10 Books To Get You Ready To Watch The New Season of Yellowjackets
Books to read while you wait for the new season of Yellowjackets on Showtime.
Everything You Need to Read and Watch if You Like John Wick
The John Wick films have melded martial arts and vengeance action into an art form. Here’s what to read and to watch after seeing Wick take down an army of assassins.
Prepare for Fury of the Gods with These 6 Shazam! Comics
The follow-up to 2019’s underrated film, Shazam! is upon us. Get in the spirit with these exceptional comics featuring Captain Marvel himself.
Perry Mason is Back on HBO: 10 Detective Novels You Need to Read
The detective/lawyer is back on HBO with an all new season. While you're waiting for each episode, here's what to read!
9 Must Read Books for Fans of Ted Lasso
The improbable football coach returns for another season on Apple TV+. If you're cheering on AFC Richmond, here are the books you need to read.
12 Books That Prove Black Girls are Magical
12 juvenile and young adult books featuring magical Black Girls.
It’s Master Comics Creator Will Eisner’s Birthday, Here’s What You Need to Read
Celebrate one of comics’ most iconic storytellers by checking out some of his most enduring books.
16 of the Scariest Horror Novels for Feminists
In celebration of Women’s History Month, let’s take a look at the horror fiction that scared some diversity into an otherwise male-dominated genre.
Move Over Homer: 10 Classical Myths Retold from a Woman’s Point of View
There are new voices in classic myths: the women who were voiceless and whose roles were overlooked the first time around.
5 Thrilling Spy Novels for Fans of Slow Horses on Apple TV+
Slow Horses is about a group of misfit spies, here are the novels you should read if you're a fan of the show.
There are 1,008 Species of Pokémon – Celebrate Them All on National Pokémon Day
Catch ‘em all on National Pokémon Day with these great books.
6 Books to Read During Black Children’s Book Week
Six of my favorite books to read during Black Children's Book Week.
Too Munch of a Good Thing: Remembering Richard Belzer
A stand-up comic who got TV-famous pretending to investigate deadly serious crimes, Richard Belzer embraced contradictions.
Check Out These 5 Superhero Comic Creators for Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month with 5 of superhero comics’ greatest artists and writers.
10 Ant-Man and the Wasp Comics to Prepare for Quantumania
Before you see Quantumania, be sure to check out these 10 stellar adventures from Marvel’s most famous size-variable heroes, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
When the Books Hit Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie
Some will celebrate National Pizza Day by eating pizza, and some will celebrate by reading about pizza. Just kidding, nobody's going to do that second thing.
The Mandalorian Returns!
Celebrate the return of Mando and company with these great books from a galaxy far, far away.
Knock at the Cabin and 10 Creepy Reads
Did you read the novel "Knock at the Cabin" is based on? Did it leave you feeling unsettled, aghast, consumed with despair about human nature? Here are ten books to keep those feelings flowing.
10 Books and Stories by Meg Medina, New Ambassador For Young People’s Literature
Meet Meg Medina, the new Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
Around the World in 80 Days
Around the World in 80 Days, a novel by Jules Verne, turns 150 years old this month.
Book Clubbin’: Looking to Add a New Habit to Your New Year? Join a Library Book Group!
Looking to add a new habit to your new year? Consider joining one of our many book groups and to help hit your reading goals for 2023.
Rachel Recommends: What to Read and Watch This Winter
"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home." - Edith Sitwell
15 Excellent Books by Korean American Authors You Should Read
Celebrate the literary contributions of Korean Americans.
10 End Times Titles to Prepare for The Last of Us on HBO
A sudden pandemic. Societal collapse. Fungal infections that turn people into zombie-like mushroom people. No, it's not 2020, it's The Last of Us!
All the Cool Stuff Entering the Public Domain in 2023
Cultural Icons Entering the Public Domain in 2023.
“Forget it, Jake. I have Movie Club:” Join the Library’s Film Discussion Group this January
If you love watching and discussing movies (but referring to them as “films”) and feeling all cool about it, join your Library friends at our online Film Discussion Group!
Leaving Funky Town: So Long, Winkerbean
The newspaper comic strip Funky Winkerbean has been telling stories about its Ohio-based characters day by day for fifty years. But at the end of this month, that all changes.
Top 12 Holiday Themed Mysteries
Light the fire and curl up with one of these holiday-themed mysteries.
5 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies
Get into the holiday spirit with these not-so-typical Christmas films.
Best Books to Give as Gifts: Romance and Science Fiction/Fantasy Titles
A selection of romance and science fiction/fantasy books that will make great gifts.
Best Books to Give as Gifts: Fiction and Mystery Titles
A selection of fiction and mystery titles that will make great gifts.
8 Best Doom Patrol Comics
Before you watch the fourth season of the TV show, make sure to check out some of our favorite Doom Patrol comics!
Book Clubbin’: Looking for a Holiday Party? Join a Library Book Group!
Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Consider joining one of our many book groups.
Celebrating World Religions: Books to Help You Understand Buddhism
With 360 million followers, Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world. There is no single foundational text, so it can be difficult to know where to begin learning about Buddhist beliefs. Here are some great places to start…
“Sorry, I Have Movie Club:” Join the Library’s Film Discussion Group this December
Looking to try something new? Check out our Documentary Discussion Group! Watch the movie on Kanopy, then join us on Zoom for an engaging discussion about all things film.
Yelp Reviews From the Top 10 Worst Meals in Literature
Cooking during the holiday season can be stressful. But look on the bright side: nothing you make will be anywhere near as bad as the food the characters eat in these books.
Good Grief! 10 Books to Read for Charles M. Schulz’s 100th Birthday
Security blankets. Great Pumpkins. Pulled-away footballs. If "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz hadn't been born 100 years ago, we'd have 10% fewer metaphors.
10 Books to Read If You Like Jennifer Armentrout
10 books to read if you like science fiction/fantasy mixed with a little (or a lot) of romance.
8 Essential Time Travel and Physics Titles to Get Ready for 1899
1899 hit Netflix, and we're about to dive down a rabbit hole of time travel and spooky action.
10 Great Comics to Read Before Seeing Wakanda Forever
Prepare for Wakanda Forever with these great Marvel comics.
5 Books For People Who Like Janet Evanovich
5 books similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.
“Sorry, I Have Movie Club:” Join the Library’s Film Discussion Groups
Check out our Film Discussion Group or Documentary Discussion Group for upcoming titles. Watch the movie on Kanopy, then join us on Zoom for an engaging discussion about all things film.
If You Enjoyed The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, starring Christina Hendricks, Lucy Hale, and Kunal Nayyar, was recently released into theaters and is based on the book by Gabrielle Zevin.
Book Clubbin’: Now is the Perfect Time to Join a Library Book Group
Are you spending a more time indoors now that the weather is cooling down? Consider joining one of our many book groups this November.
10 Things That Will Put You in the Mood for The Banshees of Inisherin
Irish playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh has made a career out of telling stories about (mostly) men behaving (mostly) badly. Here are more titles in that vein.
15 Queer Horror Fiction Titles to Give You Goosebumps
Please enjoy this curated list of queer horror fiction, just in time for Halloween.
15 Spookiest, Must Read Horror Comics to Read This Halloween
Why should movies be the only reason you sleep with the lights on this Halloween? Check out these eerie comics and graphic novels.
10 Best Black Adam and Shazam Comics
Excited for the upcoming Black Adam movie? Check out these great comics featuring him and his arch-nemesis, Shazam!
10 Vampire Titles for People Who Still Have Blood
It's spooky season, so read and watch these vampire titles.
10 Audiobooks You Simply Must Listen To, Narrated by the Prolific Julia Whelan
If you are obsessed with audiobooks like I am, then I’m confident you’ve listened to Julia Whelan. She narrates everything.
Top 10 Ways to Get to Know Nobel Prize-Winning Author Annie Ernaux
Many Americans have never heard of Annie Ernaux, the latest winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. But now you're not one of them.
15 B-Movie Horror Films for Spooky Season
Wander off the beaten path this Halloween with these 15 B-Movie hidden gems.
Rachel Recommends: What You Need to Make Your Fall Season the Coziest
October, baptize me with leaves! swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!” Rainbow Rowell, attachments
Top 10 Worst Schools in Books
By now everyone's gone back to school for fall. Which is sad. But at least you're not at one of these schools. So that's something.
5 Books to Read From Hilary Mantel, the Author of “Wolf Hall”
Hilary Mantel, who won prizes and acclaim with her trilogy of historical novels about Thomas Cromwell, died recently at the age of 70.
Banned Books Week: Why is Gender Queer the Most Challenged Book?
It's Banned Books Week! Let's learn why Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe is the most challenged book.
Spotlight on Elizabeth Acevedo: Celebration of Latinx Cultural Heritage Month
Latinx Cultural Heritage Month Author Spotlight: Elizabeth Acevedo
15 Graphic Novels to Help Understand Immigrant Stories
Check out this list of graphic novels featuring immigrant and refugee stories!
10 Picture Books About Immigration and Belonging to Celebrate Welcoming Week
These books are full of stories to help you understand the successes, struggles, and journeys of immigrants past, present, and future.
Rick and Morty Returns, These 10 Books Might Just Turn You Into Pickle Rick
It's time to break out the szechuan sauce, Rick and Morty is back!
6 Of My Favorite Books By Author Adriana Trigiani
Adriana Trigiani is a bestselling author of twenty fiction and nonfiction books, here are some favorites.
10 Books to Read When Visiting the Library’s 45,000 Quilt Exhibit
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.
10 Great Comics from Jack “The King” Kirby
Celebrate iconic comic artist Jack Kirby’s birthday with these 10 exceptional superhero books.
10 Fun and Quirky Comics for D&D Nerds
Whether you're a TTRPG veteran, looking forward to your first campaign, or Stranger Things just has you curious, these comic and manga series are sure to get you ready for adventure.
Top 5 Books You Should Read So You Can Talk About Salman Rushdie
Novelist Salman Rushdie didn't ask to be a symbol of free expression. But as he recovers in a hospital from a recent attack, maybe reading some of his books is the least we can do.
5 Horror Novels to Close Out the Scariest Summer Ever
Eagerly await fall, the season of scares, with some of these titles as summer winds down.
Top 10 Comics to Read When Hulking Out to She-Hulk
She-Hulk makes her Marvel Cinematic debut on Disney+ on August 18. Here are the comics you need to read to learn all about the superhero legacy of Jennifer Walters
Stefani’s Top 15 Books for Toledo Pride
Interested in LGBTQIA+ literature? Whether you are looking for your next great read or information, this list is for you!
10 Incredible Short Books to Help You Hit Your Reading Goals
10 short books to bolster reading totals in 2022.
10 Books to Read If You Love The Bear on Hulu
Can't get enough of Hulu's The Bear? Here are ten foodie books to tide you over until season 2.
Stuart Woods Dies at 84, Here are the Mystery Series You Need to Read
Stuart Woods, the author of more than 90 novels, passed away last week at the age of 84. If you are a fan of Stone Barrington, here's a list of some of his lesser-known series that you may want to pick up too.
15 Historical Fiction Novels About Life in 19th Century America
History is stranger than fiction. With these books, you can have both.
10 Must Read Books If You Hate Flying
Air travel isn't for everyone. In fact, judging from these books, maybe it isn't for anyone.
10 Best Thor Comics to Read After Watching Thor: Love and Thunder
Celebrate Thor: Love and Thunder by checking out our favorite comics featuring the God of Thunder.
10 Book Recs in the Style of “He’s a 10, But…”
Romance, thriller, and SFF books with romantic plot lines summed up by the "He's a 10... but" meme format.
Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2022 So Far
We’re halfway through 2022 and there’s been so many great graphic novels and comics to read!
Paper Girls Hits Amazon Prime, Here’s What You Need to Read
As the television adaptation of Paper Girls hits Amazon Prime, here are the books you need to read.
15 Books by Latinx Authors for Your Summer Reading List
Books by Latinx authors to add to your summer reading list.
Curating a Nancy Drew Collection: The Mysterious Life of a Nancy Drew Collector
How Toledo became the home to a huge Nancy Drew book and memorabilia collection.
The Five Worst Beach Vacations in Literature
Beach vacations can be a blast. Unless you're a character in a book, in which case maybe you should just stay home.
Pride for Quiet Gays: Great Reads
If you find parades and crowds overwhelming, there are still a lot of ways to celebrate Pride! Here are some great ideas for quiet gays (or introverts in general).
Rachel Recommends: 6 New(ish) Must Read Books for Summer 2022
I’ve curated a little selection of books you might want to add to your beach bag when you feel like skipping town. Isolate yourself in a hammock and get reading!
9 Books to Read If You Like Better Call Saul
The Breaking Bad saga is wrapping up with the final season of Better Call Saul. If you're looking to recapture the edge of your seat twists and turns that show provides, these are the books for you.
5 Books with Terrible Hotels
Have you ever listened to friends complaining about a disappointing hotel or a vacation spot? Well, the people in these books have entered the chat.
5 Titles to Get Hyped for the Return of The Boys
The Boys is an irreverent, hyper-violent comic book series and TV series that sends up the superhero genre. Here are some comics and movies you should read and see to get hyped.
6 Must-Read Ms. Marvel Comics
Ms. Marvel debuts on Disney+ and these are the comics you need to read to get caught up on the adventures of Kamala Khan.
15 Films from the 1980s to Watch if You Love Stranger Things
Celebrate the return of Stranger Things with 15 classics from the ‘80s.
9 Books For Adults Who Read Harry Potter
Are you an adult muggle looking for a book to read? This is the blog for you!
15 Books to Read After Watching Our Flag Means Death
The end of Our Flag Means Death may have left you with a pirate-shaped void in your life, but these books can get you through it.
6 Obi-Wan Kenobi Books to Read
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series hits Disney+ and now is a great time to get caught up on the adventure of the titular Jedi master.
5 Comics To Read If You Like Moon Knight
Excited for Moon Knight on Disney+? The library has plenty of comics for fans of the so-called Fist of Khonshu.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to Sci-Fi Subgenres – Part 6
We finish “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Sci-Fi Subgenres” with our last two subgenres, one old and one new. Until next time, live long and prosper!
Banned Books Week 2021: Comics & Graphic Novel Edition
Comics and graphic novels have a special place in the Banned Books pantheon as it tends to be easier to point to images as being “inappropriate” than taking the time to read a full text.
Lady Whistledown Recommends
Let it be known, if there is a scandal, I shall uncover it and share every last detail. These books are sure to be full of them.
Banned Books Week 2021: Frequently Banned Adult Fiction
Here’s a list of frequently banned adult fiction and the reasons why they have been historically banned.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to Sci-Fi Subgenres – Part 5
Welcome to part five of “Morgan Talks About Her Favorite Niche Genres,” better known as “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Sci-Fi Subgenres.” The next two subgenres are my favorites partially because they can be so fun while bringing surprising gravitas when needed.
Banned Books Week 2021: Captain Underpants and the Putrid Persecutions of the Beastly Book-Banner
Dav Pilkey's rollicking "Captain Underpants" books are routinely included on banned-book lists. Because underpants.
Two Librarians, Too Many Books: Banned Books are the Best Books
In which two librarians try to get you to read books because other people don’t want you to.
Fact and Fiction Reads Fall 2021
Reading recommendations from Main Library's Fact and Fiction librarians.
Great Fiction, Unique Form
Sometimes novels need to spice it up. The titles featured here use unconventional formatting to make their pages more interesting.
Bookception: Books about Books, Libraries, Reading, and Writing
Explore a variety of fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, and science fiction perfect for book lovers!
Children’s Library & Teen Recommends – Summer 2021
Youth Services Librarians love to read, too! Check out what your favorite Children’s and Teen Librarians at Main Library are reading, whether it be a picture book about penguins, a middle grade adventure in a treehouse, vampires in Louisiana, or a time-traveling phone booth!
What Should My Book Group Read Next?
Whether your book group enjoys fast paced fiction, twisty mysteries, deep nonfiction or a lot of laughs, this list has something for all of you!
Stories are constantly being retold with new and exciting twists. What's cool about book versions is that they usually don't feel like the subpar sequels or remakes Hollywood often subjects us to.
Smells Like Teen Spirit: Books Set in the ’90s
Books perfect for folks feeling nostalgic for the 1990s.
Teens Books Adults will Love
Teen Books are not just for teens. Check out some of these great picks that adults are sure to enjoy.
Myers-Briggs Personality Type Book Recommendations
This blog has book to movie recommendations for you based on your Myers Briggs Personality.
Novel Novellas Round 2
Here’s a second list of some of my favorite books that are just a little out there, and under 200 pages long.
What to Read Now That You’ve Fallen in Love with The Midnight Library
Here are eleven books that explore the idea of experiencing an altered or alternate life and some books play with reality in regards to books, bookstores, or libraries.
A Year of Science Fiction and Fantasy
It's been 12 months of titles spanning the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy for this Online Book Club. Come read about our last 12 books and get a preview of the coming titles.
YA Books Featuring Characters with Mental Illnesses
Struggling with anxiety or any type of mental illness is usually up there with resounding themes of Young Adult Fiction, including first love. That is because our teenage years are often very complicated, especially when mental health issues start to first arise. There are so many other factors that young adults face (besides growing up) that can push anyone over the edge.
Escape With These 21 Romance Novels Set in Beautiful Destinations
Romantic storylines paired with gorgeous locations.
Fact and Fiction Recommends Summer 2021
A variety of reading recommendations hand picked by the Fact & Fiction librarians.
Calling All Bridgerton Fans
So you’ve finished binge watching Bridgerton? Now what? To satisfy your need for more romantic rom-com during Regency England, take a gander at these reads below. You may just find something to your satisfaction until the next season comes around.
More Teen Books Adults Will Love
Teen Books are not just for teens. Check out some of these great picks that adults are sure to enjoy.
Red or White?
Unfortunately, this blog is not about Italian Chianti or Chardonnay. It is about Mother's Day.
Books and Other Strange(r) Things
Stranger Things finally released a new season four teaser after shooting delays due to COVID-19. Since the release date has yet to be announced, you've got some time to catch up on these stories about events before and during the show.
Escape Into a Summer Read
No need to pack your bags--just check out one of these titles and escape into a compelling story set in a beautiful location.
Recs for The Witcher Fans
If you are like us and patiently waiting for the next season of The Witcher on your favorite streaming channel, check out these reads. Here’s hoping that they will help tide you over before the highly anticipated release day!
YA Books for Seekers of the Immersive Gaming Experience
Hello there, Player One. Choose what type of adventure you’d like to go on below. All of these titles feature some sort of Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) or similar environment. What are you waiting for? Pick one of these fabulous books to read today!
Hitchhiker’s Guide to Sci-Fi Subgenres Part 2
Welcome to part two of my series, “Morgan Writes Excitedly About Her Favorite Genre”— I mean, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Sci-fi Subgenres.” This time, we’ll dive a little deeper into specific subgenres with alien invasions and post-apocalyptic settings.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to Sci-Fi Subgenres–Part 1
Few genres get such strong reactions as science fiction. But I believe that there’s a sci-fi story for everyone—yes, even the folks who hate Star Wars!
Mothers & Daughters Booklist
Discover the many types of mother-daughter relationships in this booklist.
To All the Otaku, with Love – April 2021
Are you a manga or anime enthusiast? We are, too! We are constantly looking for new (and awesome) titles to add to our collection. We are happy to share some of our favorites with you, including some light novels! For more suggestions, please feel free to contact your teen librarian at the Library!
Mystery Resources for 4-8 Graders
Are you wishing your middle grade reader is into Nancy Drew or the Boxcar Children as much as you were (or are)?! Check out this list of middle grade novels with a tried and
Fairy Tales for Adults
Behold, the perfect list for your fairy tale loving heart. Fairy tale stories and retellings for adult readers.
Ohioana Book Festival Books for Adults
Since its start in 2007, The Ohioana Book Festival provides readers opportunities to connect with Ohio writers. Check out this list of adult titles from the 2021 festival!
Beverly Cleary, Age 104
Beverly Cleary, who died March 25 at the age of 104, was once named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and rarely has such a distinction seemed so well-deserved.
Fact and Fiction Recommends Spring 2021
Reading recommendations from the Fact and Fiction department Librarians at Main Library.
March is Disability Awareness Month
March is a month of many observances. Though maybe not as well known as Women’s History Month, St. Patrick’s Day or the beginning of spring, Disability Awareness Month is certainly as important.
Books for Bibliophiles
If you've somehow run out of books or recommendations, first of all, I commend you. Second, these titles should help you stock back up.
Happy Birthday Sarah J Maas!
In conjunction with Women’s History Month and her birthday, let us celebrate this author who is making women’s history as we speak… or read!
Children’s Library and Teen Recommends – Winter 2021
Check out what your Children's and Teen librarians have been reading lately!
Read Across America – Every Day!
It's Read Across America Day! Join in the fun with these road trip reads.
Here's a list of fiction books that are just a little out there, and under 200 pages long.
Women’s History Month: Feminist Romance
In honor of Women’s History Month, here’s a list of romance novels with feminist approach to love.
Realistic Fiction for Grades 4-5
Read these fictional inspiring stories that resemble realistic situations, issues or experiences that could have happened in real life.A Library card and PIN will be required to access many of the resources listed. Need
Fantasy and Adventure Comics for Kids
For readers looking for a little escapism, here are some awesome fantasy and adventure comics.
Celebrate Toni Morrison Day!
On December 21, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 325 declaring Toni Morrison’s birthday, February 18, Toni Morrison Day in Ohio.
Helping You Meet Those Reading Goals
Have you started a reading challenge yet this year? Maybe you need a little inspiration to log a few more books for TLCPL’s Winter Read. Maybe you want to challenge yourself to “read harder” this year. No matter what, the team at Kent Branch has you covered! We have curated a list of challenges to diversify your reads this year, and our staff has provided suggestions of some of their faves to match!
Award-Winning Books 2020
The transition from an old year to a new one carries with it many benefits. A chance to reflect. A chance to try new things. A chance to pretend that you’re going to start exercising
Happy Birthday, Isaac Asimov!
Contemporary science fiction recommendations for fans of a founder of the genre.
New Year’s Fiction
If thrillers, literary or historical fiction are more your speed, here’s a list of reads set on or around New Year’s Eve!
New Year’s Romances
Be inspired to fall in love, travel through time, and set new goals with this list of New Year's romances.
Fact and Fiction Recommends Winter 2021
Reading recommendations from the Fact and Fiction department Librarians at Main Library.
If You Like Historical Fiction
If you liked these five historical fiction books, chances are you will like these other five!
The Spy Who Wrote a Whole Lot of Books
Acclaimed spy novelist John le Carré recently died, leaving some readers nostalgic for his deftly plotted, character-centered espionage yarns and others realizing they've never read a John le Carré book. Time to fix that.
If You Like Fantasy
If you liked any of these five fantasy books, you may like these other titles, too!
Great Comics of 2020
It's the end of 2020! There are so many great comics and graphic novels to read! Here are some of the best.
Wartime Entertainment for the Troops and Their Families
On Veteran’s Day, we honor those who served in the United States military. Among the Library's extensive government documents collection the following listed, physical items are not linked in our catalog and are not available for check out consists of pamphlets, manuals and booklets that were published to aid and support military personnel and their families, most notably during World War II.
“October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book.” ~John Sinor
Where the Crawdads Sing Read-Alikes by Theme
Since finishing Where the Crawdads Sing, I've scoured the internet looking for an exact replica story to fill the void. As a result, I've put together my own read-alikes - breaking it down into pivotal aspects of the novel.
Book Recommendations by Readers for Readers
We asked our social media followers to share the books that they love to read and now we want to share those with you!
Library Empowers Foster Parents as Need Grows
Number of children in state system expected to reach 20,000 this year.
Spend Your New Year – At the Library
Happy New Year from your Library! Make 2020 your best year yet by taking advantage of the many resources, materials and programs we offer. We hope to see you often!
Mompreneur Book Club Collaborates for Small Business Success
Series of discussions highlights useful skills for business owners.
10 Reasons Ireland is an Amazing Destination for First-Time International Travelers
Want to travel but not sure where to start? Let me share with you my top ten reasons why Ireland is an amazing first destination for new travelers.
‘What Does the Library Mean to You?’
In their own words, Toledo Library customers describe the value of the Library.
Great Scores From Great (Or Good, Or Awful) Films
Sometimes a score complements a movie beautifully, and sometimes it is more memorable than the movie itself. Either way, here are some goodies.
Getting Started With Cricut – A Beginner’s Guide to the Best Making Machine You’ll Ever Use
Cricut machines can work with a wide range of materials, creating tons of possibilities.
Upcoming Best-sellers For Winter 2019/2020
Here’s the list of upcoming bestsellers for winter 2019/2020.
Best Reads for Winter 2019/2020
Baby, it’s cold outside, so now’s the perfect opportunity to cuddle up with a great book! And earn an awesome prize!
Connect Your Family Roots This Holiday Season
Toledo Library provides materials for building a family tree.
A Blue Christmas: Dealing With Sadness During the Holidays
Holidays can bring a lot of anxiety and even sadness into many people's lives. Here are some resources that can help.
‘What Does the Library Mean to You?’
In their own words, Toledo Library customers describe the value of the Library.
Artist Replicating Toledo Skyline With Library’s 3D Printer
Technology access proved vital for Brian Woollard's project.
With Toledo Library App, Customers Experience New Digital Services
App allows for easy scanning of items in Library catalog.
Ready to Read Expands Early Literacy in Lucas County
Since launching in 2014, the program has reached nearly 20,000 families.
TPS Students Use Library Research to Honor Fallen Heroes
Students of teacher Joe Boyle recognize area soldiers in special ceremony.
Toledo Business Grows With Valuable Library Resources
Premier Screenings owner plans expansion with digital tools.
Studio Lab Hosts Tech Tools for Customer Creations
3D printer, Cricut cutting machine, and heat press all available for public use.
‘What Does the Library Mean to You?’
In their own words, Toledo Library customers describe the value of the Library.
Redesign Brings ‘Wow’ Factor to Saloff Children’s Library
Renovations further improve popular area of Main Library.
November Then-and-Now Photography Challenge
Learn how Toledo has changed over the years and show off your photography skills!
Scholastic Teachables Presents Thousands of Printable Worksheets for Students
New service provides Toledo Library customers access to quality educational material.
Public Libraries: A Great Equalizer
Libraries statewide serve as key community resource, particularly for vulnerable groups.
New Tools Available for Exploring Our History
Enhancements to the Library's website allow for searching across digital collections, browsing by time period and exploring a map full of rich content.
Urban Libraries Council Honors Toledo Library for Workforce and Development Innovations
Toledo Library earned recognition during the 2019 ULC Innovations event.
I Took a Bookcation and You Should Too
Take your love of books to the next level with a bookcation. I took one for Twilight and Twin Peaks and was not disappointed!
Library Customer Finds, Returns to Family a 101-Year-Old WWI Registration Card
Toledo Library customer recovered the 101-year-old document in a Friends of the Library book purchase.
Exploring Toledo Through Its Architecture
"Architecture of Northwest Ohio," a digital library devoted to sharing and preserving Toledo's rich architectural heritage, hit a milestone of uploading its 100th unique commission.
Digital Book Club Open to Readers Across the Country
“After the Flood" imagines America a century from now after floodwaters destroy much of the country.
Renovation Complete, Main Library Reopens to Thousands of Customers
Yearlong project brings architectural work and new technology to historic Main Library.
Library’s Coding Courses Prepare Area Youth for Future
Classes develop basic skills of video game and website creation.
Flashlight Frenzy Fun
Toledo Library partnering with Metroparks Toledo for another year of Flashlight Frenzy.
15 Relatable and Engaging Novels You’ll Enjoy Reading from Start to Finish
Engaging books with relatable characters and interesting storylines.
15 Atmospheric and Memorable Reads to Lose Yourself In
Welcome to our appeal series, which seeks to highlight a variety of books to help our readers find that next great read. In each post you'll find books that share similar appeal or elements
Up Lit: 15 Feel Good Fiction Novels
Novels designed to boost your mood and leave you smiling. Up Lit are uplifting, life-affirming stories chock full of humor, hope, kindness, compassion, empathy, love and joy.
15 Absorbing and Enthralling Supernatural Mysteries and Thrillers
Supernatural-themed stories filled with creatures, ghosts and paranormal phenomena.
What (Else) to Watch and/or Read if You Like John Wick
Did you know we are in the midst of a massive Keanuaissance? If you are a fan of the John Wick series we have a lot of reading and viewing suggestions you are gonna love.
10 Character-Driven and Upbeat Books to Put You in a Good Mood
Stories that are fun, lighthearted, hopeful and optimistic.
15 Incredible Historical Fiction Novels Inspired by True Stories
Welcome to our appeal series. We're highlighting a variety of genres to help our readers find that next great read. In each post you'll find books that share similar appeal or elements like genre, pacing, tone, storyline,
12 Captivating and Compelling Reads
Get ready for an engrossing reading experience with these reading recommendations.
Rachel Recommends: 2019 Spring Edition
The long climb from spring to sandal season requires a little pampering of the spirit. This list should not incite tension or anxiety, but, rather a sense of mellow peace.
Need an Epic Game of Thrones Series Recap Before the Season Premiere? Find Everything You Need at Your Library
Game of Thrones series recaps, spoilers and more.
15 Great Beach Reads To Read Anytime
We put together a great list of beach reads that are great to read anytime.
4 Episodes to Get You Hooked on Podcasts
If you aren’t already a podcast listener, it can be a little daunting to look at all the podcasts available. Here are 4 great episodes from some of my favorite podcasts to get you started.
10 Books With Delightfully Odd Characters You’re Gonna Love
Reading recommendations with odd, quirky and likable characters that are designed to delight and entertain.
15 Intriguing Spy Novels Written by Women Featuring Female Spies
Spy stories with strong female protagonists, espionage, intrigue, action and adventure.
Travel via Mystery Novels
Are you unable to afford the expense or time for a vacation? Try reading one of these mysteries set in exotic cultures and/or locales where the place is just as much a part of the story as the characters and plot.
10 Fantastic Sherlockian Novels
Fans of the television series Sherlock will love these modern stories featuring the infamous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes.
15 Compelling Dystopian Reads
Fans of dystopian fiction and the classic novel 1984 by George Orwell will appreciate the books in this blog post.
10 Classic Books to Read and Watch
These stories are filled with so much pure emotion it is almost impossible not to like them.
10 Best Fiction Books of 2018
So many books, so little time. A short list that includes notable fiction titles from 2018 and lots of "best of the year" lists to explore for further reading.
Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2018
2018 is heading to a close! It's time to look back on the best comics and graphic novels of the year.
Best Young Adult Books of 2018
Before you close the book on 2018, be sure you have taken full advantage of the great YA titles released this year. Zombie fighters and modern day poets, from the court of Faerie, to death row, this year’s amazing cast of strong characters will keep you turning the pages.
9 Wonderfully Witty, Fast-Paced Funny Fiction Novels
Fans of witty writing and fast-paced stories with humor sprinkled in will love these books.
10 Fast-Paced and Upbeat Novels to Perk Up Your Day
Faced-paced, fun and upbeat novels to brighten your day.
12 Spooky and Terror-Filled Short Story Collections to Read with the Lights On
Spooky and haunting tales to read on Halloween or anytime.
8 Humorous Books Featuring Misfits and Their Misadventures
Get your funny on with these offbeat, engaging and witty stories.
7 Offbeat Funny Fiction Novels Featuring Quirky Characters
Offbeat stories featuring eccentric and quirky characters.
6 Fast Paced and Fun Reads
An eclectic mix of novels that are fast-paced and utterly enjoyable to read.
6 Amusing Fiction Novels with a Heartwarming Tone
Stories that are sure to induce a few chuckles and a smile.
5 Funny Fiction Novels Chock Full of Farce and Satire
Stories that are sure to tickle your funny bone.
4 Laugh Out Loud Domestic Fiction Novels
A selection of humorous novels focusing on family relationships along with tips on finding a good book.
Start a Book Club with Your Partner
Life gets busy as an adult and there isn't always time to read. Starting a two-person book club with your partner can be a fun way to connect with each other and share the books you love.
10 Genuinely Funny Funny Fiction Books You’re Sure to Love
An eclectic mix of humorous books that are endlessly entertaining and quirky that will make you laugh out loud.
How to Find a Good Book to Read
All things are relative - including what constitutes a "good book," but finding books you'll enjoy is easy with the right tools.
Two Librarians, Too Many Books: Summer Reads
We're back! This time, we're obsessing over what we consider the best "summer reads" around. Read on for our lightly-edited-for-clarity conversation about what titles we think you should plop down on a beach with or stay safely-contained within your air-conditioned home with. We don't judge.
No Capes Required! Comics Embrace All Literary Genres
If you haven’t picked up a comic in a while, one of these titles may be the perfect place to get reacquainted.
Jane Austen’s Hidden Feminism
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice "Pride and Prejudice," a book that will live in infamy and also appears on a recent list of 100 Great American Reads, is a lot more feminist than popular
The Best Podcast Episode for Mystery Book Lovers
As a librarian, this episode was a treasure trove of vetted mystery novels. The Gatekeeper features Marilyn Stasio, The Times Book Review’s Crime Columnist.
A Brief History of the Spy Fiction Genre
A very brief overview of the spy fiction genre along with a sampling of well-known spy novels.
10 Entertaining Novels That Will Put a Smile on Your Face
A list of novels with light humor and likable characters.
What’s the Word: 12 Words Coined in Fiction
Learn more about the interesting origin of words coined by famous authors.
Dealing With Death Through Picture Books
Talking about death, loss and grief is difficult for most adults, let alone children.
Pacific Rim Uprising and the Like
The upcoming release of the Universal Pictures film “Pacific Rim Uprising” on March 23, 2018 inspires a new look into past Sci-Fi gems involving Alien Invasions, Robots and unwinnable struggles.
Afternoon with the Monster: 200 Years of Frankenstein
Originally published anonymously on January 1, 1818, the legend of how Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley first conceived of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus is as famous as the Monster it immortalized.
Library Book Discussion Transforms
Libraries transform and this transforming experience is what reading has been about for the Heatherdowns Branch book discussions.
Weird But True: This Lesser Known Fiction Genre is Making A Comeback
Weird fiction is characterized primarily by its blending of science fiction, fantasy, horror and just about every other fiction genre to create something entirely new.
Just Point the Camera and Shoot!
A small collection of people that shaped how cameras are used in everyday situations on the streets of some of the largest cites.
The Best Fiction and Nonfiction Books of 2017
Explore a selection of the "best of the best" fiction and nonfiction books of 2017.
November Thankful Reads
Whether or not one chooses to gorge on Thanksgiving, fall is a fantastic time to reflect upon the importance of gratitude in our lives.
Obsessed with Living in a Dream
As I first started reading Patti Smith’s work, M Train, I was torn. Torn because I loved to get lost in her world, and also upset because she had the luxury of being lost in it on a daily basis, and well, I didn’t.
Psychological Horror: 10 Suspenseful and Creepy Reads
Fans of Ghost Stories, Horror and Psychological Suspense will enjoy this blog post.
What to Read-Watch-Listen to Next!
Feel like there’s nothing interesting to read/watch/listen to lately? We can help!
FREE Flashlights & a Chance to WIN!
Stop in, pick up a FREE flashlight (while supplies last) and share a photo for a chance to WIN!
Wonderful, Upbeat End-of-Summer Reads
A selection of great reads to help pass the time while you reflect on how much fun you had this summer.
Happy Father’s Day to Real-Life & Fictional Dads!
Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing dads in our world! Just as in real life, there are impeccable dads in fiction too. Here are my favorite father figures in books, tv, and movies.
It Could Be Worse… Great Dystopian Reads
Feeling hopeless about recent political developments? If you think we’ve got it bad, prepare yourself for some wildly entertaining perspective!
The Sunnydale Side of the Street
You’ve watched every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now what do you do?
Read the Movie, Watch the Book: Part Two!
Which is better - the book or the film? Each version always has its champion. For the most part, seeing a visual interpretation of a book is worth the time spent. Continue reading to explore a selection of book to film adaptations coming out in 2017.
We Shall Overcome: Great True Stories of Overcoming Hardship
Tough times call for inspiring stories of people overcoming long odds or bad situations – take a look and be amazed.
Read the Movie, Watch the Book
There are a number of popular films coming out soon based on even more popular books - check out this blog post to explore the top 11 titles due out this year.
Featuring a selection of entertaining romantic comedy films that are sure to make you laugh and lighten your mood.
Wintery Reads for Young Adults
While the weather outside may be frightful, snuggle up to these great Young Adult titles.
Hero’s Journey – Monomyth
Do you love The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Lion King, or Moana? All of these novels and/or movies have a common literary technique identified as the Hero's Journey.
Tracy Chevalier To Visit Toledo, Ohio
Learn more about the international bestselling author Tracy Chevalier ... and check out some of her books.
All Things Sherlock
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous detectives of all-time. Explore this blog post to learn more about the history and works inspired by the infamous character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Best Fiction Books of 2016
What were some of the best of the best fiction books of 2016? Continue reading to discover your next great read.
I Want It Black
All of us have a darker side that we must answer to, and sometimes it comes through in our need for a good dastardly read. So, if you’re tired of bubble gum and happy endings, read on for a few reads that will further darken that inky place you may need to exhume.
Holy 50 Years, Batman!
Sanger Branch is celebrating 50 years of Batman in film with a special showing of the 1966 Batman movie, the movie that started it all.
7 Great YA Beach Reads For Summer 2016
Time to grab your shades and fill your beach bag with a few great YA reads. Stories of friendship, romance and summer fun await.
Top 10 Summer Reads for 2016
Looking for a few good beach reads? From top picks to book lists -- we have you covered.
A Buffet Of Romance Novels
Whether you like to gobble up contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense or inspirational romance there is a buffet of romance subgenres to satisfy anyone’s taste.
Shadowhunters Mortal Instruments
Have you watched the Freeform TV series Shadowhunters Mortal Instruments? Did you know it was originally a book series written by Cassandra Clare. You can get those books, ebooks, or audiobooks now!
Best Fiction Books of 2015
Best fiction books of 2015 including historical fiction, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, romance, love stories and short stories. Amazing selections by notable authors like Kristen Hannah, Paula Hawkins, Ruth Rendell, Sonali Dev, Naomi Novak, J.K. Jemisin and Angela Flournoy.
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