Let's Plant a Vegetable Garden! Virtual Event

Whether you have been gardening for a while, or are one of the many families who started growing things during the pandemic, you can grow more, have less work and save money by doing some planning right now! This live virtual program will be held on Thursday, March 11 at 6:000pm with Master Gardener Volunteer Becky Gutzman who will share her years of garden expertise with tips on planning for success. We will look at choosing a site and style of gardening, as well as ways to get the whole family involved in growing delicious veggies.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. You may view this event on a laptop, smart phone, tablet or computer.

To register, please click here. You will receive a conformation email shortly after regeresting. This conformation email will not include the event link, the event link will be sent to the email provided within 24 hours of the live event.

This event brought to you through The Virtual Project, a collaboration among Columbia County libraries to bring virtual programming to library patrons.

The Library is Currently by Appointments Only

To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Columbus Public Library has adjusted our services and hours of operation until further notice.

Currently, access to the library building will be allowed by appointment only to use technology services including: library computers, wi-fi, printing, faxing and scanning. Appointments to browse the library collection in the building will also be available.

We will return to curbside pickup only for reserved books. When notified that a reserved book has come in, patrons will need to call the library and schedule a pick-up appointment. Books will be held in the James Street vestibule of the library in a package marked with the patron’s name at the scheduled time.

Appointments will be available the following dates and times:

Monday - Thursday:  9:00 am -7:00 pm

Friday:  9:00 am -5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am -1:00 pm

Patrons will need to call ahead to schedule all pick-up and on-site appointments. 

The Columbus Public Library phone number is 920-623-5910.

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.

Chad Lewis Event Recording

We had some unexpected technical difficulties during the September 30, 2020 virtual program featuring paranormal research Chad Lewis. However, we did record the event.  Chad Lewis is as generous as he is entertaining, and he is allowing us to rebroadcast the event's presentation at will so that all of you may have the opportunity to enjoy it. A video recording of the event can be viewed on the library's YouTube page, click here to watch the video.

Chad Lewis is a researcher, author, and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. His background is in Psychology as he did both his Bachelor and Master degree work in the field- but for the last 20 plus years he has traveled the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories and history. He has also writen several books about hauntings, monsters, myths and lore.

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.

How to Place Holds for Curbside Pick Up

The Columbus Public Library is still offering curbside pickup.

Our newest library staff member Bethany has created a helpful video to walk you through how to use our online catalog Linkcat to find items that are currently available at the Columbus Public Library and how to place them on hold for pickup. The tutorial can be viewed by clicking here. Holds are being transferred between libraries. The time frame for holds to reach their destination is longer than normal due to safety precautions being taken by delivery and the libraries.

If you are having difficulties placing holds through the online system or the form, please contact the library at 920-623-5910 and a staff member can assist you with your requests.

Library staff will contact you when your holds are ready to schedule a time for curbside pickup.

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