Nancy Drew is back on TV, and many of the original mysteries were written by a local woman

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TOLEDO (WTVG) - Nancy Drew has entertained generations of young readers. The popular mystery series first appeared on bookshelves nearly 90 years ago. There's a local connection tot he popular books, one of the original authors is from Toledo.

The fictional character will once again be brought to life in a television show. That new Nancy Drew show debuts Wednesday night on CW13.

Mildred Wirt Benson, or Millie, wrote many books throughout her lifetime. The most popular by far were the Nancy Drew Mysteries she wrote under the pen name Carolyn Keene. Many credit Benson with developing the young detectives daring and adventuresome spirit.

The newly renovated children's section of the Main Library is full of Nancy Drew treasures past and present.

In addition to being a successful author, Benson was also a highly-respected reporter at The Toledo Blade for nearly 60 years.

Benson died here in Toledo in 2002 at the age of 96. The Toledo Lucas County Public Library was named a literary landmark in 2015 because of Benson and her connection to the city.

If you'd like to watch the new Nancy Drew series on CW13, it airs Wednesday nights at nine.