Toledo Library Welcomes New Gift Shop at Main Library

Daily Dose  |  09/09/2019 1:00 pm

The reopening for Main Library is 22 days away! The Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) is proud to welcome Lynda Kuehn and Stephanie Scigliano, of Art and Soul to the TLCPL family as the owners of the newly renovated gift shop at Main Library.

Lynda is the former co-owner of the popular Art & Soul Gallery in West Toledo that recently closed due to the retirement of her business partner. The store curated works from local artists throughout the Toledo and surrounding areas, making it a popular destination for customers that desired a unique, one-of-a-kind item while supporting local business.

Stephanie is a working and teaching artist, whose studio Olive M’lou was located at Art & Soul, where she taught community creative workshops. She is well known in the area for her teaching, especially in the medium of alcohol inks. Stephanie is also a former store owner and brings 25 plus years of retail experience to this new venture.

Lynda and Stephanie will bring the same vision to the new Art & Soul at the Library. The focus will remain on showcasing local and regional artists of handmade jewelry, pottery, glass, paper, wood, children’s items and much more. There will be something for everyone.

Ms. Kuehn says, “I am so excited to have been given the opportunity by the Library to resurrect the vision of the original Art & Soul and to continue to bring to my previous and new customers the high quality, yet affordable, work of local artists that they have come to expect.”

“Toledo has so much creative talent, and the community is wonderfully supportive of the arts,” says Ms. Scigliano. “I am thrilled and excited to be partnering with Lynda to continue Art & Soul’s vision, and this opportunity to have a store at Main is very special. It’s an exciting time at Main, and we are lucky to be a part of it all.”

Library leaders and staff are excited to welcome Lynda and Stephanie to Main Library and part of the TLCPL team. The passion Stephanie and Lynda have for the community reflects the Library’s values of being welcoming, innovative, collaborative, objective and accountable.

TLCPL’s Main Library employs 186 staff members and serves an estimated 12,000 customers per week in the current building. The Library’s other new buildings have seen an average 25 - 30% increase in customer visits when compared to the old building.

Friends of the Library (FOL) has been and will continue to be a very important part of the Library and will allow FOL to focus on membership and Book Sales. Book Sales will continue at the Book Center located at 1301 N. Reynolds Rd. 

"The Friends of the Library organization has monitored our Classics Gift Shop at the Main Library for many years. Unfortunately, it has always struggled to make a profit. We have decided to focus our fundraising endeavors elsewhere. This will create more opportunities for successful support and funding of programs for the Toledo Lucas County Public Library," says Margi Levi, Friends of the Library Manager.

Join the Toledo Lucas County Public Library for the grand opening celebration on September 28 at Main Library.