10 Books to Read When Visiting the Library’s 45,000 Quilt Exhibit

Posted on August 30, 2022

by Welcome New Americans and Latinx Heritage Month Work Groups

The 45,000 Quilt is a work of art which brings together the vision of 60 immigrant justice activists and artists from 12 states and Oaxaca, Mexico. The quilt is composed of 45 panels, each measuring 34 inches by 34 inches, and each containing 1,000 marks. In total, 45,000 marks represents the average number of immigrants held in detention on any given day. The quilt measures 45 feet long and is a visual representation of the largest immigrant detention system in the world.

The 45,000 Quilt is on loan to the Toledo Lucas County Public Library from Concord, New Hampshire during the month of September as a part of the celebrations for Welcoming Week and Latinx Heritage Month. The panels on the colorful quilt have been painted, stamped, quilted, embroidered, or prepared using a variety of methods. Due to its large size, separate panels will be available for viewing from September 1 – 30 at these locations: Mott, South, Sylvania, Locke, Holland, and Washington. Visit each branch to view the full quilt!

The Library’s Welcome New American and Latinx Heritage Month workgroups have compiled this list of ten guides to aid in providing context when viewing the quilt.