What Does the Library Mean to You?’

Posted on February 18, 2020

by Ryan D

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 Main Library.

Seta T., 52, of Sylvania Township

For me, it reminds me of my childhood when I used to go to Sanger Branch all the time. The original Sanger Branch. My parents being from overseas, that’s where I really got more into literacy and learning. Because when I started school, I didn’t speak English. And so that’s how I learned.

My mom was a stay-at-home mom from overseas. When we participated in those summer reading programs, we were at Sanger Branch every day with a couple friends from the neighborhood. We would go and literally hang out for hours.

When I had my kids, we lived in Cleveland, and we used to go to all of the library programs there. We moved back to Toledo and went to the new Sanger Branch. They learn about different things at the Library and see resources that are important for them. It may be scholastic, or in general about society and things going on in the world.

Annie J., 33, of Maumee

I would live in the Library if I could. I’ve always loved books. My mom used to volunteer to shelve books, and so she taught me the Dewey Decimal System way back when. I have always had an affinity for the Library.

I would live in the Library if I could.
Annie J.

It’s nice to have books as opposed to internet tabs. I will have 20 tabs open (in a web browser) and never get to them. With books, you have the physical act of picking up the book, flipping through it, putting it on the next stack when you are finished and the moving on to the next book.

I just love the books. You can never get over that smell. I love the smell of old books.

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