Columbus Metropolitan Libraries Creates New Position To Work With Area Schools


UPDATED: Thursday August 22, 2013 2:58 PM

On the same day the state released school report card data, the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries announced a new position designed to "help ensure that students have the resources to succeed outside of the classroom."

CML officials announced Thursday the creation of the position of Director of Education and Partnerships.

The director will work with area public, private and charter schools.

"CML is uniquely poised to work with students during out-of-school time - preschool, after school and summer," said CEO Patrick Losinski.

The libraries also will be reallocating a member of senior-level staff to focus entirely on advancing initiatives aimed at pre-K literacy as Director of Early Childhood Literacy.

The library is also working to implement two different initiatives later this fall in Whitehall and in Groveport Madison.

They hope to have a school delivery service that will deliver library materials directly to elementary schools and to ensure that books are in the hands of children.

They also hope to start a special "Kids Card" that will be given to elementary students in the two districts.

The card will enable them to check out three books without incurring fines or needing a parent signature.

Officials said they hoped to expand those services to eight other districts within the next year.

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