COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library is participating in The Big Library Read, a digital book club set on a global scale to introduce and connect as many passionate readers as possible to eBooks. The program allows owners of digital eReader devices – and holders of CML library cards – to instantly download a specific eBook or eAudiobook with no waits or holds. Starting Tuesday, March 17 and ending Wednesday, April 1, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates will be the featured title.
Thousands of FREE library eBooks are waiting to be downloaded by CML customers at columbuslibrary.org. As CML continues to focus on its expansive and constantly growing collection of digital items, library staff members are eager to help customers learn how to use their eReaders and guide them through the process of downloading items to their devices.
In 2014, CML customers downloaded 1 million eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library’s digital collection – with numbers trending upward in 2015.
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.