Shoveling the sidewalk, scraping your car, donning all manner of outdoor gear for a 10-second dash to grab the newspaper – aren't Ohio winters great?

In February, the library offers a light at the end of the cold, gray tunnel in the form of a Friday afternoon music series in the fireplace area of Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

What could be more relaxing at the end of a long winter week than to sit comfortably by a fire soaking up the sounds of some of central Ohio's most talented musicians?

The February by the Fire music series, coordinated in partnership with Jazz Arts Group, begins Friday, Feb. 2, with Sean Carney, whose talent as a blues guitarist and vocalist has earned him almost as much respect as his humble personality. Blues for a Cure, which he established in 2007, funds cancer research and survivor programs.

Whether your tastes follow the standard or lean toward more recent music, Dan Rowan, who plays piano at G. Michael's Bistro & Bar and Smith & Wollensky, won't disappoint. His performance is scheduled Feb. 9.

Although Gayla Smith has been performing music in central Ohio for more than 30 years, she'll make her February by the Fire debut Feb. 16. This talented pianist, guitarist and vocalist has a song list ranging from Billie Holiday to Bruno Mars.

The final performance of the 2018 season, Feb. 23, will showcase Liz Woolley, a musician and songwriter who has also lent her voice to many bluegrass, pop, hip-hop and folk recordings for various artists.

She also has released two solo jazz albums and one with the Liz Woolley Band.

Sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, the February by the Fire concerts, which start at 4 p.m., are designed for all ages.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.