Renovating the Columbus Montessori Education Center Library

Columbus Montessori Library Renovation

Karen Reeb alongside her husband Brent, daughter Jillian and son Isaac

Karen Reeb is a Columbus Montessori parent with resources. Reading resources and she’s using them and her time to create the best environment for literacy at Columbus Montessori for the students.

Reeb and volunteers are overhauling the CMEC library to make the shared resources located in the school library more accessible to the students and teachers.

“We’ve sorted through approximately 5,000 books to see what is still current and in good shape,” Reeb said. “The books are being categorized like a typical public library with non-fiction shelved according to the Dewy Decimal system and fiction shelved in groups of board books, picture books, early readers and chapter books. The goal is to have an online searchable database to locate books by title, author, subject, etc.”

Reeb is a licensed General and Special Education teacher and certified Orton-Gillingham tutor with a Master’s in Reading Education from OSU.

“I am passionate about helping kids develop strong literacy skills and a love of reading, writing and learning,” she said. “Having worked in public and private schools, I am grateful for this volunteer opportunity to use my expertise while staying at home raising my family. I’ve enjoyed the time I have spent since early September researching library set-ups and talking with other librarians about our school library materials and space. Many of the upper elementary students and a handful of parents have lent a hand in sorting through our books!”

Right now books are still being sorted alphabetically or by call number, but soon all books will need to be labeled and scanned into the database. Reeb and Columbus Montessori staff are formulating a wishlist of books and household items, such as bean bag chairs, rugs, house plants, etc., and hope to use funds raised through the Box Tops for Education program to support the improvements.

“We hope to provide an inviting, multipurpose space that will meet the literacy needs of our students and teachers,” Reeb said. “It is certainly a work in progress but the goal is to have as much as possible usable by the week of the Scholastic Book Fair, which is November 12th-16th.”

It’s not too late to get in on the library renovation project. If you want to help, contact Karen Reeb at!