Author Talks at Main Library
Join us for our speaker series that brings engaging national authors to Main Library, free and open to all.
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


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.
Jane Smiley
Sunday, Jan. 28
Jane Smiley spoke to a crowd of nearly 400 avid readers. She answered questions from the audience, did a reading of her work and signed books for her fans. Thanks to all who joined us at Main Library for the kickoff of our 2018 Carnegie Author Series.
David Levithan
Friday, March 9
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 the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, which is debuting a choral concert based on Levithan’s novel, Two Boys Kissing, March 10-11. 

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Join us for a discussion about great books and authors before each of our Carnegie Author Series author talks. Our panel of staff experts will talk about the upcoming author’s books, introduce you to authors with similar styles and themes, plus share new books coming to our shelves.

Book Discussion

Wednesday, May 9
7 p.m.

  • Sandra Cisneros’ books and poetry
  • New American fiction, working-class characters
  • Latina and female authors

Book Discussion

Wednesday, Aug. 29
7 p.m.

  • Terry McMillan’s books
  • Strong female characters
  • African-American authors and subjects

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Join us for fun and educational programs for the whole family. All events are free and open to all.
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.
RSVP here.

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

Join us for activities to kick off Summer Reading Challenge, 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!

Topiary Park Summer Movie Series Last 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.