Tina Sabol, MCDL Community Engagement Manager
330-722-6235 ext. 2930 or 330-635-7991 (c)
MCDL Expands Open Hours
Walk Up Book Drops Open 24/7 at all Locations
Quarantine of Materials Continues
Outreach Services Get Creative
Medina County District debuted new, expanded hours, Monday, October 19 at all six locations. “We worked with the County Health Director and determined it was time to expand services. We never know what tomorrow brings but MCDL aims to serve our community to the best of our ability”, says MCDL Director Julianne Bedel.
The new hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday, Thursday – 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Friday, Saturday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Closed Sundays MCDL Assistant Director, Suzie Muniak, reminds the community about the book return process. “We will continue to quarantine returned items for four days before processing, in accordance with the recommendations by the State of Ohio. If an item is not removed from your card immediately, please know it’s because of the quarantine. Also, walk-up book drops are open at all locations 24/7. These are located by the front doors of all libraries except Medina, where it is located in the “old” entrance in the courtyard off of Broadway Street.”
Drive-up book drops at Medina and Brunswick Libraries are only open from 3:00 pm Friday to 8:30 am Monday. This is due to the large amount of returns at the two busiest libraries. “The items fill a room every weekend. We let them sit for four days and Friday mornings we get to work removing the items from patron’s accounts”, says Tina Forhan, Customer Service Supervisor at the Medina Library.
Curbside and Anytime Locker service is a great alternative for patrons who want to continue with low-touch pick up options. Anytime Lockers are available 24/7 at all
libraries. Curbside Service is available during open hours at all locations except Seville Library.
MCDL’s Outreach Services department is not currently able to use the Bookmobile due to social distancing protocols. However, the staff is hard at work ensuring patrons receive the library materials they want with door-drop delivery, books by mail, and pick up at libraries by caregivers. Outreach is also dropping book selections at senior facilities and day care centers. Library staff used to visit with residents or do storytimes at children’s day cares. Now, they drop off and leave cards or notes for residents and crafts or activity sheets for the kids. “It’s a different way of connecting with our patrons. Outreach staff really get to know their patrons, so in this time of distancing, we continue to provide library materials and special notes to brighten their day”, says Ann Plazek, Outreach Services Manager.
For more information about any of these services go to mcdl.info or email mcdl.info/ContactUs