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ART UNBOUND artist profile: Dan Gerdeman

Dan Gerdeman is an artist and art educator whose paintings take on a “cartoony realism” — proving that even serious art can also take on whimsical forms.

Come meet Dan this Thursday at the final day of the Art Unbound exhibition to see how he and other Columbus artists have transformed library books into works of art — then bid on that work at a silent auction on Nov. 21. You can purchase your tickets for this silent auction event here.

ART UNBOUND artist profile: Walter Herrmann

After graduating from Edinboro University in 1998, Walter moved to Columbus for its arts scene.

Find out what inspires this sculptor and visit the free exhibition to see how he and other Columbus artists have transformed library books into works of art — then bid on that work at a silent auction on Nov. 21. You can purchase silent auction tickets here.

ART UNBOUND artist profile: Rob Jones

What do dinosaurs and a book of poetry by Captain Beefheart have in common? Let painter Rob Jones explain. He’s one of 18 talented local artists who has contributed to ART UNBOUND using discarded materials from the Columbus Metropolitan Library and given them new life in the form of highly original artwork.

Visit the free exhibition to see how these artists transformed library books into works of art — then bid on that work at a silent auction on Nov. 21. You can purchase silent auction tickets here.




ART UNBOUND artist profile: Boryana Rusenova Ina

Columbus artist Boryana Rusenova Ina talks about her inspiration for her pieces in art unbound, the exhibit currently on display from the Friends of the Library at the Carnegie Gallery inside CML’s main library.  Boryana used Fodor’s guides that were headed for recycling.

Visit the free exhibition to see how other Columbus artists transformed library books into works of art — then bid on that work at a silent auction on Nov. 21. You can purchase silent auction tickets here.


Carnegie Gallery features art unbound exhibit

FOL Art Unbound Invite Front

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.

Friends seeking board applications

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.

Carnegie Gallery hosts debut show of complete “Seis Latinas” collective


September 25 – October 18, 2013
Carnegie Gallery @ The Main Library

Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-8pm

Seis Latinas Postcard Front

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.

Carnegie Gallery

2nd floor of the Main Library

96 S. Grant Avenue

Columbus, Ohio 43215

The Big Book Sale — Oct. 10-13 @ Main Library

BBS Big Book Sale logo

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.

Urban Scrawl Road Show kicks off with June 6 reception at Carnegie Gallery

urban scrawl

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Upcoming spring/summer events


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:



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.



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.



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.



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.




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