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Look: I’ve never had a dream in my life, because a dream is what you wanted to do but still haven’t pursued. I knew what I wanted to do and did it till it was done, so I’ve been the dream that I wanted to be since day one.

–Aesop Rock

Ohio Art League Spring Juried Exhibition

Postcard Image is from the 1918 Columbus Art League annual exhibition at the library.

Postcard Image is from the 1918 Columbus Art League annual exhibition at the library.


Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Friends of the Library proudly present:


Since 1910, OAL’s annual juried exhibitions have been the backbone of the organization’s artistic programming, showcasing contemporary work by Ohio artists. Our Juror for the Spring Juried Exhibition in 2014 is Denny Griffith, President of Columbus College of Art and Design. We are honored that it will be his last juried exhibition as President of CCAD.

SHOW DATES: May 7-June 27, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 15, 6-8 p.m.

Main Library
96 S. Grant Ave.
Carnegie Gallery, 2nd Floor

Library Store closes temporarily for renovations

Beginning today — Friday, April 18 — the Library Store at the Main Library will close temporarily for renovations. When completed, an enhanced Library Store will be lighter & brighter, and more welcoming for all visitors including those with strollers or wheelchairs. This renovation will last only for a few weeks and select merchandise will still be available during this time. Below is our renovation schedule:


  • Friday, April 18 — Library Store closes; however books will be sold as part of the lobby sale at the Circulation area at the Main Library.
  • Monday, April 28store partially reopens with reduced hours, selling merchandise (used books available for purchase at Circulation)
  • Thursday, May 15 — store resumes regular hours

Temporary hours from April 28 – May 14 will be:

  • Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1-4 p.m.

We appreciate your patience and patronage as we work to significantly enhance the Library Store experience.

Library store seeks part-time manager

Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (FOL) is hiring a part-time Manager for the Library Store.

This position manages all aspects of the Library Store and used book sales for FOL. Management responsibilities include marketing and advertising, buying/inventory management, merchandising, budgeting/invoice processing, and personnel staffing and supervision. This position will have the opportunity to partner with the FOL Board in establishing strategies and operational models that will launch the store to a more profitable model with revenue benefiting FOL funding supporting CML programs and priorities.

Minimum Qualifications include:

  • 2 years of retail management and supervisory experience; book store experience preferred
  • Work requires the ability to take initiative and utilize sound judgment
  • Position requires the ability to establish self as a leader, to not only perform in a leadership role, but to also be recognized by others as a leader
  • Must be able to work in a team environment with the ability to interact well, and in a positive manner, with co-workers, FOL Board, and CML staff
  • Must have demonstrated sales initiative
  • Ability to analyze financial and sales data and draw future purchasing and pricing recommendations from the data
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate business reports and summaries to the FOL Board
  • Ability to coach and develop sales team to deliver quality customer experience aligned with the CML customer strategy
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Position includes cash and credit handling and will require a background check

The complete job description can be found here.

Interested candidates should complete and submit the Library Store Employment Application_2014 with resume to

Welcome New & Returning Board Members


At the first meeting of 2014, new and returning board members were sworn in and will carry on the tradition of doing the good work of the Friends for our beloved library.

Back Row (L to R): Lauren Bonfield, Patrick King, Amanda Sage and Gregg Gascon.  Front Row (L to R): Ellen Rhoades, Marjorie Duffy, Dhanu Sant, Katie Peet and Karen West.


Impact-Influence exhibit kicks off today in Carnegie Gallery

CCAD faculty show

OPENING RECEPTION:  Thursday, January 16, 5-7 p.m.

EXHIBIT DATES: Thursday, January 16 – February 28, 2014

The Columbus Metropolitan Library and Friends of the Library are proud to present IMPACT-INFLUENCE – an exhibit showcasing the rich and varied talents of the Columbus College of Art & Design’s Continuing & Professional Studies instructors.

See great art, cast your vote for a favorite

OOVAR poscard_front

The Friends of the Library, in collaboration with Art & Media Division of CML the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Artist Program, is once again helping to host the Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Show in the Carnegie Gallery at the Main Library. The exhibition is currently underway and runs through January 11 — and you have an opportunity to cast your vote for the People’s Choice award by voting for your favorite work before January 4th.

Then plan to join the Awards Reception on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Carnegie Gallery
2nd floor, Main Library
96 S. Grant Avenue



ART UNBOUND silect art auction takes place tonight (11/21)

Feeling spontaneous?

Then join the Friends of the Library and local art lovers for the final evening of the Art Unbound exhibition, which concludes with a silent auction of the artwork from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served.

This is the much talked-about event that challenged 18 talented local artists to take books no longer in the library’s collection (and bound for recycling) and breathe new life into them. The result has been this fascinating art exhibit that explores recycling, subtraction and the importance of the written word in contemporary society.

Tickets for this silent auction event are available here on our website.


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