Next month's Worthington Libraries community breakfast will be a celebration of the support and patience of Worthington Park Library patrons, as it marks the library's official opening following an almost 6,000-square-foot expansion.

Opened in 2008, Worthington Park Library occupied 5,280 square feet in the Worthington Park Shopping Centre. Focused on meeting the needs of children and families in the area, it housed a large children's collection and the system's first homework help center.

Although 3,100 square feet was added in 2013, the library at 1389 Worthington Centre Drive still was not large enough to provide the services, collection and other amenities available at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, and Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

Since 2008, Worthington Park Library's annual circulation has increased 110 percent, going from 312,903 items in 2009 – the first full year it was open – to 658,088 items in 2017. This increase in use brought a demand for other library services.

When a fitness center vacated space adjacent to the library last year, the Worthington Libraries board of trustees decided to act, embarking on a four-month construction project that creates an additional 5,800 square feet and gives the community the library it deserves.

Plan to join us for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. April 10 and take a spin around the newly expanded library to see all it has to offer – a larger meeting room, dedicated teen space, an expanded adult collection, a fireplace, group-study rooms and additional computers.

The community breakfast, sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, is free and open to all. For reservations, contact Theresa at 614-807-2610 or tmessenger@worthingtonlibraries.org.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.