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January 2014
Message from the Director
Dear Library Customer: 


As we kick off the New Year, your resolution may be to embrace new technologies and learn more about the electronic gadgets you received over the holidays. Our libraries are here to assist!


Here are some highlights: 

  • Our staff is committed to helping customers be comfortable with their devices in a relaxed, friendly and unbiased atmosphere.
  • Individual tutorials, group classes, walk-ins, phone calls, and emails are all welcome, along with the Library's written guides and video tutorials.
  • Our eMedia services allow customers to download FREE music, books, videos, magazines and more! Reactions have been everything from pleasantly surprised to startled --"When can I start downloading?"
  • There is no waiting to borrow, and the automatic return eliminates all late fees. 

Here's to a prosperous year at your Library!     


Clyde Scoles
Library Director/Fiscal Officer   



eMedia with 13 ABC's
Diane Larson  




Did You Know? 


Your Library offers popular best-sellers on in eBook, eAudiobook, eMusic, and eVideo formats - all FREE downloads!



Celebrate a new
tech-savvy you!

Now that the gifts have been unwrapped many of you may still be bewildered by all of the iPads, iPods, tablets and Nooks that you received. The Library has you covered.  We offer FREE Holiday Gadget classes, complete with experts who will be on-hand to demonstrate how to download the Library's eMedia for fans of ebooks and digital audiobooks, music, and movies. Info: 419.259.5285.  upcoming classes>>

Latino collection
celebrates heritage

For the Barrera-Richards family, their neighborhood library is a home away from home. When Ursula Barrera-Richards' 2-year-old daughter Josefina and mother Lina Barrera of Toledo, visit the library, the multi-generational family takes pride in the many resources available in Spanish and in English. The grandmother, who cares for Josefina during the day, said she is so happy that the Library offers Spanish picture books to celebrate the family's cultural heritage. Foreign language resources>>   Family values resources>>  

Black History Month 
Women of a New Tribe

The Library announces the Toledo stopover of a noted traveling exhibit titled Women of a New Tribe: A Photographic Celebration of the Black American Woman, a photographic study of the spiritual and physical beauty of black women by photographer Jerry Taliaferro, of North Carolina. The exhibit of black and white photographs debuted in 2002, and the women represented in the artist's work were photographed to portray the black woman in her many social and physical manifestations. The exhibit is on view during regular hours of operation in the second floor Gallery at Main Library, 325 Michigan St., beginning January 17 - February 28. In addition to this special exhibit, the Library will honor Black History month with a special celebration on Saturday, February 22 from 2-4 p.m. at Main Library.  Watch for more details on  more>> 

Library/TPS pilot projects move into second phase  

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and Toledo Public Schools (TPS) are partnering to help children from low-income households develop stronger literacy skills and an awareness of the Internet as a means of learning.   Children's librarians are visiting targeted TPS schools twice weekly to read specially selected books to kindergarten and first grade classrooms.  In addition, The Frog Town Fun Club will be initiated to instruct third grade students on using the Internet as a learning tool. more>>  

Early literacy initiative launched by Foundation
The Library's new early literacy outreach initiative, Ready to Read, funded by the Early Literacy Campaign of the Library Legacy Foundation, is underway to help the system bring early literacy skills and training to community areas that are most at-risk. Nearly one-third of the children entering kindergarten in every Lucas County school district score in the lowest tier on the Ohio Kindergarten Readiness Assessment - Literacy (KRA-L) test. Specially equipped vans, delivered to the Library by mid-February, will bring library materials and children's librarians into target neighborhoods. more>>
Authors! Authors!
Spring lineup 

The Blade and the Library announce the 20th anniversary of Authors! Authors!, a noted program, which debuted in 1994 with presidential historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin. The series welcomes best-selling authors to Toledo to discuss their writing and careers, answer questions and sign books. This spring 2014, presenters welcome: British novelist Zadie Smith (March 5 - Stranahan Theater); Military author Rick Atkinson (May 1 - McMaster Center @ Main Library), and Hollywood actor and children's book author Henry Winkler (May 14 - Stranahan Theater). Tickets are on sale now at all Library locations ($10/$8 students). Info: 419.259.5266. more>> 

Local businessman learns
he will "do better" at Library

For local entrepreneur and T-shirt screen-printer John Amato, the popular You Will Do Better in Toledo slogan featured 100 years ago on a billboard, was a rally cry for the modern-day metropolis. Four years ago, Amato's JUPMODE company printed the catchy saying on its T-shirts and a movement was created. "The campaign was about creating something positive in Toledo," said Amato, adding that all of the historic slogan research that he does for his business are with the assistance of the librarians at Main Library. more>>

 Imagination Station brings the Titanic to Toledo 

The Library is jumping on board to the Imagination Station exhibit:  Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes you on a journey back in time to experience the legend of Titanic like never before. The galleries in this fascinating Exhibition feature real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal stories. Take the story of Titanic home with a book off the Titanic inspired reading list. Learn more>> Produced by Premier Exhibitions, Inc. Sponsored by BP; Media Sponsors: The Blade & 13abc.

A Water Fountain in the Tuileries (Jet d'eau aux Tuileries), 1890-1913, by Gaston de La Touche
Library promotes Museum's
international exhibition
Experience a slice of Paris' most famous urban park, the Tuileries Garden, and its surrounding museums with the major international exhibition The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden, coming to the Toledo Museum of Art. This special exhibition, on display February 13 - May 11, is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, and the Toledo Museum of Art, with the exceptional collaboration of the Musée du Louvre. For ticket info, visit toledomuseum.orgmore>>  Recommended Reading>>


Snuggle up and read!

Baby it's cold outside! But it's warm and cozy at your local library! Come in and check out your favorite books, movies, AND music! Currently, our most requested fiction titles are Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich, Cross My Heart by James Patterson, and Dust by Patricia Cornwell.  When you've finished reading a selection, be sure to visit the Library's most recent website addition, our very own GoodReads page, where you can find and share books that you love!  
Promotions, sales
announced by Friends
You may be sick of shopping, but looking for books never gets old! Come to Classics Gift Shop, located on the garage level of Main Library downtown. Buy some gently used books and support the Friends of the Library, a nonprofit group that helps fund Library programs. Special winter book sales include biography, hobby, craft, health, history and romance.

Real Men READ-y 

A pilot initiative to help create young readers among African American kindergarten boys is bringing together major area institutions. Real Men READ-y is a new pilot program founded by the United Way of Greater Toledo affinity group African American Initiative (AAI). To implement the program, AAI sought the expertise and assistance of Read for Literacy, and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. African American working and retired adult males will serve as MENtors for the pilot, scheduled to get underway in January at the Toledo Public School's Leverette School.  Info: 419.242.READ (7323), extension 19. more>> 

Out of the Vault
Millie Benson Collection

The Library was successful in acquiring six lots of memorabilia from a recent auction with items from the late Mildred "Millie" Benson Wirt, perhaps better-known as Carolyn Keene, the author of the first 23 Nancy Drew novels. Millie, a longtime Blade newspaper journalist, was known as a renaissance woman and engaged in many activities including flying. The Library's acquisitions, including photographs, flight log books and an important writing award, are currently on display in the Blade Rare Book Room of the Local History and Genealogy department at Main Library, 325 Michigan St. Info: 419.259.5233. more>> 

In any event,
think of the Library
Wondering where to hold your next professional event?  Main Library houses two state-of-the-art facilities for business meetings, presentations, seminars or workshops!  Consider holding your next professional event in an architecturally and educationally rich atmosphere.  Info: 419.259.5266 or visit our website, to review our 2014 fee structure, policy statement, reservation forms and floor plans.  We look forward to assisting you in planning a successful event! more>>
Branch Spotlight:   
Birmingham Branch 

Birmingham Branch, 203 Paine Ave.,  opened in 1920 in the East Side Community House before moving to its current location in 1925. In 2003 the facility received an expansion that nearly doubled its size.  Keeping with the neighborhood's ethnic heritage of Hungarian immigrants, the branch is home to the Birmingham Cultural Center, a special collection of reading materials and artistic treasures related to Hungarian language and culture.  This Birmingham collection celebrates the past, yet the branch remains a vital part of the community's future. For information on these and other offerings available at the Birmingham Branch, call 419.259.5210.  more>>  Virtual Tour>>

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