Educational Services at MCDL
We have a number of amenities to make your visit to the library a productive experience.
- Free Wifi
- All MCDL library locations have free, filtered wireless Internet access available. Read our Internet policy.
- Desktops & Laptops
- Every MCDL location has public computers available for use with your library card number. Need a library card? It's free for Ohio residents, so get a free library card.
- Medina and Brunswick libraries also have Apple Mac Minis which have the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite.
- Study Rooms
- The Medina, Brunswick and Lodi libraries offer study rooms for use by the public. They provide a quiet atmosphere in which to study or work. Check at the reference desk in those libraries for reservations or to sign in.
- Forget a cable or your charger? Ask at one of our Reference desks and check out one with your library card.
- Online Resources
- Search newspapers and scholarly articles on a wide-ranging scope of topics. Take an online course to sharpen your skills. These resources are available 24/7. Don't have a library card and just need access to our online databases? Get an e-card.
- Local Scholarships
- Offers links for scholarships for Medina County residents of all ages.
- Information page offering links for prospective students about financial information, textbooks, rankings and more.
- Search our listing of upcoming classes to learn how to use software (like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Office) and more.
Teachers & Parents
- Story Times
- It’s never too early to begin reading to your child. Research shows that children who are read to at an early age have better language skills and a larger vocabulary when they begin school. Our story times help your young child become ready to read.Your child will have a great time at our story times while we also reinforce six key pre-reading skills. We’ll show you how to help your child’s early literacy development from infancy through the preschool years. Story time sessions run for five weeks and are held four times per year.
- Assignment Alerts
- In order to help your students out, let us know of any upcoming assignments in advance. This will allow us to pull in additional books for your students to check out. Fill out the Educator Request Form.
- Scholastic provides a video storybook paired with a related nonfiction book that helps engage reading and learning.
- C.O.R.E. Collection
- Classroom sets for children from grade levels 1 through 8 are available for check-out. Each set provides multiple copies for you to share literature with youngsters.
- Early Literacy
- Our page devoted to promoting early literacy for the little ones of Medina County. Our Children's Librarians provide resources and programs to support parents who are their children's first teachers.
- Educator Loan Cards
- These cards allow you to keep most materials out for a longer amount of time. Ask at the circulation desk for more information and an application form.
- Educator Requests
- If you need several books on a certain topic for your classroom to use, let the Library help. Fill out the Educator Request Form online, or ask at your local library branch.
- Play Areas
- MCDL has areas where parents and children can enjoy the educational toys the library has to provide.
- Staff at your local MCDL branch enjoy giving tours! Make arrangements for a visit with your group today.
- T.O.T. Boxes
- Take Out Tales boxes are great to use with children at home or in the classroom. Each box focuses on a topic of interest, containing books, activities, and puppets or toys related to that theme.
- T.O.T. Tales
- T.O.T. Topics are great to use with children at home or in the classroom. They are smaller versions of the T.O.T. Boxes for the very popular holiday and seasonal themes. T.O.T. Topics include 6-9 books on the theme and activity sheets.
- Educational Toys
- Play is an important part of child development and MCDL has made toys and learning environments available in each branch. Come to the library with your child and experience them together.
Each library has a heat-sensitive picture board which will reveal a scene with the heat from your child’s hand. Talk about what you see in the picture.
Some libraries have puppet theaters and puppets available for you and your child to use your imagination to make up stories and events. Make-believe play helps make real readers!
Some libraries also have magnetic letter or number panels. Your child can spell out his/her name or identify letters and numbers. Many libraries have spinners, mazes or gears on wall panels or floor toys. Hand-eye coordination and tracking objects are pre-reading skills that benefit your child. Making large circles or movements that cross the mid-line of your child’s body are important developmental tasks that will help with writing later on.
The train tables at each library encourage cooperation and sharing as well as encouraging imaginative play.
MCDL also has a set of large floor toys that rotate between the libraries. Check the children’s area of your library often to see what’s new.