Director's Message - Summer 2014

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014, 9:11 am

Just as the school year is winding down, things are heating up at Worthington Libraries. Summer is our busiest time of year!

The library's summer reading program begins Saturday, May 31 with the theme of Choose Your Own Journey. After partnering with the wonderful Columbus Clippers for the Summer Reading League over the last three years, we decided it was time for something new.

This year's program is for children, teens and adults. In addition to reading, participants can also earn completion points by attending a library program or completing a take-home activity. In this way, we've begun to emphasize learning in a variety of ways— especially learning by doing. This helps to reinforce the nationwide focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning. The Library embraces this with an additional "A" for Art, thus STEAM.

And, we're moving full steam ahead with other initiatives as well.

Starting in this programming quarter and going forward, we're offering new technology programs. In June, you can learn more about social media with Instagram and Tumblr 101. During the same month, you can find out how to load your e-reader with books for vacation with e-On the Road. If there's a particular technology you'd like to know more about, please let us know!

Although investigating new technologies speaks to the future, part of the library's role is to remember and document the past— and it's even better when the two are combined!

We're working on a new version of our Worthington Memory website, an online scrapbook of Worthington history, which will hopefully roll out by the end of this calendar year.

In addition, we're bringing the past alive this summer when we partner with the Ohio Humanities and the McConnell Arts Center (MAC) to present Chautauqua in Worthington (PDF), July 8-12. Don't miss this five-day celebration of journey stories, including youth and adult workshops and evening performances by scholar-actors under the big tent at the MAC. All Chautauqua programs are free.

Have a great summer!

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