Summer programs mix outdoor and online activities

Have you heard of the upcoming changes to your favorite library system?

We’re adding more in-person programming, bringing back comfortable seating, and making more computers available at every location in the library.

What doesn’t change is the same thoughtful thinking that goes into all of our decisions about your safety and that of our staff. Your continued patience is appreciated as we step out of the shadows of the pandemic and slowly return to the library you love.

Read on for more fun programs – some run outdoors and some online – we know you want them. For those who need to register, attendees can do so at

Storytelling hours

Storytelling hours are back and are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays in the backyard of the Northwest Library throughout the summer. With family or a preferred adult, kids 5 and under will enjoy stories, nursery rhymes, music and movement, starting at 10 a.m. at the Library, 2280 Hard Road.

As per Columbus Public Health recommendations, registration is required for each story hour.

Discussion book groups

The library’s two book discussion groups, Literary Libations and Let’s Dish, are planning outdoor meetings in July and August. The former will meet at 6:30 p.m. on July 14 and August 11 at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., while the latter will meet at 7 p.m. on July 26 and August 30 at the Northwest Library.

In case of bad weather, discussions will be held via Zoom, registration is therefore mandatory for everyone.

Games and leisure

Children between the ages of 9 and 17 can celebrate Harry Potter‘s birthday by entering a “Jeopardy” style quiz on July 27. The online event, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will feature anecdotes related to both the Harry Potter books and the movies. Registration is compulsory.

On July 28, teams of two to four people will compete against each other to see how many 100-piece puzzles they can complete in 60 minutes. The Jigsaw Puzzle Race starts at 6:30 p.m. in the backyard of the Northwest Library. Registration is required for the program, which is for ages 6 and up.

Hillary Kline is Communications Specialist for Worthington Libraries.

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