Upcoming library events around the county

(Posted Oct. 31, 2019)

So much to do at Madison County’s libraries!


Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library is located at 270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson. For details, call (614) 879-8448 or visit www.hbmlibrary.org/.

  • Storytimes. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Booklovers. The group will discuss “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” by Michael Finkel at 4 p.m. Nov. 4.
  • Teen STEAM: International Foods. Taste snacks from other countries at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Registration is required.
  • Let’s Paint! Watercolor 101. Set for 11 a.m. Nov. 9, this is a beginners class for adults who would like to learn the tricks of the trade. Registration is required.

London Library

London Public Library is located at 20 E. First St. Call (740) 852-9543 or go to www.mylondonlibrary.org for details.

  • Mister Pickles’ Jarful of Fun. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Mister Pickles will bring his brand of music, magic and laughter to kids of all ages. There’s nothing sour about this show. As a matter of fact, it’s a really big “dill!”
  • Levi at the Library. Register your child for a 10-minute time slot in which they will read a story to certified therapy dog. Time slots are available between 4 and 5 p.m. Nov. 5. Levi is a nonjudgmental listener who will encourage children to read and help struggling readers find confidence.
  • Situational Awareness for Women. This program is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Criminals are looking for an easy target. Learn how not to look like one. Learn how to recognize threats in advance and gain the crucial seconds necessary to escape. Know how to recognize good forms of cover, barriers, concealment and how to use them to your advantage. Don’t be caught off-guard and risk becoming a victim. Judi Phelps, the program presenter, is president and owner of On Guard Defense Training Center & Shooting Range in Hocking Hills. Phelps is a certified instructor in a variety of unarmed and armed self-defense disciplines. This program is for women and girls ages 8 and older.
  • ABCs of Movement. From 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Nov. 7, children ages 3-6 can practice the alphabet through movement. They will work on letter sounds, writing letters, and gross motor skills.
  • Balloon Mystery Magic Show. Pop! Boom! Bang! Where did all our balloons go? It’s a mystery waiting to be solved. At 11 a.m. Nov.9, put on your detective hats and grab your magnifying glass for this comedy magic show. Erica Carlson and the kids will laugh and search for prickly clues as they try to find “Sedgie the Hedgie.” A hedgehog show-and-share time will follow the magic show.
  • Storytimes. Toddler Time for ages 0-3, 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 11 a.m. Tuesdays.
  • Play Date. Book-themed hour of socializing, messy art, toys, and sensory table fun, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Caregivers must be present the entire time.

Mount Sterling Library

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

  • Storytimes. Sessions take place at 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to enjoy activities, stories and snacks.
  • Bookmobile. From 3:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 6, the bookmobile will make its last visit of the season to the South Solon Grace Church parking lot. After that, items that need to be picked up or returned will be handled by a library staffer in his or her own vehicle. The bookmobile does not make routine visits in the winter months.
  • Around Town Book Club. The group will hold its annual Christmas gathering at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in front of the lobby fireplace at Deer Creek Lodge. Bring a pre-read, wrapped book to exchange. The group will discuss “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Refreshments will be served.
  • Victorian Tea. The Friends of the Library will hold a Victorian Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Mount Sterling First United Church, 110 S. London St. Tickets will go on sale at the library in December.
  • 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 mtsterlingcommunitymuseum@gmail.com.

Plain City Library

Plain City Library is located at 305 W. Main St. For details or to register for a program, call (614) 873-4912 or visit www.plaincitylib.org/.

  • 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. Upcoming projects include coding with otley robots, 3D pens, button making and a LEGO Challenge. No registration is required. Visit plaincitylib.org/imake for the full project schedule.
  • Chuck Pumpkins. Bring your pumpkin to the St. Joseph Parish Activity Center at 670 W. Main St., Plain City, on Nov. 5 to have its turn on the library’s catapult! The librarians will be launching pumpkins between 2 and 3 p.m. and 6 and 7 p.m. as part of their “Librarians on the Loose!” video series project.
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