Programs and events at Madison County’s libraries

(Posted Sept. 5, 2019)

Here’s what’s happening at libraries around Madison County.


Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library is located at 270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson. Call (614) 879-8448 or visit

  • Storytimes. Sessions are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Booklovers. The group will discuss “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann at 4 p.m. Sept. 9.
  • Program To Go. “Lunar Harvest”-themed programs-to-go now available.
  • Halloween Costume Drive. Drop off new or gently used Halloween costumes at the library in September. Anyone who needs a costume can pick one up starting in October.

London Library

London Public Library is located at 20 E. First St. Call (740) 852-9543 or visit

  • Library Board Meeting. 5 p.m. Sept. 9.
  • Storytimes. On Sept. 10, Toddler Time for ages 0-3 is at 10 a.m. Preschool Storytime for ages 3-6 is at 11 a.m.
  • Book Club. The group will discuss “In My Father’s House” by Fox Butterfield at 7 p.m. Sept. 10.
  • Play Date. At 10:30 a.m. Sept. 12, children are invited to take part in a book-themed hour of socializing, messy art, toys and sensory table fun. Caregivers must be present.
  • ABCs of Movement. Children ages 3-6 can practice the alphabet through movement at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

Mount Sterling Public Library

Mount Sterling Public Library is located at 60 W. Columbus St. Call (740) 869-2430 or visit

  • Storytimes. Sessions take place at 10:30 a.m. Mondays starting Sept. 9. Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to enjoy activities, stories and snacks.
  • Friends of the Library. The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 to discuss event plans for the remainder of the year. New members are welcome.
  • Bookmobile. The bookmobile runs on Wednesdays from mid-September through mid-November, alternating between two locations–South Solon Grace Church and the Midway shelter house. The rotation starts with South Solon on Sept. 11. The time is 1:45-2:15 p.m.
  • Library and museum board meeting. The library and community museum boards will meet at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 12 in the library’s lower level. The groups will discuss budgeting and an upgrade to the main entrance to make it ADA compliant.
  • Mysteries at the Manor Club. The group will discuss “The Adventure of the Priory School” by Arthur Conan Doyle at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the home of Casey O’Neill, 15865 State Rte. 207, Mount Sterling. Tea and sweets will be served.
  • Around Town Book Club. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Lohstroh Family Farm. The library will provide cider, flavored milk, pumpkin bread and cookies. Members can purchase cider slushies and other goodies. A game is planned. Businesses interested in hosting the club should contact Melissa or Chris at the library.
  • Ladies Night Out. Watch a new movie release at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 on the library’s big screen. Bring a potluck dish to share. A door prize is given out every month.
  • Substance Abuse Program. On behalf of Ohio Attorney General David Yost’s Substance Abuse Collaborative, the library will present “Equip Yourself to Fight Addiction” at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St. Pastor Greg Delaney and Dr. Beth Delaney, DNP, will talk about resources and practical tools for fighting addiction.
  • Kids Cooking Club. The new Batters, Splatters & Platters Kids’ Cooking Club kicksoff at 6 p.m. Oct. 21. The club is open to children ages 6-12. Registration is required. Call the library to register. The club will meet the third Monday of the month in the library community room.
  • Teen Book Club. The new Teen Book Club will hold its first meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Open to youths ages 13-18, the group will discuss a new book on the last Tuesday of the month. For October, the selection is “Don’t Get Caught” by Kurt Dinan. The club will cover the young-adult genre; many books may contain mature and suggestive material.
  • Mount Sterling Community Museum. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The museum is located on the library’s lower level. Appointments outside of regular hours can be made by contacting director Steve Chambers at (740) 869-9305 or

Plain City Library

Plain City Library is located at 305 W. Main St. Call (614) 873-4912 or visit

  • IMake. Drop in to create, invent and explore with a different hands-on STEM project from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. each Tuesday starting Sept. 10. Upcoming projects include coding with otley robots, 3D pens, button making and a LEGO Challenge. No registration is required. Visit for the full project schedule.
  • LEGO Building Club. Children ages 12 and younger are invited to drop in between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14 to build and create with LEGO.
  • Batman Day. Meet Batman and The Joker as the library celebrates Batman Day and 80 years of Batman comics. The caped crusader and his nemesis will be available for photos from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sept. 14.
  • Scratch Computer Progamming. Learn the basics of Scratch computer programming from Plain City community member Doug Hyatt. This four-week course begins Sept. 16 and is open to middle school and junior high students. Students from previous computer classes will be on hand as peer tutors to share their experience and expertise. Registration is required.
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