September 3, 2014

Columbus Metropolitan Library to open 22nd location

Marion-Franklin Branch to open Sept. 15

COLUMBUS—On Monday, Sept. 15, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will formally dedicate and open its new Marion-Franklin Branch. The highly visual event will include brief remarks from city, community and library officials and a ribbon cutting.

  • New Marion-Franklin Branch Dedication Ceremony
  • 2740 Lockbourne Rd. (located in the former Beery Middle School)
  • Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
  • 3:30-4 p.m. – Short dedication ceremony

The new Marion-Franklin Branch is located in the Media Center of the former Beery Middle School at 2740 Lockbourne Rd. In October 2013, Columbus City Schools leased the 4,000 square-foot space to CML for five years at a cost of $1 per year. After minor renovations, CML is ready to open the new branch to the public.

“We are thrilled to extend CML’s reach to this community, and to be a hub for out-of-school learning for its young minds,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski.

Bob Evans has provided support for education in the Marion-Franklin community with a generous gift toward the branch’s Homework Help Center. This dedicated space will offer free after-school assistance to K-12 students from staff and vetted community volunteers. It will operate Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Friday from 3-6 p.m.

The Marion-Franklin Branch will also offer:

  • Books, magazines and newspapers
  • Programs and services to help families prepare their children for kindergarten
  • Free computers for adults and children
  • Free wireless access for computers and mobile devices
  • Printers and photocopiers (at cost)

Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 2-7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 2-6 p.m.