Join us for presentations on hot topics, with lunch and lively discussion! Hot Topics are held the third Friday of the month. A lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert is included.

Reservations are strongly encouraged at least one week prior: call 419-824-3707 or email

Fridays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room
$10 member/$15 non-members, per meeting

A Virtual Tour of Main Library!

Erin Connolly

Friday, September 13

The Main Library, hub of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, is about to reopen after being closed for months of renovations. Preview the updates before the grand reopening 9/28! The updated Main Library will provide new spaces to highlight and support Toledo’s talent and brains. Browse the collections, have lunch, get advice on technology, improve your skills, and find inspiration with what can be created in the Studio Lab.

Erin Connolly has been a librarian for 20 years and worked with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library nearly her whole career.  She leads the Fact & Fiction Department at Main Library engaging our downtown community and regional customers with their information and educational needs.  A learning enthusiast, Erin loves to connect interests and passions with books and she loves to geek out on local Toledo history, genealogy, and anything handmade.

News or Misinformation

Norm Thal

Friday, October 18

Many Americans say the creation and spread of made-up news and information is causing significant harm to the nation and needs to be stopped. How do people react to misinformation? Are politicians or journalists the source or the solution?

Discussion led by veteran facilitator Norm Thal.

Gun Control: Ohio and Beyond

Thomas Estrella

Friday, November 15

Plenty of myths and misunderstandings surround the issue of gun ownership.

Retired Lourdes University Professor Thomas Estrella will lead a dialog concerning current state and federal restrictions relating to firearms ownership. The Supreme Court Heller and McDonald decisions will also be presented for discussion.