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The Columbus Metropolitan Library System is joining several other large library systems across the U.S. in suspending purchases of all electronic versions of Macmillan Publishers' new releases.

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Two branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library closed over the weekend and won't reopen for about a month. 

color photo of some of the artwork in the Visionaries exhibition on display in the Carnegie Gallery
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Libraries have always been hubs for fostering literacy with written texts. This summer, the Columbus Main Library Carnegie Gallery’s exhibition of visual works by central Ohio art educators will highlight the educational and cultural importance of the link between visual and text literacies.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Mar 8, 2019
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy as we discuss the Columbus library's latest "Quick Picks" and more.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Feb 8, 2019
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy for Columbus Metropolitan Library’s latest quick picks and more.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Dec 28, 2018
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy for Columbus Metropolitan Library’s latest quick picks and more.

Columbus Literacy

Sep 14, 2018
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Columbus is one of 14 out of Ohio’s 608 school districts to get an overall F on state report cards issued this week.  Literacy was a big problem for the state’s largest school district.  Today in a special broadcast from the Columbus Metropolitan Library to celebrate the Great American Read, we cover literacy trends and how the experts work on the problem.   

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While trying to choke back tears, former Army Sergeant James Powers recalled a tough transition from the military to civilian life.

Homelessness in Columbus

Nov 15, 2017
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Public libraries have been a refuge for the homeless for decades. Now new policies at Columbus Metropolitan libraries restricting food and baggage could change that. We look at how the policy and the library shed light on a larger public health issue as well as strategies for ending homelessness in Columbus.


Homelessness in Columbus

Oct 31, 2017
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Public libraries have been a refuge for the homeless for decades. Now new policies at Columbus Metropolitan libraries restricting food and baggage could change that. We look at how the policy and the library shed light on a larger public health issue as well as strategies for ending homelessness in Columbus.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Apr 21, 2017
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Join us today with guest host Christopher Purdy to discuss the latest in book news around Columbus with a panel of guests.

Renovated Main Library Set To Reopen

Jun 24, 2016
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After a 16-month renovation, the Columbus Metropolitan Library is set to reopen its doors this weekend.

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The Columbus Metropolitan Library has undergone a $35 million renovation that will unveil this Saturday. The new renovations aim to modernize the library with the space and resources necessary to help the community thrive in today's world. 

Christopher Purdy

It wasn't the taco bar, yummy as it was that has me waxing ecstatic over the newly renovated downtown branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Andrew Carnegie's 1907 limestone beclad vision has served this city well for nearly 110 ten years.

Now we have what is called a library for the 21st century.

Phooey. I imagined this new library would have everything but books. To me, a library has miles of eight foot shelving crammed with books. To me, a library has dust and must. To me, a library is quiet and dark. If you want light you can screw in a bulb somewhere.

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Columbus Metropolitan Library officials have changed plans regarding the main downtown branch. Officials now say the building on Grant Avenue will be closed while renovations take place.

Originally a portion of the building would have remained open. But Library spokesman Ben Zenitsky says that idea proved impractical. He says employees as well as some books are being sent to other library branches.

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