January 21, 2015

Library celebrates Black History Month in February

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has been celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with fun, musical and informative events. Now, CML is looking ahead to Black History Month by offering family-friendly programming throughout 22 locations in February. But the library is also seeking historical contributions from the community.

At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, the Driving Park Branch (1422 E. Livingston Ave.) will host a scanning event encouraging customers to bring in their treasured photos and historical documents to be preserved in CML’s African-American Digital Collection. Musician Arnett Howard, a major contributor to the collection, will participate.

For more information, visit columbuslibrary.org/events.

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.