Mask Required in Building

The City of Columbus Common Council declared a State of Emergency and created Resolution No. 18-21. Under Resolution No. 18-21 people entering City owned buildings, including the Columbus Public Library, are required to have a face covering if they are age two or older.

This order is effective Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 8:00am.

*Those exempt from the Emergency Order issued by the City of Columbus are not required to wear a face covering, but are encouraged to do so if safe.
- Children under the age of two.
- Individuals who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance; and
- Individuals with medical conditions, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, or other sensory sensitivities that prevent the individual from wearing a face covering.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

“Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read.  Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success.  Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6.  Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) and very manageable endeavor.” (Taken from the 1,000 Books website)

Prepare your child for a lifetime of learning by participating in this free year-round early literacy program! Upon signing your child up, you will receive
logging sheets, and your child can add a submarine to our 1,000 Books Deep Dive visual. You can also keep track of your progress on Beanstack just like our summer reading challenges. Your child will receive a small prize for every hundred books read to them, and when they finish 1,000 they receive a free book to keep! Book binding for paper logs is available after completing the program.  For ages 0-5

Library Open, No Appointment Needed!

The Columbus Public Library is now open without an appointment!! All services are available, including computers, Wi-Fi, printing, faxing, scanning and to browse the library’s in-house collection.  Curbside pickup is still available for reserved items upon request. Please contact the library if you desire to schedule curbside item pick up.

At this time, the library meeting room and the Library Annex will not be available for the public to use.

Current hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Sign-Up Guidelines for Virtual Programs

Currently, all of our programs for all age groups are taking place virtually. This may continue to be the case for some time.

As the world moves toward a more virtual reality, at least for the time being, we need to ensure that our patrons are accessing our virtual programs safely.

  1. All Columbus Public Library programs are free and open to the public. We never charge a fee of any kind for our events.
  2. The only way to sign up for a virtual event for our library is by signing up in a Google doc in a link directly from our website or the body of the event description on our Facebook page. It would never be in a comment to that event.

Scammers post fake links for a LIVE STREAM or LIVE LINK to events in the comments section of the post to make it seem as if it is part of the event. It is not. They want your credit card information. The Columbus Public Library would never ask for that information under any circumstances.

Columbus Public Library is Now on YouTube!

We are excited to announce that the Columbus Public Library now has its own YouTube channel! Find us on YouTube by searching for Columbus Public Library WI. Then follow us
by liking and subscribing to our page. You can also choose to get a notification when a new video is posted.

There will be weekly program videos posted for ages 5 and up, weekly Storytimes, and monthly adult crafting videos. We may also post fun videos about upcoming programs and library news. 

This is a great alterative for those who do not use other social media sites to still have access to our instructional videos and storytimes. Videos will still be shared on Facebook for those who prefer to watch through that site.

Click here to visit the Columbus Public Library's YouTube page.

* Storytime videos will only be availble for viewing for one week.

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