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!

Ad Libs Podcast: Cbus Libraries

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Welcome to our inaugural podcast of Ad Libs.  Each quarter we will give voice to amazing library leaders found at all levels throughout Central Ohio and beyond.

Today, take a peek behind Cbus Libraries’ bookshelf to meet Co-Founders Andrea Dixon and Bryan Loar, and learn more about the history and future of this library-loving initiative.


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Today’s episode was generously underwritten by independent publisher, Two Dollar Radio, whose books are Too Loud to Ignore. Learn more at twodollarradio.com.

 

Looking Ahead in 2017

Thank you for a wonderful 2016!

In 2016, we explored the accomplishments of over a dozen amazing Central Ohio libraries.  We were honored to participate in the IFLA World Congress, Pecha Kucha at 934 Gallery, PlaceMakes Cherry Street, Urban Scrawl, and The Big Table events. We were inspired by the impact of libraries in their communities and look forward to new adventures in 2017.

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This year we will continue to champion a wide variety of libraries.  We are eager to introduce new academic, government, private, public and school libraries. If there is a library you think we should feature, we would love to hear from you! You can share your suggestions in the comments, or contact us at team [at] cbuslibraries [dot] com.

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We are tremendously excited to announce that January kicks off our podcast series, Ad Libs.  Our first will give you a behind-the-scenes look into Cbus Libraries while the others will connect to our monthly features.  Each podcast will provide an engaging, 10-minute conversation on leadership and the future of libraries.

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With our mobile little library + Street Art, Jerrie Mock and John T. Ward libraries, we’ve created a strong foundation for our Libraries Everywhere program. We will continue to  champion the love of reading at unexpected places using inspiring, functional works of art.  We hope to see you this year at many Central Ohio festivals and events!

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Slappy New Year! We invite you to name our mobile little library for bragging rights and the chance to win this signed Goosebumps book. A contestant will be chosen at random from the most popular entry. The winner will be announced Friday, February 3 at 7:30 a.m. EST.  Good luck & thank you!

We’re just hitting our stride and look forward to sharing more as other activities come to fruition.  2017, Let’s Rock This!

Warmly,

Andrea Dixon & Bryan Loar