• 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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  • Our first Immigrant Heritage Month storyteller is Ting Li, who comes from a city called Dalian, in China. Arriving as a student, Ting Li has since found her way to Toledo, where she experienced "numerous moments that people from a greater Toledo community radiated warmth towards each other."

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  • BE HERE NOW Calling all makers, doers, dreamers, and creatives The Library has what you need for this moment of now by Rebecca Kramer, Manager of South Branch I’ve always been a dabbler, a jack of all trades, someone curious about the possibilities. One of my favorite ways to make a day a

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  • LIBRARY TO THE RESCUE by Lauren Boeke, Assistant Youth Services Coordinator and Mom When my oldest child started elementary school, I was amazed at how much she learned during her kindergarten year. I was in awe as I watched her teacher guide an entire class of wiggly children through concepts that would serve

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  • It’s time for Summer Read! Simply read 30 days between June 6 and August 1. Complete the challenge to be entered into grand prize drawings for Nintendo Switch Lites, Kindles, Cricuts, Fitbit trackers, gift cards to local businesses, and more. Complete a paper tracker and turn it in at any location OR track

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  • A personal and professional development series to ensure “you will do better in Toledo.” First and Third Thursdays, beginning July 21, 2022 at Main Library Registration now open! Attend one class, or attend them all. All courses are free and individual or group registrations are available. Certificates of completion will be awarded when

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  • Don't see your favorite location?Let staff know you are interested in having a book group. We take requests seriously and hope we can find the perfect opportunity to discuss your favorites books, authors, and genres. Who doesn't love talking about books? Sorry, no programs in this category are scheduled at this time.

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  • Read more. Have fun. Save money. The Library is here to help you make the most of your summer! SUMMER READWOW! Way to go Toledo! We already have more than 8,000 people signed up for Summer Read. Visit any location to get started and receive a special sign-up reward

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  • We’re bringing our small business and nonprofit know­-how to Library locations throughout Lucas County. Each month, you’ll find business and nonprofit specialist librarians at: New schedule: Mott: First Tuesday | 9 a.​m.​ to 12:30 p.​m.​ Holland: Second Tuesday | 9 a.​m.​ to 12:30 p.​m.​ Sylvania: Second Tuesday | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Heatherdowns:

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  • LIBRARY LEGACY FOUNDATIONThe Library Legacy Foundation raises funds to plan for the future security of the Library, purchases books, materials and technology for the system, and funds impactful Library programming, including Authors! and Summer Read. The Foundation is a tax-deductible, 501(c)(3) organization, so your support qualifies as a charitable gift. View our annual report.

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  • Let’s work together to make sure our youngest community members have everything they need to be strong readers, engaged learners, and confident students. From birth, while learning to read, success throughout the school year, and for support throughout high school, the Library has resources for families and teachers. If you can’t find what you

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  • What do you see when you think about the future of Toledo and Lucas County? At the Library, we think emerging community investments, opportunities, and national recognition are changing the trajectory of our region. With our incomparable staff and resources, the Library is positioned to fuel this positive momentum. We're proud to be

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  • Unlock the full potential of your Toledo Lucas County Public Library card with our mobile app. Search, borrow and renew materials; access and update your Library card account; find exciting programs for all ages and interests; get location details, directions and hours; reserve a meeting room; connect with us via social media and more! App

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  • Over 16 million files – text, video, audio, software and images. Use the live music archive to listen to favorite artists. Watch news coverage or entertainment programs. Search various books published before 1923 in American and Canadian libraries. 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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  • BE OUR FRIEND! Friends of the Library (FOL) is a non-tax deductible 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes ongoing development and use of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library through volunteer opportunities and support for programs, branch activities and levy campaigns. The organization also hosts books sales and other functions to raise

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  • 419.259.5250 oregon.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Lisa Green Directions 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 1989, the branch moved

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  • 419.259.5200 ask@toledolibrary.org Manager: Terwase Ngur Directions MAIN LIBRARY DEPARTMENTS Check out your favorite movie, music album or TV show, use one of our public computers or attend a technology training in our new Teaching Lab. To learn more about Computers & Media, contact

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  • 419.259.5380 kingroad.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Julie Bursten Directions Computer Access 12 public computers (including 4 iMacs and 8 PC’s) 2 early learning computers Interactive screens in children’s area Making equipment Free WiFi Self-Service Faxing Copying Scanning 24/7 Lobby Lockers Drive

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  • 419.259.5240 holland.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Hannah Grohowski Directions Computer Access 22 public computers 2 children's computer Free WiFi Self-Service Faxing Copying Scanning Community Rooms 94 person capacity community room (can be divided) Quiet study room(s) available

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  • 419.259.5210 birmingham.branch@toledolibrary.org Manager: Brooke Cox Directions Computer Access 12 public computers 2 children's computers Free WiFi Self-Service Faxing Copying Scanning Community Rooms 100 person capacity community room 40 person capacity community room

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  • YOUR HISTORY. YOUR LIBRARY.Books and artifacts inside the Local History & Genealogy Department lay a foundation of who we are today in Toledo and Lucas County. Whether you’re a new arrival or lifelong resident, (re)discover what makes our region great.Explore history as it happened with extensive newspaper archives, yearbooks and other artifactsJoin one of

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  • NEED HELP FINDING YOUR NEXT JOB? WE'RE HERE TO HELP! We can help you: Search and apply for jobs online Write or update your resume Set up an email account Computer and internet basics Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Google Drive and Google Docs Walk-in, call, or email your favorite location, during

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  • COMPUTER & TECHNOLOGY TRAINING Computers and other technology can be challenging. We can answer your questions about computers, phones, tablets, email and more with three options:Call us at 419.259.5200 with your question.Walk in or call your favorite location.Email us your question here.We look forward to helping you! Loading Programs

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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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  • WE'RE HERE TO HELP The economic effects of COVID-19 have been especially challenging for the region's small business community. The Library doesn't want this current situation to derail your plans and dreams. Whether you already have a business or you see an unmet need and want to start a business, the Library has

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  • 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 wait to meet you! Sorry, no

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  • The BIG IDEA is TLCPL’s action plan to build, improve and grow in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity and access. An important part of this work is providing our community with resources and materials that inform, challenge, and inspire people to learn more about our shared human experience. We invite you to

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  • Have fun while learning at our weekly programs filled with books, rhymes, and activities designed to help your child be ready for kindergarten. UPCOMING STORYTIMES 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 a

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  • We are so glad you signed up for a Toledo Lucas County Public Library Card! While some of our many services are listed below, our staff is also available to help you with your questions at any location or by phone at 419.259.5200. We hope to see you soon! LIBRARY HIGHLIGHTS

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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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  • We finish “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Sci-Fi Subgenres” with our last two subgenres, one old and one new. Until next time, live long and prosper!

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  • The Library has partnered with the Ability Center to increase awareness of literature that focuses on, includes, and/or is created by people with disabilities. Take a look at these great books for children!

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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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  • Summer learning resources and activities to help prevent the summer slide.

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  • To continue honoring Asian American and Pacific American Heritage Month (and beyond, we’ve compiled a short list of novels for our young adult and older audience by Asian and Asian American voices, available to you at your local library! Simply click the available links below to place a hold! Thank you for your continued support.

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  • A list of just a few favorite LGBTQIA+ teen fiction books.

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  • News items about police violence involving Black Americans have become so prevalent even young kids can't help but become aware of them. Here are some books to help them make sense of it all.

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  • The list below is a great starting point to learn more about the Asian and Pacific Islander experience for the teen audience.

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  • Since its start in 2007, The Ohioana Book Festival provides readers opportunities to connect with Ohio writers. Check out this list of adult titles from the 2021 festival!

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

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

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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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  • Why not choose a just one day a week to get unplugged? Encourage your family to take a digital diet away from all devices, just for a single day! A one-day “fast” from technology is a great way to refresh your senses, add spontaneity to your life and reconnect with your family!

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  • Before she died in January, the masterful Cicely Tyson performed in 29 movies and 68 TV programs. The library has some of them.

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  • KEEP YOUR 2022 RESOLUTIONS WITH THE LIBRARY! 1. Read moreThis one is almost too easy… With more than 3 million materials to choose from, one trip to any of our 20 locations can set you up for meeting your resolution. We’re always happy to help you find just the right book, either in-person or

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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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  • WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF TOLEDO AND LUCAS COUNTY? At the Library, we think emerging community investments, opportunities, and national recognition are changing the trajectory of our region. With our incomparable staff and resources, the Library is positioned to advance this positive momentum. We’re proud to be part

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  • If you work with/support a nonprofit that has experienced financial difficulties during the pandemic, your Toledo Lucas County Public Library is here to assist.

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  • If you’re a business owner who’s struggling, we can help!

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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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  • 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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  • October 5, 1925 was the grand opening of the Birmingham Branch Library!

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  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Steinem Sisters Collection has teamed up with The Bethany House to spotlight the Silent Witness Project, an awareness initiative for domestic violence. Read further for more information on domestic violence amidst the pandemic, links to resources, as well as book recommendations from our very own Steinem Sisters Collection.

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  • The Library's Mobile Services team brings the Library to you through innovative, on-the-go services.

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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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  • I often mention to Library customers that grant writing is a holistic process in which the entire nonprofit organization is evaluated from its leadership to its long-term sustainability and everything in between. More than just the grant proposal is considered in the funding decision.

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

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

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  • TLCPL among only a few systems nationwide to house this role.

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  • Main Library and Heatherdowns Branch to Host Monthly Assistance.

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  • In their own words, Main Library customers describe the value of the Library.

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  • How empathy plays a vital role in Library services.

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  • Through Career Exploration Sessions, the Toledo Library and Owens Community College are ready to kick start your next profession.

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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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  • Books on Tap is nearly one and a half years old! Here's what we've learned about talking books and brews in some of our favorite local taprooms.

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  • Number of children in state system expected to reach 20,000 this year.

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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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  • App allows for easy scanning of items in Library catalog.

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  • Libraries statewide serve as key community resource, particularly for vulnerable groups.

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  • Classes develop basic skills of video game and website creation.

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  • Explore a selection of imaginative and delightful picture books centering around a love of books and the Library.

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  • The grant will allow Maumee Branch to bring a Comic Book Club to two local middle schools.

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

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  • Long-standing Toledo Library department reaches customers across the region.

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  • Bring your clothes and small appliances in need of fixing to the Toledo Repair Café at Birmingham Branch.

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  • In a region of makers, dreamers, and doers, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library has served as the hub of activity in every neighborhood for 184 years. The Library has free books, movies, music, and programs for everyone. We help children learn to read, students succeed, adults expand their horizons, and businesses grow.

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  • A wealth of resources is available to excel during this, or any, school year.

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  • Babytime books and activities that involve touch and body part identification help lay the groundwork for learning from others.

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  • Mott Branch program emphasizes creativity and skills in advance of third grade test.

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  • Cultivating a lifelong love of books and reading early on has innumerable benefits

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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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  • Women take center stage in these thrilling spy movies and television programs.

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  • Technology use at the Library can be fun and social for area youth.

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  • The Toledo Library is one of the many Ohio libraries who participates in Legislative Day – and this year, will proudly share the following information and accomplishments about our system.

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  • Librarians are working with area youth to create handmade, heartfelt gifts to show a little kindness to people in our community. It's part of a concerted programming effort to engage area youth in a meaningful way.

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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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  • 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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  • The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is launching two new initiatives aimed at capturing the stories of its community through storytelling and photography.

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  • Equal Pay Day is the symbolic marker of how long it takes for women to earn as much as men did the preceding year. Continue reading to learn more about this incredibly important issue that should concern everyone in our modern society.

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  • The power of play is undeniable ... from brains to social skills, play has enormous benefits for children that last a lifetime.

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  • Libraries provide life changing services to their communities every day.

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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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  • Celebrate the beauty and power of African American poetry.

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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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  • Forget the New Years Resolutions! No matter what time of year it might be, each day is a new opportunity to make realistic changes in our lives and feel better for it.

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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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  • Love to crochet, embroider, knit, sew or weave? Then you'll love these great cozy mysteries.

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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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  • Find out how the Library can help you make and preserve memories to share with loved ones.

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  • Community resources made possible by people working together in Lucas County.

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  • Renowned playwright Dr. John S. Scott and his collective works were recently inducted into the Library’s Toledoana Collection, which features works by prominent Toledo and Northwest Ohio authors.

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  • Tutor.com is the world's largest and highest-rated online tutoring company with a community of more than 3,200 expert tutors and 14 million one-to-one online tutoring sessions served.

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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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  • The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is partnering with 11 other public library systems in the U.S. and Canada to explore ways libraries can reach and engage entrepreneurs in their communities — particularly people of color, women, immigrants and veterans.

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

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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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  • Learn about the plants, animals and habitats found in local wetlands.

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

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  • A very brief overview of the spy fiction genre along with a sampling of well-known spy novels.

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  • Free range, organic eggs, raised in your backyard sound heavenly? Let your Library help you gather some relevant facts, before you make an eight year commitment to raising chickens.

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  • Find poetic inspiration during National Poetry Month.

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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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  • The Library is proud to partner with Foundation Steel offering technology and language training in order to strengthen the local workforce - and so far, it's produced highly successful results!

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  • March is Youth Art Month at your Library! Make time to get unplugged and immersed in some family art time.

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  • Think spring gardens, warm sunshine, blossoms, sprouts, and gentle breezes.

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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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  • What’s a podcast and why do my friends keep talking about them? Read on to find out how to jump onto the most informative bandwagon around.

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  • Over the course of the last 12+ months and 8 training classes later, I without a doubt have a more informed knowledge of how the World Wide Web operates and what it can offer.

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  • Feel like there’s nothing interesting to read/watch/listen to lately? We can help!

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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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  • Learn important steps to take when conducting Genealogy research.

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

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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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  • We're about to witness history folks - by way of the Great American Eclipse! Mark your calendars for August 21, and join us for solar eclipse viewing safety workshops.

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  • Continue reading to learn how you can build a better world through travel.

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  • Building off of the last Web Literacy blog, writing on the web takes a deeper dive into creating the web.

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  • Building off of the last Web Literacy blog, reading on the web takes a deeper dive into exploring the web.

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

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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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  • 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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  • Meet the Haynes family - They began using the library when daughter Alysa and son Orlando were children, and have kept using it ever since.

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  • Libraries and national parks are essential components of a robust and healthy community. Continue reading to learn more.

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

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  • At the West Toledo Branch Library, we like to do what we call "pop up programs." Each week we do a different activity. So far, our favorite is the Bubbly Lava Lamps.

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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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  • From Printmaking to Painting and Sculpture. Make U Mobile Art Labs inspire creative expression at your local library.

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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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  • At the Kent Branch Library, we do our children's programs a bit different from most other branches. We allow any age 0-18, we do not have registration, and children come in late and leave early. So, when the Make U Mobile Art Labs were offered to Kent, I knew it would be interesting.

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  • ​As we mark the half way point in our grant funded Mobile Art Labs, we are pleased to share that the reception we have received has been great! Kids and parents alike have been very responsive to the goals of the Curiosity Creates Grant, and most importantly, everyone is having a lot of fun!

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  • Get lost in a fantasy world through a book, breathe new life into a community organization in your local library’s meeting space, or explore the digital world of a computer game. The Library has a new opportunity to offer creative exploration to its patrons through Make U: Mobile Art Labs with programs in drawing, painting, printmaking, installation art, 3D sculpture and digital photography.

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  • Movies nominated for Best Picture and cinema history.

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