There's an event happening this weekend that's become an area tradition on Saturdays in the fall. Can you guess what it is? Here are a few hints:
* It's packed with people.
* Parking is at a premium.
* Everyone there supports the home team.
No, I'm not talking about a Buckeyes game; it's the annual Market Day Book Sale sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries.
For those new to the area, Market Day is a community festival held in downtown Worthington. Fun for the whole family includes musicians, food and craft vendors, a farmers market and more than 4,000 books available a short walk away at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.
Worthington Libraries is proud to be a part of this community, and we've planned several big events throughout the Market Day weekend.
This year's bonanza of book bargains will start on Friday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. and continue through Sunday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m. Genres include children's, classics, cookbooks, home and garden, hardback and paperback fiction, travel and more. All books are only $1.
If you can't wait until Friday to take a look at all the books the Friends will have available, consider joining the organization. A members-only pre-sale is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. You can join at that time.
Market Day Booth
In addition to its regular book sale at Old Worthington Library, the Friends Foundation will also have a booth at Market Day on Saturday, Sept. 21. The group will hand out balloons and have a selection of newer books for sale on the southwest corner of the Village Green. Stop by and say hello.
Family Reading Festival
What child doesn't love crafts, listening to stories and meeting costumed storybook characters? All these fun activities and more are planned during the library's Family Reading Festival, which will be held at the Shops at Worthington Place, 7227 N. High St.
On Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 5 p.m., parents, caregivers and teachers will get ideas and inspiration about ways to get kids excited about reading, and connect with area organizations serving the needs of children and families.
Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.