Author Talks at Main Library
Join us for our speaker series that brings engaging national authors to Main Library, free and open to all.
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. He spoke to an audience of over 500 adults and teens at the May 9 author talk. Presented in collaboration with the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, the event kicked off with a choral performance.
Sandra Cisneros
Sunday, May 20
Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working class. At her May 20 author talk, she read passages from Caramelo and various works of poetry and told stories of her life and work.

at Main Library
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, Aug. 29
7 p.m.

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

at Main Library
Join us for fun and educational programs for the whole family. All events are free and open to all.
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. See the movie lineup here.

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! View the concert schedule here.

Music in the Atrium Sunday, July 22
2 p.m.

Members of the Columbus Symphony’s clarinet and string sections perform celebrated chamber music by Mozart, Debussy and Rebecca Clarke.

Music in the Atrium Sunday, Aug. 12
3 p.m.

ProMusica Summer Music Series includes a string quartet family concert that links classical music to children’s literature.

International Latino Book Fair Ohio 2018 Saturday, Sept. 15
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Meet 50+ Latino writers from around the world and attend author sessions. Browse books in Spanish, participate in children’s activities and join Spanish Storytimes. More information here.

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. More information here.

Eric Litwin in Concert Thursday, Oct. 4
10:30 a.m.

Dance, sing and read at this high-energy family concert. School and daycare groups welcome.

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. We’ll welcome special guests.