September 11, 2015

Library offers customers the opportunity to be a part of the new Parsons Branch’s history

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is building its new Parsons Branch at 1113 Parsons Ave. One of the steel plates to be used in the construction will be on display at the current Parsons Branch to offer CML customers the chance to sign their names on it and become a part of the neighborhood’s – and library’s – history.

The signed steel plate will then be incorporated into the new building, expected to open in summer of 2016.

The plate will be available for the public to sign beginning today, Friday, Sept. 11 through noon on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Parsons Branch located at 845 Parsons Ave. The Parsons Branch is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Parsons Branch project is one of 10 construction projects in CML’s aspirational building program to renovate, expand or rebuild 10 library locations before 2020.

CML, along with Turner Construction Company and architect Moody•Nolan, broke ground on the site on June 2, 2015, less than half a mile south of the current branch.

When completed, the new building will have approximately 19,000 square feet of space, more than doubling the size of the current Parsons Branch, which has 7,599 square feet. Parking spaces will more than triple – from 20 to 64.

CML understands that great libraries create stronger communities, and each branch is an essential hub that reflects the unique needs of the neighborhood it serves. Some of CML’s 22 locations are 40 to 50 years old and inadequate to meet the demands of a growing 21st century community. Demands and expectations will continue to grow, along with the population of Franklin County.

CML’s aspirational building program is the result of a community-wide process that will continue to serve the needs of Franklin County well into the future. The plan is a multi-phased comprehensive blueprint that reinvents and revitalizes the entire 600,000 square feet maintained by the library.

In addition to being a vital community asset, Columbus Metropolitan Library strives to minimize its environmental footprint. With each new building or renovation project, CML plans to use sustainable building materials, incorporate glass for natural light to reduce energy costs and introduce other design and building elements friendly to the natural environment.

Phase one of CML’s aspirational building program is transforming and significantly upgrading seven urban branches (Driving Park, Whitehall, Parsons, Martin Luther King, Northside, Northern Lights, Shepard) and two suburban branches (Hilliard and Dublin). In addition, changes to Main Library represent a major investment in downtown Columbus and the Discovery District.

Visit columbuslibrary.org for more information and to track progress of CML’s ambitious 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.

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