February 5, 2018

Library to kick off 2018 Family Programs at Main Library with Cellos in the Atrium on Feb. 11

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is bringing back Family Programs at Main Library for its second year, kicking off with Cellos in the Atrium on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy chamber music by some of central Ohio’s brightest rising cellists from CELLOhio and Columbus Cello School.

2018 Family Programs also include:


Urban Strings Concert

Sunday, Feb. 25 | 3 p.m.

Youth string ensembles perform inspiring and upbeat music from popular African-American composers and arrangers in celebration of Black History Month.


ProMusica Quartet in the Atrium

Sunday, April 8 | 3 p.m.

Musicians link classical music and children’s literature for family concerts that focus on themes of music and offer a display of books and stories for all ages.


Jack and the Beanstalk performance

Thursday, April 12 | 11 a.m.

Opera Columbus performs a modern version of this classic fairytale featuring Jack, his magic beans and the Giant.


Summer Reading Club Kickoff

Saturday, June 2 | 10 a.m.-Noon

Join us for activities to kick off Summer Reading Club, when readers of all ages can earn prizes while completing reading goals. Includes two special performances by musician and storyteller Jim Gill.


PBJ & Jazz in the Topiary Park Family Concert Series

Second Saturdays, June-September | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Enjoy storytime in the library followed by a lively outdoor jazz concert and a creative craft activity. Bring your picnic lunch and a blanket.


Book to Film Outdoor Movie series

Fourth Saturdays, June-August | Dusk

Bring a blanket or camp chairs and watch a family-friendly movie under the stars in Topiary Park.


Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1-5 p.m.

The international comics and cartoon festival visits Main Library for a third year. Meet popular children’s and teen graphic artists, shop the Marketplace for original art, mini-comics, graphic novels and signed works and hear from popular artists during panel discussions.


Hands On Chemistry

Saturday, Oct. 27 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The American Chemistry Society brings science to life with hands-on demos about physical, earth and space sciences in “Chemistry is Out of This World”.


Holiday Open House

Wednesday, Nov. 28 | 6-8 p.m.

See the official launch of the Huntington Holiday Train. Create holiday crafts and enjoy live music and refreshments. Special guests.


All events are free and open to all. The first hour of parking is free in Main Library’s garage. More information can be found at columbuslibrary.org/special-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, 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.