Race winners announced

The library held another successful Velma Engle Memorial Read for the Gold 5K Run / 3K Walk Fundraiser Event this past weekend.  The 1st Place Overall award female and male went to Hannah Goodman with a time of 20:57 and Zach Holbert with a time of 16:38. The 2nd Place Overall award female and male went to Lisa Franzen, with a time of 22:31 and Rob Ervin, with a time of 18:46. The 1st Place finisher of the 3K Walk was Lacy Hardy. Tonya Williams was the 2nd Place finisher.

We appreciate the support of community members and organizations in our endeavors to continue promoting literacy within the community. Thanks to our supporters, volunteers and participants, our fundraiser was another tremendous success.

Click "Read more" below to download a PDF with all race times.


Help us win $25,000 for the new library!


Voting has opened for our chance to win $25,000 towards our capital campaign to build a new main library facility in Waverly!

We have been chosen as one of the top 200 projects in the United States vying for the grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program.

In order to win the grant, we must finish in the top 40. This is done strictly by voting from the public! Voting closes August 25, and you can vote up to 10 times a day per email address you enter.

Visit www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/1996115 to vote, and help us build the new library! Please spread the word!

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"Read for the Gold" 5K Run/3K Walk

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The Velma Engle Memorial "Read for the Gold" 5K Run and 3K Walk will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, August 19, 2017, in Bristol Village.  The race will begin at the Activity Center, located at 625 Fifth St., Waverly, with registration and check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the race beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m.  The registration fee is $10 through August 12, or $15 after August 12.  Participants will receive a t-shirt commemorating the event.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Waverly, Piketon, Eastern and Western libraries, as well as at Bristol Village Activity Center.  You may also register the day of the race, and a registration form is attached below for your convenience.

Everyone is encouraged to participate by entering, or by coming down and cheering on those who will be competing.

The course is flat and shady through beautiful Bristol Village.  Participants will compete on a combination asphalt and concrete course.

The mission of the library is "Educate. Inspire. Enjoy."  All proceeds raised will benefit "The Next Chapter," the capital campaign to build a new main library facility in Waverly.  You can help support the library by registering for the race!

Stop by the library to pick up an entry form, or click "Read more" below and download the form.  For more information about the fundraiser or any library service, call (740) 947-4921.

Auto-renew for items is here!

We are happy to introduce automatic renewals for our patrons!

This convenient service will automatically renew your eligible library materials on their due date, up to four times if there are no holds on the items. You won’t have to lift a finger!

Here's how it works:

  • Three days before your items are due, you will receive a courtesy email reminder (if you are signed up to receive email notifications; text service not yet available).
  • On the date your items are due, we will automatically renew eligible items.
  • You will receive an email with a list of items that were successfully renewed. Items will NOT be renewed if there are requests (holds) on the items, or if your items have reached the maximum of 4 renewals.
  • Also, any overdue fines incurred prior to today, July 18, 2017, will still stand.

Be sure to log into "My Account" to keep track of items that may not be eligible for auto-renewal. You may also call the library to renew or check the due date of items.

Kids can take Healthy Kids Challenge for a chance to win a bike!

Children age 5-12 are invited to take the Healthy Kids Challenge this summer for small prizes and a chance to win a brand new bicycle! You can sign up at any library location, and the winner will be drawn during the Pike County Fair Week. 

Feel free to print the PDF attached to this post (click "Read more" below) and start on the challenge right away!

Thanks to Adena Health System for sponsoring this addition to our Summer Reading Program.

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Library the recipient of YALSA teen book collection

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The Garnet A. Wilson Public Library has been selected as a recipient of the Young Adult Literacy Service Association’s (YALSA) Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway, which will provide our collection with 26 teen-acclaimed books ranging from a multitude of different genres. The Teens’ Top Ten titles are nominated and selected by teens across the nation each year.

Fifty library recipients throughout the country were selected to receive collection from YALSA, which is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Funding for the book collections is provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Circulation clerk Laura Erwin has put a lot of time and effort into strengthening Young Adult services in the library, and applied for the grant in an attempt to enrich our collection even further. The library hopes the collection will attract even more teens and foster positive literacy habits in young adults in our community.

Read the ALA’s full press release at http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2017/06/recipients-2017-teens-top-ten-book-giveaway-announced.