Library reopens fully from pandemic

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Open house celebration scheduled for Aug. 21

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has fully reopened most of its 23 locations following more than a year of closures and service disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To celebrate, CML will hold a community open house at each of its 22 open locations on Saturday, Aug. 21. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., visitors can enjoy special programs, activities and refreshments, plus enter raffles for prizes.

CML’s Karl Road Branch is closed ahead of the grand opening of the new branch later this summer.

Face coverings are no longer required for entry into CML locations, however unvaccinated individuals are asked to please continue to wear them. CML asks that customers who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or who recently tested positive for COVID-19, not enter any CML buildings. Curbside pickup remains available as well.

CML will continue to follow guidelines provided by local, county and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The safety of customers and staff is a priority for the library. Follow CML on social media (FacebookTwitter) and check columbuslibrary.org for updates.

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 Homework Help Centers, 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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