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Toledo Public Library News

October 15, 2017
By Jennifer Bledsoe - Toledo Library Director , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The annual book sale is going well. There are many books, DVDs and audio books being tucked into bags and taken home for buyers to enjoy! We thank you for supporting the library. All funds received from the book sale go back into the library and will help purchase new library items. If you have not stopped in, we would enjoy seeing you.


The library hosted a quilt discussion and appraisal program in September. Two local AQS certified appraisers were at the library for two days to talk about beautiful quilts that were shared by visitors.

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We learned about the history of each quilt and this included colors, fabrics, threads, designs and so much more! We appreciated the time that these two appraisers invested in our citizens who were eager to learn about their quilts. I can be safe in saying that everyone who walked out, was amazed and thrilled to learn all the details about their quilts.


Humanities Iowa Speaker, Mary Kay Shanley visited the library to do a program titled, The Magic of our Memories. Mary Kay is a writer and has written 11 books. This program was informative, entertaining and made the audience think about the importance of our memories and how we all have memories to share. This program was funded by Humanities Iowa and the Toledo Library Foundation.


The library is gearing up for the cooler months and in doing so, we are planning several autumn events.

The next Craft Lab will be Nov. 7 and 9.

An Autumn Soup Lunch will be taking place at the library on Friday, Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Vision Iowa Room.

There will be two soups to choose from, a variety of bars, mixed crackers and a drink.

There is no charge for this event, but rather a donation will be accepted. We will serve until we run out. Gather with friends and make this your lunch destination on Friday, Nov. 3.


While old items are being removed from the shelves, new items are being added:

New fiction for October are: Ghost on the Case by Carolyn Hart; The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey; The Witches' Tree by M.C. Beaton; Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand; Origin by Dan Brown; The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott; Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber; Need to Know by Fern Michaels; Turkey Trot Murder by Leslie Meier; A Snow Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller; Deep Freeze by John Sandford; Fairytale by Danielle Steel; Killing Season by Faye Kellerman; Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods; Pulse by Felix Francis; Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman.

New Non-fiction to the shelves are: American Fire-Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hess; What She Ate by Laura Shapiro, Celebrate Every Season with the Six Sisters Stuff Cookbook and Beyond Promises by Ron Corbett.

New DVDs added are: Batman vs. Superman, Secretariat, Captain Underpants-The First Epic Movie, Megan Leavy, Toy Story of Terror, Charlie and Lola-What can I Wear for Halloween?, Caillou's Halloween and Beauty and the Beast.

The library has a nice selection of BBC DVD series including, The Great British Baking Show, Poldark, Call the Midwife, Doc Martin and many others just waiting for you to check out and enjoy.

If you need a library card, stop in and get signed up for one. If you want to know what is happening at your public library, go to or our Facebook page. These have valuable information and are both updated daily with services and events that are open to everyone.



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