It is so refreshing to walk into Way Library in Perrysburg and see so many programs and activities going on.
My last job I worked in Coldwater, Mich., and a constant story while I was there was the struggle the local library had with its funding. The state couldn't fully fund it anymore. Hours were cut on libraries throughout the county, and book selections were cut down too. Library staff's shrunk. It did not appeal to the community, and it was not being properly funded.
That is not the case in Perrysburg and at Way Library. The place is busy and lively with activities for everyone.
All day Wednesday Way Library held its open house in celebrating National Library Week, but it is not just an open house that brings people to the local library. Documentary showings, senior citizen help filing taxes, computer and mobile phone classes are just some of the many programs that drive people to the library.
There is a children's section where kids can play with toys and sit on comfy couches and read books. There is a section for people job hunting that has tips and resources to help with the search. There are obviously books on everything, and if there is a book you want they don't have they likely can get it. Movies and television series are available to rent for a week that has a selection that may be better than Netflix.
Wednesday I took the opportunity to get my library card at Way and I found a book I may be interested in. Currently I'm reading Playing with Purpose: Inside the Lives and Faith of the NFL's Top New Quarterbacks -- Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Tim Tebow while the title may be outdated it is still makes for an interesting read and was a great Christmas present from my soon to be mother-in-law.
Since I am nearly done with that book I may have found my next read, ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun while I was browsing Way Library. Hoping there are some interesting stories on the famous sports networks and athletes I grew up watching.
This brings up a great discussion topic though. The famous deserted island question: if you were stuck on an island, what three books and three movies would you want to have with you?
For me I would have to select Friday Night Lights, A Purpose Driven Life, and The Bible. Sadly I have yet to read A Purpose Driven Life but I hear it is incredible and inspirational, and honestly, if I'm on an island I want a new book. The movie selection was nearly impossible, but I would say The Sandlot, Major League, and The Shawshank Redemption. I warned readers I am a baseball nerd, and Shawshank would give me a mix of a serious but great film.
Hope readers comment and share the three books and movies they would choose.