Summer is an exciting time at Worthington Libraries. The buildings are busy and buzzing with sound -- peals of laughter roll out of the children's areas, the tap-tapping of computer keyboards and the muffled strains of music drift from teen spaces and low conversation can be heard as adult patrons ask staff about locating a particular item.
Dynamic programming adds to the excitement; read on for a sampling of the library's summer sessions.
Teen Taste Test: Snow Cones
As summer heats up, teens are invited to cool down with an old-time treat. Those attending can experiment with different toppings to create an old favorite or new classic.
Taste test events are planned at all three library locations. Teens can stop by Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., at 2:30 p.m. June 3; Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, at 3:30 p.m. June 25; or Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, at 3:30 p.m. July 12.
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.
The Back Porch Swing Band will kick off the series on June 13, followed by the music of the Erik Augis Trio on July 18. Jim Gill -- a favorite of both children and parents for 20 years -- will bring his Contagious Tunes Tour to town for a very special show on Aug. 1 to close out the library's summer concert season.
Author Visit: Gail Tsukiyama
A reading by historical fiction writer Gail Tsukiyama will be the next event in the library's Hear & Now series. The program will start at 7 p.m. June 26 at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., where tickets are now available for only $10.
Tsukiyama's most recent book, A Hundred Flowers, is set during the Chinese Cultural Revolution and follows the struggles of a young mother after her husband's arrest. She also wrote The Street of a Thousand Blossoms and The Samurai's Garden.
It's back! Ohio Chautauqua will return to Worthington in July.
In addition to bringing to life five historical figures during evening performances, members of a re-enactor troupe also will hold daytime workshops for children and teens July 9-12 at Old Worthington Library.
There will be sessions about the Gold Rush and the sinking of the Titanic, and others told from the perspective of Martin Luther King, Jr.; author, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau; and Indian captive Olive Ann Oatman.
For a complete list of the library's summer programs, go to worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar.
Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.