May 12, 2016

Library to dedicate public art piece at new Driving Park Branch this evening

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will hold a small ceremony this evening from 6-7 p.m. to formally dedicate the mural installed in CML’s Driving Park Branch.

Artist Corrie Slawson worked with several teens from the branch’s YouMedia teen space to create a dynamic mural for the new branch, which opened in July 2014. Late last year, Slawson and the teens ventured out into the Driving Park community and took photos of buildings and neighborhood landmarks. Then in January, Slawson returned to the branch and taught the teens how to screen print the photos they had taken. The results were woven into a mural – titled “Driving Park, from end to end, through the eyes of Makyra, Imani, Alicia (AJ) and Sarah, on a January afternoon” – and installed in the branch’s quiet room.

The artist will share her experience working on the project. Refreshments will be provided. See above for a photo of the artist demonstrating her screen printing techniques at the branch.

The Driving Park Branch opened in July 2014, marking the first of 10 new or renovated buildings to open as part of CML’s aspirational building program.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.