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May 2013 Issue


'Dig Into Reading' 
this Summer!
Aardvarks, badgers, cicadas and armadillos are known for their digging, and burrowing underground. Dig it? Now it's time for our community's readers of all ages to Dig Into Reading, as the Library kicks off its annual Summer Reading Club, scheduled from June 10 through August 10! Four categories of reading levels have been established to encourage infants to adults to participate. Grand prizes range from an iPad 2 for children (preschool to 5th grade), or an iPad mini or Kindle for teens (6th to 12th grade) and adults. Register at your library or online at and Dig into Reading.

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Director's Message  



Judy Jones, Mott Branch     


Did you know?

Nearly 18,000 people participated in the Library's Summer Reading Club last year. Also, did you know that 9 out 10 kids are more likely to finish reading a book they selected themselves? Bring your child to the library and we'll help find books that match your child's interests! More >> 

Anna Quindlen slated
for Authors! Authors! 

Best known as a former columnist at The New York Times, (1981-1994) Anna Quindlen's work has appeared in some of America's most influential newspapers, magazines and on both fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. Now in its 19th year, Authors! Authors! is presented by The Blade and organized by the Library. The 2013 spring series concludes with an appearance by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author scheduled on Wednesday, May 8 at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. Spend an evening with the author of A Short Guide to a Happy Life, How Reading Changed My Life, and her latest memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake.
Tickets are on sale now at all Library locations and are $10 for adults and $8 for students. More >>
Early Literacy Fund 
provides critical need 

The Library Legacy Foundation's newest initiative, "Planting a Seed to Read," will support the Library's ability to address the critical need of kindergarten readiness in Lucas County. Nearly one-third of Toledo-area children enter kindergarten without the essential early literacy skills to be prepared to read, to write and to learn. The Early Literacy Fund will provide the essential support for children's librarians to bring early literacy skills and training to parents, caregivers and teachers of children up to five years of age. The program includes a specially equipped van that will travel to at-risk neighborhoods and provide training programs at TLCPL branches.


The $2.2 million campaign will use $1 million to create and operate the program and the balance, $1.2 million, will be an endowment from the Early Literacy Fund, to sustain the initiative.

 A leadership message>> 
Library lending 
like never before! 
You may wonder what all the hoopla is about at the Library. Hoopla is an exciting new Library app for customers to borrow thousands of videos, audiobooks and music albums for their devices including mobile, computers and tablets. Customers have access to more than 300,000 titles - right at their fingertips. The app is for all ages, is easy to use, and it's FREE! Go to the Library Website and get started now!  More>>
Identify your old photos
at genealogy event
Old family photographs, especially dating back to the 19th Century, are often hard to identify. Do the fashions, props or background setting give any clues as to when the photo was taken? To help answer these questions, the Library's Local History and Genealogy department invites you to a free workshop titled Windows on the Past: Identifying and Dating 19th Century Photographs. The workshop, in celebration of National Preservation Month (May), is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, and features author and genealogy expert Diane Gagel. Bring in your old family photographs. Registration is required, please call 419.259.5233.  Local History & Genealogy>>  
Borrow across Ohio
for ultimate service
It used to take 4 to 6 weeks for a library system to loan an item to a customer of another system. Today, the SearchOhio link on is a game-changer for library customers. The consortium of public library systems in Ohio is designed to allow borrowing access to millions of items (books, movies, music). If the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library doesn't have an item in its collection, the SearchOhio link allows a customer to find and borrow that item from a participating system. What used to take weeks now only takes between 5 - 7 days! Customers love that they can also browse the collections of other public libraries via SearchOhio. Try it out today!  More>>   
'Gangster Squad' on Blu-Ray
Library staff offers latest, greatest books, movies
While choosing new titles in every format of fiction and non-fiction for children, teens and adults and selecting new music and DVD/Blu-ray titles, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library's Collection Development staff keeps updates coming on the latest releases. This department is charged with selecting library materials for Main and all branches, and for keeping librarians informed of the latest releases.  Here are a few new works of note: On audiobook is Waiting to be Heard by Amanda Knox, and adult nonfiction selections include the Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook, and A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball by NBA player Dwyane Wade.
Midday music and munchies
You know it's getting close to summertime when the Library announces its Brown Bag Concert Series. The FREE Wednesday concerts, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Main Library's North Lawn, start June 5 and continue every Wednesday until July 24. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a lunch or grab some goodies at the Library café and enjoy the wonderful sounds of local bands. The concerts are popular among downtown neighbors, families and daycare groups.   Check it out >>                    
Get help finding a job
The Library has research tools available for job seekers and business owners. Would you like to locate and research companies quickly and easily? What about creating a marketing plan, conducting competitive analysis, raising funds or locating people? The ReferenceUSA database offers real-time access to more than 20 million businesses, 220 million consumers, new businesses and new  homeowners. ReferenceUSA's quality information provides small business owners, job seekers and students with powerful market research tools. ReferenceUSA is accessible through the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library website.  
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Free, safe resource
children can use at home!

ELF Reading & Reference is software especially designed to engage young readers with fun, age appropriate, interactive text. The interactive e-books for K-8 are designed to motivate striving readers with narration and highlighted words, build vocabulary for English-language learners, captivate auditory learners, and promote fluency. ELF also features full access to Encyclopedia Britannica.  

This FREE software is now exclusively available to download via your home computer through the Kids Place page at! Follow simple download instructions and your children are ready to begin safely exploring a wide range of educational websites and content. Once downloaded, the application will be stored on your home computer. This software is coming soon for access within the Library. Get started! >>> 

Used books for sale
in every genre
Build your collection of books while helping your Library! The Friends of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will hold its next book sale May 9-11 at the Reynolds Corners Shopping Center, 1301 Reynolds Road (southwest corner of Reynolds Road and Dorr Street). The sale features gently used hardcovers, paperbacks, books on tape, videos and more! Proceeds from the sale directly benefit Library programs.
Out of the Vault
- Local History
Although, the oldest book in Main Library's Local History and Genealogy Blade Rare Book Room collection is dated 1351, the oldest writings in the system's collection are much older. Here's some history: In 1925 Edgar J. Banks, field director of the University of Chicago's Babylonian expeditions, offered Carl Vitz, then director of the Toledo Public Library, seven clay tablets from which Vitz selected three. For the princely sum of $21, the Library became the proud owner of a receipt for animals for temple offerings ca 2350 B.C.E.; a record of animal sacrifices (3 sheep, 1 goat and 1 ewe lamb) ca. 2350 B.C.E., and a business document executed just before 2000 B.C.E. One of these cuneiform tablets remains in the Blade Rare Book Room vault and can be viewed upon request by the public. The remaining two tablets are on display in Main Library's board room. More >>                    
Branch Spotlight - Lagrange
The Lagrange Branch opened at its new location, 3422 Lagrange St. in 2005, and features a state-of-the-art, 9,000 square foot building with a clock tower. It offers a unique collection of materials related to the Polish language and culture, and additionally has been developing an Urban/African American fiction section. In December 2011 staff created a unique space for the promotion of early literacy, designed to prepare and excite preschoolers for success in Kindergarten and beyond. The space includes toys, games, puzzles, activities, and, of course, books that focus on the five early learning principals (Sing, Write, Read, Talk and Play) from the Every Child Ready to Read Programs. The area is specifically designed to encourage interaction, providing space for both adults and children to create and learn together. 
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