By Rick Palsgrove
People in the Canal Winchester area now have a library they can call their own.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library opened its new Canal Winchester Branch at 115 Franklin St. (located in the rear portion of the former school at 100 Washington St.) on Jan. 25.
At the grand opening event, Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert welcomed the branch’s opening and said it was a valuable addition to the city that was six years in the making.
Speaking about the importance of libraries, Roger Sugarman, president of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s board of trustees said, “Libraries aren’t just luxuries, they’re necessities.”
Added Patrick Losinski, Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO, “Canal Winchester is a growing community worthy of this investment.”
Canal Winchester Local Schools leased the 5,400 square foot space for five years to the library system for $1 per year.
“This library is a great resource that is within walking distance for many of those in the community,” said James Sotlar, superintendent of Canal Winchester Schools.
The new library includes a Homework Help Center open Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Friday from 3-6 p.m. The library also features books, magazines and newspapers; kindergarten preparation programs and services; computers for adults and children; wireless access for mobile devices; and printers and photocopiers at a cost.
The library’s hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Visit columbuslibrary.org for information.