February 18, 2014

Library and Columbus City Schools to unveil new reading initiatives during joint media event

Programs designed to support Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee

COLUMBUS—Thousands of central Ohio third graders did not pass mandatory reading proficiency testing last October. If these same students do not pass the proficiency testing this spring, they will be forced, under Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee, to repeat third grade.

In response, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), in conjunction with Columbus City Schools (CCS), will host a media event to outline new initiatives aimed at ensuring that central Ohio students have the tools they need to move on to fourth grade and be successful beyond. The event will include remarks by CCS Superintendent Dr. Dan Good and CML CEO Patrick Losinski. Video cameras are welcome.

  • Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Hilltop Branch | 511 S. Hague Ave.

The event also highlights CML’s new Reading Buddies initiative, which pairs central Ohio students with CML staff members, CML VolunTeens and vetted community volunteers for one-on-one reading practice. The program, which began system-wide earlier this month, consists of 15-minute sessions at all 21 library locations, focusing heavily on vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. Additionally, CML’s new Third Grade Reading page provides parents with resources – such as practice reading tests, sample questions, favorite books for third graders and more – designed to help them prepare their children for success.

CCS also offers a Reading Buddies program that focuses similarly on reading practice but takes place during school hours and is specifically for students who are referred by their teachers. CML’s program is after school and open to any interested K-3 student.

Additionally, from Feb. 24 through March 31, CML will accept new or gently used children’s books for grades K-5 at all 21 library locations in support of CCS’ Books on the Bus program, which aims to put a box of books on every CCS school bus.

Following brief remarks, Good, Losinski and CML staff members will sit down with K-3 students to demonstrate the Reading Buddies program.

CML’s Reading Buddies program is free and available at Main Library and all 20 branches. Hours vary by location.

  • Driving Park – Monday & Wednesday from 5-5:45 p.m.
  • Dublin – Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. & Saturday from 2-3 p.m.
  • Franklinton – Monday & Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Gahanna – Tuesday & Friday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Hilliard – Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. & Friday from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Hilltop – Monday & Thursday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Karl Road – Monday & Tuesday from 5-6 p.m.
  • Linden – Monday & Wednesday from 5-6 p.m.
  • Livingston – Tuesday & Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Main Library – Tuesday & Wednesday from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Martin Luther King – Tuesday & Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • New Albany – Tuesday & Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Northern Lights – Wednesday & Thursday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Northside – Monday & Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Parsons – Monday & Thursday from 5-6 p.m.
  • Reynoldsburg – Monday & Wednesday from 5-6 p.m.
  • Shepard – Monday & Thursday from 5-6 p.m.
  • South High - Monday & Thursday from 5-6 p.m.
  • Southeast – Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. & Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Whetstone – Tuesday & Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Whitehall – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 4-5 p.m.

Interested students and families can stop in to any CML library location and find the Reading Buddies station in the children’s area. Adults interested in becoming a Reading Buddies volunteer can complete an online volunteer application by clicking here.

For more information about Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee, click here or watch this helpful video.

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.