December 19, 2019

Library dedicates newly renamed Barnett Branch

Former Livingston Branch reopened Dec. 3

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has cut the ribbon on its newly renamed Barnett Branch (formerly the Livingston Branch).

Ribbon cutters participating in yesterday's dedication include:

  • Quay Barnes, Chair, Mideast Area Commission
  • Amanda Brooks, COTA
  • Tiffani Carter, Barnett Branch Manager, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Katie Chatas*, Community volunteer
  • The Honorable Rob Dorans, Member, Columbus City Council
  • Teresa Featherstone, Barnett Recreation Center
  • Malikai Giday, Grade 9, Walnut Ridge High School
  • Jasmine Hampton, Grade 9, Cristo Rey Columbus High School
  • Dalena Hand, National Church Residences
  • Dave Holt, Far East Safe Passages Initiative
  • Jason Knox, Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman
  • Patrick Losinski, Chief Executive Officer, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Mario Martin, Recreation Administrative Coordinator, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department
  • Jonathan Moody, Architect, Moody Nolan
  • Deepti Padiyar, Project Architect, Moody Nolan
  • Catherine Strauss*, Partner, Ice Miller LLP
  • Roger Sugarman*, Director, Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter LPA
  • Aracely Tagliaventi, COTA
  • Teri Umbarger, Senior Associate Architect, Moody Nolan
  • Chris Ward, Columbus City Schools
  • Oleatha Waugh, Columbus Urban League

* Columbus Metropolitan Library Board of Trustees Member

CML issued a survey to Livingston Branch customers earlier this year seeking their thoughts about the possible name change. The new name is also intended to more easily differentiate the branch from the nearby Driving Park Branch, which is also located on Livingston Avenue.

CML’s Franklinton and Livingston branches closed to the public on Oct. 26 to undergo renovations, including the reconfiguration of branch furniture and general flow, the installation of new carpeting and ceiling tiles, landscaping work and general maintenance. The two renovated branches also received specialized Ready for Kindergarten areas, which are dedicated spaces in the children’s area designed to familiarize preschoolers and their parents and caregivers with a kindergarten classroom. Both branches reopened on Dec. 3.

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.