Columbus library hosts numerous events starting Feb. 11

Central Ohio families can again enjoy a special series of art, literary and screen offerings, thanks to the return of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s family lineup.

The Family Programs series, in its second year, includes free events from Feb. 11 to Nov. 28. All will be held at Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Downtown.

The first program, Cellos in the Atrium, will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 11. Musicians from CELLOio and the Columbus Cello School will perform chamber music. 

Other Family Programs events include:

Feb. 25, Urban Strings Concert – Youth string ensembles will perform music from popular African-American composers and arrangers. The event is in celebration of Black History Month. April 8, ProMusica Quartet in the Atrium – This family concert connects classical music and children’s literature, with a display of all-ages books and stories. April 12, “Jack and the Beanstalk” – Opera Columbus will stage a modern take on the classic fairy tale. June 2, Summer Reading Club Kickoff – CML launches its annual program to encourage patrons to read. Musician and storyteller Jim Gill will give two performances. Second Saturday of the month, June to September, PBJ & Jazz – Drop by the library for a storytime and craft, then take a picnic lunch and blanket to the adjacent Topiary Park for this series of family concerts. Fourth Saturday of the month, June to August, Book to Film outdoor movie series – Watch a family-friendly movie at Topiary Park. Sept. 29-30, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus – This is the third appearance of this comics-and-cartoon festival. Children’s and teen graphic artists will attend and speak. Oct. 27, Hands On Chemistry – Watch demonstrations from the American Chemistry Society related to physical, earth and space sciences. Nov. 28, Holiday Open House – This annual event includes the debut of the Huntington Holiday Train in addition to live music, crafts and refreshments.