Volume 23 | November 2021
We are proud to be a Five Star Library!
Books, events, classes and more...
Betsy Kotwis started in our Children's Library in August of 2015. She was instrumental in updating our story time program. Betsy taught the 4/5 preschoolers, who loved coming each week to see what fun books and activities Miss Betsy had planned. Betsy also continued developing our homeschool program. She was a homeschool teacher with her own family and was able to help many moms and children in our community. Her creative talent and gentle spirit that she shared will be missed by all.

Hannah Camp started using the library as a child. Her love of the library brought her here to volunteer as a teen and then work in the Children's Library. She started developing our social media in 2017. Hannah has developed the library's presence through posts, pictures and videos. We will truly miss her talent and creativity.
On October 19, 2021 our Library Director, Tami Morehart, celebrated her 40th anniversary as an employee of The Wagnalls Memorial with a surprise party.

Over the decades, she has blessed hundreds of children and multiple generations with her deep and joyful love of reading and learning; her legacy in the community cannot be overstated and will never be forgotten.

If you see Tami in the library, make sure you tell her congratulations!
We are pleased to be able to offer free member-for-a-day passes to allow free admission to the Works, Dawes Arboretum, Columbus Museum of Art and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. Please see our website for details.
The library now offers circulating hot spots! Hot Spots allow patrons to connect their devices (Computer/Tablet/Game Devices) wirelessly to the internet without using a home Internet connection. Please visit our website for borrowing rules.


Here, you’ll find behind-the-scenes information about past and upcoming programs, book recommendations, Wagnalls trivia, and the unique perspectives of our staff members as they take turns writing weekly blog entries. 
If you are considering giving a Christmas or end of the year gift to The Wagnalls Memorial Library, make your calendar to participate in this year's 32-Hour Give, which will help to make your year-end charitable donations go even further. All online donations received between 8am on November 30 and 4pm on December 1 are eligible for a match from the Fairfield County Foundation. Don't miss this great opportunity to support The Wagnalls Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.
The Wagnalls Memorial Library and gardens are used as a community resource center for young and old alike within the Carroll and Lithopolis communities. This project began in 2017 as a Community Service project for the Fairfield County Master Gardener Volunteers to have project work for our 16 interns to “give back” their service hours. Since then, the Master Gardeners have given back over 1,925 hours of service.  Fast-forward to 2021 the gardens became much more, a place where MGV’s and community volunteers gather to tend gardens, identify plants and to teach youth about plants and gardens. This Fairfield County Master Gardener Friends of the Wagnalls Project Team was recently named the Outstanding Project of the Year in Community Service category for a medium size County Program.
is a New Family-Friendly Online Virtual Educational Program.
Checkers Library TV presents The Reading Road Trip: Full STEAM Ahead, a weekly 12-minute television show aimed at providing entertainment for children and illustrating the benefits of reading in a fun and exciting way. Library patrons can find these episodes on our website each week and downstairs in our Children’s Library near the train in late October.
This fall, Checkers and his vacuum robot sidekick Snoozer head off on a reading road trip where they will explore the vast world of STEAM and visit a new location each week. The 16-episode series will feature many unique STEAM concepts such as 3d printing, dinosaurs, and many more exciting features that will keep kids on the edge of their seats. Along the way, the episodes will feature health tips from Dr. Dan, crafts and activities with Mrs. Hamilton, book recommendations, science experiments, and much more. 

You can view their fun, educational videos on our YouTube playlist as well as our own short videos featuring Erin from our Children’s Library.

This service is paid for by Wagnalls and FREE to our patrons. Please let us know how you enjoy it!
For more information about any children's program, email Erin at evaughan@wagnalls.org or call 614-837-4765 ext 118.
December Meeting:

Saturday December 4
10:00am - 11:30am
We will learn how to paint a poinsettia with artist Patty Sykes.
December Class:

Thursday December 2
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Artist Patty Sykes will lead you step-by-step through painting a poinsettia on canvas. Snacks will be provided and you are welcome to BYOB. The cost is $25.
Thursday, November 11th, 7:00-8:00pm in the Loft
It’s here… our new, mysterious, suspenseful, thrilling book club for patrons of the Wagnalls Memorial Library and their friends! 

This month, we will be discussing Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris.
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
You are welcome to bring a favorite beverage, including adult-only, to enjoy while we talk.

If your favorite genres are mystery, suspense, and/or thriller, this is the book club for you! Contact Lissie at mscherer@wagnalls.org if you want to join.

Wednesday, November 17th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm in the Loft
Librarian Carol Gaal invites you to join her for a new book club to be held one afternoon each month.

At the first meeting we will discuss The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin.

Email Carol at cgaal@wagnalls.org for more information.
The morning of January 12, 1888, was unusually mild, following a punishing cold spell. It was warm enough for the homesteaders of the Dakota Territory to venture out again, and for their children to return to school without their heavy coats—leaving them unprepared when disaster struck. At the hour when most prairie schools were letting out for the day, a terrifying, fast-moving blizzard blew in without warning. School teachers as young as sixteen were suddenly faced with life and death decisions: Keep the children inside, to risk freezing to death when fuel ran out, or send them home, praying they wouldn’t get lost in the storm? 

Based on actual oral histories of survivors, this gripping novel follows the stories of Raina and Gerda Olsen, two sisters, both schoolteachers—one becomes a hero of the storm and the other finds herself ostracized in the aftermath. It’s also the story of Anette Pedersen, a servant girl whose miraculous survival serves as a turning point in her life and touches the heart of Gavin Woodson, a newspaperman seeking redemption. It was Woodson and others like him who wrote the embellished news stories that lured northern European immigrants across the sea to settle a pitiless land. Boosters needed them to settle territories into states, and they didn’t care what lies they told these families to get them there—or whose land it originally was.

At its heart, this is a story of courage, of children forced to grow up too soon, tied to the land because of their parents’ choices. It is a story of love taking root in the hard prairie ground, and of families being torn asunder by a ferocious storm that is little remembered today—because so many of its victims were immigrants to this country.
Tuesday, November 9th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Our new book club where we read books written by local authors and then meet and discuss them with the local author themselves. Authors will provide free books for you to read and keep (while supplies last).

At our November meeting we will discuss Joe White and the Seven Ghosts by Saundra Crum Akers.

Full details available at on our website or email Sarah at smayzum@wagnalls.org for more information.

Serial killer Joe White made the mistake of his life when he killed and buried psychic Dixie Jackson with other victims at an isolated and ruined old house. Temporarily Dixie is unable to function as she learns the new rules and how to function in her new situation, but she refuses to sink into apathy or give up. She wants justice and is marshalling the energies of the other women to achieve it. Somehow they have to stop the killer from killing again.

Joe White and the Seven Ghosts is the thrilling and suspenseful story of a deranged killer and his victims' supernatural revenge emanating from beyond the grave.
Tuesday, December 14th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

At our December meeting we will discuss CRISPR by Lincoln Cole.

Full details available at on our website or email Sarah at smayzum@wagnalls.org for more information.

Kate Allison and Lyle Goldman are corporate mercenaries. They work for high paying clients to handle the messy work corporations would rather keep out of the public eye. After a stretch of bad jobs, they finally get a lucky break:

It is the easiest job they've had in months: a simple object recovery mission with payment that is almost too good to be true. About time the get an easy payday, right?


Things go sideways almost immediately and they find themselves fighting to stay one step ahead of the company chasing them. They are hunted, betrayed, and protecting one of the most important assets they've ever come into contact with. The truth they uncover represents not only a billion dollar investment for the company, but the key to a dangerous genetic future for humanity.
Thursday, December 9, 7:00-8:00pm in the Loft.
We will be reading Jingle all the Way by Debbie Macomber.

Trapped in the middle of five siblings, Everly Lancaster always had big dreams. Now a top real-estate executive, Everly finds her work is her life, leaving no space for anything (or anyone) else. Sensing her stress, Everly’s boss insists she take December off. At first, a month away seems crazy—how will the company survive without her? But Everly’s mother convinces her otherwise. She deserves a vacation—plus, when she returns, she’ll have no excuse to skip family Christmas like she did last year.

But after her vengeful assistant books a guided cruise in the Amazon instead of the luxury beach vacation she expected, Everly is horrified to realize that she’s about to spend the next two weeks trapped—with no Wi-Fi!—in the rain forest. Not even Asher Adams, the ship’s charming naturalist, can convince Everly that the trip will be unforgettable. Slowly but surely, she realizes he is right: the sights are spectacular. And with each passing day, Everly’s relationship with Asher deepens, forcing her to take a long, hard look at her priorities.

Everly and Asher begin to see magic in the possibility of a life together. But as the cruise nears its end, and Everly’s family Christmas approaches, both must decide if love is worth the risk. A merry surprise may be in store in Debbie Macomber’s newest holiday delight.

Thursday, November 18 6:30-7:45pm in the Loft.

We meet monthly on the third Thursday of every month in the upper level of the Wagnalls Memorial Library.

This Writers Group is for current and future Writers, but also for other interested persons.

For more information, contact Bill Sykes at bill.sykes@sbcglobal.net.

RoadReady logs teen driving practice during the Learner’s Permit phase. The app provides an easy, efficient way to ensure teens have enough experience behind the wheel in a variety of conditions before they begin to drive independently. RoadReady allows you to: log teen Learner’s Permit driving, track multiple drivers, track road type and weather conditions, export printable driving log, receive suggestions for safe driving and more.

RoadReady is a component of The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program, recipient of the US Department of Transportation National Roadway Safety Award.

Featured app this Month: Epic Roller Coasters
With Epic Roller Coasters you get the feeling of a roller coaster in places and situations you would never have in real life!

Try any app we have featured for our Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. Go to our website for more details on specific available apps. 

Appointments available by phone or email. All ages welcome. Please contact Paula by email or call (614) 837-4765 extension 112 to guarantee a time slot. 
Still available! Try Wander or any of the other apps on our Oculus Quest Headset. 

Appointments available by phone or email. All ages welcome. Please contact Paula by email or call (614) 837-4765 x112 to guarantee a time slot.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued this post on Oct 27, 2021.

It’s Cyber Security Awareness month, so the tricks scammers use to steal our personal information are on our minds. If there’s one constant among scammers, it’s that they’re always coming up with new schemes, like the Google Voice verification scam. 

Scammers target people who post things for sale on sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. They also prey on people who post looking for help finding their lost pet.

Click Here to read details about the scam and how to resolve if you have been a victim.
If you need some assistance with your laptop, smart phone, tablet, Zoom or other application, our technology tutor can meet with you for free at a safe social distance.

Please call to make an appointment with Paula at 614-837-4765 x112.
The Wagnalls Memorial Library
150 E. Columbus Street
Lithopolis, Ohio 43136
(614) 837-4765