Author Talks at Main Library
Join us for our speaker series that brings engaging national authors to Main Library, free and open to all.
Jane Smiley
Sunday, Jan. 28 | 2 p.m.
Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres, has an array of novels, short stories and nonfiction books in her collection, including the critically acclaimed biography Charles Dickens. Author Book List


David Levithan
Friday, March 9 | 7 p.m.
Young adult fiction author David Levithan has written numerous works including New York Times bestselling novels Every Day and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Presented in collaboration with Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, which is debuting a choral concert based on Levithan’s novel, Two Boys Kissing, March 10-11. Author Book List
Registration opens Jan. 26.
Sandra Cisneros
Sunday, May 20 | 2 p.m.
Sandra Cisneros is a Latin-American writer best known for her classic coming-of-age novel The House on Mango Street, which has been translated into more than 20 languages. She received a National Medal of Arts for Literature in September 2016 for exploring issues of race, class and gender through the lives of ordinary people across multiple cultures. Author Book List
Registration opens April 6.
Terry McMillan
Sunday, Sept. 9 | 2 p.m.
Known for writing strong black female protagonists, Terry McMillan is the bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale. Her real-life stories of courage, determination and the bond of sisterhood translate into beloved bestsellers and major motion pictures. Author Book List
Registration opens July 27.

at Main Library
Join us for fun and educational programs for the whole family. All events are free and open to all.
Cellos in the Atrium Sunday, Feb. 11
2 p.m.

Side-by-side chamber music performance by central Ohio’s brightest rising cellists from CELLOhio and Columbus Cello School. Grab a book and listen to Bach.

Urban Strings Concert Sunday, Feb. 25
3 p.m.

Youth string ensembles perform inspiring and upbeat music from popular African-American composers and arrangers in celebration of Black History Month.

ProMusica Quartet in the Atrium Sunday, April 8
3 p.m.

Musicians link classical music and children’s literature for family concerts that focus on themes of music and offer a display of books and stories for all ages.

Jack and the Beanstalk Performance Thursday, April 12
11 a.m.

Opera Columbus performs a modern version of this classic fairytale featuring Jack, his magic beans and the Giant.

Summer Reading Club Kickoff Saturday, June 2
10 a.m. - Noon

Join us for activities to kick off Summer Reading Club, when readers of all ages can earn prizes while completing reading goals. Includes two special performances by musician and storyteller Jim Gill!

PBJ & Jazz in the Topiary Park Family Concert Series Second Saturdays, June - Sept.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Enjoy storytime in the library followed by a lively outdoor jazz concert and a creative craft activity. Bring your picnic lunch and a blanket!

Book to Film Outdoor Movie Series Fourth Saturdays, June-Aug.

Bring a blanket or camp chairs and watch a family-friendly movie under the stars in Topiary Park!

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Saturday, Sept. 29
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30
1 - 5 p.m.

The international comics and cartoon festival visits Main Library for a third year. Meet popular children’s and teen graphic artists, shop the Marketplace for original art, mini-comics, graphic novels and signed works and hear from popular artists during panel discussions. 

Hands On Chemistry Saturday, Oct. 27
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The American Chemistry Society brings science to life with hands-on demos about physical, earth and space sciences in “Chemistry is Out of This World”.

Holiday Open House Wednesday, Nov. 28
6 - 8 p.m.

See the official launch of the Huntington Holiday Train! Create holiday crafts and enjoy live music and refreshments. Special guests.