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Need some comic books and graphic novels to read during Black History Month? The library has you covered.

Posted about 7 days ago by Eric S

During Black History Months, we are reminded of the countless ways African Americans have contributed to visual arts, music, film, and fashion, among other creative endeavors. Like jazz, comic books are a truly American artform whose influence showcases the talent of countless Black creators. While comics have had a frustrating history with diversity and representation, the number of Black authors, illustrators, inkers, letterers, and colorists who have contributed to the medium is extensive and ever-increasing. By no means an exhaustive list, hopefully these books provide a starting point for those hoping to delve into the diverse world of comics created by African Americans.

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Cards of Yesteryear

Posted about 1 month ago by Gayle H

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice or any combination of the winter holidays, it's a great time to reach out to family and friends with warm wishes. Please enjoy this small sample of cards created by a group of Toledo area residents of yesteryear.

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Volunteering for All Ages: How 14 Toledo Girls Found a Way to Help Do Their Part During WWII

Posted 3 months ago by Maddison S

The Girls' Activity Friendship Society, a club created by fourteen young girls from Glenwood School in 1943, is not only emblematic of the perseverance by all during the wartime effort, but it also can serve as inspiration to help the Toledo community during current and future hard times. Read more to learn about the GAFS as well as reading suggestions and local volunteer opportunities.

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Wartime Entertainment for the Troops and Their Families

Posted 3 months ago by Tess L

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.

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Historical Heroines: Medieval Powerhouses

Posted 3 months ago by Jozlyn H and Stefani H

This post is inspired by Jozlyn’s medieval history professor's passion for Middle Ages-era women, as well as by Stefani's colonial history professor having told her class, “Now that you have this knowledge, you can’t pretend you don’t.” Coming to fruition thanks to two librarians and history nerds, this blog is sure to have you wondering if it always, really has been a “Man’s World”!

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Repeating History: How the Presidential Election of 1876 May Inform the Outcome of the Current Presidential Race

Posted 3 months ago by Rebecca S

As with any political conversation, it is important to consider the ways in which the past informs the present. Read further to explore how the disputed 1876 election of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes may provide insight into our current moment and take a look into the voting resources available to you at our library and in our community.

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