The Blog of Toledo Lucas County Public Library
The Toledo Lucas County Public Library lost a longtime friend and community leader, James (Jim) Appold, last Thursday, April 23. Known throughout the area for his creative intellect, Jim was a tremendous community supporter. He was someone who put family and public service above all else.
Over the years, Jim and his wife Pat became active members of the Library family. They were instrumental in supporting the Local History & Genealogy Department and the creation of the Ready to Read program. Toledo Library's Ready to Read program launched in 2014 to develop key early literacy skills.
Advocates for early literacy, the Appold’s knew the impact a program like this could have in northwest Ohio. Moved by the need to help children and families across our county succeed, Jim and Pat played an active role in garnering community support and fundraising for the program.
To date, the Ready to Read program has reached nearly 20,000 families, distributing more than 5,000 early literacy kits and resources to families throughout Lucas County.
The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is truly grateful for Jim (and the Appold family)'s support over the years. The impact of his life will be felt for generations to come.