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.”


On Monday, May 23rd at 7 pm, Way Library welcomes Dr. Kristen Geaman, Associate Lecturer in History at the University of Toledo, for a book discussion on The Once and Future Witches.  Books will be available at the library for checkout.

Dr. Kristen Geaman, Associate Lecturer, is a native of Findlay, Ohio, who completed her undergraduate work at the University of Delaware and her graduate work at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on infertility in late medieval England, especially how couples coped with their childlessness after spiritual and medical remedies failed. She has published in English Historical Review and Social History of Medicine and is currently finishing a biography of Anne of Bohemia, queen of England. She also regularly teaches a course at UT on Witchcraft and Magic in medieval and early modern Europe.

Admission is free and open to the public. Click here for event details.

Book Discussion of The Woman’s Hour - Monday, June 6th at 7:00 pm

On Monday, June 6th at 7 pm, Way Library welcomes Dr. Chelsea Griffis, Lecturer in History at the University of Toledo, for a book discussion on The Woman’s Hour.  Books will be available at the library for checkout.

WGTE presentation of “American Experience: The Vote” and Women’s Suffrage Fashion Demonstration - Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm

Join us as Kathy Dowd shows an engaging mix of artifacts, images, artwork, and historic apparel that will provide a glimpse into the struggles, motivation, and triumph of the brave women and their supporters that shared the ideals, struggles, and ambitions of the suffragists.  This will be followed by an episode of “American Experience: The Vote” where we’ll explore the final four years, 1916-1920, of the campaign for the passage of the 19th amendment and meet some of the unsung women whose tireless work would finally ban discrimination at American polls on the basis of sex.

Book Discussion of Women Making History - Wednesday, July 13th at 7:00 pm

On Wednesday, July 13th at 7 pm, Way Library welcomes Dr. Chelsea Griffis, Lecturer in History at the University of Toledo, for a book discussion on Women Making History.  Books will be available at the library for checkout.

Canaday Center Field Trip - Wednesday, July 20th at 10:00 am

Join us for a visit to the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections at the University of Toledo where we will see archival material related to women’s suffrage.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections serves as the institutional memory of the University of Toledo as well as the repository for the personal and organizational records of the people and industries of Toledo and Northwest Ohio, with particular focus on the glass industry and disability history.  Participants can register online at waylibrary.info starting June 1st; space is limited. The program is free but you must provide your own transportation to the Canaday Center.

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.

The Bicycle & the Ballot Box: - How American Suffragists Pedaled Their Way to Power

Dr. Lori Liggett joins us on Wednesday, September 21st at 7 pm to explore the history of the bicycle and its impact on the women’s suffrage movement. Learn how the late-19th century “bicycle craze” in America fueled unprecedented freedom for women by providing unchaperoned, individual transportation. As women demanded the right to vote, the bicycle became a means both symbolically and practically to attain equality in domestic, economic, and legal issues.


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).