Old Worthington Library's Thursday Morning Book Discussion Group will consider Homer Hickam's "Rocket Boys: A Memoir" at 10:30 am Thursday, Oct. 28.

Old Worthington Library's Thursday Morning Book Discussion Group will consider Homer Hickam's "Rocket Boys: A Memoir" at 10:30 am Thursday, Oct. 28.

In 1957, when 14-year-old Homer "Sonny" Hickam Jr. watches Sputnik fly over his hometown, his life is changed forever. Knowing he wants to be part of the space race, Sonny and his friends set out to learn as much as they can about launching rockets.

Old Worthington Library's writing series, Mark My Words, will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, with a workshop aimed at teaching adults how to use the element of fear to write compelling horror fiction, or fiction of any genre. "Crafting the Horror Novel" will be led by Gary A. Braunbeck, who writes not only horror novels, but also mysteries, science fiction and mainstream literature. Braunbeck's work has received several honors, including five Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award. The program is free, but registration is required.

"Strength in What Remains," by Tracy Kidder, will be the topic of the Wednesday, Nov. 3, meeting of Speaking Volumes, the Old Worthington Library evening book discussion group. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Arriving in the U.S. from Burundi in search of a new life, Deo ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores. Then he begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school and a life devoted to healing.

The Get Smart! Book Discussion Group, organized in conjunction with the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, meets quarterly to talk about books of interest to busy leaders, supervisors and professionals. The next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at J. Liu, 6880 N. High St. The selected title is "Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High" by Kerry Patterson.

Worthington Park Library's Homework Help Center is now open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The center offers dedicated computers, courtesy printing of homework-related materials and library staff and volunteers to help students with school assignments.