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.

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 looking for a few good volunteers! Do you have interest in libraries, building community, and/or the environment? Sign up to be an Eco Library Ambassador!  Ambassadors will welcome festival goers, describe the library’s purpose, and promote interaction with the library through books and art.  Questions about volunteering may be directed to bryan [at] cbuslibraries [dot] com.

Eco Library Ambassadors Sign Up HERE!


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 – the 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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Weaver Middle School Media Center

The Hilliard Weaver Middle School‘s Media Center is vibrant partner within the school and community.  Located in the northwest corner of Central Ohio, Hilliard Weaver Middle School serves approximately 880 seventh and eighth graders.

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Weaver Middle School students at the end of the school day

The media center’s schedule is flexible, no two days are the same.  On the day we toured, we witnessed a flurry of independent academic focus groups working on various projects and studying.  The library has students three periods a day, and teachers also bring their student groups.  Twenty computer stations are spread throughout the space, including a computer lab, and separate rooms for fiction (Cat Lounge), a makerspace (Cat Lab), and teacher’s workroom enhance the library.  Student peer volunteers host an awesome Genius Bar to assist fellow students with their district-issued iPads.

The library (Cat Zone) was overhauled three years ago. New furniture was installed, and upcycled bookshelves created a more open environment. Much of the eliminated reference section is now accessed digitally through the media center’s website. Throughout the library, one can see the imprint of students. In collaboration with Weaver’s art teachers, the media center celebrates the work of its middle school students.

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Dr. Christina Dorr with Jason Reynold’s “As Brave As You Are”

My primary goal is to create a welcoming environment for everyone. – Dr. Christina Dorr

Dr. Christina Dorr, Ph.D. is an experienced professional whose career spans over 25 years within the Hilliard City Schools.  For the past three years, she has helped Weaver Middle School to reach its academic goals through programs and partnerships.  In addition to her work within the school, Dr. Dorr is an instructor at Kent State University’s School of Library & Information Science, and she has served on several American Library Association book award committees, including the committee for the prestigious Coretta Scott King Book Awards.

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Teen Tech Week, Books & Brownies, regional competitions like Battle of the Books, community partnerships to bring celebrated authors like Jason Reynolds, collaboration with Columbus Metropolitan Library Hilliard Branch, supporting lunch programming like Weaver’s Got Talent, hosting after school clubs like Yearbook, and so much more…The Hilliard Weaver Middle School Media Center, Dr. Dorr and the center’s volunteers have created a rich environment for exploration, discovery and learning for students, families and the community.

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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.