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Toledo-Lucas County Public Library - News Releases

Spring 2015 Authors! Authors! power-packed lineup

Look Again: Exploring Visual Literacy

Fall 2014 Authors! Authors! lineup

Temporary Closing: Oregon Branch Library

Beginning September 7, Main Library will open on SUNDAYS(including Heatherdowns, Sanger and Sylvania branch locations*)

Out of the Vault: How books become rare at the Library

Business owner grateful for Library's vast resources

John Sessions Memorial Award

Local History's John James Audubon engravings

Out of the Vault - broadside acquired in Local History

Martial Arts Sensei Loves Libraries

Ready to Read ready to debut!

Library Announces 2014 Winning Essays!

Aprende un lenguaje diferentey es GRATIS! (Learn a different language and its FREE!)

Librarys Local History & Genealogy Department wins national labor award

Smart investing @your Library - Living Better, Spending Smarter

Library acquires illustration from Caldecott Honor Book

Spanish and Foreign Language Resources at the Library

You Can Help Us Do More!

Millie Benson Collection

John Amato: You will do better in Toledo ... and at the Library

 

 

Spring 2015 Authors! Authors! power-packed lineup


(Released September 24, 2014) - The Blade and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library are proud to announce the 20th season of its Authors! Authors! series with a power-packed Spring 2015 lineup of authors. The Spring series kicks off with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson (March 18), inspiringly follows with award-winning novelist Sandra Cisneros (April 22), and tastefully closes with master chef, author, and educator Chef Jacques Pepin (May 13) who is scheduled to appear with his daughter Claudine.

Don’t forget that the Fall 2014 Authors! Authors! lineup is underway with Iranian-born, award-winning author Marjane Satrapi scheduled to appear at Main Library on Wednesday, October 22, and bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame scheduled at the Stranahan on Wednesday, November 19. Both appearances begin at 7 p.m.

Spring 2015 lineup:
• Isabel Wilkerson – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Wednesday, March 18 – Main Library (McMaster), 7 p.m.
     Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson devoted 15 years to the research and writing of The Warmth of Other Suns. She interviewed more than 1,200 people, unearthed archival works and gathered the voices of the famous and the unknown to tell the epic story of the Great Migration, one of the biggest underreported stories of the 20th Century and one of the largest migrations in American history.
     The story is framed by three young people who set out from the American South during different decades of the 20th Century en route to the North and West in search of what the novelist Richard Wright called "the warmth of other suns," and interweaves their stories and those of others who made the journey with the larger forces and inner motivations that compelled them to flee, and with the challenges they confronted upon arrival in the New World.
     The book was named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists, won the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors, and made national news when President Obama chose Warmth for his summer reading. Additionally, The New York Times named the book to its list of the best nonfiction books of all time.
     Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her one of the first black women in journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS' "60 Minutes," NPR's "Fresh Air" and PBS' "NewsHour" and "Charlie Rose Show." She taught at Princeton University, Emory University and Boston University and has spoken at more than 100 universities in the United States and in Europe.

• Sandra Cisneros – Award-winning novelist
Wednesday, April 22 – Stranahan Theater, 7 p.m.
     Sandra Cisneros is the internationally renowned author of several books including The House on Mango Street, Caramelo, Loose Woman, and, most recently, Have You Seen Marie? (a picture book for adults). A winner of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she subsequently founded the Latino MacArthur Fellows (Los MacArturos). Additionally, she is the founder of two organizations that serve writers, the Macondo Foundation (now administered by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center) and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. Her distinguished books have won innumerable awards and have been translated into more than 20 languages and published internationally.
     Perhaps no truer testament to this renown, The House on Mango Street, a perennial must-read on countless syllabi, is made up of lyrical passages, interconnected vignettes, and meditations and observations that resemble prose poems. It has been compared (notably by the critic Harold Bloom) to the works of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. This structurally and thematically bold work explores the often-violent coming of age of a young Mexican-American woman.

• Chef Jacques Pépin with daughter Claudine
Wednesday, May 13 – Stranahan Theater, 7 p.m.
     It’s debatable whether world renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin has garnished more plates or awards. Among his cooking laurels, including numerous James Beard Awards, he can boast an Emmy and France’s highest civilian decoration Légion d'honneur. One of the original celebrity chefs, Pépin has long appeared on TV cooking shows such as Top Chef and countless Food Network programs - most notably the pioneering and much beloved PBS show Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home with dear friend Julia Child. He has hosted numerous cooking shows since 1997 – many featuring his daughter Claudine – and currently appears in Essential Pépin.
     A long time columnist for the The New York Times and Food & Wine, Pépin is the author of 27 bestselling cookbooks. Anthony Bourdain, echoing colleagues and culinary institutes, has called La Technique the Bible of the fundamentals of French Cuisine, while his Fast Food My Way series has converted former fast food junkies into do-it-yourself foodies.

This very special evening will feature Jacques with his daughter Claudine, in what may be called an encore of their Jacques Pépin's Kitchen series. Their unique (and endearingly funny) father/daughter dynamic paired with invaluable cooking instruction from the master will make this a night to remember.


Tickets for this powerhouse Spring 2015 lineup are on sale beginning Wednesday, October 1 at all Library locations during normal hours of operation. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Current Fall 2014 lineup tickets are currently available. (NOTE: Satrapi tickets are very limited, please contact your nearest branch before purchasing).


At each program, authors will speak for about an hour, followed by a short question and answer session. Following the program, the featured author will be available to sign copies of their works. Books will be available for purchase at the program from Barnes & Noble Booksellers.


An anticipated treat for the community, Authors! Authors! has welcomed some of the biggest names, straight off the bestsellers lists, for an evening of discussion, Q&A and book signings. Some of the exciting names from past appearances include David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, Isabel Allende, Neil Gaiman, Sebastian Junger, Nicholas Sparks, Bob Woodward, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Nikki Giovanni, John Updike, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., P.J. O’Rourke, Donna Brazil, and Sue Grafton to name a few.


For media inquiries please contact Ben Malczewski, Humanities Department Manager, and Authors! Authors!/Open Book series Coordinator at Benjamin.Malczewski@toledolibrary.org or 419.259.5193.


For information on tickets, please contact Library Marketing at 419.259.5266.

 

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Look Again: Exploring Visual Literacy


(Released October 3, 2014) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library continues the local conversation, started by our partner the Toledo Museum of Art, of exploring Visual Literacy in an exhibition titled Look Again, on view now through November 23 in the Wintergarden of Main Library, 325 Michigan St. The display, curated by the Library’s Humanities Department, is FREE and open to the public during normal business hours.
 
The exhibit, strategically placed in the Wintergarden next to Reeds by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, incorporates the use of technology and display cases to fully explore the concept of Visual Literacy, often defined as the ability to interpret, negotiate and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image, thus, extending the meaning of literacy, which commonly signifies interpretation of a written or printed text.

Our human interaction with the natural world and its repetition of forms is present in the way we communicate with others. From ancient picture writing on a stone tablet, to great works of art, to digital media, we use colors, patterns and shapes to convey information and express ourselves.

Human beings have always reacted to the power of visual images - in science, in the arts, in nature, in the comforting flicker of an ancient campfire or in the iridescent shimmer of a Gothic stained glass window. The all-seeing Egyptian Eye of Ra reminds us of the picture writing on the walls of the pyramids - images and stories portrayed in hieroglyphics. Deciphering the meaning of images inscribed on hieroglyphics or clay cuneiforms has been a task traditionally undertaken by scribes and scholars.
 
Now, with the advent of the digital age and all its media-driven, interactive devices, we are challenged to decipher a daily barrage of images in art, advertising, television, film, computers and smartphones.
 
While the basics of visual literacy may be defined most simply as learning to read a road map or comprehend a political cartoon, it also encompasses our thoughts, feelings and reactions to images. From the first visual “reading” of an image, to the deeper understanding and meaning of a concept, images impact us on many levels.
 
To help clarify this concept, this Main Library exhibit, Look Again: Exploring Visual Literacy, asks viewers to “look again” at the displays and carefully explore an image or object. Consider all of the various elements of art:  line, color, value, shape and texture. Describe to yourself what you see - the subject of the artwork, the content and its composition. Analyze the context or framework of the image in which it is placed. And then ask the questions, what is your overall impression; what is the mood portrayed?  Interpret your perceptions as to what you think is being communicated. Reflect for a moment that we are all “artists” of our own lives with unique content to compose and communicate.
 
As Stephen Apkon writes in The Age of the Image:  “Visual literacy is the new frontier, one not limited to the scribes, but open to all of us. And for the first time in the history of the planet, it has an instant global reach …We must adapt to the changing times … Because ultimately, one of the most rewarding things we can do is tell our stories and hear the stories of others. It is one of the fundamental cures for loneliness throughout time, a means of human connection.”
 
For more information, please call the Library’s Humanities Department at 419.259.5218.

 

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Fall 2014 Authors! Authors! lineup



(Released July 14, 2014) – The Blade and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library are proud to announce the 20th season of its Authors! Authors! series with a power-packed lineup of authors, which kicks off with news correspondent Cokie Roberts (September 3),  graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi (October 22) and New York Times mega-bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert (November 19). Each program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Fall 2014 lineup:


• Wednesday, September 3 – Cokie Roberts (Stranahan Theater):  The deeply respected and influential New York Times bestselling author and popular ABC and NPR correspondent will discuss her distinguished career, politics, the upcoming election, and her books, including Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation and We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters.


• Wednesday, October 22 – Marjane Satrapi **SOLD OUT** (McMaster Center, Main Library):  This Iranian-born, internationally acclaimed graphic novelist, children’s book author, and filmmaker based her modern classic Persepolis on her childhood and early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution and their war with Iraq. She is scheduled to discuss her experience and inspiration, as well as her upcoming career turn as the writer/director of the upcoming film The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick.


• Wednesday, November 19 – Elizabeth Gilbert (Stranahan Theater):  The New York Times mega-bestselling author is best known for her work Eat, Pray, Love which spent over 200 weeks on the bestseller list and was made into the equally popular film starring Julia Roberts. Her additional works further confirm her status as a literary powerhouse. Her short story collection Pilgrims won the Pushcart Prize, the biography The Last American Man was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and her most recent book The Signature of All Things has received rave reviews as it continues to hold forth on the bestsellers list.

Tickets for this powerhouse lineup are scheduled to go on sale at all Library locations on Friday, August 1, during normal hours of operation. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

At each program, authors will speak for about an hour, followed by a short question and answer session. Following the program, the featured author will be available to sign copies of their works. Books will be available for purchase at the program from Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

An anticipated treat for the community, Authors! Authors! has welcomed some of the biggest names, straight off the bestsellers lists, for an evening of discussion, Q&A and book signings. Some of the exciting names from past series appearances include David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, Isabel Allende, Neil Gaiman, Sebastian Junger, Nicholas Sparks, Bob Woodward, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Nikki Giovanni, John Updike, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., P.J. O’Rourke, Donna Brazil, and Sue Grafton to name a few.

For media inquiries please contact Ben Malczewski, Library Humanities Coordinator, and Authors! Authors!/Open Book series Coordinator at Benjamin.Malczewski@toledolibrary.org or 419.259.5193.

For information on tickets, please contact Patti Meyer in Library Marketing at 419.259.5266.

 

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Temporary Closing: Oregon Branch Library


(Released July 17, 2014) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library announces that the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Road, Oregon, OH, is scheduled to be CLOSED temporarily beginning on Monday, August 11, 2014 for expansion, improvements and upgrades.
 
Please visit our temporary location in the Wynn Center at 5224 Bay Shore Road beginning the last week in August (exact day to be determined).


Wynn Center hours beginning the last week in August:
Monday and Tuesday – 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday thru Saturday – 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
 
Please visit these other nearby locations:
• Birmingham Branch Library, 203 Paine Ave. (Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday thru Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)
 
• Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St. (Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday thru Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)
 
For more information, please contact Oregon Branch Library officials at 419.259.5250
 

 

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Beginning September 7, Main Library will open on SUNDAYS(including Heatherdowns, Sanger and Sylvania branch locations*)


(Released August 26, 2014) – Proceed directly to Main Library on Sundays! Beginning September 7, Main Library, at 325 Michigan St., will open on Sundays from 1-5 p.m., along with Heatherdowns, Sanger and Sylvania branch locations

Main Library’s secure, on-site parking garage is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays during normal hours!

*Main Library, Heatherdowns and Sylvania branches are open on Sundays September through May. Sanger Branch is open on Sundays year-round.

For more information, please visit toledolibrary.org or call 419.259.5200.

 

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Out of the Vault: How books become rare at the Library


Ever wonder what a book is before it is designated rare?  Medium rare perhaps? 

Most successful rare book dealers have always been those individuals that have used their extensive research of history to save worthy books from oblivion by highlighting a book’s historical importance.
 

With rare book dealers the book hopefully is sold at a profit.  At the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, books follow a similar path but with a different outcome. 

One such title is The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine. Published from 1833 until 1865, a complete run of all issues would likely sell at retail for more than $2500.00 and include the first appearance in print of authors including Washington Irving, Nathanial Hawthorne, Longfellow and Francis Parkman to name a few. 

Our shorter broken run of 114 issues will soon be moved to the vault since they have now been designated rare due to the research into the title and its value.

 For more information, call the Local History and Genealogy Department at 419.259.5233.

 

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Business owner grateful for Library's vast resources



Independent business owner Pauline W Glaza grew up in the small town of Auburn, MI, a quaint town of under 2,000 people first settled in 1854. Glaza said while the town was quaint, it was without a *library.

“When the (Bay County Library System’s) bookmobile started to come I was in the third or fourth grade. It would come once every two weeks and they would park down at the end of the street near the grocery store,” recalled Glaza, who resides in Waterville with her husband Dave, a budget analyst. The married couple have three young adult and teen children, Anne, Paul and Tim.
 

Glaza is the owner of Enhanced Publications, (www.enhancedpublications.com) which she founded in 1991 to assist architects, engineers and contractors to land major jobs. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Glaza worked at Rudolph/Libbe, Inc.


The busy businesswoman, who formerly served on the Waterville Village Council, said it was the bookmobile visits to her small town that enhanced a true love of reading and respect for libraries.


“It really kind of opened my eyes to how much fun reading could be. I was always a voracious reader,” who loved authors Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume as a young child and pre-teen. “I was also a huge patron of the school library.”
 

Glaza, now a regular and active customer of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, fondly recalls her very first visit to a library not on wheels.


“I was about in the sixth or seventh grade. I remember seeing a fountain out front … walking in to the lobby, stopping dead in my track and I thought, ‘This is heaven!’,” recalled Glaza of her visit to the Sage Public Library in Bay City, MI. “The public library took me beyond my small town. It opened up worlds for me.”
 

Today, Glaza said she pays regular visits to the Waterville Branch Library in her community, and loves coming to the Main Library in downtown Toledo. She has also utilized other branches such as the Sanger, Sylvania and West Toledo locations to name a few. Glaza shared that she is proud that she and her husband instilled a love of reading in their children.


“When they were growing up and we were in the car, I would ask them do you want to go to (the former) COSI (science museum), to the museum (Toledo Museum of Art) or Main Library? All three of them said, ‘Main Library!’ – I actually screamed when I heard them say that,” said Glaza, who recalls Waterville storytimes, registering for Summer Reading Clubs and attending numerous family programs and activities when her children were younger.


For Glaza’s business matters with Enhanced Publications, regular visits to the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library have become essential to her success. She enjoys the 176-year-old system’s downloadable media; books about business, event planning and marketing; guide books on social media platforms such as her favorite social tool LinkedIn, and when she was active in politics, the Library was helpful in looking up important statutes and more.


“Today’s business (model) requires you to position yourself as a thought leader, and how you communicate that has changed fundamentally. The Library has been a wonderful resource in how to do that for my clients,” said Glaza, who adds that she is grateful that the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library can find items for her quickly and keeps up with the ever-changing technology.

*(Today, Auburn, MI, has the Auburn Area Branch Library, which is part of the Bay County Library System).

 

 

 

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John Sessions Memorial Award


The Local History & Genealogy Department of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library was recognized as the 2014 recipient of the John Sessions Memorial Award by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).


The honor, first announced in the spring, was bestowed last evening at RUSA’s Annual Achievement Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, the site of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (June 26-July 1). Present to accept the John Sessions Memorial Award were Clyde Scoles, Library Director, George Tucker, Library Trustee and Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Greater Northwest Ohio AFL-CIO, and Meg Delaney, Main Library Manager.


Established in 1980, the award recognizes a library or library system which works closely with the labor community and consequently raises awareness of the history, contribution and development of the labor movement in the United States. The late John Sessions was co-chair of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups. Sessions was also an assistant director of the AFL-CIO Department of Education.


The local history department was selected for its extensive efforts in building an ongoing legacy recognizing the labor community, according to the RUSA official website.


“We are very proud of our outreach efforts to local labor unions, our special labor collection, exhibits and displays of the area and national labor movement, and of our Rogowski-Kaptur Labor History Room, which houses materials with a focus on Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan labor history but also includes materials on national labor history,” said Jill Clever, manager of the Local History department, located on the third level of Main Library, 325 Michigan St.


The honorable U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) helped to secure federal funding for the Labor History room, dedicated in 2001, which provides researchers with private space to peruse the library’s collection of photos, books on union and union history, newspaper clippings and letters documenting the region’s rich union history. Many Labor History room materials are purchased through the Library Legacy Foundation, with proceeds from an annual event titled, “Labor Loves the Library.”


Rep. Kaptur said she is pleased to recognize and congratulate the Library and its “outstanding” Local History department on being the recipient of the national John Sessions Memorial Award.


“Toledo has been part of the bedrock of the united labor movement for centuries. Our community proudly and humbly remembers on whose shoulders we stand,” said Rep. Kaptur when the award was first announced. “The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has been a leader in cataloguing and enshrining the epic struggles of our labor history. The Library has been the ‘keeper of the flame’ that burns in the hearts of our community’s working men and women and carries their legacy to the world beyond.”
 

As the John Sessions Memorial Award recipient, Local History department officials are now scheduled to receive $1,000 and a plaque funded by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO.

 

 

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Local History's John James Audubon engravings


This summer is the perfect time to visit The Blade Rare Book Room to view the John James Audubon engravings. One is a white-headed eagle (plate 31) measuring about 26 x 39 inches while its companion the blue jay (plate CII) measures some 25 x 20 inches. 

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is fortunate to own two of the 435 plates that originally completed the four volume set of The Birds of America from Original Drawings Made during a Residence of Twenty-five Years in the United States (1827-1838), arguably one the most beautiful works ever produced relating to America. 


When first examined in the old basement vault of the Main Library, dust and dirt had taken their toll on these prints housed in frames with broken glass. Since then, paper conservationists have carefully made minor repairs to the paper and cleaned and washed the prints so the colors once again are vibrant and pure. 

After that, they were framed with cream window mats of all rag acid-free mounting board under Plexiglas to minimize ultra-violet light damage.

In addition, there are moisture barriers at the backs and seals around the edges from the Plexiglas to the back to keep air away from the paper. Finally, their frames were screwed to the wall for additional security.


If you have yet to take a close look at these former vault treasures, stop up to the Local History and Genealogy Department and visit The Blade Rare Book Room at Main Library, 325 Michigan St., and acquaint yourself with nature before photography.  
 

For more information, please call Local History and Genealogy Department at 419.259.5233.

 

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Out of the Vault - broadside acquired in Local History


A recently acquired unrecorded Ohio broadside would make one think twice before going into the tanning profession. 

Broadsides were printed one-sided oversized paper sheets that were used like posters for announcing events, proclamations or advertising. The 13 x 8-inch sheet contains 600 words and thirty-two lines describing a recipe for tanning leather, soles and uppers for shoes. 

The word “ooze” appears no less than nine times in the recipe that was signed by Charles Monroe in Providence, Ohio, on May 24, 1824.  Providence was a settlement founded in 1816 by Peter Manor located twenty-five miles upriver from Toledo. Leonard Jacobs patented his tanning process in 1823 and likely had these broadsides printed in Cincinnati in 1823 or the following year. 

Providence was a canal town and as such was a somewhat rough and tumble place although now it exists as a tourist stop.  Early printed information on tanning is scarce.  Besides a 1796 pamphlet and three government documents about patents nothing earlier than this broadside has been recorded regarding the process of tanning. 
 
The broadside will be encapsulated for protection soon but can presently be seen by appointment in The Blade Rare Book Room, located on the third floor in the Local History and Genealogy Department of Main Library, 325 Michigan St.

For more information, or to make an appointment to see the broadside, please call Local History at 419.259.5233.
 

 

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Martial Arts Sensei Loves Libraries


Business owner Joseph Hurtsellers views his Toledo-Lucas County Public Library card as one of the most important cards that he will ever possess in life.

The owner of the Martial Arts Center-Ohio Martial Arts.com, located in The Shops at Fallen Timbers, is so passionate about reading, books, literature and public libraries that he often shares his library card mantra with his students of all ages, and during speaking engagements. He also has books in his studio, and maintains a link to the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s website, along with a Recommended Reading page on his business website: http://www.ohiomartialarts.com/Readings.html

“Your most valuable card, more important and more valuable than any card you’ll ever be dealt … is a library card,” said Hurtsellers, an active member of the Maumee Chamber of Commerce, who often uses both the Holland and Maumee Branch libraries for his personal use. He also frequently utilizes the Library's eMedia offerings and said that hoopla, Overdrive and Freegal are among his favorites. (Visit toledolibrary.org for more eMedia details).

The Sensei said he struggled in school and credits the public library as his refuge during his upbringing in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Hurtsellers admires and credits public libraries as being courageous, an institution that raises our collective state of consciousness and one of the most democratic locations where people of all demographics and backgrounds can obtain help.

“I recall being at the Holland Branch Library and there I saw a man I knew who was a multi-millionaire, and near him was a man who appeared to be in need. There were both standing there getting equal benefit,” said Hurtsellers.

During his youth, Hurtsellers is open about his struggles with learning in a school environment. He adds that martial arts and his public library were both extended forms of education that helped him to succeed both in school and in life.

“I was about junior high school age and I liked reading books on the subject of reading. I also loved reading books by (author) Napoleon Hill, who was a great fan of the library system,” he added. Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) was an American author in the area of the new thought movement who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature.

Hurtsellers teaches classes with his life and business partner Shelly Blanco, co-owner of the Martial Arts Center, and a Registered Nurse, who also teaches martial arts and self-defense classes. Between the couple, Hurtsellers and Blanco have four adult children.

For more information on Hurtsellers and his Martial Arts Center-Ohio Martial Arts.com, please visit his website www.ohiomartialarts.com


 

 

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Ready to Read ready to debut!


News Conference:

10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9
**@ YWCA Northwest Ohio, 1018 Jefferson Ave.**

 
Van artwork is based on the book Alphabet Under Construction
by noted and award-winning local children’s book author and illustrator Denise Fleming


(Released March 26, 2014) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and the Library Legacy Foundation (LLF) are proud to announce the debut of a Ready to Read initiative and specialty van, funded by the first phase of a $2.2 million LLF ongoing campaign titled “Planting a Seed to Read.”

A public news conference is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at the YWCA Northwest Ohio, 1018 Jefferson Ave., to announce this special project designed to concentrate on improving the early literacy skills of area pre-school children and assisting parents, grandparents, teachers and caretakers in this focus.

Ohio statistics show that nearly one-third of Toledo-area children
are not prepared to enter Kindergarten ready to read and write.

Without the proper help and support, many of these children will never catch up. There is a clear need to focus on school readiness, and the Library and LLF are ready to assist the community.

To date, LLF officials have raised 83 percent of their financial goal of $2.2 million. The first phase of the “Planting a Seed to Read” campaign will fund the “Ready to Read” specialty van, which is scheduled to hit the streets of Lucas County in April. This project will bring essential early literacy skills and training to the areas of our community that are most at risk.

Ready to Read project features:
• A specially equipped library van to bring library materials into target neighborhoods. Local award-winning children’s book author/illustrator Denise Fleming’s artwork from her book Alphabet Under Construction will be featured on the Ready to Read van
• Children’s librarians to facilitate Ready to Read training for parents and teachers
• Early literacy kits designed for parents and childcare teachers
• Technologies that stimulate and encourage reading
• Books and materials for families to use at home
• Early literacy outreach programming for Head Start programs, childcare providers, shelters, hospitals and other agencies with an interest in young children
• Unique literacy corners specifically for children up to age five to be added to central city branch Library locations
• A future endowment (Early Literacy Fund) to sustain early literacy initiatives and projects

For more information on the Ready to Read van, please visit toledolibrary.org or call Outreach Services at 419.259.5350.
For more information or to contribute to the “Planting a Seed to Read” ongoing campaign, please call 419.259.5123 or e-mail library.legacy@toledolibrary.org

 

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Library Announces 2014 Winning Essays!


565 entries in 2014 Essay Contest – 11 percent increase from last year!


(Released April 25, 2014) – Officials of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library are proud to announce the winning essays of the 2014 Ruth Blank Venner and Mary Jane Blank McCormick Essay Contest. This year’s theme was There’s No Place Like Here! Some 565 young people from throughout Lucas County entered our contest from grades K through 12 and told us their favorite thing about their city, region or state. The 2014 entry totals represent an 11 percent increase from last year’s totals. The maximum word count was 500.

The essay contest is funded through the generosity of Ruth Blank Venner’s brother, Leon Blank, to honor her service and dedication to the Friends of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. His gift to the Library Legacy Foundation also honors the memory of his sister Mary Jane Blank McCormick.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF THE 2014 WINNING ESSAYS:

The late Ruth Blank Venner was a past president of the Friends of the Library (FOL) and an active member. Mrs. Venner, who died in 1996, was married 44 years to the well-known television news anchor Frank Venner. Mrs. Venner’s brother Leon W. Blank, as a way to honor his sister’s memory and to promote reading among youth, established the Ruth Blank Venner Memorial Project of the Friends of the Library beginning in 1996. In 2010, Mr. Blank added the memory of his other sister Mary Jane Blank McCormick to the essay contest and FOL Memorial Project. Mary Jane Blank McCormick died in 2009.

 

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Aprende un lenguaje diferentey es GRATIS! (Learn a different language and its FREE!)


De parte de Rhonda B. Sewell,
Coordinador de Relaciones con los Medios de la Biblioteca

(Marzo de 2014) - La Biblioteca Pública de Toledo-Lucas County se enorgullece de anunciar que ahora puedes aprender lenguas extranjeras de forma rápida y sencilla a través del sistema de aprendizaje en línea Mango Lenguajes 'a sus clientes.

Aprender un nuevo idioma es GRATIS para todos los usuarios de la biblioteca.

Para los hispanohablantes, usted puede aprender Inglés con la narración en su lengua materna a través de Inglés como cursos de un segundo idioma (ESL) que se imparten en 15 idiomas diferentes.
Cada lección combina situaciones de la vida real y audio de hablantes nativos con instrucciones sencillas y claras. Los cursos son presentados con una apreciación de los matices culturales y la aplicación en el mundo real que integra componentes de vocabulario, pronunciación, gramática y cultura. Los usuarios aprenden conversación real, rompiendo los elementos lingüísticos complejos dentro de un marco audiovisual que atrae importantes conexiones y se basa en la información que ya han aprendido.

Mango se enseña en un formato de conversación, el usuario aprende saludos diarios, despedidas y frases útiles en un corto período de tiempo y está diseñado para atraer a un principiante en un nuevo idioma. Hay más de 40 cursos de idiomas disponibles y 16 de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) cursos.

Mango Lenguajes es completamente auto-establecido el paso y el tiempo que se necesita para mejorar la fluidez es diferente de persona a persona. Mango cursos proporcionan una introducción a la lengua y la cultura a través de la adquisición de habilidades de conversación simples. Se centran en conversaciones prácticas al tiempo que aumenta el vocabulario y la gramática. Mango está diseñado para ofrecer una fluidez conversacional. Al término de un curso Mango usted será conversacional en temas como hacer una pequeña charla con extraños, preguntar por direcciones, y profundizar en la cultura de la comida, expresar gratitud, y mucho más.

Para obtener más información sobre Mango y obtener una vista previa de lo que el programa tiene para ofrecer, pase por Biblioteca Central, 325 Michigan St., o cualquier rama para una introducción. Se puede acceder a través del sitio web de Mango Library en toledolibrary.org en la pestaña Libros Investigación y seleccione bases de datos puede ayudarle a ...

Para obtener más información, visite o llame al 419.259.5200 toledolibrary.org.


English translation:

(March 2014) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to announce that you can now learn foreign languages quickly and easily via Mango Languages’ online learning system to its customers.


Learning a new language is FREE for all Library customers.


For Spanish Speakers, you can learn English with narration in your native tongue through English as a Second Language (ESL) courses taught in 15 different languages.


Each lesson combines real-life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned.


Mango is taught in a conversational format; the user learns everyday greetings, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Mango Languages is completely self-paced and the time it takes to build fluency is different from person to person. Mango courses provide an introduction to language and culture through the acquisition of simple conversational skills. They focus on practical conversations while increasing vocabulary and grammar skills. Mango is intended to deliver conversational proficiency. Upon completion of a Mango course you will be conversational in topics such as making small talk with strangers, ask for directions, and gain insight into the food culture, express gratitude, and so much more.

To learn more about Mango and get a preview of what the program has to offer, stop by Main Library, 325 Michigan St., or any branch for an introduction. You can access Mango through the Library website at toledolibrary.org under the Books & Research tab and select Databases can help you…

For more information visit toledolibrary.org or call 419.259.5200.

 

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Librarys Local History & Genealogy Department wins national labor award



The history of America has been largely created by the deeds of its working people and their organizations … there is scarcely an issue that is not influenced by labor’s organized efforts or lack of them.” – Labor historian William Cahn (1912-1976)


(Released March 6, 2014) – The Local History & Genealogy Department of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library was recently recognized as the 2014 recipient of the John Sessions Memorial Award by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Established in 1980, the award recognizes a library or library system which works closely with the labor community and consequently raises awareness of the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. The late John Sessions was co-chair of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups. Sessions was also an assistant director of the AFL-CIO Department of Education.

The local history department was selected for its extensive efforts in building an ongoing legacy recognizing the labor community, according to the RUSA official website.

“We are very proud of our outreach efforts to local labor unions, our special labor collection, exhibits and displays of the area and national labor movement, and of our Rogowski-Kaptur Labor History Room, which houses materials with a focus on Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan labor history but also includes materials on national labor history,” said Jill Clever, manager of the Local History department, located on the third level of Main Library, 325 Michigan St.

The honorable U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) helped to secure federal funding for the Labor History room, dedicated in 2001, which provides researchers with private space to peruse the library’s collection of photos, books on union and union history, newspaper clippings and letters documenting the region’s rich union history. Many Labor History room materials are purchased through the Library Legacy Foundation, with proceeds from an annual event titled, “Labor Loves the Library”.

Rep. Kaptur said she is pleased to recognize and congratulate the Library and its “outstanding” Local History department on being the recipient of the national John Sessions Memorial Award.

“Toledo has been part of the bedrock of the united labor movement for centuries. Our community proudly and humbly remembers on whose shoulders we stand,” said Rep. Kaptur. “The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has been a leader in cataloguing and enshrining the epic struggles of our labor history. The Library has been the ‘keeper of the flame’ that burns in the hearts of our community’s working men and women and carries their legacy to the world beyond.”

As the John Sessions Memorial Award recipient, local history department officials are scheduled to receive $1,000 and a plaque funded by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO. The award is scheduled to be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony and Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in June.

 

 

 

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Smart investing @your Library - Living Better, Spending Smarter



(Released March 10, 2014) - The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to be the recipient of a nearly $82,000 grant aimed to increase the system’s service to the community by spreading personal financial and investing information, and increasing public knowledge of the resources of our partners at United Way of Greater Toledo and the Financial Opportunity Centers of Toledo.
 
The Smart investing @your Library® grant was awarded by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, in partnership with the American Library Association.

This grant offers the Library an opportunity to work with great community partners to train staff, buy materials and give great programming on a topic of real need – financial education, but to do it in a fun manner with broad outreach, said Linda Koss, Library Grants Specialist.
 
How will grant programming be delivered?

Over the course of the next two years, funding will cover programs built around Money Smart Week this year and in 2015, and American Saves Week in 2015 and 2016. Programming will include issues pertaining to credit, investment training, Social Security and even couponing. In addition, the Library’s Main, Mott, Heatherdowns, Reynolds Corner and Locke locations have been selected by United Way to host a five-part Financial Fitness 101 series four times over the next two years.
 
Join the Library for its Money Smart Week, scheduled this April 5-12, and learn how to shop, spend less, invest and retire in better financial shape. Light refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be given at each event. Visit toledolibrary.org for dates, locations and details.
 
This special week will kick-off with a program titled “Power Couponing with LaTisha Williams (The Frugalicious Diva),” a local coupon expert who will present the fundamentals of extreme couponing including terms, couponing rules, tips and tricks from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7 at Lagrange Branch Library 3422 Lagrange St. This program will be repeated at Locke and Sanger branch locations later in the week.

There will be a host of additional Money Smart Week topics throughout the system from “What’s the Deal with Free Credit Reports?” to “Social Security: Retirement Strategies and What You Really Need to Know,” and much more!

Please visit toledolibrary.org for complete details, or call 419.259.5200.

 

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Library acquires illustration from Caldecott Honor Book


Library acquires children’s book illustration for its Robert L. and Posy Huebner Collection from Caldecott Honor Book awardee Molly Idle, of Flora and the Flamingo


(Released February 20, 2014) – When Cindy Vanderbrink listened as the prestigious 2014 Caldecott Medal and Honor Books were announced, she screamed when children’s book author-illustrator Molly Idle and her work Flora and the Flamingo (Chronicle Books, 2013) were named as one of three Caldecott Honor Books.
 
“I’ve liked her work for a bit, and I’ve always thought that she was a strong contender for this year’s Caldecott,” said Vanderbrink, Youth Collection Development Librarian for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Vanderbrink said she watched the ceremony, which took place in January in Philadelphia at the American Library Association’s (ALA) MidWinter Meeting, via live stream while wearing a set of earphones at her desk. Vanderbrink’s co-workers jokingly added that there “might have been a ruckus” in their work space at Main Library when Idle and her book won the prestigious honor.

The Caldecott Medal and Honor Books are named in honor of 19th Century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott and are awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the ALA. The Medal is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Idle and her work were one of three who received the Caldecott Honor.

A reason for Vanderbrink’s excitement was due to an Idle acquisition she helped to secure last fall, long before the announcement of the Caldecott Honor winners.

Vanderbrink acquires works for the Robert L. and Posy Huebner Collection, located in the Children’s Library at Main Library. It is one of the largest collections of art from children’s books housed in a public library. The collection comprises over 200 illustrations, many by regional and award-winning artists. These acquisitions have been purchased since 2004 through a generous bequest from Mr. Huebner to the Library Legacy Foundation, and with additional sustaining support by Mrs. Huebner.

Idle’s artwork (see above) was purchased during a showcase at Chemers Gallery, an art gallery in Tustin, California that Library officials have worked with in the past. After the fall purchase, Chemers officials sent the Molly Idle selection to Main Library in December. Idle also sent Vanderbrink a process piece (or work-in-progress sketch) of her artwork for the Huebner Collection.

“It’s so unique and so different,” said Vanderbrink, who took the award-winning piece recently to the Deluxe Frame Shop, a locally-owned business on Cherry Street, very near Main Library where the Robert L. and Posy Huebner Collection is on permanent display.

“We knew this work needed special attention. We couldn’t find the exact pink mat to match the colors in Idle’s artwork, so Deluxe Frame owner Terry Rousseau actually hand-painted the mat for the exact match of pink,” explained Vanderbrink.

The newly acquired artwork by Molly Idle is currently on permanent display in the Children’s Library at Main, 325 Michigan St.

Other highlights in the Huebner Collection include pieces from, Nancy Drew and the Secret of Shadow Ranch illustrated by Russell Tandy (written by late local author Mildred Benson who wrote under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene); Caldecott Medal winner Once a Mouse by Marcia Brown; Hidden Ohio illustrated by Diana Magnuson (written by area author Julie Rubini); Tailypo by the late Wil Clay (written by local author Jan Wahl), and Be Kind to Our World by local author and illustrator Denise Fleming. The Huebner Collection also contains artwork from Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales co-illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Stories told by Virginia Hamilton), and Newbery Honor-winning Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel.

•  DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that flamingos are pink or orange or white depending on what they eat? Check out Caldecott Honor Book Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo at your neighborhood branch Library, and while visiting search the collection for other books about flamingos!

• Click on this link and view our list of 2014 Children’s and Teen Book Awards, including such prestigious honors as the Newbery Medal and Honor Books, Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, Coretta Scott King Author Award and many more!:  http://sps/youthsrv/booklists/Librarian%20Booklists/2014%20Awards.docx

•  Click on this link and view this touching “thank you” YouTube video of author-illustrator Molly Idle:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTgih7gD61U

 

 

 

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Spanish and Foreign Language Resources at the Library


The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has resources written or produced in a foreign langauge. Those include:

Physical items (books and media to checkout)

  1. Books - fiection and nonfiction in a variety of langauges
  2. Movies and Music - entertainment DVDs and music CDs in a variety of langauges
  3. Books on CD - fiction and nonfiction spoken in foreign languages (primarily Spanish).

eResources (eBooks and media to use on a portable device)

  1. Overdrive-fiction and nonfiction eBooks written in foreign languages. Overdrive interace can also be switched to Spanish.
  2. Overdrive-fiction and nonfiction eAudio spoken in foreign languages.
  3. Hoopla - streaming video spoken in foreign languages (primarily Spanish).
  4. Hoopla - streaming music in foreign languages (primarily Spanish).
  5. Zinio - downloadable Spanish language magazines.

Databases

  1. Bookflix - books written or spoken in Spanish in children.
  2. Tumblebooks-books written or spoken in French, Spanish, Chinese or Russian for children. The interface of Tumblebooks can also be switched from English to Spanish or French.
  3. LearningExpress Library-Study for GED, U.S. Citizens Test and the Green Card test in Spanish.
  4. World Book Encyclopedia - Two encyclopedias in Spanish, one for elementary and another for older grades.
  5. The interface of some databases such as EBSCO, GAle, Consumer Reports may be changed to a variety of different langauges. In addition, Gale databases have a listen feature.

Resources for foreign speakers (ESL materials):

*Physical Items (books and media to checkout)

  1. Books - ESL (English as a Second Language) help in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and other langauges.
  2. Books on CD - ESL help in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and other languages.

*eResources (eBooks and media to use on a device)

  1. Overdrive - eBooks and eAudio teach ESL.

*Databases

  1. Mango Languages - Online ESL tutorials in a variety of foreign langauges including German, Korean, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese, Armenian, and much more!

 

For more information, please call 419.259.5200.

 

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You Can Help Us Do More!


(Released November 20, 2013) - Your Toledo-Lucas County Public Library serves everyone in Lucas County, and we are always here for you.

As we reflect on the system’s 175th anniversary this year, now is a great time to donate to the Library Legacy Foundation (LLF), which supports the many valuable Library projects including Authors! Authors!, early literacy programs, Homework Help Centers, computer and technology purchases and so much more. Donations to the Library make a very big difference!


The Library, founded in 1838, works hard to bring you the best materials, the newest technology, expert staff, and the personal service and information that you need. We hope that the Library can count on you – you can help us do more!
 

Click on this link and donate today: http://www.toledolibrary.org/donate_popup.asp 

(Your online donation is secure and will be processed via PayPal)

Kathryn Fell, Library Development Coordinator, said, “As the holidays are upon us, please take this opportunity to consider a donation to the Library Legacy Foundation to help support the Library, which has been the center of community life since its inception in 1838. This gift is ideal, for your entire gift will qualify as a charitable deduction.”


Your gift will help to purchase more books and materials and to keep the many essential programs that our community needs and deserves. Please consider making a charitable contribution to support your Library. Every gift will help.
Please make your gift today! For 175 years, our community has relied on its Library. Now, you can help your Library do more.


The Library Legacy Foundation has a 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and your entire gift will qualify as a charitable deduction.


Other Library projects supported by LLF:


•        Book and audiovisual purchases
•        Brown Bag Summer Concerts
•        Family and cultural programs
•        Genealogy and local history programs
•        Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens and adults
•        Rare book and materials collections


If you have questions, please contact Kathryn Fell at Kathryn.fell@toledolibrary.org or 419.259.5123.
You can also make a donation online at toledolibrary.org
 

 

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Millie Benson Collection


By Michael Lora,

Library Special Collections Coordinator/Local History and Genealogy department

 

On Sunday, December 8, 2013, the Montrie Auction and Estate Service, LLC, held a sale consisting of items from the estate of Margaret “Peggy” Wirt, the daughter of Mildred “Millie” Benson Wirt, perhaps better-known as Carolyn Keene, the author of the first 23 Nancy Drew novels.

The auction lasted nearly four hours. Toledo-Lucas County Public Library officials were successful in acquiring six lots of Ms. Benson memorabilia including photographs, flight logbooks and an important writing award.

A more thorough description of these acquisitions follows:

*Our first success was the 2000 Agatha Lifetime Achievement Award in the shape of a porcelain teapot decorated with the words “Malice Domestic XIII”. In actuality, Ms. Benson won the award for 2001. The award is presented to individuals writing mysteries similar to Agatha Christie, i.e. no sex or violence in a closed setting with an amateur detective as the protagonist. This sub-genre is also known by its slang term, the English cozy, if it takes place in England.

*Next, we were able to purchase for $60, six photographs of Ms. Benson revealing various ages from her 30s into her 80s.

*The hammer fell on Ms. Benson’s application for admittance to the Journalist in Space Program sponsored by NASA. Ms. Benson filled out this application and wrote essays regarding her belief in the space program.  It also contains recommendations from her co-workers at the Toledo Blade. This application was posted in early 1986 when Ms. Benson was over 80-years-old and still held a current instrument rated private pilot’s license with a third-class medical. Her flight log books sold for $220 and document her training, her first solo flight and continue through her instrument flight rating, seaplane and glider training.

*In addition to a further lot of five black and white photographs of Ms. Benson, the library’s final success was a lot consisting to two black and white photographs of artwork featuring actress and model Grace Horton used by used by artist Russell H. Tandy for his original early Nancy Drew illustrations and dust jacket art. 

These new acquisitions are currently on display in the Blade Rare Book Room.  We hope to see many Nancy Drew fans visit us soon to enjoy this wonderful archive of an amazing woman.

 

For more details, please call the Local History and Genealogy department at 419.259.5233.

 

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John Amato: You will do better in Toledo ... and at the Library



Ask John Amato and he’ll tell you there is a vibrant community in Toledo and the surrounding areas, and the Library has helped his business to spread that love.

“There are people that are engaged and really want to make this a better place,” said Amato, screen printer/owner at JupMode, a vintage t-shirt/attire and accessories company that promotes Toledo.

Born in Toledo and reared in Perrysburg, Amato said that he relies heavily on the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library to make his business successful. He is the owner of a popular vintage slogan t-shirt company that promotes Toledo pride, and captures the nostalgia and history of Toledo.


His business boomed when he created a t-shirt that bears the slogan – You will do better in Toledo. The 1913 adage was a promotional slogan of the day to attract businesses and residents of the time. Today, some 100 years later, the slogan and many other vintage slogans have been rebirthed on the chests of hipsters in our community thanks to Amato’s business.

“I use the Main Library for nearly all of the research for my business and for the ‘You will do better …’  slogan shirt - when I created it about four years ago I relied heavily on the research at the Library,” said Amato.

The engaged businessman and screen printer said he also researched the history behind a yesteryear slogan titled – We’re strong for Toledo. He used the Library as a resource to investigate information on additional former slogans for his business, including one he found in a yearbook which read – Somebody in Toledo loves me; and other research on former sports teams – the Toledo Maroons, the Toledo Troopers, and history on former city Mayors such as Samuel “Golden Rule” Jones – all have been made into t-shirts and accessories for his company.

“I have spent a fair amount of time at the Library … it’s been remarkable to see the reaction to the t-shirts. The Library is a great resource to have,” said Amato.

Amato and business partner Josh Wagy, of Smash Toledo, recently joined to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the You will do better in Toledo slogan. The two plan to keep the synergy going with more pro-Toledo and pro-Toledo area meet-ups, events, promotions, and more. And yes, Amato shares, the Library will be right there along the way.

For more on JupMode, or to order a vintage slogan t-shirt or other accessory, please visit www.jupmode.com

 

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