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In parks across town, mini treehouses and tiny make-believe creatures have moved in. Can you find them all? The installations are part of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department's project "Find Me In The Park: It's TREEmendous!" Five local artists crafted tiny treehouses that were then set up in trees at Whetstone, Goodale, Westgate, Wolfe and Schiller parks. Maps to find the magic are available at or at several Fifth Third Bank locations across town (the bank helped sponsor the program). The whimsical, pint-sized buildings and their fictional inhabitants will remain through Sept. 20 until, presumably, the Lilliputian residents migrate south for the winter.

The year-old junior roller-derby program Clintonville Killer Dollz is accepting future rabble-rousers on wheels! Girls ages 7 to 17 can sign up for the program, during which they will learn how to skate and play roller derby. The goal of the program is to provide the next generation a love for the sport and to offer an athletic outlet, as well as a self-esteem builder, to girls who might not feel like school sports are for them. All skill levels are welcome.

Checking out books at Worthington Libraries just got even easier. This summer the system launched a free self-checkout app for smartphones. The app allows users to scan bar codes and check out books themselves without having to wait in line with antsy kids. Also available are e-book and digital media downloads, library staff chats and a calendar with upcoming reading events. Just search for "Worthington Libraries" in the iTunes App Store or Android Market.

Crafty kids and parents should look into Igloo Letterpress' class offerings. The Worthington stationery store, which is working on a move to a larger space just around the corner on High Street, has a range of classes for the whole family, such as a custom letterpress poster workshop, a hardcover journal-binding workshop, and, our personal favorite, a make-your-own Tardis journal workshop (inspired by Doctor Who's famous blue time machine).