April 24, 2017

Library Foundation receives $220,000 grant from PNC Foundation for early childhood education

Funding to support additional Ready for Kindergarten areas at several locations

COLUMBUS—The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation (CMLF) has been awarded an additional $110,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to help support important library programs and services. The CMLF was the recipient of a similar $110,000 PNC grant in 2016, bringing the total to $220,000 over two years.

The funding will support Ready for Kindergarten areas at Columbus Metropolitan Library’s newly transformed Main Library and its Martin Luther King, Northern Lights, Northside and Shepard branches. These interactive spaces are designed to help familiarize preschoolers and their families with what it’s like in a kindergarten classroom.

“Kindergarten readiness is such a critical need throughout central Ohio,” said Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO Patrick Losinski. “PNC is a community partner that recognizes the immense challenges facing our youngest customers.”

“Extensive research shows the return on investments in high-quality, early childhood education is significant and long lasting, positively impacting our children, society and economy,” said Michael Gonsiorowski, PNC regional president for Central Ohio. “Through PNC Grow Up Great, we are contributing to the future of this region and helping to close learning readiness gaps faced by many children as they enter kindergarten.  Our grants support this work by providing area preschool children and their families to better prepare them for success in school and life.”

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture.  Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.  For more information, please visit pncgrowupgreat.com and youtube.com/PNC.

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, 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.