When the weather outside is frightful, count on Worthington Libraries to make the season brighter.

With programs planned for every member of the family, no one will be left out in the cold this winter.

Holiday spirit

Just in time for holiday baking comes a fun workshop for adults Dec. 9 at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive.

Starting at 2:30 p.m., participants will design a cookie cutter to be printed on the library's 3-D printer. Registration is required; you may do so at worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar/register.

Also Dec. 9, an old-school winter singalong for all ages is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

Family Reading

Festival

If you're a parent, caregiver or teacher looking for ways to get children excited about reading, don't miss the Family Reading Festival -- it'll be packed with pointers, crafts, stories and costumed storybook characters.

You also will have the chance to connect with community agencies serving children and families at the event, which is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Shops at Worthington Place, 7227 N. High St.

Author visit:

Mindy McGinnis

This winter, the library's Hear & Now author series continues with a visit from young-adult author Mindy McGinnis.

Her presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., and tickets are available there now ($15 for adults and $10 for teens); by phone at 614-431-0329; and online at mcconnellarts.org.

February by the Fire

Old Worthington Library's popular music series, February by the Fire, will return on Friday afternoons this winter.

Performances are scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, the series lineup includes Sean Carney (Feb. 2), Dan Rowan (Feb. 9), Gayla Smith (Feb. 16) and Liz Woolley (Feb. 23).

For details, go to worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.