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Be part of history as Library celebrates 175th! 

The weekend of September 7-8 is going to be extraordinary, unforgettable and historical for Library supporters. The Library will be hosting two special (and very different) events. One will be a grand gala on Saturday evening and the other a casual networking event aimed at Young Professionals on Sunday evening.

"These two events are the buzz in Lucas County," said the Library's Marketing Manager Susan Gibney. "People attending these events will not be disappointed. Being there will mean being part of history." Even though the gala is sold out, there are still tickets available for the Young Professionals event on Sunday. Purchase tickets by calling 419-259-5266. MORE>


After 175 years, Toledo Library's journey is still epic


(The link to this August 25, 2013 article is courtesy of The Blade's Pages of Opinion)

Director's Message  

175th Video 

Summer Reading Club: You Dug It! 


Did you Know? Statistics show children who participate in library Summer Reading Clubs go back to school in the Fall with higher proficiency in reading.



Going to the beach and bike riding are among Summer's many enjoyable pastimes, but for Toledo-Lucas County Public Library customers, the Summer of 2013 will long be remembered as the season for digging into reading! The Library's 89th annual Summer Reading Club (SRC) kicked off in June and ended in August. This year's program, Dig Into Reading, saw a record-breaking 20,649 participants (an increase of 11% or 18,147 in 2012). Kids logged more than 106,569 hours of reading, and Teen and Adult participants read more than 36,545 books. Babies and toddlers in the Read to Me program listened to 17,381 books! More than 4,400 children completed the program and were able to choose a paperback book to keep. Info: 419.259.5200. MORE>

Authors! Authors! 2013-2014

Growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington greatly influenced poet, filmmaker and author Sherman Alexie's award-winning notable works and writings. Alexie, author of most recently War Dances and the popular The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is scheduled to kick-off the 2013-2014 Authors! Authors! Series, which is now in its 19th year. Alexie will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. A spectacular authors' lineup also features Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeff Greenfield, Zadie Smith, Rick Atkinson, and Henry Winkler. Tickets are currently available at any Library location ($10 adults/$8 students). Info: 419.259.5266. MORE> 

'Do Lunch' at the Library

The Library Café at Main Library is the perfect Downtown destination for lunch. The café, which is located on the garage level of the building, has been recently renovated and features wallpaper adorned with books, new floor and equipment, soft lighting, modern tables and chairs and a modern latte/cappuccino machine. Drop your business card in the giant book (located on the counter of the Café) to receive a chance to win a free lunch up to $6. (click here to see the Library Cafe menu)

The story never ends
with re-used books


The Friends of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (FOL) are hosting Fall Book Sales (click for complete list of sales). In addition to the used book sales, FOL runs a Classics Gift Shop at Main Library and store kiosks at many Library locations. FOL raises money to support Library programs. September Special Sales at Classics Gift Shop include:

  • September 1-30 - Teacher Appreciation Sale: Books half off with a valid teacher ID
  • September 25-26 - Bag-A-Palooza Sale: $6 for a bag of books


FOL is looking for volunteers. Find an application HERE

Also, visit the FOL Facebook Page


Sunday Hours resume

Promises made were promises kept, as Toledo-Lucas County Public Library officials resume Sunday hours of operation at Main Library and four branch locations beginning Sunday, September 8. After the Library's successful ballot measure was passed last November, a restoration of some lost hours is now a reality. We listened as customers, from families to students and small business owners, told us that weekend and Sunday hours were invaluable times to visit their neighborhood library. From 1-5 p.m. Sunday hours will be available from September to May for our loyal customers at the following locations: Main Library, Heatherdowns, Oregon and Sylvania. Sanger branch is open Sundays from 1-5 year round. Info: 419.259.5200. MORE>

Movies and More on the Go!

Find out what all the hoopla is over hoopla, a digital platform available to all Toledo-Lucas County Public Library cardholders, where customers can borrow audio books, music albums, movies and television shows. Customers can listen and watch on their personal computers or on their mobile device. This new technology, developed from a Holland, Ohio based company titled Midwest Tape, is revolutionizing libraries across the country, and the Toledo system was a beta test site. So far, over 2,500 customers have given hoopla a try and borrowed over 10,000 items. Music is the most popular download. Try it out for yourself by logging on to and follow the prompts for hoopla! Info: 419.259.5200. MORE> 


Free Music from Your Library 


It's free and it's legal - it's Freegal! Library customers think we're joking when we tell them they can get access to tens of thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres. All you need is a Toledo-Lucas County Public Library card and you can begin to download songs immediately for free on With a weekly download limit of three songs (or tracks), customers have access to MP3 format tunes from the entire collection on the Sony music label, and several other labels. Be sure to check out sample clips and browsing areas. Get started today! Info: 419.259.5285. MORE>


Hispanic Heritage Month  


Storyteller Lindsey Bonilla (author of the Mexican tale The Ram in the Chile Patch), an Hispanic Heritage family celebration, Cuban classical guitarist Hector Mendoza, an outdoor family fiesta, and, an Authors! Authors! talk by Chicano poet and writer Jimmy Santiago Baca. This is how the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library celebrates and observes Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15 and concludes a month later in October. The Library joins the nation in celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. For details on these programs and events and for more information: 419.259.5200. MORE>


New Databases


Want to learn more about your health, read a plot summary, learn to read critically, or research a science encyclopedia or periodical on biology, chemistry or space? Look no further than and search for these four new databases provided through the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN): Consumer Health Complete, provides full text for health reports, reference books and more; Literary Reference Center, contains plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; Points of View Reference Center , enhances the ability to read critically, and the Science Reference Center, provides easy access to science-oriented content.  

Info: 419.259.5200.MORE>


 Out of the Vault
Written some 206 years ago,James Tongue's A Letter Addressed to the People of Maryland, is a recent acquisition of the Blade Rare Book Room in the Local History and Genealogy department of Main Library. The 1807 letter was a short account of the country along the South shore of Lake Erie and highlighted reasons to relocate to northern Ohio. Perhaps, Local History officials say, a letter that might aid in the modern effort to lure investors to our region. The author Tongue extols the virtues of the region's rich natural resources but relies on the character of its inhabitants as his final recommendation:
"There, the spirit of industry and economy is cherished; the labouring man is beloved and respected . . ." Four years after Ohio attained its statehood, this letter proves that visitors to the state were greatly impressed with its offerings and people. Learn more about the Library's unique acquisitions and join the Local History department from 10 a.m. to noon on September 21 and 28 for a free Beginning Genealogy program to learn more about researching your family tree. Info: 419.259.5233. MORE> 


Researching Your
Polish Ancestors


Main Library, 325 Michigan Street, presents Researching Your Polish Ancestors, an opportunity to discover the best ways to research your Polish roots. Learn how to troubleshoot the unique challenges of language, spelling variations and shifting Poland boundaries. Review printed and online American sources, and discuss research strategies to better understand your Polish ancestry. This free seminar is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 in the McMaster Center. For more information call 419.259.5233.


Film Festival 

 You don't have to live in Seattle, or New York or even Ann Arbor to see award-winning independent films. Come to the crown jewel of our system, Main Library, at 325 Michigan St. in downtown Toledo, to participate in our 9th Annual Film FOCUS: An Independent Film Festival. Monday, September 23 at 6:15 p.m. will kick off our exciting free series with the film Clandestine Childhood, a drama about a boy named Juan, 12, who comes of age in 1979 Argentina. The series of first-run feature indie films will be shown in the McMaster Center, continue on Mondays through October 21, and include a festival of "shorts" (short independent films). Information: 419.259.5285  MORE> 

Branch Spotlight:
Point Place

Point Place started its first Library services in 1926 when a branch was opened in the former Junior High School. The branch relocated in 1942 to rented quarters on Summit Street, in 1964 to 110th and Summit Streets, and finally in 1999 it opened at its current location at 2727 117th Street. The Point Place Branch is a beacon of the community, promoting the motto "Point Place, Best Place, Any Place!" Its nautical architecture reflects the geographic and recreational features of the area. The staff is happy to assist with all inquiries, and continually provides a wide variety of programs for customers of all ages. Offerings this Fall include preschool storytime sessions, the Point Place Writers Group, a monthly book discussion, an American Girl Tea Party, and much more! For more information call 419.259.5390.

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