1 Winter Reading for Adults Stop by your library to select a magnet for reading. mcdl.info December 2023, January, February 2024 Library Live Newsletter Medina County District Library of Medina County District Library FRIENDS Sponsored by January 2 - March 1 Read books, eBooks, audiobooks, Playaways, or downloadable audiobooks for a chance to win a themed prize bundle: Cooking • Game Night • Outdoors • Readers • Spa • Travel Kindle Paperwhite • Harry Potter LEGO Set Play in your library or at mcdl.info/WinterReading Fireside book discussions with authors Natalie D. Richards and Vivien Chien. See page 11 or mcdl.info/Readers for details. Presented by MCDL and the Friends of MCDL Authors at MCDL Presented by MCDL and the Friends of MCDL

Love these recommendations and want more? Subscribe to our newsletters at mcdl.info/newsletters. Book Buzz: Nonfiction December The Lost Tomb: And Other Real-Life Stories of Bones, Burials, and Murder by Douglas Preston What Really Happens in Vegas: True Stories of the People Who Make Vegas, Vegas by James Patterson & Mark Seal ADHD for Smart-Ass Women: How to Fall in Love with Your Neurodivergent Brain by Tracy Otsuka January One in a Millennial: On Friendship, Feelings, Fangirls, and Fitting In by Kate Kennedy Lovers in Auschwitz: A True Story by Keren Blankfeld Fluke: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters by Brian Klass February Life After Power: Seven Presidents and Their Search for Purpose Beyond the White House by Jared Cohen My Side of the River: A Memoir by Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez 2020: One City, Seven People, and the Year Everything Changed by Eric Klinenberg 2 10 Hours Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton The Displacements by Bruce Holsinger The Huntress by Kate Quinn No One Goes Alone by Erik Larson True Biz by Sara Nović Jessica is a Community Engagement Associate R E C E N T L Y LISTENED TO Jessica HP fans, it’s read by the author! Only available as an audiobook Incorporates the sounds of sign language BY 8 Hours 7 Hours Get started at mcdl.info/eMedia FREE eBooks Audiobooks Music Magazines TV • Movies (aka Graphic Designer) 19 Hours 14 Hours

Love these recommendations and want more? Subscribe to our newsletters at mcdl.info/newsletters. December The Wildest Sun by Asha Lemmie (historical fiction) A young woman comes of age as she searches for her father, who may or may not be Ernest Hemingway. The Curse of Penryth Hall by Jess Armstrong (suspense) A moody Gothic novel set in the Cornish countryside, where the Baron of the hall has just been murdered. The Other Mothers by Katherine Faulkner (domestic suspense) Murder, motherhood, and privilege combine when a nanny is killed in one of London’s upscale suburbs. On the Plus Side by Jenny L. Howe (romance) A reluctant candidate on a reality-TV dating show finds love where she least expects it. Deadly Game by Michael Caine (thriller) Detective Chief Inspector Harry Taylor is at the center of international intrigue around rogue radioactive material. February Everyone Who Can Forgive Me is Dead by Jenny Hollander (thriller) Charlotte witnessed a Christmas Eve crime nine years ago, and is threatened when a movie promising to reveal the truth comes out. The Women by Kristin Hannah (historical fiction) A sheltered young woman joins the conflict in Vietnam to help others as a nurse, only to return home to a changed America. Everyone On This Train is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson (mystery) Mystery authors aboard a train must test their skill in solving—and perhaps committing—a murder. The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden (fantasy) A historical novel with a supernatural twist set during WWI, as a young nurse searches the trenches for her brother. The Last Days of the Midnight Ramblers by Sarah Tomlinson (fiction) A ghostwriter tries to uncover the secrets of a legendary rock band and the death of its leading man. January Goldenseal by Maria Hummel (literary fiction) Forty years have passed since a betrayal that estranged Lacey and Edith. Now they reunite in Los Angeles, the scene of their formative friendship. Diva by Daisy Goodwin (historical fiction) The fictionalized life story of legendary opera singer Maria Callas and her doomed relationship with Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis. Family Family by Laurie Frankel (fiction) An actress creating a movie about adoption is confronted with her own experience when she criticizes the movie. Only If You’re Lucky by Stacy Willingham (thriller) A quiet, introverted college student finds herself at the center of a mystery when her vivacious housemate goes missing after a murder on campus. The House of Last Resort by Christopher Golden (horror) A young couple buys an abandoned Italian villa, not knowing the house’s evil past. Book Buzz: Fiction 3

4 MCDL News & Notes Winter StoryWalk® StoryWalk® is a partnership between MCDL and: • Medina County Park District, Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park, 4985 Windfall Rd., Medina • Medina City Schools, Northrop Elementary, 950 E. Reagan Pkwy., Medina It promotes literacy, physical activity, and spending time together as a family. Each season brings a new story. Watch for Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner on Dec. 1. Snuggle Up & Read Dec. 1-29 - Create a cozy evening for children in need by donating new books and pajamas at any MCDL location. Volunteers will package PJs with a book, then distribute to Medina County children. Director’s Notes by Julianne Bedel Many thanks to all the families who participated in the 2023 Summer Reading Game. There were a combined 8,101 teens and children who played the games. Of those, 3,422 children completed the game and took home a book of their choice as the final prize. An additional 242 children finished the game a second time, just because they loved it so much! I’d like to express sincere gratitude to the volunteers and community partners who support this program. Special thanks to the Friends of MCDL for their outstanding financial contribution, made possible by everyone who has shopped a book sale or participated in a fundraiser. Providing personal ownership of new books is important in helping children form lifelong reading habits. Earlier this fall, several hundred community members responded to our survey, which was conducted by a consulting firm specializing in public libraries. Library services which held high priority overall included outreach programs, technology training, online and virtual services, and maintaining safe and attractive facilities. When asked if they would recommend the library to a friend or family member, 88% responded in the affirmative. In response to the statement “the library plays an important role in the quality of life in our community,” 92% agreed. We will use the survey feedback, along with our current Strategic Plan, to guide our work over the next several years. Thank you to all who participated to give us a more concrete understanding of what you value in your public library and where opportunities for growth exist. Tax Forms MCDL offers a limited number of federal and state tax forms. City tax forms vary by location. Use MCDL’s computers to download and print at mcdl.info/Tax. New Lodi Library Manager Dan Holahan is the new Manager at Lodi Library. Dan joined MCDL in 2017 as a Librarian at Medina Library and was promoted to Adult & Teen Services Supervisor in 2021. Dan is a 2023 graduate of Leadership Medina County’s LEAD Institute. He earned his Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University in 2011. Dan has worked in public libraries for 11 years.

Storytimes mcdl.info/Storytimes Jan. 15 - Feb. 16 Give your children an early start with books and help them develop a lifelong love of reading and the skills they’ll need to succeed at school. Baby (Up to 24 months with adult) Mon. 1:00 pm Brunswick * Tues. 1:00 pm Brunswick * Thurs. 10:30 am Brunswick * Thurs. 10:30 am Highland Thurs. 1:00 pm Medina * Toddler * (Ages 2-3 with adult) Tues. 10:30 am Highland Wed. 10:30 am Highland Preschool * (Ages 4-5) Mon. 1:00 pm Medina Wed. 1:00 pm Brunswick Family * (All ages with adult) Mon. 10:30 am Brunswick Mon. 10:30 am Lodi Mon. 10:30 am Medina Tues. 10:30 am Brunswick Wed. 10:15 am Lodi Wed. 10:30 am Brunswick Wed. 10:30 am Medina Thurs. 10:30 am Medina Sat. 10:30 am Brunswick Drop-In (All ages with adult) Mon. 10:30 am Buckeye Wed. 10:30 am Buckeye Wed. 10:30 am Seville Wed. 6:00 pm Medina Thurs. 6:00 pm Brunswick *Register for this event at your library or at mcdl.info/events. Phone numbers on back cover. Events for Children & Families Special Storytimes Adapted Storytime * Medina - Tues., Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, 10:30 am Brunswick - Sat., Jan. 13, Feb. 24, 10:30 am All ages - Storytime in a supportive environment for children with special needs, autism and/or sensory integration challenges. Farm Stories with ASL * Brunswick - Wed., Dec. 13, 10:30 am All ages - Stories, puppets, and a craft with an ASL component. All welcome for this inclusive experience. Noon Year’s Eve * Medina - Fri., Dec. 29, 11:30 am Ages 2 & up - Read, make a craft, and celebrate with a balloon drop! Stuffed Animal Sleepover * Medina - Mon., Jan. 8 or Wed., Jan. 10, 6:00 pm, ages 2-6 - Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal for stories and a sleepover. Pick up your stuffed animal the next day. 5 Snow Brunswick - Tues., Jan. 9, 6:00 pm All ages - Stories, songs, and a craft. Bedtime * Zoom - Thurs., Jan. 11, Feb. 8, 6:00 pm All ages - Virtual bedtime stories from the comfort of home. Wintry Fun * Medina - Fri., Jan. 12, 10:30 am, all ages Warm up with stories and a craft. Valentine’s Day * Brunswick - Fri., Feb. 9, 10:30 am All ages - Stories, songs, and a craft. Brunch & Stories * Buckeye - Sat., Feb. 24, 10:30 am Ages 2-5 - Tasty stories, songs, and treats. Music Classes Led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist from Music Izz Groovy. Adapted Music & Movement * Brunswick - Sat., Dec. 9, 10:30 am All ages - Geared toward children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities, autism, and sensory integration challenges. Class may include instrument playing, singing, and dancing. Bach for Babies * Brunswick - Sat., Dec. 9, 11:30 am Ages birth - 3 - Introduce little ones to the magic of live, classical music while supporting young musicians in their performance journey. Music & Movement * Brunswick - Mon., Dec. 11, 10:30 am, Fri., Jan. 26, Feb. 23, 10:30 am or 11:30 am, ages birth - 6 - Class may include instrument playing, singing, dancing, finger play, cuddle time, and story time. Instrument Making * Brunswick - Mon., Dec. 11, 11:30 am Ages 4 & up - Create, decorate, and make music with homemade instruments.

Events for Children & Families Yoga Classes Led by Happy Me Yoga. Baby & Me Yoga * Seville - Thurs., Dec. 7, 10:30 am Brunswick - Thurs., Jan. 11, Feb. 22, 10:30 am Ages 6 wks. - 2 yrs. - Sing, move, play, and meet other babies and caregivers. Preschool Yoga * Seville - Thurs., Dec. 7, 11:30 am Brunswick - Thurs., Jan. 11, Feb. 22, 11:30 am Ages 2-5 - Build strength, social skills, courage, calmness, and make yogi friends. Baby Footprint Art * Brunswick - Fri., Dec. 15, 10:30 am Ages birth - 18 mos. - Create a winter themed keepsake with your little one. Read to a Therapy Dog * Brunswick - Fri., Dec. 29, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm, grades K-5 Practice reading to a therapy dog. Messy Play Day * Medina - Thurs., Jan. 4, 10:30 am Ages 2-4 - Explore messy sensory experiences in this hands-on program. Wear old clothes. Cookies & Canvas * Seville - Sat., Jan. 6, 12:00 pm, all ages Paint a wintery scene, incorporating your family’s thumbprints and handprints. Cookies and cocoa provided. Nature Art * Brunswick - Sat., Jan. 6, 1:30 pm Grades K-2 - Projects with pinecones. Board Game Afternoon Seville - Sat., Jan. 13, 12:00 - 4:00 pm All ages - Play your favorite board games. Fun with Abstract Art * Lodi - Mon., Jan. 15, 1:30 pm, grades K-5 Learn about artist Wassily Kandinsky and make an abstract creation. Gingerbread House Contest * Seville - Dec. 1 - Jan. 1, all ages Submit a photo of your gingerbread house to rathbun@mcdl.info for a chance to win a prize. Vote Jan. 1-7. Holiday Classic Film * Lodi - Sat., Dec. 9, 10:30 am, all ages Watch a Jim Henson movie about a special toy. Refreshments provided. Dress a Gingerbread Man * Highland - Sat., Dec. 9, 11:00 am All ages - Use frosting, sprinkles and imagination to outfit your cookie! Cookie Decorating * Seville - Sat., Dec. 9, 2:00 - 4:00 pm All ages - Movies, hot cocoa, and cookie decorating. Violinist Highland - Mon., Dec. 11, 6:30 pm Listen to holiday music from Violinist Mary Ann Roth. Santa Storytime * Brunswick - Tues., Dec. 12, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm or 6:00 - 7:30 pm, all ages Stories, live music, crafts, and Santa! A Storybook Holiday! * Buckeye - Tues., Dec. 12, 6:00 - 7:30 pm All ages - The Buckeye High School Choir entertains with seasonal songs while you visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Visit with Santa Medina - Wed., Dec. 13, 6:00 - 7:30 pm All ages - Enjoy a visit from the North Pole and make a wintry craft. Star Ornament * Highland - Thurs., Dec. 14, 4:00 pm Ages 4 & up - Decorate an ornament. Santa Night * Seville - Thurs., Dec. 14, 5:30 - 7:00 pm All ages - Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Adapted Santa * Brunswick - Tues., Dec. 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, all ages - A Santa visit for families with special needs, sensory/autism integration challenges. Build a Gingerbread House * Medina - Tues., Dec. 19, 6:00 pm Ages 5 & up - Bring a bag of candy to share and we’ll provide the rest. All Aboard the Polar Express! * Medina - Thurs., Dec. 21, 6:30 pm All ages - Wear your pajamas as we read a classic holiday book. *Register for this event at your library or at mcdl.info/events. Phone numbers on back cover. 6 Holiday Fun Family Portrait Day * Brunswick - Fri., Dec. 1 or Sat., Dec. 2, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, all ages Get a free digital family portrait taken by staff in a cozy winter setting. Bluey’s Birthday Bash Seville - Sat., Dec. 2, 1:00 - 4:00 pm All ages - Celebrate Bluey’s birthday! Play games and make crafts.

Events for Children & Families Events for Tweens (Grades 3-5, unless noted) *Register for this event at your library or at mcdl.info/events. Phone numbers on back cover. 7 Holiday Alcohol Ink Coaster * Highland - Wed., Dec. 6, 6:00 pm Create a one-of-a-kind coaster to gift or keep. Cardboard Portrait Ornament * Highland - Fri., Dec. 27, 12:30 pm Make a cute animal ornament out of cardboard. Bookends Book Club * Brunswick - Fri., Jan. 12, 4:00 pm Special meeting with author Natalie D. Richards. Brunswick - Tues., Feb. 13, 6:00 pm Share, snack, and chat about space stories. Mission STEMpossible * Medina - Thurs., Jan. 18, 4:00 pm Grades 3 & up - Use your STEM skills to help you survive an arctic avalanche! No Bake Valentine’s Treats * Brunswick - Wed., Jan. 31, 6:00 pm Create and sample no-bake treats. Bioluminescence Lab * Buckeye - Wed., Jan. 31, 6:00 pm Why do fireflies light up? How do jellyfish glow? Discover a real “glow-up” with fun experiments in light. Cookies for First Responders * Buckeye - Thurs., Feb. 8, 6:00 pm Decorate cookies for first responders. A special guest will pick up the cookies! How to Make Paper * Highland - Fri., Feb. 9, 12:00 - 3:30 pm Create paper using a mesh screen and recycled paper. ValenSLIME! * Medina - Tues., Feb. 13, 4:00 pm Ooey gooey love not your thing? Perhaps slime is your style! Test an array of slimes and make samples. Intro to Weaving * Brunswick - Mon., Feb. 19, 1:30 pm Learn weaving techniques and create a colorful wall hanging. Tween Book Tasting * Medina - Wed., Feb. 21, 6:00 pm Celebrate Library Lovers month by sampling new books paired with tasty snacks. Mini Miniature Golf * Medina - Wed., Feb. 28, 4:00 pm Grades 3 & up - Build your own tiny golf hole and help build a golf course for a gnome! Mr. Jeff Music * Brunswick - Mon., Feb. 19, 10:30 am All ages - Rock out with this children’s musician as he plays songs from his new album and encourages kids to be silly. Dinosaur Snow Globe * Highland - Wed., Feb. 21, 6:00 pm Ages 4 & up - Make a glitter snow globe. DIY Toy Car Garage * Lodi - Sat., Feb. 24, 1:00 pm, ages 3 & up Create a garage for your cars. STEAM Days Buckeye - 1:00 pm, grades 1-3 Snow & Ice * Mon., Jan. 15 - Learn how critters and humans survive in the coldest biomes. Candy Scientists * Tues., Feb. 13 - Learn how candies are made and try your hand at confectionery. Tea Light Snowman * Highland - Wed., Jan. 17, 6:30 pm Ages 3 & up - Light up the winter night with a snowman door hanger. Rhyme Time Puppet Show * Brunswick - Fri., Jan. 19, 10:30 am Ages 2-5 - Meet nursery rhyme characters in a puppet theater show. Pokemon Club * Highland - Sat., Jan. 20, Feb. 24, 12:30 - 2:00 pm, all ages Discuss all hobbies and interests about Pokemon. Fizzing Planet * Seville - Sat., Jan. 20, 2:00 pm Grades 1-5 - Mix ingredients and watch a cool chemical reaction. Book Bingo * Medina - Fri., Jan. 26, 10:30 am Ages 5 & up - Play BINGO with a chance to win a brand new book prize. Grownup & Me Crafternoon Seville - Sat., Jan. 27, 1:30 - 3:30 pm Grades Pre-K - 3 Drop in and craft together. Drive-In Movie * Medina - Fri., Feb. 2, 5:00 - 6:30 pm All ages - An after-hours, indoor “drive-in” movie. Backyard Birds * Medina - Fri., Feb. 16, 10:30 am, all ages Learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count, hear stories, and make a snack for the birds. Stop by for... Letters to Santa, Reindeer Food & Elf on the Shelf All Library Locations - Dec. 1-22 Literary Horoscopes Highland - Jan. 2-31 Library Olympics Week Buckeye - Jan. 29 - Feb. 3 We Love ABCs & 123s Week Buckeye - Feb. 12-17

*Register for this event at your library or at mcdl.info/events. Phone numbers on back cover. 8 Events for Teens (Grades 6-12, unless noted) mcdl.info/STEAM 15th Annual Mini Con * Medina - Fri., Dec. 15, 5:00 - 9:00 pm Put on your best cosplay, bring your art, and join us for a Project Sushi workshop, geek crafts, and a gaming tournament. Prizes for best gamers, costumes, and art. Keepin’ It Real ‘90s Buckeye - Wed., Jan. 3, 2:15 pm Get jiggy with jams, crafts and snacks that are “all that and a bag of chips.” S’mores on the Go! Buckeye - Wed., Jan. 10, 12:15 pm Make S’more pops you eat off a stick. Snuggle Up & Read Buckeye - Wed., Jan. 17, 2:15 pm Match snuggly pajamas with great books for children in our community. Book Page Painting * Lodi - Wed., Jan. 17, 6:00 pm Create a masterpiece on a book page. Otaku Tuesdays * Medina - Tues., Jan. 23, Feb. 27, 6:00 - 7:30 pm - View and discuss anime and learn about Asian culture. Cosplay welcome. Friendship Bracelets Buckeye - Wed., Jan. 24, 2:15 pm Make your own Taylor Swift-inspired friendship bracelet to keep or trade. Hot Cocoa Bar Buckeye - Wed., Jan. 31, 2:15 pm Celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day with cocoa and toppings. Learn Chess! * Highland - Sat., Feb. 3, 1:30 pm Grades 5-9 - Learn this challenging game from nationally ranked chess expert, Damon Rucker. Melted Bead Ornaments Buckeye - Wed., Dec. 6, 2:15 pm Create something unique to add to your tree. Dungeons & Dragons Medina - Wed., Dec. 6, Jan. 17, Feb. 7, 21, 3:00 - 5:00 pm Seville - Tues., Dec. 19, Jan. 23, Feb. 27, 6:00 pm Embark on a magical journey using a character of your own design. DIY Pet Toys * Lodi - Wed., Dec. 6, 5:00 pm Grades 4-12 - Make a pull rope for your dog or feather toy for your cat. Pride Time Brunswick - Thurs., Dec. 7, 2:30 - 4:00 pm Wed., Jan. 10, Feb. 28, 5:30 - 7:00 pm Medina - Wed., Jan. 10, 4:00 - 5:30 pm LGBTQIA+ teens and allies talk about movies, literature, and more. Play games and make Pride-themed crafts in a supportive environment. Intro to Yoga with Sam Grey* Highland - Tues., Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, 3:30 pm - Discover the benefits of yoga. Bring your own mat. Holiday Cookies Buckeye - Wed., Dec. 13, 2:15 pm Decorate holiday cookies to share. Teen After-School Fun Brunswick - 2:30 pm Wed., Dec. 13 - There’s Snowplace Like the Library Thurs., Jan. 18 - Cozy Drinks & Reads Thurs., Feb 15 - Summertime Picnic Anime Club * Highland - Wed., 3:30 pm, grades 9-12 Dec. 13 - Season 1: Episodes 16-20 Jan. 10 - Season 1: Episodes 21-26 Feb. 14 - Season 2: Episodes 1-5 Discuss Demon Slayer. Cast & Crew Club Medina - Wed., Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 6:00 - 7:30 pm Teen filmmakers write and create a movie. Premier Jan. 31, 6:00 pm. Crime Solvers * Seville - Thurs., Dec. 28 & Fri., Dec. 29, 2:00 pm, grades 5-8 - Learn the art of fingerprinting and use crime-solving skills to find the culprit! Design a Neon Sign * Brunswick - Wed., Jan. 24, 4:00 - 5:30 pm - Make a personalized, battery-operated neon sign with electroluminescent LED wire. Blacklight Art * Seville - Mon., Jan. 29, 6:00 pm Create a work of art and watch it glow.

Love these titles and want more? Subscribe to our newsletters at mcdl.info/newsletters. Nightshade Revenge by Anthony Horowitz Alex Rider is back on a new adventure into augmented reality, which may prove to be his most difficult challenge yet. With a Little Luck by Marissa Meyer Jude finds a twentysided die that changes his whole life for the better—until it’s lost, and his luck plummets. I Hope This Doesn’t Find You by Ann Liang Sadie is the perfect student and friend, and never has a bad thing to say about anyone—until the day her vicious email drafts are accidentally sent out. Somewhere In the Deep by Tanvi Berwah A fast-paced, South Asian-inspired fantasy about a teen girl who must battle undersea monsters to earn her freedom. Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross The sequel to Divine Rivals finds Roman and Iris in even greater danger as they try to end the war. Teen Book Buzz 9 Events for Teens Hungry Games Buckeye - Wed., Feb. 7, 12:15 pm Choose your alliance and gather ingredients to defeat your opponents with a delicious creation. Hot Cocoa with Mittens * Highland - Wed., Feb. 7, 3:00 pm Sip cocoa and make a pair of fleece mittens. DIY Squishmallows * Seville - Sat., Feb. 10, 1:00 pm Grades 4-12 - Turn a fuzzy sock into a pocket size Squishmallow. Be My ValenSLIME! Buckeye - Wed., Feb. 14, 2:15 pm Create Valentine themed slime. Puppy Love * Medina - Wed., Feb. 14, 3:30 pm Snuggle therapy dogs, make a craft, and enjoy a sweet treat. Make It Monday * Lodi - Mon., Feb. 19, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Create origami, Shrinky Dinks, alcohol ink art, and LEGO structures. Fondue Fun * Brunswick - Tues., Feb. 20, 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Find the tastiest food combinations to dip in melted cheese and chocolate. Carnival Games Buckeye - Wed., Feb. 21, 2:15 pm Enjoy carnival games and treats, and compete for prizes. Italian Soda Social * Seville - Wed., Feb. 21, 6:00 pm Grades 4-12 - Make delicious Italian soda with friends. Leap Day Eve Party Buckeye - Wed., Feb. 28, 2:15 pm Celebrate Leap Day with games, prizes, and birthday cake. Local Scholarship Applications High school seniors planning on attending college, non-traditional students, and graduates going directly into the workforce can all benefit from local and regional scholarship opportunities at mcdl.info/Scholarships. Scholarship money is available through organizations, agencies, and businesses to help cover tuition, college supplies, and even the cost of tools for those entering the trades. Application deadlines are often in February, March, and April so that recipients can be selected and scholarships awarded before the end of the school year. Scholarships’ amounts and deadlines will vary each year. *Register for this event at your library or at mcdl.info/events.

Classic & Contemporary Book Club Buckeye - Mon., 6:00 pm Dec. 11 - Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien Jan. 15 - Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout Feb. 19 - The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell Mystery Book Discussion * Zoom - Mon., 2:00 pm Dec. 18 - The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley Jan. 8 - Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto Feb. 12 - Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Rom Com Book Club * Medina - Fri., 3:00 pm Jan. 26 - People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry Feb. 23 - The Little Italian Hotel by Phaedra Patrick Nonfiction Book Club Medina - Mon., 6:00 pm Jan. 29 - The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians by David M. Rubenstein Feb. 26 - Enemy of All Mankind by Steven Johnson History Buff’s Book Discussion Seville - Thurs., Feb. 1, 6:00 pm American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson Book Brunch * Highland - Sat., Jan. 13, 10:30 am Relax with our winter camp theme while Readers’ Advisory Librarian Mary Olson talks about new books of 2024. Challenged, Banned, or Burned * Medina - Tues., Feb. 20, 6:00 pm Professor John T. Rasel from Tri-C presents an overview of reactions to controversial books and censorship from antiquity to the present day. Book Discussions & More *Register for this event at your library or at mcdl.info/events. Phone numbers on back cover. 10 Events for Adults Book Discussions Medina - Thurs., 2:00 pm Dec. 7 - The Measure by Nikki Erlick Jan. 4 - Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb Feb. 1 - Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson Brunswick - Mon., 11:00 am Dec. 11 - Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Jan. 8 - Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte Feb. 12 - The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons Lodi * - Tues., 9:00 am Held at Second Look Books & Brews 119 Wooster St., Lodi Dec. 12 - Beartown by Fredrik Backman Jan. 9 - The Displacements by Bruce Holsinger Feb. 13 - Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult Seville - Tues., 6:00 pm Dec. 12 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey Jan. 9 - Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan Feb. 13 - Elsewhere by Dean Koontz Highland - Wed., 6:30 pm Dec. 27 - Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan Jan. 24 - The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller Feb. 28 - The Book of Charlie by David Von Drehle Brunswick - Wed., 6:30 pm Jan. 17 - Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver Feb. 21 - The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason Facebook Book Discussion Facebook - Every Wed., 9:00 pm A casual, drop-in book discussion with no assigned book. Post what you’re reading and see what others are reading at facebook.com/MedinaCountyDistrictLibraryOhio.

Camp Wired Medina - Every Thurs., 10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Learn or brush up on your computer skills and software with Sherri. Call for topics. Tech Classes Learn new computer and technology skills with Pieri. Basic Word * Medina - Wed., Dec. 13, 6:30 pm Brunswick - Thurs., Jan. 11, 1:00 pm Photo Management * Highland - Thurs., Jan. 11, 6:30 pm Brunswick - Wed., Feb. 7, 1:00 pm Basic Excel * Medina - Wed., Jan. 17, 6:30 pm Navigating the Computer * Medina - Wed., Feb. 28, 6:30 pm Computers & Technology Makerspace Mondays * Medina - Mon., 1:30 pm Jan. 8 - Photos, Slides & Negatives Feb. 12 - 16mm, 8mm & Super8 Film Watch demonstrations on digitizing. Make It Monday! * Medina - Mon., 1:30 pm Jan. 22 - Learn to use the Cricut to make Valentine’s treat bag tags. Supplies provided. Feb. 26 - Learn to use the sublimation printer to make motivational keychains. Supplies provided. Streaming 101 * Brunswick - Tues., Jan. 23, 6:00 pm Learn what video and audio streaming is and how it saves money without compromising selection and quality. Digital Inclusion & Literacy Community Locations - DIAL classes focus on the basics of streaming, computers, email, and online safety. One long-loan hotspot renewal available after completing one DIAL class. View classes and register at medinaco.org/dial. One-on-One Tech Support * Brunswick - Every Tues. & Thurs., 10:00 - 10:45 am - Learn or review computer or mobile device basics, troubleshoot issues, or learn how to use library apps like hoopla, Kanopy, and Libby. No session Dec. 26, 28. mcdl.info/ComputerClasses *Register for this event at your library or at mcdl.info/events. Phone numbers on back cover. 11 Events for Adults Author Visits Writers Series mcdl.info/Writers Hey There, What’s Your (Character’s) Sign? * Zoom - Thurs., Jan. 11, 6:00 - 7:30 pm Astrology archetypes are rich sources of personality traits that can help you understand what your characters think and feel. Join author Karen Pullen to learn how. Plot Twist Critique Group * Zoom - Thurs., Jan. 18, 6:00 - 7:30 pm Give and receive encouragement as you polish your work-in-progress. Writers of all experience levels welcome. ChatGPT: Your Junior Writing Assistant * Zoom - Thurs., Feb. 15, 6:00 - 7:30 pm Author Elizabeth Ann West helps you discover innovative ways to use the artificial intelligence tool that’s revolutionizing what it means to write a book. Natalie D. Richards * Medina - Fri., Jan. 12, 6:30 pm (blizzard date Jan. 19.) Discuss Four Found Dead with Natalie D. Richards. Natalie lives in Ohio and is the author of nine novels including New York Times Bestsellers Five Total Strangers and Seven Dirty Secrets. Vivien Chien * Buckeye - Fri., Feb. 9, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (blizzard date Feb. 15.) Discuss The Noodle Shop Mysteries with Vivien Chien. Vivien is the author of nine books in this series set in Cleveland’s Asiatown. She lives in Parma. mcdl.info/Readers Thao Thai * Zoom - Thurs., Feb. 15, 6:30 pm Thao Thai is the author of Banyan Moon, a Read With Jenna selection. The novel is a sweeping, evocative debut following three generations of Vietnamese American women reeling from the death of their matriarch. Thao lives in Ohio with her family. Photo: Caroline Lohrey, Native Light Photography

Events for Adults *Register for this event at your library or at mcdl.info/events. Phone numbers on back cover. 12 Anglophiles United Brunswick - Mon., 6:30 pm Dec. 4 - Enjoy a holiday party, seasonal potluck, and British holiday traditions. Jan. 8, Feb. 5 - Games, trivia, and conversation for expats and lovers of British culture. Winter Holiday Traditions Brunswick - Wed., Dec. 6, 6:30 pm A panel discussion about different winter holiday traditions. Holiday Favorites Medina - Wed., Dec. 6, 6:30 pm Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents a lively performance by Cynthia Cioffari and the BassoonaRoos, Akron-based bassoonists. Championship Gingerbread Brunswick - Mon., Dec. 11, 6:00 pm Cheryl and Bill Fillion talk about their championship gingerbread creations. Discover Discography Medina - Sat., 2:00 pm Dec. 16 - Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift Jan. 20 - Born Pink by BLACKPINK Feb. 17 - Whitney by Whitney Houston Celebrate some of music’s top artists! The Holly & The Ivy Medina - Mon., Dec. 18, 6:00 pm Explore the history and stories of our holiday traditions with a show by The Largely Literary Theater Company. Wrap Up the Holidays Medina - Thurs., Dec. 21, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Enjoy hot cocoa and holiday music while wrapping your gifts. Wrap provided, while supplies last, or bring your own. Cookbook Club * Lodi - Thurs., 6:00 pm Dec. 21 - Mocktails & Appetizers Jan. 18 - What Would June Cleaver Make? Feb. 8 - Great Britain Prepare you favorite recipe to share. Arts & Crafts Sedona Bracelet * Highland - Sat., Dec. 2, 10:30 am Create a bracelet to give as a gift or keep for yourself. Teens welcome. Origami Gift Boxes * Buckeye - Tues., Dec. 5, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Learn a few easy folds to make an intricate gift box. Mini Book Ornament * Seville - Wed., Dec. 6, 6:00 pm Create mini versions of books you’ve read and display them in an ornament. Crochet Drop In Highland - Thurs., Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, 5:00 pm - Beginners are welcome for informal instruction. Teens welcome. Paint a Canvas Create an original painting by you! $20 supply fee due to presenter at event. Wine Lovers * Medina - Fri., Dec. 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Brunswick - Fri., Feb. 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Adults 21 & up - Bring your own wine; different paintings each session. Coffee Drinkers * Lodi - Tues., Feb. 6, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Bring a non-alcoholic beverage. Sweet Night Out * Medina - Fri., Feb. 16, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Bring your favorite sweet (or snack). Knitting & Crochet Brunswick - Tues., Dec. 12, Jan. 2, 16, 30, Feb. 13, 27, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Beginners are welcome for informal instruction. Group donates items to Warm Up Medina County. Alcohol Ink Ornament * Brunswick - Wed., Dec. 13, 6:30 pm Create a beautiful holiday ornament. Card Making * Seville - Fri., Dec. 15, 3:00 pm Create greeting cards using a variety of methods. Brunswick - Tues., Jan. 30, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Wed., Feb. 28, 3:00 - 5:00 pm Create 5 cards. $20 fee due to presenter at event. Please bring adhesive and scissors. Collage Art Craft Highland - Fri., Jan. 12, 11:30 am Make a collage with scraps of magazines. Coffee & Canvas * Highland - Mon., Jan. 15, 11:30 am Create a painting in this step-by-step class. Coffee provided. Teens welcome. Snowflake String Art * Seville - Wed., Jan. 17, 6:00 pm Use string, nails, and wood to create a snowflake. Polymer Clay Cupcakes * Brunswick - Mon., Jan. 22, 6:00 pm Make tiny, colorful cupcakes. Resin Craft * Seville - Tues., Feb. 6, 6:00 pm Craft your own colorful resin bookmark. Ukrainian Egg Decorating * Buckeye - Tues., Feb. 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Dye and decorate your own egg with pysanky expert, Judy Totts. $10 supply fee due to presenter at event. DIY Pocket Hugs Medina - Wed., Feb. 28, 6:00 pm Sew a felt heart to hold a message for someone special in your life. How to Recognize Scams * Medina - Sat., Dec. 2, 2:00 - 3:30 pm Medina County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Tom Condosta shares vital information about avoiding scams. Tangled Vine Wine Tasting * Brunswick - Sat., Dec. 2, 6:00 pm Adults 21 & up - An introduction to wine tasting with four different samples.

*Register for this event at your library or at mcdl.info/events. Phone numbers on back cover. Events for Adults 13 Movie Discussion Highland * - Tues., Dec. 26, Jan. 23, Feb. 27, 6:30 pm Brunswick - Tues., Jan. 9, Feb. 13, 1:00 pm Watch on your own and meet to discuss. Call for titles. Afternoon Tea Club Brunswick - Wed., Dec. 27, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, 1:30 pm - BYO teacup to learn about tea, tea culture, and taste test. Tabletop RPG One Shots * Medina - Sat., 1:30 - 3:30 pm Jan. 6 - Call of Cthulhu Feb. 3 - Marvel Multiverse Try out a new system in self-contained sample sessions. Sign Language: All Levels Medina - Mon., Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 6:00 - 7:30 pm Jean Cormany teaches Deaf culture and how to communicate in sign language. Teens welcome. Tea Time * Buckeye - Sat., Jan. 20, 2:00 pm Drink tea and learn about afternoon tea, from Victorian era to today. Recycling 101 Seville - Wed., Jan. 24, 6:00 pm Learn about recycling in our county. Beginner Dungeons & Dragons * Medina - Thurs., Jan. 25, Feb. 29, 5:30 - 7:30 pm - Learn the basics and embark on an epic quest with fellow adventurers. The Chosen Series Roundtable Brunswick - Mon., Jan. 29, 6:00 pm Discuss characters, plot, cinematography, and biblical comparisons. FAFSA Completion Workshop * Medina - Tues., Feb. 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm College Now staff help students and parents. Bring a laptop and 2022 tax forms. Register at https://cngc.org/ MedinaLibraryFAFSAevent. Galentine’s Day: From Pawnee to Brunswick * Brunswick - Tues., Feb. 13, 6:00 - 7:30 pm “Treat Yo’ Self” to a fandom-packed evening of crafts, games, and waffles that would make Leslie Knope proud! Valentine Bingo Party Seville - Wed., Feb. 14, 6:00 pm Classic Bingo with refreshments and bookish prizes. Genealogy Discussion Group Medina - Wed., Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, 12:00 pm - Connect with fellow genealogists to discuss research, share hints, and ask questions. Beginning Family History Research * Zoom - Tues., Jan. 30, 6:30 pm Research your family tree in six easy steps. Optional viewing at Medina Library. Medina County Local History Fair Medina - Sat., Feb. 3, 12:00 - 4:00 pm Medina County Genealogical and Historical societies showcase collections and answer questions about Medina Co. History & Genealogy Exploring Human Origins Seville - Feb. 5-10 - A Smithsonian exhibit about human origins. Network to Freedom * Zoom - Thurs., Feb. 8, 6:00 pm Discover Underground Railroad sites in the National Parks and the connection to James A. Garfield. Optional viewing at Brunswick Library. FamilySearch Catalog * Zoom - Thurs., Feb. 22, 6:30 pm Access millions of unsearchable records by browsing this catalog. Optional viewing at Medina Library. Tea Swap Seville - Sat., Feb. 24, 2:00 pm Mingle and sample teas. Bring tea to swap and share. Beginning Beekeeping * Medina - Sat., Feb. 17, 24, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm or Tues., Feb. 27, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26, 5:30 - 8:00 pm Presented by the Medina County Beekeepers Association. Health & Wellness Navigate the Holidays with Food Restrictions * Seville - Mon., Dec. 4, 6:00 pm Learn and taste recipes to help get through the holidays. Fitness & Nutrition * Highland - Sat., Jan. 6, 10:30 am Practical and effective workouts and strategies to achieve your goals with Accelerated Fitness. Teens welcome. Beginning Yoga * Lodi - Mon., Jan. 8, 10:30 am Learn the basics of yoga movement and breathing. No mat required. Meal Planning * Lodi - Mon., Jan. 22, 6:00 pm Eliminate mealtime stress and spend less time in the kitchen. Mindfulness Meditation * Lodi - Tues., Feb. 13, 11:00 am Learn about mindfulness meditation and its benefits. Goal Setting with Nature * Brunswick - Thurs., Feb. 22, 6:00 pm Jason Venner from Whisper Shifter helps you set attainable goals with kindness and nature awareness in mind. mcdl.info/Health mcdl.info/History

Art Shows mcdl.info/Art Medina Library B. Smith Gallery The Color of Light Nov. 14 - Dec. 10 - Cuyahoga Valley Area Plein Air Painters show works featuring the natural light and landscape of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Chimerical Wanderings & Earthen Memories Dec. 18 - Jan. 14 - A.E.F. Richardson is a self-taught oil painter and primitive potter. She uses art as part of her healing process as a survivor of domestic violence. 20th Annual Aquarius Exhibition Jan. 29 - Mar. 3 - View Medina County Art League members’ works in this popular show and vote for your own People’s Choice work of art. Lodi Library Wooderful Creations Dec. 1-29 - View a variety of wooden bowls and boxes from local artist David Dake. Brunswick Library St. Ambrose Student Art Show Dec. 12-22 - Students showcase their artwork. Seville Library Juried Tiny Art Show Jan. 15-20 - View a variety of tiny works of art. Reception - Tues., Jan. 16, 6:00 pm Call for Entries - Jan. 2-13 Enter your tiny art for a chance to win! Judged by members of the Medina County Art League. For registration details, visit mcdl.info/Art. Community Partnerships Events for Adults *Register at your library or at mcdl.info/events. ESOL Services Conversation Group * Brunswick - Fri., Dec. 1, 15, Jan. 5, 19, Feb. 2, 16, 10:00 am Culture, vocabulary, customs, and more, followed by discussion. Zoom option available. Classes * Brunswick - Every Mon. & Wed., 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Medina - Every Mon. & Wed., 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Lodi - Every Tues., 5:30 - 8:00 pm Develop English language skills. Call Project: LEARN at 330-723-1314 ext. 8 to register. No session Dec. 25, Jan. 1. GED Services Adult Basic Education Classes * Brunswick - Every Mon. & Tues., 2:00 - 4:00 pm Medina - Every Tues., 10:15 am - 12:30 pm Lodi - Every Thurs., 5:00 - 8:00 pm Prepare for the GED test or improve your math, reading, and writing skills. Call Project: LEARN at 330-723-1314 ext. 8 to register. No session Dec. 25, Jan. 1. Pearson VUE GED Testing * Medina - Wed., Dec. 20, Jan. 24, Sat., Feb. 24, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Learn more or schedule your test at mcdl.info/GED. How to Get Your GED Medina - Sat., Jan. 13, 10:30 am or Mon., Jan. 29, 2:00 pm Learn what classes, tools, and resources are waiting for you from Career Specialists with Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates. AARP Tax Preparation * Medina - Every Mon. & Wed., Feb. 5 - Apr. 14, 10:15 am - 2:00 pm Brunswick - Every Tues. & Thurs., Feb. 6 - Apr. 11, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm AARP Tax-Aide provides free personal income tax assistance and form preparation for taxpayers in Medina County and surrounding areas. Call the Medina County Office for Older Adults at 330-723-9514 beginning Jan. 16 for an appointment. Visit the Bookmobile Pick up a current schedule and events listing at any MCDL location or visit mcdl.info/Bookmobile 14

Visit friendsofmcdl.info for sale updates or email mcdlfriends@gmail.com Book Sales Visit ongoing sales or donate books at any MCDL location. Medina Library Every Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 10:00 am - 1:00 pm No book sales Dec. 22 - Jan. 1. Sat., Dec. 9, Feb. 10, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Sat., Jan. 13, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Visit with Mrs. Claus Wed., Dec. 13, 20, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Brunswick Library $3 Bag Sale Sat., Jan. 20, Feb. 24, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm NEW Book Nook Shop Every Mon., 12:00 - 2:00 pm Every Wed., 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Every Thurs., 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Every Sat., 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Hours subject to change. No book sales Dec. 23, 25, 30, Jan. 1. Highland Library $3 Bag Sale Sat., Jan. 27, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Lodi Library $3 Bag Sale Dec. 1-2, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm More information at mcdl.info/Passport Passport & Photo Service Available by appointment at Medina, Brunswick & Lodi Libraries The last appointment of the day is scheduled two hours before closing Give to your library at mcdl.info/Donate Giving is Always in Season Support literacy efforts with an annual gift, planned giving, or a bequest. Honor a loved one on our donor walls. 15 Connect with us of Medina County District Library FRIENDS Friends Book Sales & Fundraisers Support Youth Literacy in Medina County Get started at mcdl.info/OnlineLearning Online Learning MCDL’s Online Learning collection puts new skills at your fingertips • Creativebug - Video workshops featuring arts and crafts techniques • Mango Languages Foreign language skills

16 Locations Medina Library 210 South Broadway Street Medina, OH 44256 330-725-0588 Family History & Learning Center 330-722-2681 Brunswick Library 3649 Center Road Brunswick, OH 44212 330-273-4150 Buckeye Library 6625 Wolff Road Medina, OH 44256 330-725-4415 Highland Library 4160 Ridge Road Medina, OH 44256 330-278-4271 330-239-2674 Lodi Library 635 Wooster Street Lodi, OH 44254 330-948-1885 Seville Library 45 Center Street Seville, OH 44273 330-769-2852 Bookmobile/ Outreach 330-722-2590 Hours Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Friday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 pm Medina & Brunswick only Connect with us Medina County District Library 2023 Board of Trustees Dr. Maria Griffiths, President • William Koran, Vice President • Caleb Parker, Secretary Ryan Carlson • Mark Krosse • Brian Harr • Jill McGarr Medina County District Libraries will be closed: Dec. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Jan. 1 action aRT in Sat., Feb. 17, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Medina Library Leave your winter blahs outside and experience inspiring works of art inside. Talk with local artists, learn their techniques, and create some art. Wonderland Winter Sat., Dec. 2, 4:00 - 7:00 pm Lodi Village Square Kick off your holiday season with a visit from Santa, reindeer from Spring Mist Farms, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, crafts, and plenty of treats! Held in conjunction with Lodi Village, Lodi Harrisville Historical Society, and Lodi Railroad Museum. mcdl.info/WinterWonderland Lodi Library’s mcdl.info/ArtInAction Drop off library items at Buehler’s: • Forest Meadows 75 Forest Meadows Dr. • River Styx - 3626 Medina Rd. This is a return service only. Pay fees, renew, request, or check out items at your library. Don’t forget! Library items can be returned to any MCDL bookdrop 24/7. mcdl.info/FAQ Return Request items online or by calling. We'll have your items waiting for you with one of the pick up options below. mcdl.info/Shop Shop Choose Anytime Lockers and pick up items at your convenience. mcdl.info/Lockers Select Curbside Service and a staff member will bring items to your car. mcdl.info/Curbside Pick Up Time Saving Services Fit the library into your busy schedule