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Summer Read

June 3 - Aug. 3

Open to all ages! Register for Summer Read at any Toledo Library location. Pick up an activity log and color in a circle for each day that you read or track the list of books that you've completed. You can also track your reading progress using the link below or by downloading and using the Beanstack Tracker App (available on iOS and Google Play).

Complete the Summer Read by:

  • Reading for 30 days (all ages) or
  • Reading 10 books (teens and adults)

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Ready to Read

Our Ready to Read initiative helps parents prepare their children (ages birth to preschool) for kindergarten while providing the information and tools needed to build important early literacy skills.

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There's no better place to hear a story than at the Library! Please join us for a variety of ongoing, regularly scheduled Storytimes, including Babytimes, Music & Movement Playdates and more!

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101 Picture Book Challenge

We picked 101 of our favorite picture books and we want you to read them! Our list includes classics, new titles and everything in between. Sign up online or pick up a challenge book at any Library location.

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Featured Programs

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Countdown to Kindergarten

Countdown to Kindergarten is both a kindergarten readiness Storytime for kids and a program to inform parents and caregivers of the skills that their child(ren) will need when beginning kindergarten.

Fun stories, games and activity stations will prepare both you and your child for success in school. Participants who attend this event will receive safety scissors and a set of kindergarten skill cards. This program has been made possible through generous support from the Library Legacy Foundation.

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Apollo 50th Anniversary Programs

June 3 - Aug. 1

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the Moon. Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11's lunar landing with out-of-this-world kids programs, including:

  • Moon Parties
  • Moon Art
  • Edible Mars Rovers

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Metroparks Programs

2019 Spring | Summer

This spring/summer, we're partnering with Metroparks Toledo to offer hands-on programs about birds, forest therapy and more. Join us for programs on:

  • Birds in My Backyard
  • Orienteering
  • Fun with Fishing

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Arts & Crafts Programs

Tap into your inner artist with creative programs for children, including programs on:

  • Sharpie art
  • Radial Weaving
  • Mini Monet
  • DIY crafts

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Programs for babies, toddlers & children


Monday Jun. 17
at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Holland

This storytime focuses on developing your baby's early literacy skills. Babies 0-18 months will be introduced to songs, movement, rhythm and rhyme designed to foster a love of books and reading.

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Family Storytime

Monday Jun. 17
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: King Road

Children ages 2-5, along with their favorite grown-ups, are invited to talk, sing, read, write and play as we share stories, rhymes, music and movement.

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Family Storytime

Monday Jun. 17
at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Sanger

Children ages 2-5, along with their favorite grown-ups, are invited to talk, sing, read, write and play as we share stories, rhymes, music and movement.

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Toddler Storytime

Monday Jun. 17
at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Holland

Have fun at this interactive storytime for children 18 months - 3 years old and their favorite grown-up. Talk, sing, read, write and play together as we share books, songs, rhymes and movement.

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Fun & Fitness

Monday Jun. 17
at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Locke

Get stronger with games, stretching, and a healthy snack.

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Chess Club

Monday Jun. 17
at 1:30 p.m.

Location: South

Weekly chess club for children of all ages and skill levels.

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Cool Tools to Borrow

Telescopes | GoPro Cameras | Kids Tablets

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained for hours? Look no further than your Library! We offer a growing list of cool gadgets and tools that you can borrow and take home including:

  • Playaway Launchpads (pre-loaded learning tablets just for kids)
  • GoPro Camera Kits
  • Telescopes

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Homework Help

Educational resources at the Library

Does your child need help with school assignments or improving their grades? Are you a teacher or childcare worker looking for books for your classroom? Find information about our Homework Helper program, teacher assignment alerts, book kits and more!

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Learn more about the moon landing, astronauts and space with these great books perfect for grades 4-6.

Continue Reading: Out of This World

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, we put together a list of vibrant picture books filled with heartfelt and inspiring stories told from the perspective of young immigrants and refugees.

Continue Reading: Young Immigrant Stories for Kids

Read aloud books that will have you laughing out loud.

Continue Reading: LOL! Picture Books for All Ages