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Library News: Jumpstart’s Read for the record campaign attempts to set world record Sept. 20


On Thursday, September 20, 2007, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will join adults and children from across the country who will attempt to set the world record for the largest shared reading experience ever as part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign


Participants will read the book, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (Drawings by Robert Lawson), in a single day.  The story, first published more than 50 years ago, is about a bull of mellow temperament.


Show your support that day any time from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Main Library, 325 Michigan Street, and at most library branch locations.  The Campaign aims to help all children thrive by raising awareness about the early education crisis (“1 in 3 children enter school unprepared to succeed” – Source: Jumpstart).


Children and adults will set the record by registering for the event at readfortherecord.org and reading in their own homes, or at one of the community events held nationwide – Toys R Us stores, shopping malls, parks and other venues. Toledo-Lucas County Public Library officials urge all to participate at Main Library or at other library branch locations.


Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, is currently mentoring 10,000 preschool children in one-to-one relationships to help each child build language, literacy and social skills that are critical for their success upon entering kindergarten. For more information, please call 419.259.5231



2007-2008 Authors! Authors!

The 2007-2008 Fall/Spring Authors! Authors! series presented by The Blade and arranged by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library offers the community an exciting lineup of authors for readers of every interest from teen angst to forensic anthropology.


All Authors! Authors! events are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and are held at the Stranahan Theater Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd.  The Authors! Authors! series is now in its 13th year. 


Tickets are $10 per person, $8 for students, or $27 for the entire Fall authors series, or $36 for the entire Spring authors series.  Tickets are available for purchase at all Toledo-Lucas County Public Library locations starting today (September 5) and are limited in quantity.


Authors scheduled for the Fall 2007 series include:


  • Wednesday, September 19 – Susan L. Taylor, Essence magazine editorial director:  Former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, a lifestyle magazine, which targets African American women.  Taylor has turned her monthly columns into collections including In the Spirit: The Inspirational Writings of Susan L. Taylor.


  • Thursday, October 18 – Joe Klein, Journalist and Columnist:  Klein has written many critically acclaimed political novels including Primary Colors, published anonymously, and The Natural, Bill Clinton’s Misunderstood Presidency.



  • Thursday, November 1 – Jim Trelease, Educator and Author:  Trelease is the author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, the bestselling guide to children’s literature for parents and teachers.


At each program, authors will speak for about one hour, followed by a short question and answer session.  Following the program, authors will be available to sign copies of their books.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers will supply books, and in some cases audio books, for purchase at the program.


Most authors are available for media interviews prior to the event. For more information, please call 419.259.5381.





Confused by the College World?

Three Toledo-Lucas County Public Library branch locations are scheduled to host “Parent College 101: Success Strategies for First Generation College Families,” a free, two-hour program presented by Owens Community College.


Parents are invited to learn how students can make a successful transition from high school to college.  These free sessions are designed for families who have not had previous experience with college and will cover topics such as the best payment options, understanding college language and answering your questions.


The sessions will be held at the following times/locations:

Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Road

_Thursday, September 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


West Toledo Branch Library, 1320 Sylvania Avenue

_Thursday October 18, 7-8:30 p.m.

_Thursday October 25, 7-8:30 p.m.



Mott Branch Library, 1085 Dorr Street

_Monday, October 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


For more details, or to register, please go online to www.owens.edu/parentcollege101 or call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7253.







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