Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop

The space lovingly known as the Book Center (sometimes called the Book Barn, the Library, the Book Place, the Book Shop, the Once-Read Book Shop) has reopened as the 577 Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop. Explore the new space by browsing the collection of thousands of gently-used books with selections for all ages and interests. View the new display of handmade pottery for sale created by students at 577. Plus, crafters, teachers, artists, and students will love browsing the large selection of art supplies now available. 577 staff is available to answer any questions on items available, upcoming classes, and more. 


Summer Hours

  • Wednesdays, 10am to 4pm 
  • Thursdays, 10am to 7pm 
  • Fridays, 10am to 4pm 
  • Saturdays, 9am to 2pm 

Select Sundays for Music in the Gardens:

  • June 26, 10am to 2pm
  • July 31, 10am to 2pm
  • August 28, 10am to 2pm

What’s in the Shop?

Community Art Work

577 is thrilled to have work by community artist Robert David Vanitvelt on display this summer to celebrate the reopening of the 577 Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop. Mr. Vanitvelt creates work inspired by local flora and fauna, using pattern and repetition to immerse the viewer and celebrate intricacies in nature that may otherwise go easily unnoticed.

“I use butterflies because of the transformation process and trusting in that journey. I resonate with the idea that they turn into a pod of jelly before they emerge. I also know how delicate butterflies are. They are like tissue paper but during their migration, they can meet up in mass numbers and their weight can topple tree limbs. It shows me that we can think of ourselves as powerless but when we work together, we can be a strength that needs to be reckoned with.”

We are currently looking for artists in the Perrysburg and Greater Toledo Region who would be interested in displaying their work this fall. To learn more, please contact Danielle Marino, Assistant Director of Education & Outreach.

Donation Guidelines

Book Donation Guidelines
Art/Craft Donation Guidelines

Book Donation Guidelines

Donations of up to two (2) boxes or bags of gently-used and like-new books and art supplies are accepted without an appointment. If you have more than two boxes, please give us a call at 419-874-4174 to inquire about setting up an appointment.

We are currently accepting:

  • Children & Young Adult Books
  • Hardback & Paperback: Fiction
  • Hardback & Paperback: Nonfiction (within 10 years)
  • Cookbooks & Gardening Books (within 10 years)
  • Travel & Technology Books (within 5 years)
  • Oversized Books
  • Arts & Crafts Books
  • Rare or Local Books
  • Magazines (within 1 year)

We do not accept:

  • Damaged books that have broken bindings, missing pages, yellowed or soiled pages, or that smell of smoke, or mildew, or are excessively dirty or dusty
  • Clearly outdated materials including, but not limited to: travel, legal, tax, medical, health books
  • Magazines older than 1 year and all National Geographic
  • Encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest, or Textbooks
  • DVDs, CDS, cassette tapes, records, or other media
  • Computer software or equipment

Art/Craft Donation Guidelines

Divert usable materials from the landfill by donating reusable like-new art supplies. Local creatives, makers, and teachers will have access to inexpensive, quality materials, and you’ll also help the environment.

Donations of like-new and gently used art supplies are accepted on open shop days and limited to two boxes/bags. If you have more than two boxes, please give us a call at 419-874-4174 to inquire about setting up an appointment. 

We are looking for the following items:

  • paints (watercolor, acrylic/craft, gouache, oil)
  • yarn and knitting tools
  • canvases
  • table looms
  • printmaking supplies
  • embroidery hoops
  • darning mushrooms
  • photography equipment
  • paintbrushes
  • embroidery floss
  • colored pencils
  • crayons
  • pastels (oil & chalk)
  • gesso
  • art papers
  • glue
  • inks
  • markers
  • clean sponges
  • scissors
  • rulers
  • basket weaving materials and tools
  • wood carving & burning tools
  • pottery tools (no clay or slip molds)
  • fabrics in usable yardage
  • sketchbooks