MCDL Director, Carole Kowell with Sen. Larry Obhof’s staff member Adam Pohlabel, accepting the commendation from the Ohio Senate for the GED award at the MCDL Board Meeting Oct. 1 at Medina Library.

Medina County District Library won the 2018 Ohio Library Council Innovation Award for the library’s work in establishing the only GED testing site in the county at the Medina Library. Before the Medina Library site opened, GED candidates had to travel to Summit or Cuyahoga counties, and for many, reliable transportation was an obstacle. The testing site opened in June 2017 with 13 tests the first day. To date, 81 tests have been administered.

MCDL has since partnered with the Medina County Career Center, Jobs for Ohio Graduates and Project LEARN of Medina County to extend the reach of the library’s GED program. MCDL offers GED prep classes in partnership with Polaris Career Center at the Brunswick Library, just launched GED Test Prep Kits for in-house use, and GED Math Practice Worksheets for students to write on and keep. These resources are available at the Medina and Brunswick Library Reference Departments. For more information on GED classes, test dates and all the available library resources go to

In recognition of MCDL’s accomplishments, staff accepted the Ohio Library Council award at the OLC annual convention Wed., Oct. 3 at the Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky. Senator Larry Obhof also recognized MCDL with a commendation from the Ohio State Senate at a recent MCDL board meeting.

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