Get your knitting needles ready. It's almost time for Warm Up Worthington.

Get your knitting needles ready. It's almost time for Warm Up Worthington.

For three years, Worthington Libraries has planned the popular series, where the public is encouraged to knit or crochet 7- by 9-inch blocks that are joined into afghans and donated to area organizations that help people in need.

Each year the program grows - this past winter more than 60 afghans were donated - and each year we hear from participants who tell us Warm Up Worthington should be expanded to meet more frequently.

Who are we to dampen your charitable spirit?

Warm Up Worthington 2009 starts early as a book discussion group. The aptly titled A Good Yarn, has been added to the slate of activities.

The first A Good Yarn discussion is scheduled this Saturday (Dec. 27). Participants are invited to bring a knitting project, be it Warm Up Worthington squares or something else, and talk about Anne Bartlett's book, "Knitting."

Two other meetings of the A Good Yarn book discussion group are planned. On Jan. 24, the selected title is "What I Call Life" by Jill Wolfson. "Death by Cashmere" by Sally Goldenbaum will be considered on Feb. 28.

All discussions will start at 10 a.m. in the Worthington Room of Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

In addition to A Good Yarn, Warm Up Worthington Block and Finishing bees are also scheduled at Old Worthington Library. Bring your needles - we'll provide yarn, templates and snacks - to the Jan. 17 Block Bee, which will start at 10 a.m.

The Finishing Bee, which also starts at 10 a.m., will be held on Feb. 14.

If you would like to help but cannot attend these Warm Up Worthington events, you can still donate completed blocks or afghans at either Old Worthington Library or Northwest Library, where collection boxes will be available through Feb. 14.

Additionally, if you would like to assist by joining the blocks into afghans throughout January and February and at your convenience, please call 807-2626 to sign up.

Warm Up Worthington is part of the nationwide program, Warm Up America, which has donated more than 250,000 afghans to victims of natural disasters, battered women's shelters, the homeless and others in need since 1991.

Hillary Kline