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Become a Summer Reading Pal

Combine your love of books with your love of children and become a Summer Reading Pal for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.  Summer Reading Pals are volunteers who participate in the Library’s free seven-week summer program for youth who need reading practice.


This year’s program, at the Sanger and Oregon branch locations, runs June 18 through August 4, 2007, and no experience is required.  The library will provide free training.  Volunteers are needed an hour or two each week and will meet with students in grades 1 or 2 for one-on-one reading practice.


According to a library press release, this program is not intended to replace formal tutoring.  Interested volunteers should call the Library’s Volunteer Coordinator at 419.259.5276.


Parents or guardians interested in signing up their children should fill out an application form available at the Sanger Branch, 3030 W. Central Avenue, or at the Oregon Branch, 3340 Dustin Road, Oregon.

For more details, call 419.259.5207.



A fun-filled party for the entire family titled FIESTA! is scheduled from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at the South Branch Library, 1736 Broadway, Toledo. This is a free cultural event featuring food, crafts, and the dance troupe, El Corazón de México.

For more details, call the South Branch Library at 419.259.5395


Buccaneers and Buried Treasure

Join the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and practice your best pirate scowl, Argh Mateys!  Grab your parrot and chart a course for fun and adventure at a free evening event titled Buccaneers and Buried Treasure scheduled from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at the West Toledo Branch Library, 1320 Sylvania Avenue.


The gang at West Toledo promises games, grub, and pirate loot for all scurvy knaves brave enough to attend this fun family-oriented event.


Piracy was described for the first time, among others, in Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey.  For a great many years there remained an ambiguous definition of piracy.  Norse riders of the 9th and 11th century AD were not considered pirates but rather, were called "Danes" or "Vikings."  Another popular meaning of the word in medieval England was "sea thieves."  The meaning of the word pirate most closely tied to the contemporary was established in the XVIII century AD.  This definition dubbed pirates "outlaws.”  (Information according to www.piratesinfo.com)


For more details, call the West Toledo Branch at 419.259.5290.


Toledo Classical Ballet Academy’s Coloring Contest

The Toledo Classical Ballet Academy is offering area youth a chance to test their drawing skills with its Coloring Contest.  Coloring sheet entry forms are available at all Toledo-Lucas County Public Library locations.


The contest centers on Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, a production scheduled at 7 p.m. June 22 and 23, 2007, at the Maumee Center for the Performing Arts. (www.toledoclassicalballet.com). The contest is open to the following age categories: kindergarten to second grade (completed), and third grade to sixth grade (completed).


One prizewinner from each category will receive the following: 

  • 2 reservations (one adult, one child) to "Afternoon Tea with Sleeping Beauty" at The Toledo Club from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20


  • Autographed theatrical poster from "The Sleeping Beauty"


  • 4 general admission tickets to "The Sleeping Beauty" ballet (with a choice of performance dates)


Deadline to enter the Coloring Contest is Thursday, June 14, 2007. For more details, call 419.259.5207.







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