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March 2013 Issue


Clyde Scoles 
Expanded hours in place        
Promises made. Promises kept. The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has released a comprehensive list of expanded hours for all locations. With the success of the Library's ballot measure last November, voters sent a clear message that their Library has value and is important in their everyday lives. We are grateful to the community and happy to report that our board of trustees, administration and staff worked together to expand hours at all 18 branch locations and Main Library. Sunday hours were also restored at four locations - (5 total if Sanger is included, which already had Sunday hours). For more information>>
Nicole Czerniawski of Sylvania Township and her children Jonah, Noah and Naomi.


Director's Message 


Promises Kept:
Melissa Andrews


Promises Kept: 
Jeff Smith 

Did you know?
All library locations carry many basic Federal and Ohio State Income Tax forms and publications for distribution. tax information>>
Authors! Authors!
Spring series slated        
Now in its 19th year, mark your calendars for the 2013 Spring Authors! Authors! Series presented by The Blade and arranged by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. This time, three powerful authors will open the spring season, including Caribbean novelist Jamaica Kincaid, writer and professor scheduled on Thursday, March 28 in the McMaster Center of Main Library, 325 Michigan Street. On Thursday, April 18, an American historian specializing in U.S. presidents Richard Norton Smith is back at the McMaster Center at Main. On Wednesday, May 8, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, social critic and novelist Anna Quindlen is scheduled at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. All three events begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person. Tickets are available for purchase beginning Friday, March 8 at all Toledo-Lucas County Public Library locations and are limited in quantity.  more>>
Library celebrates 175 years!
In 1838, abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery. That same year, Charles Dickens published The Life and Adventures of Nickolas Nickelby; Edgar Allan Poe published his only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket; and The American Frugal Housewife came to print, containing tips for preserving food, cleaning, and creating home remedies on the homestead. The year 1838 also marked the beginning of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system. TLCPL will be celebrating its 175th anniversary starting in mid-April, with the public kickoff on Sunday, April 14 and culminating the evening of September 7 with a gala dinner, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning Author David McCullough.  Save the Date>>
Library offers programs
on managing finances
In these times of economic uncertainty, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is the place to go to gain more money smarts. Our system is proud to kick off Money Smart Week (April 20-27), a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This special observance coincides with the Library's annual Living Well with Less programs, designed to help adults learn the concepts and skills that can be applied to assist them in discovering creative ways to use less money and still have a good quality of life. There are many special, free programs scheduled in April, including Running Your Home on a Budget (April 22 at Heatherdowns Branch) and Going to College Without Going Broke (April 23 at Main Library). more>>
Passport services highlighted
Complimentary travel bookmarks and free parking ALL DAY are in order as the Library observes Passport Day on Saturday, March 9 at Main Library, 325 Michigan St. Join us for this special day and obtain or renew your passport at Main Library, which is now an official passport acceptance agency. Yes, you can get your passport at your public library! Main Library is also the only acceptance agency in the region with Sunday hours. Happy travels!  Passport Services>> 

Learn to do your family tree
Wondering how to get started doing your family tree? Join us for 'Beginning Genealogy,' a two-part workshop held in the McMaster Center on Tuesday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 16 from 6-8 p.m. The workshop includes an overview of genealogy and census records the first week, followed by using the Internet magazines and newspapers during the second session. Registration is required but the class is free. Register now>>

Local History & Genealogy>>
Broaden your Ancestory search capabilities online
The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library offers many tools to help you in your genealogical research.  On-line databases are just one of those, and offer a wide variety of options.  America's GenealogyBank - Find basic legal documents and review newspapers, books, pamphlets & Government reports on your ancestors.  America's Obituaries & Death Notices - Search newspaper obituaries and death notices by various categories.  Heritage Quest - Review local histories and census information from 1790-1930.  Historic Map Works  - Five centuries of full-color land-ownership maps with related listings, images, business ads and city directory statistics.  New York Times Historical (1851-2009) - First-hand accounts and coverage of politics, society and events of the time.  All of these databases are accessible through the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library website.  In addition to the links provided, you may access these databases through our website at, look under the "Books & Information" tab, select "Find Books and Information," select "Research by Topic," and scroll through for your selection.  Stop by your local branch or the Main Library where our Librarians can assist you in accessing additional genealogical databases available only through a Library computer.  Ancestry Library Edition is an example of an "In Library Only" database, and provides search capabilities for over 2 billion names.
Library helps customers
succeed in school, work
With the click of a mouse, LearningExpress Library offers resources to help customers succeed at school, at work and in life. Our Library offers this impressive collection of online practice tests and skills tutorials for academic and career advancement, eBooks and a Job & Career Accelerator resource, which assists customers in finding a job!  Check it out >>
Teens connect at the Library
The Library is proud to announce the launch of the newly designed Teen Scene, an exciting new section on designed with teens in mind. You'll find features that include book suggestions, homework help, games, sports and entertainment sites. There is also a section dedicated to college, real life and connecting with the Library.  
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Branch Spotlight - Kent
The Kent Branch first opened in December of 1917, and was the first full-service branch of the Toledo Library system.  In 2010 it was remodeled to fulfill the requirements of a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant awarded to develop public computer centers in target areas of the city.  Currently Kent is the only branch to offer structured computer classes on a regular basis and one-on-one sessions as needed. The Kent Branch features the Art Tatum African American Resource Center which provides cultural, educational and historical references on the African American experience in America.  Throughout 2013, the Art Tatum Center will continue its Forever Free:  Reflections of the Emancipation Proclamation theme, featuring programs and activities that highlight issues and subjects that have emerged in the 15 decades since Abraham Lincoln issued the Executive Order that hastened the end of slavery.  The Art Tatum collection also includes the Edrene Cole Oral History Collection.  This special DVD series features African Americans from the Toledo area between 1920 and 1970.  Currently the set contains 26 interviews with more anticipated. more>>
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