Summer is an exciting time at the library. The buildings are busy and buzzing with sound: peals of laughter roll out of the children's areas, the tap-tapping of computer keyboards and the muffled strains of music drift from teen spaces and low conversation can be heard as adult patrons ask staff about locating a particular item.

Summer is an exciting time at the library. The buildings are busy and buzzing with sound: peals of laughter roll out of the children's areas, the tap-tapping of computer keyboards and the muffled strains of music drift from teen spaces and low conversation can be heard as adult patrons ask staff about locating a particular item.

Dynamic summer-time programming adds to the excitement. This year, an amazing variety of activities, indoor and outdoor. are planned for all ages. Below is just a sampling of the library's summer schedule. Read on and see why we're looking forward to summer.

Friday Night at the Movies: Faraway Places

This year, Old Worthington Library's (820 High St.) popular outdoor movie series, presented in partnership with Worthington Parks & Recreation, will take you around the world and out of this one. Your free furloughs will start at 9 p.m. at the Hartford Street athletic field. Bring a blanket or chair and some snacks and join us. In the event of rain, movies are canceled.

On July 31, join Kansas girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto as they explore a magical land in "The Wizard of Oz." The screening includes a costume contest; if you dress up as your favorite character, you'll get a free prize.

Free prizes will also go to those who dress up like mice on Aug. 7 when "An American Tale" is shown. In this 1986 movie, the Mousekewitz's young son, Fievel, gets lost during their journey to America and faces dangers and opportunities as he searches for his family.

Summer Concerts

The sounds of summer will soon be heard coming from Northwest Library's (2280 Hard Road) backyard. No, not crickets, but the laughing, clapping and singing that accompany the outdoor concert season. Bring your family for all the fun; performances start at 7 pm. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the library.

RMT will open the summer music season on June 12. Standards like "Yankee Doodle," "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Twist & Shout" will be featured during this songs of America-themed performance.

Enjoy an eclectic mix of Americana, country, rock, pop and Tin Pan Alley-style balladry on July 10 as Grace Adele & Her Grand Band visit the library's outdoor concert venue. She released her debut CD, "Never Lost," last year.

Young scalawags and old salts alike will love a pirate-themed concert from the Scioto Valley Brass Band. From pop music to old favorites, these Northwest Library summer concert veterans will have something for everyone on July 31.

Go Green at

Worthington Libraries

This year, the teen and adult summer reading programs have an environmental theme, so lots of practical, green-themed sessions are planned.

"Go Green Without Going Broke" will offer simple and cheap solutions to reduce your home energy costs and your carbon footprint. Fred Yaeger of Sustainable Worthington will explain more on June 2 at Old Worthington Library and July 16 at Northwest Library. Both programs start at 7 p.m.

"Living Cleanly" is a Northwest Library program that will give those attending tips on how to reduce the amount of waste they generate. Stacy Law of Keep Columbus Beautiful will lead the June 17 session that will start at 7 p.m.

During "Go Green in Your Community," scheduled on June 23 at 7 p.m., architect Chris Hermann will discuss new land use ideas and how they can be put into practice in Worthington. The program will be held at Old Worthington Library.

Members of the Columbus group, Walk, Bus, Bike, will be at Old Worthington Library on June 30 at 7 p.m. to discuss ways to explore the area without a car during "Go Green While Getting Around."

All of these programs and activities are made possible through the generous support of the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries.

Hillary Kline