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.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2022

Celebrate Black History Month with the Library! Black history is a crucial part of our nations’ story . Throughout February, the Library will host programs that honor the history, culture, and lives of Black Americans. View the calendar.

ACTIVITY KITS FOR ALL AGES:
Feb. 1 – 28, 2022 at all Library locations
Stop in at your nearest location during Library hours and pick up a Black History Month Activity Kit. These kits have something for everyone!

DOCUMENTARY FILM AND DISCUSSION: Sons of Toledo
(T) Feb. 1 | 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mott

WE ARE THE DIVINE 9
(W) Feb. 2 | 4 - 5p.m., Holland
(Sa) Feb. 12 | 3 - 4 p.m., Kent
(W) Feb. 16 | 4 - 5p.m., West Toledo
(Sa) Feb. 26 | 3 - 4 p.m., Mott

BLACK LIVES MATTER VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSION
(Th), Feb. 17 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Autobiography of Malcolm X

MALCOLM X COMMEMORATIVE EVENT
(M) Feb. 21 | 6:30 p.m., Main Library

DIALOGUE ON DIVERSITY: BLUE: STORIES FROM TOLEDO
(W) Feb. 23 | 6 p.m. (and virtual screening) Mott

DOCUMENTARY FILM AND DISCUSSION: THE ONE AND ONLY DICK GREGORY
(M) Feb. 28 | 6 p.m., Main Library

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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH 2022

March is Women's History Month – commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Immerse yourself in stories, images, activities, and discussions from the Library:

  • Ms. Magazine and the Rise of Feminist Media Exhibit at Main Library
  • Activities to Go kits
  • Women's History Month Book Group
    Book: I da B. The Queen by Michelle Duster | (Th), March 17 | 7 -8 p.m.

Women in Toledo Podcast
Listen to the lives of Toledo women who made a difference as you walk, ride, or drive with our four-part podcast. Each episode will take you on a tour of a Toledo neighborhood, highlighting the women who lived and worked in the area. Theme music was written and performed by Maddison Shutters.

Authors! visit to be announced

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