This story time is filled with stories, songs, fingerplays, and more to get toddlers singing and moving! Miss Melissa will share stories best suited for children 19 to 35 months old. We'll begin covering early learning concepts like counting and colors through fun fingerplays and rhymes.

Toddler Time Story Times:


 

Join Miss Melissa for a story time that will get babies bouncing and giggling! This lap-sit story time is perfect for babies ages birth - 18 months. There will be stories, songs, bounces, and rhymes to engage babies and caregivers.

Mother Goose Story Times:


 

Wednesday, November 11th at 7 pm

Way Library’s discussion series, the History Circle, led by Dr. Chelsea Griffis, Lecturer in History at the University of Toledo, continues on Wednesday, November 11th at 7 pm. The group will meet virtually via Zoom for a group discussion on the hit 1992 film, “A League of Their Own”.  The movie tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s.  Copies of the DVD will be available at Way Library.  Registration is required and the Zoom link will be sent to you at least 12 hours before the discussion.  Registration closes 12 hours before the start of the program.  Register online at waylibrary.info or by calling (419)874-3135, x119. 

https://waylibrary.libcal.com/event/7133859

 


Sunday, October 18th at 2 pm

Join Dr. Carole Bell and Dr. Nicole Jackson for a discussion of Alyssa Cole’s When No One is Watching on Sunday, October 18th at 2 pm.  From Dr. Bell’s recent review in “BookPage”: “Alyssa Cole’s latest triumph incorporates elements of both psychological thriller and social horror. Its finale is a bit macabre, much like Get Out, and there is a romantic subplot as well, just as there was in Hitchcock’s masterpiece. But Cole’s story is also highly original. She is drawing directly from today’s turbulent social currents and grim realities, crafting a nightmare from everyday terrors, both large and small.”  Join us for what is sure to be a lively and fascinating discussion of this new thriller and stay for the question and answer session where we will be joined by author Alyssa Cole. Registration is required and the Zoom link will be sent to you at least 12 hours before the discussion. Registration closes 12 hours before the start of the program. Register online at waylibrary.info or by calling (419)874-3135, x119.

https://waylibrary.libcal.com/event/7137144


 

Preschool story times are filled with award winning books, songs, finger plays and more! These stories are appropriate for all preschoolers. Join Miss Alisha, Miss Alyssa and Miss Crystal on Wednesdays with a new theme!

Preschool Story Times:


 

Looking for some fun activities to do at home? Way Public Library has a variety of programs targeted toward elementary and intermediate audiences!

The Bookaneers Online Book Club for ages 8-12 will meet Thursday, November 5th at 4:15PM via Zoom to discuss Bunnicula by James Howe. Registration on our website is now open!

*NEW* STEAM Challenge: Make a Fidget Toy for Crankenstein: How can we calm down Crankenstein? We'll read Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Then we'll create a fidget toy to help our Crankenstein. Materials for the craft are available at Way Public Library from Oct 12-Nov 16, 2020.

STEAM Challenge: Takeoff: Miss Alyssa shares two airborne STEAM projects and a space story in this video for elementary children! The supplies may be available at the library for pick up from 9/14/20-10/12/20.

STEAM Create: Paper Mushrooms: Miss Alyssa shares a gnome story and takes you step-by-step through a whimsical paper mushroom craft! Best for upper elementary or with an adult's assistance cutting shapes.

STEAM Challenge: Bridges: In this video, Miss Alisha will read Paul Galdone's "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" and demonstrate how to make a bridge with popsicle sticks, tape, and straws.

STEAM Create: Color Magic: Bring out your inner artist in this simple art project with Miss Alyssa! Watch as washable markers, coffee filters and water combine for a colorful transformation. Best for early elementary.

STEAM Math & Cookies! Enjoy this delicious STEAM activity which introduces division and fractions. Stay tuned at the end for an easy no-bake cookie recipe!

STEAM Create: Crowns: Join Miss Alyssa for a quick art project making paper or cardboard crowns alongside the book "King Alice" by Matthew Cordell.

 


 

The Pizza and Pages Online Book Club for ages 12-16 will meet Thursday October 15th at 4:15pm via Zoom to discuss Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

Register online at this link.

If you have any questions please contact Crystal Morris at 419-874-3135, ext. 113 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

Stephanie Coil has put together several crafts for folks to try at home. She’s planning to continue to make more and we will post them here as they arrive. Stephanie highly recommends Creative Bug, a crafting database you can access for free with your library card.

Do you have questions about one of these crafts? Contact Stephanie Coil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a voicemail at 419-874-3135 extension 130.

NEW - Fall OR Halloween Book Page Banner
12 book pages, 7 squares or Fall OR Halloween paper, banner cardboard pattern, cauldron, pumpkin & witch's hat cardboard patterns for Halloween banner OR maple leaf, acorn & poplar leaf cardboard patterns for Fall banner, "FALL" or "BOO!" paper letters, 6 feet of twine are included in the kit.  Not included are a pencil, scissors, glue stick or double-sided tape, and a hole punch.  Show your love of reading and the season with these new banners!

Apple or Pumpkin Puzzle
Six-inch by six-inch piece of painted wood, Apple or Pumpkin stencil, 50 puzzle pieces painted orange or red, 2 grass green puzzle pieces, and a two-inch cut piece of light brown ribbon are included in the craft kit.  A hot glue gun with glue gun sticks OR wood glue or other strong glue is required but NOT included.  Show your fall spirit with these new crafts!

Duct Tape Zip Pouch
Two rolls of printed duct tape, two quart sized freezer slider bags, and instruction sheet on how to make the zip pouch are included in the craft kit. These duct tape zip pouches are great for pencil cases, make-up, snacks, mask bags, and more!

Bookmark with Tassle
Three plain bookmarks, nine pieces of yarn, and instruction sheets on how to make the tassel are included in the craft kit. Be creative! Bookmarks can have whatever design you choose. Use markers, colored pencils, crayons, stickers, colored paper, magazines, book pages, sheet music, glue, or rubber stamps with ink to create your one of a kind bookmark.

Sirius Star Ornament
You can create your own Sirius Star Ornament with book pages from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  See a quick video of Stephanie created the first page strip here.  Supplies are still available!

Paper Bead Bracelet
Enjoy these step-by-step instructions on how to make a Paper Bead Bracelet. Stephanie used sheet music to create her bracelet beads but any kind of paper would work – book pages, newspaper, or colorful scrapbook paper! We’d love to see pictures of your bracelet when you’re finished.  See a quick video of Stephanie making a single bead here. 

Simple Birdseed Ornament 
Stephanie Coil has created directions for a Simple Birdseed Ornament that can be hung in a tree so that we can make a difference for birds on Earth Day!

Toilet Paper Roll Roses
Something tells us you may have these supplies on hand... Enjoy this PDF with step-by-step instructions for you to make these timely blossoms. Make a whole bouquet! Don't forget to share your pictures if you give this craft a try!

Book Page Wreath Workshop Directions
Remember when Way Library had a fantastic Book Page Wreath Workshop? Though it seems like a lifetime given all that's been happening, it was really only a few weeks ago!  Michelle Keedy of Bombshell Redesign has given us permission to post her instructions so you can make this beautiful wreath while you stay home to stay healthy. Thank you, Michelle!


 

Join Emily DiLeo and Dave Lewis of the BGSU Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives for a virtual tour!  You’ll learn about the library’s collection and also get a sneak peek at some archival material featuring famous artists from the late '70s and early '80s.  Check it out and rock on!

This virtual tour can be watched at YouTube.

 


 

Adam Marier, Technology Specialist, is creating a series of instructional videos geared towards helping you learn to use our best online resources.  He is constantly working on new videos, so check back soon for more.  All can be found on our YouTube channel.

*NEW* Intro to the Acorn App: Adam walks you through setting up and using Acorn TV on your computer and smart devices. Acorn TV offers world-class mysteries, dramas, comedies, and documentaries from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and beyond. 

Intro to the Kanopy App: On their website Kanopy says, "The films that truly resonate with us do more than just entertain. They inspire us, enrich us, and challenge our perspectives." In this video Adam walks you through setting up a new account and navigating the service. He covers unlimited viewing on the kids channel and options like "My Watchlist" on the main channel.

Intro to The Ohio Digital Library: In this video, Adam walks you through signing-in to and using the Ohio Digital Library with just your library card. 

Learning Hoopla Digital: In this video, Adam walks you through the Hoopla App and website. Hoopla has a vast collection of “always available” content (meaning no holds!) and is offering bonus checkouts during the Covid-19 crisis. 

Getting Started with the Libby App: If you’ve used the Overdrive App and loved what it offered but found it to be hard to use, the Libby App may be for you. In this video, Adam walks through using Libby- a faster, easier version of Overdrive. 

The Technology Department wants to remind you about all of our fantastic (free) digital services! You can find the services and their links here: https://digital.waylibrary.info/

You can find more videos on our youtube channel. Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/WayPublicLibrary/ for additional instructional videos, storytimes, and more!


 

Natalie Dielman is leading book discussion groups using Facebook Groups. She is currently moderating a discussion group on "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas and also a more generalized Online Book Group for you to share your love of books with people in your community.

The Way of the Whale (Reading "The Count of Monte Cristo" discussion group). Adults.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/215143109751756/  
Next up for the big reads group is "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas. Here we'll post discussion questions, literary analysis, and interesting facts about the book. Online discussions will take place Sundays at 7 pm August 16th-November 8th.

Online Book Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2517793165148086/ 
Join Way Library's online book club! Share what you're reading and what you think about it.
Weekly book discussion on Saturdays at 1 pm. Currently reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but we also discuss other books. Adults.

 


 

Way Public Library’s Local History Librarian, Richard Baranowski, has written several articles since Governor DeWine’s stay at home order was issued. These articles have not only informed and educated, but also given badly needed perspective during this crisis.

Clicking on any of the following links will open a PDF version of his article.

His first article, “COVID-19 was not Perrysburg’s First Epidemic” takes a historical tour of the effects other Perrysburg epidemics. These include cholera, influenza, and polio. Read the article to learn about when these epidemics struck and the impact they had on our community.

His second article, “Perrysburg Persevering Pandemic” includes his observations about the changes in Perrysburg since the stay at home order was issued, and some historical reference about the last time this happened.


 

Crystal Morris, Teen Librarian, has created a new Way Teen Instagram Page to help stay in touch with young adults ages 13 to 16.

This page will feature an assortment of posts focused on books and library activities such as:

  • Question of the Day 
  • Teen focused library news
  • Upcoming event information
  • Photo challenges
  • ...and more!

For questions regarding this new page, please email Crystal Morris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a voicemail at 419-874-3135 extension 113.