Library celebrates its 150th birthday with the Columbus Book Festival this weekend

Free two-day festival to be held at Main Library and Topiary Park

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) Columbus Book Festival is this weekend, July 15-16, at Main Library and the adjacent Topiary Park. Hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation and presented by Battelle, CML leaders and festival organizers invite central Ohioans to connect with more than 200 authors, including its five headliners:

  • Ali Hazelwood, author of Love, Theoretically 
  • Fonda Lee, author of Untethered Sky
  • Prince Shakur, author of When They Tell You To Be Good
  • Maggie Smith, author of You Could Make This Place Beautiful
  • Matthew Quirk, author of The Night Agent

The free two-day festival represents the cornerstone of CML’s Sesquicentennial celebrations, commemorating its 150 years serving central Ohio. Click here to view the festival schedule.

In addition to the five headliners, the festival will feature more than 130 national and local authors from a variety of genres who will participate in panel discussions and sign books sold through the Official Festival Bookstore. The Book Loft, Gramercy Books and Prologue Bookshop will manage the book sales. Additionally, nearly 100 independent creators, small press writers and self-published authors will exhibit under the Indie Author Alley tent.

The festival will also feature:

  • Local food and drink vendors
  • Family-friendly programs and activities, including live farm animals
  • Retail and nonprofit exhibitors featuring all things literary

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The Friends of the Library will also hold their Big Book Sale during the festival, selling books and other library materials that are no longer suitable for CML’s collection. Children’s books start at $1. Proceeds support Columbus Metropolitan Library’s programs and services. Visit for more information.

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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