Get back in the stacks and support Worthington Libraries during the third annual Books and Brews, an after-hours event presented by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries.

On Nov. 3, you'll be treated to seven to eight tastings of high-quality Ohio craft beer, including samples from Cavalier Distributing, Wolf's Ridge, Seventh Son, Zaftig, Rhinegeist and Rockmill. Brewery representatives will be available to answer questions, if you have questions about what you're quaffing.

In addition to beer (and wine, for those who prefer grapes to grains), there will also be food from area restaurants, live music and a silent auction, plus a beer trivia contest. The fundraiser is planned from 7-10 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

A near-capacity crowd attended last year's successful event. In addition to the money received

from people who joined the Friends just to attend, $4,000 in net proceeds was raised to support library programs.

Tickets for Books and Brews are $30 for members of the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries; $40 for nonmembers. Those who join the Friends to attend this event will receive a commemorative beer glass. You must be 21 years old to purchase tickets. Go to and search for "Books and Brews."

The Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries provides nearly $60,000 to support the Library.

Thanks to the Friends, there are homework help centers at all three library locations, and area families are annually treated to outstanding music series at both Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library.

The organization also fully funds the library's annual summer reading club.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.