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!

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!

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!