What’s happening at libraries around the county

Cooper Gordon shows off the flower and bee paper craft he made during preschool storytime at Mount Sterling Public Library. Preschool storytime takes place on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and is open to children ages 2 to 5 years old.

(Posted April 18, 2024)

Check out what Madison County’s libraries have planned for next week and beyond.

London Public Library

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

  • Summer Reading T-Shirt Contest. Library patrons are invited to submit designs for this year’s Summer Reading Program t-shirts. The deadline to submit entries is April 30. Rules can be found on the library’s website or at the library.
  • Earth Day Goody Bags. Starting April 22, stop by the library to pick up an Earth Day goody bag filled with a Kraft Cover notebook, eco-friendly wood pencil, pollinator seed mix, herb seeds and growing guide, seedling pot plant starter, and plant labels. Available while supplies last.
  • Toddler Time. Ages 0-3 are invited to engage in stories, songs, and finger-plays April 23, 10-10:30 a.m.
  • Preschool Storytime. Ages 3-6 are invited to engage in stories, songs, finger-plays, and a weekly letter activity on April 23, 11-11:45 a.m. Pre-schoolers can practice the alphabet with a letter activity after the regular storytime.
  • Kindergarten Club. On April 25 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., children ages 3-6 can practice the alphabet and motor skills to prepare for kindergarten.
  • Guess the Number of Lids. Through April 30, guess the number of lids in the jar for a chance to win an eco-friendly prize. Jars are stationed in the Children’s Room, Teen Area, and at the circulation desk. The person with the closest guess will win the prize next to that jar.
  • Monster Jam Reading Program. Through April 27, children ages 2-12 can earn a free ticket to Monster Jam, happening April 26-27, just by reading five books. Participants must pick up a reading voucher at the library and have it stamped by library staff. It is only valid for showtimes listed on the back of the voucher. Reading vouchers may only be redeemed at Schottenstein Center prior to the performance date. A free ticket comes with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket.
  • Ringling Bros. Reading Program. Through May 11, children ages 2-12 can earn a free ticket to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, happening May 10-12, just by reading five books. Participants must pick up a reading voucher at the library and have it stamped by library staff. It is only valid for showtimes listed on the back of the voucher. Reading vouchers may only be redeemed at Schottenstein Center prior to the performance date. A free ticket comes with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket.
  • Technology Help Sessions. Have questions about your phone, laptop, or tablet? Register for a one-on-one 45-minute help session. Possible topics include how to search the internet, how to use email, how to use your phone, and how to use social media. Bring your device to your session. To register, call the library. Available every day by appointment only.

 

HBMLibrary

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

  • Storytime. Wednesdays and Friday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bookmark Contest. The library is hosting this contest in coordination with its upcoming Family Summer Reading Program. Submissions are due by April 30. Call or visit the library for details.
  • Garden Workshop for Adults. On May 4 at 11 a.m., make broken terra cotta pot gardens with Master Gardeners. Call the library to register.
  • Fairy Gardens for Teens. Middle school and high school students are invited to take part in this program on May 7 at 2:30 p.m. Call the library to register.
  • Prom Dress Drive. A free selection of prom dresses, suits, and accessories are available for students in the library lobby. Donations of new or gently used dresses are accepted at the information desk.

 

Mount Sterling Library

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

  • Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Mondays for ages 2-5 years old.
  • Around Town Book Club. The group will discuss “The Vanishing Half’” by Brit Bennett on April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Alkire home, 175 W. Columbus St., Mt. Sterling. Refreshments will be served, and a game or activity will happen after the discussion. No RSVP required. The club is open to adult men and women.
  • Ladies Night Out Movie. Watch “Asteroid City” (PG-13) on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. on the library’s big screen. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ladies only are invited to RSVP by calling the library or texting Melissa at (614) 315-7939. Seating is limited. Pizza, popcorn, cold drinks, and flavored coffees are provided. Bring a potluck dish to share.
  • Little Free Library Pantry. Anyone is welcome to donate or take books, non-perishable canned and boxed food items (unexpired and undamaged), pet food, and unopened hygiene items. The pantry is located across from the library and accessible around the clock, year-round.

 

Plain City Library

Plain City Public Library is located at 305 W. Main St. and online at www.plaincitylib.org. Call (614) 873-4912.

  • All Ages Storytime. Children ages 6 and younger are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and learning activities April 22, 10-10:30 a.m.
  • DIY Cricut Silhouettes. Teens and adults are invited to create a piece of wall decor using their own photos and the library’s Cricut Maker 3. Visit the library’s website to sign up for a time slot. Slots are available on April 23 between 2 and 7 p.m.
  • Build Your Own Zoetrope. Learn about the science of animation and optical illusions by creating an animated toy on April 25 at 4 p.m.
  • Nintendo Switch. Youths and teens are invited to visit the library on April 27 between 10:30 a.m. and noon to explore new games and meet other gamers. Bring your Nintendo Switch.
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