Library to mark National Library Week with Checkout Challenge and events

Week of April 4-10 to include authors, Storytimes and more

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will celebrate National Library Week from April 4-10 with events for the whole family, plus a Checkout Challenge encouraging CML customers to visit a library location and check out a combined 100,000 items over the course of the week.

Starting April 4, each person who checks out one item or more will be automatically entered into two drawings to win:

  • A $100 Kroger gift card (one winner from each of CML’s 23 locations)
  • Four tickets to an upcoming Columbus Blue Jackets game (one winner)

One entry per person. CML employees and their immediate family members are not eligible. The Checkout Challenge is supported by the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation.

CML is also celebrating National Library Week with virtual and in-person events:

Monday, April 4 | First Day of Checkout Challenge

Tuesday, April 5

  • Staff Picks Live! Science Fiction
    Virtual | 7 p.m.
    Our staff will talk about their favorite science fiction novels for all ages. Join the chat to share your recommendations!

Wednesday, April 6 | Library Giving Day
Sponsored by the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation

  • Your Next Skill
    Virtual | 7 p.m.
    Learn how to use the library’s free online resources to enhance your job skills, discover a new hobby or learn a new language.

Thursday, April 7

Friday, April 8

Saturday, April 9

Sunday, April 10 | Last Day of the Checkout Challenge

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 School Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge 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 and career readiness and employment resources.


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