Back to School

It’s hard to believe summer is coming to an end and school will start again in a few short weeks. Over the years, we have had the opportunity to meet with wonderful school and academic librarians from a variety of institutions.

We thought it would be fun to look back and to catch up with some of our friends at school libraries to learn about their plans for the 2017-18 school year.
 

Dr. Christina Dorr, media specialist at Hilliard Weaver Middle School, is ramping up for the school year with Cat Days, a two-day orientation that helps students explore the building, learn their schedules and pick up their school books and iPads. The library helps manage the school’s one 2 one program, offering¬†students technical support for their iPads. Once school is in session, Dr. Dorr will provide library orientation classes to incoming middle schoolers and refresh upperclassmen on the library’s role. She provides the students with information about how to access the library’s collections, check out material and ebooks, and opportunities to volunteer and participate in library events.

In October, the school will welcome award winning author Jason Reynolds. In preparation for the event, students have been reading his books and some even met over the summer discuss his works at the local Starbucks.  Dr. Dorr is working in collaboration with other teachers to engage the students in anticipation of the event and has planned a number of fun activities that will excite them make for fantastic event.

Dr. Dorr is also looking forward to working with student groups, including the book club, Books and Brownies, and the newly established Gay/Straight Alliance. Dr. Dorr is enthusiastic and energized for the new school year. Her students are sure to have a fantastic year!

Windermere Elemetary School librarian Shannon Hemmelgarn is excited to begin another school year too! Her summer activities have included efforts to keep students reading year-round with the use of social media and in-person book chats. Her summer reading included “Refugee” by Alan Gratz and “Return to Sender” by Julia Alvarez, middle grade stories that tackle issues in today’s world. Shannon shared that this reading can be used to help approach tough topics and start important conversations with youth.

The new school year promises plenty of excitement for Windermere Elementary. Shannon has been working on new curriculum for her students to help improve their information literacy skills (and avoid “fake news”), digital citizenship and responsible technology use. Shannon has partnered with the youth services librarian at Upper Arlington Public Library to provide¬†a story hour for kindergartners and their families. She will work with students of all grades to engage them and reintroduce them to the library.

In April, the district will welcome author and storyteller Mac Barnett. Library lessons will help prepare and engage students for this exciting event. Shannon is also organizing a family reading program, inviting students and their families to read Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. The program includes activities and contests and will commence with a viewing of the movie. Shannon’s excitement for the year to come is contagious – her students are in for a fun school year!

Thank you to all that are creating learning centers of excellence–we wish everyone a fantastic year!¬† Additionally, check out these other amazing school & academic libraries we’ve featured:

CCAD Packard Library

Columbus State Community College Library

Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School

Leigh Bonds & OSU Libraries

Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library

The Ohio State University Fine Arts Library

Oberlin College Libraries

Oberlin College Conservatory Library

OSU Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

OSU Byrd Polar Archive

OSU Historic Costume and Textiles Collection

Pontifical College Josephinum Library

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.

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!

Noor Islamic Cultural Center Library

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Noor Islamic Cultural Center

The Noor Islamic Cultural Center and its library serves the Muslim and non-Muslim community of greater Columbus by promoting goodwill, tolerance, unity and understanding.

 

On the day we toured, the center was bustling with activity from the sounds of melodic Friday prayers, the smell of delicious samosas and the chatting of congregants outside the mosque promoting events like the film premiere of The Sultan & The Saint.

 

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Inside Noor Islamic Cultural Center’s library during prayers

The Noor Islamic Cultural Center is composed of a mosque, library, classrooms and meeting rooms.  The library fills an important function to house sacred texts, provide a space for study and reflection and accommodate additional congregants during prayer.

 

Noor is welcoming to all and encourages learning more.  Every Saturday at 11 a.m., the center hosts a gathering open to the public to meet Muslims and learn about Islam.  The center also has a strong partnership with all faiths and was one of first to have suburban interfaith programming.

 

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Over 6,000 across the country are reached by Noor, while 70% of the congregation live within walking distance.  Its programming is considered among the best in the country, and community service plays a strong part in making a difference, building relationships and creating friendships.  From ladies cooking classes, book clubs and National Muslim Soup Kitchen Day, to so much more,  Noor is a devoted community partner. The center collaborates with hospitals, high schools, colleges, YMCA and other organizations to nurture community relations and understanding.

 

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The Noor Islamic Cultural Center is an incredible space and a wonderful part of the Central Ohio community.  We highly recommend visiting and learning more.

 


Special thanks to Noor’s Board of Directors President Imran Malik as well as Noorgul Dada for their warm welcome and personal tour.


 

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Ad Libs Podcast: Leigh Bonds + OSU Libraries

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Get to know Leigh Bonds, The Ohio State University’s first digital humanities librarian. Listen in below.

 

Bonds-300x230Dr. Leigh Bonds is a digital humanist, textual scholar, and book historian.  Leigh earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, and her Doctor of Philosophy in English literature, specializing in Nineteenth-Century British literature, book history and digital humanities.  She joined The Ohio State University as its first digital humanities librarian in August of 2016.


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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.

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Cbus Libraries is proud to participate in The Flyover Fest.  On May 13, 2017, hear and discuss perspectives on bookstores and libraries as places of resistance and refuge.

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

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

Who: Angie Sharkey (Columbus Metropolitan Library), Charlie Pugsley (Bookspace Columbus), Linda Kass (Gramercy Books)

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Music was generously provided by Correy Parks.¬† See Correy at The Flyover Fest on May 12, follow him on Twitter and buy his music on iTunes.¬† You can stream his album “The Road Less Traveled” at Listen Columbus, a project of Upper Arlington Public Library.

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OSU Historic Costume and Textiles Collection

Located in Campbell Hall on The Ohio State University campus, the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection is truly a gem in the university’s crown. The collection, part of OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology, was established by Ohio State faculty in the 1920s and has grown through donations and acquisitions into an expansive collection of nearly 12,000 items.

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Clothing, arranged by decade in the climate controlled archive

The collection includes an array of items, including clothing, buttons and accessories dating back to the mid-18th century and some textiles go back much further Рthe oldest European items dating to 1450-1510 and pre-Columbian South American  to the 9th-11th century.  These pieces provide a rich perspective into the evolution of culture over time. Students, faculty and visitors can study the changing fashions of men, women and children from around the world, lending insight into the culture of the times and bringing to life periods of history in a unique way.

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Curator Gayle Strege shows off some of her favorite pieces

Gayle Strege, collection curator, joined the university in 1996 and has played an instrumental role in creating digital access, improving organization and preservation, and curating engaging exhibits to highlight the importance of the collection. Gayle, whose background includes theater costuming¬† and museum work, is passionate about textiles and fascinated with the way items are constructed. She enjoys helping students discover connections between the garment and the history of the individuals who created and wore it. The collection is frequently studied by the 20th Century Fashion History course, offered in the Fashion/Retail Studies major. Courses including Women in Modern Europe (History), Women and Gender in the US (History) and Children and Childhood in the Western World (History), Art History, Education and English Literature are a few of the other classes that access the collection to create a deeper understanding of the cultures and subjects they study. Students visit the collection in person and can access many items on the collection’s website, which provides detailed images and background information.

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Buttons are categorized by color, size, type and other attributes on large cards

The collection also contains an assortment of over 25,000 buttons which were gifted to the university by former Battelle librarian Ann Rudolph. The buttons are organized on cards by a variety of characteristics, including size, shape, color and material and provide an ongoing project for the collections caretakers – photographing and cataloging them for future enthusiasts!

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All Wrapped Up: An Example of Fashionable Outerwear will run through April 2017

The Historic Costume and Textile Collection operates a gallery in Campbell Hall.¬† The current exhibit celebrates a variety of fashionable outerwear, providing a rich “history of fashion in the shape of capes, coats, and cloaks”. Past exhibits include bridal fashion and Columbus’ fashion story.¬† The gallery is free and open to the public and we highly recommend visiting.

The Ohio State University Historic Costume and Textile Collection is amazing and culturally important, giving audiences the opportunity to experience the technical aspects, aesthetics and social meaning of apparel and textiles.

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