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Columbus

Today's hours

We're open 8:30AM to 9:00PM

We're closed Sunday April 12
Mon, Apr 06 8:30AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Apr 07 8:30AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Apr 08 8:30AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Apr 09 8:30AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Apr 10 8:30AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Apr 11 8:30AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Apr 12 Closed
(Easter Sunday)
Mon, Apr 06 8:30AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Apr 07 8:30AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Apr 08 8:30AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Apr 09 8:30AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Apr 10 8:30AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Apr 11 8:30AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Apr 12 Closed
(Easter Sunday)

Address
536 5th Street
, Columbus, IN 47201
Tel: 812-379-1255

The Main Library is located in the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library in downtown Columbus at 536 Fifth Street. Completed in 1969 and designed by architect I.M. Pei, it features library collections for children, teens, and adults. It also houses the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, Indiana Room, and Digital Underground Media Lab.


Upcoming Events
Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Drawing classes led by instructor Katherine Hilden. Classes are for beginning and continuing drawing students. $50 class fee for five weeks, pay at first class, includes all drawing materials.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 10:00am - 10:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Enjoy some games and other activities!

Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 11:00am - 11:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hang out in the Tween Area after school and play some board games with friends! Choose a game from the library collection or bring your own to share.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Join us the Teen Area to hang out and play games!

Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 3:45pm - 5:30pm
Explore an apocalyptic wasteland, stealing from the rich. Dodge the police, do crime and try not to die. All materials provided. Limit 8 participants. Registration required.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Join our 2020 garden project: Tween Beans!

Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Make connections learn and share with other area authors.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lauren Heath, Simply Organized, covers how to organize basic household areas in your home: kitchen, pantry, bathroom, clothing, and toys.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Library games provided include Super Smash Bros: Ultimate, Mario Kart, and more on our Nintendo Switch, Exploding Kittens, Unstable Unicorns, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, Munchkin, Smash Up, etc.

Canceled
Fri, Apr 10, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Make a copycat recipe from a major coffee shop chain for much less than buying it out. All supplies provided free of charge.

Canceled
Fri, Apr 10, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Stop by the Teen Area to create something cool, such as friendship bracelets, embroidery, crochet, paintings and other creative activities. All supplies provided.

Canceled
Fri, Apr 10, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meet others and geek out!

Canceled
Fri, Apr 10, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Learn to design and print objects using tinkercad and the library's 3-D printer. This month, make a holiday gift for someone else or work on your own projects. Limit 10 participants.

Canceled
Sat, Apr 11, 10:00am - 11:30am
Support group for those affected with Huntington's Disease and family and friends

Canceled
Mon, Apr 13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Explore the practice of yoga its philosophy and benefits with Registered Yoga Teacher Jenn Willhite. Bring your friends these are free sessions! Please bring your own mat.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 13, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
De-stress with a listening party and coloring after school. Every week, we will explore different kinds of music.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monthly meeting of the Bartholomew County Public Library Board. Open to all.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Learn how to make your own patterned relief out of foam blocks. Then, stamp your creation on canvas. All supplies provided, and feel free to bring your own.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 13, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Play games with Dakota!

Canceled
Mon, Apr 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Sheriff Matt Myers and Coroner Clayton Nolting cover criminal activity and drug use in the county.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 13, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights! This program is first come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 13, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Offered through CRH, group tobacco cessation classes are for adults 18 and older. Seven-week course requires registration. Classes are $35, scholarships available. Call 812-376-5136 to register.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 13, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights! This program is first come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 14, 10:00am - 10:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Tue, Apr 14, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Help out in the garden by planting, pulling weeds, watering plants, and harvesting yummy veggies.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Peeps + microwave = Peep Wars!

Canceled
Tue, Apr 14, 4:30pm - 5:00pm
French Storytime in collaboration with Columbus IN Accueil.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 14, 5:00pm - 5:30pm
French Storytime in collaboration with Columbus IN Accueil.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 14, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Using alcohol inks, paint spring flowers on glass to make a candle holder. All supplies provided including an LED light. Led by assistant director Angela Eck. Limited to 20.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Learn about black walnut toxicity from Advanced Master Gardener Rocky Lortz.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 14, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Bex in a hands-on craft hour where you can learn to hand embroider your own nerdy bookmark or decorative item. Patterns and supplies provided, and feel free to bring your own from home.

Canceled
Wed, Apr 15, 10:00am - 10:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Wed, Apr 15, 11:00am - 11:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Wed, Apr 15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Chair Yoga helps you slowly develop balance while improving strength. Postures are performed while seated and/or with the aid of a chair. Led by Registered Yoga Teacher Sonia Aponte-Alberts.

Canceled
Wed, Apr 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hang out in the Tween Area after school and use our on-hand craft supplies to let your creative energy run wild!

Canceled
Wed, Apr 15, 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Every Wednesday in the Teen Area we will play a TV show or movie immediately after school. Recommendations for what to watch are welcome.

Canceled
Wed, Apr 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Become a citizen scientist by observing the plants and animals outside the library to contribute to the USA National Phenology Network Nature?s Notebook project. Meet in the Teen Area.

Canceled
Wed, Apr 15, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Beginner-friendly Tween Dungeons & Dragons

Canceled
Wed, Apr 15, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Join us for a fun thirty minutes of rhythmic activities put to music.

Canceled
Wed, Apr 15, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Learn about Flyball, an AKC team sport involving four dogs jumping over hurdles, releasing a tennis ball, catching the ball and returning over the hurdles.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 16, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Third session of current drawing classes led by Katherine Hilden. If not already attending you will need to wait for the next set of classes.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 16, 10:00am - 11:00am
Meeting is for those who would like to practice their signing with others or to learn American Sign Language.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 16, 10:00am - 10:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Thu, Apr 16, 11:00am - 11:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Thu, Apr 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hang out in the Tween Area after school and play some board games with friends! Choose a game from the library collection or bring your own to share.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 16, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Join us the Teen Area to hang out and play games!

Canceled
Thu, Apr 16, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Experience a cat café in Columbus! Play with cats and enjoy refreshments. You are encouraged to bring donations such as cans of pureed pumpkin, canned cat food (no fish flavors), or kitten food.

Canceled
Fri, Apr 17, 10:00am - 11:30am
Bring your toddler and a push walker while strolling our thematic toddler track.

Canceled
Fri, Apr 17, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
The Bartholomew County Public Library will be leading a pop-up storytime for those visiting the the WIC office.

Canceled
Fri, Apr 17, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Blackout text from pages ripped from books to create your own poetry.

Canceled
Fri, Apr 17, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Stop by the Teen Area to create something cool, such as friendship bracelets, embroidery, crochet, paintings and other creative activities. All supplies provided.

Canceled
Fri, Apr 17, 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Do you enjoy arts & crafts. Join us for a fun session of Artistic Friday. Invite a friend to attend as well.

Canceled
Sat, Apr 18, 9:00am - 10:30am
Bring your toddler and a push walker while strolling our thematic toddler track.

Canceled
Sat, Apr 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Paint a hydrangea on a 10 x 10 wrapped canvas with instructor Marilyn Tentler. $25 fee covers all supplies. Minimum of 4. Register by April 16.

Canceled
Sat, Apr 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for a Special Saturday Storytime featuring Eric Carle! Followed by a fun craft. This program is geared for ages 1-5, but all are welcome.

Canceled
Sat, Apr 18, 1:00pm - 1:30pm
This month we'll be talking about all things Narwhal and Jelly!

Canceled
Sat, Apr 18, 2:30pm - 3:15pm
We'll celebrate Earth Day early by planting our sprouted seeds out on the patio in the Kids' Garden! Dress to get messy, we will be digging in the dirt!

Canceled
Mon, Apr 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for a preschool S.T.E.A.M project!

Canceled
Mon, Apr 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Explore the practice of yoga its philosophy and benefits with Registered Yoga Teacher Jenn Willhite. Bring your friends these are free sessions! Please bring your own mat.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 20, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
De-stress with a listening party and coloring after school. Every week, we will explore different kinds of music.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
It will be...LEGENDARY.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 20, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Join the Bartholomew County Public Library for this pop-up storytime. Enjoy stories, puppets, songs, rhymes and receive a free book from our Book Express. Sans Souci is located at 1526 13th street.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Applied Animal Behaviorist Melissa R. Shyan-Norwalt, covers the scientific basis and evidence for and against training styles.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 20, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights! This program is first come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Offered through CRH, group tobacco cessation classes are for adults 18 and older. Seven-week course requires registration. Classes are $35, scholarships available. Call 812-376-5136 to register.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 20, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
This month's topics are retouching and symmetry with a photoshare theme of architecture. Minimal annual dues involved after one to two meetings.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 20, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights! This program is first come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 21, 10:00am - 10:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Tue, Apr 21, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Help out in the garden by planting, pulling weeds, watering plants, and harvesting yummy veggies.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 21, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Join the Bartholomew County Public Library for this pop-up storytime. Enjoy stories, puppets, songs, rhymes and receive a free book from our Book Express. Sans Souci is located at 1526 13th street.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 21, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Author Kathryn Aalto talks about her book "Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World."

Canceled
Wed, Apr 22, 10:00am - 10:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Wed, Apr 22, 11:00am - 11:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Wed, Apr 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Join us on the patio to celebrate Earth Day!

Canceled
Wed, Apr 22, 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Every Wednesday in the Teen Area we will play a TV show or movie immediately after school. Recommendations for what to watch are welcome.

Canceled
Wed, Apr 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Celebrate Earth Day by planting flowers and vegetables in the patio garden.

Canceled
Wed, Apr 22, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Introduction to The Happiness Program Art of Living's flagship course with breathing techniques and wisdom that can change your life. Experience techniques to calm the mind with a 2-minute breathing exercise and guided meditation for rest.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 23, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fourth session of current drawing classes led by Katherine Hilden. If not already attending, you will need to wait until the next set of classes.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 23, 10:00am - 10:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Thu, Apr 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
Stories & More

Canceled
Thu, Apr 23, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Join us the Teen Area to hang out and play games!

Canceled
Thu, Apr 23, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Continue Season 4 of our beginner-friendly Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

Canceled
Fri, Apr 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Come enjoy this Spanish Storytime. This event is in collaboration with Family School Partners.

Canceled
Fri, Apr 24, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Enjoy Stories & More

Canceled
Fri, Apr 24, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Stop by the Teen Area to create something cool, such as friendship bracelets, embroidery, crochet, paintings and other creative activities. All supplies provided.

Canceled
Sat, Apr 25, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Part of larger Meet Your Makers event organized by the Chamber of Commerce.

Canceled
Sat, Apr 25, 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Join us for crafts, activities, and games complimenting your favorite American Girl dolls!

Canceled
Mon, Apr 27, 10:00am - 11:00am
Are you a member of a homeschooling family?

Canceled
Mon, Apr 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Explore the practice of yoga its philosophy and benefits with Registered Yoga Teacher Jenn Willhite. Bring your friends these are free sessions! Please bring your own mat.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 27, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
De-stress with a listening party and coloring after school. Every week, we will explore different kinds of music.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 27, 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Come read to Lottie, the Great Dane! You will have 15 minutes to practice your reading skills. This program is first come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 27, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
We?ll be continuing our discussion of our end-of-summer lock-in. We?ll also discuss upcoming programs and share ideas and feedback for current programs.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 27, 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Read With 4H

Canceled
Mon, Apr 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Frank Capra directs Cary Grant in this 1944 film based on the Broadway play.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 27, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Choose your own teen book that features or addresses the effects of climate change and global warming. Then, come out to Pho Shiki (2991 25th St) and share what you read.

Canceled
Mon, Apr 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Offered through CRH, group tobacco cessation classes are for adults 18 and older. Seven-week course requires registration. Classes are $35, scholarships available. Call 812-376-5136 to register.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 28, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Help out in the garden by planting, pulling weeds, watering plants, and harvesting yummy veggies.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Learn the very basics of cosplay, like: how to choose a character, how to plan your costume, where to buy supplies, how to find patterns, and more. All supplies provided.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 28, 4:30pm - 5:00pm
French Storytime in collaboration with Columbus IN Accueil.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 28, 5:00pm - 5:30pm
French Storytime in collaboration with Columbus IN Accueil.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 28, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Our new book club kicks off tonight! Pick up a copy of "A Single Thread" by Tracy Chevalier and discuss it with staff members Michelle Bishop, Maria McCarrick, and other like-minded people!  

Canceled
Tue, Apr 28, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Program educates adults, 18 and older, to prevent, recognize and react appropriately to child sexual abuse. Hosted by Family Service, Inc.   

Canceled
Wed, Apr 29, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hang out in the Tween Area after school and use our on-hand craft supplies to let your creative energy run wild!

Canceled
Wed, Apr 29, 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Every Wednesday in the Teen Area we will play a TV show or movie immediately after school. Recommendations for what to watch are welcome.

Canceled
Wed, Apr 29, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Beginner-friendly Tween Dungeons & Dragons

Canceled
Thu, Apr 30, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fifth session of current drawing classes led by Katherine Hilden. If not already attending you will need to wait until the next set of classes.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 30, 10:00am - 11:00am
Meeting is for those who would like to practice their signing with others or to learn American Sign Language.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 30, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hang out in the Tween Area after school and play some board games with friends! Choose a game from the library collection or bring your own to share.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 30, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Continue Season 4 of our beginner-friendly Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 30, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
SCORE workshop explores the role digital marketing and social media play in creating and growing a business. To reserve a seat and for info on SCORE call 812-379-4457.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 30, 6:00pm - 7:45pm
2019 PG rated film, based on the true story of a friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel. Tom Hanks stars as Mr. Rogers.

Mon, May 04, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Red Room
Explore the practice of yoga its philosophy and benefits with Registered Yoga Teacher Jenn Willhite. Bring your friends these are free sessions! Please bring your own mat.

Mon, May 04, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room 3
Offered through CRH, group tobacco cessation classes are for adults 18 and older. Seven-week course requires registration. Classes are $35, scholarships available. Call 812-376-5136 to register.

Mon, May 04, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Red Room
Learn about admissions criteria, application requirements and what your teen should be doing now if interested in an Ivy League or other highly selective college.

Tue, May 05, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Reception Area
Your blood donation matters. Register at redcrossblood.org

Tue, May 05, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Conference Room
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana.

Wed, May 06, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Conference Room
Skill Builders is a program for Adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Caregiver participation required. For more information contact Sandy Allman [email protected]

Wed, May 06, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Red Room
Dawn Slack, The Nature Conservancy and Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management, talks about our Indiana native plants and wildlife and how invasive plants impact those native species.

Thu, May 07, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Conference Room
Drawing classes led by instructor Katherine Hilden. Classes are for beginning and continuing drawing students. $50 class fee for five weeks, pay at first class, includes all drawing materials.

Thu, May 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Donna Stanley, Park Ranger at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, covers various ways to attract birds to your yard.

Sat, May 09, 10:00am - 11:30am
Conference Room
Support group for those affected with Huntington's Disease and family and friends