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Branch manager welcomes you to new Northside Metro Library

Branch manager welcomes you to new Northside Metro Library

614now Staff

By Adam Hochstetler, Northside Branch Manager, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Oftentimes, when I tell people I’m the manager of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch and explain where it is – 1423 N. High St., tucked between the Short North and south campus – I’m met with surprise. They didn’t know there was a library there.

No longer.

After a yearlong rebuild (and a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration on June 22), what was once a small and unassuming brick building has become an iconic 21st century library. Walls of windows illuminate what’s inside: a new community gathering space with more than three times the square footage.

This new library is more than just a home for books; it’s a civic centerpiece that serves a growing and diverse population of customers, including those from Weinland Park, Victorian Village, Italian Village and the University District.

A larger children’s space welcomes families for Ready for Kindergarten Story time and other programs focused on early literacy. It also features a special Ready for Kindergarten area where preschoolers and their families can get a feel for what it’s like in a classroom setting – and for the technology they’re likely to find there. A dedicated Homework Help Center gives K-12 students a welcoming and inspiring place to come for after-school help from staff and volunteers.

Teens now have their own area with computers and a collection of books just for them. Plus, the new branch has more public computers, a technology-equipped Learning Lab for adult classes, three large meeting rooms free to reserve, a large quiet room, several small study rooms, a reading loft overlooking High Street and a café offering pastries, coffee and more.

With plenty of comfortable seating and wide open views of North High Street – not to mention free WiFi – we welcome you to bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone, stay a while and read a book, interact with our helpful staff and be inspired.

Stop in, say hi!

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