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November Message from the Director


Clyde Scoles
The 2012 political season is just about over.

Above all of the cluttered messages you are being bombarded with, there are facts to remember concerning the 2.9 mill, five-year levy for Library operations on the November 6 ballot.
  • Nearly half of the Library's funding will be cut if Issue 23 does not pass. The Library's existing 2.0 mills expires at midnight this New Year's Eve. Cuts would be immediate and devastating.
  • Failure of passage would mean branches would close, staff would be cut and our system as we know it would be dismantled.
  • Passage of Issue 23 would cost the owner of a $100,000 home less than a quarter a day.
Please remember to vote on November 6.

Clyde Scoles
Director, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
Director interviewed
Courtesy of Toledo News Now
Library benefits
  • Get help finding a job.
  • Start a business.
  • Plant a garden.
  • File your taxes.
  • Apply for a grant.
  • Track your ancestors. 
  • Use a computer.
  • Download music.
  • Take movies home.
  • Hold a meeting.
  • Read.
Main Library hosts unique Lincoln display
His stovepipe hat, which he used like a briefcase to hold important papers; an axe he used to chop wood, and even the bloody gloves found in his pocket the night of his assassination - these reproductive artifacts and more are on view now through December 14 in a special exhibit at Main Library titled Lincoln: Self-Made in America. The unique display on the life of America's 16th President is located in Main's Central Court, on loan to the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF). The exhibit was made possible through the generosity of the Library Legacy Foundation. Check out this exhibit with your family and be sure to view the library's portrait of Lincoln in Main's Business Technology department. more>>
John Grogan slated
for Authors series
Famed New York Times literary critic Janet Maslin once wrote this about John Grogan's overnight smash success book Marley & Me: "Mr. Grogan knows the workings of Marley's mind. He makes that abundantly clear in Marley & Me, a very funny valentine to all those four-legged, big, dopey, playful galumphs that seemed to love life with a passion not often seen in this world." The Blade and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library call on all dog lovers and readers of good books to attend another exciting Authors! Authors! program with Detroit-reared author John Grogan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 at the Stranahan Theater. Tickets are on sale now at all Library locations. more>>
James Brennan honored
at gallery exhibit
Everyone knew him as Mr. Republican due to his three stints as leader of the Lucas County Republican Party, but it was the late Jim Brennan's "generosity," read his obituary in The Blade, "that defined his leadership style." And now a special exhibit to pay homage to Mr. Brennan, titled A Political Tribute to James H. Brennan, Sr., is scheduled to open in the Gallery at Main Library on Monday, November 12. The display will feature Brennan's personal artifacts, papers, writings, photographs and more. The exhibit is scheduled to run through December 31. more>>
Get 'hooked' on books
The Friends of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (FOL) sponsored an event October 25 dubbed "Get Hooked on Books, Not Drugs." The event was a perfect wrap-up to Red Ribbon Week, a national observance to keep kids off drugs. The unique promotion showed the correlation between books and a healthy lifestyle. more>>
Poetry program scheduled
Famed American poet Robert Frost once wrote that "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." Whether you're a novice or expert in the world of readings, poetry and spoken word, find the library for its Poetry Live and Out Loud free program scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. on Monday, November 19 in the Huntington Room at Main Library. Here, area poets have a chance to share their works. To participate, please contact Ryan Duckett, a University of Toledo/Library Humanities department Fellow at 419.259.5218 or via e-mail at  more>>
Online Resources          
Online Resources
Want to quickly find a fund or a stock to meet your investment needs? What about information on the 14 million companies located in the United States? Maybe it's access to attorney forms or information on legal procedures that you need. Turn no further than the numerous databases on the Library's Web site You can find the databases under the Home page's first scroll-down menu under Books & Information. Noted databases of interest to job-seekers or those in the business world are American Business/Reference USA, Business Source Premier, Gale Legal Forms, Morningstar (find stocks, research holdings, etc.), and Plunkett Research Online (offers business intelligence). more>> 
Contest winner announced
It was a sunglass-wearing, carrot-eating green gecko, who considers himself an ordinary school kid and whose favorite book is Looking for Alaska by John Green that won our hearts. Actually, it was the gecko's creator Lindsey Rinker, a senior at Anthony Wayne High School that has us all abuzz. We are proud to announce that Rinker is the winner of our Avatar Contest, which called on Lucas County teens to create an avatar to be the new symbol of our TEEN Scene page on the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library's Web site The avatar could not be a real person, nor a character from a book or movie. So it was Rinker's gecko named Scalez that will be the new avatar on the Teen page. We are in the process of revising our TEEN Scene page - before the end of the year you'll see many changes, including the addition of our green friend Scalez. Stay logged in and congratulations to Lindsey Rinker! more>>
Out of the vault --
Ford Post items featured
Normally a wooden box or personal sketches of individuals would not excite most history buffs, but the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library's Local History and Genealogy department is proud to announce that it owns such items of historic significance from the Ford Post No. 14 of The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) The items date back to the late-1800s, as The Ford Post was first organized in 1867 in East Toledo. Local History owns a book of personal sketches of members of the Post and a wooden box designed to hang on a wall with pages holding a collection of photographs of members of the Post, along with members of the Ford Circle No. 28 Ladies of the G.A.R. G.A.R. was a veterans' organization for Union veterans of the Civil War. As the veterans died out, the G.A.R. was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) which was incorporated by Congress in 1954 as heir of the G.A.R. On your next visit to Main Library, make an appointment to see these historic items and much more in our Local History and Genealogy department. more>>
Library helps Toledoan realize his dream
Fashion entrepreneur Donney McMullin, 36, describes his passion about the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library this way: "We are synonymous!" Since his childhood years McMullin, the owner/creator of the John Dough Brand clothing line, has dreamed of becoming a successful businessman. He credits the Business Technology department librarians and the many resources at Main Library for helping to achieve his dream. Today, McMullin is gaining national attention for his apparel line, which sells in a 150-store sneaker boutique on the East Coast. It was the self-help section, the business books, the fashion videos, the meeting rooms and the knowledgeable librarians which Mr. McMullin credits for launching his budding career. more>>
Volunteer gives her time
to share love of books
A long-time volunteer for the Friends of the Library (FOL) said she stays "young" by giving back. Sylvania resident Marilynn Hazard, who just celebrated her 90th birthday, has put in more than 30 years as a volunteer for the FOL. In fact, she's even given up jobs that pay for her volunteer work for the library. She divides her time between the FOL Book Center at Dorr Street and Reynolds Road and Classics Gift Shop at Main Library downtown. Calling herself "semi-retired," Mrs. Hazard says she receives great joy by sharing her love of books with others. more>>
Spotlight - Outreach Services
The Library's Outreach Services Center is a mobile branch that plays a vital role in making library services available to everyone in the community. Outreach staff members deliver the world to your doorstep, providing access to resources through bookmobile and homebound services. The Bookmobile carries a selection of books, music and movies for patrons of all ages and serves neighborhoods, shopping centers and senior housing facilities. Free computer training programs are taught on the Cybermobile, a classroom-on-wheels funded by BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program), a federal stimulus grant. The Cybermobile provides access to technology to seniors and high-need neighborhoods. Outreach Services also provides library services such as storytimes and children's programming to daycare centers and preschools. Additionally, homebound service offers free doorstep delivery and pick-up of materials throughout Lucas County for patrons with a disability. more>>
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