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Read. think. share. Engage.

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is excited to announce “Thunder Dog” by Michael Hingson as the 2018 Community Read title. The library encourages the Seneca County community to read the book and come together for special events and discussions celebrating it. Dates will be announced at the beginning of the New Year. The Library is also providing discussion opportunities to Seneca County schools.

As part of the Community Read program, the bestselling author will speak on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7 pm at the Seneca County Opportunity Center. 

Blind since birth, Michael Hingson couldn't see a thing on September 11, 2001, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle's judgment and not to panic. They are a team.  “Thunder Dog” takes place in the isolated, fume-filled chamber of stairwell B and shows the experience through the eyes of a blind man and his beloved guide dog. Live each moment from the second a Boeing 767 hits the north tower, to the harrowing stairwell escape, to dodging death a second time as both towers fold into the earth.

From the day he received his first guide dog at age 14, Michael Hingson has developed skills in leadership, trust, teamwork, adaptation — traits he passes on to readers and listeners. He currently lives in California with his wife and guide dog and travels the world as an inspirational speaker.


The Library has also selected related books for children so that patrons of all ages can be part of the Community Read. “Running with Roselle,” also by Michael Hingson, has been selected for late elementary students, and follows the guide dog Roselle as she grows from an energetic lab puppy into the heroic guide dog she became.  The book also talks about Michael’s childhood and how he excelled in everything he set his mind to despite his blindness. 

“My Brother Charlie” by Holly Robinson-Peete has been selected for early elementary students and focuses on another child who overcomes his disabilities.  The book explores the relationship between Peete’s 10 year old autistic son and his sister as told through her eyes.

The Community Read is made possible by a number of individuals.  A grant from the White Family Charitable Fund, of the Tiffin Community Foundation allows the library to purchase books for the community and schools, and Michael HIngson’s speaking fees have been paid for by the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library Foundation.

For more information or to be involved with the event series, please call the library at (419) 447-3751.

As part of the Community Read 2018, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will host a series of special programs to honor the book Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson. The Community Read encourages Seneca County residents to read a book, then come together to think, share, and engage.

As the featured event of the Community Read, the bestselling author will speak on Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Seneca County Opportunity Center. An open house and tours of the Seneca County Opportunity Center will begin at 5:30 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for sale and the author will sign books after the presentation.

On Thursday, February 8th at 6:30 p.m., Jenny Barlos, Client Services Manager for Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, will talk about types of assistance dogs, what they can do for people, the training process, and public access rights.

The “Tween Book Club” will meet on Saturday, February 10th at 10:00 a.m. Tweens ages 9-12 will discuss the book Running With Roselle, also by Michael Hingson, do related activities, and enjoy snacks. 

The first film in the Sunday Film Series will be The Miracle Worker on Sunday, February 11th at 2:00 p.m.  This classic film depicts how Anne Sullivan taught a blind and deaf Helen Keller to communicate.

On Thursday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m., the Library will host an “Assistive Technology Fair,” which will be a showcase of different types of assistive technology used by people with disabilities.

On Saturday, February 17th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., join the Library for “Putting the Pieces Together: Autism Puzzle Day.” Put together jigsaw puzzles to create awareness about autism.

Join the Library on Sunday, February 18th at 2:00 p.m. for the Sunday Film Series. Temple Grandin will be shown, an HBO original movie about a woman with autism who became one of the top scientists in the livestock industry.

A public book discussion will take place at Autumnwood Care Center on Tuesday, February 20th at 2:00 p.m.

On Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30 p.m., people will disabilities will share their experiences living and working with a disability in the panel discussion “Life with a Disability.”

The award winning documentary How to Dance in Ohio will be shown on Sunday, February 25th at 2:00 p.m. The film follows a group of teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder as they prepare for their first spring formal.

Kiwanis Manor will host a public book discussion on Monday, February 26th at 6:30 p.m.

“Advocacy Today,” a panel discussion about issues and topics affecting people with disabilities, will take place on Thursday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m. Also on Thursday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m. will be a public book discussion at the Seneca East Public Library.

On Sunday, March 4th at 2:00 p.m. the Library will be showing the film The Loretta Claiborne Story. Based on a true story, it tells of a woman who overcame physical and developmental disabilities to become a championship athlete.

The Teen Department of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will hold the program “What’s it Like to Have a Disability?” on Monday, March 5th at 3:30 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 will participate in simulations and hands-on activities to experience what it would be like to have a disability.

On Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m., the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will host a public book discussion.

On Thursday, March 8th at 6:30 p.m., a staff member from Special Olympics of Ohio will share the history and mission of the program, and local athletes and coaches will talk about their sports participation.

The Library will present Disability Visibility, a series of film clips about disabilities, people with extraordinary abilities, and simulations of what it is like to have a disability on Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 p.m.

The Community Read is made possible through a grant from the Tiffin Community Foundation’s White Family Charitable Fund of the Tiffin Community Foundation, the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library Foundation, and generous local donors.

All events at the library are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary, and all events will take place in the Frost Kalnow Room, unless otherwise stated. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

For more information, please call the library at (419) 447-3751

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