing your membership for as little as $15 a year (see benefits and membership levels under “membership” tab).

The Library Store hours:

Monday – Thursday     10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Friday & Saturday        10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday                          1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 


Happy Holidays!

Homework Help Centers now in every CML branch!

As of last Wednesday, the 21st – and final – Homework Help Center opened at the Dublin Branch. This means that CML now provides this vital service to students at all of our branch locations.

During the past six years, the Friends have been a proud partner with CML to make these 21 centers a reality, giving communities yet another reason to consider their library a point of pride, as well as students an opportunity to get the educational support they need after school.

Congrats CML, on this important milestone that truly helps to transform lives.

Dublin branch to unveil new children’s mural on Dec. 15

Thanks to a generous donation by Dublin branch customer William Kinnard – and a matching gift from the Friends of the Library – a vibrant and fanciful mural will welcome visitors into the children’s area of the Dublin branch. The mural, which was painted on thin boards and installed in pieces to avoid scaffolding, will be revealed to the public as part of an unveiling ceremony on Wed., December 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Dublin branch customers and representatives from the Dublin Arts Council, library staff and Friends of the Library selected the local artists based on their bold use of color, inclusion of Ohio native animals, engaging elements from nursery rhymes, and promotion of letter knowledge.

Below is a sneak peek at a small section of the mural being installed by the artists. 


Friends Appreciation Week arrives Dec. 6-12

It’s that time of the year again. The Library Store at the Main Library is offering  a 25 percent discount on everything in the store to anyone who is a Friend of the Library.  The sale begins on Monday Dec. 6 and ends Sunday, Dec. 12. What a great opportunity appease your inner Santa by stocking up on stocking stuffers and supporting your Library.

Not yet a friend? Nothing says happy holidays quite like a membership to the Friends!  Purchase or renew a membership today by clicking on our “membership” tab for secure purchase through our website.

Friends host annual Big Book Sale at Main Library


The Friends of the Library annual Big Book Sale begins next week at the Main Library. FOL members may attend the presale event Thursday September 30 from 5:30 – 7:30pm.  The sale opens to everyone Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Sunday, October 3 is the Bag Sale from 1:00 – 3:00pm. The Bag Sale allows you to purchase as many Books/CDs/DVDs as can fit into a brown grocery sack for $5.00. What a deal!

Pricing is as follows:

Paperback Books are $1.00

Hardcover Books are $1.00

Children’s Hardcover Books are $1.00 and Paperbacks are 2/$1.00

DVDs and CDs are $1.00 a Disc Books-on-Tape are $1.00

We look forward to seeing you!

Interested in volunteering at the event? Just email

2010 Summer Reading Club and Lunch Program finishing strong at the Driving Park Branch

Like other branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Driving Park Branch has worked hard to offer children, teens, and adults alike with unique activities and opportunities to earn prizes for reading through the Summer Reading Program. Quay Barnes, Customer Service Associate, and Brian Johnson, Homework Help Center Coordinator, have helped lead the effort along with two community interns, Brittany and Torre, to organize Summer Club activities and offer summer lunches to young people in the community.

Throughout June and July, Driving Park has offered activities in conjunction with the Columbus Museum of Art and the Columbus Zoo, among others, to provide interactive learning opportunities to the community. The library has also offered specific opportunities for teens, such as Team Gaming, to provide and promote access to their local library.

Though the Summer Reading Club’s schedule ends July 31st, Driving Park’s Summer Lunch Program continues through late August. The program has served as many as 40 children and teens on certain days to provide an appreciated community service. As always, the Friends of the Library are proud to help support the Summer Reading Club and Lunch Program across the Columbus Metropolitan Library system.

Dublin branch seeks artist proposals for mural project

With a little help from the Friends (of the Library), the Dublin Arts Council, and exceptional talent from the arts community, the Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library will soon transform its children’s section of the library with a bright, playful mural.

The deadline for any artist to submit a proposal for the mural project is 4 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2010. A PDF with all the details can be accessed here as well on the Dublin Arts Council Web site. 

Friends of the Library is proud to help fund this exciting “artist in residence” opportunity that will begin this summer and commence with a dedication in autumn.

Alive’s “Best of Columbus” poll tees up the Library Store

Once again, Columbus Alive is running its “Best of Columbus” poll. The good news for library fans is that we have two opportunities to show our love and appreciation for The Library Store.

Follow the link above and cast a vote for The Library Store in the categories of best bookstore and best shopping.

Vote today and share with those who appreciate our great Library Store…and library!  The poll closes on Monday, Jan. 25.

Homework Help Center Opening Reception

You’re invited!

Join us Thursday, January 21 at 5:30p.m. as we celebrate the opening of our Main Library Homework Help Center. The new center is designed for kids to complete homework with staff and volunteers to assist. Public school textbooks and on-site supplies are available. The Friends of the Library are proud to support this endeavour in conjunction with the Ingram-White Castle Foundation.


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