Granville Public Library

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This month, Granville Public Library celebrates its 9th annual train show, a month-long event featuring 8 elaborate, holiday-themed miniature train sets. It’s an exciting and fun event organized by model train buffs, and the show is just one of the many fantastic programs helping to make Granville Public Library a wondrous community asset.

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Anita Carroll, Director

Library Director Anita Carroll has been with the library for three years and shared she is still amazed by positive support and engagement of library patrons. “I love this community!” she explained. It’s clear that the feeling is mutual; Over 90% of Granville citizens are library card holders. The Friends of the Library, a small but mighty group, has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help support technology initiatives. Events are well attended, and support for the library continues to grow.

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The teen area features books, computers and plenty of space to hang out

The library offers a wide variety of programming for audiences of all ages. The library creates summer reading programs for both youth and adults.  A robust teen group meets for First Fridays, an after hours events at the library that has included an 80s themed prom “who-done-it” party, an ugly Christmas sweater party and offsite movie nights.

The community collaborates with the library on a variety of well-received programs. Each year, during Turn Your Screen Off Week, events take place around the town to help people find different means of entertainment, communication and community. The library provides 40% of the programming for the event. Saturday Sprouts storytimes are held at the local farmers market, and the library is working with Kendal Senior Living Communities to provide outreach and materials to their residents.

The library has exciting plans for 2018. In March, they will join the Central Library Consortium (CLC). Granville Public library will be able to provide access to exciting new services and collections.  Further, the library will improve delivery time on held materials, allow patrons to renew their materials online and receive text alerts and accept other CLC library members’ cards.

All of these amazing initiatives and more are met with enthusiasm and passion from Anita and her staff. Granville is a beautiful and vibrant community, and Granville Public Library is the jewel in its crown.

Explore I Spy.. Rudolph’s Reindeer Tracks train exhibit in pictures below:

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Desiree Thomas Joins Cbus Libraries’ Board

 

Contacts:
Bryan Loar, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
bryan [at] cbuslibraries.com

Andrea Dixon, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
dixon [at] cbuslibraries.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio, November 20, 2017—Cbus Libraries, a grassroots initiative to champion libraries and the love of reading, is excited to welcome Desi Thomas as its newest board member.

Desi has 18 years in the library service field with recognized strengths in readers’ advisory, organizational agility, project management and collaborative enterprises. Since August 2016, Desi has served as Teen Librarian within the Worthington Libraries. Previously, Desi rose with increasing responsibilities over 16 years in the Columbus Metropolitan Library, her last role being Youth Services Supervisor.

Desi earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree with a concentration in children and youth services and Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Ohio State University. She is a recipient of the Janice Smuda Children’s Librarianship Award and serves on the Choose to Read Ohio Advisory Council.

“We are thrilled to have Desi join the Cbus Libraries Board — her knowledge and experience in public libraries will be a benefit to our organization,” remarked Cbus Libraries Co-Founder Andrea Dixon.

Cbus Libraries enthusiastically welcomes Desi and is ready to continue to build engaging, community-based projects.

About Cbus Libraries
Cbus Libraries’ mission is to champion Central Ohio libraries, library professionals and the love of reading.  Co-founded by two librarians, Andrea Dixon and Bryan Loar, Cbus Libraries reaches more than 6,000 online followers worldwide and features a Central Ohio library every month. In 2017, Cbus Libraries incorporated as a nonprofit and is currently working to obtain 501(c)(3) status. Learn more at www.cbuslibraries.com.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Whitehall

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The Columbus Metropolitan Library Whitehall Branch inspires, shares and connects with an entire community.

 

Opening in April 2015, Whitehall was the second of 10 library locations to be renovated or rebuilt as part of the system’s Vision 2020 plan. Recognized by the American Institute of Architects, the library gives greater access to customers while providing flexible and adaptable spaces. Particularly striking is the transparency throughout the library paired with its beacon-like quality at night–emphasizing the library as a change agent.

 

The library is nearly triple the size of the old Whitehall branch–providing more community and collaborative spaces than ever before.  Five meeting rooms with retractable walls and ceiling mounted projectors host nonprofits, after school programs, partnerships with COSI, and more. Four study rooms can be reserved for smaller groups. The library’s Learning Lab supports job help workshops among many other programs. Teens can create music, videos, digital art and photographs with special computers and software through the branch’s YouMedia program. Readers can enjoy the solitude and ambiance of a quiet room with comfortable seating and a modern fireplace.  And then there’s the Carol Snowden Children’s Room…

 

Late children’s librarian, Carol Snowden, ensured an exemplary space for children and early literacy learning. The area is anchored by curved shelving with built-in seating that creates an open space for story times. Regularly refreshed book bins make finding great books easy while book bundles make it a cinch to quickly pick up themed lit. Encouraging exploration and play, touch-based technology with educational games is woven throughout the space.  And special touches, like the height wall display that includes measurements in several languages, create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.

 

How cool is this!? Whitehall is the only branch with its own dedicated recording studio. Located next to the teen space, it’s the perfect spot to create music, a podcast, or your next big audio production. [Ed. note: we couldn’t wait to turn on the “On-Air” sign!]

 

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I am focused on people of all ages – Kacy Cox

Kacy Cox has been with CML for 18 years and moved into the role of Whitehall Branch Manager in 2017.  She loves that Columbus Metropolitan Library connects with the community on so many levels, including job assistance, homework help centers and helping parents enhance their teaching skills. She’s excited for the branch’s resume workshop in January, and she looks forward to expanding partnerships with teachers and the Latino community.

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“Ornithology” by Juan Fontanive

Art can be found throughout the library. One of Kacy’s favorite pieces is “Ornithology” by Juan Fontanive. Every hour, pictures of hummingbirds from 19th century illustrated encyclopedias come to life.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library Whitehall Branch is a stunning example of how CML fosters a thriving community where wisdom prevails. There’s so much more that we couldn’t fit into this feature. We highly recommend visiting and can’t wait to go back.

 

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Janet Ingraham Dwyer Joins Cbus Libraries’ Board

 

Contacts:
Bryan Loar, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
bryan [at] cbuslibraries.com

Andrea Dixon, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
dixon [at] cbuslibraries.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio, November 3, 2017—Cbus Libraries, a grassroots initiative to champion libraries and the love of reading, is excited to welcome Janet Ingraham Dwyer as its newest board member.

Janet Ingraham Dwyer is celebrating eight years as State Library of Ohio’s Youth Services Library Consultant. With a focus on children and teens, Janet supports librarians and staff in Ohio public and school libraries. She manages Ohio’s participation in the nationwide Collaborative Summer Library Program, and she collaborates with the Ohio Library Council on Ohio Ready to Read, a statewide resource network to facilitate early literacy activities in libraries.

Additionally, Janet coordinates Choose to Read Ohio, a statewide initiative that promotes Ohio authors and books. The initiative encourages people of all ages to read, explore, and enjoy books together. She is devoted to collaboration across libraries, schools, literacy organizations, social service agencies, and other groups and individuals to support Ohio’s youth and families.

Janet previously worked at Worthington Libraries, most recently as its first Outreach Services and Volunteer Coordinator.

“Janet’s leadership in library initiatives and strong connections throughout the state make her a great addition to the board,” noted Cbus Libraries Co-Founder Bryan Loar.

Cbus Libraries enthusiastically welcomes Janet and is ready to continue to build engaging, community-based projects.

About Cbus Libraries
Cbus Libraries’ mission is to champion Central Ohio libraries, library professionals and the love of reading.  Co-founded by two librarians, Andrea Dixon and Bryan Loar, Cbus Libraries reaches more than 6,000 online followers worldwide and features a Central Ohio library every month. In 2017, Cbus Libraries incorporated as a nonprofit and is currently working to obtain 501(c)(3) status. Learn more at www.cbuslibraries.com.

Shiva Shakeri Joins Cbus Libraries’ Board

Contacts:
Bryan Loar, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
bryan [at] cbuslibraries.com

Andrea Dixon, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
dixon [at] cbuslibraries.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio, November 2, 2017—Cbus Libraries, a grassroots initiative to champion libraries and the love of reading, is excited to welcome Shiva Shakeri as its newest board member.

Shiva connects Columbus College of Art and Design students to physical and online resources. Further, Shiva demonstrates CCAD Packard Library’s services to a broad community outside the college. As CCAD’s Marketing and Outreach Librarian, she engages and interacts with audiences through effective strategic branding using print, electronic promotional materials and social media. Shiva developed and oversees the CCAD Materials Library, offering a plethora of unique and futuristic materials for students to explore and experiment.

Shiva holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in media studies with a minor in art therapy from Columbus College of Art and Design. In 2014, Shiva was selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio, a program to develop the next generation of transformative library leaders and encourage collaboration. She is currently working on her Master of Business Administration degree at Capital University.

“Shiva’s original perspective within and outside of libraries is particularly valuable,” remarked Cbus Libraries Co-Founder Bryan Loar.

Cbus Libraries warmly welcomes Shiva and is excited to continue to build engaging, community-based projects.

About Cbus Libraries
Cbus Libraries’ mission is to champion Central Ohio libraries, library professionals and the love of reading.  Co-founded by two librarians, Andrea Dixon and Bryan Loar, Cbus Libraries reaches more than 6,000 online followers worldwide and features a Central Ohio library every month. In 2017, Cbus Libraries incorporated as a nonprofit and is currently working to obtain 501(c)(3) status. Learn more at www.cbuslibraries.com.

Mandy Knapp Joins Cbus Libraries’ Board

Contacts:
Bryan Loar, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
bryan [at] cbuslibraries.com

Andrea Dixon, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
dixon [at] cbuslibraries.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 19, 2017—Cbus Libraries, a grassroots initiative to champion libraries and the love of reading, is excited to welcome Mandy Knapp as its newest board member.

Mandy works with public libraries to better understand and use the technology available to them. She believes in the power of libraries to change the lives of the people they serve. Currently, Mandy works for the Ohio Public Library Information Network as the Digital Resources Manager.

Mandy holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts in public policy and management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

“Mandy is incredibly smart and will be a great addition,” said Matthew Dyer, Cbus Libraries Board Member.

Cbus Libraries warmly welcomes Mandy and is excited to continue to build engaging, community-based projects.

About Cbus Libraries
Cbus Libraries’ mission is to champion libraries, library professionals and the love of reading.  Co-founded by two librarians, Andrea Dixon and Bryan Loar, Cbus Libraries reaches more than 6,000 online followers worldwide and features a Central Ohio library every month. In 2017, Cbus Libraries incorporated as a nonprofit and is currently working to obtain 501(c)(3) status. Learn more at www.cbuslibraries.com.

Matthew Dyer Joins Cbus Libraries’ Board

Contacts:
Bryan Loar, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
bryan [at] cbuslibraries.com

Andrea Dixon, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
dixon [at] cbuslibraries.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 9, 2017—Cbus Libraries, a grassroots initiative to champion libraries and the love of reading, is thrilled to welcome Matthew R. Dyer as its newest board member.

Matthew has over 10 years of public sector HR-related experience. In 2005, Matthew began working for the State of Ohio and has worked for several state agencies, including the State Library of Ohio as HR Manager. He is currently the Training Academy Program Director at the Ohio Office of Budget and Management. Matthew leads a team of seven who support over 4,700 fiscal professionals and over 10,000 end-users.

Matthew earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree with concentration in management as well as dual Bachelor of Science degrees in human resources management and business administration. He is a member of Beta Phi Mu, serves on the Ohio Library Council Human Resources and Trainer Division and has been recognized for excellence by numerous organizations. He and his husband, Michael, live in the Westgate neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio.

“Matthew is a perfect fit for Cbus Libraries. His tireless work in the community through OLC, Pecha Kucha Columbus and other endeavors are an inspiration,” said Bryan Loar, Co-Founder, Cbus Libraries.

Cbus Libraries warmly welcomes Matthew and is excited to continue to build engaging, community-based projects.

About Cbus Libraries
Cbus Libraries’ mission is to champion libraries, library professionals and the love of reading.  Co-founded by two librarians, Andrea Dixon and Bryan Loar, Cbus Libraries reaches more than 6,000 online followers worldwide and features a Central Ohio library every month. In 2017, Cbus Libraries incorporated as a nonprofit and is currently working to obtain 501(c)(3) status. Learn more at www.cbuslibraries.com.