Inspiring news for and about Central Ohio parents

Cover to Cover has started a new chapter in Upper Arlington. Original owners Sally Oddi and Carl King retired in June 2017 and sold the children's bookstore—a longtime Clintonville fixture—to Melia Wolf, who opened the new location in January. The shop, 2116 Arlington Ave., features regular storytimes and was scheduled to host a Jan. 21 visit with New York Times bestselling author Jon Scieszka, whose books include “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!” and the Frank Einstein series. Learn more at covertocoverchildrensbooks.com.

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Central Ohio children can now recreate part of the journey taken by Dorothy Gale and her friends, without even leaving their home state. The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit made its Ohio debut Jan. 12 at Easton. Visitors can see the traveling museum show—the first licensed exhibit of its kind—on the second level of the Easton Station Building through March 25. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Find out more at eastontowncenter.com/events.

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Special-needs students have a new facility designed just for them. Lyndsey and Kirk Vidra opened the state's first We Rock the Spectrum gym in Lewis Center in December. The California-based company has nearly 50 franchises that provide sensory-safe open play and classes for children with autism and special needs as well as typically developing peers. Find the gym at 1250 E. Powell Road and at werockthespectrumcolumbus.com.

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Columbus Metropolitan Library will observe Black History Month with numerous special events throughout the system. The programs, scheduled between Feb. 1 and 28, include storytimes, music, magic and a scavenger hunt. Find the schedule at columbuslibrary.org.

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