Book it at Worthington Libraries for a seasonal stroll

The Worthington Libraries Story Walks, which we launched in 2021 as a way to deliver socially distanced programming, have been a great success. It’s fun for library staff to see families gathered in the north parking lot of the Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., where all the walks begin, reading the first pages of the latest book featured hanging in the room’s windows. of meeting.

If you’re new to Story Strolls, here’s what happens: A seasonal picture book is chosen to feature for a month, and downtown Worthington businesses agree to hang individual pages from it in their windows overlooking High Street. Maps of the full route, available from the Old Worthington Library, can be picked up by families or anyone interested in strolling from business to business, reading the pages. Maps can also be downloaded from the library website,

Although we’ve only been doing this for a year, the Story Strolls have included some amazing books, like “Natsumi’s Song of Summer”, “Pick A Pumpkin”, “A Sled for Gabo”, “Best Day Ever!” and “Jabari Jumps”.

In October, “Halloween Is Coming” will premiere. The story, by Cal Everett, is told in rhyme and guides readers through all the preparations for Halloween, from the first signs of fall to picking out a costume and sleight of hand. The book is a celebration of the excitement kids – and adults – feel as Halloween approaches.

For the first time, a Commented Walk will accompany this book. At 10 a.m. on October 1, Halloween lovers of all ages are encouraged to meet at the Old Worthington Library and join library staff for a stroll through downtown, reading the pages of the Halloween Book. pictures and completing the accompanying early literacy prompts.

The event is free and does not require registration.

Hillary Kline is a Communications Specialist for Worthington Libraries.

Library Notes

  • Guided History Walk, from 10 a.m. to noon on October 1 at the Old Worthington Library. Patrons can join library staff for a stroll through downtown Worthington, reading the pages of the “Halloween Is Coming” picture book, which hang in storefronts.
  • Car seat safety check, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 1 at the North West Library. Technicians certified by Columbus Public Health’s Childhood Injury Prevention Program will perform car seat checks. Appointments are recommended; call 614-645-7748.
  • Jeffers Mound, Native History in Our Backyard, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on October 4 at the Old Worthington Library. A panel of local experts will discuss Jeffers Mound, a Native American burial mound of the Hopewell tradition, located in Worthington.
  • talkers10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. October 5 at Old Worthington Library. A Columbus Speech and Hearing Center speech-language pathologist will answer parents’ questions about their young child’s verbal skills.
  • bad night art, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on October 5 at the North West Library. All supplies will be provided for a family-friendly outdoor art session.
  • Conversations at the high table, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on October 6 at the Worthington Park Library. Throughout the Ohio Center, initiated by the Columbus Foundation, a number of organizations are hosting conversations among community members. The same program will take place at the Northwest Library from 7-8 p.m. on October 6. Registration is required for both sessions.
  • book sale, October 7-9 at the Old Worthington Library. Sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, sales hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 7 and 8, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on October 9.

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