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July 2014
Message from the Director
Dear Library Customer: 


During this past school year, the trade architectural group AIA Toledo challenged a group of high school students in a design competition to re-imagine the library. The students were asked to create a functional library and the results were amazing. These young people inherently knew that the library of the present and future is one that succeeds when it is designed and operates as an engaged, community-created asset.

We have seen more new library construction in the last 20 years than the entire era of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A newly constructed library means sustainable energy efficiencies, while also creating comfortable and flexible environments to meet the increasing needs of the community. It also means designing learning spaces for children, creating spaces for teens and adults to create content in digital and physical formats, and fostering spaces overall for the community to succeed.

With your support, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has plans to expand, restore and renovate its Oregon, West Toledo, Mott and Sylvania branch locations in the coming years. As we host public meetings, and bid on design firms, we thank you for your input. Like the budding architects of the future, we want fresh ideas and new ways of thinking about the functionality and totality of the public library, one of the great engines of democracy.


Clyde Scoles
Library Director/Fiscal Officer    



Summer Reading Club:
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Did you Know?

Teachers spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. 
SRC numbers boom! 

So far, more than 15,500 people of all ages have registered for the Library's 2014 Summer Reading Club (SRC) themed Fizz Boom READ! The reading program is FREE and open to all ages, from infants to adults, now through August 9. To register, visit any Library location or Outreach, or go online to SRC 2014 also marks the 14th year that TARTA has provided free bus transportation for kids and teens participating in the reading program. All kids and teens must do to ride free is register, participate, and show their official SRC hangtag to TARTA drivers. more>>

Swing on by our...
Rooftop Bash 
As you are finalizing your summer plans, mark your calendar for the evening of Saturday, August 2 for the Rooftop Bash - presented by PNC. Join us for a swinging 1960s themed party on the rooftop of Main Library hosted by the Library Legacy Foundation and the Friends of the Library. The fundraiser will feature two ticket levels, come early or come late. Proceeds to benefit Library Youth Services programs and the purchase of books. tickets>>  
Library becomes second office to entrepreneur 

According to Pauline W Glaza, when most independent business owners like her have a few hours of downtime, they head to the local coffee shop. But not this go-getter from Waterville, OH - Glaza says she heads instead to the Library. Glaza is the owner of Enhanced Publications which, since 1991, has helped architects, engineers and contractors secure major jobs. Glaza utilizes the Library for all aspects of her life including accessing downloadable media, business books and trade magazines. Books on social media platforms such as LinkedIn, are one of her favorite social media tools.  more>>  

Brown Bag
captures the fun! 

Don't miss out on this year's Brown Bag Summer Concert Series; there are only four concerts left! Bring a brown bag lunch, or purchase your lunch from the Library Café located on the Parking Garage level of Main Library. See you there! video>>  more>>

Movies! Music! Free!

Did you know you can stream music and movies FREE from your Library? All you need is a Library Card. Your Library offers two streaming services for your convenience; OverDrive and hoopla. On OverDrive, once you have borrowed a music or movie title, it is available for up to seven days, depending on the lending settings you pre-determine. Note that movies are available for 48 hours from first play. You can borrow up to 20 titles at a time, in any combination of movies, music or ebooks.  If all copies of the title you want are borrowed, just place a hold, and we will notify you when it's ready. For hoopla, borrowed music titles are available for seven days and movies for three days. You can borrow up to 15 items per month, in any combination of movies, music or ebooks with your Library Card. more>> 

changing lives 
This year's B4B donation season kicked off in June with a free family event at Franklin Park Mall.  More than 2,000 new and gently used books were collected via an onsite truck provided by The Blade.  Performances and activities in the mall included the Toledo Symphony School of Music Vivace! Fiddlers & Ann Arbor Suzuki Flute School Ensemble, the Jean Holden Singers, children's programs and a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog.  Established in 2012, Books4Buddies is an organization which encourages literacy while providing leisure reading materials free of charge to disadvantaged youth, especially boys, in the Toledo area. Sponsors include; AMI Apex Micrographics, Inc.,, Toledo Public Schools, Buckeye CableSystem, HART Associates, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, The Blade, Franklin Park Mall, Fifth Third Bank, and the Lucas County Sherriff.   Future events include donation days at the Mud Hens as well as the Northwest Ohio Rib-Off. more>>
Wizards of Pop
with Matthew Reinhart

Recently, the community lost a generous philanthropist - Rose Ann "Posy" Huebner (1923-2014) - a woman whose impact will remain for generations at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. In her memory and for the 10th Anniversary of The Robert L. and Posy Huebner Collection, celebrated children's book author, illustrator and paper engineer Matthew Reinhart is scheduled to make a Toledo stopover from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8 in the McMaster Center of Main Library. The free event ties in with an exhibition titled The Wizards of Pop: Sabuda and Reinhart that runs from July 7 through the end of August. more>>

Library battles summer slide 
STOP EVERYTHING AND READ! "Summer Slide" -  the loss of reading and math skills over the summer - is a serious problem for high risk children, who often lose two to three months of reading skills during the summer. To minimize summer slide, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and the Boys & Girls Clubs are partnering to encourage members at the four area Boys & Girls Clubs to "stop everything and read" each day during the summer. As part of the partnership, the Library has loaned the clubs 400 age-appropriate books for the children to read. Children's librarians are also presenting storytimes and other programs at the Clubs.  For its part, the B&GC is encouraging its members to sign up for a library card and to participate in the Library's Summer Reading Club. more>>
Out of the Vault
Audubon engravings soar
It is hard to ignore the two large framed prints on the left wall of Main Library's The Blade Rare Book Room. The John James Audubon engraving of the white-headed eagle measures about 26 x 29 inches, while its companion, the blue jay measures some 25 x 20 inches. The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is fortunate to own these two of  435 plates that originally completed the four-volume set of The Birds of America from Original Drawings Made during a Residence of Twenty-five Years in the United States (1827-1838), which historians state is arguably one of the most beautiful works ever produced relating to America. more>>
Branch Spotlight
The Holland Branch actually began as a stop for the Bookmobile.  The stop was located very near the current location next to Strawberry Acres Park, which was then known as the strawberry fields.  The current building opened in 1984, making 2014 their 30th Anniversary!  Be sure to stop by on October 3, when the branch will celebrate with an open house including coffee, tea, juice and anniversary cake!  Additional activities will include visits from the Bookmobile (9 a.m. - noon) and TLCPL's newest outreach endeavor, the Ready to Read van (1 - 4 p.m.).  There will also be a historical display of branch photos, a sidewalk chalk drawing activity for the kids, and much more! more>>  
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