Book it to the Library for Figure Skating Fun

Waltz, jump or coast into a new love for skating at the library. Columbus Metropolitan Library, U.S. Figure Skating and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission are collaborating on several fun experiences leading up to the Championships. 

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Sock Skating at Main Library

Starting January 3, come to Main Library at 96 S. Grant Ave. to “sock skate” on a synthetic ice rink in the atrium. What is synthetic ice? A slippery surface you can “skate” on in your socks. It's a great way to experience the thrill and excitement of ice skating without getting all bundled up. So toss off your shoes and get ready to glide at Sockefeller Center. If you want to get on real ice, go here for more details on a free Learn to Skate session on Friday, January 26. 

Also, don’t miss seeing historic memorabilia and pieces of art on display at Main Library. Thanks to U.S. Figure Skating archives for loaning many of these items:

  • Carol Heiss’ dress from the 1960 Olympic games (Ohio native)
  • Alysa Liu’s dress from the 2019 Championships (youngest-ever women’s champion) 
  • Hand-painted ice skates by Columbus artist Gabby Anderson
  • Historic magazines and much more 

Main Library is open daily: 

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 
  • Sunday: 1-5 p.m.  

The first hour of parking in the attached garage is free.



Figure Skating Memorabilia

Ice Skating Story Time

Go for the gold and join us for a Storytime celebration of ice skating at Main Library on January 27 at 11 a.m. Get ready to sing, dance, glide, twirl and learn what it means to truly be a champion. If you'd like to stick around for Nancy Kerrigan's book reading, please register below.

Author Visits

Two figure skating legends will visit Main Library during Championships Weekend! Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan added author to her long list of accomplishments after writing a children's book called Stronger Than She Thinks. Gracie Gold won two national championships and skated for Team USA in the 2014 Olympics. Her memoir Outofshapeworthlessloser comes out in February. These events are free to attend but require registration. Get the details below.

Read about Figure Skating

If you want to read fun books featuring figure skating, check out this booklist created by staff at Columbus Metropolitan Library. You can place a hold right from the list and pick up at your favorite location! Learn more about figure skating and the U.S. Championships in our Figure Skating 101.

Coming Soon

Come back soon for more details and Show Your Library Card to Save opportunities.


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