Genoa and Elmore libraries offering Winter Read Program

Press Staff Writer

        Do you find yourself with the post-holiday winter blues?
        Curl up with a good book and earn chances to win prizes while you’re at it with the Winter Read Program at the Genoa and Harris-Elmore libraries.
         Earn virtual tickets for each book that you read. Tickets will be entered into two grand prize drawings. Participate in January and February to earn extra tickets.
        Registration opens Saturday, Jan. 8. Library staff at each branch can help with sign 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 to participate. The program runs through Monday, Feb. 28.
        Prizes include:
        January grand prize drawing:
        Kids: Mitten fidget popper.
        Teens: Movie tickets.
        Adults: Hot chocolate gift set.
        February grand prize drawing:
        Kids: Cookie dunker.
        Teens: Game box.
        Adults: $15 gift card to a local business.
        For more information or to sign up, call the Harris-Elmore Public Library at 419-862-2482 or the Genoa Branch Library at 419-855-3380.
2nd Saturdays R 4 Kids at Hayes Presidential
        Kids can create a craft or participate in an activity relating to President Hayes’ 200th birthday during a free, monthly program at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
        Second Saturdays R 4 Kids will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month in the museum.
        Activities will focus on President Rutherford B. Hayes’ birthday bicentennial, which is Oct. 4.
        This event is open-house style, so participants can stop by any time between 9:30-11:30 a.m. to complete the activities. This program is focused for kids in kindergarten through third grade, but kids of any age are welcome to participate.
        The 2022 schedule includes Saturdays, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.
        Activities for each month are to be announced. For information on Second Saturdays R 4 Kids, contact Education Coordinator Joan Eardly at 419-332-2081, ext. 246, or
        Second Saturdays is sponsored by Mosser Construction.
        Visit for details on other programs and events.
Model Train Clinic
        Veteran model train hobbyists will be available to offer advice about train repair and help estimate the value of trains at the annual Model Train Clinic Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont.
        The clinic will be held from 1-4 p.m. in the museum auditorium. Tickets are $5 per person ages 6 and older. Kids 5 and younger are admitted for free.
        Tickets are available in advance online at and in-person the day of the event.
        Those who bring trains to the clinic can also can run their trains on the “Hayes Train Special” track. The track fits standard, O-gauge and G-gauge trains.
        “The Hayes Train Special” is Hayes Presidential’s annual model train display, where model trains run through a Victorian holiday scene and delight visitors of all ages. It is on display through Sunday, Jan. 9. Admission to the display is free. There will be a donation box for those who want to make a gift to Hayes Presidential.
        Visitors and train clinic participants can watch them wind through tunnels and villages in this multi-tiered 12-foot by 24-foot exhibit. They can get involved by pushing buttons that run one of the trains, turn the Ferris wheel, send the ice skaters gliding across the pond and more.
Find e-books, audiobooks, and more with WCDPL
        Want to dive into borrowing free e-books, downloadable audio, movies and TV shows, and magazines from the library, but not quite sure where to start?
        Join Wood County District Public Library staff for a presentation covering all the basics of library apps like Libby, hoopla, and Flipster on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m.
        This presentation will be hybrid, taking place in Meeting Room C at the Bowling Green Library and online via Zoom. Registration is required. To register, call 419-352-5050, email, or register online at
Unruly Arts receives grant
        The Board of Trustees of the Stranahan Supporting Organization of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant to Unruly Arts in the amount of $ 45,390.
        These funds will be used to create a digital art program for school-age youth and adults. Digital art is an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as part of the creative or presentation process.
        The impact of digital technology has transformed activities such as painting, drawing, sculpture and music/sound art, while new forms such as digital installation art and virtual reality have become recognized artistic practices.
        The Stranahan Supporting Organization grant will be used to fund the purchase of iPad Pro tablets, rental of a dedicated building and a stipend for an artist in residence or a part-time instructor.
        According to Studio Director Lori Schoen, “Digital art making allows the studio to increase the mediums available to the artists and in ways that might have physical or chemical limitations in traditional media. Studies have shown that this new technology will appeal to many youths currently not being served by any other program...especially those on the autism spectrum, youth interested in animation and visual effects, and artists with physical disabilities.”


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