For the past nine years, when the weather starts to cool down, Worthington Libraries initiates a warm up -- Warm Up Worthington.

For the past nine years, when the weather starts to cool down, Worthington Libraries initiates a warm up -- Warm Up Worthington.

The library's popular program mobilizes the community to knit or crochet 7-by-9" blocks, which are sewn together to form blankets that are donated to area charities. To date, more than 400 have been donated.

Whether you're new to knitting or a pro at crochet, plan to participate in Warm Up Worthington activities and help area families stay warm this winter.

Kick-off

Get the series started on Saturday, Sept. 19, during a kick-off event, where you can pick up starter kits, learn about this year's donation recipients -- the Choices Domestic Violence Shelter and the Worthington Resource Pantry -- and meet your fellow crafters from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

Blanket bees

Knit and crochet for a cause during Warm Up Worthington blanket bees. Bring your imagination and work with other crafters to build beautiful blankets. Help with layout, create finishing kits and weave blocks together into completed blankets.

Two blanket bees are planned: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road.

Blanket drop-off

Stop by Old Worthington Library starting at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12 to drop off the blankets you've been working on all season, and pick up last-minute finishing kits, if needed.

If you're unable to attend the above events, but still want to participate in Warm Up Worthington, consider donating worsted weight acrylic yarn or knitting needles for the blanket bees, or call 614-807-2626 to sign up to help put blocks together. You can also knit your own squares or 49-block blankets to donate (handmade hats, mittens and gloves are also welcome). Pick up templates and knitting instructions at any Worthington Libraries location.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.