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Celebrate National Read a Book Day with 8 bookshops near you

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If you’ve been looking for a sign to crack open a nice hardback lately, this is it.

It’s National Read a Book Day and we think it would also be a good excuse to patronize a local book shop.

Here are some places around the town to score new adventures on paper:

The Book Loft

631 S 3rd St, Columbus

 

The OG bookstore in Columbus. Carve out many, many hours to enjoy the 32-room labyrinth in German Village.

Half Priced Books

Multiple locations

Cheap books already broken in by bookworms before you.

Barnes & Noble

1598 North High Street, Columbus

All the hottest reads + journals + stationary + pretty much everything

Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

2116 Arlington Ave, Columbus

The very best of classic and new literature for young readers, in-store events including story time, reading clubs, writing workshops, and author/illustrator visits at their brand new location.

Two Dollar Radio

1124 Parsons Ave, Columbus

Bringing the books that probably won’t hit mainstream, Two Dollar Radio carries independently published reads while also serving food and drinks and hosting events.

Karen Wickliff

3527 N High St, Columbus

A book hoarder’s dream. Find unique treasures in the mountains of used literature at Karen’s.

Gramercy Books

2424 E Main St, Bexley

Locally-owned, independently-minded neighborhood bookstore located in the heart of Bexley.

Read it Again

4052 Broadway, Grove City

No silly, that’s not a house. It’s a bookstore filled with excellent hardbacks and paperbacks as well as miscellaneous gifts, antiques, puzzles and games.

But let’s not forget all these beloved shops that did not stand the test of time:

  • Cover to Cover in Clintonville
  • Walden Books in Westland Mall
  • Beehive Books in Delaware
  • Little Professor on Lane Avenue
  • Acorn Bookshop in Grandview
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Cannonball into summer with 30 pools near you

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This weekend marks the official return of pool season. So, leave your layers and insecurities at home, because it’s time to give the pool whatever body you’ve got! 

Ring in Memorial Weened at any of these 30 pools near you. 

Columbus Recreations and Parks City Pools

Dodge Swimming Pool*

645 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 645-7365
Hours: 1:30pm to 7:30pm
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Driving Park Pool*

1100 Rhoads Ave., Columbus, OH 43206
(614) 645-3110
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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Glenwood Swimming Pool*

1888 Fairmont Ave., Columbus, OH 43223
(614) 645-3281
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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Lincoln Swimming Pool*

570 Woodrow Ave., Columbus, OH 43207
(614) 645-3058
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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Marion Franklin Swimming Pool*

2699 Lockbourne Rd., Columbus, OH 43207
(614) 645-3161
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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Maryland Swimming Pool*

1380 Atcheson St., Columbus, OH 43203
(614) 645-3063
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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Tuttle Swimming Pool*

240 W. Oakland Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
(614) 645-3603
Hours: 1:30pm to 7:30pm
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Windsor Swimming Pool*

1300 Windsor Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
(614) 645-3607
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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* = LEISURE CARDS: $1 photo ID required to utilize Columbus Recreation and Parks pools. Learn more

Dublin Community Pools

Dublin Community Pool North
5660 Dublinshire Drive
614-792-SWIM (7946)
dublinohiousa.gov/pools

$7 Dublin resident, $9 Dublin resident guest adults; $6 resident, $8 resident guest children

Dublin Community Pool South
6363 Woerner Temple Road
614-889-SWIM (7946)
dublinohiousa.gov/pools

$7 Dublin resident, $9 Dublin resident guest adults; $6 resident, $8 resident guest children

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Worthington Pools

The Worthington Pools
400 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Worthington
worthingtonpools.com

Splash pad + water cannons + $.50 hot dog Tuesdays. $15 adults; $10 children

Natatorium
worthington.org/784/Aquatics

Four lane fitness pool, a 12 person hot tub and a zero entry leisure pool area, kiddie slide, lazy river, vortex area, 110-foot slide

$5 for children (3-17 yrs) and military, $6 for senior citizens, $8 for adults

Westerville Pools

Highlands Park Swimming Pool
245 S. Spring Rd., Westerville
westerville.org

Body slide tower, zero-entry toddler pool, spray playground, lazy river. $8.25 for ages three and up

Community Center Watering Hole
350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville
parks.westerville.org/facilities/community-center/watering-hole

Covered aquatic center with leisure pool, whirlpool, body slide, tube slide, fountain, lazy river. $7.50 for all ages

Westerville Jaycee Swimming Pool
230 S. Otterbein Ave., Westerville
westervillejayceepool.com

Four pools, two diving boards and a giant water slide + regularly scheduled family fun nights. $9 ages 11 and up; $4 ages 4-10

Upper Arlington Pools

Devon Pool
2070 S. Mallway Dr., Upper Arlington
uaoh.net

Wading pool, concessions and shaded area, lap swimming, recreational swimming. $7 daily, $3 after 7pm

Tremont Pool
2850 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington
uaoh.net

Heated water, two diving boards, lily pad crossing challenge, climbing wall, $12 daily, $6 after 7pm

Reed Road Water Park
2000 Hastings Lane, Upper Arlington
uaoh.net

Heated water, lap lanes, vortex and current channel, slides, outdoor showers, $12 daily, $6 after 7pm

Grandview Pools

Grandview Heights Municipal Pool
1350 Goodale Blvd., Grandview
grandviewheights.org

$8 adult, $3 child weekdays; $10 adult, $4 child weekends

Bexley Pools

David H. Madison Community Pool
2100 Clifton Ave, Columbus
bexley.org/pool

Two water slides, toddle pool, splash pad, diving, competition lanes. Adult $10, Children (17 and under) $7; Adult after 6pm $8, children after 8pm $5

Hilliard Pools

Hilliard Family Aquatic Center
3850 Veterans Memorial Dr, Hilliard
hilliardohio.gov/play/hilliard-municipal-pools

Two 30-foot water slides, competition pool, leisure pool, dumping bucket, lazy river. 2yrs and under free, General Admission $10, Senior Citizens $5

Hilliard East Municipal Pool
4450 Schirtzinger Rd, Hilliard
hilliardohio.gov/play/hilliard-municipal-pools

Leisure pool, 140foot water slide, splash pad. 2yrs and under free, General Admission $10, Senior Citizens $5

Gahanna Pools

Gahanna Swimming Pool
148 Parkland Dr, Gahanna
gahanna.gov/aquatics-2/

General Admission $9, After 3:30pm $6

Hunters Ridge Pool
341 Harrow Blvd, Columbus
gahanna.gov/aquatics-2/

General Admission $9, After 3:30pm $6

Other Swimming Holes

Minerva Park Swim Club
5300 Valley Rd., Minerva Park
minervapark.org/pool

$8 general admission

The Big Splash
2831 Southwest Blvd., Grove City
grovecityohio.gov/parks-and-recreation

$6 resident; $8 non-resident (must be accompanied by resident or season pass holder)

Groveport Aquatic Center
7370 Groveport Rd., Groveport
groveportrec.com

$6 resident, $8 nonresident

Zoombezi Bay
4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell
zoombezibay.columbuszoo.org

$34.99 general admission; $26.99 ages 3-9

Northland Swim Club
5006 Almont Dr., North Side
northlandswimclub.com

$5 for events

Did we miss your favorite place to stay cool in the heat? Let us know in the comments!

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5 trending desserts you need to put on your Columbus Bucket List

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Ah, there’s nothing like a sweltering day when the only source of relieve is a cold treat. Or, if you’re like us, you don’t even need the excuse of extreme temperatures to enjoy a frozen dessert!

Below are 5 trendy desserts you need to put on your Columbus Food Bucket List this summer.

Glazed Churro Bar | Catch the truck!

In early April, a new player stepped onto the Columbus dessert team and they’re not playing any games. Glazed Churro Bar is tooling around the city, satisfying sweet teeth with its gorgeous and downright delicious dessert concoctions. From Fruity Pebble and Cookies & Cream sundaes to savory taco cones, Glazed Churro Bar is likely to be your new food truck obsession.

Cookie Dough Creamery | 7227 N. High St., Worthington

Worthington’s Cookie Dough Creamery doesn’t shy away from real cream in their soft serve ice cream and you can “really taste and feel the difference”, they claim. But, what really sets the dessert shop apart from other shops (and your mom) is that they won’t scold you for eating their un-baked cookie dough! Their six flavors are made with heat-treated flour instead of eggs to produce a safe-to-eat unbaked cookie dough.

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Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops | Catch the wagon!

Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops knows no barriers. Their popsicle ingredients range from PB&J, to saffron, to avocado, to Mission coffee, to charcoal, all the way to watermelon habanero. And if that isn’t fuel enough to spark your desire for an ice cold pop, just look how pretty they are!

Simply Rolled Ice Cream | 970 N. High St., Columbus

Inspired by the street vendors of Thailand, Simply Rolled offers made-to-order ice cream rolls, which is both fun to watch and delicious to eat. Mix up your order with an ice cream taco! Why use a spoon when you could eat a waffle cone?

Bonifacio | 1577 King Ave., Columbus

Known for their modern spin on Filipino brunch and monthly Kamayan, or family-style dinners, it would be easy to overlook the dessert menu. But, the Ube Ice Cream Sandwich, made from purple sweet potato, stuffed in a deep-fried bun topped with coconut and caramel is the street food favorite you didn’t know you were missing. Check out their other Ube ice cream creations, too!

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Calling all overeaters: 7 best food challenges in Columbus

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Your boss dropped that report on your desk Thursday afternoon and laughed because he never thought you’d finish.

But guess what, it was bound and ready to go once quitting time rolled around on Friday.

You get stuff done. That’s just the type of person you are.

But when it comes time for lunch, you’re not even trying. We’ve seen you at your desk eating those limp tossed salads with wrinkly cherry tomatoes. We want more out of you. We want to see you champion your meals.

The food challenges we are about to share with you are not for the faint of heart (or stomach), but even though your boss may not, we here at 614NOW have full faith that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and make your gut hate you!

The Melt Challenge

Melt Bar & Grilled, 840 N. High St. Columbus, OH

An entire platter of food is yours for the taking. Four luscious pounds of a thirteen cheese medley nestled between two thick slabs of buttered toast—all cuddled up beside heaps of French fries and cole slaw.

Coming in at a hefty 5.02 pounds and $35, this monster of a meal comes with more than a cardiac arrest once completed. Winners receive a t-shirt, a $10 Melt gift card, and, most importantly, their picture on the wall of fame.

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The Thurmanator Challenge

The Thurman’s Café, 183 Thurman Ave. Columbus, OH

The Thurman Café has been a staple in German Village for over 70 years. One of their claims to fame is the Thurmanator. With a name like that, you better step back a couple of feet to make room when it enters.

Two, 3/4-pound beef patties under a half pound of ham and bacon, covered in mozzarella and American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, sautéed onions, pickles, jalapeno peppers, and mayo. The condiments alone could suffice as a meal but this is America so why limit yourself?

Mega-Meat-Mega-Challenge

Joseppi’s Pizza, 4767 W. Broad St. Columbus, OH

You + 1 friend + 28”, 13.2-pound mega meat pizza + 1 hour = gluttony stardom. The makers of this challenge must not believe it’s achievable because the prizes are dope.

Any pair to devour the whole pie will receive $100 cash, $150 Joseppi’s Pizza gift certificates, a t-shirt and, of course, their greasy smiles on the wall of fame.

The Mucho Macho Burrito Challenge

Cazuela’s Mexican Grill, 2247 N. High St. Columbus, OH

“IT TASTES LIKE PAIN.  Like pain that makes you want to saw off your tongue while you’re pouring sweat, shaking in your chair and crying. What a huge mistake.”

That was one of the top reviews of the challenge on Yelp.

A 12″ tortilla filled with rice, refried beans, chicken or steak—all topped with hot habanero sauce. Big whoop! Prove those Yelpers wrong and mow down that burrito.

And slap the accomplishment on your resume when you’re done.

8 Pound Omelet Challenge

Hangover Easy, 1646 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH

Photo courtesy of Tony Carter of The Lantern

Although you may not spot it on the menu, we have it on good authority that if you have enough conviction, the General Manager of Hangover Easy will schedule a time with you to dominate a 12 egg, 8-pound omelet.

As if eating a dozen eggs is not enough of a challenge, this omelet is also stuffed with ham, sausage, bacon, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, sausage gravy, and five biscuits.

The beefy guy pictured above succumbed to the challenge but don’t let that intimidate you.

Monolith Sandwich Challenge

Neighborhood’s Deli, 2142 W Henderson Rd, Columbus

The Monolith Sandwich Challenge at Neighbor’s Deli in Columbus has everything you could think to put on 4 pieces of bread; turkey, ham, roast beef, pastrami, bacon, 4 different cheeses, but mayo, mustard, horseradish, slaw, veggies and pickles.

Oh, and don’t forget the mammoth-sized side of potato salad.

Finish under 20:173 and you get it free.

Johnson’s Banana Split Sundae Challenge

Johnson’s Real Ice Cream, 2728 E Main St, Bexley

Hankering for more of a sweets overload? Johnson’s Real Ice Cream in Bexley is dishing up the treat for you!

The Banana Split Sundae Challenge comes with:

  • 3 whole bananas
  • 8 scoops of ice cream (your choice of flavor)
  • Topped with almonds, whipped cream, and cherries
  • 8 additional toppings of your choice

If you can finish the ice cream mountain in less than 4:28 minutes, you get the $19.99 sundae free and your name on the wall of fame.

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