Patrick Losinski, Executive Director of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, has been named the 2012 Champion of Children. Losinski joins a distinguished group of local leaders who have been recognized as Champions of Children and have made a deep, far-reaching impact on the lives of children in central Ohio.
“Pat has made developing young minds a top priority at the Columbus Metropolitan Library,” said Elfi Di Bella, president and CEO of YWCA Columbus, and chair of the Champion of Children Selection Committee. “Through his leadership he has inspired innovation in his team and broad support in our community. He truly understands the crucial mission of the library to promote early learning and help children succeed, and proves every day that he is a Champion of Children."
Under Losinski's visionary leadership, the Columbus Metropolitan Library has launched and expanded initiatives focused on helping children learn and succeed, including:
- Ready to Read Corps which helps young learners from birth to age 5 build skills that prepare them for kindergarten. Workshops are conducted throughout Columbus and show caregivers how to incorporate literacy activities into a family's everyday life.
-Raising Readers which visits the homes of child care providers and engages children in learning activities.
- Homework Help Centers, and Story Time at the library, including "Baby Lap Time" for infants.
- The largest Summer Reading Club in the United States with more than 97,000 participants.
Losinski's emphasis on developing young minds and the innovative ways his team has pursued this goal has earned the Columbus Metropolitan Library well-deserved praise from within our community and across the country -- winning numerous awards and being named the number one library in the United States.