COLUMBUS—The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation (CMLF) has received a gift of $250,000 from Honda Marysville, a member of the Performance Columbus family of car dealerships. The gift, which will support the new branch’s dedicated teen area, puts the CMLF’s fundraising total over $2.3 million toward its $2.8 million goal for the new Dublin Branch.
The new Dublin Branch will open to the public on Thursday, June 6.
The expected total cost of the new Dublin Branch is $21.1 million. Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has budgeted $18.3 million for the project. The CMLF has undertaken a private fundraising campaign to help raise the additional $2.8 million needed to the fund the project. Additionally, a public phase of the campaign seeks to elicit broadbased community participation.
Dublin residents can learn more about how they can support their new library by visiting DublinBranchCampaign.org.
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.
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. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.