What’s happening in your community (updated April 22)

NEWLY POSTED: Players present ‘The Odd Couple (Female Version) weekends April 26 through May 5 The Black Swamp Players will present Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple (Female Version),” for two weekends starting with Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green.  Additional performances are: Saturday, April 27, Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, all at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m.  Tickets for the production are $12/adults, $10/seniors and students, and can be purchased on the organization’s website or at the door.   NEWLY POSTED: Women’s Center presents poetry night, April 24 The BGSU Women’s Center will present its annual Poetry Night Wednesday, April 24, 7-9 p.m. at Grounds for Thought 174 S. Main St. The event is held to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Keynote speaker is Kayla Williams, founder of the reading series Women Unbound and the free-form music program Radio Alchemy. The event will also feature an open mic, a blackout poetry table, and collaborative poetry activities.  NEWLY POSTED: Project promotes body positivity, April 26 The Body Positivity Project will be presented Friday, April 26, 4-6 p.m. at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St. . The organizers, four BGSU students, believe that in the age of Instagram everyone is a “model.’ That makes  it hard for adolescent girls to feel good and secure with their bodies. Originally a class project, the event is to be a situation where young girls feel comfortable and interact and connect with their peers. There will be activities such as painting and an Instagram wall as well as music and food. The American Association of University Women will also participate.    NEWLY POSTED: Community choir to perform Rutter’s Requiem, May 12 A community chorus with a chamber orchestra will perform John Rutter’s Requiem, Sunday, May 12 at 5 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church St., in Bowling Green. The 42-voice choir, directed by Joshua Dufford, draws singers from throughout the community to bring people together through music.     BGSU arts events through May 10 Digital Art show at Needle Hall, April 25 & 26 The Bowling Green State University Advanced Digital Video Art 2019 will present a two-day exhibit “Desire for the Intangible” in Needle Hall in City Park, 520 Conneaut Ave., April 25 and 26. A public reception will be held Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments provided. A public critique with guest critic Cameron Granger will be held Friday,  April 26, 5-7 p.m. “Desire for the Intangible” features the work of the Advanced Digital Video Art class at Bowling Green State University.  Wordplay writing workshop, April 26 The Wood County District Public Library is offering acreative writing Wordplay workshop on Friday, April 26, from 4-5 p.m. Youth will play storytelling games, consider writing prompts, create collaboratively, and have FUN with words! Youth ages 10 and up are encouraged to explore and participate, regardless of experience. Call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions. Scholar to consider memory & the film ‘Different Trains,” April 25Stephen L. Esquith, dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University, responds to artist Beatriz Caravaggio’s film “Different Trains,” Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Arts’ Little Theater. Based on Steve Reich’s minimalist musical composition of the same name, “Different Trains” is equally complex and evocative. The film is on exhibit in the museum’s Canaday Gallery through May 5. Esquith will ask what the film adds to the music from a critical perspective. Then, he will lead a discussion of what memories…

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Library board appropriates $3.2 million, but the director doesn’t plan to spend it all

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Wood  County District Public Library trustees Monday approved $3.2 million appropriations for the year. That’s a 13.4 percent over what was actually spent last year, but only 4 percent more than was appropriated in 2018.  Library Director Michael Penrod has his own approach to budgeting. “I don’t always spend what’s appropriated,” he explained to trustees.  “If I’m told I’m getting $1, I’ll plan on getting 95 cents. I’ll appropriate 94 cents and spend 90.” Some things are uncertain. The library will seek bids for a new chiller and condenser to replace its air conditioning system. That system has to make it through one last summer. That has board president Brian Paskvan a little worried. “It’s at the end of its life.” But it will take four to five months to get the system once bids are accepted, Penrodsaid. Installation is scheduled for late October and November. The project is projected to cost $210,000. The largest expenditures are on personnel, representing about 58 percent of the budget. The library will also spend $478,000 on books and other materials. Trustee Nathan Eikost asked why the expenditure  for ebooks and other digital resources was larger than for print books. Assistant Director Michele Raine said ebooks are more expensive. A $20 print book may cost $85 in digital form, and that comes with a limit of 24 times that it can circulate. After that the library must but it again. “We’re leasing them,” concluded trustee Ellen Dalton. A print volume, on the other hand, can be loaned out until it falls apart, Raine said. The concept of ownership is changing, Penrod said.  But the demand for what he called “real” books is strong as seen by increasing sales at independent bookstores. Penrod said the library is competing with Amazon. In a time when readers can get a book delivered to their homes the next day, the library can’t expect its patrons “to have to wait week after week after week for a book,” he said. The library plans to spend 16.7 percent of its budget on materials. That’s well over the national average of 11.5 percent. The $478,000 comes from local tax revenue ($338,000) and from the annual the Library Foundation’s benefit held at Schedel Gardens ($140,000).  Also during the meeting, the board approved closing the library on July 18 so that benefit can now be held in the building. Penrod said that last summer people were “shoulder to shoulder” at the Schedel. There was also some sentiment about moving the fundraiser to Bowling Green. Proceeds from that event were among the $388,171.80 in charitable donations given to the library in 2018. Penrod said those donations were “huge” in terms of supporting the budget. They came in large and small amounts.  The coin vortex in the lobby brought in $760.11, which is used for toys for The Children’s Place. Raine also demonstrated a new research tool available on the library’s website.  The Local Newspaper Digital Archive is a searchable database of the Bradner and Risingsun newspapers as well as the Sentinel-Tribune in its various iterations.  The archive covers from 1870 to 1924. Raine explained that all material from 1924 and earlier is out of copyright. The site is available from the library’s website. The project was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded by the State Library of Ohio and the Mearl and Lolita Guthrie estate.

Picture book author Lindsay Moore lets young readers travel along with polar bear

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Drawing cadavers might not seem like the way to become a children’s author. For Lindsay Moore, though, medical and scientific illustration helped her hone the drawing skills needed to produce her first children’s book, “Sea Bear.” Lindsay Moore Moore, of Bowling Green, will mark the publication of “Sea Bear” on Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, with an appearance at the Wood County District Public Library, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. The book for ages 4-8 follows the journey of polar bear through the Arctic.  Her inspiration came from a visit to the Toledo Zoo with her three children. Moore found herself fascinated by learning how far a polar bear travels along the edge of ice and sea to keep itself alive. “I thought that was very remarkable.” That was in 2014.  While her background was in medical and scientific illustration, writing children’s books seemed a good fit for her life as a stay-at-home mother. Moore, 35, has children 5, 6, and 8 years old. She moved to Bowling Green with her husband, Tim Davis, who teaches in the biology department and is a lead researcher in the Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health.  “Sea Bear” was not her first foray into writing for children. Her first book about a lobster made the rounds publishers with no success. But she gained experience and insight from the effort. In writing “Sea Bear,” which has the subtitle “A Journey for Survival,” she wanted to present the facts, but keep the story from getting too dark for your readers. So image of the carcass of the seal pup was taken out. Writing about animals, she said, requires care to make it possible for people to relate to them without giving them human traits. “We don’t know why they do certain things,” she said. Moore said she’s been pleased with the early reviews of the book. Moore grew up in northern Michigan. When she was in third grade, a teacher “pulled me aside and told me ‘I think you could be a writer.’” Moore believed her. She loved the work of Madeleine L’Engle. Then as a teenager she learned about how hard it was for even this great author to get her first work published. So Moore redirected her efforts into art and science. She double majored in fine art and marine biology. But she couldn’t see herself creating art for art’s sake, and as much as she loved science, she admits, “I was a disaster in the lab.” Scientific illustration, though, drew on her interests in both, so she headed to Medical College of Georgia, where the art students took the same courses as medical students. In art school, the students were concerned about creating beauty; in medical school, they wanted the drawings to tell a story, a story about pathology. Moore’s marriage to Davis, whom she’d met at Stony Brook University, where he worked in the harmful algae bloom lab, has taken her around the world, and back to the Midwest. Before Bowling Green, Davis worked for NOAA in Ann Arbor. Even before he took a position at BGSU, he was collaborating with his future colleagues in Bowling Green who are also studying harmful algae blooms. Once after he’d been away from home on a long trip, he suggested turning business trip to Bowling Green into a family vacation. Moore admitted she was not convinced that Bowling Green was a vacation spot, but the family came along. On the advice from someone at the hotel they were staying at, she and the…

Library trivia night kicks off Book Bingo

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Do you love books and love to share fun facts about them?  The Wood County District Public Library is sponsoring its second trivia contest on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. and has geared all the questions toward books. “This is our second trivia contest,” said Marnie Pratt, local history librarian and trivia event organizer.  “The first one covered music and was a lot of fun.  This time, questions will cover famous quotes from books, cover art, books made into movies, and a couple of other categories.” Teams of up to four people can enjoy snacks while competing for Downtown Dollars, which will be awarded to the top two teams.  People who need team members can also attend and teams will be formed that evening, if there are enough attendees.  “Not only are we going to have fun testing your book knowledge, this event is also the start of our winter Book Bingo game,”  said Michele Raine, WCDPL Assistant Director.  “There are some pretty interesting categories on the bingo card, and we hope people find new authors to enjoy this winter. We would love to make recommendations and find the right book for the square you are working on,” said Raine.  Information and Book Bingo rules can be found at the library’s website, cards can be picked up at the library during Book Trivia Night or downloaded from the library’s website after January 15.   Book Trivia Night starts at 6 p.m. at the library, 251 N. Main, Bowling Green.  For questions about the event, contact the library at 419-352-5050.

Dietitians weigh in on eating like a caveman & fad diets

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The New Year is a time to resolve to make changes in the diet. Maybe that means starting to eat like a caveman. Or maybe it means passing on the bread. It may even mean turning the advice to eat fruits and veggies, on its head and forgoing them. Earlier in fall, the Wood County Library hosted a presentation by Adam Bialecki, a BGSU instructor in food and nutrition and a dietetic intern, and Sara Turner-Smith, a graduate student in food and nutrition and a dietetic intern dietetic. Michele Raine, adult services librarian, said the library called in the dietitians because patrons have an insatiable appetite for the newest diet books. Sara Turner-Smith makes a point during dietary talk at Wood County District Public Library Bialecki and Turner-Smith served up assessments of three of the most popular diets and offered some advice on better alternatives. First up was the Ketogenic Diet.  This diet was first developed to treat juvenile epilepsy. It greatly restricts consumption of carbohydrates to 20 grams or less a day, said Turner-Smith. Average consumption is about 300 grams daily. That’s about two cups of vegetables or half a bagel. The diet replaces this with fat. Normally, Turner-Smith said, the body relies on carbohydrates for energy, but the Keto diet wants to put the body in a state of ketosis, where the body starts burning its fat stores for energy.  Yes, that will produce weight loss, she said. That occurs because the dieter is cutting out a lot of food choices. Also, because of the nature of the food consumed, dehydration will occur resulting in a loss in water weight. The diet has benefits according to studies, she said. Keto followers may see improved blood test results, including reductions in total cholesterol as well as possible benefits for those with chronic conditions such as hypertension and heart disease. And people with epilepsy may benefit from a Ketogenic diet. But one group of people, athletes, should definitely avoid the diet. They may lose some energy production efficiency, Smith-Turner said.  Also, “any diet that’s very restrictive or takes out an entire food group throws up red flags for us,” she said. “If you have a history of eating disorders, following a very restrictive diet can be a trigger.” With so many foods off limits, nutritional deficiencies are a real danger. And the lack of glucose, which the brain needs to function, can cause a lack of focus, Turner-Smith said. Because many of the foods restricted — whole grains, vegetables and fruits — are also important sources of fiber, constipation often results.  There is concern about kidney damage as well. The other problem with the Keto diet, which it shares with other “fad” diets, is sustainability, she said. While there may be an initial period of substantial weight loss, that will taper off, Turner-Smith said. Fad diets often promote the yo-yo effect. People lose weight through some diet, then can’t keep up with the regimen and lapse to previous eating patterns. They gain back the weight they lost and often more. There’s no long-term data on the Keto diet. “Studies start with large sample number and by the end half or two-thirds are gone,” she said. That’s because people are unable to maintain the regimen for long enough to be studied. The Paleo diet shares characteristics and problems with the Keto diet. The general idea, Turner-Smith said, is to eat like a cavemen, our ancestors from the Paleolithic Era — from about 3 million years ago until about 10,000 BCE. The diet calls for contemporary…

State’s libraries to seek restoration of funding formula

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News After a decade of asking state government to keep their funding stable, Ohio’s libraries would now like to see more revenue. The state’s Public Library Fund has received a percentage of the state’s general revenue fund. In the current budget that’s 1.68 percent, which generated $384.6 million this year. When that funding formula was put in place in 2007 the percentage was 2.2 percent, which generated $458 million in funding. The high point in state funding was in 2001, when libraries received $497.6 million, or $708.5 in today’s dollars. Then when the recession hit in late 2008 and library funding began to decline. Michael Penrod, director of the Wood County District Public Library, told the library’s board of trustees Monday that the Ohio Library Council will be looking to have the amount for the state’s public library’s returned to 2.2 percent of state revenues when the biennium budget is put together next year. As the economy struggled stable funding with the possibility of modest growth was acceptable. But now with  fat rainy day fund balance and the unemployment rate low,  it’s time to ask governor and legislature to restore the Ohio Library Fund. Ohio is unusual among states, he said, in funding libraries through the state budget. Others fund them through local or county taxes. That means they must vie for money from other government services such as parks and roads. Having that statewide structure, Penrod said, has allowed Ohio to build a network where local users can access material from across the state at no extra charge. A graphic presented by trustee Chet Marcin showed that in 2015, Ohio ranked as number 1 in the nation in library visits per capita. Ohio had 6.8 such visits compared to second place New Hampshire with 6.4 visits, and last place Texas with 2.7 visits. Board President Brian Paskvan said he believes there’s  a connection between that state support and the high level of use by residents. He noted that at one time only 30 percent of the state’s libraries had local levies, now that’s flipped and only 30 percent do not have local levies, and depend largely on state funding. The Wood County library system gets 53 percent of its funding, $1.43 million, from the state with another $1 million generated by its local levy. He said when state funds started to drop the Library Foundation and Friends of the Library ramped up their fundraising efforts. That now accounts for $153,234, or 5.7 percent . The remaining 3.15 percent is accounted for by fines, fees and miscellaneous income. Penrod said he believes in the local community having a stake in its library operation through the levy and local fundraising are important. Those give residents a sense of investment in the library. Monday the trustees also approved changes to its policy on handling credit cards. Penrod said most of the changes mandated by the state reflect policies already in place at the library, though some internal procedures would change. In discussing the new policy, Paskvan noted that procurement cards as well as gas cards are exempt from some of the rules.  He questioned whether the library should have a procurement card that facilitates purchasing, and often comes with greater rewards. He said during his time as an administrator at Owens Community College, they were used. They can save more money if they are coordinated through a consortium. Owens, he said, joined with University of Toledo and other institutions. The policy committee will look further into the matter. Paskvan was re-elected as board president at the meeting….

Library honors Kleins for sustained support

The library held its annual Volunteer Recognition Wednesday, December 12. At the event Dianne and Tom Klein received the Legacy of 1875 Award. The award was created in 2009 and is presented jointly by the library’s Board of Trustees, Foundation Board and Friends of the Library Board in recognition of individuals whose support impacts WCDPL in significant ways. The Kleins were recognized for their sustained support of the library as long-time patrons, volunteers, and champions of the library’s role in the community, and for their quiet, ongoing financial generosity – all of which have contributed to the success of the library.