Worthington News

Library notes

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.

* 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.

* Old Worthington Library's Thursday Morning Book Discussion Group will consider Melanie Benjamin's The Aviator's Wife at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.

* The library and the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center 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 online at mcconnellarts.org/ wp/events.

* 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 will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Old Worthington Library.

* No computers are necessary for Northwest Library's hands-on Minecraft IRL program. Scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, the event is for teens only. The same program is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Worthington Park Library.

* The library will lead a storytime in the children's area at the Shops at Worthington Place, 7227 N. High St. The storytime, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, will feature the Splat the Cat costumed character.

* Teens looking for year-round or seasonal employment or volunteer opportunities should attend Just for Teens: Community Job and Volunteer Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. The Old Worthington Library event will bring the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Graeter's and other businesses and community groups together for a one-stop shop.

* Kids ages 6-8 will make glow water, blow glow-in-the-dark bubbles and paint their own fluorescent glow masks during the Northwest Library program, Fluorescent Fun: The Science of Day-Glo Colors, which starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

* The library's English Conversation Group for new English language learners will meet at Old Worthington Library on Wednesdays throughout the winter and spring. Classes are scheduled at 7 p.m. through May 14. Library staff will help participants with basic English skills practice pronunciation and talking in English.