New Service! As we continue to expand our digital offerings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Way Library is now offering Zoom Rooms available for groups, organizations, and businesses to use for free.
The Zoom Meeting Rooms can accommodate a maximum of 100 people and can be reserved for up to two hours, Monday through Friday. Groups can reserve a Zoom room for a maximum of two meetings per month.
Please click on 24x7 Service to find the Zoom Room Request form. Complete the form with your requested date and two times that work best for you. Our Meeting Room Coordinator, Rachel, will get back to you with a confirmation and the Zoom link and password for your meeting. Please call (419) 874-3135 ext 106, if you have any questions.
Created by Technology Specialist Rachel Henck Bentley, Way happily offers you some digital escape rooms to exercise your brain during Governor DeWine's stay at home order. Puzzles, word scrambles, riddles, and more await you!
New: Totally Radical 80's Time Travel Adventure
Teens to Adult
This escape room is geared more for teens and adults. Follow the puzzles and clues to see if you can get the right answers to get back to your own time and not be stuck in the 1980's
Locked in the Library
Grades 3-5 (but all ages!)
"Follow the story and answer puzzles and look for clues in this digital escape room to find the code to avoid being Locked in the Library!"
Can You Escape Hogwarts Dungeon?
Ages: all Ages
"For shame! Professor Snape has caught you talking with your friends again during Potions class. You are now stuck in the dungeon for detention while everyone gets to go to Hogsmeade and have fun. Solve the puzzles and do your best to escape from detention with another fun digital escape room."
Stephanie Coil has put together several crafts for folks to try at home. She’s planning to continue to make more and we will post them here as they arrive. Stephanie highly recommends Creative Bug, a crafting database you can access for free with your library card.
New: Paper Bead Bracelet
Enjoy these step-by-step instructions on how to make a Paper Bead Bracelet. Stephanie used sheet music to create her bracelet beads but any kind of paper would work – book pages, newspaper, or colorful scrapbook paper! We’d love to see pictures of your bracelet when you’re finished.
Simple Birdseed Ornament
Stephanie Coil has created directions for a Simple Birdseed Ornament that can be hung in a tree so that we can make a difference for birds on Earth Day!
Toilet Paper Roll Roses
Something tells us you may have these supplies on hand... Enjoy this PDF with step-by-step instructions for you to make these timely blossoms. Make a whole bouquet! Don't forget to share your pictures if you give this craft a try!
Book Page Wreath Workshop Directions
Remember when Way Library had a fantastic Book Page Wreath Workshop? Though it seems like a lifetime given all that's been happening, it was really only a few weeks ago! Michelle Keedy of Bombshell Redesign has given us permission to post her instructions so you can make this beautiful wreath while you stay home to stay healthy. Thank you, Michelle!
Join Emily DiLeo and Dave Lewis of the BGSU Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives for a virtual tour! You’ll learn about the library’s collection and also get a sneak peek at some archival material featuring famous artists from the late '70s and early '80s. Check it out and rock on!
This virtual tour can be watched at YouTube.
There's a new way to participate in story time at Way Public Library. Dial-a-Story is here! Simply call the library at 419-874-3135 and dial extension 116. This week, you can listen to A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker and read by Miss Alyssa.
Call back soon because we will have a new story to share each week!
Join Miss Melissa for a story time that will get babies bouncing and giggling! This lap-sit story time is perfect for babies ages birth - 18 months. There will be stories, songs, bounces, and rhymes to engage babies and caregivers. Each week we'll have a new theme with new stories to share!
Mother Goose Story Times:
- Spring: https://youtu.be/4bSyS-jTjG8
- Farm Animals: https://youtu.be/peOCbbXqxx8
- Jungle Animals: https://youtu.be/QVl-fgkrulE
- Night Time: https://youtu.be/D5B8XQt1rvI
- Baby Party: https://youtu.be/42rDdbcmTP4
- Belly Buttons: https://youtu.be/tCdfcMP8vVQ
- Pigs: https://youtu.be/rlBSx9Tz5ps
- Colors: https://youtu.be/4LK1k3cCxSk
- *NEW* Opposites: https://youtu.be/2Khbtytyo20
You can find more videos on our youtube channel. Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/WayPublicLibrary/ for additional storytimes, instructional videos, and more!
Preschool story times are filled with award winning books, songs, finger plays and more! These stories are appropriate for all preschoolers. Join Miss Alisha, Miss Alyssa and Miss Crystal every Wednesday with a new theme!
Preschool Story Times:
- Bath-time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhK4o2O2L8w
- Dinosaurs: https://youtu.be/L67y5VtN6uY
- Sleepy-time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_lswHntOkQ
- Going on a Bear Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJdnDymZ8-E
- Food: https://youtu.be/ZNYOUVmsprM
- Jan Thomas: https://youtu.be/Q7wOy-bLlUs
- Big Cats: https://youtu.be/ZJtqTJ0LYL4
- Butterflies: https://youtu.be/NoQ4eN8ygKU
- *NEW* Monsters: https://youtu.be/673AhALQXJg
You can find more videos on our YouYube channel. Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/WayPublicLibrary/ for additional story times, instructional videos, and more!
This story time is filled with stories, songs, fingerplays, and more to get toddlers singing and moving! Miss Melissa will share stories best suited for children 19 to 35 months old. We'll begin covering early learning concepts like counting and colors through fun fingerplays and rhymes. New Toddler Time story times will be posted weekly featuring a new theme.
Toddler Time Story Times:
- Sheep: https://youtu.be/KNKFwrwteVk
- Clothing: https://youtu.be/BF-4oXUPHcs
- Gardening: https://youtu.be/SR5xh9MkHsM
- Ocean: https://youtu.be/GwgS0QxwAfc
- Things That Go: https://youtu.be/dEkxbK1z2kI
- Pets: https://youtu.be/R_YGWEnx8uc
- Don't Worry: https://youtu.be/qqfW2Six-b8
- Jungles: https://youtu.be/9whjVf5MTWs
- *NEW* Differences: https://youtu.be/HIQGdMq2ggk
You can find more videos on our youtube channel. Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/WayPublicLibrary/ for additional storytimes, instructional videos, and more!
Way’s popular technology help series is available via phone while the building is temporarily closed. On Mondays and Tuesdays from 1-3 pm, Way Library offers personalized assistance for those who call in to the One-on-One Tech help line at 419-874-3135, extension 354.
Get answers to questions about using Kindles, tablets, iPhones, Androids, downloading books, streaming movies, TV, and music, using social media, using Zoom, and more. The technology specialists at Way are standing by to provide free, expert assistance.
Beginning Monday, May 18, Way Library will be checking out books, as well as other items, using contactless curbside pickup.
The building remains closed to public access for the time being, but patrons are encouraged to browse the library’s catalog from home, place their holds, and then use an online form to schedule a pickup time. Patrons also have the option to contact the Information Desk to request materials by calling 419-874-3135, extension 119. A third option is to request materials using a special Curbside Pickup form available on the library’s website at http://curbside.waylibrary.info.
At the appointed pickup time, a patron will arrive in the designated location in the library’s parking lot, dial the number on the sign, open the trunk, then remain in the car. Staff, wearing protective equipment, will deliver the materials in a disposable paper bag and place them in the trunk with no direct contact. Strict social distancing procedures are being implemented in order to effectively serve library customers and adhere to public health guidelines.
Library staff will need a 24-hour window in which to accommodate requests before pickup. Currently, items that can be picked up will be limited to those that are available in Way’s own collection. Patrons may place items from other libraries on hold, but those holds will not be fulfilled until interlibrary courier service resumes.
Looking for some fun activities to do at home while school is out? Way Public Library has a variety of fun activities targeted toward elementary and intermediate audiences!
*NEW* The Magic Pencil: Do you believe in Magic? Join us as Miss Alisha, Youth Services Librarian from Way Public Library, shares the book "Malala's Magic Pencil" and a magical craft! Fun for elementary ages.
Science for a Rainy Day: In this video, school-age children will learn more about rain through the picture book "Raindrops Roll." After, Youth Services Librarian Alisha will demonstrate how to make "Rainbow Rain."
Spaghetti with a Side of Science: Who doesn’t love spaghetti? In this video, Miss Alisha will read Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola and demonstrate the experiment “Dancing Spaghetti.” Fun for kids in elementary school or older!
Request a special message from a familiar face at Way for your family! We'll create a sidewalk chalk message personalized for your child and send you a photo via email. Fulfillment takes about a week, weather permitting.
To request a chalk message fill out the short form here: https://forms.gle/xQadoD1sdZds8FHd7
Adam Marier, Technology Specialist, is creating a series of instructional videos geared towards helping you learn to use our best online resources. He is constantly working on new videos, so check back soon for more. All can be found on our YouTube channel.
*NEW* Intro to the Acorn App: Adam walks you through setting up and using Acorn TV on your computer and smart devices. Acorn TV offers world-class mysteries, dramas, comedies, and documentaries from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and beyond.
Intro to the Kanopy App: On their website Kanopy says, "The films that truly resonate with us do more than just entertain. They inspire us, enrich us, and challenge our perspectives." In this video Adam walks you through setting up a new account and navigating the service. He covers unlimited viewing on the kids channel and options like "My Watchlist" on the main channel.
Intro to The Ohio Digital Library: In this video, Adam walks you through signing-in to and using the Ohio Digital Library with just your library card.
Learning Hoopla Digital: In this video, Adam walks you through the Hoopla App and website. Hoopla has a vast collection of “always available” content (meaning no holds!) and is offering bonus checkouts during the Covid-19 crisis.
Getting Started with the Libby App: If you’ve used the Overdrive App and loved what it offered but found it to be hard to use, the Libby App may be for you. In this video, Adam walks through using Libby- a faster, easier version of Overdrive.
The Technology Department wants to remind you about all of our fantastic (free) digital services! You can find the services and their links here: https://digital.waylibrary.info/
You can find more videos on our youtube channel. Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/WayPublicLibrary/ for additional instructional videos, storytimes, and more!
Join us for an online puzzle challenge perfect for all ages! Started on March 20th, people have been able to share their puzzle pictures on this page. This includes what they are working on- just starting, halfway done, or finished. You can even let us know how long it took you to get done.
Let's get puzzling! https://www.facebook.com/events/1384924911708234/
Natalie Dielman is leading book discussion groups using Facebook Groups. She is currently moderating a discussion group on Moby Dick by Herman Melville and also a more generalized Online Book Group for you to share your love of books with people in your community.
The Way of the Whale (Reading "Jane Eyre" discussion group). Adults.
Next up for the big reads group is "Jane Eyre". Here we'll post discussion questions, literary analysis, and interesting facts about Charlotte Bronte's book. Online discussions will take place Sundays at 7 pm beginning May 31st.
The suggested reading schedule (subject to change) is:
Week 1 (May 24-31) - Chapters 1-10
Week 2 (May 31-June 7)Chapters 11-19
Week 3 (June 7-14) - Chapters 20-23
Week 4 (June 14-21) - Chapters 24-26
Week 5 (June 21-28) - Chapters 27-29
Week 6 (June 28-July 5) - Chapters 30-end
The first book discussed in this series was Moby Dick. You can still see those discussions at the link above.
Online Book Group
Join Way Library's online book club! Share what you're reading and what you think about it.
Weekly book discussion on Saturdays at 1 pm. Currently reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but we also discuss other books. Adults.
Way Public Library’s Local History Librarian, Richard Baranowski, has written several articles since Governor DeWine’s stay at home order was issued. These articles have not only informed and educated, but also given badly needed perspective during this crisis.
Clicking on any of the following links will open a PDF version of his article.
His first article, “COVID-19 was not Perrysburg’s First Epidemic” takes a historical tour of the effects other Perrysburg epidemics. These include cholera, influenza, and polio. Read the article to learn about when these epidemics struck and the impact they had on our community.
His second article, “Perrysburg Persevering Pandemic” includes his observations about the changes in Perrysburg since the stay at home order was issued, and some historical reference about the last time this happened.
Teens ages 12 to 16 can join Way's Young Writers Program! Included in this program are two separate classrooms- one for serious creative writers and another for those teens who just want to keep in touch and "talk" about books without the use of Zoom or other video options.
The providers who are on the job every day bringing essential services to our community often do so at great personal risk. How can we express our thanks to them while we are under Ohio’s “Stay-at-Home” order?
Way Library has put together a coloring book featuring some of these community helpers. Children are encouraged to color pictures to honor those who are providing medical care, prescriptions, groceries, necessary household goods, protection, and other things that we can’t do without during the pandemic.
The coloring book can be found on online. Pages can be printed individually and colored to be displayed in windows at home or left in the designated receptacle at the library’s front door. Any coloring pages left at the library will be gathered weekly and displayed in the library’s windows.
Crystal Morris, Teen Librarian, has created a new Way Teen Instagram Page to help stay in touch with young adults ages 13 to 16.
This page will feature an assortment of posts focused on books and library activities such as:
- Question of the Day
- Teen focused library news
- Upcoming event information
- Photo challenges
- ...and more!
What are Way Library’s technology specialists doing during the pause in in-person services at the library? A lot! Besides remaining available by phone, email, and social media to answer questions, Adam Marier and Rachel Henck Bentley have continued to help people become more proficient in the use of the library’s digital resources. They have filmed step-by-step tutorials which are available on Way Library’s YouTube channel, and they have created a fun, digital “Escape Room” for elementary age children.
That’s not all they are doing. Adam and Rachel each took home one of the library’s 3D printers. In the background, while Adam and Rachel work at home, the quiet whir and melodic beeps of Way’s 3D printers provide a continuous soundtrack. One by one, very special visors are being 3D printed. Through a collaboration which originated at Dana, Inc., Way Library and other 3D printer owners have been mobilized to produce parts for protective face shields which are donated to health care workers in our area. At Rachel’s home, her personal 3D printer has been pressed into service for the same purpose. As each visor is completed, it is packaged for delivery to Dana, Inc.
While the visor portion of the shield assembly is 3D printed, Dana, Inc. is providing and cutting the clear plastic shields which will be attached to them. The completed protective shield assemblies are distributed by Dana through a distribution channel with Promedica Health Systems. They are then provided to the courageous health care professionals who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Way Library is grateful to be able to assist in the alleviation of the shortage of personal protective equipment for nurses, doctors, paramedics, caretakers, and others in the profession. During the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19, each and every mask can be a life-saver.
The library’s 3D printers and supplies are funded by Way Public Library Foundation & Friends.