Ready for a dose of spring?

Get it Sunday, March 11, when a trip to the library means getting a jump on the growing season and learning how to make your yard more beautiful, sustainable and better for wildlife.

During the program "Think Spring – Small Changes, Big Impact," which is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, the whole family is invited to visit with a number of nature-related organizations and do lots more besides.

The event kicks off a number of nature-oriented programs scheduled to coincide with the end of the Hard Road widening project, as well as the start of the spring planting season.

You can find out more about the programs, which include sessions led by a master gardener and a work day during which you're eligible for free plants, shrubs and trees, thanks to a Columbus Audubon grant.

Other "Think Spring" activities include:

* Under the supervision of Columbus Audubon representatives, children can make simple feeder logs or construct nesting boxes – for bluebirds, swallows and more.

* Members of the Worthington Hills Garden Club will have a limited number of mini terrariums for children to plant and easy-to-grow seeds that will provide food for butterflies.

* Want to know which plants will attract birds, pollinators and other wildlife to your yard? Find out from Franklin County Master Gardeners and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists.

* Does everyone in your family have cabin fever? Learn more about the nature programs planned by the Stratford Ecological Center, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, MAD Scientist Associates and the Ohio Wetlands Association.

* Find out how you can make your home and world more sustainable from representatives of the Columbus GreenSpot program and the Sierra Club.

Think Spring is planned in partnership with Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands. Members will be on hand to provide updates on the status of the wetlands and talk about upcoming programs.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.