Wood County District Public Library

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….


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, wcdpl.org.Bingo 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…


Bake-off attracts a full field of cooks & tasters to library

No one brought sugar plums but there were cherries and cranberries at the  Holiday Bake-Off at the Wood County Public Library Monday night. Sherry Popocnak won for her chocolate -covered cherries. This was her time in the competition — she just moved to Bowling Green a year ago. She’s been making the confections for five years. The second place went to to Katarina Kiefer, Bowling Green, for her cranberry custard. Kiefer said she developed the recipe for the bite-size tarts from a recipe for a full pie. Katarina Kiefer with Mrs. Claus The atrium was packed with tasters who got to vote on their favorites among the 30 contestants. Michele Raine, assistant director for adult services , said that’s double the number of bakers from last year. Students from Vicki Hoehner’s piano studio provided holiday music to munch by, and Mrs. Claus was on hand to give out the prizes. Analisa Bihary performs a Christmas medley.


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…


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.


Donations find purchase of kids books for public library

This holiday season Kiwanis Club, the Women’s Club of Bowling Green, and Zonta of Bowling Green donated $800 towards the purchase of several hundred new children’s books for the Children’s Resource Center. Coordinated by Wood County District Public Library, this annual gift book project encourages reading by allowing CRC therapists to share new books with their clients.


Wood County library may pinch pennies – but not on books

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Though far from scientific, the popularity of the Wood County District Public Library can be measured in its worn carpet and the long wait-list for Michelle Obama’s new book. And the support for the library can be seen in the library’s ability to buy new carpet and stock up on 10 more copies of Obama’s book, “Becoming.” Wood County District Public Library Director Michael Penrod has more traditional methods for measuring the health of the library. And lately, the vital signs are looking very healthy. For example, the library: Paid off its loan early for the renovations at its Walbridge branch. Created a new capital projects fund to ensure that unexpected repairs would not short the funding for new materials for library patrons. Spends more than most libraries on new materials. Charts continued high numbers of books and other materials being borrowed by patrons. The rule of thumb is that when the economy is good, people buy their own books rather than borrow them from libraries, Penrod said. But Wood County District Public Library has seen no drop-off in usage. “In 2012, we hit a record level in terms of items borrowed by the community. We’ve been able to continue that,” Penrod said. “During the great recession, we were busier than ever.” The library has been able to stave off threats of obsolescence. The internet and e-books have not rendered the facility antiquated. “We can compete against Amazon,” Penrod said with a grin. For example, last week when Penrod was notified by staff that there were 16 holds on Obama’s new book, he decided to not make patrons wait. “We went ahead and bought 10 more,” he said. While the library has to buy e-books, it is able to lease hard copies of books. So there have been times that the library has leased 40 to 50 copies of best sellers, then returned them when they are no longer in great demand. Nationwide, libraries spend an average of 11.5 percent of their budgets on new material. “Bowling Green deserves better than that,”…


Library offers chance to meet children’s book author Jane Yolen

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Bestselling and award-winning children’s book author, Jane Yolen will talk about her work at the Wood County District Public Library on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. Jane Yolen is the best-selling author of over 365 children’s, middle grade and young adult novels, picture books, story collections, and poetry anthologies. Her works include award-winner The Devil’s Arithmetic, the bestselling picture book series How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night, Caldecott Honor winner Owl Moon, and hundreds more. For a complete list of her titles, as well as a Jane Yolen calendar that recommends one title a day for a full year, please visit her website, janeyolen.com. Jane Yolen’s visit is supported through a gift from the estate of Majorie Conrad, along with BGSU’s Literacy in the Park and University Libraries. During her visit to Wood County District Public Library, Ms. Yolen will speak, answer questions, and be available to autograph books. Six of Ms. Yolen’s titles will be available for purchase that evening through the Friends of the Library. Available for purchase will be Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten, How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends, What to do with a Box, and Fly with Me, published in October 2018 The audience is encouraged to bring any personal copies of Ms. Yolen’s books for signing as well. For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.


Chocolate makers to share family tradition

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Around 80 years ago, Carolyn Morgan attempted to make chocolate at home and found she needed help learning how to make fine chocolate.  She found a local chocolatier and traded work as a dipper in the shop for lessons on how to make the treats.  When the Great Depression hit, Carolyn began working at the chocolate shop to help support her family.  When the Great Depression ended, Carolyn Morgan never wanted to sell chocolate again. She wanted to give it away to friends and family. Now, four generations later the Guion family is continuing Carolyn Morgan’s mission of  passing on chocolate-making lessons. “We are going on four generations of chocolate making as a family,” said Cassie Greenlee, Carolyn Morgan’s great-granddaughter. Cassie and her father Keith Guion will teach a chocolate-making class at the Wood County District Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at 10 am.  “Three branches of our family come to Bowling Green each year and we make about 250 pounds of chocolate,” said Greenlee.  “This year, we are looking forward to sharing this tradition and cooking tips with the community.” The class will take place in the historic Carter House and registration for the event is required. Attendees will learn the entire process, from cooking the centers to hand-dipping the finished product. To register, please call the Library’s Information Services Department at 419-352-5050.


Bequest boosts county library’s book budget

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Library Director Michael Penrod didn’t know Elfreda Rusher except as a patron with a broad taste in books. Future library patrons will be able to enjoy their own literary tastes thanks to a bequest from the Rusher estate. The retired Bowling Green State University business education professor left $153,000 to the library with the expressed wish that it be used for books. Rusher died at 101 in April. She taught business education at BGSU from 1950 until her retirement in 1976. Penrod told the library trustees Monday that because of the conditions of the bequest the money has to go into the library’s general fund and not to the Library Foundation. Penrod and Fiscal officer Linda Joseph will make sure that the money will be spent on books in the coming years. “When someone says thank you in this way” by remembering the library “considering all the entities in the community that need support, it’s very humbling,” Penrod said. Such planned giving makes a big difference, Penrod said. That’s why the library’s new strategic plan, which runs through 2021 calls for the library to work with the foundation “to implement a planned-giving program and increase the Foundation’s ability to support library efforts monetarily.” The library’s trustees approved the strategic plan unanimously Monday. The plan represents the bare bones of what the library intends, Penrod said. Now it will be up to the library’s management team will flesh out how to put those ideas into action. Brian Paskvan, the president of the board, noted the areas that are outside what’s considered the traditional functions of the library. With the new access to Lynda.com the library is entering in a major way the area of job training and development. Another new area is the “library of things,” where what’s loaned out extends beyond the usual items. The library also loans ukuleles, puzzles, and telescopes that we provided by the Toledo Astronomical Association. Assistant Director Michele Raine said that the society told her if the telescopes are damaged, they will fix them. Penrod said there are limits…


Get in the act of writing at the library

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Wood County District Public Library and students from the Foundations for Teaching Writing class at BGSU will offer activities to inspire writers of all ages at a National Day on Writing celebration held at the library (251 N. Main, BG) from noon until 2 pm. The event will feature a number of activity stations where visitors can participate in a live action Mad Libs game, rainbow writing, magnetic poetry, and blackout poetry created by coloring out words on a printed page, as well as other activities. “Writing is important to everyone,” said Dr. Heather Jordan, the class instructor, “and this celebration will help people remember how much fun writing can be. The students were very excited about the opportunity and wanted to have innovative activities to include writers of all ages and stages.” BGSU students will lead the activities as part of their service learning initiative. “Engaging with the community in authentic environments in such an important component of their educational experience that the students get really excited about,” said Jordan. “We are really looking forward to a day devoted to nurturing writers, said Michele Raine, Assistant Director at WCDPL. “Without writers, where would we get the next great book?” This year is the 10th anniversary of the National Day on Writing and participants can stay connected to all the activities at #WhyIWrite.


Library piano recital showcases the top talent from BGSU College of Musical Arts

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Entering her senior year as a piano performance major, Yuefeng Liu has a lot on her agenda. That includes preparing for the next stage of her career — auditioning for graduate programs. On Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.  she’ll take time to join six fellow Bowling Green State University Piano students to perform a free public recital in the Wood County District Public Library’s atrium. The program will include music by Beethoven, Chopin, Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Carl Vine. Liu, a student of Laura Melton, will perform two movements from Beethoven’s sonata in F minor, the “Appassionata.” That piece will be part of her audition repertoire. These recitals, said fellow pianist Hanqiu Xu, who also studies with Melton and has performed at the library in the past, tend to be more relaxed than those on campus. “It’s more enjoyable,” she said, and that can lead to a more expressive playing. Pianist Zhanglin Hu, a student of Robert Satterlee, feels the same way. But it doesn’t matter the venue or the audience. The goal is always to make beautiful music, he said. Solungga Liu, professor of piano at BGSU, said that though the students may feel more relaxed, it does not mean they and their teachers take these concerts, which happen several times over the year, lightly. Rather they take the library recitals very seriously and prepare diligently for them, she said.  “The selection (of performers) is very strict.” Only the most prepared students are selected to perform. “We only want the best. This is good exposure for the college,” Solungga Liu said. While the recitals have occasionally had themes, that’s only been by happenstance. The pieces are selected by the faculty members based on what the students have best prepared.  “The library is the most ideal environment outside the College of Musical Arts,” Professor Liu said.  “The audience is receptive and always very attentive. It’s very encouraging for the students. We need a venue like that. It makes students leave their comfort zone and have an opportunity to perform for a completely different group…


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.


BG to partner with library for Read & Roll Bike Ride

(Submitted by City of Bowling Green) The fourth of a series of themed “slow roll” bike rides will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. This ride titled, Read and Roll, will be held in partnership with the Wood County Library. Each stop will feature a read aloud of the story, “The Fox and the Bike Ride,” as we travel by several of the mini libraries that have sprouted up around town. Upon completion of the story, we’ll return to the library for a special snack. The ride will meet and end at the Wood County Library. Rides are free, family-friendly, and open to everyone. Each rider is required to wear a properly-fitted helmet and ride a correctly-sized bicycle in safe, working mechanical order. The route for this ride covers five miles. It is highly recommended that young riders, not able to travel this distance on their own, participate via a tow behind trailer or child bike seat. These rides are meant to be more recreational in nature and will travel at a speed comfortable for all riders. While designed for fun and exploration, monthly rides will also stress the importance of safe riding practices and responsibilities of riders while navigating city streets. Multiple trained leaders will facilitate the ride to ensure that all riders complete the route, including providing assistance for mechanical or personal issues that may arise. Can’t make it to this ride? Mark your calendar for the October Bike BG ride, Spooks and Spokes, planned for Oct. 28. Decorate your bike and show up in costume for this fun Halloween themed ride. Stay tuned for more details. To register for monthly rides, please visit www.bgohio.org and follow the Bike BG link provided on the home page or call 419-354-6222.