COLUMBUS—Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) employees have raised $5,945.23 for the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation. The money will be used to purchase books that will be given to participants of the library’s Reading Buddies program. These books will be specially earmarked for distribution at branches serving the Columbus City Schools district.
Reading Buddies pairs central Ohio K-3 students with CML staff members, CML VolunTeens and vetted community volunteers for one-on-one reading practice. The program, which began system-wide in 2014, consists of 15-minute sessions at all CML library locations, focusing heavily on vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.
“As a former Columbus City Schools student and a lifelong user of the library, it gives me great pleasure to make this donation to the Reading Buddies program on behalf of ODJFS employees,” said ODJFS Director Cynthia C. Dungey. “Good reading skills are essential to success in school and in life. The one-on-one assistance this program provides can help all children become good readers.”
The approximately 2,500 ODJFS employees were given several opportunities during the month of June to pay $2 per day to “dress down” at work. During the past three years, the ODJFS has raised a combined $14,500 in support of Reading Buddies.
“We are grateful to our friends at ODJFS,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “With this gift, Director Dungey and her team are getting books into the hands of children who need them most in our community.”
ODJFS is responsible for supervising the state’s public assistance, workforce development, unemployment insurance, child and adult protective services, adoption, child care and child support programs. For more information, visit www.jfs.ohio.gov.
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.