Columbus Metropolitan Library to mark 150th birthday with ribbon-cutting

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GAHANNA, Ohio (WCMH) — When the Columbus Metropolitan Library system toasts to its 150th birthday Saturday, it will kick off the festivities with a ribbon-cutting at its newest branch.

The library system’s Gahanna branch, located at 310 Granville St., will open to the public at 9 a.m. after two years of construction. The facility is at the site of the former branch in Gahanna, but its collections are housed in a new building — close to 14,000 square feet larger and one story taller.

On Wednesday, a flurry of finishing-touch activity filled the room behind CML media specialist Ben Zenitsky. Contractors checked the last items off their to-do lists, collection services stocked abounding bookshelves, and custodians worked to achieve a fresh, “shiny” look inside the already new building.

“There’s just this sense of excitement,” Zenitsky said.

The first floor includes a new children’s reading center, an area for children to receive school assistance, and meeting rooms.

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