• New program makes available free and discounted offers from area partners.

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  • HEALTH CARE SERVICES Get free blood pressure, blood sugar, weight screenings, a flu shot, help with health insurance navigation, and more by working with our great community partners - all for free at the Library. If you are interested in providing a service, please complete this form. For women without insurance and who meet the

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  • Looking to try something new? Check out our Documentary Discussion Group! Watch the movie on Kanopy, then join us on Zoom for an engaging discussion about all things film.

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  • Check out our Film Discussion Group or Documentary Discussion Group for upcoming titles. Watch the movie on Kanopy, then join us on Zoom for an engaging discussion about all things film.

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  • Are you spending a more time indoors now that the weather is cooling down? Consider joining one of our many book groups this November.

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  • Has any musician ever been as closely identified with one of their song titles as Loretta Lynn? She was a coal miner's daughter and so much more.

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  • Thanks to a generous donation from retired Bowling Green professor and photographer Ronald J. Jacomini, our Toledo Troopers Collection is growing again!

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  • Find all of your adult programs and classes including arts, crafts, hobbies, book groups, writing groups, business development, computers & technology, cooking, food, gardening, HSE / GED and ESOL, health & wellness, history, genealogy, travel, and performance & special events. Sorry, no programs in this category are scheduled at

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  • Running Wild Media Takeover: Oct. 2022 Running Wild Media is a film production company that specializes in wildlife, science, expedition, and conservation filmmaking. Utilizing their backgrounds and expertise in conservation biology, international travel, and filmmaking, they have traveled the world filming and creating content that tell stories of conservation and adventure. Their passion

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  • Interested in LGBTQIA+ literature? Whether you are looking for your next great read or information, this list is for you!

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  • History is stranger than fiction. With these books, you can have both.

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  • We’re all part of a present that has been built upon past events. As the adage goes, “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it,” here are books about the American past.

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  • How Toledo became the home to a huge Nancy Drew book and memorabilia collection.

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  • The Boys is an irreverent, hyper-violent comic book series and TV series that sends up the superhero genre. Here are some comics and movies you should read and see to get hyped.

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  • One of the brightest spots I can remember, for me personally and for our country in the past two years, is June 17, 2021 when Juneteenth was officially made an American holiday.

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  • Through her small business, and the support of TLCPL's free services and resources, Megan Davis is educating her community about the heritage and history of African American hair.

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  • It's the Biggest Week in American Birding!

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  • Summer Read logging ended on Aug. 1. Grand prize winners will be notified by Aug. 3. All readers have until August 20 to pick up registration prizes. Thanks for being one of our 10,000+ summer readers in 2022! If you missed out on Summer Read you can still join one of our other reading challenges

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  • CALLING ALL SLEUTHS! Visit the ultimate Nancy Drew collection donated by Jennifer Fisher, see original Nancy Drew artwork, solve a mystery, and more! Many of the original Nancy Drew books were written by original ghostwriter Mildred Wirt Benson in Toledo and Cleveland, making the Library a perfect location for this event. Celebrate the 2022 Nancy Drew

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  • BRINGING RESOURCES TO YOU Get the help you need directly from community partners at your Library. Services include: Legal help Education help Food help Housing, eviction, and rental assistance Reentry Mental health referrals The current scheduled services are listed below. Click here for health services.   If you need immediate help, dial 211 to connect

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  • Find all of your adult programs and classes including arts, crafts, hobbies, book groups, writing groups, business development, computers & technology, cooking, food, gardening, HSE / GED and ESOL, health & wellness, history, genealogy, travel, and performance & special events. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS WITH US Sorry, no programs in

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  • BETTER TOGETHER The Library shares your passion for improving our community. With our 20 locations, vast informational resources, and diverse customer base, we can often work with other community organizations to maximize our collective impact. WE CAN HELP IN THREE WAYS: Good neighbor: Request a room or distribute materials. Collaborate: Propose a performance or

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  • MAKE A DIFFERENCEThanks for your interest in volunteering at the Library!  We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. As a VolunTEEN, you will: Assist with Library programming and programming duties. Assist staff with maintaining a clean and neat collection throughout the Library. Fulfill optional opportunities available based on the needs

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  • Students and educators may find this site useful in researching the current events and popular topics being discussed in today's classrooms. School information Grade Levels: middle school and high school Subjects: health, history/government, science, social studies and technology Access Now

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  • News regarding law and attorney related information in the Toledo area with up to date articles on current events. Access Now

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  • In an effort to keep our Library safe and welcoming, we ask all Library visitors to read and follow rules and guidelines. I will: Report a lost/stolen card immediately and not allow my card to be used by another person. Pay all charges for loss of or damage to all material

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  • 419.259.5290 westtoledo.branch@toledolibrary.org Acting Manager: Ryan Rigaux Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: West Toledo opened in its present building in 1930. In 2001 it was remodeled and expanded. In 2013 it closed temporarily for one year to upgrade again, and expand from 18,987 to 21,515 square

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  • 419.878.3055 waterville.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: William Harbauer Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: Serving the residents of southwestern Lucas County, Waterville Branch has been at its present location since 1964, having outgrown classroom space at the local elementary school. After a renovation in 1980, the facility quickly outgrew

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  • 419.259.5330 washington.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Angela Bronson Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: The Washington Branch was established in Trilby School in 1928 and then in 1961, moved to a new building on Whitmer Drive, which it quickly outgrew. In 1986, the branch moved to a beautiful new

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  • 419.259.5220 toledoheights.branch@toledolibrary.org Acting Manager: Megan Gankosky Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: In 1935, this English Tudor style branch was built with the aid of a Public Works Administration (PWA) grant. In 1998, the capital improvements levy allowed the Library to add a quiet study room,

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  • 419.882.2089 sylvania.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Erin Connolly Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: The Sylvania Public Library was founded in 1927 and moved to its present location in 1958. It merged into the Toledo Lucas County Public Library in 1970. The building was extensively remodeled in 1989-90.

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  • 419.259.5395 south.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Rebecca Kramer Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: South Branch Library opened its doors January 16, 1918, and was built with funds from famous library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Through the years, South has been an important asset to the Old South End community,

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  • 419.259.5370 sanger.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Faith Hairston Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: The Sanger Branch opened in 1950 and is named in honor of Sigmond Sanger, a prominent Toledo tax attorney and President of the Library Board of Trustees for 27 years. Since 1950, the Branch has moved

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  • 419.259.5320 reynolds.corners.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Linda Kerul Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: Originally part of the Lucas County Library System, the branch operated out of a rented storefront when it opened in 1958. In July of 1975, it was relocated to a 6,000 square-foot location, again in

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  • 419.259.5390 pointplace.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Shelly Guerrero Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: Library service for the Point Place community began in 1926 when the Lucas County Library opened a branch in the former Point Place Junior High School. When Point Place became part of the city of

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  • 419.259.5250 oregon.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Lisa Green Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: Services to the Oregon community began in February of 1965 in the Oregon Plaza Shopping Center at Coy and Navarre. This location was enlarged in 1980 as usage of the facility increased. In April of

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  •  419.259.5230 mott.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Celeste Felix Taylor Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: Mott Branch first opened in 1918 and was built with funds from famous library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The branch is named after Anna C. Mott, an active Toledoan who left a portion of her

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  • 419.259.5360 maumee.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Susan Skitowski  Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: The site of the Maumee Branch has seen a rich history. It's been a seminary, a courthouse, a glass factory, and was the site of Dudley's Massacre, an ambush set by the British and the

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  • 419.259.5200 ask@toledolibrary.org Manager: Terwase Ngur Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: Main Library has free, covered parking in an attached parking garage. Enter the parking garage from Adams Street and go down the ramp. Parking garage height limit: 7 ft. 6 in. Once you

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  • 419.259.5310 locke.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Joseph Cowley Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: The Locke Branch, which opened in 1917, was one of six libraries built in Lucas County with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie. The current building was completed in 2007, built with funding obtained from a

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  • 419.259.5280 lagrange.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Katie Midgley Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: The Lagrange Branch originally opened at the corner of Lagrange and Central Avenue in August of 1934. In 1979 the Library relocated to the Chester Zablocki Senior Center. By the spring of 2005, the Branch

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  • 419.259.5380 kingroad.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Julie Bursten Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: Opened in fall 2016, King Road is the newest Library branch and was built to serve the growing Sylvania and Holland communities. Located next to Sylvania Southview High School, it offers a place for

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  • 419.259.5340 kent.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Michelle Smith-Shelton Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: The Kent Branch first opened in 1917, and was the first full-service location. In 1974 a fire destroyed the original branch, and it was then operated temporarily out of a storefront on Collingwood Blvd.

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  • 419.259.5240 holland.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Hannah Grohowski Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: Holland branch was built in 1984 to replace Bookmobile Service at Strawberry Acres Park. As the community and its population grew, the branch quickly outgrew its increased customer visits and expanded collection. In 2002 it

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  • 419.259.5270 heatherdowns.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Judy Jones Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: The original Heatherdowns Branch was built in 1968 and was unique because of its round shape. In 1991, it became the largest branch in square footage. In late 2015 and early 2016, the

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  • 419.259.5210 birmingham.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Brooke Cox Directions PROGRAMS: ABOUT US: Birmingham opened in 1920 in the East Side Community House before moving to its current location in 1930. In 2003, the facility received an expansion that nearly doubled its size, allowing it to host

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  • EXPLORE THE PAST Research the history of Toledo and Lucas County online using TLCPL’s Digital Collections. Select a collection to begin your search. Cemetery Records Directories Historical Documents Manuscripts Maps and Atlases Newspapers Organizational Records Photographs Postcards Posters Regional Contributions Regional History Books Reminiscences Schools TLCPL Publications Veterans Materials in TLCPL’s Digital Collections tell

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  • MAKE A REQUEST We're happy to be a good neighbor by providing free self-serve community room space. (Self-serve means you may move furniture, but you will need to return room to original set-up. Technology support may be available.) Users of this space must agree to and follow the Library Community Room policy.REQUEST SPACE

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  • FIND YOUR PERFECT BOOK OR FILM GROUP (OR GROUPS!)If reading matters to you, the Library's book groups give you the perfect opportunity to discover new books and authors and then have fun discussing all you have discovered with fellow book lovers. Join any group or groups that look fun to you - we can't

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  • Presented by the Library Legacy Foundation. Presenting Media: The Blade and Buckeye Broadband. Supporting Sponsor: Buehrer Group. Community Sponsor: Friends of the Library. All ticket purchases are only through the online links below (no branch ticket sales currently.) For assistance or to inquire about being a featured author, call 419.259.5199.

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  • GROWING STRONG READERSHave fun while learning at our weekly programs filled with books, rhymes, and activities designed to help your child be ready for kindergarten. FIND A STORYTIME This storytime focuses on developing your baby's early literacy skills. Babies 0-18 months will be introduced to songs, movement, rhythm and rhyme designed to foster

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  • Celebrate NaNoWriMo with our favorite novels written during the writing challenge.

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  • Two University of Toledo professors choose their top book picks for look at how WWII and the events of 1941 are remembered 80 years later. Here are their top book picks.

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  • Have you ever thought about writing but didn't know where to start? Find inspiration during NaNoWriMo and beyond with help from your Library.

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  • We hope that this list of both fiction and nonfiction titles for your middle grades reader will inspire ability awareness.

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  • In which two librarians try to get you to read books because other people don’t want you to.

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  • How can a book series be the most challenged in the 21st century, yet the best-selling series of all time? Find out here!

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  • Check out these comics by some of our favorite Latinx creators!

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  • For decades, Latinx authors have written empowering stories of women navigating family, culture and societal norms to find their true selves. In honor of Latinx Culture Month, and in the spirit of intersectional feminism, The Steinem Sister Collection has compiled a list of 5 books by Latinx authors that every feminist should read.

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  • Join the Library in celebrating Latinx people, heritage, and culture.

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  • Youth Services Librarians love to read, too! Check out what your favorite Children’s and Teen Librarians at Main Library are reading, whether it be a picture book about penguins, a middle grade adventure in a treehouse, vampires in Louisiana, or a time-traveling phone booth!

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  • Whether your book group enjoys fast paced fiction, twisty mysteries, deep nonfiction or a lot of laughs, this list has something for all of you!

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  • Curating this booklist brings back many fond memories of mine as I used to teach EFL (English as a Foreign Language) while living as an ex-pat overseas. If you’re an educator like I am, you are well aware that finding suitable reading material can be both arduous and heartbreaking. I hope this list makes it a bit easier for you.

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  • During Pride Month or any time, gain some understanding of the life of another via memoirs.

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  • Ever pick up a bat or a mitt. Toledo’s most famous connection to the Negro Leagues was Moses Fleetwood Walker. A catcher who was known to play bare-handed, he made his mark 36 years before the NNL debuted.

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  • A variety of reading recommendations hand picked by the Fact & Fiction librarians.

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  • Unfortunately, this blog is not about Italian Chianti or Chardonnay. It is about Mother's Day.

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  • Stranger Things finally released a new season four teaser after shooting delays due to COVID-19. Since the release date has yet to be announced, you've got some time to catch up on these stories about events before and during the show.

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  • DMX left behind a robust catalog of gruff and visceral hip-hop tracks. If you want to go beyond megahit "Party Up" you're going to have to use your library card up in here, up in here.

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  • Check out what your children's and teen librarians have been reading!

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  • Pura Belpré Award highlights Latino/Latina writers and illustrators.

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  • National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.

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  • Trying to find books perfect for your fourth grade reader? Take a look at these diverse books specifically chosen for this grade level.

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  • Check out these titles for students in 9th and 10th Grade looking for their next great read

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  • Not everything relationship is romantic. Enjoy this diverse list of novels featuring families and friendships.

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  • Do you wonder what life is like for famous magicians, inventors, activists, presidents, or soldiers? Find out about their life stories by reading these biographies.

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  • Learn more about Ohio's 529 plan and start saving for college!

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  • In 2020, teens across the country voted these 10 books as their most favorite. Be a part of the vote for 2021!

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  • Great resources for women who are looking for versatile styles in fashion designs.

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  • Recommendations from your Kent Branch Library.

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  • Check out what your Children's and Teen librarians have been reading lately!

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  • Here's a list of fiction books that are just a little out there, and under 200 pages long.

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  • The music became the sound expressions of the pain, horrors, and upheaval of the world they knew.

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  • Whether you have a new creative piece you've been working on or you have been itching for the inspiration to begin writing, our upcoming writing workshops may be the place for you.

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  • At our last Steinem Sisters Collection Talking Circle of 2020, we celebrated the books that lifted us up and helped us get through what was a trying year. We hope you will find one, or two, from this list of feminist book recommendations that will do the same for you.

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  • Here are a few books that may help you keep a lookout for the small moments, practices, and words in life to lift spirits and find the wonder in the world around us.

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  • A list of diverse books for anyone in the 5th grade.

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  • TAKE THE NEXT STEP with the Library’s small business and nonprofit know-how at a branch near you by STEPHANIE ELTON The inspiration for starting a small business or nonprofit can strike anytime and anywhere. Sometimes the idea is fleeting; it fades away as quickly as it came. But there are times when the 

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  • EVERY CHILD DESERVES A FULL BOOKSHELF The Toledo Library’s partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library expands access to books for every child in Lucas County by ALIA ORRA In the future the Library envisions, some 30,000 Lucas County children will look forward to hearing the metal lid of their mailbox swing open and

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  • TLCPL’S BEST BOOKS OF 2021 It will come as a surprise to absolutely no one that, as library employees, we read a lot of books. Shocking, we know. And for avid readers like ourselves (and we’re assuming you, reading a magazine produced by a library...) one of the best times of year is when

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  • It would be the understatement of a lifetime to say that political disagreements are problematic for most people these days. From friends to relatives to lovers, no relationship is immune to this crisis. Fear not, there are resources that can (hopefully!) help.

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  • Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s 48th Annual Caldecott Read-In is going virtual this year. It will be held Saturday, January 23 from 10-11:30 AM. A live discussion and voting will choose our local winner and (we hope) predict the actual 2021 winner. The Caldecott Medal is awarded yearly to the artist of the most

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  • Check out the best picture books of 2020.

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  • Check out the best picture books of 2020!

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  • Check out our librarians' favorite picks to win the 2021 Caldecott Award.

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  • A comprehensive list of Historical Fiction books appropriate for Middle School students in various formats.

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  • Some of the world's greatest picture books are about losing things, and I have a list of them right here... wait a minute, where did that list go?

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  • DJ David Sweet recalls his memories of Hip Hop, Rap and Slam Poetry in Toledo over the past 40 years.

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  • It's the end of 2020! There are so many great comics and graphic novels to read! Here are some of the best.

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  • Are you looking for a fun way to connect with your friends? One week each month Toledo Lucas County Public Library offers Jackbox Games as a way for teens to unwind and enjoy playing party games together! Bring your friends and make new ones!

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  • From creating video games to designing web pages, from programming robots to developing apps, coding is the superpower you need. The Library introduces free software and classes to get you exploring this exciting field.

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  • November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the Library’s writing workshops will be participating to help you reach your goals. Read further for more information about the month-long challenge, the workshops and the Library’s accessible resources for writers.

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  • With thousands of men enlisted into the war effort, contributions by women were tested. See how American government propaganda not only encouraged women to support the war effort but also reminded women – and the entire country – of their value in dire times.

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  • Do you own a Nintendo Switch and the popular game Animal Crossing: New Horizons? TLCPL wants to be your Nintendo friend! Learn more about our new virtual library program series, Gamers Guild: Animal Crossing Crew.

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  • The Library values the diversity of its staff and the culture and history they represent. This Hispanic Heritage Month, we invite you to get to know some of our Hispanic/Latinx staff members.

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  • The overwhelming consensus for the best viewing of dark sky areas in the U.S. is in the western United States. There is one more place in the U.S. that should be put on the dark sky list and that is in rural Michigan. At 3:18 am to be precise in the farmlands of nowhere, on a cool, clear morning.

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  • Join the Library in celebrating Hispanic history and culture. 

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  • Want to share a piece of your most recent poetry or prose as well as hone your skills as a writer? Registering for one of our weekly writing workshops may be the plan for you.

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  • Strong female characters that will inspire your inner tough girl during hard times.

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  • Government Documents, perhaps the stodgiest, driest and dustiest collection in the library, but arguably the most important to a democratic society, is perhaps benefitting the most from adjustments due to the pandemic. 

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  • As a Federal Documents Depository Library, TLCPL has thousands of paper documents and hundreds accessible online. Many are research oriented, and essential for diving deep into complicated subjects. Some sources of government information are less formal and deal with current events and topics of public interest. The U.S. government has developed websites with the most up to date information.

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  • TLCPL remembers one of the community's kindest, most altruistic voices, Helen E. McMaster.

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  • The Welcome TLC initiative works to build a more welcoming and inclusive community for immigrants, refugees, and people of diverse cultures that supports a vibrant civic, economic, and social fabric for all. See how Welcome TLC’s mission fits in with the Library’s institutional values, by reading about the initiative’s origins and transition to the Library.

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  • Since 2016, Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC) has annually celebrated Immigrant Heritage Month, held in June and organized by national partner, Forward.us to give people across the United States an opportunity to explore their own heritage and celebrate the shared diversity of America. Join us in a virtual book discussion, hear from immigrant story tellers and see how our community has celebrated.

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  • We asked our social media followers to share the books that they love to read and now we want to share those with you!

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  • What was life like eight decades ago at the Locke Branch? Surprisingly similar to what it's like today!

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  • Now available for use at home with your Toledo Library card, Ancestry.com is a great tool to use when researching your family tree.

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  • These eBooks can provide valuable perspective and understanding during the pandemic.

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  • Does anyone remember the TV show "The Victory Garden"?

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  • Reflections on the qualities of nature, whether we are physically there or not.

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  • Toledo Lucas County Public Library continues supporting readers and connections.

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  • Use Library resources to make the most of your time at home!

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  • Library is among community partners that want to ensure your health and safety.

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  • Libraries contract census specialists with the goal of improving self-response rates.

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  • Free class educates on individual safety.

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  • How a merger unified three area library systems.

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  • Yelitsa Jean-Charles presents, “Hustle & Glow: Resourceful Entrepreneurship."

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  • Black History Month puts a spotlight on African American history and accomplishments as a people and culture. Our past, present and future can be researched, read about and discovered at your local Library.In order to truly understand a culture, you must learn about their history, and events they have experienced which created their point

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  • A recent Gallup poll reports that visiting the Library is the most popular cultural activity in the nation - surpassing visits to movie theaters and sporting events!

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  • Happy New Year from your Library! Make 2020 your best year yet by taking advantage of the many resources, materials and programs we offer. We hope to see you often!

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  • Series of discussions highlights useful skills for business owners.

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  • Cricut machines can work with a wide range of materials, creating tons of possibilities.

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  • Toledo Library program celebrates personal narratives.

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  • Premier Screenings owner plans expansion with digital tools.

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  • 3D printer, Cricut cutting machine, and heat press all available for public use.

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  • The National Citizen and Ballot Box, a suffragette newspaper founded in Toledo in 1876, has been digitized and made available online. This is in continuing celebration of the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

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  • Engaging books with relatable characters and interesting storylines.

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  • Funny crime movies full of action, adventure and romance.

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  • Believe it or not, several podcasters have come out with books. That's right--you can read your podcast.

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  • Books that are mysterious, suspenseful, amusing and engaging. The perfect mix of elements for a really enjoyable reading experience.

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  • Fascinating nonfiction picture books for kids interested in science and scientists.

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  • What does your child need to know before entering Kindergarten?

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  • Welcome to our appeal series, which seeks to highlight a variety of books to help our readers find that next great read. In each post you'll find books that share similar appeal or elements like pacing, tone, storyline, writing style, characters, etc. The books in this blog post all share similar pacing and tone

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  • Dystopian-themed films with thought-provoking storylines and interesting characters.

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  • Welcome to our appeal series. We're highlighting a variety of genres to help our readers find that next great read. In each post you'll find books that share similar appeal or elements like genre, pacing, tone, storyline, writing style, characters, etc. And you'll discover a variety of content perfect for folks looking for those lesser-known gems or

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  • May is Mental Health Month. Here are some ways you can use the Library to support your mental health.

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  • Día, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), is a nationally recognized initiative emphasizing the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds.

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  • I am pleasantly surprised with recent books for middle schoolers which feature kids and parents who are LGBTQ. Engaging books with compelling characters are a welcome addition for LGBTQ kids who want to read about people like themselves and for kids who are curious about their lives. Enjoy these books featuring LGBTQ characters! Ashes

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  • Learn English by taking part in our ESOL classes, joining our English Language Conversation Club or learn at your pace with Transparent Languages.

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  • West Toledo Branch Manager Andrea Francis was named as one of Library Journal's 2019 Movers and Shakers - Innovators!

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  • Women have a way with words. They deal with a lot. Yes, I know - that's the understatement of the century. So, it's no surprise that poetry by women speaks to us all. It's filled with passion, emotion and incredibly eloquent words. During Women's History Month and beyond, let's explore poetry by women poets -

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  • In celebration of Women's History Month, join the Steinem Sisters Collection for HerStory: Intersectional Feminism. Featuring four of the Toledo region’s most celebrated women’s activists and forward-thinkers, this special program will investigate how the feminist movement can be more diverse and inclusive through a renewed focus on intersectionality.

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  • Celebrate Will Eisner Week by reading a graphic novel!

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  • Powerful, compelling and utterly fascinating nonfiction stories that are sure to spark conversations.

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  • The African American Newspapers database is an amazing digital primary source collection providing first-hand perspectives on notable Americans.

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  • Notable fiction and nonfiction books for adults, teens and children ... to read during Black History Month and beyond.

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  • Join us as we discuss the many ways feminism intersects with the various aspects of our lives and our community.

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  • The Library has programs and resources designed to help the entire family on their wellness journey.

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  • The Library and Metroparks are great community resources that enrich the quality of life in the communities in which they serve.

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  • Libraries don't always have to be serious places of quiet study. A lot of what the Library does is about having fun.

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  • The vault of the Blade Rare Book Room houses a variety of historical objects, including a set of Christmas paintings commissioned by the Public Works Administration Art Project in 1934.

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  • Before you close the book on 2018, be sure you have taken full advantage of the great YA titles released this year. Zombie fighters and modern day poets, from the court of Faerie, to death row, this year’s amazing cast of strong characters will keep you turning the pages.

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  • Learn more about creating powerful plots for your next novel by exploring writing elements like story setting, plot and characters.

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  • Check out the newest additions to our Toledo Troopers online exhibit, thanks to a donation of several unique items from former Toledo Troopers player Beverly Severance.

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  • As part of its continued effort to address the digital divide and provide free technology training to customers, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) is hosting a series of Device Advice programs this fall.

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  • Spooky, haunting horror tales, from podcasts recommendations to audiobooks, we have you covered this Halloween season and beyond.

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  • Scary, suspenseful flicks that may give you nightmares.

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  • Ever wonder about your ancestors from Ireland, when they came here, if they came here and what they did when they got here?

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  • Some days are good; some days aren't. As this picture book makes clear, it's as simple -- and as complicated -- as that.

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  • It's October, the month of ghosts, goblins, and all things spooky. To celebrate, we got together to discuss the creepiest type of stories we know: true crime. Read on for our (lightly-edited-for-clarity) conversation about what we think are the definitive tales of murder, mayhem, and conspiracy (and maybe a F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reference or two).

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  • Halloween is creeping around the corner. It's time to add these horror comics to your read pile!

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  • Fun, spooky, amusing and weirdly terrifying reading and viewing selections.

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  • Reading everyday can improve your overall quality of life.

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  • Mix up your party and say cheers to these simple, yet amazing cocktail ideas.

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  • True fans of Jane Austen will love these movies.

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  • Stories that are sure to induce a few chuckles and a smile.

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  • Learn more about one of the most beautiful birds in this part of the world - the Sandhill Crane.

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  • National Parks offer some of the most gorgeous and serene landscapes in all of America, but don’t be fooled, these areas are essentially death traps for the ill prepared. Read on to explore my fascination with demise in the National Parks.

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  • Stories that are sure to tickle your funny bone.

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  • Get to know the committee that arranges Hispanic Heritage events, provides community outreach and more in the Toledo Lucas County Public Library system.

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  • Life gets busy as an adult and there isn't always time to read. Starting a two-person book club with your partner can be a fun way to connect with each other and share the books you love.

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  • An eclectic mix of humorous books that are endlessly entertaining and quirky that will make you laugh out loud.

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  • Summer’s almost over, but no need to fret! There’s plenty of time for armchair adventuring - and it always fits into what’s left of your vacation budget!

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  • ​Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement, these titles offer inspiration for discussions of race, justice and privilege.​

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  • Explore the fascinating world of spies ... it's definitely stranger than fiction.

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  • Dogs are the star of the show in these books geared towards second and third graders.

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  • ​Can’t get enough of the Toledo travel tips? Well, you are in luck! Here is part 2 of Last Minute Summer Trips from Toledo, Ohio.

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  • We're back! This time, we're obsessing over what we consider the best "summer reads" around. Read on for our lightly-edited-for-clarity conversation about what titles we think you should plop down on a beach with or stay safely-contained within your air-conditioned home with. We don't judge.

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  • Learn more about a wide variety of native Ohio plant species that are perfect for your next gardening or landscaping project.

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  • Travel back in time with these great historical fiction books.

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  • A small collection of juvenile books for middle graders exploring the complexity and diversity of experiences children are faced with in our society today.

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  • Explore librarian recommendations beyond the bestsellers this summer.

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  • Have you heard our exciting news?! TLCPL is now the home of the only public library feminist collection in Ohio.

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  • As a librarian, this episode was a treasure trove of vetted mystery novels. The Gatekeeper features Marilyn Stasio, The Times Book Review’s Crime Columnist.

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  • Tracy K. Smith, the U.S. Poet Laureate, is taking poetry outside the box.

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  • A selection of books by contemporary authors reimagining Shakespeare's plays.

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  • Find poetic inspiration during National Poetry Month.

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  • Curious kids will definitely love the amazing illustrations and educational content found throughout the picture books in this blog post.

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  • A list of novels with light humor and likable characters.

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  • With recent news heavily focused on Facebook and user data, we decided to weigh in on the subject by shedding a little light into the world of social media privacy.

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  • How can the Library help the average person learn more about personal finance and financial literacy?

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  • Have you seen our #GetToKnowTLCPL social media campaign? In this blog, we're inviting you to get to know Library staffer James Dickerson and an upcoming exhibit he's a part of, March 15-17.

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  • Libraries transform and this transforming experience is what reading has been about for the Heatherdowns Branch book discussions.

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  • On Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., we hope you will join us in celebration of the Creativity Lab’s first anniversary.

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  • Explore a selection of the "best of the best" fiction and nonfiction books of 2017.

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  • Everyone has a story to tell. If you would like to tell your story, we have memoir writing resources to help.

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  • Whether or not one chooses to gorge on Thanksgiving, fall is a fantastic time to reflect upon the importance of gratitude in our lives.

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  • Learn more about Native American history and culture.

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  • Learn more about the gothic romance genre.

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  • Stop in, pick up a FREE flashlight (while supplies last) and share a photo for a chance to WIN!

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  • Launched in 2009, Welcoming Week is a national initiative aimed at bringing citizens closer together.

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  • With the second grant period winding down, we reflect on Mozilla's Web Literacy training and the curriculum we have at TLCPL.

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  • If you're looking for a daytrip or a road trip out of Toledo this fall, then this list is for you.

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  • The Berlin Painter exhibit is a rare event, an assemblage of pottery from museums around the world. Continue reading to learn more about this fascinating exhibit and the story behind it.

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  • Rev your engines and zoom into your local library for Fall storytimes!

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  • Visit our branches or Main Library for a Latino cultural event in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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  • The Nobel Peace Prize has an interesting history - continue reading to learn more about it and check out a selection of books by some of the recipients.

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  • Love going on adventures, but also love curling up with a good book? Why not take the story with you by switching to an audiobook. We're partnering with the Toledo Metroparks on the Walking Audiobook Challenge.

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  • Edge of your seat, keep you guessing until the end great reads.

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  • Our second Preserve Your Personal Story event at the West Toledo Branch, in collaboration with the Eleanor Kahle Senior Center, was a success. We hoped that this program would result in historical information about West Toledo, that we could share, and… it did!

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  • Digital literacy is learning how to use technology and devices in everyday life. The Library is here to help! Find out how.

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  • Did you know the Library has received two $10,000 grants for training staff on Web Literacy?

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  • Where can you find a wild party on a weekday morning? Look no further than Babytime!

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  • Fans of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman take note! Dark, clever stories with great characters, compelling plots and a wry appreciation for the weird have been gathered for your consumption.

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  • Can’t get a ticket for Antiques Roadshow? No problem! Your library has resources to help you identify and value your treasures.

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  • With any spy story, there’s something compellingly magical about people sneaking around and getting away with it, but the best spy stories are the ones that really happened.

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  • Celebrate Ireland with a pot of tea, a batch of scones and a taste of Celtic culture with a selection of Emerald Isle titles.​

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  • Keeping your exercise routine interesting year-round can be challenging. Continue reading to explore creative fitness options.

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  • Get some storytime ideas for Black History Month, or for any month of the year.

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  • Featuring this year's nominees for best picture along with books exploring the history of the Oscars, movies and movie stars.

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  • Learn more about the international bestselling author Tracy Chevalier ... and check out some of her books.

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  • Do you have a favorite sport or are you one of those sports-in-general fans? One thing’s for sure, if you’re not playing it, or watching it, there’s always something to be learned from sports books and movies.

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  • Putting a unique touch on the holidays just got easier thanks to your Library! Here are a few quick ideas to inspire you using some of our Makerspace equipment and programs!

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  • It's been almost five months since Pokemon Go officially launched in the US. A lot has changed since then, both good and bad. It's fun to reflect back and see what's been accomplished in a short amount of time.

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  • Do you have analog photos, letters, and documents that you wish were digital? We’re here to help! Bring your materials and Preserve Your Personal Story here at TLCPL. Continue reading to learn more.

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  • Do you know that the Toledo Lucas County Public Library offers 3D printing services? While 3D printing may be relatively new to TLCPL, it has actually been around for decades. Learn more about making your 3D ideas a reality.

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  • Come to the library to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with dancing, art, music, food and more!

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  • The great thing about Jane Austen’s work is that it’s easy to find something to love, because she writes with sincerity and humanity with a dash of wit thrown in from time to time to keep us on our toes. It's no wonder people around the world are crazy about Jane Austen to this day.

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  • Close to 3 million Americans suffer from Hoarding Disorder. Continue reading to learn more about this complex topic.

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  • Looking for something creepy to curl up with? Just be warned, even on a bright summer day you might find yourself locking your doors and drawing the shades.

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  • Campfires and storytelling go hand in hand. Continue reading to explore a selection of ghost stories, folklore and legends to inspire your next campfire tale.

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  • Ohio is a vacation destination for people all over the country. Learn ways you can stay close to home by planning a getaway in the Buckeye State.

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  • Are the kids in your house looking for something to read this summer? Here are a few suggestions to help get them started!

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  • The Toledo Lucas County Public Library presented numerous Make U Mobile Art Lab programs in 2016 and have many more scheduled for this summer. Continue reading to learn more.

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  • With so many locations across Northwestern Ohio, the Metroparks of Toledo are one of Toledo’s most fantastic and bountiful resources, offering some of the area’s greatest outdoor fun.

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  • Movies nominated for Best Picture and cinema history.

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