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'What Does the Library Mean to You?'

Posted 7 months ago by Ryan Dunn

Editor’s note: In this series, Toledo Lucas County Public Library customers speak about what the Library means to them. Their answers are lightly edited and condensed. These interviews took place in the Sanger branch.

Thomas B., of Toledo

The Library is my bookstore. It has topics I know about and plenty of information I don’t know. I feel as long as you can learn, that’s a positive. You can then share your knowledge with other people. Looking at the Library on a dollar value, it’s a good bang for your buck.

In a book club, you share your connection to a book with other people, and learn their impressions. It’s an informal way of learning. You walk away from the Library thinking, ‘That was a pretty good idea about the plot or character.’

The Library is a non-threatening place. You can walk in or walk out at the time you need to. It’s a comfortable environment for a book discussion. You get to know about books, authors and plots. I’m learning about the structures of mysteries.

It feels good to pick up a book and enjoy it.

Thomas volunteers his time to host mystery book club discussions at the Library.

The Library is a non-threatening place. You can walk in or walk out at the time you need to.
Thomas B.

Adam S., 38, of Toledo

I am here at least four days a week. I enjoy the Internet. I like books. There are movies, CDs and magazines to browse. It’s a good place to meet people. I use Libby a lot.

I like the solitude of the quiet study rooms at Sanger. I was taking an online course, and the WiFi here allowed me to record an introductory video about myself for the class. I just came in and used one of the individual rooms.

It’s easier for me to study here. There are more distractions at home like watching TV. At Sanger, you can be by yourself in these rooms, or with others out there.