Upcoming library programs

(Posted Sept. 4, 2018)

Madison County’s libraries offer a wide array of educational, informational, and entertaining programs. Check out what’s coming up at a library near you.


Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library is located at 270 Lilly Chapel Road in West Jefferson. For details on the following programs, call (614) 879-8448 or visit www.hbmlibrary.org.

  • Closed. The library will be closed Sept. 3 for Labor Day.
  • Halloween Costume Drive. Beginning Sept. 4 and continuing through the end of the month, the library is serving as a drop-off point for new and gently used Halloween costumes. Anyone in need of a costume can stop by and pick one up in October. Call the library for details.
  • Storytimes. Storytimes are back on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The theme for Sept. 5 is “back to school.”
  • Tissue Paper Art for Adults. Make colorful art in a relaxed atmosphere at 6 p.m. Sept. 6.
  • Bookmarks. During the month of September, the library will have miniature bookmarks available to color and laminate.


London Library

London Public Library is located at 20 E. First St. For details on the following programs, call (740) 852-9543 or visit www.mylondonlibrary.org.

  • Levi at the Library. Register your child for a 10-minute time slot in which they read to Levi, a certified therapy dog. Levi visits the library every Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Library Board. The board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 10.
  • Story Times. Toddler Time runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and features stories, songs and fingerplays for ages 0-3 years old. Preschool Story Time runs from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and features stories, songs, fingerplays and a letter project for ages 3-6 years old.
  • Book Club. The group will discuss “Everything I Never Told You” by Celest Ng at 7 p.m. Sept. 11.
  • Play Date. This book-themed hour of socializing, messy art, toys, and sensory table fun is set for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13. Caregivers must be present the entire time their child is at the library.
  • ABCs of Movement. Children ages 3-7 can practice the alphabet through movement from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Sept. 13. Participants will work on letter sounds, writing letters, and gross motor skills.
  • Bring the Farm to You. At 11 a.m. Sept. 15, experience real farm life with chickens, ducks, rabbits, turkeys, sheep, goats, and the cutest pig ever. Pet the animals and find out everything you want to know about them.
  • Moana Party. Meet Disney princess character Moana at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17. She will read her story, sing a song, and teach hula dance moves. A meet-and-greet after the program will allow for picture opportunities.
  • Cookbook Club. Do you love trying new recipes and sharing dishes? Do you love browsing cookbooks and eating food with your friends? Then cookbook book club is for you. The library picks the cookbook or cookbook author and reserves copies for pick-up. Participants choose and make the recipe of their choice, then we gather on the third Wednesday of the month to share dishes. The next session is at 7 p.m. Sept. 19.


Mount Sterling Library

Mount Sterling Public Library is located at 60 W. Columbus St. For details on the following programs, call (740) 869-2430 or visit www.mtsterlingpubliclibrary.org.

  • Bookmobile. The fall schedule begins Sept. 5. The bookmobile will visit Madison-Plains schools on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The school stops are not open to the public. The bookmobile will visit South Solon on Sept. 5 from 3 to 3:30 p.m., then Midway on Sept. 12 from 3 to 3:30 p.m., starting an alternating weekly schedule between the two communities. Stops are open to the public. To request items to be brought to these locations, order with your library card on your account at mtsterlingpubliclibrary.org or call the library.
  • Storytime. Storytimes return on Sept. 10 and will be held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. For children ages 2-5 years old.
  • Around Town Book Club. The group will meet at 7 p.m. the last Thursday of the month on the library’s main level. Call the library for this month’s book selection.
  • Library and Museum Boards. The boards will meet at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 13 in the library’s community room. Meetings are open to the public.
  • Friends of the Library. The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in the library’s lower level. Members will discuss the upcoming sip-and-paint party and next year’s Victorian tea. Anyone is welcome to join the group; there are no membership fees.
  • Mount Sterling Community Museum. The museum is located on the library’s lower level. For details or to make appointments outside of regular hours, contact Steve Chambers, director, at (740) 869-9305.


Plain City Library

Plain City Library is located at 305 W. Main St. For details on the following programs, call (614) 873-4912 or visit www.plaincitylib.org/calendar.

  • Storytimes. Toddler storytimes (ages 18-36 months old) start Sept. 5 and continue on Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Preschool storytimes (ages 3-6 years old) start Sept. 5 and continue on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. All-ages storytimes (ages 6 and younger) start Sept. 10 and continue on Mondays, 10-10:30 a.m. Baby Lapsit storytimes (ages 6-18 months old) start Sept. 10 and continue on Mondays, 11 a.m.
  • IMake. Drop in and create, invent, and explore with a different hands-on project every Wednesday from 3:15-4:30 p.m. On Sept. 12, use a 3Doodler 3-D printing pen to lift your imagination off the page. Trace shapes from templates or freestyle sketch your own creation. On Sept. 19, create working circuit boards like the ones found in televisions, radios and other electronic devices. Projects include a sound-activated switch, a musical doorbell, a voice-controlled lamp, a flying saucer and a light police siren. On Sept. 26, build a device to blast a marshmallow across the room.
  • Library Board. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17.
  • Friends of the Library. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 19.
  • Harry Potter Escape Room. Try to break out of the library’s Harry Potter-themed escape room and retrieve the Sorcerer’s Stone on Sept. 25. Time slots are available between 6:15 and 8:30 p.m. The program is open to ages 18 and older. Potter-themed activities and light snacks will be available before and after you go through the escape room. Registration is required.


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