Big Idea


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 join us on our BIG IDEA journey with the selections below.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Oct. 1 - 31

Join the Library and The Ability Center in advocating for people with disabilities during the month of October. Together, we will work to make our community the most disability-friendly in the nation.

During this month, Americans pay tribute to the accomplishments of differently-abled men and women and reaffirm the nation's commitment to ensure equal opportunities for all citizens. This effort began in 1945 when Congress enacted Public Law 176, which declared the first week of October each year National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. 25 years later, Congress expanded the week to the full month of October and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The theme for 2021 is Inclusion Drives Innovation.

Learn more about this important month with Library blogs, programs, and material recommendations below.

LATINX CULTURAL HERITAGE

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

Join the Library in celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Learn more with Library blogs, programs, and material recommendations below.

INSTARECS

RECENT BLOGS

You are enough! Dial in for books highlighting Ability Awareness.

Continue Reading: Dial-A-Story for October 13-26

Check out these nonfiction books written by people with disabilities.

Continue Reading: Ability Awareness: Adult Nonfiction Booklist

Want to gain a better understanding of younger characters that have disabilities? Check out these titles about youths who defied normal.

Continue Reading: Ability Awareness: Teen Book List

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!

Continue Reading: The DREAM Project: Disability Representation, Education and Awareness in Media resources for Preschool/ Kindergarten; Early Elementary (1-3)

Upcoming programs

Huichol Indian Yarn Art Class

Saturday Oct. 16
at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Washington

Huichol Indian Yarn Art dates back to the indigenous community in Mexico, Huichol. Join us in creating an art piece using yarn and moving it to create an image. Presented by the Sofia Quintero Center.

Event Details for Huichol Indian Yarn Art Class

Sanger Under 200 Book Group

Monday Oct. 18
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Sanger

No theme, no registration – we’ll be reading light/heavy/fiction/non-fiction – anything (under 200 pages) goes!

Event Details for Sanger Under 200 Book Group

Birmingham Book Group

Tuesday Oct. 19
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book group is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

Event Details for Birmingham Book Group

West Toledo Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Group

Tuesday Oct. 19
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: West Toledo

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book group is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

Event Details for West Toledo Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Group

The Holding Project: A Community Art Installation

Wednesday Oct. 20
at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Kent

Write or draw your response to the questions “What makes you feel safe?” and “What makes you feel unsafe?” on a small card that will be incorporated into a large-scale community art installation.

Event Details for The Holding Project: A Community Art Installation

The Holding Project: A Community Art Installation

Thursday Oct. 21
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: West Toledo

Write or draw your response to the questions “What makes you feel safe?” and “What makes you feel unsafe?” on a small card that will be incorporated into a large-scale community art installation.

Event Details for The Holding Project: A Community Art Installation

Pen to Palette Book Group with Toledo Museum of Art

Tuesday Oct. 26
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Interested in the intersections of art and prose? Read a book, discuss virtually, then meet in-person for a personalized tour featuring objects, arts and cultures from our chosen book.

Event Details for Pen to Palette Book Group with Toledo Museum of Art

Black Lives Matter Book Group

Tuesday Oct. 26
at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

A discussion group dedicated to Black voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community.

Event Details for Black Lives Matter Book Group

Maumee Book Group

Wednesday Oct. 27
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Maumee

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book group is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

Event Details for Maumee Book Group

Pen to Palette Museum Tour with Toledo Museum of Art

Thursday Oct. 28
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Library in the Community

Interested in the intersections of art and prose? Read a book, discuss virtually, then meet in-person for a personalized tour featuring objects, arts and cultures from our chosen book.

Event Details for Pen to Palette Museum Tour with Toledo Museum of Art

Online Fiction Book Group

Wednesday Nov. 3
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Travel back in time, sail across the world—while never leaving your armchair. Join the Online Fiction Book Group where we read and discuss a wide variety of fiction virtually.

Event Details for Online Fiction Book Group

Oregon Book Group

Tuesday Nov. 9
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Oregon

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book group is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

Event Details for Oregon Book Group

Waterville Evening Book Group

Tuesday Nov. 9
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Waterville

Good conversation, friendly faces, and great books-that's what book group is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

Event Details for Waterville Evening Book Group

Black Lives Matter Book Group

Tuesday Nov. 23
at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

A discussion group dedicated to Black voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community.

Event Details for Black Lives Matter Book Group

Maumee Book Group

Wednesday Nov. 24
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Maumee

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book group is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

Event Details for Maumee Book Group

ASL Basics

Tuesday Nov. 30
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Sanger

In this American Sign Language class, learn basic techniques on how to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Presented by Owens Community College. ***Smart Board is required****

Event Details for ASL Basics

World AIDS Day Screening of HIV in the Rust Belt

Wednesday Dec. 1
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Main Library

HIV in the Rust Belt is a feature-length documentary project focusing on the experience of two women survivors and their connection with David's House Compassion, an HIV organization unique to Toledo.

Event Details for World AIDS Day Screening of HIV in the Rust Belt

ASL Basics

Tuesday Dec. 14
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: King Road

In this American Sign Language class, learn basic techniques on how to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Presented by Owens Community College.

Event Details for ASL Basics

Birmingham Book Group

Tuesday Dec. 21
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book group is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

Event Details for Birmingham Book Group

Maumee Book Group

Wednesday Dec. 22
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Maumee

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book group is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

Event Details for Maumee Book Group

Black Lives Matter Book Group

Tuesday Dec. 28
at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

A discussion group dedicated to Black voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community.

Event Details for Black Lives Matter Book Group

Urban Fiction Book Group

Tuesday Jan. 11
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Lagrange

Read the stories of characters from diverse cultural and ethnic experiences in an urban setting. Join us to discuss this fast-paced and compulsively readable genre.

Event Details for Urban Fiction Book Group

Oregon Book Group

Tuesday Apr. 12
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Oregon

Good conversation, friendly faces and great books - that's what book group is all about. We're looking forward to seeing you at our lively and engaging book discussion.

Event Details for Oregon Book Group