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Holiday Programs

and Gift Ideas

Looking for something fun and free to do with your family or friends this holiday season? Look no further than your Library!

We're hosting a variety of winter and holiday themed programs for all ages. From holiday festivals and parties, to cookie and gift making, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

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Be a part of lively and enlightening book discussions hosted by 15 of our Library locations. New members are always welcome and it's free to join! We offer a variety of themed book groups as well, including:

  • Books on Tap (three locations to choose from!)
  • Under 200 Club (featuring short books)
  • Feminist Book Group
  • Science Fiction Book Group
  • And many more!



Books and resources to help you find your dream job! Our experts will also train you in how to set up email, update your resume and search for jobs online.



Find book lists and outside resources chosen by our specialists in order to help you start or grow a business, apply for grants and more!



Live better by spending smarter! We have books, programs, and outside resources to make you a smarter saver, spender and investor.


Event spotlight

Queen Victoria for an Evening

Presented by WGTE

Join fans of Victoria for an evening of fun and entertainment with Cathy Kamenca from WGTE Public Media. Come dressed as your favorite character and enter the costume contest! Highlights include: Royal activities and photo booth, door prizes, trivia, video clips from the show’s actors and producers, a lively discussion of past seasons, as well as tidbits about the new upcoming season which premiers in January 2019.

(W) Dec.12 | King Road | 6:30 p.m.
(W) Jan. 23 | Sanger | 6:30 p.m.

(Th) Jan 31 | Holland | 6:30 p.m.

(W) Feb. 13 | Waterville | 6:30 p.m.

Metroparks Programs

Metroparks at the Library

Don't let winter keep you home! This season, we're partnering with Metroparks Toledo to offer a variety of programs for all ages, including these reoccurring adult programs:

Building Stranleigh - History and stories behind the Stranahan Estate, commonly known as the Manor House at Wildwood Metropark.

Fly-Fishing 101 – Learn the basic principles of fly-fishing!

Seasonal-Scapes - Capture the wonder of the seasonal outdoor landscape through a guided painting experience.

Metroparks Programs

GED Classes (Penta)

Thursday Dec. 13
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Toledo Heights

Earning the GED diploma will open doors to other Educational/Employment opportunities. Call Penta Career Center at 419-661-6183 to register for this tuition free class.

Event Details for GED Classes (Penta)

Brooklynn Park Villas

Thursday Dec. 13
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Mobile Services

6120 Dorr Street Toledo, Ohio 43615

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Waterville Branch Library Bookenders

Thursday Dec. 13
at 12:00 p.m.

Location: Waterville

Pack your lunch for a lively, lunchtime discussion of a specific title or a "book chat" on your recent favorites.

Event Details for Waterville Branch Library Bookenders

GED Classes (Owens)

Thursday Dec. 13
at 12:00 p.m.

Location: Heatherdowns

Earning the GED diploma will open doors to other Educational/Employment opportunities. Call Owens Community College at 567-661-2227 to register for this tuition free class.

Event Details for GED Classes (Owens)

GED Classes (Penta)

Thursday Dec. 13
at 12:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Earning the GED diploma will open doors to other Educational/Employment opportunities. Call Penta Career Center at (419)661-6555 to register for this tuition free class.

Event Details for GED Classes (Penta)

Computer Basics for Seniors

Thursday Dec. 13
at 1:30 p.m.

Location: Mobile Services

1210 Collingwood Boulevard Toledo, Ohio 43604

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Browse Local History

Local History and Genealogy

Find resources and services offered through our Local History and Genealogy Department including digital collections and exhibits, obituaries, digitization services and our new community photo album.

During Main Library’s renovation, we're also offering the following ways for you to keep in touch with our Local History and Genealogy Department. To schedule an appointment, call 419.259.5233 in advance.

In-Person Research by Appointment
Monday, 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Browse Local History

Tech Help

Why pay for expensive computer classes when you can take them for free at the Library? Our computer and technology programs meet customers at whatever level of knowledge they are, from novices to seasoned users.

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Teacher resources, GED classes and more!

From teacher resources such as assignment alerts, book kits and educational databases, to GED and computer classes to college information, we offer a variety of educational resources for adults!

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How to get published

Looking to get your book published? We've stocked up on information and resources to help take you from writing, to editing, to publication. It can be a very tough process so we've identified quality sources to help you along the way.

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Our community information page combines verified and quality groups, events, help organizations and local government and public services to help keep you connected.


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