What’s happening in your community (updated Dec. 14)

NEWLY POSTED: Cookie Bake-Off, Dec. 17 Wood County District Public Library  will hold its community Holiday Cookie Bake-Off Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.  The event is open to bakers and tasters as well.  For more information , call the Wood County District Public Library’s Adult Services department at 419-352-5050. For details read story.   NEWLY POSTED: Library presents Christmas movie double bill, Dec. 21 The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library will be showing a Christmas movie double feature on Friday, Dec. 21.  Come at 10 a.m. to see your favorite Muppets retell Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic. Come at noon to enjoy the humorous tale a young girl trying to make Christmas magical in the hotel where she lives. For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.   NEWLY POSTED:  Homeschool hangout at library set for Dec. 19The Children’s Place of Wood County District Public Library is collaborating with local homeschool families to host a “homeschool hangout” each month at the library.  This month’s “homeschool hangout” will be on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1-3 p.m. Students of all ages and their parents/guardians are welcome to participate in this friendly get-together, with opportunities for conversation, resource sharing, and play. As hosts, the Children’s Place shares a variety of board games, as well as a Wii gaming system. For more information, contact the Children’s Place staff at 419-352-8253.   Toledo Jazz Orchestra performs Ellington Nutcracker, Dec. 15 The Toledo Jazz Orchestra with dancers from the Toledo School for the Arts will present the Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite, Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St., Toledo. The music from the original Duke Ellington Orchestra album was later expanded and adapted into the “Harlem Nutcracker” by Dave Berger. Inaddition to the Nutcracker, the Toledo Jazz orchestra will play music arranged for the Airmen of Note and Army Jazz Ambassadors, as well as arrangements by Gordon, Godwin, Tom Kubis, and Rob McConnell and classics from the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Tickets are $28 and $38 and $5 for students. Call 419-242-2787 or visit Santa storytime, Dec. 15 Santa will visit the Wood County District Public Library to share songs and stories with families in the Children’s Place on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m.  Mrs. Claus to visit library, Dec. 16 Mrs. Claus will visit the Wood County District Public Library to share songs and stories with families in…

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Area libraries hosting voter registration Sept. 25

The Wood County District Public Library (WCDPL) will be joined by other county libraries in partnering with the League of Women Voters of Bowling Green (LWVBG) to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 25. In addition to WCDPL, participating libraries include: Pemberville Library (419-287-4012), North Baltimore Library (419-257-3621), and Weston Library (419-669-3415) and its Grand Rapids branch (419-832-5231). Business hours vary;  call for the specific LWVBG-assisted voter registration hours unique to each of these libraries. In Bowling Green, stop by the library (251 N. Main St., BG) any time  from 9 am until 8:30 pm. Volunteers from the LWVBG will be at WCDPL all day to register voters and to answer questions about the process of registering to vote in Ohio.

BGSU library will host talk on efforts to censor comics

From UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES Charles Coletta will speak on Seduction of the Innocent: The Anti-Comic Books Crusade of the 1950s & Beyond Thursday, September 27, at  1 p.m. in Pallister Conference Room, Jerome Library This presentation highlights the backlash against comic books during the 1950s following the publication of Dr. Frederic Wertham’s book The Seduction of the Innocent: The Influence of Comic Books on Today’s Youth. The presentation includes a discussion of efforts to ban comics today. Wertham’s text fueled widespread fears that comic books were a leading cause of juvenile delinquency, sexual perversion, and rising crime rates. He even claimed heroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were promoting immorality. His anti-comics crusade led to Congressional hearings, book burnings and the rise of the Comics Code Authority, an industry self-censorship board that lasted until the early 21st century.   About the presenter Dr. Charles Coletta is a lecturer in BGSU’s Department of Popular Culture, teaching a variety of courses related to comics and popular culture. He has served as a contributing writer to several academic texts on comics. In 2006, he assisted BGSU alumna Eva Marie Saint in preparation for her role as Martha Kent in Superman Returns. He is co-chair of the 2019 BGSU Batman Conference at BGSU.

Library to host telescope workshop on Sept. 18

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY The Toledo Astronomical Association has donated two telescopes for public use to the Wood County District Public Library and members of the Association will lead a workshop on using the telescopes on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main). “We are absolutely thrilled to expand the kinds of items people can check out from the library and sincerely thank the Toledo Astronomical Association,” said Michele Raine, Assistant Director. “I know when I’ve tried using a telescope I end up not really seeing anything, so we are looking forward to Association members showing everyone exactly how they work.” “What really gets you going is when you see the rings of Saturn,” said Jeff Thomas, Toledo Astronomical Association member.  Thomas delivered the two Orion FunScope 4.5″ telescopes and took a few moments to show the equipment to library staff earlier this summer. “These telescopes will be a wonderful resource for star gazers of all ages,” said Raine.  After the workshop on Sept. 18, people with Wood County District Public Library cards will be able to check out the telescopes for 7 days. Once people have finished using the telescope, it will have to be returned inside the building during library hours. For more information about the telescope workshop contact the Library’s Information Services Department at 419-352-5050 or the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.

Library hooks up with to connect job seekers with skills they need

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Wood County Public Library Director Michael Penrod has high hopes for what can do for his patrons. The service, now owned by LinkedIn, provides more than 6,800 courses and more than 200,000 of video tutorials   on an array of subjects, with a heavy emphasis on technology and business. It has tutorials on management, photography, design, and much more. All have been vetted for quality and currency, Penrod said. Thanks to a new collaboration with Learning and Ohio Public Library Information Network, the service will soon be available for free to public library users throughout the state. With the new service, local library patrons who need to learn new software to get a new job or promotion can either come into the library’s tech center or log in using their library card information and learn it at home. Looking at the offerings, Penrod already sees videos that he would like members of the library staff to view. Looking through the offerings, he finds videos he would like to view himself. The statewide collaboration was announced Thursday in Columbus. Penrod, who chairs the OPLIN board, said it is fitting that OPLIN is involved in providing this service. In his remarks at the press conference in Columbus Thursday, Penrod said OPLIN “serves as the backbone for connectivity throughout the state by providing broadband internet services to all of Ohio’s 251 public library systems.” Those internet connections make offering possible. Libraries “as the People’s University” have always been on the forefront of helping people improve their job skills. That’s been especially evident following the economic collapse of 2008.  Penrod said “to have this work force development tool is a big game changer for the Ohio public library community.” So a job seeker can find the tutorial for the skills they need. The county district library was considering buying into the service – Perrysburg already offers it. That would have cost as much as $6,000, he said. Now that money can be spent on books that complement what provides, including enhancing a collection at the offices of Job and Family Services. OPLIN, the Ohio Libraries Council, and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation worked together on the project to make sure the training aligns with the jobs that are needed. “These learning modules support the majority of the occupations listed on the OhioMeansJobs List of…

Library trustees updated on fundraiser, gas line & carpet

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The board meeting room in the Wood County District Public Library “looks like a department store exploded in there,” Library Director Michael Penrod told trustees Monday. By the end of the week, though, all should be returning to normal, after the Library Foundation’s fundraiser at Schedel Gardens. Penrod reported that the 100 tickets, which are $100 each, sold out as of Sunday. That’s the first time in the event’s 10-year history that it sold out so soon. The Foundation board, he said, has opted not to create a waiting list. The foundation set a goal of $75,000 for the fundraiser though it has raised more than that the last few years. Money raised goes to purchased books in all formats for the library. Penrod said last month that the money supplements the library’s book budget and does not replace money from the state or from the local levy. That was not the only bit of good financial news. Linda Joseph, the library’s finance officer, reported the library received a $5,000 rebate from the state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. That money will be listed as “other income” in the library’s budget. Penrod reported that he is adamant that Columbia Gas line work now underway downtown will not disrupt the community Christmas tree that was just planted last year. The library will have a new gas line and meter installed, and it will enter at the southeast corner of the building. There are three burning bushes that were planted in 1974 when the library was built near the spot the line will run through. It’s possible one may have to be taken out, Penrod said, but Columbia Gas is committed to replacing an landscaping it disrupts. Also, Penrod reported that the replacement of the carpeting on the steps has been delayed because the interior designer he is working with is on medical leave. Work selecting carpeting continues. He said the stairway carpeting will be selected with the intent of replacing the carpeting in the circulation area as well as the back hallway. He said the library will also replace the walk-off flooring in the entryways. This is made of tougher stuff – like Brillo pads, Penrod said – but new designs will allow it to be more carpet-like. This area should be about 20-feet long to catch dirt, sand, and salt so most of it doesn’t…

Children’s Librarian Maria Simon on the mend from injuries suffered in crash

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Maria Simon is back to work at the Wood County District Public Library. Though she’s not up to rocking out, the children’s librarian is feeling well enough to return to see the Libraries Rock summer reading program through the end of the summer. Simon was seriously injured June 6 in an automobile accident on I-75. She returned to work with restrictions a week ago. Simon said she was very pleased to be back, even if it’s just part time. She attended the library’s Board of Trustees meeting Monday. She suffered a broken sternum and a concussion, so she said she’s having to limit her contact with the public. “Just a wave is all I need,” she said of well-wishers. She said that the library is a very private place, so many people probably aren’t aware of where she’s been. They may assume she’s been on vacation, Simon said. The accident occurred just south of Cygnet Road in Wood County when the Toyota Prius she was driving struck another car that was driving erratically. While trying to avoid that car she also made contact with a tractor-trailer. She, her husband Marc Simon, Bowling Green State University professor, and her mother, Mary Roemer, of South Bend, Indiana were on their way back to Bowling Green after traveling to Cincinnati to see a show the Simons’ daughter and son were performing. Roemer was very seriously injured who was taken by air ambulance to St. Vincent’s in Toledo. She has now been transferred to a skilled nursing facility in South Bend. So in addition to her own recovery, Simon was monitoring her mother’s care. Simon said she appreciates returning to the library. “I love this place,” she said. “I love libraries. Libraries incredibly healing places, places of order and stability.  There’s answers here.” Answers are hard to come by in the world of medical care where even the experts can be baffled, especially when it comes to concussions and spinal injuries, such as those her mother suffered. That “world is full of care and concern, and definitely love and prayers. That’s very comforting, but it’s extremely scary.” Back in the library “is very comforting and knowledgeable and orderly. And this place is a lot more fun.” Simon said that she especially missed the children. Her injuries knocked her out of action just as the summer reading program with…