June 26, 2014

Library prepares to unveil new Driving Park Branch

New branch will open with community celebration

COLUMBUS—On Saturday, July 12, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will open its new DrivingPark Branch to the public with a brief dedication ceremony followed by a grand opening celebration.The event is free and open to all.

  • New Driving Park Branch Dedication and Grand Opening Celebration
  • 1422 E. Livingston Ave. (at Livingston and Kelton avenues)
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014
  • Noon – Short dedication ceremony
  • 12:30-3 p.m. – Grand opening celebration

Following brief remarks from community and city officials – including Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman – the afternoon will be filled with refreshments, music and entertainment. Plus, all are welcome to explore the new branch (see photo and floor plan below). Visitors can also sign up for a commemorative library card and register for a chance to win an eReader.

The day will be highly visual, and include a city street sign unveiling by children from the Driving Park neighborhood, as well as a ceremonial ribbon cutting by CML CEO Patrick Losinski and other library, community and city leaders.

Entertainment will include:

  • Performances by the Columbus Saints Drum & Bugle Corps
  • Chalk art by Edwin John Yang
  • Historical reenactment by Anthony Gibbs from the Ohio History Connection
  • Music and an open mic dub poetry jam by Doctah X
  • Stilt-walkers from the Amazing Giants
  • Costumed characters from CATCO is Kids
  • Magic show by Stephen Knight

The new Driving Park Branch, which is CML’s first new building in a decade, represents the first of 10 library locations (including Main Library) to be renovated or rebuilt within the next few years. Ground broke for the new building on July 30, 2013. CML also held a groundbreaking for its new Whitehall Branch on Sept. 10, 2013, scheduled to open next spring.

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 21 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 will transform and significantly upgrade 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 will 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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