NEW! E-magazines Now Available

Columbus Public Library Introduces Flipster™

You can now access your favorite digital magazines using Flipster™ from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that allows you to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, all for free, courtesy of the library.

The titles available through Flipster are:

Car & Driver, Cooking Light, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Ebony, Food Network Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Health, House Beautiful, InStyle, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Men's Health, Money, O The Oprah Magazine, People, Popular Mechanics, Prevention, Ranger Rick Jr, Real Simple, Redbook, Rolling Stone, Runner's World, Seventeen, Sports Illustrated, Time, Us Weekly, Vegetarian Times, Woman's Day, Women's Health

You now have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely on your computer or handheld device. Magazines can be downloaded

Jeepers Creepers! Where'd you get those peepers?

Join us for a fun sight-themed storytime with special guests from the Lion's Club!


The Columbus Lions Club will be offering free vision screening for your child on Tuesday, Jan. 13 or Wednesday, Jan. 14 right after story time, which starts, at 10:00 am.


This program, Lions KidSight USA, is designed to protect the vision of America's children. KidSight USAworks with Lions around the country to help ensure that children between six months and six years of age receive vision screening and professional follow-up care when needed.


"KidSight USA is an important national initiative that helps families protect the eye health of their children," says International President Joe Preston. "It builds on our proud history of saving sight and our belief that all children deserve to see the world clearly. With the help of Lions, we hope they will."

But wait, there's more! To make this effort even more awesome, cake will be served each day in honor of the Lion's Club Founder's birthday! Story time, healthy peepers compliments of the Columbus Lions and birthday cake! All at your Columbus Public Library on January 13th and 14th..

Root for Columbus: It Took a Village to Make Our Tree

Columbus Public Library is one of 10 libraries taking part in an intensive 18-month training in the “turning outward” approach. Here, Cindy Fesemyer describes the Root for Columbus project, in which her library is sending a “wishing tree” around town to collect residents’ aspirations for Columbus. Not only is the exercise getting people thinking, but it’ll result in data that will help the library in the next phase of the process: tackling the challenges that are most important to residents.

About six months into our Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) training grant, the team from Columbus, Wis., decided to add another tool to our community organizers’ toolbox. Well, we didn’t decide so much as bend to the creative mind that is Mary Lou Sharpee, one of our team members. Mary Lou had a vision of something colorful and interactive that would get people talking in our community. She had a vision, and the library had a good deal of help turning that vision into a reality.

In early October, we launched the Root for Columbus campaign. The first week of the campaign, there were three ways to "root for Columbus" within the library itself. The two that are still here are construction paper trees, bare of leaves. One tree is on the tall glass doors to our very busy community room, and the second is on the bulletin board by the magazines and fireplace. Beside each tree is a Root for Columbus sign — complete with the library’s logo — and the question, “What kind of community do you want?

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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