The Jewel of Toledo

It sparkles like a jewel thanks to its remarkable display of glass mosaic murals installed before the opening of the Toledo’s Main Library in 1940.  These “jewel-like” puzzle pieces of hand-cut glass were placed onto large panels of Vitrolite.  It displays 80 colors and stands six feet tall.  The glass mural is an illustration of the history of arts and sciences spanning from architecture to philosophy according to Toledo Lucas County Library Blog.

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Photo credits:  http://www.toledolibrary.org/

 

The Main Branch is currently under a major reconstruction project but, rest assured, the Vitrolite will remain intact.  The Main Library’s estimated opening date is September 28, 2019. Discover more about the reconstruction of the Main Library by clicking here.  

The Library is currently under the direction of Acting Director Jason Kucsma.  The executive team proudly leads 20 branches across the greater Toledo area.  The branches have nearly two million volumes accessible not only in print but electronically as well.  In fact, the Library offers some intriguing hidden stories specifically about Toledo. Check out Lou Hebert’s interesting read the Hidden History of Toledo.  It contains stories from Toledo’s Biggest Robbery to Toledo’s Forgotten Star:  The Beautiful June MacCloy, who graduated from Scott High School and was blessed with a deep, rich and husky singing voice.

All Branches offer OverDrive which is your one-stop place to access eBooks, Kindle books and audiobooks.  The Lucas County Public Library also offers books for sale as low as $1 per hardcover copies.  The next date of the book sale is July 11, July 12 and July 13 at the Book Center in the Reynolds Corners Shopping Center.  Click here for hours of operation and additional details.

Photo by Emma Matthews on Unsplash

Photo by Emma Matthews on Unsplash

If you are looking for tech tools, local history, meeting rooms, dog licenses, passports, homework help, job search assistance, computer and technology help or assistance with learning to read, our “Jewel of Toledo” is here for you to soak up rays of its sparkle.  Below is a list of all the amazing, Lucas County Library Branches.

 

Lucas County Library Branches

Main Library 325 Michigan Street, Toledo, OH  43604
Birmingham 203 Paine Avenue, Toledo, OH  43605
Heatherdowns 3265 Glanzman Road, Toledo, OH  43614
Holland 1032 South McCord Road, Holland, OH  43528
Kent 3101 Collingwood Blvd, Toledo, OH 43610
King Road 3900 King Road, Toledo, OH  43617
Lagrange 3422 Lagrange Street, Toledo, OH  43608
Locke 703 Miami Street, Toledo, OH  43605
Maumee 501 River Road, Maumee, OH  43537
Mott 1010 Dorr Street, Toledo, OH  43607
Oregon 3340 Dustin Road, Toledo, OH  43616
Point Place 2727 117th Street, Toledo, OH 43611
Reynolds Corners 4833 Dorr Street, Toledo, OH 43615
Sanger 3030 West Central Avenue, Toledo, OH  43606
South 1736 Broadway Street, Toledo, OH 43609
Sylvania 6749 Monroe Street, Sylvania, OH 43560
Toledo Heights 423 Shasta Drive, Toledo, OH  43609
Washington 5560 Harvest Lane, Toledo, OH  43623
Waterville 800 Michigan Avenue, Waterville, OH  43566
West Toledo 1320 Sylvania Avenue, Toledo, OH  43612


Additional libraries to enjoy in Northwest Ohio include…

Wood County Public Library 251 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, OH 43402
Way Library 101 E. Indiana Avenue, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Findlay-Hancock Co. Library 206 Broadway Street, Findlay, OH  45840
Monroe Co. Bedford Branch 8575 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI  48182


Learn more about the Toledo Lucas County Public Library by visiting http://www.toledolibrary.org/.

A special thank you to the following sites
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toledo-Lucas_County_Public_Library
https://librarytechnology.org/library/1174
http://www.toledolibrary.org/leadership
http://www.toledolibrary.org/blog/hot-glass-cool-characters-vitrolite-visions

 

Written: Jul 9, 2019

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Dana Nehren

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