Library to mark National Library Week with Checkout Challenge and virtual events

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Week of April 4-10 to include authors, storytimes and more

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will celebrate National Library Week from April 4-10 with virtual events for the whole family, plus a Checkout Challenge encouraging CML customers to achieve 100,000 checkouts during the week. This year’s National Library Week holds a special meaning to CML, as most of its 23 library locations recently reopened for limited in-person services after being closed for much of the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting April 4, each person who checks out one item or more will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card from Kroger. One winner will be notified from each of CML’s 23 locations after National Library Week. One entry per person. CML employees and their immediate family members are not eligible. The Checkout Challenge is supported by the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation. NOTE: All CML locations will be closed on April 4 for the Easter holiday. However, customers can still check out digital materials that day to be entered into the drawing.

“This year, National Library Week truly is a celebration,” said CML Chief Community Engagement Officer Donna Zuiderweg. “After months of hardship for so many in our community, our doors are open, and we want to welcome our customers back and do what we’ve always done: connect them with great books.”

In addition to the Checkout Challenge, CML is celebrating National Library Week with virtual events:

Monday, April 5 | Book Buzz: Preview of Spring/Summer 2021 Book Releases
7 p.m.
Our staff will share some “can’t miss” fiction and nonfiction titles due to be published this year.

Tuesday, April 6 | Staff Picks Live! Historical Fiction
7 p.m.
Our staff will talk about their favorite historical fiction novels for all ages. Join the chat to share your recommendations!

Wednesday, April 7 | Library Giving Day – Sponsored by the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation
Virtual Author Talk with Marcus Jackson
12 p.m.
Poet Marcus Jackson will talk all things poetry and writing. Program is co-hosted by Columbus State Library.

Beginning Small Business Research
7 p.m.
Learn how to use the library’s free online resources to prepare to write your business plan and find information on how to start a business in Ohio.

Thursday, April 8 | Local History Panel Discussion: African Americans in Green Lawn Cemetery
6:30 p.m.
Our panel of experts will discuss the local cemetery’s intriguing Black history.

Friday, April 9 | Virtual Family Storytime
10 a.m.
Visit our Facebook page for a live storytime featuring books, songs and rhymes.

Saturday, April 10 | Last Day of the Checkout Challenge

Most CML locations are open for browsing and limited services. Curbside Pickup and Walk-Up Services will remain available for those customers who prefer them.

Face coverings must be worn to enter CML locations, as required by Gov. Mike DeWine.

CML will continue to follow guidelines provided by local, county and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Digital library resources remain available 24/7 at columbuslibrary.org, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, movies and music, plus research and learning tools.

CML has many channels for customers to connect with staff, including:

  • Live Chat: CML’s live chat feature is a convenient way to get help Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
  • Phone Lines: CML staff are available at 614-645-2275 to give customers the help they need Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
  • School Help: K-12 students, parents and teachers can connect with staff members for Online Homework Help.
  • Reserve an Expert: Customers can book an online, one-on-one appointment to get the help they need.


The safety of customers and staff is a priority for the library. Follow CML on social media (Facebook, Twitter) and check columbuslibrary.org for updates. Additional changes in operation will be shared as this public health situation continues to evolve. CML is grateful to its customers, friends, colleagues and supporters who have expressed their concern and understanding during this uncertain time.

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.

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