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Published: Monday, 12/24/2012

Way Public Library offers fun for children

BY REBECCA CONKLIN KLEIBOEMER
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Bob Yonker, left, of Perrysburg, watches daughter Emme Yonker, 4, play with trains in the children's area of Way Public Library. Bob Yonker, left, of Perrysburg, watches daughter Emme Yonker, 4, play with trains in the children's area of Way Public Library.
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Youngsters tend to get a little stir crazy during school breaks, but the perfect place to take them may be Way Public Library.

The children's area has rows upon rows of favorite books, as well as titles on CD and DVDs, available for checkout or for curling up on the seats shaped like cars or giant hands.

And then there are the toys.

"Our play area is utilized quite a bit," said Pat Maust, youth services coordinator at Way. "We try to focus on imaginative play."

Pat Mausk is youth services coordinator for Way Public Library. Pat Mausk is youth services coordinator for Way Public Library.
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A puppet theater, train table, animal barn, and miniature kitchen complete with plates and plastic food can hold a child's imagination for a long while -- or at least as long as a parent might need a change of scenery.

"We come here often," Bob Yonker, of Perrysburg, said of 4-year-old daughter Emme.

Emme likes to play with the trains, and her favorite book is Pinkalicious -- one of a series that celebrates the love of colors.

"We can't keep them in the library. They are the hot item," Ms. Maust said.

She said she loves it when parents sit in the library and read to their children.

"That just warms my heart," she said.

Way's children area also includes the "rainbow table," a brightly colored round table with several computers where children can play games. The online sites are heavily filtered and safe for all ages, Ms. Maust said.

Way is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Contact Rebecca Conklin Kleiboemer at 419-356-8786, rconklin@theblade.com, or on Twitter @RebeccaConklinK.



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