January 5, 2016

Columbus Metropolitan Library to open 23rd location

Canal Winchester Branch to open Jan. 25

COLUMBUS—On Monday, Jan. 25, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will formally dedicate and open its new Canal Winchester Branch. The highly visual event will include brief remarks from city, community and library officials and a ribbon cutting.

  • New Canal Winchester Branch Dedication Ceremony
  • 115 Franklin St. (located in the Canal Winchester Education Center)
  • Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
  • 3-3:30 p.m. – Short dedication ceremony

The new Canal Winchester Branch is located in the former gymnasium of the Canal Winchester Education Center (the city’s former high school) at 115 Franklin St. Canal Winchester Schools leased the roughly 5,400 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.

The new branch will include a Homework Help Center. This dedicated space will offer free afterschool 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 Canal Winchester 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)

The Canal Winchester Branch represents CML’s second “express” branch. The library system similarly opened its Marion-Franklin Branch on Sept. 15, 2014, which became its 22nd location.

Hours of operation at the new Canal Winchester Branch are Monday through Thursday, noon-7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m.

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 Club 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 readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.