Sue and KathySue Brotje and Kathy Donahue have both recently retired from professional teaching careers, but their paths had never crossed until they started volunteering at Way Library. Sue and Kathy now come in every Tuesday morning without fail, graciously accepting whatever challenging task they may be assigned. They have both actively participated in weeding books, shifting books, the Dewey Lite project, book sales, and numerous other special projects.

Sue and Kathy share a love of reading, for themselves and for the children they taught in their classrooms. In addition, Sue enjoys knitting, and Kathy enjoys classical music. Their commitment to the library is extraordinary and very much appreciated by all of the library staff. Sue recently commented that “Volunteering at Way allows me to stay in the world of books”, and Kathy said, “This is an opportunity for me to give back”. And, “giving back” they have done impressively!

Linda ClancyThere are four more weeks of winter. Have you thought about taking home a jigsaw puzzle to get you through the remaining chilly, winter days? The process of taking home the perfect puzzle is much easier now, since volunteer Linda Clancy has come on board. Linda has taken on the challenge of sorting, repairing and organizing all of the library’s puzzles, and the puzzle area is now neat and tidy.

Linda has been volunteering at the library since she moved to Perrysburg last year to be closer to her family. She previously worked for ten years at the Novi, Michigan library, and now she is sharing her expertise with us. In addition to organizing the jigsaw puzzles, Linda has done shelf-reading (particularly in the Mystery section), assisted with the DVD recasing project, and has helped to weed outdated books from the collection.

When Linda has a little free time, she enjoys reading and photography. In warmer weather, she enjoys perennial gardening and hiking along the Maumee River with her grandchildren, most often with a camera in hand. The staff of Way Library would like to thank you, Linda, for the significant contributions you have made. You certainly help to keep the library the hub of our Perrysburg community!

Annie ApelYou’ve heard of a match made in Heaven, right? That may be the best way to describe the unique talents of volunteer Annie Apel and the monumental task she has undertaken here at Way.

Library users who are familiar with our orderly shelves and neat public spaces may be surprised to learn that some areas behind the scenes were not quite as ship-shape. In particular, the book sorting room (where thousands of donated books per month are received and stowed) and the basement storage area (where holiday decorations and seasonal items are kept) were both in need of a major overhaul. That’s where Annie stepped in. She recognized the challenges, developed a plan, and went right into action! With her marvelous organizational skills, she classified and completely rearranged both areas. They are now tidy and easy to use. Boxes of books are sorted, labeled, and stacked, awaiting the next book sale, and a system is in place to keep the ball rolling. As her time permits, Annie continues to stop by to organize the incoming books. We can’t begin to thank her enough for volunteering to tackle such an enormous job and then doing it so well! She has also provided valuable assistance in other areas, including our TEDx event and Cookbook Club.

Annie works full time, but still finds time to volunteer for us and to help her friends and family organize. She also enjoys cooking and baking for friends, working on her house, and relaxing by a roaring bonfire.

Annie Apel, we salute you!