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.

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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.

Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library

Meeting the needs of over 100,000 visitors each term, Otterbein University’s Courtright Memorial Library is a an energetic team in a multifaceted space.

 

The academic library contributes to the university’s teaching, learning and research in several ways. By creating a 21st century learning environment that is flexible, the Courtright maximizes its existing space and fosters collaboration. Upgraded tables, seating and computers provide a platform for student success. A repurposed card catalog, the Catalog of Dreams, fosters creative writing and poetry prompts. Rotating displays give academic departments, campus-wide programs like Otterbein’s Common Book, alumni authors and current students more ways to connect and inspire.

 

By strategically listening and acting, the Courtright Library meets the needs of a modern population.  Library users today are much different than those from when the library was built in 1972.  Over the summer, the library installed significantly more outlets in study areas and provided tabletop extensions with USB ports to accommodate users’ devices.

 

Library Director Tiffany Lipstreu, Assistant Professor Jessica Crossfield McIntosh, Administrative Assistant Kirsten Peninger and the rest of Courtright’s team, provide world-class service to all.  Academic librarians offer individual consultations by appointment to students at all levels.  Further, the library assigns liaisons to academic centers and departments, deepening the library’s relationship with the university. Librarians, like Jessica, have also participated in foreign exchange programs and have shared their new knowledge with the Otterbein community as well as nationally through the Association of College & Research Libraries.

 

The Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library is an incredible resource to the university and the community at large. With an active friends of the library group; co-location of important university providers such as Otterbein’s Academic Support Center, Center for Teaching and Learning, and University Archives; and a developing partnership with the Westerville Public Library, the Courtright is a dynamic, 21st century library that nurtures critical thinking skills for life-long learners.

 

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Little Libraries 2017

We are excited to announce that United Way of Central Ohio has funded another two little free libraries for our Libraries Everywhere program!

This year we are collaborating with the King Arts Complex to honor artist Aminah Robinson.  We project to have the little free library in place at King Arts by early autumn, and we’re thrilled to be working with artist and former Robinson mentee, Bryan Christopher Moss, to paint Aminah’s portrait on the library.

Our second UWCO-funded little free library will go into Columbus’ Milo-Grogan neighborhood.  We are currently in discussion with resident and Melanincholy Fest Founder Apollo Akembe to bring to life a unique library honoring a special, long-time resident of the area, his grandmother.

For both libraries, we will partner again with Rebuilding Together Central Ohio and Half Price Books.  We are also excited for a new collaboration with The Conscious Connect to ensure we continue to provide diverse materials for a diverse audience.

 

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Last July, we featured some amazing little libraries and community leaders who helped create them.  Our Street Art Library was born from a partnership with Transit Columbus and Placemakes for their Cherry Street project.  We are excited for our Street Art Library to be placed near The Lookout Shop starting this August.

 

We also started mapping little libraries beyond what is recorded at LittleFreeLibrary.org, and we encourage others to continue to add to our Little Library Google Map.

 

This year, we had an incredible experience at Columbus, Ohio’s Community Festival (ComFest).  We are honored that our Eco Library was chosen to receive funding from ComFest among such important community peers like Camp Lionheart and others.

We had an estimated 500+ conversations with festival participants, and we reached thousands who walked by or viewed our online posts.  We were touched by the stories that participants shared with us like how the book Double Fudge transformed a young man’s life and how a being born and raised (BAR) by a black single mother (BAR) inspired another man.

In addition to the grant, the Eco Library was made possible by the generosity and a ton of sweat equity by Half Price Books (Jeff Heydinger), The Lookout Shop (Justin Withrow), Lucida Dynamics (Doug Houdeshell) and Rebuilding Together Central Ohio (their entire amazing staff).

 

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We are thrilled that the Eco Library’s permanent home is now with 934 Gallery.  The gallery focuses on bringing a fresh perspective to contemporary art through exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions, installations, performances and public art projects.  Come meet Cbus Libraries’ co-founder, Bryan Loar, at this year’s 934 Fest on July 22 as we dedicate the library in honor of Daniel Sebastian Loper.


We are humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response to our little libraries, and we are inspired by the creativity and personal stories of our communities.  We hope to see you soon!

 

 

ComFest Eco Library

 

 

We are excited to participate for the first time in Columbus, Ohio’s Community Festival! ComFest is a“a free, non-corporate, yearly celebration of Columbus, Ohio’s community organizations, performers, artists and volunteers.” Meet Cbus Libraries’ founders, Andrea Dixon and Bryan Loar, and visit the Eco Library June 23-25 at Goodale Park in Columbus, Ohio.

 

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The Eco Library is a little free library that promotes environmentalism and sustainability.  The library illustrates a tale of two cities, one sustainable and the other not.  The sustainable city features a green roof, natural moss exterior and a rain collection system. On the reverse, the Eco Library unites local street art, a bench encouraging discussion and space for the community to create their own art.

Our Eco Library aligns with ComFest’s purpose by

  • Being a testament to collaboration for the collective good
  • Promoting basic necessities like clean air, water and soil as well as access to high-quality books
  • Advancing reading and libraries while giving citizens the necessary resources to conduct their lives with environmental harmony
  • Informing participants that our actions have direct consequences and begin changing behaviors

Click on our flyer to learn more about features and resources

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We are exited to announce that the Eco Library is now permanently placed at 934 Gallery! The gallery focuses on bringing a fresh perspective to contemporary art through exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions, installations, performances and public art projects. The Eco Library is now dedicated to the life of Daniel Sebastian Loper, the gallery’s former director of operations. Visit the library and give & take a book at 934 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, OH 43201.


 

 

Our Eco Library is made possible through a generous grant from ComFest and the support of several collaborators.  We are thrilled to partner with Half Price Books, The Lookout Shop, Lucida Dynamics, Michael Creath and Rebuilding Together of Central Ohio.

Cbus Libraries Social

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Join Cbus Libraries for an evening of fun and new friends as we celebrate Central Ohio’s fantastic library community!

Come meet other librarians and library-fans for a game of Spot the Fake News!, great local beverages and lively conversation. We hope to see you there.

Tickets are just $10 and include one Lineage draft beer and snacks! Proceeds will go toward Cbus Libraries’ mission to champion librarians and the creation of a diverse librarian scholarship.

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/Cbus-Social-Lineage

WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 5:30pm-6:30pm

WHERE: Lineage Brewing, 2971 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202


Can’t make the event but still want to donate?  We are currently in the process of becoming a nonprofit.  At this time we can not offer tax incentives.  However, if you still would like to donate now, please click the following donate button.

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Special thanks to our friends at Lineage Brewing and to General Manager David Day!

Flyover Fest Panel Discussion

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We are thrilled to be a part of Columbus, Ohio’s first Flyover Fest!  Through multiple arts in walkable, distinctive venues, Flyover Fest will engage the city, stimulate creativity and spark conversation. Flyover includes literature, music, film and a book fair.  Buy your tickets today at https://www.theflyoverfest.com.

Join and chat with us about bookstores and libraries as important spaces for civic engagement.

 

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Resistance + Refuge : Bookstores + Libraries
In an environment seen by millions as regressive, learn how bookstores and libraries are places of activism and refuge.

When: 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017

Where: Rambling House, 310 E. Hudson St., Columbus, OH 43202

Cost: FREE!

 

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Angie Sharkey, Panelist

Angie Sharkey is a youth services manager within Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML).  She has been with CML for nearly 10 years and was previously with Upper Arlington Public Library. As a politically engaged librarian, she brings a fresh perspective from women’s rights to serving immigrant populations.  Connect with Angie here.

 

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Charlie Pugsley, Panelist

Charlie Pugsley is the founder and owner of Bookspace Columbus, an ever-evolving concept whose main aims are to spread awareness through the Columbus, Ohio area through self-education, self-empowerment and community involvement. Learn more about Charlie here.

 

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Linda Kass, Panelist

Linda Kass is founder and owner of Gramercy Books, an independently-minded, carefully curated neighborhood bookstore located in the heart of Bexley, Ohio. Three years in the making, Gramercy Books opened its doors on December 12, 2016. learn more about Linda here.

 

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Bryan Loar, Moderator

As co-founder of Cbus Libraries, Bryan champions libraries, library professionals and the love of reading. Through grassroots community involvement, including Cbus Libraries’ Libraries Everywhere program, Bryan believes a strong democracy is created, in part, through libraries and intellectual freedom.

 


The Flyover Fest is presented by Two Dollar Radio (founders), Outer Orbit Booking, Wild Goose Creative and Wexner Center for the Arts.  The festival is brought to Columbus in part by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Dispatch Media Group and Columbus Makes Art/Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Special thanks to Eric Obenauf & Eliza Wood-Obenauf of Two Dollar Radio for inviting Cbus Libraries to participate!