We’re hiring! Friends of the Library Store is seeking a part-time Sales Associate to deliver excellent customer service and engage in store operations to enable its success. Review the full job full job description for the part-time sales associate. Friends of the Library Store is located inside the newly renovated Main Library at 96 S. Grant Ave. in downtown Columbus. Interested candidates should submit a resume and completed Library Store Employment Application to LibraryStore@columbuslibrary.org.
Shop the Library Store this holiday season for all of your gift giving needs. Find unique literary-themed gifts, learning toys for kids, used books, jewelry, artwork, home decor and so much more. Visit us today!
Friends of the Library members and library staff receive 25% off all purchases made November 29 – December 10, 2017. Not yet a member? Join now or at the store. Happy holidays!
The Library Store is located on the first floor of Main Library at 96 South Grant Avenue in downtown Columbus.
LIBRARY STORE HOURS
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday closed (will be open 1-4 p.m. December 3 – 17 for the holidays)
The Library Store will be closed on the following dates this holiday season:
Saturday, December 23
Sunday, December 24
Monday, December 25
Saturday, December 30
Sunday, December 31
Monday, January 1
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? 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 board members often have previous experience serving on boards or committees and this year, we’re particularly interested in hearing from candidates with business strategy, graphic design, and social media or web design skills. Board members serve three-year-terms (donating an afternoon and evening 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 information packet and application: 2018 FOL Board Nominating Packet & Form. 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 5 p.m., September 29, 2017. The nominating committee will begin reviewing applications soon thereafter.
The Big Book Sale takes place in the Larry Black Auditorium at Main Library.
Thursday, October 12
4:30 – 8:30 PM
Friends of the Library members only
Friday & Saturday, October 13-14
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday, October 15
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Friends of the Library members gain access to the pre-sale and receive a 10-20% membership discount on all purchases. Not yet a member? Join now to access the pre-sale and discount. You can also join at the door.
Friends of the Library accepts cash and credit card. Customers are encouraged to bring their own bag to carry their purchases. Your support is greatly appreciated!
On summer weekends in the city, the sounds of merriment and music fill the Topiary Park as families and friends gather for PBJ & Jazz concerts.
Now in its ninth year, the popular PBJ & Jazz concert series introduces jazz and American music to children and their families in casual, one-hour interactive concerts. Each of the concerts features some of Columbus’ finest musicians in a dynamic introduction to live music for young audience members. Each summer, thousands of children and adults attend the popular series.
The concerts will be presented June 10, July 8, August 12, and September 9 from noon to 1 p.m. Each concert is hosted by retired music educator Rebecca Ogden and features a different group of professional musicians from the Jazz Arts Group. The 2017 lineup includes Byron Stripling and the Bobby Floyd Trio, Bright Moments Quintet, Liz Woolley Band, and ZC7: Latin Jazz Experience.
Families are encouraged to bring picnic lunches to enjoy during the free concerts.
A collaborative effort between the Jazz Arts Group, Friends of the Topiary Park, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) and the Columbus Museum of Art, the concerts build awareness of high-quality cultural activities and educational opportunities for families in downtown Columbus.
Each of the concerts is “bookended” by two family-friendly cultural offerings. Preceding concerts at 11 a.m., CML presents family story time in the Main Library. Following the concerts, the Columbus Museum of Art offers a hands-on art activity from 1 to 2 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public.
Since the introduction of PBJ & Jazz, a grant from the Friends of the Library (FOL) has made it possible to present free concerts of high artistic value to a wide audience. FOL funding supports promotional efforts to build awareness of the series—including advertising and the printing of 10,000 bookmarks distributed through CML’s branches, at the Columbus Arts Festival, and by each participating organization. FOL funding also supports the rental of sound equipment for concerts.
PBJ & Jazz concerts are presented by Friends of the Topiary Park and sponsored by the Discovery Special Improvement District, the Jennifer Michel Keefer Memorial Fund at The Columbus Foundation, and Friends of the Library. Columbus Recreation and Parks, the Discovery Special Improvement District, and Motorists Insurance Group provide in-kind support. WCBE 90.5 FM provides exclusive media support.
The Topiary Park is located at 480 E. Town Street in downtown Columbus. Free parking is available in the Motorists Insurance lot just north of the Topiary Park. In the event of rain, all activities are held in the Main Library, located at 96 S. Grant Avenue, adjacent to the Topiary Park.