So long, Kelsey (tear). Hello, Katrina (yay).

Columbus Public Library bids a sad farewell to Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser who served as the library's first ever Youth Services Director from February 2013 to the last day of our Summer Library Program on July 26. She brought great energy and creativity to the position and to the community. She will be missed. Kelsey is moving to the La Crosse Public Library, serving as a Youth Services Librarian in the main location.
Replacing Kelsey, we are happy to announce the hire of Katrina Dombrowsky. As was Kelsey, Katrina is hired fresh out of her studies at UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies. She is full of new ideas and insight into the world of youth services.

Watch FREE Videos from the Library Anytime, Anywhere

Streaming video is now available from Columbus Public Library!
Your Columbus Public Library has expanded its services with streaming video available to enjoy from the library’s website, Just click the Download Overdrive icon on the right navigation bar and look for New Streaming Video under the Featured Collections menu. Columbus Library card holders have instant access to streaming video with a growing catalog of digital feature films, documentaries, educational, children’s favorites and more with a modern, easy-to-use viewing experience.
This new service will be especially handy for parents looking to entertain antsy kids with a great educational video experience on just about any device. There are many kids’ titles available and the list just keeps growing.

One of Ten Libraries Selected Nationwide!

Your Columbus Public Library was selected for the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities training grant!

Public libraries interact with and serve local residents in many ways, and Columbus Public Library is embarking on a new project to strengthen its role as a core community leader and change agent.
Columbus Public Library is one of 10 public libraries nationwide that will undergo an intensive 18-month, team-based community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort. Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), Columbus Public Library will receive nearly $60,000 in training and services as a participant in the project.
“The cohort was selected through a highly-competitive peer-reviewed application process that is part of ALA’s LTC initiative,” said Cindy Fesemyer, director of the Columbus Public Library. “The Libraries Transforming Communities project is a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as corecommunity leaders and change-agents.”
Through in-person training, webinars, and coaching—valued at $50,000—five Library staff members, board members and other community partners will learn new community engagement techniques and apply them to challenges in the Columbus area. The library will also receive an $8,000 cash grant to help
cover the cost of the new community engagement work. 
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