Despite increasing prices, libraries remain a great value. That's especially true this summer when so many hands-on workshops are planned for free in conjunction with Worthington Libraries' summer reading-club theme.

During the Artful Summer, the library will become a creation station, at which experts will lead sessions on sculpting, painting and drawing.

Oh, don't worry, there still will be plenty of opportunities for you and your children or grandchildren to meet animals, talk books and play games. A list of summer events can be found at

All ages can participate in the library's art-themed summer adventure. Show off your arts smarts by turning books and fun activities into great prizes. Raffles held each week mean you can get the goods as you go -- no waiting until the end. Items up for grabs include color-it-yourself drawstring bags, coupons for free food, mini tablets and bikes.

Research shows that reading 200 pages per week -- that's only 29 pages per day -- increases student achievement and promotes cognitive growth. Kids who spend just 30 minutes a day over the summer reading, and then discussing what they've read, are better prepared when school resumes in the fall.

Registration for the Artful Summer starts Tuesday, May 30. Sign up your whole family on that date at or at any library location.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.