Library offers programs on books, technology, cooking & more

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY September winds up at Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main St., Bowling Green) with book discussion groups (including a live conversation via Skype with author Sam Quinones), an opportunity for adults to treat themselves to an evening of coloring with friends, a class on getting the most from your tablet and smartphone, and a Skype presentation from the Federal Trade Commission on safe online practices and behaviors. Staff from the Federal Trade Commission share free resources and answer parents’ questions about online safety for kids during a live Skype presentation, “Living Life Online” on Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Coffee Talk with Kristin Wetzel meets Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room to discuss “Fall of the Marigolds” by Susan Meissner. The library’s popular “Job Coach,” HR expert Frank Day, will be available Wednesday, Sept. 21 starting at 9:30 am to provide advice on polishing your resume, exploring online job sites, or filling out an online application. Please call ahead, 419-352-5050, to make an appointment for your half-hour session with Mr. Day. On Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 pm adults are invited to join us for “Coloring: It’s Not Just for Kids” in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Rediscover the relaxing and creative pastime of coloring. The first in a series of “Tablet and Smartphone Classes,” presented in partnership with the Wood County Committee on Aging and the BGSU School of Media and Communications, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:15 pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. These classes are structured to suit your needs and to help you to get the most from your phone or mobile device. Registration is required. For details and to register call the Senior Center at 419-353-5661. The Page to Table cookbook group, led by Kristin Wetzel, explores Asian cuisine on Tuesday, September 20 in the Carter House (307 N. Church Street, directly behind WCDPL). Participants bring a prepared dish to share, and copy of its recipe (noting any changes made), and a serving utensil. A display of suggested cookbooks for finding recipes is located across from the first floor Check-out Desk. Just the Facts with Anne Render discusses the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” on Tuesday, Sept. 27 am 10:30 am in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Author and former LA Times journalist Sam Quinones joins the group’s live via Skype. Events are…

Library closed for Labor Day; on the air Sept. 9

From WOOD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY In observance of Labor Day, Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main St., Bowling Green) and will be closed Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5. The Walbridge Branch Library (108 N. Main St., Walbridge) will be closed and the Bookmobile will be off the road, Monday, September 5. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, September 6. Join radio host Clint Corpe and library staff on Friday, September 9 for a live remote broadcast from the library of the Morning Show (WBGU 88.1 FM, 6 am – 9 an). Hear the latest news of what’s going on at the library, including updates on the Walbridge Library renovation project, get ideas for your next great read, and get the inside scoop on fall activities in the works at WCDPL. The first two weeks in September offer a wide range of books and book groups for readers to choose from. First up, on Wednesday, September 7, the Read for Inspiration group, led by Deb Born, meets at 10:30 am in 2nd Floor Reading Lounge to discuss Lynn Austin’s Until We Reach Home. The Monday Mysteries group discusses Terry Pratchett’s Thud!, a mystery/fantasy set in the author’s popular Discworld. Mary Boone and Doris Ann Norris lead the discussion, which starts at 7 pm in the Carter House (307 N. Church St.). On Tuesday, September 13 the Diversity in America book group, led by Jim Litwin, meets at 6:30 pm in the 1st Floor Meeting Room to discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates, for whom “history has always been personal,” offers readers a “new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here.” Events are free and open to all. For more details about these and other programs for adults at WCDPL, call the library at 419-352-5050.

Wood County Library receives gift from Endres estate

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The estate of a retired Bowling Green State university professor of chemistry has made a large donation to the Wood County District Public Library. Library Director Michael Penrod said he was surprised when he was presented with the check for $227,395.42 from the estate of Paul Endres, who died in 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maureen, in 2013. Endres taught at BGSU from 1969 to 2011. The use of the gift is unrestricted, Penrod said, and will go to the library’s foundation. “Every single gift is so precious,” he said. A current member of the BGSU chemistry department Neocles Leontis has also made a gift to the library. After Penrod spoke to the Kiwanis, Leontis asked about technology the library could use. Penrod mentioned the Sphero2, a small spherical robotic device that teaches programing. Leontis purchased one for the library’s Children’s Space. This is one of the new technological devices new to the library. The board met in new meeting room on the second floor. That room is equipped with an 80-inch high definition screen that can be used by visitors. Michelle Raine, assistant director of adult services, said the screen can be synchronized to project what’s on the screen of a tablet or laptop. The library has also recently purchased, for about $2,700 each, two Sprout  HP work stations. The work stations include a desktop computer, scanner camera, projector and 3D printing capabilities. “I can’t wait for the community to come in and start playing with it, so we can see what we can do,” Raine said. Users are encouraged to view the instructional videos on YouTube. Gone are the days when the librarians were the experts, Penrod said. Now they learn along with the public. One Sprout HP work station is in the second floor area with public computers, and another is in the Children’s Space. A third will be installed at the Walbridge branch when the expansion there is completed. Trustee Jane Robb said she’s been asked about whether the Carter House, which sits behind the library on North Church Street, is a drain on the library’s finances. Penrod said the rentals more than cover the cost of utilities and the extra $150 annually the library pays insurance. The Library Foundation pays for maintenance projects. Linda Joseph, the library’s finance officer, said the Carter House is also used for a number of official library functions. The board also approved a resolution thanking Will Harbauer for his service on the board.      

Library ready to color your world with programs for adults

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY As June winds down, the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green provides several programs for adults that will help beat the “summertime blues.” Join us for a bike ride along the Slippery Elm Trail, learn about five free apps you may be unaware of for reading free eBooks; rediscover coloring as a creative and relaxing pastime, and much more. Events are free and open to all. See you at the library.  Wednesday, June 22, 10 a.m. “Coloring: It’s Not Just for Kids.” Adults, rediscover the relaxing and creative pastime of coloring.Second Floor Meeting Room.  Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m. “Slow Roll BG: A Social Bike Ride.” Families are invited to join a leisurely bike ride along the Slippery Elm Trail. Led by a Wood County Parks Ranger, the Slow Roll starts promptly at 7 p.m., rain or shine, from the trail’s Sand Ridge Road entrance (at the Montessori School). Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. WCDPL’s IT specialist Nick Sluka shares tips and tricks for finding your way around and getting the most out of your computer. Due to space limitation, registration is required. Call 419-352-5050 to register. Second Floor TechLab. Tuesday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. “Just the Facts” book group, led by Anne Render, discusses “Dark Money” by Jane Meyer. Second Floor Meeting Room.  Friday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. “Library Apps for Your Tablet.”We’ll explore five apps you’re probably unaware of for reading eBooks. Second Floor Meeting Room. Sunday, July 3 & Monday July 4. WCDPL closed in observance of 4th of July, Independence Day. For more details about these and other programs for adults at WCDPL, call the library at 419-352-5050.  

Start a new chapter by learning to play ukulele at library

From Wood County District Public Library Book groups and ukuleles take center stage at Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main St., BG) in the library’s upcoming adult programming for the week of June 13 – 19. Events are free and open to all. Monday, June 13 · Kristin Wetzel leads the Page to Table cookbook discussion group meeting at 6:30 pm in the Carter House. This month’s meeting focuses on “Food Network Stars.” Participants, may bring a dish prepared from a cookbook by their favorite Food Network chef, along with a copy of the recipe, noting any changes made. The library will supply flatware and dinnerware. Tuesday, June 14 · The library’s Diversity in America book group, led by Jim Litwin meets in the 1st Floor Meeting Room to discuss Sally Denton’s American Massacre. Thursday, June 16 · Coffee Talk book group, led by Kristin Wetzel, holds its annual “Book to Film Day” in the 1st Floor Meeting Room. At 10:00 am the group will discuss Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Following a break for lunch, the group resumes its meeting at 1:00 pm to watch the book’s critically acclaimed film adaptation (Oscar nominee Best Film and Best Screenplay, Nick Hornby), featuring Saoirse Ronan (Oscar nominee, Best Actress). Sunday, June 19 · Ukulele playing is taking the area by storm, thanks in no small part to the Grande Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp (GRÜBS). If you have a ukulele and are looking for a fun, friendly, and helpful group to explore your instrument with, join members of the GRÜBS at 3:00 pm this Sunday in WCDPL’s 1st Floor Meeting Room. All skill levels are welcome; all you need is a ukulele and sense of adventure. Due to space limitations, RSVPs to the Adult Services department (419-352-5050) is appreciated, but not required. For more details about these and other programs for adults at WCDPL, call the library at 419-352-5050.

Ohio Humanities Presents Ohio Chautauqua in Rossford

From ROSSFORD CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU   History comes to life  in Rossford June 28 through July 2 when Ohio Humanities brings its  Ohio Chautauqua 2016 tour to Rossford. The theme for 2016 is “The Natural World” featuring chemist Marie Curie, Iroquois leader Cornstalk, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, President Theodore Roosevelt, and zoologist Dian Fossey. Building on the 19th-century tradition established on the shores of New York’s Chautauqua Lake, Ohio Chautauqua is a five-day community event that combines living history performances, music, education, and audience participation into a one-of-a-kind cultural event the entire community will enjoy. Daytime activities feature stimulating adult programs and hands-on workshops for youth hosted at the Rossford Library, 720 Dixie Highway. Each evening, family, friends and visitors gather as live music fills the air in Veterans Park at the Marina, 300 Hannum Avenue with convenient parking and buses from Rossford High School. Then, a talented performer appears on stage, bringing a historic figure to life through personal stories and historic detail. This enriching and delightfully entertaining experience is perfect for every generation. With its warm, nostalgic vibe, this truly unique experience is sure to open minds and start conversations. A daily schedule can be found online at or Sponsors of Ohio Chautauqua 2016 in Rossford, Ohio include Ohio Humanities, the Rossford Convention & Visitors Bureau, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, Lake Erie Living Magazine, Welch Publishing, Wood County Cultural Arts Grant, TARTA, Northwestern Water & Sewer District, the Rossford Business Association, Meijer Rossford, Costco Perrysburg, Camping World, the City of Rossford and the Rossford Library. Daytime Programs Rossford Public Library 720 Dixie Highway, 
Rossford. Programs for youth begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 28: Dan Cutler: Prehistoric People—How Primitive Were They? Wednesday, June 29: Susan Marie Frontczak: Once Upon a Time—Frankenstein Thursday, June 30: Dianne Moran: Animal Researchers Friday, July 1: Chuck Chalberg: Roosevelt as a Hunter & Explorer Saturday, July 2: Susan Marie Frontczak: Storytelling: Science and Engineering through Stories Programs for adults begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 28: Dan Cutler: How the “Skin Trade” Changed Traditional Native Values Wednesday, June 29: Susan Marie Frontczak: Does a Clone Have a Soul – or – Grappling with the Monster Thursday, June 30: Dianne Moran: Dian Fossey, Passionate Mountain Gorilla Researcher and Defender Friday, July 1: Chuck Chalberg: Roosevelt’s Character and Roosevelt as an American Character Saturday, July 2: Susan Marie Frontczak: Marie Curie—What Almost Stopped Her Evening Performances Rossford Veteran’s Memorial Park and Marina 300 Hannum Ave., 
Rossford Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28: Susan Marie Frontczak as Marie Curie…

“On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” this summer at library

Submitted by WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Maria Simon, Head of Youth Services at the Wood County District Public Library dressed up as “Speed Reader” and visited elementary schools to “rev up” excitement about summer reading at the library. Youth are encouraged to “Jump into Reading” this summer with the Wood County District Public Library Children’s Place! Registration for the Youth Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!”  begins Friday, May 27. There will be a Bounce House in the Library Atrium on Friday, May 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. for youth registrants. Registration will continue throughout the summer. Youth participants will receive a free one-day pool pass to the BG City Pool upon registration. Participants can register and log their reading minutes in the Children’s Place “Reading Arena,” or online at A full calendar of events and programs through August is available online at The Children’s Place is continuing a weekly reading buddy program, “Reading Champions,” as well as a weekly hands-on STEM program “STEM Training with Team Lubrizol.” Reading Champions will offer students ages five and up an opportunity to practice reading aloud with a reading “coach” each Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon. “STEM Training with Team Lubrizol” will offer students ages five and up a variety of experiments and hands-on physics demonstrations with chemists from Lubrizol and Children’s Place staff each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.

Public library taking on new roles

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The changing nature of libraries came up several times during the meeting Tuesday of the Wood County Board of Trustees. In his report, Library Director Michael Penrod noted that some people are surprised that though space at the Walbridge branch will double when the new addition is completed, the stack space for books will not. At least, he told the board, space for books will remain constant. Often, he said, when libraries renovate that space is reduced. Why? Well, Michele Raine, adult services librarian, provided part of the reason. The library now circulates more than 4,000 e-books a month. That tops the target staff had set. All major publishers now make their newest books available, while before they only allowed their back catalog to be circulated in the electronic format. That comes at a price, Raine said. Publishers can charge three times as much for an electronic version of a book as they do for the hard cover, and they restrict how many times it can be borrowed by patrons before requiring the library to repurchase it. Increasingly libraries are about more than books. Among the adult activities offered at the library were a ukulele club, attended by 18, and a session on straw bale gardening attracted 28. And library staff in April helped 10 people put together resumes and do job searches. “This is a place you can continue to learn and grow for the rest of your life,” Raine said. She also announced that the piano recital series presented in conjunction with the Bowling Green State University piano faculty will continue next year. Raine said she especially like the recitals because the performers took the time to talk about the music they are about the play and explain what to listen for. “It’s a phenomenal opportunity to learn more about music,” she said. For all the constant updating in services, the need to pay for them is a constant. Penrod announced that the library foundation’s benefit at Schedel Arboretum and Gardens in Elmore will be held Thursday, July 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event features hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, and beverages. Tickets are $100 and available at the library. “It’s that time for this magical event once again,” Penrod said. This will be the eighth year the foundation has sponsored a benefit at Schedel. The previous seven, Penrod said, raised a total of $470,000 that goes toward the purchase of books. Penrod also said he has applied to a grant from library services…

Library wants to showcase BG’s talent

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Since the Wood County Public Library opened in 2003 its atrium up to a variety of entertainment. With the purchase and installation of a Steinway grand piano in 2006, the library became a regular venue for performers, from around the corner and around the world. “We have a lot of concerts and recitals, and people a lot of time people will ask how they can perform,” said reference librarian Kristin Wetzel. “All these people would like to perform, so why not have an adult talent show just to showcase different acts in town that maybe people don’t always get to see?” So BG’s Got Talent was born. The show – not a contest, “just pure fun” – will be held June 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the atrium. Acts have until June 3 at 6 p.m. to sign. The show is open to pretty much any kind of act that can move on and off stage quickly. Acts will have as long as 15 minutes to perform. Wetzel said these could be singers, poetry reading, clean stand-up comedy, anything suitable for all audiences. “It’d be great to have a few piano pieces mixed in,” she said. So far, three acts have already expressed interest. Two are singers accompanying themselves on guitar, and the third is a group of teenagers who are writing their own song. “There’s room for more,” Wetzel said. Registration forms are available at the library or on the library’s website: For information email or call 419-352-5050.    

Library offers variety of adult activities

A tour of downtown Bowling Green highlighting the city’s historic past, coloring for adults, job coach sessions, and book discussions are among the programs being offered for adults at Wood County District Public Library in BG. Saturday, May 21 Join WCDPL’s Local History librarian Marnie Pratt and Kelli Kling of the Wood County Museum at 10 am and discover downtown BG’s historic past with a “Business in Boomtown Walking Tour.” The tour leaves promptly at 10, rain or shine, from the Carter House parking lot. Light refreshments will be served in the Carter House at the tour’s conclusion. Registration required. Call 419-352-5050. Monday, May 23 Coloring It’s Not Just for Kids. Come, join friends and neighbors who have rediscovered coloring—a relaxing and creative pastime for adults. Coloring sheets ad colored pencils provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies. “Coloring: It’s Not Just for Kids” takes place in the library’s newly renovated 2nd Floor Meeting Room starting at 7 pm. Tuesday, May 24 Just the Facts, the library’s popular nonfiction book group led by Anne Render discusses Going Clear by Lawrence Wright at 10:30 am in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Thursday, May 26 Meet with retired HR expert Frank Day from 9:30 am – 12 pm for a half-hour, personalized “Job Coach Session.” From polishing resume to reviewing job skills to filling out online forms: Mr. Day will you help brush-up where needed to stand out in today’s job market. To book a 30 minute session, call 419-352-5050. 2nd Floor. 10 am. Coffee Talk book group meets at 10 am in the library’s new 2nd floor meeting room. The group, led by Kristin Wetzel, will discuss Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Sunday, May 29 & Monday May 30 WCDPL will be closed in observance of Memorial Day Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30. Wednesday, June 1 Deb Born leads the Read for Inspiration book group in a discussion of To Win Her Favor by Tamara Alexander. The group meets at 10:30 am on the 2nd Floor. Friday, June 3 Discover the top 5 free apps for Library Apps for Tablets at 10:30 am in the 2nd Floor TechLab and get your summer reading off to a great start. Performers wishing to participate in the library’s BG’s Got Talent extravaganza should sign-up by 6 pm today. For details call the Adult Services department at 419-352-5050. Download a registration form for performers from the attachment online at For more information contact the Adult Services department at 419-352-5050

Wood County Library sets limits on unattended children

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The library is a great place for kids, a safe space for kids, but it’s not a day care center and the staff members are not babysitters. The Wood County District Public Library approved a policy Tuesday that clarifies just how employees will deal with unattended children. The policy, said Library Director Michael Penrod, was drawn based on guidelines from Child Protective Services. The library staff needs to know, he said, what to do if they have a 6-year-old running around and the parent is two miles away at home. Penrod said that in discussions with parents, staff has been told that there are no guidelines. Now there are. From birth to age 7, the parent or guardian, must be “in the immediate vicinity.” There was some discussion whether that should be more precisely defined, but Penrod said short of getting measuring tape out, that may prove to be too restrictive. “You’ve got to be able to see them,” Board president Brian Paskvan said For children 8 or 9, Penrod said, the parent needs to be in the building. Those 10, 11 and 12 years old can use it on their own. Here the issue becomes transportation. “If a child is not able to leave the library without an adult, they should not be in the library without an adult,” Penrod said. Also, if a child needs to wait for a ride at closing time, the staff will call the police to provide transportation if the ride hasn’t arrived within 15 minutes. Penrod said there have been instances when a staff member has had to wait 45 minutes for a parent to pick up their child. If a sibling is watching the children, that child must be at least 13 and know they are responsible. Teens over 13 can use the library on their own, and are treated as adults and are expected to act as adults. The board also set rates for the meeting rooms in the library, including the new one on the second floor. The biggest change is that fees will now have different rates for individuals and for-profit entities and non-profit groups. The fee will be $75 for three hours for individuals and for-profit entities with $20 for each additional hour. The rent for an entire day of at least six hours will be $300.The fee will be $20 for non-profit groups for three hours and $10 for each additional hour, and $100 for a full day. Renters will be charged $150 if the event…