Spring has arrived, and what better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with a picnic?

Grove City Library will host a Teddy Bear Picnic at 10:30 a.m. April 6. Guests can bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal, along with a blanket for this family storytime. There will be a story, snacks and crafts as participants make paper-bag bears. This program is for children of all ages.

Spring is the time of new beginnings. Whether you're looking to expand your knowledge, practice a beloved art or work in the garden, the library offers a relevant program.

April marks when the Battle of Okinawa began back in 1945. The Battle of Okinawa involved 83 days of hand-to-hand combat, and became the last major battle of World War II.

At 7 p.m. April 18, MSgt. Stephen Walter of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (retired) will lead a viewing of the History Channel's "Okinawa: The Final Battle of World War II" and a discussion of the pivotal battle.

Speaking of history, the Westland Area Library is partnering with Soapbox Cincinnati, Fresh Water Cleveland, Issue Media Group and the Ohio State Bar Foundation to host Civics Essential Game Hour at 6 p.m. April 15.

Guests can sharpen their civics knowledge during this fact-filled evening of civics trivia and gaming. Those who love "Jeopardy!," trivia or games in general are encouraged to bring friends and family for a fast-paced hour. Ohio Civics Essential is a strategic initiative to raise the civics knowledge of Ohio adults. There will be prizes.

Visit soapboxmedia.com or freshwatercleveland.com for more information, including practice quizzes and registration under "Series and Events."

Looking to work in the garden when the weather warms up? Westland Area Library's annual Earth Day Plant and Seed Exchange will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 22. Celebrate Earth Day by trading unwanted plants and seeds, and bring plant-related questions to be answered.

Grove City Library will also host three arts-and-crafts-centered programs in April. Adult Coloring will be at 7 p.m. April 10. Join us in the Grove City Library board room for a quiet evening of coloring.

Pages, bookmarks, colored pencils and light refreshments will be provided.

Drop-In Yarn Crafts will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 11. Browse some books for inspiration or consult with a hands-on expert. This program is open to all skill levels and yarn projects.

Black Out Poetry will be at 7 p.m. April 17. Join us for this celebration of Poetry Month, and let staff guide you through making poems from the pages of old books.

Mark Dubovec is communications manager for Southwest Public Libraries. Contact him at mdubovec@swpl.org.