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Main Library Reopens to Acclaim

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

The renovated Toledo Lucas County Main Branch Library opened on Saturday, September 28 in a ceremony led by local officials, library staff and a six-person orchestra. Hundreds of visitors stopped by to see the wide-open spaces and added resources. The new library features more books, more computers, more meeting spaces, more children libraries and more creative opportunities with its recording studios, editing rooms and printers.

A series of short speeches were presented by Library Director/Fiscal Officer Jason Kucsma; Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur; Christa Luttman (representative for Gov. DeWine); State Sen. Teresa Fedor; Lucas County Commissioners Gary Byers and Tina Skeldon Wozniak; Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, Council Members Yvonne Harper, Tyrone Riley and Larry Sykes and TPS Superintendent Romules Durant, EdD.

The remodeled main library with its architectural updates and added 21st century resources was the vision of long-time director, Clyde Scoles, who died on February 15, 2019, months before his planned retirement and while the renovation of the main branch and the construction of the new Mott Branch Library were well underway.

The Mott Branch opened earlier this summer in June.

Scoles was deeply invested in the future of library architecture, es reflected in the design for both Mott and the main branch. He was one of six people to judge entries in an annual library design competition and, in recent years, joined representatives from several architectural firms, the University of Portland, and the Los Angeles Public Library System on the jury appointed by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association. The jury reviewed 81 library projects built both in the United States and foreign countries during 2014 as candidates for the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Program.

The speakers paid tribute to Scoles’ leadership and contributions to the library system over the years. In addition, two days before the re-opening ceremony, a section of Michigan Avenue in front of the Main Branch was renamed for Scoles.



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Revised: 10/03/19 14:17:09 -0400.

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