Effective October 1, 2018, Way Public Library will be a fine-free library. In August, the Way Library Board of Trustees voted to eliminate fines for most overdue books and materials. Director Janel Haas has been advocating for a fine-free policy for the past year and is pleased to announce that Way Library can now offer this courtesy to all patrons.

“Collecting late fees for overdue materials has been synonymous with libraries for as long as anyone can remember, so the removal of fines may sound a little surprising at first,” says Director Haas. “There is much to consider when changing a tradition that has been around for so long. However, when we took a really hard look at the impact of overdue fees, we found that they presented a serious barrier to library use. The inability to cover a fine can cause a library user to avoid the library at a time when they may need our services the most. Eliminating the barrier was the logical step to take--a step that is in line with more and more libraries across the country who have also questioned the benefit of continuing to charge fines. As a public library, we place an exceptionally high value on equal access to information and knowledge. Limiting that access for some of the most vulnerable in our population is a serious disadvantage which can have adverse effects on the entire community. We want everyone to be able to benefit from the valuable resources we have available for informing, educating, and enriching lives.”

  • In general, fines will no longer apply to books and most materials in the library’s collection. (There are a few exceptions, such as the items in the Party Express line. Due to their exclusive, time-sensitive nature, they are still subject to a maximum four-day checkout period and an overdue fine of $10 per day.)
  • If there are no reserves on an item that has been checked out, it will automatically be renewed up to four times.
  • Accounts with three or more overdue items will assume a temporary “suspended” status, and further checkouts will not be permitted until all overdue items are returned.
  • Lost or damaged items will still result in replacement or repair costs, and the account will be suspended until all charges are paid.
  • Any item which is kept for thirty days past its final due date will be considered lost, and the account will be suspended and automatically assessed a non-refundable $10 collections/referral charge plus replacement cost of the item, and referred to Unique Collection Agency.

For more details about the fine-free policy,  call or email Lynn Fleure, Public Services Coordinator, at 419-874-3135, extension 111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

The Great American Read (September through November, 2018)

“The Great American Read” is a PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels. It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. Join Way Library as we celebrate the most-loved books in America with the programs below!

Programs

September 7th, 7 pm - The Great American Read Party
This kick-off event will be held at the library after hours and feature community members reading from their favorite books from the Great American Read list, an airing of a “Great American Read” screener, and a literary photo booth. Guests will also enjoy literary-themed mocktails and yummy appetizers. Free, no registration required.

Off-Site Book Discussions

These book discussions will feature several books from the Great American Read list and will be held at an off-site location connected to one of the Great American Read themes. Registration is required for these programs and space is limited.

September 13th, 2018 at 10 am - “Love” Discussion & Tour at the Toledo Museum of Art (books available by August 15th)
Attendees will enjoy a book discussion centered around the theme of “Love” and a docent-led tour of the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art. The tour will consider various works of art that relate to love. Register here

September 27th, 2018 at 7:45 pm - “Other Worlds” Discussion & Show at the BGSU Planetarium (books available by August 25th)
Attendees will participate in a book discussion on the theme of “Other Worlds”, watch a show at the Bowling Green State University planetarium, engage in a Q&A with an astronomer, and have a chance to visit the observatory for a stargaze (weather permitting). Register here

October 7th, 2018 at 1:00 pm - “Who Am I?” Discussion at the Eco-Camp (books available by September 7th)
Attendees will enjoy a book discussion on the theme of “Who am I?” and an opportunity to be in nature at the Eco-Camp, a campground in the Oak Openings region of Northwest Ohio. There will be ample opportunity to consider deep thoughts and big questions while in enjoying our region’s beauty. Register here. 

October 17th, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Halloween Ball and “Monsters and Villains” Discussion at the Carranor (books available by September 15th)
Held at the Carranor, the evening will consist of a book discussion on the theme of “Monsters and Villains” and Halloween-themed ball. Costumes encouraged! Register here. 

November 12th, 2018 at 7:00 pm - “Heroes” Discussion and Tour at Ft. Meigs Historic Site (books available by October 10th)
Following a book discussion focused on the theme of “Heroes”, attendees will enjoy a tour of Fort Meigs, a historic site that weathered two sieges during the War of 1812. Register here

Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.

You're invited to a special after-hours event!

The Great American Read is a PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels. It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

This fall, Way Library is proud to celebrate the most-loved novels in America with a series of exciting literary events inspired by the overarching themes in the books—“Love,” “Who Am I?,” “Other Worlds,” “Monsters and Villains,” and “Heroes.”

The celebration begins on September 7th with an after-hours party for all ages featuring:

• community luminaries reading passages from their own favorite books on The Great American Read list
• a premiere airing of a screener for The Great American Read
• a bookish photo booth
• complimentary literary-themed mocktails and tasty appetizers

The party will be held on the library’s main level and is free and open to all; no registration is needed.  Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.

This innovative collection of unusual, fun, and useful items is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Blaine Wiley Family in tribute to Joan M. Wiley.

As a child of the Depression, Joan felt you didn’t need to own everything. Her philosophy was “Why buy something when you can borrow it.” We agree, and are therefore very pleased to honor her with this carefully curated collection of items.


Why purchase something you only need to use once? Our Beyond Books collection not only provides you with fun and entertaining items to check out, but useful and cost-effective ones as well.


  | Games | Equipment and Electronics | Science & Educational Resources | Home Tools | Musical Instruments | Sports Equipment

  • Most items in the Beyond Books collection have a check out period of one week.
  • Patrons with a Way Library account (account numbers starting with 24298) may place a hold on Beyond Books items at any time and any place. Those with accounts from other libraries may place holds for these items only in person at Way Library or by phone.
  • All items borrowed must be picked up at Way Library and may ONLY be returned to Way Library.
  • We ask that all items be returned during Way Library’s open library hours, as they can NOT be put in book drops.

New Service Alert - Beyond Books-Party Express
Our Beyond Books collection of unusual things to check out with your library card continues to be a huge hit! Fun and useful new items are being added for you, along with duplicates of the most popular items. Now, because many of you told us you would like to be able to reserve some of our large party games in advance, we have created a new Beyond Books service called Party Express.

Party Express is a select group of items that you may reserve in advance and check out for a maximum of 4 days. It includes Giant Connect 4, Cornhole, Ladder Ball, Mega Chess, Mega Checkers, Giant Jenga, Badminton, Ping Pong, and a Karaoke System.

For more details, contact Arielle Harbauer at 419-874-3135, extension 128 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Get your party started!

What’s next for Beyond Books?
We’ve only just begun! New and interesting items will continue to roll out in the coming months. In addition, as the collection develops and popular items are identified, duplicates will be added to meet demand.

Games

Cornhole Set
Ladder Ball
Giant Connect 4
Mega Checkers
Mega Chess
Badminton Set
Ping-Pong Table
Giant Jenga
Chess Set
Teaching Chess

 

Equipment and Electronics

Metal Detector
Karaoke Machine
VHS-to-DVD Converter
PA / Monitor System
Portable Scanner
Mobile Hotspot
Happy Light
Camera Lens Kit
Intuos Art Pen & Tablet
Suitcase Turntable
View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer

 

Science & Educational Resources

Telescope
Binoculars
Makey Makey
Stereo Microscope
Pocket Microscope
3D Pen
Aluminum Field Easel
Wooden Hand Model
Wooden Human Figure Mannequin
Honeybee Life Cycle
Dash Robot
Human Heart Model
Moon Globe
Real Bugs Discovery Kit
Solar Lab

 

Home Tools

Sewing Machine
Video Borescope
Stud Finder
Kill-A-Watt Energy Meter
Thermal Leak Detector
Infared Thermometer
Air Quality Meter
28" Traffic Cones (5)
36" Traffic Cones (5)
Multipurpose Laser Level

 

Musical Instruments

Ukulele
Bass Guitar with Amp
Acoustic Guitar
61-Key Keyboard
Electric Guitar with Amp
Cigar Box Guitar
Boomwhackers
Cajon Box Drum
Dulcimer
Steel Tongue Drum
Xylophone

 

Sports Equipment

Pickle Ball Set
Disc Golf Set
Bocce Ball
Adult Basketball
Youth Basketball
Adult Tennis Racket
Youth Tennis Racket


Build a Better World | Adult | Teen | Youth | Family | Judges Choice |

And the winners are…..

Category: Build a Better World

Honorable Mention: Build A Better World

Build A Better World Ohio
Baked by: Linda Lee Leffingwell
Cake pan used: Computer

Support Farms and Farmers
Baked by: Jenny, Anna and Declan Pfleghaar
Cake pan used: Hexagon Tier

3rd Place: Build A Better World
Back to Nature
Baked by: Mary Jo Slowinski
Cake pan used: Square 3-Tier

2nd Place: Build A Better World
Color My World
Baked by: Melissa, Tiffany, Austin, Spike & Ryan Torres
Cake pan used: Ring Pan with Inserts

1st Place: Build A Better World
Community Garden
Baked by: Robin Woody
Cake pan used: Hexagon 3-Tier

Category: Adult

Honorable Mention: Adult
Chip
Baked by: Joanne Cook
Cake pan used: Oval Tier

Ice Cream Kate
by: Megan Thompson
Cake pan used: Round

3rd Place: Adult
Sunset of the Safari
Baked by: Melissa Schoenlein
Cake pan used: Petal 4-Tier

2nd Place: Adult
So Hungry
Baked by: Nicky Buchanan
Cake pan used: Hexagon (3-tier)

1st Place: Adult
Super Mario Kart Birthday
Baked by: Annette Jensen
Cake pan used: Square 16” & 12”

Category: Teen

Honorable Mention: Teen
Falcon Pride
Baked by: Rachael Sattler
Cake pan used: Helmet Pan and Number Pans
 
The Rose Garden
Baked by: Emily Mulheisen
Cake pan used: Petal 4-Tier

3rd Place: Teen
Let’s Have S’more Fun!
Baked by: Allison Ludwig
Cake pan used: Round 8-inch Tiered

2nd Place: Teen
My Guiding Light
Baked by: Kaylee Rose
Cake pan used: Square Tier and Hexagon Tier
 
1st Place: Teen
Pigs in Paradise
Baked by: Nicole Dibling
Cake pan used: Round (9-inch)

Category: Youth

Honorable Mention: Youth
My Dog Frank
Baked by: Brendan Lagger
Cake pan used: Dalmatian Pup

Enjoy a Float
Baked by: Cameron Evans
Cake pan used: Mug

3rd Place: Youth
Shiny Turtle
Baked by: Aiden Wilson
Cake pan used: Soccer Ball and Egg 8-Mini (3D)

2nd Place: Youth
Crazy About Cubes
Baked by: Ashlyn Nicely
Cake pan used: Square

1st Place: Youth
Rainbow Unicorn
Baked by: Addy Rowley
Cake pan used: Round 5-Tier

Category: Family

Honorable Mention: Family
Lisa Frank Lion
Baked by: Leda and Kailey Hayes
Cake pan used: Jungle Lion

Candy Crush
Baked by: Abby Loehrke, Dawn Dunlap, Beth Dunlap, Judy Loehrke, Sydney Doughten, Lisa Doughten and Sam Doughten
Cake pan used: Square 3 –Tier

3rd Place: Family
Pluto & Mickey Birthday Cakes
Baked by: Kristy Kindinger & Janey Krasula
Cake pan used: Pluto, Mick Mouse Face, Micky Mouse

2nd Place: Family
Hug Time
Baked by: Danielle, Ava, Grace Garcia &
Alexandra Buraszeski
Cake pan used: Round 5-Tier

1st Place: Family
Candyland:
How sweet it is!
Baked by: Cassidy, Caydie,
Nicky Buchanan and Becky Owen
Cake pan used: Square tiered

Category: Judges Choice

Judges’ Choice: Build A Better World
Community Garden
Baked by: Robin Woody
Cake pan used: Hexagon 3-Tier

Judges’ Choice: Adult
Super Mario Kart Birthday
Baked by: Annette Jensen
Cake pan used: Square 16” & 12”

Judges’ Choice: Teen
My Guiding Light
Baked by: Kaylee Rose
Cake pan used: Square Tier and Hexagon Tier

Judges’ Choice: Youth
Shiny Turtle
Baked by: Aiden Wilson
Cake pan used: Soccer Ball and Egg 8-Mini (3D)

Judges’ Choice: Family
Pluto & Mickey Birthday Cakes
Baked by: Kristy Kindinger & Janey Krasula
Cake pan used: Pluto, Mick Mouse Face, Micky Mouse

Thank you to all of our contestants!