LL Spring2020_2-20

2 Library Journal ranked MCDL a three-Star Library in their Index of Public Library Service for 2019. Out of 6,333 libraries measured, MCDL ranked in the top 261. The Star rankings are a measure of library service, measuring total circulation, circulation of electronic materials, public internet and computer use, library visits, programs and program attendance. In 2019 the addition of a Wi-Fi use measurement helped thrust MCDL into the top rankings. MCDL saw double digit increases last year over 2018 in the number of items checked out, eMedia downloads, and Wi-Fi use at the libraries. MCDL also debuted half a dozen new services, opened the New Family History & Learning Center at Medina Library, and partnered with dozens of community groups to improve the quality of life in Medina County. MCDL a 3-Star Library Family History & Learning Center Popular Destination mcdl.info/History-Collection Since opening Dec. 7, more than 400 people have visited the Virginia Wheeler Martin Family History & Learning Center and 115 people have used the new technology available to convert old videos or create in the Makerspace. Genealogy requests are in demand with the team finding obituaries, doing one-on-one local history research, and getting people started on their family tree. The Family History & Learning Center was made possible through a $2.5 million donation from namesake, Virginia Wheeler Martin. It is located on the second floor of Medina Library and is open during normal library hours. The Makerspace has abbreviated hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm “So far the most popular technology is the 8mm/Super 8 andVHS digital converter, the laser engraver, and the embroidery machine.” ~ John Layne, Center Associate “One of our first customers wanted to use the laser engraver to customize a penknife for his grandson as a Christmas present. We worked with him to engrave his grandson’s name and a soccer ball. The gentleman stopped back after the holidays to tell us his grandson loved the gift!” ~ Lauren Kuntzman, Center Manager Pictured L-R: John and Roberta Martin (Virginia's nephew and niece), Rep. Steve Hambley, Lauren Kuntzman (Manager), Carole Kowell (former Director)