Enthusiasm and a passion to help other people are qualities that describe library volunteer, Kathy Schramko. Kathy comes to the library every week to participate in many library projects, includes book sales, shifting books, deleting books and the Dewey Lite relabeling project. She always participates with a “can do” attitude and a smile on her face!

Kathy is the mother of two sons and seven grandchildren. She is a retired registered nurse, who received her RN at St. Vincent’s School of Nursing and her master’s degree from the Medical College of Ohio. She pursued a successful career in nursing at Flower Hospital and as a nursing instructor at Owens Community College.

Retirement has allowed Kathy to pursue many passions, most importantly spending time with her loving grandchildren and attending their multitude of sporting events. She loves to read and to garden, and has an extraordinary talent with growing flowers, both annuals and perennials. Kathy is a lector at St. Rose Church and is a regular hospice volunteer. She still finds time to travel, and has been on many exciting trips. A few highlights include multiple trips to Europe to explore their grand museums, participation in an African safari and parasailing in the Alps.

The Way Library is most grateful to you, Kathy, for actively participating as a library volunteer. You have certainly made a difference in the library and our Perrysburg community. And, for that, we thank you!

VOLUNTEER: a selfless giving of time and talent to an organization and community. This definition of a volunteer clearly defines Joan Bierley, one of our library volunteers extraordinaire! Joan began volunteering at the Way Library earlier this year, as part of the “Give Back. Go Forward” program sponsored by Bowling Green State University. The program promotes volunteerism by offering an exchange of tuition credit for 100 hours of

Marilyn has lived in West Toledo and Perrysburg most of her life. She has one daughter, two granddaughters and a step-grandson, who certainly are the joy of her life. When she has a little extra time, Marilyn likes to pick up her kindle or just a good book. She has started taking piano lessons since she retired and she delivers Mobile Meals to the homebound in the Maumee area. When the weather isn’t too hot, Marilyn likes to work in her flower garden. She also likes to bake, with gourmet cinnamon rolls a specialty!

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

These five wonderful ladies meet at the Way Library once every week as facilitators for the Next Chapter Book Club. This unique book club, which started at OSU in 2002, nurtures the enjoyment of books for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a community based and fun setting. The participants’ smiles and conservations indicate it is fun, indeed!

These five facilitators have much in common. All have been teachers in the elementary and secondary schools in the Toledo and Perrysburg area. And, they all enjoy the pleasure of reading a good book! Martha Farrell taught at Whitehouse Primary and is an active volunteer at Historic St. Patrick’s Church. She is especially enjoying her new granddaughter! Jenny Borgelt taught school at Rosary Cathedral and is the mother of 5 year-old Gracie. Jenny and her daughter and husband love to explore the outdoors, including kayaking and fishing, and have a garden plot at the 577 Foundation. Pat Thompson is the team leader for the group and keeps everyone organized and on task. In her free time, Pat teaches religious education at St. Rose Church and likes to engage in an intricate counted cross stitch project and go biking. Barb Burnett taught at Ft. Meigs Elementary School. She enjoys water aerobics, travelling to Atlanta to visit children and grandchildren, and loves to travel all over the world- including Japan and New Zealand. Annette Sipp taught at Perrysburg Junior High and has been retired for just one year. She loves to travel and has cruised to Italy and Greece. She has lots of energy and participates in Pickle Ball, the fastest growing sport in the U. S.

The staff of the Way Library would like to personally thank all of you, Martha, Jenny, Pat,
Barb and Annette, a truly dynamic team of educators. We are grateful that we are recipients of your amazing gifts of knowledge, kindness, fortitude, patience, and the ability to make everyone smile. Thank you for sharing your timeless skills with the Way Library and the members of the Next Chapter Book Club.

Have you had the opportunity to browse in the Local History room at the Way Public Library? If so, you have likely met our local history volunteer extraordinaire, Lloyd Swanson. Lloyd, a Perrysburg native, spends 10-15 hours a week volunteering at the library, and can usually be found busy at work in the local history room.

Lloyd retired from the Perrysburg Street Department as a Superintendent after more than 30 years. With his extensive knowledge of the Perrysburg area and the people who reside here, it seemed like a natural transition for Lloyd to volunteer in the area of local history. He works on many tasks, including updating burial records and uploading historical pictures that are donated by Perrysburg residents. Lloyd also works on shelving books in local history and keeps the room tidy. Now that is a large task!

When Lloyd has a little free time, he enjoys travelling across country with his wife, Pam. Lloyd and Pam also have four energetic grandchildren who they enjoy spending time with. He is a Detroit Tigers fan, and even finds time to deliver meals-on-wheels for the Wood County Department on Aging. The staff of the Way Library would like to thank you, Lloyd, for all of your significant contributions that you have made to the Way Library. You certainly help to keep the local history department at the Way Library a community showcase!

The Way Library has sponsored a Book Buddy home delivery program for over 20 years, and Mary has been an active participant since its inception. Over the years, Mary has personally selected reading and audio visual materials for homebound residents, and then made deliveries to their place of residence. For Mary, this has been such a rewarding experience and she has especially appreciated the opportunity to read to the visually impaired. Assuming the role of a Book Buddy became so much more than home book deliveries-it was the opportunity to make wonderful new friends, engage in interesting conversation, and learn about the people that reside in Perrysburg.

Mary has always pursued a fulfilling life. In 1960, she earned the prestigious honor of becoming one of 1000 female anesthesiologists in the United States. She retired after working 37 years at Toledo Hospital, which has allowed her to pursue her second passion- travel! Mary has travelled extensively in the European continent in search of learning about European royalty. She makes it a point to visit castles and museums, and to conduct interviews with royalty. A particular exciting event was participating in the 90th birthday party of the crown prince of Austria. Finally, when Mary has a little free time, she loves to read a good book!

The staff of the Way Library would like to personally thank you, Mary, for your dedication and significant contributions that you have made to the library. You have certainly nurtured and positively impacted the lives of many individuals in the Perrysburg area. We are so very grateful!