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Food Fest Returns to Buckeye Library November 1

Food Fest Returns to Buckeye Library November 1

Just follow the delicious aromas to the Buckeye Library, Saturday November 1, the third annual Food Fest!  Food Fest features a host of delicious activities from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Food Fest Attractions:

Register for the edible books contest and bring in your edible creation between October 20 and November 1.

11:00 am - Meet cookbook author Marilou Suszko who has written books about Cleveland’s West Side Market and eating locally.

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Be a contestant in the Cupcake Wars! Cupcakes and decorations provided.
Ages 5-15 welcome. Please register in advance.

1:00 pm - Couponing 101 with the Gazette’s Rachel Krych. Interested in couponing?
Learn from the pro, and start saving money!

All day enjoy samples from The University of Akron, pierogis and paprikash from Old World Foods, sushi by Twisted, jerky from Gold Rush Meats and more!

Don’t forget the Oreo stacking contest for the kiddos too!

For more info visit

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J.R. Martinez, Veteran, Actor and Dancing with the Stars Winner

J.R. Martinez, Veteran, Actor and Dancing with the Stars Winner - Highlights FREE Library Event in Medina

J.R. Martinez: Full of Heart   
Thursday, October 9, 7:00 pm
Medina Performing Arts Center Main Stage, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina

J.R. Martinez is a U.S. Army veteran, actor, best-selling author, motivational speaker, and Dancing With the Stars Champion. Martinez is the author of Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength,
and Spirit, a memoir of how he took his personal tragedy and turned it into inspiration for others.

In 2003, Martinez sustained severe burns to over 34 percent of his body while serving in Iraq.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
No pre-event tickets are needed.

The event wraps up the One Book One Community county wide reading campaign in Medina.
The featured book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, is the story or a boy born with severe facial differences going to school for the first time in the fifth grade. It follows his struggles and those of his family, friends and classmates.

“The book touches on tolerance, anti-bullying, self-esteem and overcoming obstacles. Everyone can relate to his story, we hope it also facilitates discussion about difficult topics that need to be addressed in our community”, says Holly Camino, MCDL One Book Committee Chair.

In partnership with the United Way of Medina County, every sixth grader in the county received a
copy of the book. Books are available at Medina County libraries and digital copies by reserve at

One additional family and children’s program is sure to be a visual spectacle.

Celebrate Wonder: The Big Blue Bouncy Ball Drop
Friday, October 17, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Medina Library

Celebrate Wonder and drop thousands of blue bouncy balls from our third floor! Pizza, cookies
and tons of fun provided  The balls represent the thousands of people who read Wonder during the
One Book Campaign

Learn more about the One Book One Community Campaign go to .
Or call 330-722-6235.

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Friends of Library Host Masquerade Ball

Friends of Library Host Masquerade Ball – Benefit for Summer Reading

Masks, magicians, live music, mouthwatering food and more will greet guests at the Friends of Medina County District Library Gala Fundraiser Friday, October 24.

The event boasts the unique venue of the Medina Library. Couple that with the opportunity to dress up with the Masquerade theme, and you have a memorable evening on a budget. Tickets are only $40 and include delectable hors devours by The Corkscrew Saloon, signature drinks, and new this year, a cupcake display by A Cupcake A Day Bakery.

Friends of the Library president, Karen Hammon, says, “Guests love this event because it’s held in the place the funds are ultimately benefitting, your library. It’s not your typical country club event. People dress up a little or a lot, whatever is their style. We will have masquerade masks for purchase at the door for those who have a change of heart and want to dress up at the last minute!”

Sponsors are welcome and may come in the form of monetary donations, silent auction baskets or items, and new in 2014, art for the Art Auction.

“The Medina Library hosts the work of accomplished artists all year in our third floor gallery. This is a chance for the artists to give back to the library through the Friends – by donating and auctioning off their works”, says Theresa Laffey, art auction chair. The art will be on display October 1 through the evening of the event. Bidding runs through the art show and wraps up the night of the fundraiser.

In its third year, the gala raises money to fund the Summer Reading Celebration at Medina County District Libraries. With more than 8,000 participants, mostly children, the SRC is the single largest and most costly program at MCDL.

The Friends make an annual donation of $20,000 - $25,000 to cover the many programs, prizes and books children win for completing the game.  

Fundraiser tickets are on sale now at all MCDL locations with cash or check only. To download a sponsor packet or purchase tickets on line go to

For more info email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 330-635-7991.

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An Evening with David Giffels

An Evening with David Giffels

Akron Author Shares Love of Midwest Life


Join friends around the fireplace at the Medina Library for an evening with Akron-based author and educator, David Giffels.

Author David Giffels

Friday, November 7 at 7:00 pm

Tickets - $20, Includes appetizers by Corkscrew Saloon.

The Bestselling author will discuss his new book, The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt. Intelligent, humorous, and warm, The Hard way on Purpose, is about coming of age in the Midwest, and the stubborn, optimistic, proud and resourceful people who thrive here.

An assistant professor of English at University of Akron, Giffels teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Giffels’ previous book, All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House, is a memoir of growing into fatherhood while restoring a ramshackle mansion.

Tickets may be purchased at or at any MCDL location beginning September 29th. Deadline for tickets is October 31.

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October Month of Outdoor Fun at Medina County District Library

October Month of Outdoor Fun
at Medina County District Library

Medina County District Libraries are the place to be for outdoorsy fun this Fall.

It all begins October 11 and 12 as the Lodi Library is a stop on the Medina County Fall Foliage Tour. This weekend is part of a 45-year tradition in Medina County for this drive-it-yourself tour of agricultural, educational and historical stops along the way.

The Lodi Library will feature historical display and presentations, crafts for kids and a Plein Air art demonstration. The Foliage Tour is from Noon to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday.

The next weekend, in the same neck of the woods, is the Seville Library’s Harvest Festival. Celebrate the harvest with live music, Irish Dancing, the Spring Mist Farms petting zoo, crafts, balloon art, games and the return of the pumpkin pie contest!

Seville Library is located on North Center Street in the heart of Seville.

Harvest Festival is from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For a complete list of activities and times go to

MCDL and the Medina County Park District wrap up the month with Once Upon a Forest, Saturday, October 25 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Plum Creek Park.

Travel along the trails of Plum Creek forest and meet delightful characters with interesting tales along the way. Crafts and activities will follow. This unique blend of storytelling and nature is brought to you by MCDL and the County Park District.

For more information on any of these events go to and click Events.

You may also visit for information and printable maps for the Fall Foliage Festival.

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Warm Up Medina County

Warm Up Medina County

Warm Up Medina County, now in its eleventh year at Medina County District Library, is readying donations and finishing projects in time for donations to many Medina County agencies this fall.

The program began in 2004, based on Warm Up America, a program that brings people together to learn how to knit and crochet, and allows experienced knitters to share their talents.

The items made through the knitting circles are then donated to those in need. In Medina County the Battered Women’s Shelter, Hospice of Medina County and the Salvation Army are just a few of the organizations that have benefited from the program throughout the years.

Check out these events at the Brunswick Library.

Warm Up Medina County Kick-Off – Saturday, September 6 at 11:00 am. Stop in to help our knitters and crocheters in assembling afghans or pick up a kit to take home to assemble. Beginners are welcome!

Knitting and Crocheting Circle – Every other Tuesday at 10:00 am beginning September 16 and wrapping up November 25.

Get together with other knitters and crocheters to learn, fine tune, or teach your skills to others. The group works on finishing projects during these knitting sessions.


For more information go to or call the Brunswick Library

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Book Clubs at MCDL This Fall

Book Clubs at MCDL This Fall

Lodi - Wed., 6:00 pm

Oct. 1 - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Nov. 5 - Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Brunswick - Mon., 10:00 am

Oct. 20 - The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

Nov. 17 - The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty


Brunswick - Wed. 7:00 pm

Oct.15 - Longbourn by Jo Baker

Nov. 19 - Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto

Medina * - Tues., 7:00 pm

Oct. 21 - The Supreme’s at Earl’s All You Can Eat by Edward Kelsey

Nov. 18 - And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Highland * - Thurs., 6:30 pm

Oct. 16 - Reunion at Red Paint Bay by George Harrar

Nov. 20 - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin


Seville - Wed., 3:00 pm

Oct. 22 - Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

Nov. 19 - Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen

Cookbook Club *

Seville - Wed., 4:00 pm

Oct. 1 - The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila

Nov. 5 - The Thanksgiving Table by Diane Morgan

Pick a recipe and bring it to share.

Book Club for the Busy Bee *

Medina - Sat., 3:00 pm

Oct. 11 - Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Nov. 8 - Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

All titles 200 pages or less.


Classic & Contemporary Book Club

Buckeye - Mon., 6:00 pm

Oct. 20 - The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Nov. 17 - The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton


Books to Movies Discussion *

Medina - Thurs., 7:00 pm

Oct. 16 - Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

Nov. 20 - Howards End by E.M. Forster

* Registration required for this event, please contact the hosting branch to register.

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