More than 100 people recently joined us at our annual community breakfast, held this year on April 16 at Worthington Park Library. The breakfast celebrated National Library Week as well as the fifth anniversary of our Worthington Park location.

More than 100 people recently joined us at our annual community breakfast, held this year on April 16 at Worthington Park Library. The breakfast celebrated National Library Week as well as the fifth anniversary of our Worthington Park location.

For those of you who have not had the opportunity to visit this library, it is located in the Worthington Park Shopping Center in the northeast section of our community. At slightly more than 5,200 square feet in size, it is considerably smaller than our other facilities, but that's about to change.

At the breakfast, we announced an expansion of Worthington Park Library into two adjacent storefronts. This would increase the library's space by 64 percent and allow us to provide services the community has asked for, such as a meeting room and audiovisual collection.

We anticipate construction costs to be in the neighborhood of $160,000 and look forward to completing the expansion during this calendar year.

In other exciting news, Worthington Libraries recently joined the Central Library Consortium. This is a cooperation of 11 library systems across six counties that includes Columbus Metropolitan Library and Southwest Public Libraries (our resource-sharing partners since 1994) as well as Grandview Heights Public Library, Fairfield County District Library, Marysville Public Library, Pickaway County Public Library, Plain City Public Library, Alexandria Public Library and Wagnalls Memorial Library.

Part of this cooperative venture involves the purchase and installation of a new catalog system. This new system will go live on May 22 and, when it does, you will have access to one million more unique items that can be borrowed from and returned to any library in the Central Library Consortium.

The new catalog also has special features, allowing patrons to keep track of books they've read and receive text messages when library items are due or ready for pickup.

This summer, you'll also have the opportunity to use the library more frequently, as we will remain open on Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m., throughout the year. You'll also be able to access books in more places.

Through a partnership with the Worthington Parks & Recreation Center and Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, we will be supplying discarded and donated books for a Little Free Library to be located at McCord Park. Our Friends group is also working with Swiminc to provide free books at the Worthington Pools this summer.

We're pleased to have so many opportunities to provide the community with access to books and improved library service. Change is good!

Chuck Gibson is director/ CEO of Worthington Libraries.