Year in Review: Friends’ Impact 2014 and Looking Ahead

A Letter from Jennifer P. Hadden, President of the Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library: 

Year-in-review-post-imageOur Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library members made a difference in 2014. We extend our heartfelt thanks to each of you for supporting our work on behalf of the Library.

Each year, thanks to the generosity and support of friends like you, we are able to help our beloved library deploy critical programming that is geared to helping the young minds in our community build a love for reading and learning.  Here is a snapshot of the impact we made together in 2014:

  • Provided major support to CML’s Summer Reading Club, a program that by encouraging and inspiring summertime reading impacts young minds and engages parents across our city. This year, more than 72,000 individuals participated in the “Imagine Your Story. Read.” themed event, including nearly 60,000 children and teens.
  • Partnered with six branch locations to host summer reading camps for early elementary aged children reading below grade level. More than 425 campers attended the camps and also participated in Summer Reading Club.
  • Welcomed Gene Luen Yang, a National Book Award nominee and author of graphic novels and comics, for our annual Teen Read Week in October. More than 230 students attended Luen Yang’s readings at CML branches, which is part of the library’s Young Minds strategy to promote reading and learning.

These highlights are in addition to the ongoing support we provided throughout 2014 for programs such as Carnegie Gallery exhibitions, Columbus Commons and Easton Town Center Reading Rooms, and the summertime PBJ & Jazz concerts, which provides families with an opportunity to enjoy a picnic with a Jazz Arts Group performance at the Topiary Park following Saturday morning story time at Main Library. Collectively, these programs we support help to broaden the educational, literary and artistic experiences of library patrons while encouraging a love of lifelong learning.

This is a truly special time in the library’s history, and you can begin to see the tremendous progress the library is making in its mission to create spaces that inspire reading, share resources and connect people. You can experience the transformational work the library is doing right now by visiting the brand new Driving Park Branch. Be on the lookout for upcoming announcements for the grand opening of the new Whitehall Branch this spring.

Library supporters visit the new Driving Park Branch

Library supporters visit the new Driving Park Branch

We’re looking forward to the same vision coming to life at Main Library through major renovations kicking off in February. You’ll be amazed to see the sketches of the planned changes, available at​.

The Friends are gearing up to continue our support of the library as it works to ensure a future of providing community spaces for learning and growth. All of this progress will mean some changes in the short term.

The Library Store at Main Library is now closed, but we are excited about the bigger, better plans for the store in the renovated Main Library expected to open in August 2016. We will also postpone our Big Book Sale in 2015 while these renovations take place.

In the meantime, you can turn to, our online book sale available 24/7 for all your book buying needs, or visit our ongoing sales at your local branch, with proceeds from both benefiting Friends of the Library.

We’ll continue to provide you with insights throughout the year about the positive impact of programs you help to support as a Friends member. You can follow us online here on our website and on Facebook at “Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library” for updates with the Friends.

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