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PLA Visitors: Welcome to Columbus Libraries!

Are you attending the 2024 Public Library Association Conference? I might just see you there! Welcome to Columbus, Ohio – the 14th most populous city in the United States. We might be pretty well known for the Ohio State University’s football team – but we are also home to some pretty incredible library systems. 

While visiting (or while following along from home!) learn about some of the various libraries filling Columbus and the surrounding suburbs:

  • Upper Arlington Public Library – All three branches of this library system have amazing children’s play spaces. Stop by Tremont to play at the largest train table you’ve ever seen, Lane Road to explore a baby garden and dramatic play space, and Miller Park for a magical forest inspired by the Journey picture book series.

  • Bexley Public Library – Another one-location library system, Bexley Public Library has fun programs for families, a unique staff-led podcast, and an adorable tadpole named Wiggles!

  • Southwest Public Libraries – This two-location system just celebrated its 100th year as a public library! Stop by their Westland location to explore their sensory play area and their Grove City Library to explore Harper’s Grove, their early literacy area. 

And more! With just a bit longer drive, you can also visit Alexandria Public Library, Fairfield County District Library, Granville Public Library, London Public Library, Marysville Public Library, Pataskala Public Library, Pickaway County District Library, Plain City Public Library, and the Wagnalls Memorial Library. 

I like to leave conferences with pictures and tangible ideas of things I can replicate at home – and what better way to do that than visiting our area libraries while you are in town? Library staff will be happy to chat. (Except maybe about that upcoming solar eclipse. Expect us all to be out of glasses by the time PLA starts.)


Annamarie Carlson is the Youth Manager at Westerville Public Library, and a member of the 2023-2024 ALSC Membership Committee. 

This blog post relates to ALSC Core Competencies of: VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.

One comment

  1. Sarah Manley

    Nice write-up, Annamarie!

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