New Play Date Program

Cold weather is just around the corner, which makes getting the kids out and about that much tougher. Bundling up, finding the other winter boot, navigating snow banks . . . sometimes it just seems easier to stay inside for the day, right? But it might just be worth it to get out of the house for a play date. Everyone benefits from a play date!

Adults get to chat about things that aren't proper in most social situations . . . stuff like potty training, how to get spit-up stains out of blouses and how to eek out a minute or two for yourself once in a while. Kids get to PLAY! Everyone gets some age-appropriate social interaction. Best of all, families might make connections that will last a lifetime.

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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