Three Out-of-Library Experiences


Looking for a more communal literary experience, or simply wanting to get out and explore? Here are three ways you can be bring the words into the world—when it’s safe to do so, of course.

Illustration by Zanna Goldhawk


Writer/librarian Amy Thornley plans to relaunch her reading retreats in 2021, a series of three-day weekends in the Hocking Hills centered around reading, writing, hiking, and group meals. Reading might be a solitary act, she says, but being a reader is a shared experience.

Ohio Literary Trail

Treat yourself to a self-guided tour of 61 literary-focused destinations and historical markers across the state. Local highlights include the Mercantile Library and Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati and Oxford’s McGuffey House, where the nation’s first widely used school textbooks were created.

Books by the Banks

The region’s key literary groups, libraries, and university writing programs collaborate to host this free book festival every October at the Duke Energy Convention Center, featuring signings and discussions with national, regional, and local authors and illustrators. Cancelled in 2020, BBTB plans to return in 2021.

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