If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Well, if you've ever been to Worthington Libraries this time of the year, you'd know that May flowers bring all ages to the library for a book to read at the pool or a CD or DVD to enjoy in the car while en route to a summer vacation spot.
And programming! Library staff work hard to plan fun, educational summer programs, and attendance bears out their efforts -- last year, thousands flocked to the Library to be a part of activities indoor and outdoor, science-oriented and music-oriented.
At Worthington Libraries, we're looking forward to summer. With just a sampling of the programs we've scheduled listed below, you'll see why!
It's almost time for another sensational outdoor concert season in the backyard of Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. Sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, all performances start at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the Library.
Grace Adele & Her Grand Band will kick off the series on June 7, followed by the music of all-girl quartet The Salty Caramels on June 28. The Scioto Valley Brass & Percussion Company's out-of-this-world performance of space-themed music will close the series on July 26.
Star Wars Day
In a galaxy not far away (specifically Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.), celebrate all things Star Wars. Kids and teens should come in costume, demonstrating their allegiance to the Republic or Rebel Alliance. Starting at 11 a.m. on July 13, there will be crafts, Jedi training, trivia contests and more.
A reading by historical fiction writer Melanie Benjamin will be the next event in the library's Hear & Now series. The program will start at 7 p.m. July 25, at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., where tickets are now available for only $10.
Benjamin's most recent book, The Aviator's Wife, offers insight into the private life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. She also wrote Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb.
Zombie Nerf War
Teens should bring a Nerf Blaster (no modifications permitted) and foam darts to Northwest Library on Aug. 16, for target practice before a mock zombie attack. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., is part of TGIF, a Library series which offers unique after-hours programs for teens.
Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.