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.