|Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library 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? A fascinating art exhibit the explores recycling, subtraction and the importance of the written word in contemporary society. Join us for this exhibit in the Carnegie Gallery Oct. 22 – Nov. 21.|
Oct 21, 2013
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Oct 15, 2013
Do you know someone who could be described as an energetic, dynamic individual looking for an opportunity to serve our community in a meaningful, positive way? The Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is searching for people meeting that description to serve on the organization’s Board of Trustees.
Friends of the Library board members absolutely love the library and have a heart for volunteer leadership. Prospective trustees often have previous experience serving on boards or committees and this year, the Friends are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with retail, graphic design, finance, social media/marketing. Board members serve three-year-terms (donating several evenings each month), and enthusiastically network and advocate for the library throughout our community.
If this volunteer leadership opportunity sounds like it might be a good fit for you or someone you know, please take a look at the attached information packet and application: FOL Board Member Nominating Packet_2014. Return the completed form (along with any additional materials detailing your skills and experience) to the address or email provided.
To be considered, submissions must be received by 11 a.m., October 16, 2013. The nominating committee will begin reviewing applications soon thereafter.
Sep 24, 2013
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September 25 – October 18, 2013
Carnegie Gallery @ The Main Library
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-8pm
Seis Latinas are six working artists, working in various mediums, who live in central Ohio yet show their work both locally and outside of Ohio. CML and the Friends of the Library are pleased to have the Carnegie Gallery be the first venue in which all of its members present together. The group’s name refers to the six women who comprise the collective.
Although the show begins in earnest on the 25th, please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6-8pm at The Carnegie Gallery.
2nd floor of the Main Library
96 S. Grant Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Sep 11, 2013
It’s that time of year again…
The Friends of the Library invite you to attend the annual Big Book Sale — Oct. 10-13 — in the Main Library auditorium. It is here where you’ll find gently used books for all ages as well as audio and video materials…and nothing costs more than $2.00!
Dates and Times:
- Friends Pre-Sale Thurs., Oct. 10 5:30-8:30 pm (Join at the door if you are not a member or online)
- General Sale Fri., Oct. 11, 10am – 5pm
- General Sale Sat., Oct. 12, 10am – 5pm
- Sunday Bag Sale, Oct.13, 1 – 4pm (fill a bag for $5!)
Money raised annually at the Big Book Sale helps the Friends provide critical funding for library programs such as the Summer Reading Club, Homework Help Centers and Columbus Commons Reading Room. So make a point to visit the Big Book Sale for great deals on books, CDs and more knowing that all proceeds help support your library.
Jun 4, 2013
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The Franklinton Arts District and Columbus Metropolitan Library are pleased to present “Urban Scrawl Road Show” an exhibition at the Main Library in the Carnegie Gallery.
Please join us on June 6 from 6-8 p.m. for the reception sponsored by The Friends of the Library.
The exhibit will be run until July 27 and is free and open to the public.
Urban Scrawl is the premiere event of the new East Franklinton revitalization initiative. Each August since 2006, the Franklinton Arts District (FAD) non-profit has invited that local creative community down to “The Bottoms” for a full day of live art and music. The work, created by all volunteer artists, is donated to FAD and is in turn hung throughout Franklinton as public art or sold at auction with the proceeds funding future community arts initiatives. Urban Scrawl is a true community-building event helping drive interest in Franklinton as the next great downtown neighborhood.
May 2, 2013
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There are some great ways and fun events to show your support the Friends of the Library (FOL) as the weather warms up. Mark your calendars and bring your family. We hope to see you around town at the following events:
OHIOANA BOOK FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center | 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd.
The Ohioana Library is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and promoting the written work of Ohio’s writers, artists, and musicians. This free festival is held annually to celebrate Ohio authors who have published books in the previous 16 months. This year there are more than 100 authors, live music, food trucks and…plenty of books! Check out the festival website for more information.
COLUMBUS COMMONS READING ROOM
May 28 to August 31 | Monday-Friday 10 am- 7 pm; Saturday 12 pm – 7 pm; Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm
The FOL provides discarded books for readers to enjoy at the park and CML provides free wi-fi. It’s a lovely place to be on a sunny summer day. Do check it out sometime. Here is the link to more info.
SUMMER READING CLUB KICKOFF
Saturday, June 8 | Main Library 10 am – 12 pm
Summer Reading Club is always a good time and a highlight of the summer for kids in our community. The Library Store will hold a “sidewalk sale” outside the store in the lobby area during the kickoff.
PBJ & JAZZ
Saturdays @ noon: June 8 | July 13 | August 10 | September 14
This is the 5th year for the PBJ & Jazz concert series in the Topiary Park, which is a collaboration between the Jazz Arts Group, the FOL, the Friends of the Topiary Park and the Columbus Museum of Art. These events follow 11 am storytime at the library and are followed by a hands-on art activity from 1 pm to 2 pm. More details here. Look for an FOL sidewalk sale these days as well.
Apr 26, 2013
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The following is an editorial from the April 26 edition of The Columbus Dispatch acknowledging our library as an example for other publicly funded agencies as plans for the branch rebuilding initiative continue to unfold.
More information on the building initiative can be found here on CML’s website.
Renovation of library branch benefits patrons, community
The worn, suburban-looking library building wedged between the Short North and the University District no longer suits its newly hip, urban and densely packed neighborhood, so much so that the Columbus Metropolitan Library has decided it is time to update its Northside branch.
The building at 1423 N. High St. is only 22 years old, but the community and its needs have changed in just two decades. The library is considered too small and viewed as a scar on the historic streetscape: The modern building sits back from the sidewalk and is flanked by asphalt parking lots.
The library board, which is rebuilding branches in the city’s core, recognized that in this case, it has a chance to redevelop a prime piece of real estate. It’s working with a developer, architects and a construction contractor to plan a mixed-use development, which might include businesses or restaurants, along with a library that is three times larger.
Details are being worked out, but the library’s creativity in stretching public dollars by partnering with the private sector is an example for other publicly funded agencies. Most likely, the community will end up with a more-vibrant project, and taxpayers will save money.