History of Crayons
Crayons have been around for a long time! Here are some great titles featuring crayons and their history.
On International Museum Day, Visit One of the Toledo Area’s Fine Museums
Some of the world's finest museums are closer than you think!
5 “Great” Books on Catherine the Great to Read after Watching “The Great”
Catherine the Great is back on TV, which is pretty impressive considering she died in 1796.
R.I.P. MTV News (1987-2023): Headbanging the Headlines
For years, MTV News told the youth of America what was happening to the nation, to the world, and to Jamiroquai. But now it's gone. Tabitha Soren, we hardly knew ye.
10 Books to Increase Your Civic-Mindedness
Civics is the study of the basic rights and responsibilities of a country’s citizens. It covers everything from voting in elections to showing up for jury duty.
5 Titles To Help You Learn More About Queen Charlotte
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story debuts May 4 on Netflix. These titles will help you learn more about the Queen and her relationship with King George III.
Down to Crown: 20 Movies About Royalty to Celebrate the Coronation
The UK has a new king. Between you and me, though, the royals in these movies are more fun.
5 Books About Tetris, Possibly the Greatest Video Game of All Time
Like after good round of Tetris, you'll close your eyes at night and see a series of falling blocks while you fall asleep after reading this.
5 Amazing Picture Books About Women Scientists
From digging up ichthyosaurus bones to laser eye surgery, check out these fascinating picture book biographies about pioneering women in their field of science.
10 Book To Help You Learn About Black History And Black Resistance
Book suggestions about Black Resistance, the 2023 Black History Month theme.
5 Titles to Celebrate 60 Years Since The Beatles’ First US Single
Odds are you've probably heard at least one song by The Beatles. Now it's time to read a book about them.
This Presidents’ Day, Maybe Read Some Books About, You Know…Presidents?
This Presidents' Day might be a good opportunity to learn about some Presidents.
5 Books to Better Understand UFOs
There seem to be a lot of things flying around the sky these days. Let's make some sense of it.
Celebrate Rosa Parks, An American Civil Rights Activist
Books and celebrations highlighting Rosa Parks Day, February 4.
What Were the 1990s Like?: Everything You Need to Know
With That 90s Show hitting Netflix, it's time to brush up on Trolls, Beanie Babies, Seattle grunge, Bill Clinton, Windows 95, and more.
Civil Rights Day: 20 Books About Leaders in the Pursuit for Equality
Learn more about the fight for Civil Rights through the lens of those who led the charge.
10 Books to Read to Learn About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A selection of books to aid in learning about and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebrating Non-Religions: Books to Help You Understand Agnosticism, Atheism, and More
As the Library celebrates world religions this December, it's also pertinent to recognizes those that don't adhere to any particular faith.
Celebrating World Religions: Books to Help You Understand Sikhism
Learn about Sikhism with these interesting books.
Best Books to Give as Gifts: Nonfiction Titles
A selection of nonfiction titles that will make great gifts.
Celebrating World Religions: Books to Help You Understand Hinduism
With over 1 billion followers, Hinduism is one of the world's largest religions. Hinduism also has a large number of deities, and these books can help you understand this religion.
Celebrating World Religions: Books to Help You Understand Taoism
Part philosophy, part religion, Taoism (or Daoism) emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (the Way). These books help explain.
Celebrating World Religions: Books to Help You Understand Islam
With an estimated 1.8 billion followers, Islam is the world's second largest religion and is growing. These books can help you understand about the religion and its people.
Celebrating World Religions: Books to Help You Understand Judaism
The Jewish faith and Jewish people are rich with history and tradition. Learn more about both with these books.
Celebrating World Religions: Books to Help You Understand Christianity
Christianity is one of the most practiced religions worldwide. These books can help you learn about its history.
Understanding the Terms Latino, Latinx, Hispanic, and More
A very, very brief introduction to Latino, Latinx, Hispanic, and more.
5 Really Great Dinosaur Books for Adults
Who says dinosaurs are only interesting for kiddos? Check out these recent books on dinos for adults!
Toledo’s Black History in Scrapbooks
Two scrapbooks in the Local History and Genealogy Department tell the story of Toledo’s Black community.
Honoring the Toledo Troopers – The Winningest Team In Pro Football History
Thanks to a generous donation from retired Bowling Green professor and photographer Ronald J. Jacomini, our Toledo Troopers Collection is growing again!
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.
5 Ways to Catch Up on the Writing of Barbara Ehrenreich
Barbara Ehrenreich made her mark immersing herself in the daily lives of the overlooked. That passion never went away.
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.
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!
15 Really Long Books About American History
Beach read season is over; pick one of these hefty books to inaugurate fall doorstop season, which is a totally real thing I just made up.
15 Historical Fiction Novels About Life in 19th Century America
History is stranger than fiction. With these books, you can have both.
10 Books About American History You Should Probably Read
We’re all part of a present that has been built upon past events. As the adage goes, “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it,” here are books about the American past.
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.
Local History Resources at Main Library and a Prominent Toledo Dog
The Toledo Library proudly displays three paintings featuring the customary topic of renowned Toledoan artist, Edmund Henry Osthaus. Get the inside story of the painting of “Laddie,” displayed in the Local History Department.
Rethinking World War II 80 Years On
Two University of Toledo professors choose their top book picks for look at how WWII and the events of 1941 are remembered 80 years later. Here are their top book picks.
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: Harry Potter: The Most Challenged Book of the 21st Century
How can a book series be the most challenged in the 21st century, yet the best-selling series of all time? Find out here!
Fact and Fiction Recommends Spring 2021
Reading recommendations from the Fact and Fiction department Librarians at Main Library.
A Feminist’s Guide to Books About Women’s History
There is a common misconception that if a book is about a woman, then it must also be feminist. Sadly, this is most definitely not the case. Many books that claim to tell the
I Fell In Love with Funk!!
The music became the sound expressions of the pain, horrors, and upheaval of the world they knew.
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!
Books About the Trump Administration
Publishers love putting out books about whoever the current president is, but public interest in those titles tends to plummet as soon as the White House changes hands. Which makes sense: people love reading
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
My Life in Black Music
From my lens, the deep impact and role that Black music has played in the experiences of the underrepresented, in social justice, celebrations, faith, as a unifying force, and for all people globally, deserves recognition 365 days of the year.
Happy Birthday Philippa Gregory!
This is the author that got me hooked! As a high schooler, I read The Other Boleyn Girl and from then on, couldn’t get enough of British history. This book sparked my undergraduate degree
If You Like Historical Fiction
If you liked these five historical fiction books, chances are you will like these other five!
21 American Protest Songs
What do we want? Songs! When do we want them? As soon as this download is done!
Books That Take You Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Campaign
If you've ever worked for a presidential campaign, reported on a presidential campaign, or wandered somewhere near a presidential campaign, you've probably written a book about it. Maybe your book's on this list.
American Politics in Movies
If this election year has gotten you to a point where you've had it up to here with real-world politicians, these movies offer you the chance to take a break and spend some time with fictional politicians.
Women in Politics: 6 Must Reads
For the first time in our nation's history a female of color is a nominee for the office of Vice President! Let's celebrate by diving into top 6 books by or about the ladies of politics.
The Supreme Court: Grounds for Appeal
Government Documents, perhaps the stodgiest, driest and dustiest collection in the library, but arguably the most important to a democratic society, is perhaps benefitting the most from adjustments due to the pandemic.
Free Government Information For You
As a Federal Documents Depository Library, TLCPL has thousands of paper documents and hundreds accessible online. Many are research oriented, and essential for diving deep into complicated subjects. Some sources of government information are less formal and deal with current events and topics of public interest. The U.S. government has developed websites with the most up to date information.
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.
Samuel Milton “Golden Rule” Jones, Toledo Mayor and Progressive Businessman
Samuel M. Jones is still remembered 100 years later for his tenure as a prominent businessman and mayor in Toledo, Ohio.
10 Fantastic Nonfiction Reads: True Stories Featuring Women Spies
Inspiring true stories about women who just happened to work as spies.
HerStory: Intersectional Feminism
In celebration of Women's History Month, join the Steinem Sisters Collection for HerStory: Intersectional Feminism. Featuring four of the Toledo region’s most celebrated women’s activists and forward-thinkers, this special program will investigate how the feminist movement can be more diverse and inclusive through a renewed focus on intersectionality.
Avast! Pirate History is More Swashbuckling than ever!
The allure of adventure on the high seas beckons. Check out these great stories of piracy and maritime mayhem long ago....
10 Timeless Period Dramas to Watch Anytime
A selection of historical dramas and miniseries perfect for fans of pride and prejudice ... or anyone who enjoys good cinema.
A Life Examined: Philosophy for Everyday Life
Philosophy can help you become a better critical thinker, sort through information and live with a sense of meaning. And the Library has resources for all of your philosophical needs!
History That Reads Like Fiction
Truth is not only stranger than fiction, but often way more exciting as well.
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.
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 culture would
What’s the Word: 12 Words Coined in Fiction
Learn more about the interesting origin of words coined by famous authors.
Ruth Bader Ginsblog
In her twenty-five years on the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become both an influential jurist and a pop culture icon, and the library has books about her that are as idiosyncratic as she is.
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.
Massaging Kale, Fair Trade Chocolate, and the French Kitchen: A Short Quest in Sugar Detox
Ever think about giving up sugar? Okay, I’m here for you. For your entertainment, I decided that the only way I could begin to tackle this subject, was to give up sugar myself.
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.
Podcasts: What are They and Why Should I Care?
What’s a podcast and why do my friends keep talking about them? Read on to find out how to jump onto the most informative bandwagon around.
“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty” – Coco Chanel
What to Read-Watch-Listen to Next!
Feel like there’s nothing interesting to read/watch/listen to lately? We can help!
Mission Accomplished: True Stories of Great Spies and Spycraft
With any spy story, there’s something compellingly magical about people sneaking around and getting away with it, but the best spy stories are the ones that really happened.
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.
Tracy Chevalier To Visit Toledo, Ohio
Learn more about the international bestselling author Tracy Chevalier ... and check out some of her books.
Okay Ladies, Now Let’s Get Information: A Feminist Reading List
In preparation for the upcoming Women’s March on Washington on January 21st, we’re highlighting some must-read books for the modern feminist.
Do you have a favorite sport or are you one of those sports-in-general fans? One thing’s for sure, if you’re not playing it, or watching it, there’s always something to be learned from sports books and movies.
Exploring Detroit by Bike
Travelling Detroit by bike, without having to worry about traffic, directions, or parking was a unique and advantageous way to tour the city.
Preserve Your Personal Story: Veterans
Do you have analog photos, letters, and documents that you wish were digital? We’re here to help! Bring your materials and Preserve Your Personal Story here at TLCPL. Continue reading to learn more.
Crazy About Jane
The great thing about Jane Austen’s work is that it’s easy to find something to love, because she writes with sincerity and humanity with a dash of wit thrown in from time to time to keep us on our toes. It's no wonder people around the world are crazy about Jane Austen to this day.
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