ETC: Genoa, Elmore libraries offering “Winter Read” Program

Press Staff Writer

        Suffering from a case of the winter blues?
        Take comfort in a book and earn chances to win prizes while you’re at it with Winter Read Program at the Elmore and Genoa libraries.
        Earn virtual tickets for each book that you read and log online or via paper logs at the library. Tickets will be entered into a grand prize drawing at the end of the program. Participate in challenges every month to earn extra tickets.
        Paper logs are available at the Harris-Elmore and Genoa Branch libraries (library staff can sign you up and keep track for you) or sign up and track your progress online at Collect a small prize when you sign up at the library.
        All ages are welcome. The program runs through Saturday, Feb. 27.
        Grand prizes include:
        • Kids: Oreo Ultimate Dunking Gift Set.
        • Teens: Movie Night Gift Basket.
        • Adults: Winter Hot Cocoa Gift Basket.
        For more information or to sign up, call the Harris-Elmore Public Library at 419-862-2482 or Genoa Branch Library at 419-855-3380.
        February programs
        Each month, the Elmore and Genoa libraries offer fun, free crafts and programs that allow community members to get involved while still following COVID-19 safety guidelines. Check out the full list of programs at
        The library will be hosting parking lot bingo on Feb. 4 at the Genoa quarry (behind the Big Dipper) at 11:30 a.m. and on Feb. 22 at the Elmore Historical Society (facing the barn) at 6 p.m. Carpool with members of your household and play through the radio. Bingo cards and markers will be provided. This is a free event for all ages.
Valentine’s Wine & Dine
        Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Toledo Zoo with a Wine & Dine Valentine’s Day Dinner in the Great Hall on Feb. 13. Admission is $80 for members and $85 for non-members. Visit to purchase your tickets.
        Call for artists
        The Toledo Zoo is seeking creative minds and skilled craftsmen to take part in Wild About Art, which will be held Aug. 7-8.
        Art does not have to be animal related. Applications must be submitted online through ZAPP by Monday, April 26.
        Visit to learn more and submit an application.
Love Letters of the 1920s
        Hancock Historical Museum Curator and Activist Joy Bennett will share love letters from the museum’s newest exhibit with Wood County District Public Library patrons at an online program Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m.        The letters, which are from the early 20th century, detail a couple’s journey and romance.
        “Come and explore the 1920s through the eyes of two love-struck young adults – Earl “Bill” Kennedy, a veteran of ‘The Great War,’ and his fiancée, Marie “Mickey” McCarthy, a working woman in Cleveland – as they try to navigate the new world and they find themselves in the post-war era,” Bennett said. “With prohibition, women’s suffrage, the new woman, and a four-to-five-hour drive separating them, how can they keep their love alive? They write letters.”
        Bennett will share these letters and talk about what they may reveal about our not-so-distant relatives and ourselves.
        Registration is required. To register, email or call 419-352-5050.
Metroparks Valentine Program
        Fall in love with the great outdoors Feb. 12 and 13 on a self-guided walk around the Cannaley Treehouse Village, located at Oak Openings Metropark Beach Ridge area, 3520 Waterville-Swanton Rd., Swanton.
        Enjoy a stress-free date night during Valentine’s Day weekend that includes, s’mores, Valentines, chocolates and coffee. The walk length is .6 miles over uneven terrain. Hourlong walks begin from 6:30-7:30 p.m., with the last walk to be scheduled from 8-9 p.m.
        All participants must wear masks and abide by proper social distancing guidelines for the duration of the program. Mask breaks are allowed when appropriate. Participants must bring their own masks.
        The registration fee is $15 per person. This program runs rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.
        Register online at, or call 419-407-9700 to speak with a customer service representative during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Museum evening hours 
        The Wood County Museum, located at 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, is open for extended evening hours on the third Thursday of each month, when hours will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
        The extended hours will offer a chance for visitors who normally cannot visit during the day to tour the museum. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, with discounts for seniors, students and military. Historical Society members receive free admission as well as a gift shop discount.
        Due to state and county COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and masks are required inside the museum buildings at all times. There are multiple hand sanitizer stations set up throughout the building as well. 
        The museum is handicap accessible with an elevator, handicap restrooms, and ample parking in the visitor lot as well as behind the museum (south side). The south elevator entrance is also behind the museum.
        The museum’s normal hours for self-guided tours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends from 1-4 p.m. The museum is closed on government holidays.
        For more details, visit or follow the Wood County Museum on social media.
AARP to honor George Clooney
        AARP The Magazine will honor George Clooney with its annual Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.
        Clooney – a recipient of two Academy Awards, a BAFTA and three Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille award – will be honored at the Movies for Grownups (MFG) Awards, which will be broadcast on Sunday, March 28 at 8 p.m. by Great Performances on PBS.
        “We are delighted to honor George Clooney, whose mastery – and wit – make him one of the most talented and beloved actors of our day, and a director who'd be famous even if we'd never seen him onscreen,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “The combination of his smarts, hard work and experience shows just how wrong stereotypes about aging are.”
        For two decades, AARP's Movies for Grownups program has championed movies for grownups, by grownups, by advocating for the 50-plus audience, fighting industry ageism and encouraging films that resonate with older viewers. AARP's Movies for Grownups has focused on quality content and will continue to do so by expanding its awards program to TV categories.
        The MFG Awards winners will be announced on March 4 at The virtual ceremony will be broadcast by Great Performances on Sunday, March 28 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app.


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