The following programs are offered by Worthington libraries. Old Worthington Library is at 820 High St.; Northwest Library is at 2280 Hard Road; and Worthington Park Library is at 1389 Worthington Centre Drive. Call 614-807-2626.
* Ages 4-6 are invited to Northwest Library's Bookworms Book Club. Prior to the next meeting, at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, those attending should read Jane Yolen's Owl Moon.
* The Get Smart! Book Discussion Group, organized in conjunction with the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, will consider Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston. The next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the offices of Schiffman, Grow & Co., 890 Proprietors Road.
* During Kindergarten: Ready or Not, a panel of kindergarten teachers will discuss the skills they hope incoming kindergartners will have, and library staff will recommend resources. The program is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Northwest Library and 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Old Worthington Library.
* A Senior Safety and Discussion Panel is planned at the Griswold Center, 777 N. High St., at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Representatives from the Ohio Attorney General's office, the Franklin County Office on Aging, Worthington SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) and SHIP (Senior Home Information Program) will offer advice.
* An afternoon of LEGO Fun is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday Jan. 20, for ages 6-11 at Old Worthington Library.
* Ages 2-5 can go on a bear hunt at Worthington Park Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21. Participants will make binoculars and map their route.
* The next session of Northwest Library's Parenting 101 series will feature Beth Probst from At the Core, a company that offers guided self-assessment for students. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, she'll explain how the college application process has changed and what colleges are looking for in applicants. She'll also share ways parents can help students determine a major, college and career.
* Old Worthington Library's Thursday Morning Book Discussion Group will consider Melanie Benjamin's The Aviator's Wife at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23.
* The Library and the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center (MAC) will bring author Augusten Burroughs to town at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. Tickets for his reading, which will be held at the MAC, can be purchased for $10 and are available at the MAC, 777 Evening St.; by phone at 614-431-0329; and at mcconnellarts.org/wp/events.