Williams County Public Library presents, An Evening with Brian Alexander
The Williams County Public Library is proud to bring to the community, An Evening with Brian Alexander. Coming to Bryan, OH, the FREE EVENT will be held on Friday, August 27th. At 6:00 pm, an Author Talk will take place at the Bryan Arts & Education Center, located at 325 W. High Street, Bryan, OH 43506. WCPL Programming Manager, Denver Henderson will be sitting down with Brian to discuss his path to becoming an author, how Brian utilizes his journalism background when researching a new book, and of course, how he came to write, The Hospital. After the sit down interview, there will be a limited time for an Audience Q&A. Following, a Book Signing will be held at the Bryan Main Library, in the Carnegie Room. Limited copies of books by Brian Alexander, including The Hospital, will be available to purchase at the signing. You must have a ticket to attend An Evening with Brian Alexander. Tickets are FREE, and can be picked up at the circulation desk of the Bryan Main Library, located at 107 E. High Street, Bryan, OH 43506.
When asked about his feelings on coming back to Williams County, Brian stated, “I’m thrilled to finally be able to return to Bryan where I spent so much time researching my book, The Hospital. I’d always intended to come back, but, as it did to so many other plans of all Americans, the Covid pandemic intervened. I hope everybody in Bryan, and all Williams County will be vaccinated so that this event, and Bryan’s many other planned events, can go forward. Since The Hospital has received so much attention across the nation, we have a lot to talk about!”
Named one of USA Today’s 5 BOOKS NOT TO MISS, The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town follows the struggle of the Bryan, OH hospital, and takes readers into the world of the American medical industry in a way no book has done before. Alexander writes of the hospital’s fight for its life amid a rapidly consolidating medical and hospital industry, as a 39-year-old diabetic literally fights for his limbs, and a 55-year-old contractor lies dying in the emergency room. With these, and other stories, Alexander strips away the wonkiness of policy to reveal Americans’ struggle for health against a powerful system that’s stacked against them, but yet so fragile it blows apart when the pandemic hits. Culminating with COVID-19, this book offers a blueprint for how we created the crisis we're in.
"From the C-suite’s tension-filled strategic planning meetings to life-or-death moments at the bedside, Alexander nimbly and grippingly translates the byzantine world of American health care into a real-life narrative with people you come to care about." - New York Times
Brian Alexander has written for many magazines and newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Science, Outside, and Esquire. He spent five years as Glamour magazine's Jake columnist, then became a contributing editor there. He was also a contributing editor at Wired, covering biotechnology. Brian is currently a regular contributor to The Atlantic, and he continues to contribute regularly to NBCNews.com
He is the author of several books, including Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town (2017)
Brian was a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and has been recognized by the John Bartlow Martin Award for public interest journalism administered by Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
An Evening with Brian Alexander is brought to you by the Williams County Public Library. For more information on the event, please contact WCPL Programming Manager, Denver Henderson at 833-633-7323 x 285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edgerton Branch Library to Reopen on August 16 & Renovations on the Bryan Main Library Children's Department Begin
Renovations at the Edgerton Branch Library are almost complete! The library will reopen to the public on Monday, August 16th for normal library hours of Mondays through Thursdays, 9am to 6 pm, and Fridays, 9am to noon.
As renovations are coming to an end, Edgerton patrons are welcome to visit our WCPL locations in Bryan, Edon, Pioneer, Stryker, and West Unity. We apologize for any inconvenience, but are so excited to show you the completed library renovations!
Updates to the Bryan Main Library Children’s Department are about to begin! As renovations will be happening on the lower level of the library, the Children’s Dept. has been temporarily moved to the upstairs Carnegie Room, so that browsing for children’s materials, and in-person programming can still continue during regular library open hours. Please note that if you have children who have difficulty using the stairs, the elevator, located in the library parking lot entrance, will be open for use.
The Williams County Public Library would like to thank our patrons and community for their continuous support! Without you, the Edgerton Branch Library and the Bryan Main Library would not be able to undergo these improvements.
UPCOMING IN-PERSON & ONLINE PROGRAMS
Beach Buddy Book Bundles at Stryker Branch Library
Through the month of August, the Stryker Branch Library will have Beach Buddy Bundles for kids to checkout! Each bundle will feature 10 preselected books, perfect for summer reading at the beach, while on vacation, or passing the time at home. There will be a variety of bundles with different themes and reading levels, so kids of all ages, and with different reading interests can participate. For each bundle checked out, your name will be put in for a grand prize drawing on Friday, September 3. There is no limit to the number of bundles you may check out.
The Stryker Branch Library is located at 304 S. Defiance Street. For more information on the Beach Buddy Bundles program, contact 833-633-7323 x 5.
West Unity Branch Library Used Book Sale
The West Unity Branch Library will be holding a Used Book Sale, starting on Monday, August 2nd through Friday, August 20th. The sale will run during library open hours of Mondays through Thursdays, 9 am to 6 pm, and Fridays from 9 am to noon. As the sale will also be happening on several days of the 127 garage sales, make sure to visit the library while you’re out bargain shopping! Lots of books will be available to purchase, including children’s books, YA books, adult books, popular authors, and more. With a wide variety of genres featured, there’s sure to be something for everyone! All items in the Used Book Sale will be sold for donations, with all proceeds benefiting the Friends of the West Unity Branch Library. The West Unity Branch Library is located at 109 S. High Street, West Unity, OH 43570. For more information on the Used Book Sale, call 833-633-7323 x 6.
WCPL Branch Cemetery Tours Continue in August
Have you ever wondered why your local cemetery is located where it is? What is the meaning of the symbols on the tombstones? Is anyone famous—or infamous—buried there? Throughout the month of August, Denver Henderson, Williams County Public Library Programming Manager, will lead guided tours of cemeteries located in the WCPL branch communities of Pioneer, West Unity, and Stryker. Each tour will focus on cemetery history, stories of those buried in the cemetery, and interesting tombstone art. The tour schedule is as follows:
Pioneer, Floral Grove Cemetery, August 6: Floral Grove Cemetery was created in 1883 by moving the old Pioneer Burying Ground from downtown Pioneer to its present location. From that time until today it has served as the main cemetery for the village of Pioneer and Madison Township.
West Unity, Floral Grove Cemetery, August 13: Part of Brady Township and just south of West Unity, the Floral Grove Cemetery developed around the 1869 stone built German-Methodist church, located on the cemetery property. The cemetery features some of the most interesting examples of tombstone architecture in Williams County.
Stryker, Oakwood Cemetery, August 20: Located in Springfield Township, the exact date the Oakwood Cemetery was founded is unknown. However, records show that the cemetery was being used as early as 1864. The cemetery is filled with interesting stories of those past, including Congressional Medal of Honor awarded, Civil War Union soldier, William J. Knight, of Stryker, OH.
All tours will begin at 6 pm, and are FREE adult programs. Those wanting to attend, will meet at the cemetery, for each tour. No registration is required. For more information, call Denver Henderson at 833-633-7323 x 285, or email email@example.com.
Stryker Branch Library Pokémon Week
The Stryker Branch Library will hold Pokémon Week: Gotta Catch ‘Em All for kids in 1st through 6th grade on Monday, August 9th through Friday, August 13th. Come to Stryker’s Pokécenter and Pokémart, located at the library! There will be daily activities, snacks, and prizes, Monday through Thursday at 1 pm. Activities will include pokemon related crafts and games. Attendants will also create their own trainer card, to earn badges by finding Pokémon around town! Each day the Pokémon will be in a different location that will be revealed during the library’s daily afternoon program. If you miss a program, don’t worry, you can just call the library after 2 pm for the Pokémo’s location of the the day, Monday through Thursday. Badges for your trainer card will be earned by daily Pokémon finds. Pokémon Week will wrap up with a surprise program on Friday, August 13th at 11 am. Have your hard work, catching Pokémon throughout the week, rewarded!
Pokémon Week is FREE to attend. Registration is required by Wednesday, August 4th to participate. To sign up, visit the Stryker Branch Library at 304 S. Defiance Street, or call 833-633-7323 x 5.
Meet Author Anna M. Williams at the Edon Branch Library
Local author, Anna M. Williams, Modern Mystic will be visiting the Edon Branch Library on Monday, August 16th. Starting at 6:00 pm, Anna will be speaking about her debut book, Your Life of Personal Power. Filled with twenty insightful lessons on how to reclaim control of your path and live your truth, Your Life of Personal Power contains journal questions, personal stories, and heaps of love and laughter. This book will help you to take back the reins of your life and follow your own heart.
After speaking, Anna will sign copies of her book, which will be available to purchase. This is a free adult program, and registration is not required to attend. The Edon Branch Library is located at 105 S. Michigan Street. For more information, call 833-633-7323 x 3.
Back to School Kick-Off Cookout at Stryker Branch Library
Back to school night can be stressful. Save yourself some work by stopping for dinner at the Stryker Branch Library’s annual “Back to School Kick-Off Cookout", before or after visiting Stryker School’s Open House. Organized by the Friends of the Stryker Branch Library, this fundraiser will proudly serve sausage donated by Rusty and Sue Goebel. Other menu items will include hot dogs, chips, homemade cookies, and lemonade! Food can be purchased for a free will donation, and all proceeds will benefit ongoing programs and upgrades to the Stryker Branch Library. What a great way to support a well-loved service in our community! Food will be served on the lawn, on Tuesday, August 17th from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. We hope to see you there!
Eaglets Story Time returns to Pioneer Branch Library
The “Eaglets Story Time” returns to the Pioneer Branch Library on Wednesday mornings! Children, aged newborn through Kindergarten, can join Miss Kiria for a time of stories, crafts, and fun! Story time will be held each week at 10:30am. Eaglets will kick off on August 18, with a special pancake treat, to go along with the book, "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" by Laura Numeroff. Expect a muffin or cookie snack at following story times. This is a FREE program, and registration is not required to attend. The Pioneer Branch Library is located at 106 Baubice Street, or by calling 833-633-7323 x 4.
Edon Branch Library to start Movie Buff Club
Do you love going to the movies? Are you looking for a group to visit the theater with, to watch the latest films? If yes, then come join the Edon Branch Library’s Movie Buff Club and watch a new release, with your fellow movie enthusiasts, at the theater. Movie tickets will be paid for by the library! (Concessions are up to you.)The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 24th. Meet at approximately 7:00 pm, at the NCG Cinema, located at 1111 Smaltz Way, Auburn, IN 46706. Watch a movie, then go out afterwards with the group to get coffee, and critique the film. This is a FREE program for adults, age 18 and older. You must register by Monday, August 23rd, to have the cost of your ticket covered by the library. Registration is limited to 12 participants. The Movie Buff Club will be held monthly, and movie selections will be made closer to the meeting dates. The Edon Branch Library is located at 105 South Michigan Street. For more information on what movie will be watched this month, or to register to attend, please stop in to the library or call 833-633-7323 x 3.
West Unity Branch Library to hold Glass Etching Class
The Edon Branch Library will hold a Glass Etching Class on Tuesday, August 24th. Registered participants will create beautiful etched glasses, beginning at 5:00 pm. A selection of glasses will be available to choose from, along with a wide variety of stencils which can be etched on the glassware, all with the assistance and direction of library staff. No previous experience in glass etching is required to attend. This is a FREE program for adults, age 18 and older. All materials will be provided by the library. You must register as class size is limited to 15 people. To sign up, call 833-633-7323 x 6, or stop by the West Unity Branch Library, located at 109 S. High Street.
Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop coming to the West Unity Branch Library
The West Unity Branch Library will be hosting a Noah's Ark Animal Workshop on Thursday, August 26th. There will be two “safari themed” workshop sessions during the day, with a morning workshop at 11 am, and an afternoon workshop at 4 pm. Children, ages 7 through 10 years old, can come to the library, listen to a story being read, and then build their own safari animal to cherish for years to come! Attendants will be able to pick 1 out of 5 different animal pals to build. Choose between a River Tiger, Safari Tiger, an Elephant, a Monkey, and a Nigel Giraffe. You must register to attend by Wednesday, August 25th, as spots for each workshop session are limited. Hurry and sign up before the event is full!
The Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop
Book Signing with Bobbi Crisenbery at the West Unity Branch Library
Local author, Bobbi Crisenbery will be holding a book signing at the West Unity Branch Library to promote her book, Relationships: After Counseling Men for Seven Years on Monday, August 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Bobbi Crisenbery is an International Counselor, Spiritual Director, and now an author. Bobbi was inspired to write her book, Relationships: After Counseling Men for Seven Years, after spending years as a counselor. The book is meant to be a tool to help others make positive changes in their relationships, whether that be with a significant other, friend, or family member. When asked who the book was geared for, Bobbi stated that the book is great for anyone to read, who is a teen and older, and can also be used in group discussions, such as in a book club, church group, etc.
At the book signing, attendants will get to meet Bobbi Crisenbery, and copies of Relationships: After Counseling Men for Seven Years will be available to purchase. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by the library.
August WCPL Book Club Meetings
If you love to read and discuss books, you are invited to participate and be a part of the many book clubs offered by Williams County Public Library. Various WCPL branches host monthly meetings for their clubs. Registration is required to attend. The upcoming meeting schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, August 18 at 6:00 pm: The Edon Branch Library club, Page Turners, will talk on "Girl Waits with Gun" by Amy Stewart.
Thursday, August 19 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm: Novel Ideas, at Bryan Main Library, will go over “The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig.
Monday, August 23 at 6:00 pm: The Stryker Branch Library’s OverReaders Anonymous adult book club, will talk over "Educated" by Tara Westover.
Thursday, August 26 at 6:00 pm: The Edon Branch Library murder mystery book club, Murder in the Library will meet to discuss, "Whispers of the Bayou" by Misty Stearns Clark.
If you are interested in joining any of these book clubs, stop in to the WCPL branch where the book club is located, register to attend the next meeting, and pick up a copy of the book to be discussed at the library desk! You can also register by calling WCPL at 833-633-7323.
Weekly YouTube & Facebook Live Events
Tune into facebook.com/mywcpl for weekly YouTube & Facebook Live events from Williams County Public Library! Weekly events are as follows:
Lay Me Down to Rest: This YouTube series explores the history, features, and tales connected to the 63 cemeteries in our county, with details shared by WCPL Programming Manager, Denver Henderson. A new episode is released each Tuesday at 3:00pm.
What's New Wednesday: Hear about all things new and exciting at WCPL every Wednesday at 4:30 pm!
A Variety Of Verse: Enjoy a classic poetry reading from WCPL Programming Manager, Denver Henderson and guests on Thursdays at 1:00 pm!
Current WCPL Open Hours & Services
Williams County Public Library, with locations in Bryan, Edgerton, Edon, Pioneer, Stryker, West Unity and the Local History Center have open hours as follows:
Bryan Main Library
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Edgerton Branch Library: Closed Until August 16 for Renovations
Edon, Pioneer, Stryker, & West Unity Branch Libraries
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Local History Center
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: Open by Appointment Only
CURBSIDE SERVICES are also available during open hours. Have your materials brought straight to your car by a WCPL staff member, and loaded through contactless delivery. With curbside services, you can also return materials, make copies, and/or send a fax. So what are you waiting for, make an appointment today by calling your local WCPL Branch at 833-633-7323, or by signing up here: https://bit.ly/2VvYGs5
All materials are OPEN TO BROWSE. Stop in to any WCPL location and see what new items can be checked out, or scan the shelves to find an old favorite!
Computers are FREE FOR USE on a first come first serve basis at all locations. In addition to the open computers, the Bryan Main Library will have one computer available by appointment if needed. (The LHC Computer Lab will remain closed at this time. Open computers for Bryan are in the Main Library only)
FREE WI-FI is available at all WCPL locations and extends to the library parking areas.
Use Your WCPL Card to Checkout Items from the Digital Library!
The digital library is always open! Use your WCPL card to access thousands of materials on hoopla digital and OverDrive for Libraries Libby app! Materials include eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, tv shows, and movies available for checkout. If you have any questions on how to use these services visit:
If you do not have a library card, you can sign up at any WCPL Branch during open hours! Locations are in Bryan, Edgerton, Edon, Pioneer, Stryker, and West Unity.