Have you had the opportunity to attend a WPLFF Book Sale this year? If you have, then you have likely met 3 extraordinarily dedicated volunteers: Mary Depinet, Rose Marie Gerkovich and Barbara Blem.
Upon retiring from their professional careers, all three ladies have been busy volunteering at the Way Library. They have all served as officers on the Way Public Library Friends & Foundation or the Way Public Library Board of Directors. They also volunteer at the annual Snowball, work as a Book Buddy or are busy in the technical processing department. What else do they have in common? A friendly smile, a “can do” attitude, and the willingness to share their time, talent, and energy. “Hats off” to Mary, Rose Marie and Barbara!
After serving 19 years as Director of the Way Public Library, and receiving the honor of the State of Ohio Librarian of the Year, Nancy Kelley is likely our most overqualified and extraordinaire volunteer.
As a library volunteer, Nancy actively participates in leadership roles in the "Reel Art" Foreign Film Series, the Way Library Friends and Foundation, the Wednesday Morning Book Discussion Group, the WPLFF Book Sales, and in a significant number of other areas. Outside of the library, Nancy enjoys spending time with family and loves to travel! And just to be sure to keep life interesting, Nancy is a docent for the Perrysburg Historical Museum and the Toledo Art Museum. Our sincere thanks to Nancy for sharing her time and talent and for helping to keep the Way Public Library such a vibrant entity in the Perrysburg Community!
You may have recently noticed a big change at Way Public Library. The adult nonfiction section has been updated to a “Dewey Lite” catalog system, and this change couldn’t have been completed without the commitment of volunteer extraordinaire, Doris Schupp. Doris is a retired librarian and cataloger from the Kirtland Public Library near Cleveland, so this project was a perfect match for her skills. For many months, Doris arrived at Way Library twice a week and spent her entire morning updating the catalog and adding new spine labels to more than a thousand books. Now that this project has been completed, Doris regularly comes into the library to work on a variety of special projects.
Doris is the mother of 3 children and has 7 grandchildren. She stays very active and likes to take walks, attend Jazzercise class, and watch golf on TV. When Doris finds any free time, she loves to read. She likes to take home a stack of books each time she comes to the library! Thank you, Doris, for your important contribution to the Way Public Library!
Have you recently placed a “hold” at Way Library? If you receive phone notifications, then you have likely received a call from our super volunteer with the friendly voice, Joe Schroeder! Joe is now retired after a career with the State of Ohio in Employment Services. He spends his Friday mornings at Way Library contacting patrons whose reserved materials have arrived. This is such an important task. Not only does it let our patrons know that their books, DVDs and other library materials are ready for them, but it helps to keep the Circulation Department organized and running efficiently.
In addition to volunteering at Way, Joe helps out at the St. Louis Helping Hands Kitchen. He also enjoys woodworking. Joe recently commented, “The library is a great place with wonderful people.” Well, that definitely includes you, Joe! Thank you for your loyal service and valuable contribution to Way Public Library through the years!
The library is a very busy place, always buzzing with programs and projects. One of the reasons we are able to accomplish so much is that we have an exceptional team of capable volunteers. Cindy Covington is one such volunteer. Cindy recently spent many weeks helping us to set up and launch “Dewey Lite.” She also assists with shifting books and provides valuable support for WPLFF book sales. She is willing to lend a hand on most any project--and always with a smile on her face!
When Cindy has a little free time, she enjoys gardening and attending musical and theatrical events. And, when Cindy has energy to spare, she likes to ballroom dance! Her travels take her to Missoula, Montana to visit her daughter, Erica. A visit with her son, Adam, is more convenient, as he lives here in the Toledo area.
Thank you Cindy, for your commitment to Way Public Library!