Library partners with CDDC to bring special Egg Prize machine to Columbus Commons

Media invited for photo op on Thursday, June 8

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), in celebration of its 150th birthday, has partnered with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to host a temporary public art installation called Egg Prize. This special vending machine will be set up near the High Street entrance of Columbus Commons and available for public use beginning next Thursday, June 8 through Saturday, Sept. 2. It will dispense plastic eggs filled with pieces of miniature art – affectionately referred to as “Chippies” – designed by 10 local artists and members of the community. The eggs, which cost 50 cents each, will also contain fun prizes that include magnets, pins and stickers featuring original work by the artists. The artwork is inspired by the theme “150 years of reading.” Visit to learn more about the Egg Prize machine and the featured artists.

Members of the media are invited to a brief photo opportunity at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 as CML and CDDC leaders unevil the Egg Prize machine and activate it for public use. CML Chief Customer Experience Officer Donna Zuiderweg and local artist David Kail will be available for comment.

CML’s sesquicentennial celebrations continue throughout 2023 with a variety of programs and partnerships. Click here to learn more.

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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