From the Director

From the Director, Winter 2019

Happy New Year! At your library, a happy, busy year stretches ahead.

As always, a key focus at WCDPL is developing your child’s early literacy skills. One of the most important ways we can ensure the continued strength of our community is to make sure that all of our children learn the skills necessary to become successful readers. Instilling a love of reading, exploring, and learning in your child will help them is so many ways as they grow. Our Children’s Place staff, lead by Maria Simon, is here to help parents locate and use the resources needed to help your child be “ready to read.”

The Children’s Place has numerous fun, exciting, and—shhhh! don’t tell the kids—educational programs in store for 2019. In January, the Children’s Place welcomes author/illustrator Lindsay Moore to the library with a celebration of her book, Sea Bear; and retired Children’s Librarian, Kathy East returns with the popular Mock Caldecott Election. In February, Youth Community Reads’ award-winning author Tony DiTerlizzi visits Bowling Green and Walbridge. March comes in like a lion with story times, STEM activities, and theatre and improv workshops led by the BGHS Drama Club. In April, join Children’s Place staff in looking forward to the always fun and exciting Literacy in the Park at BGSU’s Perry Field House. This year’s guest of honor is author/illustrator, Lindsay Ward.

Adults will find plenty to do at the library, too. Come in during January for help with the new tablet or eBook reader you found under the Christmas tree. Or fire up your home computer and sign in with your library card to through the library website ( to develop new skills or sharpen old ones. Pop culture buffs, come test your knowledge of books or movies and TV with trivia nights in January and February. Connoisseurs of Ohio history, flex your research muscles at our annual “I Love Ohio” scavenger hunt. Do you love crime fiction and solving mysteries along with your favorite detective? Join us for Crime Solvers’ Weekend in March, and:

  • tour the crime lab at BGSU;
  • meet Arci, BGPD’s crime-solving K9 Officer;
  • hear stories behind Wood County’s most infamous crimes;
  • enjoy an exclusive, after-hours event at WCDPL with guest of honor, NY Times best-selling author and Emmy-winning reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, Hank Phillippi Ryan.

The library’s exciting new Foundation Series kicks off April 1 with a visit from Beth Macy, the best-selling author of Dopesick, Truevine and Factory Man.

And of course, readers of every age and taste will find a book group at the library to help them discover their next great read.

These are just a few of the many opportunities for you to explore and grow using the library and its resources. As a resource for instilling and supporting a life-long love of learning and exploration, the library remains one of today’s best values.

See you at the library—where you’ll always find something to discover, to learn, to share, and to read!

Michael Penrod, Director


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Now, thanks to an agreement between the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) and LinkedIn, WCDPL joins Ohio's public libraries in offering free to all library cardholders. This agreement is unique—the first of its kind in the nation.

The volume of courses may seem overwhelming, but all of the content is searchable and organized by subject, skill level, and duration (some courses are quick; other courses may take a few hours to complete). There are even learning paths that package courses for a specific role or job. For example, some of the learning paths include how to become a small business owner, a project manager, an IT security specialist, or a bookkeeper. If you’re embarking on a new career, you can take advantage of these learning paths to become more knowledgeable about the skills and experience needed to secure your dream job. You can also use the learning paths to develop new areas of expertise. Whether you're looking to jump into a new career or sharpen your skills, can be your guide.

You can use while in the library or from home. You just need an internet connection, your active library card number, and your library account PIN. Patrons with active library cards can access the site using this URL,

After creating a account (which only requires your name and e-mail address), you can watch videos, create playlists, bookmark interesting courses for later, download course files, and obtain certificates of course completion.

We are excited to provide Grab your library card, pick a subject, and start learning – the possibilities are endless. If you have any questions about, remember that WCDPL staff are only a library visit or phone call (419-352-5104) call away.

Michael Penrod, WCDPL Director

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