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.

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  • 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.


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

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

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


Sports Equipment

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