Upcoming programs and events at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., are listed below.

Upcoming programs and events at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., are listed below.

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 614-231-2793 or visit bexleylibrary.org.

BABY SIGN LANGUAGE

Sign2Me Certified instructor Jennifer Savage will teach participants about the most important parts of the day -- snacks and mealtimes -- along with some back to school signs from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

Recommended for expectant parents and those of babies and toddlers birth to 18 months.

TOWN HALL ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Join Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, parents and community leaders to learn more about how substance abuse is affecting the community from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in Huntington Hall at Capital University, 1 College and Main.

Hear from experts and parents about signs and strategies for recognizing and preventing substance abuse.

TOLKIEN PROGRAM

In honor of the birthdays of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, a.k.a. "Hobbit Day," join Angus Fletcher, associate professor of English and film studies at Ohio State University, as he discusses his award-winning screenplay, Middle Earth, on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.

AUTHOR VISIT

Cara Mangini, the owner of Little Eater, a vegetable-inspired restaurant, produce stand, and artisinal foods boutique in Columbus' North Market, will visit from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Mangini's The Vegetable Butcher demystifies the world of vegetables and reveals how to select, prep, slice, dice and cook them, from artichokes to zucchini.

Offered in partnership with the Book Loft, copies of Mangini's cookbook will be available for purchase and signing.

BEXLEY'S TEST KITCHEN

Teens and tweens are invited to help us celebrate the 15th anniversary of famed public television show America's Test Kitchen from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

Participants will research with blind-taste testing whether brand name foods are better than store brands, and investigate the ingredients and nutritional differences of each.

CAN WE CAN IT? YES, WE CAN!

Learn how to preserve the results of a successful garden with Glass Rooster Cannery's Jeanine Seabrook from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Topics include various methods of safely canning both fruits and vegetables, including an introduction to the history of home preservation.