May 13, 2019

Library partners with Gateway Film Center for free movie promotion

Cardholders can watch free movies this summer

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has partnered once again with the Gateway Film Center (GFC) to bring free movies to CML cardholders this summer.

Now in its ninth year, From Book to Film offers CML cardholders free admission to a series of films that were inspired by and adapted from books.

The 2019 From Book to Film series lineup includes:

  • May 24-30: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  • May 31-June 6: The Princess Bride (1987)
  • June 7-13: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) 
  • June 14-20: Paddington 2 (2017)
  • June 21-27: Matilda (1996)
  • June 28-July 4: An American Tail (1986)
  • July 5-11: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • July 12-18: Coraline (2009)
  • July 19-25: The Neverending Story (1984)
  • July 26-Aug. 1: Shrek (2001)
  • Aug. 2-8: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Aug. 9-15: Holes (2003)
  • Aug. 16-22: Babe (1995)

From Book to Film screenings occur daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is free (for up to four people) with your library card, which also includes entry into the lobby reading station with books provided by CML’s Friends of the Library.

“Gateway Film Center has a long tradition of uniting the community through accessible events and inclusive programming,” said GFC President Chris Hamel. “From Book to Film aligns the film center with a great strategic partner (Columbus Metropolitan Library) and helps make the central Ohio community a better place to live.”

“Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Summer Reading Challenge keeps kids reading during the summer to help prevent loss of critical skills learned during the school year,” said Patrick Losinski, CEO of the library. “We know that reading during the summer break results in better success in school, now and in the future. We value our partnership with Gateway Film Center and how their From Book to Film series provides another avenue for kids to remain engaged in reading and learning during the summer.”

CML’s nine-week Summer Reading Challenge kicks off June 1 and runs through Aug. 3. Visit for more information.

Gateway Film Center is Central Ohio’s world-class nonprofit, independent theater, playing a maverick mix of documentaries, indies, world cinema, studio and Ohio grown films. It has been named the city’s best theater by every major publication, and was identified as a top-20 art house in North America by Sundance. Visit

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 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.