For the past 11 years, when the weather starts to cool down, Worthington Libraries initiates a warm up.

In previous years, the library's popular community service program, Warm Up Worthington, has mobilized the community to knit or crochet small blocks, which are sewn together to form blankets that are donated to area charities.

This year, a fun, new project has been added to the Warm Up Worthington series to help premature babies at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Whether you're new to knitting or a pro at crochet, plan to participate in Warm Up Worthington activities and help area families this winter.

Kickoff

Get the series started on Saturday, Sept. 9, during a kickoff event.

New to knitting or crochet? Folks will be on hand to get you started. If you're already a crafter, have a seat to work on your 7-by-9-inch quilt block and discuss your favorite crafts.

If you don't have time to stay or prefer to work on your own, stop in for a starter kit (including yarn) during this event, planned from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

Amigurumi

A new addition to the Warm Up Worthington lineup helps premature babies at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Learn the basics of making amigurumi, which are knitted or crocheted stuffed animals. Join us from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, and get started on an adorable octopus.

You can decide to keep your finished project or donate it to the hospital.

For this program, crocheting experience is recommended. Bring 100 percent cotton yarn and 2-2.5 millimeter hooks.

Blanket Bee

The final Warm Up Worthington event is scheduled Nov. 11.

Bring your imagination and work with other crafters to build beautiful blankets from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Old Worthington Library. Hats, scarves and mittens will be accepted for donation.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.