My childhood library, The Columbus Metropolitan Library – Parsons Branch, closed their doors on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in anticipation of their big move to the new branch location at 1113 Parsons Ave. This branch library has been part of the Southside community since 1928. It was one 4 original library branches in Columbus. I recently had the opportunity to tour the new Parsons Branch and I am excited to give you a sneak peek into this addition to the community.
The first thing you will notice upon entering this branch is that it has more than doubled in size and there is an abundance of natural light. Libraries used to be built out of bricks and had as few windows as possible to preserve the collection. The libraries of the 21st century are more about the community and the windows are an invitation for the people outside to come in and experience what this library has to offer.
The new Parsons Branch features a variety of sustainable design elements. When you first arrive you will see the library is surrounded by rain beds to provide low maintenance landscaping and utilize rain water.
The branch also features green design elements such as a water bottle filling station, energy efficient and adjustable lighting, and furniture made out of recyclable material. The chairs found in the children’s section (pictured below) are made of recycled soda cans.
The children’s section is now separated from the adult/computer area by the entrance.
The children’s section features the following:
- A dedicated homework help center
- A 9 to 12 year old section
- A ready for Kindergarten section including a smart board and a play school bus
- A story time stage
The adult area features the following:
- A dedicated teen area including 2 Macs for graphic designing and 4 PCs
- A learning lab
- A computer section with 36 computers
- A meeting room that can be divided into 3 sections with moveable walls. This are is reservable for anyone in the community
- A quiet reading room with a fireplace featuring artwork from David Scanavino
- Quiet study rooms
The new Parsons Branch will be a welcome addition to the community. You and your family are invited to participate in family fun activities and entertainment to celebrate the Parsons Branch grand opening on Saturday, June 4. The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony begin at noon followed by an open house celebration from 12:30 pm. to 3 p.m.