Let's Talk About It: Women's Suffrage
Let's Talk About It: Women's Suffrage programming will begin May 2022

Way Public Library is one of 25 libraries nationwide selected to participate in Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage, a grant designed to spark conversations about American history and culture through an examination of the women’s suffrage movement.

The competitive award comes with a $1,000 stipend to support programming costs and ten copies of five books covering the women’s suffrage theme. According to ALA, more than 100 libraries applied for the opportunity.

“We are very excited that Way Library has been chosen to participate in this grant,” said library director Janel Haas.  “Women’s suffrage is an important part of our history, and this grant gives our patrons the opportunity to learn more about the suffrage movement.”


LTAI Women's Suffrage and Romance Novels - Monday, August 8th at 7:00 pm

Join BGSU Associate Professor of History Dr. Nicole Jackson and romance genre historian Steve Ammidown for a discussion about the ways in which romance novels have used the suffrage movement as a plot point.

Book Discussion of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All - Wednesday, August 10th at 7:00 pm

On Wednesday, August 10th at 7 pm, Way Library welcomes Dr. Chelsea Griffis, Lecturer in History at the University of Toledo, for a book discussion on Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All.  Books will be available at the library for checkout.

Book Discussion of Ida B., The Queen - Monday, September 12th at 7:00 pm

Way Library welcomes Dr. Nicole Jackson, Associate Professor in History at Bowling Green State University, for a book discussion on Ida B., The Queen.  Books will be available at the library for checkout. 

Topical Tuesday: Voting Rights - Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00 pm

The library and the League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area welcome Jen Miller, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio for a presentation on voting rights.


As part of the grant, Way Library will receive the following books:

  • The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss
  • Women Making History: The 19th Amendment Book, essays compiled by the National Park Service
  • Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones
  • Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells by Michelle Duster
  • The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow 

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022, Let’s Talk About It is a reading and discussion program that involves groups of people reading a series of books selected by national project scholars and discussing them in the context of an overarching theme. The format for a Let’s Talk About It program involves a series of discussions where a group meets with a local humanities scholar to discuss one of the five books in the theme. 

LTAI: Women’s Suffrage is a humanities discussion project from the American Library Association (ALA) supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).