Get Started With the Summer Library Program!

The Summer Library Program is officially here! This year, our program runs from June 13 - July 26, and we're hosting all kind of fun events to celebrate! Since the theme is Fizz, Boom, Read! you can expect lots of awesome science-related activities for all ages. To start things off with a bang, we're holding our second annual Friday Night Out on the library lawn from 5-7 pm on Friday, June 13. The fantastic Duke Otherwise and his band will help us kick things off with family-friendly music and fun, plus we'll have FREE ice cream cones for the kids, generously provided by Mullin's, and registration for the Summer Reading Program!

We're also moving our Summer Reading Program registration online this year. Click here to register. Remember, we've got something for all ages, so whether you're a baby or adult, you can participate. We hope to see you around this summer, and happy reading!

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. 

Philip Heckman's Card Catalog Mystery

We are so excited to host "You Will All Be Punished Unless the Guilty Party Confesses," a mystery story housed in a groovy old card catalog!

This readable hands-on art installation was written and designed by local author Philip Heckman. Each of the 15 drawers tells a piece of this story that can be read in any order. Just open the drawers and see what happens...

You can find it in the Tween section, downstairs in the children's area. Stop by and take a look!

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