Upcoming Events

Summer Library Program Kick-Off Party at Friday Night

The Summer Library Program at the Columbus Public Library kicks off with a party on the library lawn this Friday, May 31st from 4-6pm. Kids and families will laugh along with the shenanigans of the juggling comedy duo Miller and Mike while enjoying free Culver’s custard and face painting. Local community groups will have information available about summer camps and programs and people of all ages are encouraged to sign up for the summer reading program.

The library’s reading program works to bridge the gap between school years to keep kids and teens moving forward on their literacy journey. The reading program serves more than school aged kids; it’s for everyone, babies on up. Parents can sign up babies and learn interactive activities to encourage early literacy skills. Kids and teens each have their own category, with suggestions for ways to branch out and try new things. Adults can even sign up to track any kind of reading with a chance to enter the grand prize giveaway. All finishers get a free book as well the chance to win one of the prize baskets or the grand prize. The grand prize raffle will have two winners, who will each walk home with an Astronomers Without Borders Reflector Telescope donated to the summer reading program by the Columbus Kiwanis Club and Drexel Building Supply. People of all ages can sign up for summer reading throughout the summer at the library.

The Summer Library Program isn’t just reading though; the events going on throughout the summer are abundant. Every Tuesday, elementary kids can stop over at 2:00pm for things like making . . . 

Summer Reading Program (for ALL ages!)

Here’s how it works: people of all ages sign up and receive a “game board.” As you read whatever you love to read, keep track of how long you read and fill in each space. For some spaces, do an activity instead to branch out and try new things. Once you’ve completed your reading time, return to the library to gather your prizes. First, you’ll get a free book that you get to keep forever. Next, kids will get a finisher’s tile to add to our mural on the program room doors. Come back at the end of the summer to see it completed! Finally, you get one raffle ticket. You can choose to enter your ticket to win one of the prize baskets, which run the gamut from playdoh and board books to a cooking basket or our grand prize. One child and one teen or adult will win the grand prize, a full-fledged telescope to start their astronomy adventure. The telescopes are from Astronomers Without Borders, and half the purchase price is used to donate telescopes for astronomy education around the world.  The telescopes were donated by the Columbus Kiwanis Club and Drexel Building Supply.

Once you’ve finished the summer reading program, you can choose to do the extra challenge . . . 

Now Hiring Library Director

Our busy, beloved Columbus Public Library seeks a creative, dynamic community-minded director with the skills to manage daily activities as well as the leadership and vision to guide the library into the future.

Located 30 minutes northeast of Madison, the Columbus Public Library serves a city population of 5,000 plus several thousand patrons in surrounding Dodge, Dane and Columbia counties. The library includes the historic landmark building plus an annex with a bookstore, meeting/education spaces and artists studios

The Library is home to the Friends of the Library and the Columbus Literacy Council. It coordinates activities with the Columbus Area Historical Society, the Columbus Senior Center, Columbus Community Hospital, local civic groups and area public schools. The library is a member of the South Central Library System and LINKcat consortium.

The application deadline is May 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Merry Anderson, CPL Search Committee at merryka@charter.net.

For compete job description and minimum qualification requirements please click here.

There is a new book club in town!

The Columbus Public Library’s new Columbus/Fall River Senior Book Club features audio books and large-print books and will meet on two different days per month at two different locations. The Larson House Platinum at 550 River Road in Columbus will host on the first Wednesday of each month. The second group will meet at The Meadows at 101 Hometown Avenue in Fall River on the second Wednesday of each month.

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