Library partners with Gateway Film Center for free movie promotion

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Cardholders can watch free movies this summer

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has partnered once again with the Gateway Film Center to bring free movies to CML cardholders this summer.

Now in its eleventh year, From Book to Film offers CML cardholders free admission to a series of films that were inspired by and adapted from books.

The 2021 From Book to Film series lineup includes:

  • June 4-6: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • June 11-13: Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
  • June 18-20: Paddington 2 (2018)
  • June 25-27: October Sky (1999)
  • July 2-4: A League of Their Own (1992)
  • July 9-11: My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018)
  • July 16-18: Whale Rider (2002)
  • July 23-25: A Little Princess (1995)
  • July 30-Aug. 1: Wonder (2017)

From Book to Film screenings occur every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free (for up to four people) with your library card.

“Gateway Film Center has a long tradition of uniting the community through accessible events and inclusive programming,” said Gateway Film Center President Chris Hamel. “From Book to Film aligns the film center with a great strategic partner (Columbus Metropolitan Library) and helps make the central Ohio community a better place to live.”

“Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Summer Reading Challenge keeps kids reading during the summer to help prevent loss of critical skills learned during the school year,” said Patrick Losinski, CEO of the library. “We know that reading during the summer break results in better success in school, now and in the future. We value our partnership with Gateway Film Center and how their From Book to Film series provides another avenue for kids to remain engaged in reading and learning during the summer.”

CML’s nine-week Summer Reading Challenge kicked off May 29 and runs through July 31. Visit for more information.

Gateway Film Center has served the Columbus community since December 2009. The center has been recognized as Columbus’s best movie theater by every major city publication and as a top-20 North American art house by the Sundance Institute. In 2019, the Film Center screened over 1,000 films representing over 40 countries, served over 300,000 visitors and offered over 7,500 complimentary admissions through its community programs. Visit

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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