Join us as we read So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. There will be additional programs centered around the themes of the book, all free and open to the public.

Family Story Time (Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00am)
A story time for families featuring diverse books and tips for finding stories that are representative and inclusive.

Screening of “Get Out” at Way Public Library (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6:00pm)
Join us at Way Library on May 14th at 6 pm as we watch Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed film followed by a facilitated discussion of its themes. The discussion will be led by Dr. Khani Begum, Associate Professor of English at Bowling Green State University, and students in her English 6800: Black Films Matter class - Hammed Oluwasare Adejare, , Blake Altman, Michael Eniola Oshindoro, Eva-MariaTrinkaus, Roslyn Whickum, and Ivan Gusev Johnson. This program is part of the Community Book Discussion of So You Want to Talk about Race. Copies of the book are available at the Way Circulation Desk. Adults only. This movie is rated R and has a runtime of 104 minutes. Free admission and refreshments. No registration required.

Topical Tuesdays – ZIP Code Matters (Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7:00pm)
Way Library and the League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area welcome Sarah Jenkins, Director of Communications and Outreach at the Fair Housing Center, for a presentation on the connection between zip codes and opportunities. How can where a person lives impact their outcomes in life? This program is part of the Community Book Discussion of So You Want to Talk about Race. Copies of the book are available at the Way Circulation Desk. No registration required.

Book Discussion (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:00pm)
An engaging discussion of the Book-to-Action book, So You Want to Talk About Race, facilitated by Dr. Jolie Sheffer, Director of the Institute for the Study of Culture & Society (ICS) at Bowling Green State University.

Copies of So You Want to Talk About Race are available for checkout at the Way Library Circulation Desk. This program is sponsored by the Way Public Library Foundation & Friends.

Black History Month, first proposed by black educators at Kent State University in 1969, is observed annually in the United States.

We are pleased to present a fascinating exhibit of portraits of historical figures in tribute to the important accomplishments and contributions by generations of African Americans.

Local artist Robert Vanitvelt has created these works of art using house paint on drop cloth. Well-known figures from the archives of black history are depicted in the striking paintings on display. Some of those included are Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Muhammad Ali, Frederick Douglass, Billie Holiday, Prince, Emmett Till, Mamie Till, Barack Obama, and Michelle Obama.

The paintings may be viewed on our main level during regular library hours throughout the month of February.

 

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.

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..

 

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.