Mary Jo Bailin can often be seen coming and going at Way Public Library. She is an avid reader and regularly carries home a whole stack of books. Her visits to the library frequently have a secondary purpose, though. Mary Jo is one of the extraordinary volunteers who generously offer their talents to helping with special library projects and the day-to-day operation of this busy library. Mary Jo enthusiastically volunteers at our book sales, an effort which involves many hours of setting up and sorting before the sale begins. She is also a Book Buddy in our outreach program to homebound Perrysburg residents. Mary Jo’s home visits allow a senior citizen with limited mobility to once again experience the joys of reading. When asked to assist on other projects, such as shifting books, Mary Jo always willingly responds with a “yes!”

Mary Jo started volunteering at the library after retiring from teaching Special Education for 30 years with the Washington Local School District. She and her husband Rick have raised two daughters and are now enjoying being grandparents. In her free time, Mary Jo loves to garden, cook, travel, walk and attend yoga classes. She likes to include a little antiquing, too.

The staff of Way Library would like to personally thank you, Mary Jo, for your dedication and significant contributions to the library. We are grateful to you for sharing your time, talent, and enthusiasm to help make Way Library the center of the Perrysburg community!

Chris Scarlett and Sharla Cook have become familiar faces at Way Library. In addition to being regular library patrons and avid readers, Chris and Sharla have both assumed roles of volunteer assistants for the new Cookbook Clubs that the library sponsors. Hosted on the first Wednesday of each month, Chris participates with the noon lunch group, and Sharla joins the fun with the dinner group. Both ladies help to set up for the mealtime events, greet our guests and host the meal, assist with program planning, help with clean-up, and of course, enjoy a delicious meal!

Both volunteers are also very busy outside of the library. Chris is a retired RN and mother of seven children. Her emphasis while working was in maternal and childhood health and wellness, and she continues to lead an active lifestyle with an emphasis on fitness and nutrition. Chris participates in the Respect Life committee at St. Rose Church. Sharla is a retired Registered Dietitian and is the mother of two daughters. She was a lactation consultant when she was active with her career, but is now busy with the social ministry committee at Zoar Lutheran Church and loves to sew. Both Chris and Sharla love to cook!

The staff of Way Library would like to personally thank you, Chris and Sharla, for your dedication and significant contributions to the library. You have certainly helped to make our Cookbook Clubs such wonderful events. We are grateful to you for sharing your time, your talents, your enthusiasm, and your gourmet cooking!

Sally RossSally may look familiar to you if you are a regular Way Library patron. Since 2008, she frequents the library 4 days a week, and she volunteers in most every department.

Sally graciously tackles any task sent her way, which includes shelving children’s picture books and DVDs, picking up toys after a busy day, putting security strips in our new DVD cases, and folding brochures for the kiosk. Outside of the library, Sally plays wheelchair football for the Toledo Crash and participates in bible study at Cedar Creek Church. Sally says, “I like Way Public Library. There are nice people here.” And, we like having Sally as an integral part of our volunteer team. “Hats off” to Sally Ross!

Have you recently received a phone call from the library to let you know that you have a book on “hold?” The call likely came from Pat Thompson, one of the numerous volunteers serving our library on a weekly basis. Pat is a retired elementary school teacher who taught for 30 years at Rosary Cathedral and Sacred Heart School in Fremont, Ohio. After just 1 year of retirement, Pat has become very involved in our community and library. She has recently assisted with the start-up of the Next Chapter Book Club at Way Library. Pat is the lead volunteer for this book club, and has actively recruited additional volunteers to train as discussion group leaders. The Next Chapter Book Club will begin this September.

When Pat has a little free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and completing intricate counted cross stitch projects. Pat may be “retired,” but she also likes to stay active and loves to bike and attend water aerobics classes. She teaches religious education classes at St. Rose Catholic Church and is also on the Evangelical Team at Historic St. Patrick’s Church in downtown Toledo. Too busy for some fun? Not at all. Pat plays Bunco each month with grade school friends from St. Agnes School. Awesome!

The staff of Way Library would like to thank you, Pat, for your dedication and the significant contributions you have made to the library. You have certainly helped out library staff in the completion of many important projects. It is because of volunteers like you that Way Library is able to continue to be the hub of the Perrysburg community!

Connie BowersIf you have recently watched a feature film at Way Library’s “Show Me the Movie” or a classic movie at “Reel Talk,” then you have probably met our volunteer extraordinaire, Connie Bowers. 

Connie has volunteered at Way for almost three years, and she is our hostess for both of these popular film series.  She always has a smile, a kind greeting, and a table of yummy movie snacks to share with all of our movie lovers.  Since retiring from St. Luke’s Hospital, Connie has a little more time to crochet, garden, and travel to Houghton Lake in Michigan. A trip to the lake is especially fun if her loving grandchildren will be making a visit.  Thank you, Connie, for dedicating your time and talent to Way Public Library!