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November 2013
Message from the Director
Dear Library Customer:
Greetings! It certainly has been an exciting year at your Library! We celebrated a milestone - 175 years of  FREE public library service to the community! I hope you were able to attend at least one of our events commemorating this special anniversary.
Other highlights of 2013:
  • Hours restored, promises kept. With funds made available through the operating levy, we have been able to restore or increase hours at all 19 of our locations. As a result, our customer count is up 7 percent.
  • Digital downloads are increasingly popular. Library card holders can download eBooks, films, music and magazines - all free from So far this year, nearly 285,000 items have been downloaded. 
  • Reaching out to low-literacy children. Because they are less likely to be read to at home, many children from low-income households begin school with very low pre-literacy skills. In October, children's librarians began to present a series of newly-developed early literacy programs to approximately 600 students in eight elementary schools throughout Toledo.

Enjoy the holiday season. Thank you for your continuing support, and hope to see you at one of our libraries soon!


Clyde Scoles
Library Director/Fiscal Officer


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Library Director wins prestigious award 


Library Director Clyde Scoles won the prestigious Touchstone Lifetime Achiever Award from the Press Club of Toledo. The honor, which was announced October 3, at the Press Club's Annual Touchstone Awards at the Toledo Club, recognizes long-term efforts to enhance the quality of life in the Northwest Ohio region. view video>>

You can help us do more - with a gift to your Library! 
Your Library has been an essential part of our community for 175 years. Now you can help the Library do more by making a donation to the Library Legacy Foundation to purchase books and materials and preserve the vital programs and services that the Library offers. Please be generous. A gift to the Library is truly a gift to our community.

The Library Legacy Foundation has a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS, and your entire gift is tax deductible.  Please donate now >> 
Author Jeff Greenfield
to appear November 7

Veteran political, media and culture reporter, Jeff Greenfield is scheduled as the upcoming speaker for the Authors! Authors! 2013-2014 series, now in its 19th year. Greenfield will appear at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 in the McMaster Center at Main Library. The five-time Emmy winner and former CNN senior analyst has served as senior political correspondent at CBS News since May 2007. He contributes to the CBS Evening News, The Early Show, CBS News Sunday Morning and other CBS News broadcasts, as well as Tickets are on sale at all Library locations ($10 adults). Info: 419.259.5266. more>>

Battle on the Inland Sea
highlighted at event

The Library is planning to host a family fun and historical show that will tell the story of one of the most significant battles in the War of 1812. Battle on the Inland Sea is scheduled on Saturday, November 2 from 2-4 p.m. in the McMaster Center at Main Library, 325 Michigan St. This event features a one-man show by Jeremy Meier who performs the role of Commodore Perry, recalling building a squadron in remote frontier wilderness. Fiddlesix, a musical group specializing in the music and attire of the early 19th century will also perform. more>>

Toledo Museum of Art loans rare sketch book to Library 

An extremely rare first published collection of Civil War photographs, contained in a sketch book dating back to the 1860s, is on temporary loan from the Toledo Museum of Art. The Art Museum and Library have long partnered in the spirit of art and literature. The sketch book, by photographer Alexander Gardner, is available for viewing now through November 22. Stop by the Local History and Genealogy department at Main Library, 325 Michigan St., and make an appointment to see this amazing piece of history. Info: 419.259.5233. more>>

Get help with your
holiday gadgets!
If you still think a tablet is an aspirin, a Nook is that cute corner of your closet, or an iPad is where frogs and fairies reside, boy do we have just the classes for you! The Library is proud to present its Holiday Gadget Guide, for those of you scratching your heads over how to download, and all of the electronic devices out there. Join area technology experts for FREE classes offered November 19, December 5, and December 14 in the McMaster Center at Main Library, 325 Michigan St.
Enter for a chance to win an iPod Nano at each workshop!     more>>      view video>>
Need money for college? 

Looking for financial assistance to help pay for college?  The Library has many resources to guide you in acquiring grants, scholarships, and other financial aid.  These resources include direct access to internet help and application sites (containing some of the best FREE scholarship search sites), print books, e-books, and workshops.  For more information please visit our library website or call 419.259.5117. more>>

Grab a great meal at the "New" Library Café  

Recent restorations, interior design work, and menu enhancements are all the rage at the Library Café, so says owner Donna Weiser. The popular eatery, which specializes in a variety of affordable menu options from breakfast and lunch hot meals, soups, wraps, sandwiches and so much more, is located on the garage level entry of Main Library, 325 Michigan St., 419.259.5212  menu>>      view video>>

Do some holiday shopping;
proceeds benefit the Library

If you are looking for unique gifts this holiday season, stop in at Classics Gift Shop at Main Library. The store, which is operated by the Friends of the Library,  is located on the garage level, next to the café. If you can't make it downtown, many of the branch locations have kiosks, stocked full of stuffed animals, personal items, stationary, seasonal decorations and candy. And gently used books always make great gifts! 419.259.5358  book sales>>   

Library helps customer succeed at business 
Jennifer Nelson, 41, said she owes much of her career success to the Library's Business Technology Department. Nelson, branch manager of the AP Federal Credit Union (Reynolds Road location), used downtown Toledo's Main Library to take proctoring tests and to obtain her certification and most recently, re-certification, as a banking compliance specialist. more>> 


Generations connect

through reading 

Interested in finding ways to increase your family's/children's desire for reading? Consider forming a family book discussion group like one of our Holland Branch customers, Sue Dziubek, has done. With a creative approach she has been able to create a multi-generational group that includes readers of all skill levels.  Click here to learn more about the great results of Sue's efforts and how she has made it all happen. You can also join any of the pre-existing book discussion groups meeting at various library locations.


Branch Spotlight:

Library services to the Oregon community began in February of 1965 in the Oregon Plaza Shopping Center.  Due to increased usage the location was enlarged in 1980, and in April of 1989, it moved to its current location at 3340 Dustin Road and featured 14,800 square feet of space.  A renovation and expansion is planned for 2014.  Phyllis Norden's "Time Out" sculpture, located on the front lawn, was dedicated in 1990 and contains a time capsule at its base commemorating the building's five-year anniversary.  The Oregon Branch offers a variety of programs for all ages including storytimes, school age and teen activities, adult and senior book discussion groups, enrichment programs, and computer classes.  Be on the lookout for 2014 enrichment programs like Healthy Cooking and Chair Yoga!  The friendly and helpful staff at Oregon would love to assist you in selecting a program that is right for you!  more>>

Out of the Library's vault

The Civil War generated countless numbers of historic publications and many of them are available for viewing within the Local History and Genealogy Department at Main. One such document, The Daily Citizen newspaper, Vicksburg, Mississippi, dated July 2, 1863, was printed on the reverse side of wallpaper due to a paper shortage.  The Library's copy is printed on one of the known original wallpaper patterns, described in a 1936 Library of Congress report as "small flowers with connecting vines giving the effect of a diamond-latticed trellis; leaves, flower petals, and stems in faded yellow-green on a cream background."  On July 4, 1863, after union troops found the type set for that July 2 edition, they added the following note:  "Two days bring about great changes.  The banner of the Union floats over Vicksburg......This is the last wall-paper edition.... It will be valuable hereafter as a curiosity."  more>>

Learn and read...
about gross things 

Extended due to popular demand! How much do you know about the gross things your body does? Sometimes it's stinky. Sometimes it's crusty. Sometimes it's slimy. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk at Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body during its appearance at Imagination Station. Visit for more information and view a recommended reading list>>

Sheet music!  We've got it! 

Are you looking for musical inspiration?  Perhaps you need a new repertoire of holiday music!  Maybe you're trying to learn how to play a new musical instrument, brush up on your existing skills or simply want to explore the available possibilities in the world of music.  Whatever the reason, the Library can help.  Our sheet music collection encompasses a variety of content that's sure to appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes and levels of expertise.  Whether you're looking for popular Broadway Shows, songbooks or music from famous composers and/or musicians we've got what you're looking for.  Our extensive collection also includes a multitude of instructional books for beginners to more advanced students interested in learning chords, scales or how to master a musical instrument.  So, what are you waiting for? Visit the Library today and get inspired! 419.259.5218 more>>

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