Movie, book club selections honor Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month in February, the Columbus Public Library will screen a documentary about Milwaukee civil rights activist Vel Phillips, and the four book clubs will read novels featuring African-American characters.

The Wisconsin Public Television film “Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams” will be shown Monday, Feb. 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. Phillips was Milwaukee’s first African-American alderman, as well as its first female alderman. The documentary tells the story of Phillips’ struggles to build a better community.

The Teen Books to Movies Club, for grades seven through 12, is reading “Sounder” by William H. Armstrong, a classic novel that shows the courage, love and faith that bind an African-American family together despite the racism and inhumanity that they face. Club members will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, to eat snacks,

More Digital Magazines Added

Columbus Public Library has expanded its digital collection with the addition of OverDrive Periodicals. This new collection features 87 popular digital magazines and newspapers, including Ok!, HGTV Magazine, Star, Good Housekeeping, Food Network, Prevention, National Geographic, Newsweek and more. ​Just click the Overdrive icon on the left and check it out for yourself. 

We at Columbus Public Library are committed to bringing readers, researchers and learners of all kinds as many resources as we can. We are proud to offer this new service to the community. Columbus Public Library partners with OverDrive, Inc. (, a global leader in digital media services, to offer digital magazines, eBooks, digital audiobooks and

NOOKs available for check-out

Are you #502 in line for Sue Grafton's new novel, X? Can't wait to get your hands on Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee? You're in luck... The Columbus Public Library just purchased 6 NOOKs! They are stocked up with loads of popular adult and YA titles and ready to be checked out. Come pick yours up at the upstairs desk today. Happy reading! In case you are curious, here is the full list of titles currently available on the NOOKs (we'll occasionally add new titles, too):

Contemporary Fiction
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Historical Fiction
All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

14th Deadly Sin (Women's Murder Club Series #14) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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