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March 2014
Message from the Director
Dear Library Customer: 


I am happy to report that a unique partnership, between the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and local schools, is helping young students improve literacy skills. Fifteen children's librarians from eight branches and Main Library are completing a project intended to help children from low-literacy households develop the pre- and early-literacy skills they must have to become successful students. As part of the project, children's librarians present 15 storytimes to kindergarten and first-grade students in at-risk neighborhood schools. About 450 students in the Toledo and Springfield Local school districts are being served.

Our Library system is proud to play a role in the literacy of young students and looks forward to many more partnerships with local schools. 


Clyde Scoles
Library Director/Fiscal Officer   



Raising Awareness
Civil Rights Discussion
13 abc News Anchor Kristian Brown moderates a local panel.
Authors! Authors!
20th season in bloom
Internationally celebrated British novelist Zadie Smith will kick off the 2014 Spring Authors! Authors! series on Wednesday, March 5 at the Stranahan Theater. Military author Rick Atkinson and actor/author Henry Winkler are also scheduled. more>>


Click below to view past videos from this Spring's line-up.
National Library Week
System-wide programs and activities are planned to observe National Library Week (April 13-19), a national week first sponsored in 1958 and coordinated by the American Library Association. TLCPL will join others across the country to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians.
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Passport service
gets high rating

At the close of 2013, our Library system received a perfect report (no recommendations for improvement) by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs for its Passport Acceptance Agency at Main Library.  more>>


Hans Hofmann, Night Spell, 1965
Words meet art

ToddlerTime Tours, a four-month collaboration between the Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, will provide tykes a two-part, multi-sensory experience with works of art. First, parents and their children ages 18 to 36 months can attend a Library storytime themed to connect with a Museum painting; the next week, they'll get to see the related artwork during a hands-on tour at the Museum. Pre-registration is required.  more>>  

Take Titanic home
with a book 

Imagination Station: 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.

Smart investing
@ your
The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library was one of 17 public libraries nationwide chosen to receive a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library , a partnership with the American Library Association. more>>

Linda Fayerweather
and Tom Monaco

Ohio Reps visit TLCPL
Tom Monaco, a representative from the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, visited Main Library last month to answer public questions about elections. He is one of many other important State figures who know the public value of our historic system. Linda Fayerweather, Business & Technology Specialist, assisted Tom Monaco when he met with Library customers. more>>
  Ready to Read gets wheels 

The Library Legacy Foundation is getting ready to roll with a unique initiative, thanks to funds being raised from the ongoing Early Literacy Campaign. The Ready to Read program, which brings essential early literacy skills and training to the most at risk areas of the community, will be launched in April. The program includes a specially equipped van, children's librarians to facilitate training for parents and childcare teachers and special programming for children ages 0-5. Early Literacy Campaign>> Video>>

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Out of the Vault
Magazines and art highlighted
Hidden treasures can be found everywhere within your Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system!  Some of the most dazzling treasures are available in the Local History Department at Main Library where there are thousands of pieces of advertising art and magazine illustrations available for you to view.  Make an appointment with a Local History librarian to begin your search today! more>>
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