Upcoming Events

Summer of Imagination


Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library, COSI, Franklin Park Conservatory, and Columbus Parent present the Summer of Imagination this June and July. The goal of this innovative community collaboration is to inspire Central Ohio families to seek adventure, creativity, innovation, and excitement this summer in Columbus. Using a Summer of Imagination map published in Columbus Parent as their guide, Central Ohio families will take a journey of exploration by visiting each cultural attraction. Families can visit cultural attractions in any order and as often as they like. Families who turn in their completed map will be entered to win a series of prizes, including a Grand Prize for one lucky family.

Columbus Parent is helping to spread the word by printing a Summer of Imagination map in their June and July issues. Each cultural attraction selected a family-friendly program, event, or exhibit to highlight as part of Summer of Imagination. Columbus Museum of Art highlights our charming exhibition Imagine! Picturebook Art from the Collection of Carol and Guy Wolfenbarger. Columbus Metropolitan Library showcases the 2014 Imagine Your Story: Read Summer Reading Club, which launches May 31. COSI presents The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes that includes a series of interactive elements that encourage visitors to solve a mystery. Franklin Park Conservatory celebrates the twentieth anniversary of their popular Blooms & Butterflies exhibit featuring hundreds of colorful, exotic butterflies.

Summer of Imagination shows that here in the heart of it all, we have countless of ways to inspire learning and invigorate family fun. This summer, imagine, play, and explore Columbus with Summer of Imagination. Be sure to check out the related programming below.


Click on the above Summer of Imagination map to download it, and print out at home, pick up your copy in the June and July Columbus Parent. Or stop by our front desk for a copy. Then turn in your completed map to any of the locations.

Related Exhibition
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Imagine! The Art of The Picturebook
On View June 20, 2014-November 9, 2014
Imagine! explores children’s picturebooks as works of art through examples from the collection of Carol and Guy Wolfenbarger. The original drawings, paintings, prints, and collages represent books from well-known illustrators including Floyd Cooper, Peter Catalanotto, Will Hillenbrand, E. B. Lewis, Barry Moser, Chris Raschka, Aminah Robinson, Maurice Sendak, and Robert Sabuda. The work is presented in groupings of Tall Tales (fiction), True Tales (non-fiction), Tales with Tails (stories/art about animals) and Human Tales (stories/art about social interactions and human nature).


Related Programming
Leornard Marcus
Why Picturebooks Matter
Thursday June 19, 2014
7:00 PM
New York Times picturebook critic and author Leonard Marcus discusses why picturebooks matter. $10 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Reserve your seat online.

Counting Crocodiles
Saturday, July 12
10:00 AM
Ohio author/illustrator Will Hillenbrand demonstrates the creative process he has used in writing and illustrating more than fifty picturebooks. Several examples of his work appear in Imagine! Following the program, he will be available to sign books. Free with CMA admission.  To guarantee a seat, please make a reservation early  or by calling 614.629.0359.

Story Time in Imagine!
Join these reading experts as they bring some of the most beloved children’s picturebooks to life. This program is presented for kids ages 3-8 and their favorite adults. It is free with admission but to guarantee a seat, register early or by calling 614-629-0359.

Saturday, June 28
10:00 AM
Carol Wolfenbarger, CMA docent and former children’s literature researcher and teacher

Saturday, July 26
10:00 AM
Donna Royalty, CMA docent and retired secondary French and language arts teacher

Saturday, August 9
10:00 AM
Jeannie Sperling, CMA docent and retired early childhood reading specialist

Saturday, September 6
10:00 AM
Claudie Fett, retired librarian, Upper Arlington Schools

Saturday, September 27
10:00 AM
Beth Clark, librarian, Dublin Schools

Saturday, October 25
10:00 AM
Carol Wolfenbarger, CMA docent and former children’s literature research and teacher

Imagine! The Art of the Picturebook Tours
Visit our calendar for Imagine! tours.

Crabapple Night
Saturday July 19 & 26 at 2:00 PM
Join us for the children’s play Crabapple Night by Columbus playwright Amy Drake and the Drake Oration Company. Drake, whose work has been produced in New York theater festivals and play labs, was honored with a Best Director award from Columbus Theatre Roundtable in 2012. The play Crabapple Night is based upon the book by Ohio author Jan Wahl with illustrations by Steven Kellogg. This program is free with admission. To guarantee a seat, please make a reservation early by calling 614.629.0359.

For other Summer of Imagination programming visit
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Franklin Park Conservatory

Media Sponsor
Columbus Parent

(Pictured Above: Gary Kelley, Illustration from “Bosh Blobber Bosh, Runcible Poems for Edward Lear” written by J. Patrick Lewis, Creative Editions, 1998. Collection of Carol and Guy Wolfenbarger)