Worthington News

Library notes

The following programs are offered by Worthington Libraries. Old Worthington Library is located at 820 High St., Northwest Library is located at 2280 Hard Road and Worthington Park Library is located at 1389 Worthington Centre Drive. Call 614-807-2626.

• Old Worthington Library and Worthington Park Library's homework help centers are open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The Northwest Library center is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Each center has dedicated computers, courtesy printing of homework-related materials and library staff and volunteers to help students with school assignments.

• Through April 28, during the library's Food for Fines drive, donations of non-expired canned goods or boxed food items, unopened paper products and toiletries will be accepted as payment for overdue fines. Each item donated is worth $1 in fine credit (maximum $20) and will help the Worthington Food Pantry and Resource Center stock its shelves.

• During the fifth installment in the seven-part series, Second Nature, participants will learn more about insects and how they contribute to a healthy environment. The session, which will be led by Celeste Welty, an associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University, will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Griswold Center, 777 High St.

• Children ages 2 to 5 and their families can celebrate the Earth and explore nature during GROW: Exploring Nature through Art. The drop-in program is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at Old Worthington Library.

• Teens are invited for an afternoon of role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Dungeon World or others at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Old Worthington Library.

• An afternoon of race car fun is planned for students in grades 4-6 at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20. There will be books, crafts and activities during Start Your Engines, a Northwest Library program.

• Teens will learn how to turn old T-shirts into useful gear such as tote bags, necklaces and more. Those attending T-shirts Transformed should bring several shirts at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, to Worthington Park Library.

• Teens can earn community service credit by participating in Northwest Library's Teen Arts Corps. The group will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, to assemble early literacy activities for young children.

• Tom Burns, director of Ohio Wesleyan University's Perkins Observatory, will discuss star maps of the spring skies and more during Backyard Stargazing. The program, presented in partnership with the Ohio State University's Humanities Institute, will start at 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, at Old Worthington Library.