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Columbus Metropolitan Library Ready for Back to School


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Columbus Library Childrens AreaThe sad but true reality is Back to School has arrived in Columbus. As kids everywhere mourn the passing of the lazy, hazy days (and many parents do a small jig of joy), Columbus Metropolitan Library is doing their part to help kids get back into the learning groove.

First up, CML is partnering with Columbus City Schools and Panera Bread to collect new and gently used kids’ books for the Books for Breakfast program. This program seeks to provide Columbus City School students in grades K - 5 books to read at the breakfast table. What better way is there to start the day? Books that are donated will be available for students if they eat breakfast at school. Roughly 25,000 Columbus City School students take advantage of the free breakfast program. If you would like to donate a book or books, head to a CML location where collection boxes are available. Or make a monetary donation at Columbus-area Panera Bread locations. Collections will end on August 30.

Once school starts, homework is not far behind. That’s why CML offers Library Homework Help Centers at all 23 locations. K - 12 students can get help with their homework from friendly library staff and volunteers. The libraries offer welcoming study spaces, with all the tools a student needs, including computers, printers, digital research tools and, of course, an amazing catalog of books and eBooks. Check your local branch for Homework Help Center Hours. The Main Library downtown offers Homework Help on Monday - Thursday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. and on Friday from 3 - 6 p.m.