Updated: February 21, 2019

THS Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday 

The Toledo Area Humane Society is offering a Dr. Seuss program for children ages 8-12 years old on Saturday, March 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Kids will read Dr. Seuss books to adoptable pets, enjoy a fun Dr. Seuss-themed scavenger hunt around the shelter, make special Dr. Seuss crafts to take home, enjoy a yummy snack and the afternoon will conclude with TLC time with adoptable pets. 

Cost is $25.00 per child. For more information about the Toledo Area Humane Society or about the Dr. Seuss program, contact Jackie Kinnee at the Toledo Area Humane Society at (419) 482-7106 or register online at 

Visitors To Create Artwork During Spoleto Festival 

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will host a free family concert from the Spoleto Festival USA in the GlasSalon on Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Visitors will have the opportunity to play instruments, create artwork and then listen and sing along to “Gawain and the Green Knight,” a brand-new work about Camelot by composer Doug Balliett, who will be playing bass in this concert.  

Led by violinist Geoff Nuttall of Spoleto Festival USA, this informal concert for all ages is sure to be fun and memorable.

“This is unique opportunity for parents and children to enjoy some hands-on activities with the instruments and create artwork before the concert,” said Youth and Family Programs manager Maria Iafelice. “The concert is really designed with the audience in mind. We’ll have seating around the musicians, who will invite the audience to participate and sing along.”

Spoleto Festival USA, one of America’s major performing arts festivals, will bring a fresh perspective on classical chamber music to TMA. It was founded in 1977 in Charleston, S.C., by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who sought to establish a counterpart to the Festival dei Due Mondi (The Festival of Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy.

The free family concert is hosted by Cynthia and Ron Thompson. 

TLCPL Announces Writing Contest Theme

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library will host its annual writing contest. This year’s theme is “A Day With My #BFF (Book Friend Forever)!” Students can spend the day with their “BFF” by choosing a character and exploring their world or bringing that character into the student’s world.

Hogwarts, Wakanda, Wonderland – the only limit to this year’s writing contest is imagination. 


The story must be an original work, which comes solely from student’s imagination.

Story should include three parts – a beginning, middle and end.

500-word maximum.

Hand-written or typed entry accepted.

Winners must have parent/guardian permission to receive prizes.

Grade Categories

K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.


First place: $150.

Second place: $100.

Third place: $25.00.

Four honorable mentions: $25.00.

Prizes will be awarded in each grade category from all entries. Stories must be turned in by Saturday, March 23. 

TLCPL has published the first- through third-place essays in Overdrive for the past four years. The winners’ names are searchable as authors in the library catalog.

 To enter, stop by any library location or visit

Library Helps Kids Prepare For Kindergarten 

Countdown to Kindergarten at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library is both a kindergarten-readiness storytime for kids and a program to inform parents and caregivers of the skills that their children will need when beginning kindergarten.

“Kindergarten is a big transition and this program will help parents and children know what to expect as they begin school,” said Nancy Eames, TLCPL youth services coordinator.

Activities include: songs, stories, take-home activity tips/ideas, activity stations and free take-home skill rings and safety scissors.

This program has been made possible through generous support from the Library Legacy Foundation.

Class size is limited. Registration is available at any branch or visit for more information.

Area Library Offers Free Student Resources 

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library offers a variety of free resources for students.

One-to-one Homework Helper for grades K-8 service is offered at 13 library locations.

One-to-one live tutoring and more is available through offers: live, expert tutoring, nightly from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m.; help with homework assignments; proofing and editing of papers; test prep for final exams, AP tests, ACT/SAT, state standardized tests, GED and citizenship tests; academic skill building through drills and videos and college application guidance.

Public computers and quiet study spaces are available at 19 locations throughout the Toledo Lucas County Public Library system.

Books, downloadable materials and research tools for assignments and studying are available as well as thousands of library programs from art to wellness and coding.

No overdue fines apply on juvenile books and magazines.

All that is needed is a Toledo library card to get started. For more information, call (419) 259-5200.

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