Library and Toledo Chemists honored as Partners in Progress and Prosperity

The Toledo-Lucas County Library System and the Toledo Local Section of the American Chemical Society were honored recipients of the Central Regional Partners in Progress and Prosperity Award from the American Chemical Society on May 29 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Ben Malczewski, Library Humanities Department Manager, along with Joanna Hinton, chair-elect of the Toledo Section, each received a framed award certificate, a gold and silver medal and jointly split the $1,000 award money to further their partnership.

The Toledo Section ACS initiated and developed an outstanding partnership with the Toledo Lucas County Library to bring in chemistry/science authors to their widely acclaimed authors and open book forum series, as a means to promote science literacy and outreach in our community. Last November, together they hosted best-selling science author Sam Kean (The Disappearing Spoon, The Violinist’s Thumb, and The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons) who entranced a capacity audience at McMaster Auditorium with his wit and historical tales of science. This October 19 the partners will co-host science writer Ms. Sarah Everts, who will speak on the Somber History of Chemical Weapons.  Ms. Everts is an Associate Editor of Chemical and Engineering News (leading ACS Science magazine) and author of their acclaimed series on the Centennial of Chemical Warfare.  In another aspect of the partnership, the Toledo Section ACS has brought free, hands-on chemistry demonstrations to youth at numerous branches in partnership with the Library Youth Services, whose manager is Nancy Eames. This summer, they will be providing six free outreach programs in conjunction with the Escape the Ordinary Super Hero Reading Program.

The Toledo Section is one of 187 local sections of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society with a membership of more than 165,000 members. Members of the Toledo Section sponsor various awards and community outreach events throughout the year to demonstrate the importance of chemistry to everyday life.