The community will have a variety of opportunities to explore the books of Bexley Community Book Club's 2016 Selected Author, Jacqueline Woodson, prior to her Dec. 1 visit to Bexley High School.

The community will have a variety of opportunities to explore the books of Bexley Community Book Club's 2016 Selected Author, Jacqueline Woodson, prior to her Dec. 1 visit to Bexley High School.

Bexley students will read and discuss the author's work in their classes. In addition, the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., and Thurber House have collaborated on a series of free public workshops intended to encourage discussion of Woodson's work as well as stimulate writing, reading and lifelong learning.

Woodson, an author of literature for children and adults, received the 2014 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Scheduled events, all at the library, include:

* Poetry Writing Workshop for Adults with Thurber House and Charlene Fix -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Fix, professor of literature and creative writing at the Columbus College of Art and Design, will provide practical writing steps for 20 participants. Register by calling 614-231-2793.

* Battle of the Books: Jacqueline Woodson -- 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 16. Participants in grades 4-6 are asked to read Woodson's "Brown Girl Dreaming," "Locomotion" and "Feathers" then battle in trivia. Food and prizes will be included, with no registration necessary.

Poetry Workshop with Thurber House -- 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17. Teachers from Thurber House will lead a poetry writing workshop for 20 fourth- through sixth-graders. To register, stop by the youth services desk or call 614-231-2878.

As part of her December visit, Woodson will spend time with Bexley students during the day and give a community presentation at 7:30 p.m at Bexley High School. The evening presentation will be free and open to the public, under the exclusive sponsorship of Giant Eagle.

Woodson, who was born in Columbus writes about characters from a variety of races, ethnicities and social classes. Woodson's books also feature strong female characters and she often writes about friendship between girls.

Now in its ninth year, the Bexley Community Book Club, a program of the Bexley Education Foundation, encourages a yearlong community read of the works of a selected author that culminates in a visit. Past selected authors include James McBride, Russell Banks, Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Safran Foer, Billy Collins, Ann Patchett, Tobias Wolff and Pete Hamill.

For more information, go to bexleyeducationfoundation.org.