Library Foundation receives $76,000 gift from Battelle to fund teen program expansion

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COLUMBUS—The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation (CMLF) is announcing that it has received a $76,000 gift from Battelle to expand Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) YouMedia program for teens.

Currently offered at six of CML’s 23 library locations – with plans for it to be offered at the new Gahanna and Reynoldsburg branches when they open in 2023 and 2024 respectively – the YouMedia program provides teens with access to technology and mentoring designed to ignite creative sparks that could lead to future careers. Teens have the opportunity to mix music, create podcasts, design graphics and logos and to deepen their knowledge of different software and technology. Visit columbuslibrary.org/teens to learn more.

Battelle’s gift, part of its STEM grant program, enables CML to expand YouMedia to its remaining 15 locations with portable kits. These kits include iPads, recording bundles, cameras, green screens, drum pads and more. The Portable YouMedia project is expected to be available at those remaining 15 locations by mid-October.

“Our strategic focus is to help give young minds a foundation for a successful life,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “Battelle’s support greatly expands opportunities for teens throughout central Ohio to experiment, to create and to develop lifelong passions.”

“Columbus Metropolitan Library serves as a powerful resource for education in central Ohio,” said Wes Hall, Vice President, Philanthropy & Education at Battelle. “Our new partnership for the Portable YouMedia project will help ignite the creativity of a new generation of creators.”

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit battelle.org.

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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