Serving the Community Since 1890 - BookEnds - E-Newsletter
March 2019
Director's Corner
It is my pleasure to announce that the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is now fine free. We are happy to be joining libraries around Ohio and the nation who are looking for a more positive, barrier-free library experience. We have never looked at fines as a punishment or a source of revenue. Fines have been a nudge to get our items returned in a timely manner, and the large majority of our patrons comply. 
   We think the no fines policy will foster goodwill and more positive interactions with our patrons. We are much happier to talk to you about the great book you just finished than to start our conversation with a reminder that you were two days late in returning. We believe that the policy will promote equality in library usage. It is often our lowest income patrons who are unable to borrow because of fines on their account. And, we believe that being fine free will provide additional staff time for more positive projects.
   Please know that the library is not shirking our responsibility to protect the taxpayers' investment in library materials. There will continue to be financial consequences for the small percentage of patrons who damage or fail to return library materials. 
   Please feel free to contact me at 419-434-1479 or if you have any questions about our new policy. Our goal is to make your interaction with the library a pleasant experience that you wish to repeat on a regular basis.

  • Patrons will not accrue fines for having overdue items. 
  • All current overdue fines, not lost or damaged item fees, will be forgiven.
  • All eligible items will automatically renew four times when they become overdue. Items reserved by another patron will not automatically renew.
  • Patron accounts with three overdue items will be frozen and no further items may be borrowed until fewer than three items are overdue. 
  • A first overdue notice will be sent at 7 days. A final overdue notice will be sent at 21 days.    
  • A billing notice will be sent at 32 days.
  • At 30 days overdue, items will be considered lost and a lost item fee will be assessed. Accounts with $5.00 or more in fees will be frozen. Accounts with $25.00 or more in fees will be sent to Unique Collection Agency, which specializes in library collections. A $10 collection fee will be assessed. The collection fee will not be waived if the items are returned.
  • Fines for Interlibrary Loan items and telescopes will be charged under their specific former fine policies.
CommunityREAD 2019
Feature Event: Rhiannon Navin,
Author of Only Child
Tickets Available Now! $10.00 each
Members of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance group (VITA) will once again be offering free tax preparation assistance at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. The VITA volunteers will be available from February 4 through April 15. Call 211 or 1-855-301-2231 (number is available 24 hours per day). Walk-ins are not accepted.  

ALICE Training and School Safety.
March 4. 5:00-7:00 p.m.
To kick off CommunityREAD month, Sgt. Andrew Welch of the Findlay Police Department will present a program on ALICE training and school safety.
Therapeutic Writing
March 7. 6 :30-7:30 p.m.
In honor of CommunityREAD month, the Creative Writers Group will focus on therapeutic writing. Join us to write and discuss writing prompts about self-reflection and self-discovery. Feel free to share your own work and describe how writing is therapeutic for you. 
No registration required.
Registration is required for the training. Contact
Read for LIFE Tutor Training
March 8. 9:45-3:30 p.m.
Read for L.I.F.E. is a program of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library designed to improve literacy in Hancock County. The program uses volunteers trained to act as tutors on a one-on-one basis with adult non-readers. Read for L.I.F.E. provides free reading and math instruction to adults with low literacy skills, English as a Second Language, or who are working toward the Ohio High School Equivalence (HSE) or General Education Diploma (GED). All of the tutoring services and materials are free.

Discussion Panel.
March 18. 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Panelists representing four local organizations will discuss self-therapy and themes associated with Rhiannon Navin’s novel, Only Child
Wellness Wednesday-Grief.
March 20. 6 :30-7:30 p.m.
Niki Sidle, MSW, LISW-S, from Bridge Hospice and Palliative Care will be speaking about grief. Loss is an inevitable part of life, and grief is a natural part of the healing process. Niki will speak about the grief that follows a death of a loved one. She will explain methods of coping with accompanying feelings.
No registration required.
Mental Health Resources for Children in Your Community.
March 27. 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Century Health staff will present community resources for children’s mental health. 
Feature Event:
March 28. 7:30 p.m.
Rhiannon Navin, author of Only Child , will be speaking at Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Book Discussion Groups
The library holds regular book discussion groups for people of all ages and interest areas. Check the Event calendar for locations and dates. During CommunityREAD month, the CommunityREAD book, Only Child , will be discussed at the following times and locations:
March 4 - Birchaven - 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
March 6 - Bows and Blasters - 6:30-7:30 p.m. Meet in the Lindamood Room
March 11 - Lit Lovers - 6:30-7:30 p.m. Meet in the Lindamood Room
March 13 - Forever Young - 6:30-8:00 p.m. Meet in the Lindamood Room
YouthREAD book: Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
March 14 - 50 North - 10:00-11:00 a.m.
March 18 - Monday Afternoon - 1:00-3:00 p.m. Meet in the Lindamood Room
March 20 - Gentle Reads - 2:00-3:00 p.m. Meet in the Lindamood Room  
No registration required to attend Book Discussions. Walk-ins are welcome!
The Rabbit Listened: Finding Fun Ways to Talk about Feelings
March 11. 6:00-7:30 p.m. Event held at Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion.
University of Findlay students and area organizations will offer fun and engaging activities designed to offer families resources for emotional health. As a special part of this event, the following artists and illustrators will be joining us: Tom Lichtenheld, Will Hillenbrand and Lizzy Rockwell. Opportunities for autographs will be available.
Author Visit and
Book Signing with
Jenn Bishop
March 12. 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Jenn Bishop, author of the Grade 4-5 YouthREAD selection The Distance to Home, will give a presentation at the library. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Symphony Story Time.
March 18. 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The Lima Symphony Orchestra will present a second installment of Symphony Storytime. Children will enjoy a new program of beloved books such as Madeline , Dragons Love Tacos , Corduroy and more. This program allows children to experience music through highly interactive teaching and performances, introducing them to basic musical ideas and concepts. With a focus on creative movement and music literacy, Symphony Storytime is designed to spark your child's imagination and to foster a lifelong love and appreciation for music.

Exploring Art as a Therapeutic Tool with Awakening Minds Art-
March 19. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Explore your emotions through art in this workshop with Awakening Minds Art. Grades 2-9 with adults encouraged to attend with kids.
Register at the Children’s Desk. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 14.
Story Time.
March 26 and March 28.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Stories and songs about feelings, featuring the preschool-grade 3 YouthREAD selection, The Rabbit Listened .
Story Time at the Children's Museum.
March 12. 10:30 a.m.
Stories and songs about feelings, featuring the preschool-Grade 3 YouthREAD selection, The Rabbit Listened.

Story Walk
Riverside Park.
StoryWalk will feature The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld during the month of March.  The Rabbit Listened is a YouthREAD selection for preschool-Grade 3.
As visitors take a walk clockwise around the StoryWalk, they will come to 17 display posts which contain pages of The Rabbit Listened.  StoryWalk changes monthly.
Teen Programs
All teen programs, unless otherwise noted, are for teens in grades 6-12.
No registrations are required unless noted.
March 2. 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Children third grade and up are invited to make a cubee craft in the Children's Program Room. No registration required.
Teen Pokemon Party.
March 5. 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Pokemon fans join us for a night of fun dedicated to everyone's favorite pocket monsters-- Pokemon! We will have a scavenger hunt, make crafts, and have a snack. The option to actually play the card game will also be offered. Teens need to bring their own card decks to battle. Come hang out and meet other Pokemon fans and friends!   Lindamood Room. No registration required.
Teen Chess Club.
March 16. 10:30-
11:30 a.m.
Teen Chess Club is for middle school students and high school students. It is open to all levels of players and is great for teens wanting to learn the basics. This program is designed for players to have fun and play someone new. Youth Advisory Board teens oversee the program.
No registration required.
Teen Game Night.
March 20. 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a fun evening of teen-only gaming. The Library Youth Advisory Committee will host the event. Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend. Games that will be played include Apples to Apples, Spoons, Chess, Monopoly, Battleship, and many others from the library collection.
No registration required.
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
206 Broadway Street
Findlay, OH 45840
419-422-1712 (voice)
419-422-0638 (fax)
What's New @ Your Library
The Chef
by James Patterson
Mission Critical
by Mark Greaney
Never Tell
by Lisa Gardner
100 Parks, 5000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do
by Joe Yogerst
Off the Rails: A Train Trip Through Life
by Beppe Severgnini
Why We Fight: One Man's Search for Meaning Inside the Ring
by Josh Rosenblatt
Between Before & After
by Maureen McQuerry
Counting Darkness
by Robin Lafevers
On the Come Up
by Angie Thomas
Instant Family
Green Book
Fantastic Beasts:
The Crimes of Grindelwald
Lost in the Sun:
by Lisa Graff
The Distance to Home
by Jenn Bishop
The Rabbit Listened
by Cori Doerrfeld
In Memory of:
Milton Cooper
by: John Waggoner
by: Jeff Winkle

In Memory of:
Howard O. Doerring
by: Mike and Cindy Clark

In Memory of:
Edward T. Johnson
by: Ted Johnson

In Memory of:
Anthony Bernardo Male
by: Guy and Andrea Gallello

In Memory of:
Dorothy Maclaren
by: Birchaven Village

In Memory of:
Edward LeRoy Mueller
by: Judy Von Blon
by: George and Ann Brickner
by: Sherry Mueller
and family
by: Jeff and Leslye Winkle

In Memory of:
Colette O'Brien
by: First Street Book Bags

In Memory of:
Erin Pollack
by: Ron and Diane Aller
by: Linda Kelch
by: Dave and Rita Yost

In Memory of:
Dona Wadding
by: Birchaven Village

In Memory of:
Nicole White
by: Birchaven Village
In Memory of:
Ann Whithaus
by: Susan Treadway

In Memory of:
Barb Wisner
by: Brian & Kari Cupp
by: Amy Grimm

In Memory of:
Diane Wood
by: Hancock Co.
Chapter OGS

Gift from:
Faye Neuman-
Furniture for the
Children's Services Department

Gift from:
the Mariann Dana Younger Fund of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

Gift from:
Kohl’s Distribution Center