I HollandI love all the branches of the Library that I've ever been to, and that is many over the years. As a child at Ottawa Hills Elementary school, I remember attending a branch that was in the basement of the school (no longer there). Each class got to go to the Library every 2 weeks. Mrs. Metty, the librarian at the time (late 1950's) would share a story or 2 and then encourage us to find books to check out...oh yes, I got my first ever library card there just as soon as I was able to write my whole name on the line! Next came Sanger Branch where I would go to get books to read as well as research books and materials for required papers to be written. I can remember when the addition was built and when it later was moved to its current location. After college, we rented a home near that branch and then later bought a house that was even closer. I read a lot of historical and other fiction. When our first child was born, we would go to storytime and then sit on the floor in the children's section and I would read books to him as he sat in my lap. Each time, we would go home with a big pile of books to read until the next week. He was reading for himself before the end of kindergarten! Our daughter's contacts began with the Reynolds Corners, Holland and Sylvania Branches where we continued the storytime visits and took home more books. But we didn't do so much reading together in the Library as there were too many distractions - first puppets, then computer games...I'm still not sure if I liked that change to the Library system, but it did make it possible for me to choose some books for myself without having to come back to the Library alone! Our third child (second son) also enjoyed those 3 branches when he came along. He even got to display his collection of ducks in many forms in the showcase at Holland Branch! We also began taking out video tapes and then DVDs from the Library, saving lots of money on rentals. Somewhere along the line of raising our family, I realized that I wasn't reading as much as I used to due to lack of time. I started listening to audiobooks whenever I was in the car running errands or driving to pick up kids from their activities. As a family, we sometimes listened to stories on tape when we traveled, too. Then I started walking with audiobooks on Playaway format. All I had to add was a headset, and sometimes a battery. This was a great solution to the stretch when my husband wasn't able to walk with me. And now, I usually get my audiobooks on OverDrive/Libby with the convenience of having them with me whenever I have my cell phone. So many wonderful options! I can't forget to mention all the Film Focus series we've attended at the Main library over the years...what a wonderful theater space! And they're movies that don't come to Toledo area theaters! The changes to the Main Library over the years, first the enlargement, then the most recent renovation, have made it more and more of a great resource for Toledoans. My realm now also includes the King Road Branch. That took some getting used to. The first visit had me feeling like I was in a book store, not a cozy library, but that location is convenient. I love the large windows that let in lots of daylight, the drive up book return, especially in bad weather, and the 24/7 Lobby Lockers, although I've never used the last feature. Other branches I've been to include Maumee, West Toledo, Oregon, Heatherdowns and Kent. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that I love being able to return books at any branch that happens to be on my route of errands that day, not to mention that I've enjoyed books from SearchOhio as well. Now I understand that there's music and films available on my electronic devices through my Library affiliation - haven't tried those, yet. I don't have other cities to compare to - at least not from first hand experience - but I think that the Toledo Lucas County Public Library must be one of the best in the country. It is definitely one of the best assets of Northwest Ohio!
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