The first official day of autumn is a month away, but Worthington Libraries staff members couldn't wait to share just a few of the exciting programs planned.

For a complete list, go to worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar.

Freedom Riders exhibit

The library will host the national traveling exhibition Freedom Riders, which looks at six months in 1961 when more than 400 courageous Americans – old and young, black and white, men and women, Northern and Southern – risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities in the South.

The exhibition will be on display Sept. 26 to Oct. 24 at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., during regular hours.

The exhibition explores the little-known grassroots movement, and explains how the Freedom Riders' selfless actions laid the groundwork for some of the most important civil-rights legislation in our nation's history. A number of special programs have been planned in conjunction with the exhibit, including re-enactments and a screening of the "Freedom Riders" PBS documentary.

In the Kitchen

Fall provides a bountiful harvest of juicy apples, hearty greens and crunchy root vegetables. Meals from the Market sessions are don't-miss cooking demonstrations at which Cameron Mitchell Restaurants chefs will incorporate fresh fall produce into classic recipes.

Demonstrations are planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4, Oct. 30 and Nov. 8 at Old Worthington Library.

Registration, which is required, starts Aug. 21; go to worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar/register or call 614-807-2626.

This series is presented in partnership with the Worthington Resource Pantry, the Worthington Farmers Market and Wayward Seed Farm.

Books and Brews IV

This after-hours event, organized by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, will feature tastings of high quality Ohio craft beer from some new breweries, plus food from local restaurants, an expanded silent auction and a beer-trivia contest. Books and Brews sold out last year, so purchase your tickets – $35 for foundation members, $45 for all others – early.

To buy tickets, go to eventbrite.com and search for "Books and Brews." Attendees must be 21 to attend the event, planned from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 at Old Worthington Library.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.