BRINGING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER

The BIG IDEA is TLCPL’s action plan to build, improve and grow in inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. An essential part of this work is providing our community with resources and materials that inform, challenge, and inspire people to learn more about our shared human experience.

Black History Month, observed in February, pays tribute to the remarkable contributions and rich heritage of African Americans. During this dedicated month, it is not only an occasion to honor the collective achievements of the Black community but also an opportunity to recognize the diversity within our community. Explore the Toledo’s Black History online exhibit.
 
Visit the Black Men Matter Exhibit by photographer Carla Thomas on display in the Kent and Sanger galleries throughout February.
 

Find the full list of programs and other BIG IDEA initiatives below.

 

Vintage Collection Sneaker Program

(Th) February 22 | 5 — 6 p.m. | Kent

In partnership with Vintage the Collection, join our 4-week advanced course in shoe design, becoming your most favorite personal designer. Personalize your kicks with a one-of-a-kind look.

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Step into Black History...

(F) February 23 | 3:30 — 5 p.m. | Mott

Enjoy a Step Dance class filled with music by Black History Month greats as we close the month out while moving to the beat.

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Film Screening and Discussion of Simple as Water

(Sa) February 24 | 1 — 3 p.m. | West Toledo

Join us for a film screening and facilitated discussion of the film, Simple As Water, which is a love story celebrating the bonds of family.

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Poetry Writing Workshop

(Sa) February 24 | 2 — 5 p.m. | West Toledo

The poetry writing workshops in celebration of Little Amal's journey around the world, is led by Poet Laureate, Joni McIntire.

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An Afternoon with Little Amal from Afar

(Sa) February 24 | 3 — 5 p.m. | West Toledo

Help us celebrate Little Amal's journey with an afternoon of activities for all ages, crafts, poetry, and storytelling. All are welcome!

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Small Town PRIDE!

The Gentleman's Book of Vices by Jess Everlee

(M) February 26 | 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. | King Road

A traveling book group rotating between different small-town library locations.

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BIG IDEA Book Club

Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills

(Tu) February 27 | 5:30 — 6:30 p.m. | Online Programs

A discussion group dedicated to diverse voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community.

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Maumee Book Club

Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette

(W) February 28 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Maumee

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book club is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

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Infant Massage

(W) February 28 | 1 — 2 p.m. | King Road

A two-week series to learn the art of Infant Massage and be guided through instruction on how to help parents relax and listen to their infant’s cues. Please bring a soft blanket and lotion or oil.

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Homeschooling Teen Book Club

Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

(W) February 28 | 2 — 3 p.m. | Waterville

Good conversation, friendly faces, and great books-that's what book group is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

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Teen BHM Club

(W) February 28 | 3:30 — 4:30 p.m. | Washington

Enjoy a fun, safe space to learn about Black History Month and the many wonderful Black Americans who helped shape this world.

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Online Romance Book Club

Reel by Kennedy Ryan

(W) February 28 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Online Programs

Are you sick of being shamed for loving romance? Join our Online Romance Book Club! From enemies-to-lovers to regency era, fantasy to fake-relationship, we'll read and chat across the romance genre!

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Bake your own Chocolate Chip Cookies

(F) March 1 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Lagrange

Did you know the first chocolate chip cookie recipe was created by Ruth Wakefield in 1938? Let’s celebrate Women’s History Month by making cookies with that famous first recipe.

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Edible DNA

(Sa) March 2 | 2 — 3 p.m. | Main Library

Learn all about DNA- what it looks like and the nearly erased history of scientist Rosalind Franklin.

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Music and Movement Playdate

(M) March 4 | 11 a.m. — noon | King Road

A playdate complete with dance, music and stories! This mixed-ability playtime, for children ages 2-5, is offered in partnership with Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

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Edible DNA for Women's History Month

(M) March 4 | 3 — 4 p.m. | Locke

Learn about DNA- what it looks like and the nearly erased history of scientist Rosalind Franklin. Enjoy building a DNA model you can eat!

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Savory Tarts with Sur le Pouce

(M) March 4 | 6 — 7:30 p.m. | Point Place

Create your own savory tart in this fun French cooking class.

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Steinem Sisters Collection Book Club

We Are Not Here To Be Bystanders by Linda Sarsour

(M) March 4 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Sanger

A discussion group dedicated to feminist reading from the Library's Steinem Sisters Collection.

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Senior Hour: An Introduction to Qigong

(Tu) March 5 | 2 — 3 p.m. | Oregon

A traditional Chinese mind/body exercise and meditation. Done either sitting or standing, using slow and precise body movements that improve balance, flexibility, muscle strength and overall health.

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Edible DNA for Women's History Month

(Tu) March 5 | 4 — 5 p.m. | King Road

Learn about DNA- what it looks like and the nearly erased history of scientist Rosalind Franklin. Enjoy building a DNA model you can eat!

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Meet the Artist

(Tu) March 5 | 5 — 6 p.m. | Maumee

Get to know the featured artist at the Maumee Branch in an informal open house style reception.

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Live at the Library

with Anna Smyrk

(Th) March 7 | 6:30 — 8 p.m. | Main Library

Toledo Lucas County Public Library welcomes all to, Live at the Library, a concert series featuring musical talent as they tour the country. This month, we welcome singer and songwriter Anna Smyrk.

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Irish Family Dance

(Sa) March 9 | 2:30 — 3:30 p.m. | Sanger

Celebrate Irish culture and tradition with a lively performance from Molly's Irish Dancers.

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Savory Tarts with Sur le Pouce

(M) March 11 | 6 — 7:30 p.m. | West Toledo

Create your own savory tart in this fun French cooking class.

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Edible DNA for Women's History Month

(Th) March 14 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Waterville

Learn about DNA- what it looks like and the nearly erased history of scientist Rosalind Franklin. Enjoy building a DNA model you can eat!

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Rice around the World

(F) March 15 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Lagrange

Every culture has a unique way of cooking. Learn about a new culture every month as we recreate a rice dish.

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Edible DNA for Women's History Month

(M) March 18 | 4 — 5 p.m. | West Toledo

Learn about DNA- what it looks like and the nearly erased history of scientist Rosalind Franklin. Enjoy building a DNA model you can eat!

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Edible DNA for Women's History Month

(M) March 18 | 4:30 — 5:30 p.m. | Toledo Heights

Learn about DNA- what it looks like and the nearly erased history of scientist Rosalind Franklin. Enjoy building a DNA model you can eat!

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Birmingham Book Club

Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini

(Tu) March 19 | 2 — 3:30 p.m. | Birmingham

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book club is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

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Books on Tap

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

(W) March 20 | 7:30 — 8:30 p.m. | Library in the Community

Talk books, socialize, and relax with a cold one at Patron Saints Brewery, located at 4730 W Bancroft St #8, Toledo, OH 43615. 21 and over only.

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Her Voice, Her Run

(Th) March 21 | 5:30 — 7:30 p.m. | Main Library

Running for public office can feel like a daunting task. Especially as a woman, where female representation in government spaces is underrepresented. Where do you start? Who can you ask for help?

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Roots and Flowers: The Life of Marta Terry González

Author Discussion with Dr. Abdul Alkalimat

(Th) March 21 | 6:15 — 7:15 p.m. | Kent

Dive into Black Studies with former UT Africana Studies chair Dr. Abdul Alkalimat as he discusses his book on Afro-Cuban librarian Marta Terry González. Traditional Cuban fare will be served.

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Edible DNA

(F) March 22 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Lagrange

Learn all about DNA- what it looks like and the nearly erased history of scientist Rosalind Franklin.

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Edible DNA for Women's History Month

(M) March 25 | 3 — 4 p.m. | Mott

Learn about DNA- what it looks like and the nearly erased history of scientist Rosalind Franklin. Enjoy building a DNA model you can eat!

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A Steinem Celebration: 90 Years of Gloria

(M) March 25 | 6 — 8 p.m. | Main Library

Celebrate Gloria Steinem's 90th birthday and the Steinem Sisters Collection's 10th anniversary. Join us for a discussion on libraries as feminist spaces and refreshments!

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BIG IDEA Book Club

How To Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair

(Tu) March 26 | 5:30 — 6:30 p.m. | Online Programs

A discussion group dedicated to diverse voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community.

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Edible DNA for Women's History Month

(W) March 27 | 4:30 — 5:30 p.m. | Kent

Learn about DNA- what it looks like and the nearly erased history of scientist Rosalind Franklin. Enjoy building a DNA model you can eat!

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Online Romance Book Club

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

(W) March 27 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Online Programs

Are you sick of being shamed for loving romance? Join our Online Romance Book Club! From enemies-to-lovers to regency era, fantasy to fake-relationship, we'll read and chat across the romance genre!

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Women's History Month Music Challenge

(F) March 29 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Lagrange

Are you a music aficionado? Put your skills to the test with our music challenge- guess the artist correctly and score points for your team.

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Music and Movement Playdate

(M) April 1 | 11 a.m. — noon | King Road

A playdate complete with dance, music and stories! This mixed-ability playtime, for children ages 2-5, is offered in partnership with Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

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Steinem Sisters Collection Book Club

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

(M) April 1 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Sanger

A discussion group dedicated to feminist reading from the Library's Steinem Sisters Collection.

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Better Toledo | Redlining in Toledo, The Fair Housing Center

(Th) April 4 | 3 — 5 p.m. | Main Library

The Fair Housing Center discussing the community impact of redlining in Toledo

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Books on Tap

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

(W) April 17 | 7:30 — 8:30 p.m. | Library in the Community

Talk books, socialize, and relax with a cold one at Patron Saints Brewery, located at 4730 W Bancroft St #8, Toledo, OH 43615. 21 and over only.

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BIG IDEA Book Club

Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land

(Tu) April 23 | 5:30 — 6:30 p.m. | Online Programs

A discussion group dedicated to diverse voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community.

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Rice around the World

(F) April 26 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Lagrange

Every culture has a unique way of cooking. Learn about a new culture every month as we recreate a rice dish.

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Human Library

(Sa) April 27 | noon — 3 p.m. | Main Library

A Human Library is where "books" are real people that "readers" check out to discuss shared experiences, differing perspectives, challenge bias, stereotype and prejudice through personal conversation.

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Kimono Culture

(Tu) April 30 | 5:30 — 6:30 p.m. | Toledo Heights

This informative overview will cover yukata basics, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and other tips for wearing kimono.

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Music and Movement Playdate

(M) May 6 | 11 a.m. — noon | King Road

A playdate complete with dance, music and stories! This mixed-ability playtime, for children ages 2-5, is offered in partnership with Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

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Steinem Sisters Collection Book Club

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

(M) May 6 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Sanger

A discussion group dedicated to feminist reading from the Library's Steinem Sisters Collection.

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Small Town PRIDE!

Southernmost by Silas House

(M) May 20 | 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. | Holland

A traveling book group rotating between different small-town library locations.

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BIG IDEA Book Club

Biting the Hand: Growing Up Asian in Black and White America

(Tu) May 28 | 5:30 — 6:30 p.m. | Online Programs

A discussion group dedicated to diverse voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community.

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Rice around the World

(F) May 31 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Lagrange

Every culture has a unique way of cooking. Learn about a new culture every month as we recreate a rice dish.

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Steinem Sisters Collection Book Club

Remembrance by Rita Woods

(M) June 3 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Sanger

A discussion group dedicated to feminist reading from the Library's Steinem Sisters Collection.

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Online Romance Book Club

How to End a Love Story by Yulin Kuang

(W) June 26 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Online Programs

Are you sick of being shamed for loving romance? Join our Online Romance Book Club! From enemies-to-lovers to regency era, fantasy to fake-relationship, we'll read and chat across the romance genre!

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Birmingham Book Club

The Hospital by Brian Alexander

(Tu) July 16 | 2 — 3:30 p.m. | Birmingham

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book club is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

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Birmingham Book Club

The Holdout by Graham Moore

(Tu) August 20 | 2 — 3:30 p.m. | Birmingham

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book club is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

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Small Town PRIDE!

Countries of Origin by Javier Fuentes

(M) August 26 | 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. | King Road

A traveling book group rotating between different small-town library locations.

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Online Romance Book Club

Something Wild & Wonderful by Anita Kelly

(W) August 28 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Online Programs

Are you sick of being shamed for loving romance? Join our Online Romance Book Club! From enemies-to-lovers to regency era, fantasy to fake-relationship, we'll read and chat across the romance genre!

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Better Toledo | Welcoming

(Th) September 5 | 3 — 5 p.m. | Main Library

Hear on the topic of "Welcoming" from the BGSU Institute for the Study of Culture & Society

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Birmingham Book Club

Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See

(Tu) September 17 | 2 — 3:30 p.m. | Birmingham

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book club is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

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Better Toledo | Cultural Invisibility by Jessica Vallejo

(Th) November 7 | 3 — 5 p.m. | Main Library

Jessica Vallejo from the Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance discussing the impact of Cultural Invisibility on the Indigenous community

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Birmingham Book Club

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

(Tu) November 19 | 2 — 3:30 p.m. | Birmingham

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book club is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

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Small Town PRIDE!

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

(M) November 25 | 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. | Holland

A traveling book group rotating between different small-town library locations.

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