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Toledo-Lucas County Public Library - News Releases

Ready to Read ready to debut!

Shared Lives Studio Exhibit at Main Library

Aprende un lenguaje diferentey es GRATIS! (Learn a different language and its FREE!)

Celebrate National Library Week * April 13-19

Zadie Smith kicks off Spring Authors! Authors! series

Queen Midas and the Golden Touch Scheduled at Multiple Library Locations

Jazz Appreciation Month @ Kent Branch Library

Librarys Local History & Genealogy Department wins national labor award

Smart investing @your Library - Living Better, Spending Smarter

14th Annual Connect to Creativity Teen Art Show

Library celebrates strong history of collaborating with government agencies

Local History vault yields illustrations and advertising art of yesteryear

Library acquires illustration from Caldecott Honor Book

Spanish and Foreign Language Resources at the Library

You Can Help Us Do More!

Millie Benson Collection

Real Men READ-y

Britannica SmartMath is now available @ your Library!

West Toledo Branch Library to close temporarily

Spectacular lineup - 2013-2014 Authors! Authors! Series

Library announces hoopla!

John Amato: You will do better in Toledo ... and at the Library



Ready to Read ready to debut!

News Conference:

10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9
**@ YWCA Northwest Ohio, 1018 Jefferson Ave.**

Van artwork is based on the book Alphabet Under Construction
by noted and award-winning local children’s book author and illustrator Denise Fleming

(Released March 26, 2014) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and the Library Legacy Foundation (LLF) are proud to announce the debut of a Ready to Read initiative and specialty van, funded by the first phase of a $2.2 million LLF ongoing campaign titled “Planting a Seed to Read.”

A public news conference is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at the YWCA Northwest Ohio, 1018 Jefferson Ave., to announce this special project designed to concentrate on improving the early literacy skills of area pre-school children and assisting parents, grandparents, teachers and caretakers in this focus.

Ohio statistics show that nearly one-third of Toledo-area children
are not prepared to enter Kindergarten ready to read and write.

Without the proper help and support, many of these children will never catch up. There is a clear need to focus on school readiness, and the Library and LLF are ready to assist the community.

To date, LLF officials have raised 83 percent of their financial goal of $2.2 million. The first phase of the “Planting a Seed to Read” campaign will fund the “Ready to Read” specialty van, which is scheduled to hit the streets of Lucas County in April. This project will bring essential early literacy skills and training to the areas of our community that are most at risk.

Ready to Read project features:
• A specially equipped library van to bring library materials into target neighborhoods. Local award-winning children’s book author/illustrator Denise Fleming’s artwork from her book Alphabet Under Construction will be featured on the Ready to Read van
• Children’s librarians to facilitate Ready to Read training for parents and teachers
• Early literacy kits designed for parents and childcare teachers
• Technologies that stimulate and encourage reading
• Books and materials for families to use at home
• Early literacy outreach programming for Head Start programs, childcare providers, shelters, hospitals and other agencies with an interest in young children
• Unique literacy corners specifically for children up to age five to be added to central city branch Library locations
• A future endowment (Early Literacy Fund) to sustain early literacy initiatives and projects

For more information on the Ready to Read van, please visit toledolibrary.org or call Outreach Services at 419.259.5350.
For more information or to contribute to the “Planting a Seed to Read” ongoing campaign, please call 419.259.5123 or e-mail library.legacy@toledolibrary.org


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Shared Lives Studio Exhibit at Main Library

(Released March 26, 2014) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to announce the Shared Lives Studio exhibition on view during regular hours now through Saturday, April 26 in the Gallery on the second level of Main Library, 325 Michigan St.
A public reception to celebrate the Shared Lives exhibition is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1.
Visitors can enjoy drawings, paintings, 3-D artwork, hand-painted fabric, and other mixed-media works.
Shared Lives Studio & Gallery, located in downtown Toledo at 20 North Saint Clair St., is a non-profit visual arts center where artists with disabilities create, exhibit and sell art. Shared Lives Studio is designed to support people with disabilities to become working artists, along with inspiring possibilities for artists to share their creativity, talent and abilities with the local community. Shared Lives Studio is a division of Lott Industries and the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
For more information, please visit toledolibrary.org or call 419.259.5200. For more details on Shared Lives Studio, please call 419.244.6649 or visit http://shop.lottindustries.com/studio.html


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Aprende un lenguaje diferentey es GRATIS! (Learn a different language and its FREE!)

De parte de Rhonda B. Sewell,
Coordinador de Relaciones con los Medios de la Biblioteca

(Marzo de 2014) - La Biblioteca Pública de Toledo-Lucas County se enorgullece de anunciar que ahora puedes aprender lenguas extranjeras de forma rápida y sencilla a través del sistema de aprendizaje en línea Mango Lenguajes 'a sus clientes.

Aprender un nuevo idioma es GRATIS para todos los usuarios de la biblioteca.

Para los hispanohablantes, usted puede aprender Inglés con la narración en su lengua materna a través de Inglés como cursos de un segundo idioma (ESL) que se imparten en 15 idiomas diferentes.
Cada lección combina situaciones de la vida real y audio de hablantes nativos con instrucciones sencillas y claras. Los cursos son presentados con una apreciación de los matices culturales y la aplicación en el mundo real que integra componentes de vocabulario, pronunciación, gramática y cultura. Los usuarios aprenden conversación real, rompiendo los elementos lingüísticos complejos dentro de un marco audiovisual que atrae importantes conexiones y se basa en la información que ya han aprendido.

Mango se enseña en un formato de conversación, el usuario aprende saludos diarios, despedidas y frases útiles en un corto período de tiempo y está diseñado para atraer a un principiante en un nuevo idioma. Hay más de 40 cursos de idiomas disponibles y 16 de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) cursos.

Mango Lenguajes es completamente auto-establecido el paso y el tiempo que se necesita para mejorar la fluidez es diferente de persona a persona. Mango cursos proporcionan una introducción a la lengua y la cultura a través de la adquisición de habilidades de conversación simples. Se centran en conversaciones prácticas al tiempo que aumenta el vocabulario y la gramática. Mango está diseñado para ofrecer una fluidez conversacional. Al término de un curso Mango usted será conversacional en temas como hacer una pequeña charla con extraños, preguntar por direcciones, y profundizar en la cultura de la comida, expresar gratitud, y mucho más.

Para obtener más información sobre Mango y obtener una vista previa de lo que el programa tiene para ofrecer, pase por Biblioteca Central, 325 Michigan St., o cualquier rama para una introducción. Se puede acceder a través del sitio web de Mango Library en toledolibrary.org en la pestaña Libros Investigación y seleccione bases de datos puede ayudarle a ...

Para obtener más información, visite o llame al 419.259.5200 toledolibrary.org.

English translation:

(March 2014) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to announce that you can now learn foreign languages quickly and easily via Mango Languages’ online learning system to its customers.

Learning a new language is FREE for all Library customers.

For Spanish Speakers, you can learn English with narration in your native tongue through English as a Second Language (ESL) courses taught in 15 different languages.

Each lesson combines real-life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned.

Mango is taught in a conversational format; the user learns everyday greetings, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Mango Languages is completely self-paced and the time it takes to build fluency is different from person to person. Mango courses provide an introduction to language and culture through the acquisition of simple conversational skills. They focus on practical conversations while increasing vocabulary and grammar skills. Mango is intended to deliver conversational proficiency. Upon completion of a Mango course you will be conversational in topics such as making small talk with strangers, ask for directions, and gain insight into the food culture, express gratitude, and so much more.

To learn more about Mango and get a preview of what the program has to offer, stop by Main Library, 325 Michigan St., or any branch for an introduction. You can access Mango through the Library website at toledolibrary.org under the Books & Research tab and select Databases can help you…

For more information visit toledolibrary.org or call 419.259.5200.


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Celebrate National Library Week * April 13-19

(Released March 28, 2014) - First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to celebrate National Library Week 2014 from April 13-19 with festivities and programs for all ages. Most library locations will offer family-oriented programs to celebrate the week. *Please log on to toledolibrary.org and search for fun National Library Week activities and programs throughout the system.

Fun Highlights:

Romeo & Juliet
Experience Shakespeare in a whole new way! A theater workshop for kids and teens follows the play.
Main Library, Sunday April 13 - 2-4 p.m.

Celebrate National Library Week
Contests for teens, activities for children, FUN for the whole family!
Locke, Monday April 14:  3:30-4:30 p.m.
Birmingham, April 14-18:  9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Candy Contest
Hey kids guess the amount of candy in the container & you win it all.
Maumee April 1-30:  during Library hours

Holland Library Café
Help us to celebrate Holland Library’s 30th Anniversary! During National Library Week we’ll transform our meeting room into a Library Café. Drop in anytime on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and enjoy a free cup of coffee, tea, or juice and anniversary cake. Visit with friends, play a game, make a bookmark, do a jigsaw puzzle, and shop for books at our Friends of the Library Book Sale.
Holland, April 15:  10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Joyce Davis Presents “Queen Midas and the Golden Touch”
Puppeteer Joyce Davis will perform her original show “Queen Midas and the Golden Touch.” Once upon a time there lived a selfish queen who loved gold, counted it daily and thought about it all the time. She wished to be the richest one in the land. When an elf appeared and granted her one wish, she foolishly desired that everything she touched turn to gold. Will she live happily ever after?
Sylvania, Monday, April 14:  6-7 p.m.
Heatherdowns, Tuesday, April 15:  6:30-7:30 p.m.
Maumee, Wednesday, April 16:  10:30-11:30 a.m.
Kent, Thursday, April 17:  3-4 p.m.
Holland, Saturday, April 19:  2-3 p.m.

Lives Change @ Your Library
Celebrate National Library Week and how the Reynolds Corners Branch changes lives!  We invite you to attend our Open House and sample an array of delicious food.
Reynolds Corners
Monday, April 14:  6:30-7:30 p.m.

Deweypalooza Scavenger Hunt
Come in any time this week and see if you can follow the clues through the shelves using only your wits and the Dewey Decimal System.  Make it all the way to the end and earn a prize.
Washington, April 14-19:  during Library hours

Six-Word Memoir Contest
Can you describe your life in six words? Pick up an entry form and see examples of mini-memoirs on the Teen window. One winner will be chosen for a special prize!
Sylvania, April 13-19:  during Library hours

Teen Take-It-Make-It Craft
Celebrate National Library Week by stopping at the Branch anytime during Library hours to pick up a mystery craft that you can take and make at home.
Maumee, April 14-19:  during Library hours

Family Storytime
Celebrate National Library Week with this special family storytime with an optional craft time afterwards.
Maumee, April 15:  10:30-11:30 a.m., 7-8 p.m.
               April 18:  10:30-11:30 a.m.

Puppet Extravaganza
Come to the library and celebrate National Library Week with a puppet show!  See our librarians put on a fantastic show with some of your favorite puppet pals.  Be prepared to laugh and have fun!
Waterville, April 15:  6:30-7:30 p.m.

Patron Appreciation Day
We appreciate our community and want to show it with a Patron Appreciation Day!  Visit the library for a delicious treat and take a closer look at our branch.
Birmingham, April 15:  Noon-6 p.m.
Point Place, April 15:  9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Maumee, April 17:  10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday Morning Storytime Club: Reading Makes You Feel Good
The Club is getting ready to celebrate National Library Week.  It will be a fun celebration of libraries, reading and books.
Join us for stories, games, crafts and a puppet show!
Children’s Library, April 12:  11 a.m.-Noon

Vote for Your Favorite Book Character
Help us celebrate National Library Week by stopping in and voting for your favorite book character.  Be sure to enter your name into our book raffle after casting your vote.
Oregon, April 14-18:  during Library hours

The Wizard of Oz @ Your Library
The Stevens Puppets are known across the United States and have, in fact, been called a “national treasure.” Don’t miss this opportunity to see them perform the classic story of Dorothy and her quest for home!
Toledo Heights, April 15:  6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

 Visit our Facebook page from April 13-19 to share a photo of someone you caught reading!


A Special Thanks to the Generous local Sponsors of National Library Week 2014:
Library Legacy Foundation and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

For more information, please visit toledolibrary.org or call 419.259.5200.


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Zadie Smith kicks off Spring Authors! Authors! series

(Released February 25, 2014) - The Authors! Authors! series, presented by The Blade and arranged by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, is hosting three internationally acclaimed and immensely talented individuals this Spring.

The series is scheduled to kick off next Wednesday, March 5 with author Zadie Smith (Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd.). The celebrated British novelist grew up in working class London, and is the daughter of a black Jamaican mother and white English father. Smith’s acclaimed novel White Teeth (2000) was included in Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Best English-language Novels. Her On Beauty (2005) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her recent novel NW (2012) has been highly acclaimed, starred, and was nominated for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction.

On Thursday, May 1 Series officials will welcome Rick Atkinson (McMaster Center, Main Library, 325 Michigan St.). Born in Munich, and raised in the United States, Atkinson has won Pulitzer Prizes in history and journalism. He formally wrote for the Washington Post before turning to writing on military history. His Liberation Trilogy, with the third book being published this year, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945, details the history of the American role in the liberation of Europe in World War II.

On Wednesday, May 14 Authors! Authors! brings to the Greater Toledo area The Fonz himself, Henry Winkler (Stranahan Theater).

Winkler is unquestionably a cultural icon for his acting, but may surprise as an equally engaging advocate for literacy as well, having managed Dyslexia throughout his life. He has reinvented himself for every generation (as of late his acting appearances include Arrested Development, Children’s Hospital, and Royal Pains. Winkler is also the author of the semi-autobiographical children’s book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, which is being made into a children’s television series on the BBC.

To view recordings of former Authors! Authors! speakers, visit our Digital Collections page at toledolibrary.org and watch your favorite authors during their Toledo appearances - Click here:


At each program, authors will speak for about an hour, followed by a short question and answer session. After the program, they will be available to sign copies of their works. Books will be available for purchase at each program from Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Tickets are $10/$8 for students, and are available at all Library locations. For more information, call 419.259.5266 for tickets or more details.



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Queen Midas and the Golden Touch Scheduled at Multiple Library Locations

(Released April 4, 2014) – Puppeteer performances of "Queen Midas and the Golden Touch" are scheduled across the system today through the end of April. First presentation is today at 4 p.m. at Birmingham branch. Performances are made possible by support from The Library Legacy Foundation.

Friday, April 4 at 4 p.m.
Birmingham, 203 Paine Ave.

Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m.
Sanger, 3030 W. Central Ave.

Monday, April 14 at 6 p.m.*
Sylvania, 6749 Monroe St.

Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Heatherdowns, 3265 Glanzman Road

Wednesday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m.*
Maumee, 501 River Road

Thursday, April 17 at 3 p.m.
Kent, 3101 Collingwood Blvd.

Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m.*
Holland, 1032 S. McCord Road

Monday, April 21 at 3 p.m.
South, 1736 Broadway St.

Thursday, April 24 at 4 p.m.
Lagrange, 3422 Lagrange St.

Monday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m.
Locke, 703 Miami St.

Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Toledo Heights, 423 Shasta Drive

*Registration suggested.



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Jazz Appreciation Month @ Kent Branch Library

Jazz Alchemy: A Love Supreme

Spontaneous * Never Ordinary *Completely Genuine

For the seventh year, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month via JAM 2014 from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 in the auditorium of Kent Branch Library @ccess Center, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. This year’s theme, Jazz Alchemy: A Love Supreme, pays tribute to the late saxophone legend John Coltrane.
This FREE celebration is organized by officials of the Kent branch and the Art Tatum African American Resource Center, in conjunction with Professional Musicians of Northwest Ohio, Local 15-286. The festivities will include live music, crafts and a snack bar.
Observed each April, Jazz Appreciation Month is celebrated nationally and internationally, and it is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History which operates the world’s most comprehensive set of jazz programs to honor the month.
Jazz is an American musical art form started in the early 20th century in African American communities in the South.  Its influence is based on West African and European traditions.

For more information, please visit toledolibrary.org or call the Kent Branch at 419.259.5340.


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Librarys Local History & Genealogy Department wins national labor award

The history of America has been largely created by the deeds of its working people and their organizations … there is scarcely an issue that is not influenced by labor’s organized efforts or lack of them.” – Labor historian William Cahn (1912-1976)

(Released March 6, 2014) – The Local History & Genealogy Department of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library was recently recognized as the 2014 recipient of the John Sessions Memorial Award by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Established in 1980, the award recognizes a library or library system which works closely with the labor community and consequently raises awareness of the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. The late John Sessions was co-chair of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups. Sessions was also an assistant director of the AFL-CIO Department of Education.

The local history department was selected for its extensive efforts in building an ongoing legacy recognizing the labor community, according to the RUSA official website.

“We are very proud of our outreach efforts to local labor unions, our special labor collection, exhibits and displays of the area and national labor movement, and of our Rogowski-Kaptur Labor History Room, which houses materials with a focus on Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan labor history but also includes materials on national labor history,” said Jill Clever, manager of the Local History department, located on the third level of Main Library, 325 Michigan St.

The honorable U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) helped to secure federal funding for the Labor History room, dedicated in 2001, which provides researchers with private space to peruse the library’s collection of photos, books on union and union history, newspaper clippings and letters documenting the region’s rich union history. Many Labor History room materials are purchased through the Library Legacy Foundation, with proceeds from an annual event titled, “Labor Loves the Library”.

Rep. Kaptur said she is pleased to recognize and congratulate the Library and its “outstanding” Local History department on being the recipient of the national John Sessions Memorial Award.

“Toledo has been part of the bedrock of the united labor movement for centuries. Our community proudly and humbly remembers on whose shoulders we stand,” said Rep. Kaptur. “The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has been a leader in cataloguing and enshrining the epic struggles of our labor history. The Library has been the ‘keeper of the flame’ that burns in the hearts of our community’s working men and women and carries their legacy to the world beyond.”

As the John Sessions Memorial Award recipient, local history department officials are scheduled to receive $1,000 and a plaque funded by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO. The award is scheduled to be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony and Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in June.




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Smart investing @your Library - Living Better, Spending Smarter

(Released March 10, 2014) - The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to be the recipient of a nearly $82,000 grant aimed to increase the system’s service to the community by spreading personal financial and investing information, and increasing public knowledge of the resources of our partners at United Way of Greater Toledo and the Financial Opportunity Centers of Toledo.
The Smart investing @your Library® grant was awarded by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, in partnership with the American Library Association.

This grant offers the Library an opportunity to work with great community partners to train staff, buy materials and give great programming on a topic of real need – financial education, but to do it in a fun manner with broad outreach, said Linda Koss, Library Grants Specialist.
How will grant programming be delivered?

Over the course of the next two years, funding will cover programs built around Money Smart Week this year and in 2015, and American Saves Week in 2015 and 2016. Programming will include issues pertaining to credit, investment training, Social Security and even couponing. In addition, the Library’s Main, Mott, Heatherdowns, Reynolds Corner and Locke locations have been selected by United Way to host a five-part Financial Fitness 101 series four times over the next two years.
Join the Library for its Money Smart Week, scheduled this April 5-12, and learn how to shop, spend less, invest and retire in better financial shape. Light refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be given at each event. Visit toledolibrary.org for dates, locations and details.
This special week will kick-off with a program titled “Power Couponing with LaTisha Williams (The Frugalicious Diva),” a local coupon expert who will present the fundamentals of extreme couponing including terms, couponing rules, tips and tricks from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7 at Lagrange Branch Library 3422 Lagrange St. This program will be repeated at Locke and Sanger branch locations later in the week.

There will be a host of additional Money Smart Week topics throughout the system from “What’s the Deal with Free Credit Reports?” to “Social Security: Retirement Strategies and What You Really Need to Know,” and much more!

Please visit toledolibrary.org for complete details, or call 419.259.5200.


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14th Annual Connect to Creativity Teen Art Show

(Released March 11, 2014) – Toledo area teens have returned to the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library for the 14th Annual Connect to Creativity Teen Art Show. The show features 128 items of drawings, paintings and sculpture made by some 120 local teen artists in grades six through 12.
The works these students have completed are on exhibit in the Wintergarden area near the Business Technology department of Main Library, 325 Michigan St., now through Saturday, April 26. The artwork, on view to the public during the Library’s regular hours of operation, showcase some of the finest youth artists the Toledo area has to offer. This is a FREE exhibit.
Connect to Creativity gives Toledo teens the opportunity to present their art in a venue where it will be reviewed and praised by their families and the community. The show displays artwork from Lucas County teens and was originally the idea of the Library’s Teen Advisory Board – meant to highlight some of the positive things teens in our area are doing. A public reception is scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. (Teen artists plan to take their artwork home after the reception).
The artwork displayed is loaned through the generosity of art teachers in our community who take the time to gather and submit students’ work they are proud to have inspired. The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is grateful for all of their support and assistance in making this show possible.
The following area schools are participating in this year’s 14th Annual Connect to Creativity Teen Art Show:
•        Anthony Wayne High School
•        Birmingham Elementary School
•        Bowsher High School
•        Clay High School
•        Glass City Academy
•        Maumee Valley Country Day School
•        Notre Dame Academy
•        Rossford Junior High School
•        St Ursula Academy
•        Summit Academy
•        Sylvania Northview High School
•        Waite High School
For more information call 419.259.5200 or visit toledolibrary.org


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Library celebrates strong history of collaborating with government agencies

Photo: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Library Business Technology Manager David Topoleski at a recent program at Main Library.

(Released February 27, 2014) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has a proud tradition of partnering with local, state and federal government officials and agencies.

For example, last month, Tim Monaco, a representative from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, visited Main Library, 325 Michigan St., to answer any questions library customers had about elections.

Officials at Main Library's Business Technology Department (BT), along with those at neighborhood library branches, continue to offer programming and collaborate with governmental agencies for the benefit of library customers.

“Such partnerships and collaborations provide valuable information to local citizens. We have partnered with many Lucas County offices including (the Lucas County Auditor, Lucas County Treasurer, Lucas County Commissioners), and a number of the State offices (Attorney General, Department of Insurance, Secretary of State, Treasurer) to deliver important programs and events that benefit our customers and help them succeed in life,” said David Topoleski, Manager of the Business Technology Department.

Facts about the Library’s Business Technology (BT) Department:

• BT officials have worked with some federal offices such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security Administration, Small Business Administration, and honorable members of Congress, including Marcy Kaptur and Sherrod Brown.

• Since 1884 (130 years), BT is recognized as a federal depository for government documents.

• Since 1934 (80 years), BT is a federally-recognized Patent and Trademark Resource Center by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

• BT officials have co-hosted successful events with government offices, including a Community Fraud Forum, with the State of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office - (Social workers received continuing education credit on the topic of scams against the elderly).



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Local History vault yields illustrations and advertising art of yesteryear

(Released February 26, 2014) - The vault of the Local History and Genealogy Department is not the only location one can find beautiful treasures in the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. A recent stroll through the basement periodical stacks at Main Library, 325 Michigan St., yielded some wonderful magazine illustrations and advertising art.
For example, the March 27, 1895, issue of Puck, a magazine known for its political humor, contains a double page foldout of a color political cartoon depicting Kaiser Wilhelm, the head of Germany at the outbreak of the World War I, shortly after he came to power.  This depiction of Wilhelm foreshadowed Germany’s involvement in World War I by displaying his personality, nationalism and relationship with other nations.
Also available in the stacks is Vanity Fair, a well-known magazine of popular culture, fashion and current affairs. Conde Nast purchased the men’s fashion magazine Dress in 1913, renamed it Dress and Vanity Fair and managed to publish four issues before the end of 1913. Although popular, it could not survive during the Great Depression, and Nast merged the publication into Vogue as of March, 1936. Vanity Fair enjoyed huge advertising revenue and some noted illustrators such as Maxfield Parrish, known for his fantasy landscapes, can be found within their covers during this period. The April 1924 issue boasts a full-page color advertisement by Norman Rockwell for Fisk automobile tires. Their slogan, “Time to retire?  Call Fisk,” gave Rockwell the perfect opportunity to create a classic tramp.
These examples are but two of the literally thousands of pieces of advertising art and magazine illustration that your Library owns. Vargas’ original pinup art appeared in Esquire magazine in the 1930’s along with their well-known, cartoons and Burlington Magazine displayed classical fine and original art beginning in 1903.



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Library acquires illustration from Caldecott Honor Book

Library acquires children’s book illustration for its Robert L. and Posy Huebner Collection from Caldecott Honor Book awardee Molly Idle, of Flora and the Flamingo

(Released February 20, 2014) – When Cindy Vanderbrink listened as the prestigious 2014 Caldecott Medal and Honor Books were announced, she screamed when children’s book author-illustrator Molly Idle and her work Flora and the Flamingo (Chronicle Books, 2013) were named as one of three Caldecott Honor Books.
“I’ve liked her work for a bit, and I’ve always thought that she was a strong contender for this year’s Caldecott,” said Vanderbrink, Youth Collection Development Librarian for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Vanderbrink said she watched the ceremony, which took place in January in Philadelphia at the American Library Association’s (ALA) MidWinter Meeting, via live stream while wearing a set of earphones at her desk. Vanderbrink’s co-workers jokingly added that there “might have been a ruckus” in their work space at Main Library when Idle and her book won the prestigious honor.

The Caldecott Medal and Honor Books are named in honor of 19th Century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott and are awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the ALA. The Medal is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Idle and her work were one of three who received the Caldecott Honor.

A reason for Vanderbrink’s excitement was due to an Idle acquisition she helped to secure last fall, long before the announcement of the Caldecott Honor winners.

Vanderbrink acquires works for the Robert L. and Posy Huebner Collection, located in the Children’s Library at Main Library. It is one of the largest collections of art from children’s books housed in a public library. The collection comprises over 200 illustrations, many by regional and award-winning artists. These acquisitions have been purchased since 2004 through a generous bequest from Mr. Huebner to the Library Legacy Foundation, and with additional sustaining support by Mrs. Huebner.

Idle’s artwork (see above) was purchased during a showcase at Chemers Gallery, an art gallery in Tustin, California that Library officials have worked with in the past. After the fall purchase, Chemers officials sent the Molly Idle selection to Main Library in December. Idle also sent Vanderbrink a process piece (or work-in-progress sketch) of her artwork for the Huebner Collection.

“It’s so unique and so different,” said Vanderbrink, who took the award-winning piece recently to the Deluxe Frame Shop, a locally-owned business on Cherry Street, very near Main Library where the Robert L. and Posy Huebner Collection is on permanent display.

“We knew this work needed special attention. We couldn’t find the exact pink mat to match the colors in Idle’s artwork, so Deluxe Frame owner Terry Rousseau actually hand-painted the mat for the exact match of pink,” explained Vanderbrink.

The newly acquired artwork by Molly Idle is currently on permanent display in the Children’s Library at Main, 325 Michigan St.

Other highlights in the Huebner Collection include pieces from, Nancy Drew and the Secret of Shadow Ranch illustrated by Russell Tandy (written by late local author Mildred Benson who wrote under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene); Caldecott Medal winner Once a Mouse by Marcia Brown; Hidden Ohio illustrated by Diana Magnuson (written by area author Julie Rubini); Tailypo by the late Wil Clay (written by local author Jan Wahl), and Be Kind to Our World by local author and illustrator Denise Fleming. The Huebner Collection also contains artwork from Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales co-illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Stories told by Virginia Hamilton), and Newbery Honor-winning Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel.

•  DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that flamingos are pink or orange or white depending on what they eat? Check out Caldecott Honor Book Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo at your neighborhood branch Library, and while visiting search the collection for other books about flamingos!

• Click on this link and view our list of 2014 Children’s and Teen Book Awards, including such prestigious honors as the Newbery Medal and Honor Books, Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, Coretta Scott King Author Award and many more!:  http://sps/youthsrv/booklists/Librarian%20Booklists/2014%20Awards.docx

•  Click on this link and view this touching “thank you” YouTube video of author-illustrator Molly Idle:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTgih7gD61U




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Spanish and Foreign Language Resources at the Library

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has resources written or produced in a foreign langauge. Those include:

Physical items (books and media to checkout)

  1. Books - fiection and nonfiction in a variety of langauges
  2. Movies and Music - entertainment DVDs and music CDs in a variety of langauges
  3. Books on CD - fiction and nonfiction spoken in foreign languages (primarily Spanish).

eResources (eBooks and media to use on a portable device)

  1. Overdrive-fiction and nonfiction eBooks written in foreign languages. Overdrive interace can also be switched to Spanish.
  2. Overdrive-fiction and nonfiction eAudio spoken in foreign languages.
  3. Hoopla - streaming video spoken in foreign languages (primarily Spanish).
  4. Hoopla - streaming music in foreign languages (primarily Spanish).
  5. Zinio - downloadable Spanish language magazines.


  1. Bookflix - books written or spoken in Spanish in children.
  2. Tumblebooks-books written or spoken in French, Spanish, Chinese or Russian for children. The interface of Tumblebooks can also be switched from English to Spanish or French.
  3. LearningExpress Library-Study for GED, U.S. Citizens Test and the Green Card test in Spanish.
  4. World Book Encyclopedia - Two encyclopedias in Spanish, one for elementary and another for older grades.
  5. The interface of some databases such as EBSCO, GAle, Consumer Reports may be changed to a variety of different langauges. In addition, Gale databases have a listen feature.

Resources for foreign speakers (ESL materials):

*Physical Items (books and media to checkout)

  1. Books - ESL (English as a Second Language) help in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and other langauges.
  2. Books on CD - ESL help in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and other languages.

*eResources (eBooks and media to use on a device)

  1. Overdrive - eBooks and eAudio teach ESL.


  1. Mango Languages - Online ESL tutorials in a variety of foreign langauges including German, Korean, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese, Armenian, and much more!


For more information, please call 419.259.5200.


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You Can Help Us Do More!

(Released November 20, 2013) - Your Toledo-Lucas County Public Library serves everyone in Lucas County, and we are always here for you.

As we reflect on the system’s 175th anniversary this year, now is a great time to donate to the Library Legacy Foundation (LLF), which supports the many valuable Library projects including Authors! Authors!, early literacy programs, Homework Help Centers, computer and technology purchases and so much more. Donations to the Library make a very big difference!

The Library, founded in 1838, works hard to bring you the best materials, the newest technology, expert staff, and the personal service and information that you need. We hope that the Library can count on you – you can help us do more!

Click on this link and donate today: http://www.toledolibrary.org/donate_popup.asp 

(Your online donation is secure and will be processed via PayPal)

Kathryn Fell, Library Development Coordinator, said, “As the holidays are upon us, please take this opportunity to consider a donation to the Library Legacy Foundation to help support the Library, which has been the center of community life since its inception in 1838. This gift is ideal, for your entire gift will qualify as a charitable deduction.”

Your gift will help to purchase more books and materials and to keep the many essential programs that our community needs and deserves. Please consider making a charitable contribution to support your Library. Every gift will help.
Please make your gift today! For 175 years, our community has relied on its Library. Now, you can help your Library do more.

The Library Legacy Foundation has a 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and your entire gift will qualify as a charitable deduction.

Other Library projects supported by LLF:

•        Book and audiovisual purchases
•        Brown Bag Summer Concerts
•        Family and cultural programs
•        Genealogy and local history programs
•        Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens and adults
•        Rare book and materials collections

If you have questions, please contact Kathryn Fell at Kathryn.fell@toledolibrary.org or 419.259.5123.
You can also make a donation online at toledolibrary.org


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Millie Benson Collection

By Michael Lora,

Library Special Collections Coordinator/Local History and Genealogy department


On Sunday, December 8, 2013, the Montrie Auction and Estate Service, LLC, held a sale consisting of items from the estate of Margaret “Peggy” Wirt, the daughter of Mildred “Millie” Benson Wirt, perhaps better-known as Carolyn Keene, the author of the first 23 Nancy Drew novels.

The auction lasted nearly four hours. Toledo-Lucas County Public Library officials were successful in acquiring six lots of Ms. Benson memorabilia including photographs, flight logbooks and an important writing award.

A more thorough description of these acquisitions follows:

*Our first success was the 2000 Agatha Lifetime Achievement Award in the shape of a porcelain teapot decorated with the words “Malice Domestic XIII”. In actuality, Ms. Benson won the award for 2001. The award is presented to individuals writing mysteries similar to Agatha Christie, i.e. no sex or violence in a closed setting with an amateur detective as the protagonist. This sub-genre is also known by its slang term, the English cozy, if it takes place in England.

*Next, we were able to purchase for $60, six photographs of Ms. Benson revealing various ages from her 30s into her 80s.

*The hammer fell on Ms. Benson’s application for admittance to the Journalist in Space Program sponsored by NASA. Ms. Benson filled out this application and wrote essays regarding her belief in the space program.  It also contains recommendations from her co-workers at the Toledo Blade. This application was posted in early 1986 when Ms. Benson was over 80-years-old and still held a current instrument rated private pilot’s license with a third-class medical. Her flight log books sold for $220 and document her training, her first solo flight and continue through her instrument flight rating, seaplane and glider training.

*In addition to a further lot of five black and white photographs of Ms. Benson, the library’s final success was a lot consisting to two black and white photographs of artwork featuring actress and model Grace Horton used by used by artist Russell H. Tandy for his original early Nancy Drew illustrations and dust jacket art. 

These new acquisitions are currently on display in the Blade Rare Book Room.  We hope to see many Nancy Drew fans visit us soon to enjoy this wonderful archive of an amazing woman.


For more details, please call the Local History and Genealogy department at 419.259.5233.


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Real Men READ-y

(By Rhonda B. Sewell - as published in The Truth - 12/11/2013 edition)

To initiate Real Men READ-y, AAI sought the expertise of Read for Literacy, an
organization whose mission provides literacy services and training to children, adults and families.

Read for Literacy’s Creating Young Readers (CYR) program, began in 2009 as a response to low literacy rates among children entering kindergarten. The CYR program recruits, trains, and places volunteers to read with at-risk children in select preschools and elementary schools in northwest Ohio.

AAI also sought the support of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, to help select culturally sensitive and appropriate books for Real Men READ-y, and reached out to Toledo Public School’s Leverette School to pilot the initiative.

Leverette was a perfect location to kick off the pilot, which begins officially in February 2014, because Creating Young Readers was not previously in the school and it is the site of a United Way Community Hub. Schools as Community
Hubs (Hubs) connect residents, students, and their families to resources
and support within their neighborhood. The strategy makes a school – a place that already acts as a natural anchor for kids – the center of an entire neighborhood by bringing together multiple services and programs and making
them accessible to everyone, not just students at the school.

AAI committed some $9,000 to the Real Men READ-y initiative which will provide books, selected by officials at Kent Branch Library Public @ccess Center and Read for Literacy, to all Leverette kindergarteners. Read for Literacy is currently training African-American adult working and retired volunteers called MENtors
to then work in small groups with African-American kindergarten boys using the dialogic method of reading, a concept where adults help the child become the teller of the story.

Together, United Way’s African American Initiative partnering with Read for Literacy, with the support of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and Toledo
Public Schools, hope to help pilot participants succeed by creating a love of reading with the help of positive adult males in their own image.

The Real Men READ-y initiative will measure the control group outcomes of the pilot to demonstrate the impact of the MENtors’ presence and participation in the classroom. These results will be shared at the end of the school
year in June 2014.

For more information on the Real Men READ-y program, please call 419-242-READ (7323) extension 19.

Disclosure: Sewell, Library Media Relations Coordinator, is a member of United Way’s AAI Joint Council and chairs its Strategic Partnership Committee.



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Britannica SmartMath is now available @ your Library!

(Released October 30, 2013) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library now has Britannica SmartMath, a database that covers 189 math topics in 40,000 questions for grades K-8!

Customers can access Britannica SmartMath via toledolibrary.org, the Library’s official Website. The database can be accessed in the rotation on the site’s Kids Page, along with BookFlix, Tumblebooks, in the Homework Help topic area, and via the Databases listing.

Britannica SmartMath covers number and operations, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability, and algebra. Meet Seth, Kay, and the rest of the SmarMath caricature friends! Practice skills and take the challenge quiz to master a topic and earn stars. Print a certificate of achievement when you successfully complete a topic.

Britannica SmartMath, winner of the 2014 Teachers’ Choice Award, is adaptive math practice correlated to Common Core and State Standards.


For more information, please visit toledolibrary.org or call 419.259.5200.


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West Toledo Branch Library to close temporarily

(September 13, 2013) - West Toledo Branch Library, 1320 Sylvania Ave., is scheduled to close to the public beginning Monday, September 30, for several months of restoration and expansion of the building.

The branch location is expected to re-open during the summer of 2014.


Charlie Oswanski, the Library’s Facilities and Operations Superintendent, said the West Toledo Branch project will “significantly extend the lifecycle of this public building for many decades. Great care is being taken to restore and enhance the beautiful Tudor Architecture.”

Julie Bursten, West Toledo Branch Manager, said regular customers are very excited about the updates to their neighborhood library:

“Our customers are excited about a larger, dedicated children’s area, an elevator that will provide access to our large meeting room, more computers, and a more accessible print collection. Customers are also very excited about the restoration of the section of the building that was constructed in 1930. Restoration includes new carpeting, restoring the pendant lighting, and removing the metal ductwork from the wooden  arches in the ceiling,” said Bursten.

Bursten said West Toledo Branch customers will have until Saturday, September 28 to pick up any requested materials. She added that any materials for which library officials do not receive instructions will be sent to the Washington Branch Library, at 5560 Harvest Lane. She encouraged customers to call the branch – prior to its scheduled temporary closing - if there are any questions (419.259.5290).

If you are a customer of West Toledo Branch, please visit one of the following Toledo-Lucas County Public Library locations during the temporary closing:

• Kent Branch Library Public @CCESS Center, 3101 Collingwood Blvd.
• Lagrange Branch Library, 3422 Lagrange St.
• Sanger Branch Library, 3030 W. Central Ave.
• Washington Branch Library, 5560 Harvest Lane

NOTE: For additional information visit toledolibrary.org, or call 419.259.5200.


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Spectacular lineup - 2013-2014 Authors! Authors! Series

(Released August 21, 2013) – Question: What has two American Book Awards, one National Book Award, three Pulitzer Prizes, eight Emmy Awards, one leather jacket on display at the Smithsonian, one Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature, two Golden Globes, one Sundance Film Festival Audience Favorite Award, one Pushcart Prize, one PEN/Faulkner Award, and one listing on Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Novels?

Answer: The Fall 2013-2014 season of Authors! Authors!

The Authors! Authors! series, as presented by The Blade and arranged by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, is pleased to announce a spectacular list of authors who are scheduled to appear in Toledo this fall/winter season. Tickets are available for purchase at all Toledo-Lucas County Public Library locations beginning on Friday, August 30. Tickets, $10 for adults, are limited in quantity and student discounts are available. Authors will speak at either the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., or in the McMaster Center of Main Library, 325 Michigan St.

The exciting series, now in its 19th year, kicks off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Stranhan Theater with noted American Indian poet, author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie, author of his most recent War Dances, (2010) and well-known for his 2007 young people’s literature The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

2013-2014 Authors! Authors! Season Lineup (each program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.)

2013 Fall Lineup:
• Wednesday, September 11 – Sherman Alexie (Stranahan Theater): American Indian author of, most recently, War Dances, stories and poems, from Grove Press, and Face, poetry, from Hanging Loose Press. Reservation Blues, received one of the fifteen 1996 American Book Awards. His first young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is a semi-autobiographical part-graphic novel that won the 2007 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the Odyssey Award as best 2008 audiobook for young people (read by Alexie himself). His collection of short stories and poems, entitled War Dances, won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and he wrote the film Smoke Signals  which won the Sundance Film Festival audience favorite award.

• Wednesday, October 2 – Jimmy Santiago Baca (McMaster Center, Main Library): An author of Chicano and Apache descent, Baca experienced an amazing transformation of self. A runaway at age 13, it was after Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison that he began to turn his life around: he learned to read and write and unearthed a voracious passion for poetry. He is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and the prestigious International Award for his memoir A Place to Stand.

• Thursday, November 7 – Jeff Greenfield (McMaster Center, Main Library): Five-time Emmy winner, CNN, CBS and PBS involvement, and new book If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History, is scheduled to be released in October 2013. Greenfield’s appearance is scheduled some two weeks before the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination (November 22, 1963).

2014 Spring Lineup:

• Wednesday, March 5 – Zadie Smith (Stranahan Theater):  Internationally celebrated British novelist who grew up in working class London, the daughter of a Jamaican mother and white English father. Smith’s acclaimed novel White Teeth was included in Time Magazine's ALL-TIME 100 Best English-language Novels, On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW (2012) has been highly acclaimed, starred, and nominated for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction.

• Thursday, May 1 – Rick Atkinson (McMaster Center, Main Library): Born in Munich, and raised in the United States, Atkinson has won Pulitzer Prizes in history and journalism. He formally wrote for the Washington Post before turning to writing on military history. His books include narrative accounts of American wars. In 2010 he received the $100,000 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. His Liberation Trilogy, with the third book being published this year, The Guns at Last Night: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945, is on the history of the American role in the liberation of Europe in World War II.

• Wednesday, May 14 – Henry Winkler (Stranahan Theater): Cultural icon, actor champion and advocate for literacy (has managed Dyslexia throughout his life), Winkler reinvented himself for every generation (as of late his acting appearances include Arrested Development, Children’s Hospital, and Royal Pains,). Winkler, known by many for his fictional character Fonzie or The Fonz on the TV sitcom Happy Days (1974-1984), is also a children’s book series author, Emmy award winner and known as an all-around nice guy.

At each program, authors will speak for about an hour, followed by a short question and answer session. Following the program, they will be available to sign copies of their works. Books will be available for purchase at the program from Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

An anticipated treat for the community, Authors! Authors! has welcomed some of the biggest names - straight off the bestsellers lists - for an evening of discussion, Q&A and book signings. Some of the names from the Authors! Authors! past include David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, Isabel Allende, Neil Gaiman, Sebastian Junger, Nicholas Sparks, Bob Woodward, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., P.J. O'Rourke, and Sue Grafton, to name a few.

NOTE: For additional information visit toledolibrary.org, or call 419.259.5266.


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Library announces hoopla!

(Released April 4, 2013) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is excited to introduce hoopla, a brand new, revolutionary library lending service that is in the beta phase of roll out! Library customers can now borrow thousands of videos (movies, TV episodes), audiobooks and music albums right from a smartphone, tablet or Web browser, with more content added every week. This easy-to-use digital lending platform is available to Toledo-Lucas County Public Library customers using Web browsers, Apple mobile devices and soon Android.
hoopla is a program that allows Toledo-Lucas County Public Library customers to use their library account to borrow this e-media electronically and access it from any compatible device. Using Cloud computing, customers can borrow titles using a home computer, begin watching on a tablet, and resume using a smartphone – anywhere there’s an Internet connection!
Unlike other streaming audio and video services, customers do not pay a monthly subscription fee, making hoopla the first app of its kind.
The app is designed for users of all ages and skill levels, and is as easy to navigate as the library shelves. Best of all, with mobile devices and an Internet connection, hoopla allows you to take the library with you wherever you go!
Library customers will enjoy access to over 300,000 titles, which is just the tip of the iceberg! Simply find a title, click “Borrow,” and watch or listen wherever you are. When your lending period expires titles are automatically removed from your library, making late fees a thing of the past. 

Get started now!

hoopla is designed and published by Midwest Tape, LLC. Midwest Tape, based in Holland, OH, and has been a leader in library media service for over 25 years. www.hoopladigital.com

Note: This service is not available on computers within the Library.  Customers using hoopla will be leaving the Library’s website.  T-LCPL is not responsible for any information shared.


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John Amato: You will do better in Toledo ... and at the Library

Ask John Amato and he’ll tell you there is a vibrant community in Toledo and the surrounding areas, and the Library has helped his business to spread that love.

“There are people that are engaged and really want to make this a better place,” said Amato, screen printer/owner at JupMode, a vintage t-shirt/attire and accessories company that promotes Toledo.

Born in Toledo and reared in Perrysburg, Amato said that he relies heavily on the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library to make his business successful. He is the owner of a popular vintage slogan t-shirt company that promotes Toledo pride, and captures the nostalgia and history of Toledo.

His business boomed when he created a t-shirt that bears the slogan – You will do better in Toledo. The 1913 adage was a promotional slogan of the day to attract businesses and residents of the time. Today, some 100 years later, the slogan and many other vintage slogans have been rebirthed on the chests of hipsters in our community thanks to Amato’s business.

“I use the Main Library for nearly all of the research for my business and for the ‘You will do better …’  slogan shirt - when I created it about four years ago I relied heavily on the research at the Library,” said Amato.

The engaged businessman and screen printer said he also researched the history behind a yesteryear slogan titled – We’re strong for Toledo. He used the Library as a resource to investigate information on additional former slogans for his business, including one he found in a yearbook which read – Somebody in Toledo loves me; and other research on former sports teams – the Toledo Maroons, the Toledo Troopers, and history on former city Mayors such as Samuel “Golden Rule” Jones – all have been made into t-shirts and accessories for his company.

“I have spent a fair amount of time at the Library … it’s been remarkable to see the reaction to the t-shirts. The Library is a great resource to have,” said Amato.

Amato and business partner Josh Wagy, of Smash Toledo, recently joined to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the You will do better in Toledo slogan. The two plan to keep the synergy going with more pro-Toledo and pro-Toledo area meet-ups, events, promotions, and more. And yes, Amato shares, the Library will be right there along the way.

For more on JupMode, or to order a vintage slogan t-shirt or other accessory, please visit www.jupmode.com


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