Library to celebrate its 150th birthday on March 4

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System-wide family fun plus the grand opening of a new branch

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will celebrate its sesquicentennial on Saturday, March 4. That day, CML will hold system-wide birthday bashes with family-friendly activities, performances, prizes and refreshments. Click here to learn more and to see specific location schedules.

Additionally, that morning CML will cut the ribbon on its new Gahanna Branch with a brief dedication ceremony open to the public at 9 a.m. The event will be followed by a daylong CML birthday bash.

CML will continue celebrating its 150th birthday throughout the remainder of 2023 with:

  • Sesquicentennial Author Series: Bridgerton author Julia Quinn will speak at Main Library on Sunday, March 5. Click here to learn more and see the lineup and schedule.
  • Columbus Book Festival: The new festival will be held at Main Library and Topiary Park on July 15-16 and feature national and local authors, vendors and programs. Click here to learn more.
  • Sesquicentennial Passport: The passport program enables customers of all ages to pick up a booklet at any CML location starting March 4 and complete activities around the city to earn stamps and prizes.
  • Partner Days: Customers’ library cards give them extra savings throughout CML’s 150th birthday year. Click here to see free or discounted opportunities.

Click here to view a special video highlighting CML’s history on its sesquicentennial. Members of the media are welcome to utilize it for their needs.

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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