Angie's Place offers a multitude of staff, volunteers, programs and events that lift spirits, teach, and support kids and families. Here are some of the people and programs that you can find when you visit Angie's Place:
MEET KATE SCHWAN, OUR CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST
Kate uses books, crafts, music, and play to help kids and their families cope with being in the hospital. If you have any questions about Angie's Place, Child Life or programs we offer, contact
Kate at (419) 291-7441.
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL TEACHER
Our teacher Denise Sawan, M. Ed., helps K–12 children stay in contact with their schools so they can keep up to date with homework and maintain a sense of normalcy. She also coordinates our visiting author program!
Angie's Place is proud to offer children's book authors
such as Tom Cole, broadcaster at BCSN and author of "Benny and Babe"; Nancy Schilb (Officer Nan), from the Toledo Area Humane Society and author of "Animal Cop Adventures"; and C.M. Millen, author of "A Symphony for the Sheep." These author visits offer children a dynamic and exciting diversion from hospital treatments.
Our puppeteer James and his wife Shannon perform themed puppet shows such as "A Trip to the Library" and "Loving Books." You can find out more about them at herdsmenpuppets.com.
ANGIE'S PLACE VOLUNTEERS
We are happy to offer volunteers who perform
puppet theater, read to children at their bedsides, and deliver books
wherever they are needed. Thank you to our wonderful library volunteers
Julie Creech, Caroline Reilly, and Nancy and Pat Ligibil. If you are interested in volunteering, check our Get Involved page.
Children can read to therapy dogs (whom we call
non-judgmental canine listeners), giving them a fun distraction from their hospital experience.
STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
Added in 1999, Starlight connects children worldwide who have chronic and life-threatening illnesses and injuries, using games, activities, and stories to teach children coping skills related to their personal medical conditions. For more information go to starlight.org or contact Stephen Glad, our Child Life/Starlight Liaison
at (419) 291-5607.
The Good Grief organization of Northwest Ohio provides support for children, teens, young adults, and their families who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. Trained facilitators come to our library and help children work through their grief with the help of books, art, music, and play. Click here for their website.