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.

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.




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.


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.

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.


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

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.


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