Library customers check out 136,028 items last week, surpassing Checkout Challenge goal of 100,000

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Promotion held to mark National Library Week: April 4-10

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) customers checked out 136,028 items last week, surpassing CML’s Checkout Challenge goal of 100,000 checkouts during National Library Week: April 4-10.

The promotion offered CML customers who checked out one item or more the chance to win a $100 Kroger gift card. One winner from each of CML’s 23 locations will be drawn at random and notified this week. All borrowers were also automatically entered into a grand prize drawing to win four tickets to see the Columbus Blue Jackets play at Nationwide Arena. One winner will be drawn at random and notified this week.

“We challenged our customers to help us celebrate by checking out 100,000 items, and they responded in a big way,” said CML Chief Community Engagement Officer Donna Zuiderweg. “We are so grateful to them for their continued support.”

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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