Southwest Public Libraries’ mission is to serve as the community’s center for lifelong learning.

With storytimes and other activities, the SPL staff works hard to instill in children a love of reading and learning as early as possible.

But learning and engaging the mind do not end with childhood. The library also works to offer engaging materials and programs that educate and inspire adults.

At SPL’s Grove City and Westland branches, the reference and adult services departments have scheduled several events and programs for March that are geared toward the library’s grown-up patrons.

If you are artistically inclined, Grove City Library has three programs to encourage creativity. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 12, the reference department will host a coloring session. Traditional coloring pages and cardstock bookmarks will be available for adults looking for a quiet evening. Supplies and refreshments will be provided.

At 7 p.m. March 14, Art Mad Labs returns. Staffers will provide the paper and a marker, along with a random drawing prompt, such as Harry Potter playing corn hole in Las Vegas. Then, the clock starts and you must draw something related to the prompt. It’s wacky and wild as teams try to guess what each has drawn.

If drawing or coloring does not suit you, how about paper crafts? Learn to make paper flowers at 7 p.m. March 28. Just in time for spring, these paper creations can help brighten up the day. Register by March 25 by calling 614-875-6716, ext. 503.

The Westland Area Library also will offer a spring craft program. At 6:30 p.m. March 12, a Spring Carrot Craft program will take place. Easily craft a carrot or two with newspaper, tape and twine. Registration is required for this program. Sign up at the reference desk or call 614-878-1301, ext. 603.

Both Westland and Grove City libraries’ book discussion groups for adults will meet in the coming month. Let’s Talk About… will consider “The Boat Rocker” by Ha Jin at 6:30 p.m. March 7 at the Westland Area Library. The New Horizons Book Group will discuss “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden at 6:30 p.m. March 22 at Grove City Library.

There is also Grove City Library’s military history program. The next symposium will be at 7 p.m. March 15. Local author Jeffrey Owens will discuss the involvement of Poland and Yugoslavia in World War II, the contributions people made and the hardships they endured.

Also at 7 p.m. March 15, Westland Area Library will host Retro Video Game Night. Step back in time to play some classic video games and talk with fellow gamers about everything Atari, Nintendo, Sega and more. Children are invited to take part with parental supervision.

Mark Dubovec is communications manager for Southwest Public Libraries. Contact him at