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.


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.



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.

MAW Exhibit

Birth. Death. Coming in from recess for math class. A new job. Divorce. Dressing for Ohio weather. Not one of us is a stranger to the process of shifting from one condition to another.

CML and the Friends of the Library are pleased to present Transitions, an exhibit by Mother Artists at Work (MAW). In this show members explore a variety of states of and journeys through change. A diverse range of works are featured, including pieces in 2D & 3D mixed media, painting, enameling, fiber, photography and the written word.

Exhibition dates:  April 4 – May 24

Opening Reception:  April 11, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (open to the public)

Carnegie Gallery – 2nd floor of Main Library


MAW is a non-profit association of mothers working in the arts. www.motherartistsatwork.blogspot.com

Join the Friends of the Library on Wednesday, March 27 as we celebrate a vibrant display of children’s art inspired by Columbus artist Aminah Robinson. The art is the handiwork of children who are 5 to 11 years old and participating in Art in the House — an out-of-school arts program of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. This reception will be catered with these young artists in mind.

On display now through March 29.

Wednesday, March 27
4:30-6:00 p.m.

Main Library
Carnegie Gallery, 2nd Floor
96 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

Due to inclement weather, tonight’s opening reception for “We Like Aminah” has been cancelled.

We encourage you to visit the Main Library’s Carnegie Gallery to experience the exhibit, which is on display through March 29.

Please see our previous post for additional details.


Art in the House is an out-of-school time arts program of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education specifically for children 5-11 years old. The children’s art in this show is inspired by the vibrant works of Columbus artist, Aminah Robinson.

March 6, 4:30-6pm, Carnegie Gallery (2nd Floor, Main Library)

March 5 – 29

Curated by Stephanie Rond.


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