Gardening looks to be as popular this year as it was last spring. Now is the time to order seeds but if you grow your own transplants it’s too early to start. 

      One of the best things you can do to prevent getting sick is also the simplest–wash your hands. Wash them often. Wash them well. Many diseases are spread through hand-to-hand or hand-to-food contact. You can help prevent illnesses such as colds, flu, gastrointestinal disorders, food-borne in…

        Western troubadour Kerry Grombacher is riding into Columbus for a special afternoon of contemporary western music for the Columbus Public Library on Saturday, March 6. Kerry Grombacher will perform his “Songs & Stories of the American West” concert at 2 p.m. at the Friedhof Building. His…

          What a year 2020 has been. The challenges that we have seen as a community have, at some times, seemed insurmountable. Every industry, business and neighborhood has been tested economically and emotionally.

            During winter, when trees are leafless, is a good time to check for potential faults and pruning needs. Observe shade trees now for faults and pruning needs but wait until late winter or early spring to prune.

               Like a lot of people, I take some time at the beginning of each year to reflect and plan for the months ahead of me. Every year, without fail, one of my goals is to read more. It might be surprising to some to hear that a librarian needs to read more, but I do a lot more reading about books…

                The Friends of the Columbus Public Library book sale has been going strong, but lots of new items are being added weekly! In fact, we have created a “new to our sale” area labeled with bright orange so that shoppers can easily identify what has recently been added. We usually put out around …

                  During winter, when trees are leafless, is a good time to check for potential faults and pruning needs. Observe shade trees now for faults and pruning needs but wait until late winter or early spring to prune.

                    You have a bad cough, with fever and chills. Are you fighting the flu or something worse? It could be pneumonia, a lung infection caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. Pneumonia affects millions of people each year, and can be life-threatening for older adults, babies and those with chronic…

                      The 2019/2020 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2019-Sept. 30, 2020) was a challenging year for the Columbus Public Library, as I am sure it was for nearly everyone. We found that the year also provided many opportunities for the library to serve our community in new ways.

                        More people gardened this past year as they had more time to spend at home and in their yards. Hopefully this will continue and now is the time to start garden planning.

                          I have to be honest, I am very pleased to see 2020 coming to an end (and I know I am not the only one). This year has been filled with more than its share of lows for my family and me, most of which can be attributed to the COVID pandemic. That said, I still consider my family and myself ble…

                            The Teen Space houses a wide variety of books within its walls. There are many different genres, from romance to science fiction. The space also has manga and graphic novels, as well as a great assortment of anime shows. The materials in our nonfiction area also cover a wide range of topics.…

                              Extension has had more than the average number of questions this year about how late lawns can be fertilized. Most likely this was due to above average temperatures in November and early December.

                                Although diabetes presents many challenges, there are some basic things you can do each day to help manage it more effectively. Taking simple steps now, such as walking, flossing and limiting stress, can help you feel great and avoid complications in the future.

                                  Houseplant leaves collect dust just like other surfaces in the home. Dust accumulating on the foliage not only affects a plants appearance, but creates a favorable environment for insects and limits plant health.