Digital Exhibit Showcasing Teenage Views on Literature From the 1960s

Posted on January 14, 2019

by John D

In the Local History and Genealogy department of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, we endeavor to preserve the history up in our corner of Ohio, but we also preserve the history of the Library itself. To that end we have begun the process of making materials published by the Library available online, including newsletters, and titles such as “Interabang,” a creative writing journal.

Most recently we’ve been focused on a project involving a literary review magazine known as “Teens’ Opinions.” This was a project of the Lucas County Library (before it merged with the Toledo Public Library in 1970 to form our current library system), that featured book reviews, poetry and drawings submitted by area students. The journal was published between 1962 and 1970.

We’ve created a digital exhibit curating a number of reviews discussing 24 classics pieces of literature. This includes books from America and abroad, such as “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, and “Cry, the Beloved Country” by Alan Paton. Or check out reviews of science fiction novels and war stories, such as “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, and “The Caine Mutiny” by Herman Wouk. Take the opportunity to revisit some old classics (with easy links to check out print or ebook copies) and see how your opinion stacks up against students from the 1960s.

Digital Exhibit: Teenage Views on Literature From the 1960s

Highlights from TLCPL’s Digital Collections

Teens’ Opinions

Teens Opinions April 1969 Cover
April 1969 Issue
Teens Opinions May 1969 Cover
May 1969 Issue
Teens Opinions April 1965 Cover
April 1965 Issue

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