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January 2013 Issue


Clyde Scoles 
Library keeps its promises;
restores Sunday hours        
Promises made. Promises kept. Beginning January 6, five library locations will be open Sunday. The restored hours are a direct result of the passage of the Library Operating Levy in November. Library Director Clyde Scoles said Lucas County residents were promised more hours, including Sunday, if the levy was approved. "It's time to keep those promises," he said, explaining that additional weekly and Saturday hours will all be in place by March 1. The locations that will be open on Sunday are Main Library, Heatherdowns, Oregon, Sanger and Sylvania. These locations will be open on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Sanger Branch Library was the only Library open on Sunday for the past three years, when a reduction in state funding, coupled with a drop in property tax values, caused hours to be slashed. more>>


Director's Message


Did you know?
The Library is an excellent place to learn about those new tech gadgets you received over the holidays. The Library offers FREE classes for those interested in learning more about downloadable media. Stop in or call today!
First FREE Library in Ohio
Celebrates 175 years!
The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library's history dates back to 1838, and that means this year marks an incredible 175 years of public library service! You will soon be hearing about all kinds of celebrations throughout the county. Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 14, for a fun, family event to mark the Library's birthday. This is the start of National Library Week (April 14-20), where many other activities are being planned. The Library also plans to mark the milestone with "Digging Deep into the Library's History" Summer Reading Club activities and a Library Legacy Foundation formal event sometime this summer or early fall. More details to come. more>>
Exciting news for downloadable users
The gift-giving season is over, but the Library's latest downloadable news will be a present to our many customers who utilize our downloadable media collection: New this month, the checkout limit for OverDrive eMedia has increased to 20 titles per library card. Coming soon - OverDrive is scheduled to launch One-Step Checkout, which allows patrons the option to return a checkout item before downloading; and OverDrive Read (browser-based eBooks), which improves ease of use and responsive design which allows the mobile and desktop experience to be the same. more>>
Out of the vault --
Labor History Room
Explore the Rogowski-Kaptur Labor History room located in Main Library's Local History and Genealogy Department, 325 Michigan St. Opened in 2001, this special room, which celebrates and commemorates the local labor history movement, was named for Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and her mother Cherie Rogowski. This special room has provided research materials for scholars and students alike, and access to memorabilia related to local labor. The focus of the room is the history of labor in Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan but has expanded to include the entire country and some international materials. more>>
Popular Passport service
Want to travel beyond the pages of a book? This New Year is a perfect time to renew or obtain a passport for everyone in your family. Since last summer, Main Library, 325 Michigan St., has offered full passport services during regular hours of operation and now on Sunday too. No more missing an opportunity to get your passport. Just stop in to the circulation desk and our friendly staff can assist you. You can fill out the necessary forms, pay the required fee, and we'll even take your passport photo at the Library. It's one-stop service when it comes to obtaining your passport. Happy travels. more>>
Emancipation Proclamation - 150 Years
The document that transformed the Civil War - the Emancipation Proclamation - is being observed for its 150 year history. To honor this celebration, on Saturday, January 5, the Library will show the movie Glory, with a free and open to the public showcase in the McMaster Center of Main Library, 325 Michigan St. First released in 1989, the film stars actors Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman and highlights the role of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry which was the first black regiment in the Civil War. more>>
Jewish collection
From a book which explores the Torah for messages that speak to teens, to another book containing 120 Jerusalem recipes from latkes to fattoush, the Library encourages you to come in and discover our growing Jewish collection of books and materials. Our staff selected several exciting new books highlighting subjects relevant to the Jewish faith. Be sure to also research our Catalog for books and materials on other faiths and religions, including our Muslim and Christian collections, plus, many others. more>>
New databases
The Library is the place to turn to in order to make history, science and social studies fun for your children. Simply log on to and search under our growing list of databases. We've just added two additional reading/literacy databases for youth titled FreedomFLIX and TrueFLIX. FreedomFLIX brings history to life through eBooks, video, audio, maps and more for grades 4 and up. TrueFLIX focuses on science and social studies content in seven categories for students in grades 3-5. 
Branch Spotlight - Toledo Heights
Toledo Heights Branch was designed in an English Tudor style and opened in its current Shasta Drive location in 1935. Oak woodwork, large windows, and a cozy fireplace in a reading nook, make this library very special. Additions in 1998 and 2009 allowed for an ADA accessible restroom, a quiet study room, expanded collection space for books and magazines, and additional parking space. Family programs, children's storytimes, and free access to computers and the Internet keep the close-knit neighborhood tied into their Toledo Heights Branch Library. more>>
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