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. 

Many thanks to the First Solar Community Giving Fund of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation for grant funding to convert the Book Center to the Curiosity Shop! 

Shop Hours

  • Mondays, 10am to 5pm
  • Tuesdays, 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesdays, 10am to 5pm
  • Thursdays, 10am to 5pm
  • Fridays, 10am to 5pm
  • Saturdays, 10am to 5pm
  • Sundays, Closed


Looking to donate items? Items are accepted during open shop hours ONLY. Check out the full list of items accepted below. Questions? Email hello@577foundation.org or give us a call at 419-874-4174.

        What’s in the Shop?

        Books & Magazines
        Art & Craft Supplies
        Handmade Pottery

        Books & Magazines

        Take your time browsing the collection of thousands of gently-used books with selections for all ages and interests. New books are added almost every day! 

        • A robust Adult Fiction section features beloved and bestselling authors. 
        • An expanded children’s corner includes more seating to sit and read together or for little ones to explore books at their height.
        • Need help figuring out what’s for dinner? Check out the large selection of cookbooks – brand new and vintage!
        • Love gardening? Stroll through the gardens for inspiration and then browse the gardening section to help with your next project.
        • Non-fiction sections include Autobiography/Biography, Sports, History, Business, Spirituality, Science, Self-Help, Parenting, and more. 
        • Read up on the latest news by browsing our magazine collection.
        • A variety of large print books are available. 
        • A limited selection of puzzles and games can be found, while supplies last.

        Art & Craft Supplies

        A corner of the Curiosity Shop is now dedicated to like-new and gently-used art supplies. Crafters, teachers, artists, and students can browse a large selection of art supplies for use in their classrooms or at home.

        Items like yarn, paint, fabric, brushes, canvases, embellishments, and more are now available (items will vary based on donations). Each visit will be a quest to find that perfect yarn color or an item for a new art adventure! 

        Handmade Pottery

        Each year, more than 50 students and professional potters donate hundreds of their handmade pots in support of the pottery program at 577.

        Did you know everything tastes better in a handmade mug? You can find mugs (while supplies last), bowls, decorative wall art, and the newest pieces on display during open shop hours.

        Find the perfect gift for you to adopt and take home. 

        *Most pieces are food/dishwasher safe. Ask at checkout for details. 

        Specialty Items
        Local Honey
        Community Artists

        Specialty Items

        New curiosities are added to the shelves every day. Check out these new additions!

        577 Speciality Items: Items vary seasonally and may include: handmade cyanotype notecards, recyclable wrapping paper, nature-inspired blank notecard sets, “We Root for Each Other” canvas tote bags, “bee” logo hats, and youth and adult “bee” logo t-shirts. 

        Handmade Black Walnut Ink: Created in the fall of 2022 by John Baldwin, our talented 577 Program Intern, this ink is made from black walnuts collected from around the grounds. Two types of ink are available: Filtered Ink, which is best for layering and writing, and has a lighter, more subdued hue that is lightfast; and Unfiltered Ink, which has a unique inconsistency and pulp flakes that create beautiful speckling. 

        Plants & Gardening Items: Take home a piece of 577 with one of our unique arrangements. Succulents, spider plants, and more were propagated by staff from cuttings at 577.

        Puzzles & Games: Items vary by donations. Visit us to see what’s available today!

        Local Honey

        We are thrilled that our volunteer beekeeper and owner of Waterville Bee Works, Dan Bollett, has poured this liquid gold into bottles and it is now available again in the shop. Three sizes available, honey bear, 1-pound, and 2-pound.

        Available while supplies last.

        Community Artists

        Current featured community artists are:

        Anna Isabel Garrison – Anna is an author, businesswoman, and creative on a mission to find beauty in the common things of life. As a self-proclaimed “recovering perfectionist,” she writes about healing from the past, slowing down, reconnecting with nature, and loving the self. Her 2024 memoir, A Wandering Path, is a testament to her journey toward growth and self-discovery. She resides in Toledo, Ohio with her husband, son, and their two cats. When she’s not writing, Anna spends her free time playing piano and singing in the Americana band, Chloe & the Steel Strings.

        Debra & Ron Baker ~ After retiring in 2015, The Bakers have passionately pursued an impressive array of artist interests including painting, flower arranging, sewing, and making jewelry from polymer clay. Over the last five years, Debra and Ron have loved visiting the 577 Foundation, and more recently, the opportunity to share their work with the community here. They hope you can share in their passion and find something you love.

        Avert Adornments by Lindsay Williams ~ Self-described as a Midwest-based maker, marketer, project coordinator, and the artist behind Avery Adornments – Lindsay’s handmade jewelry brand inspired by her grandmothers. Her jewelry is characterized by hand-painted, hand-marbled, or hand-cut leather, as well as vegan suede fridge. She sets these in warm gold and accents with natural stones, lightweight acetate, or vintage beads. Statement earrings are her specialty but she creates several smaller styles for those who prefer an understated look. She started her brand in 2017 after studying jewelry fabrication at the Toledo Museum of Art, though she says her love of big earrings and bright colors has been lifelong.

        Artwork by The Bakers and Lindsay Williams will be available for viewing and purchase in the Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop through September 2024. Anna Isabl Garrison’s book will be available until December 2024. 

        Community Artwork

        Become a featured artist in the Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop. Our goal is to provide a platform for artists to share their work with the public and to support the local art community. Each quarter, we will select artists to showcase their work by providing them a space to display their artwork in the Welcome Center. This will give the artist the opportunity to reach a wider audience and potentially sell their work to folks who visit the 577.

        In addition to supporting local artists, we also believe that featuring original artwork in the shop adds value for our visitors. Original art can add a unique and personal touch to any space, and we hope that you enjoy seeing the work of talented artists from Perrysburg and the greater Northwest Ohio & Southwest Michigan area.

        If you are an artist based in Northwest Ohio or Southeast Michigan and are interested in being featured in the Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop at 577, please contact Program Coordinator Isabelle Tucker by email at itucker@577foundation.org for more information.

        We can’t wait to see the amazing art that our community has to offer.

        Pictured art is by local fine artist, Molly Carroll. Wintergarden, Lone Tree

        Donation Guidelines

        Book Donation Guidelines
        Art/Craft Donation Guidelines

        Book, Magazine, Puzzle, & Game Donation Guidelines

        Donations of up to two (2) boxes or bags of gently-used and like-new books (25 books maximum) 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)
        • Speciality Books including Oversized, Arts & Crafts, and Rare or Local Books
        • Magazines (within 1 year)
        • Puzzles & Games (with all pieces)

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

        Join us for Music in the Gardens on Saturday, August 10, from 11am to 3pm. Events are free, family-friendly, and rain or shine.