Medina County District Library Launches “One Community, Many Stories” Event


MEDINA, Ohio — About 250 people joined in the festivities to kick off this year’s One Community, Many Stories event at the Medina Library on Saturday, February 12. Guests posed for photos with Corduroy the Bear, enjoyed Mr. Matt the Comedy Juggler’s antics and signed up for door prizes.

A special “Behind the Scenes” tour provided an opportunity to see how the new items that arrive daily are prepared for release. The Collections Resources team accepts items for addition to the collection after they are delivered by UPS, then sorts, tags and distributes them to the correct location in the library.

“One Community, Many Stories” began as a campaign called “One Book, One Community” in 2014, when the library wanted to contribute to a community effort to promote family reading. Since then, the district has organized a campaign every two years with the aim of encouraging people to read and talk about common books.

Mia Lister, left, and Arabell Lambert of Medina pose with Corduroy the Bear at the “One Community Many Stories” launch event at the Medina Library on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of MCDL)

For 2022, the theme is simple: books that celebrate a love of reading and the library. The staff chose four featured titles – one for adults and one for teens, and two for kids. The library has ordered additional copies of each title to ensure accessibility.

Adult – The reading list, by Sara Nisha Adams

An unforgettable and heartwarming novel about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two people in a London suburb.

Widower Mukesh leads a quiet life in a London neighborhood after losing his beloved wife. Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library when she comes across a crumpled list of novels she’s never heard of before. She decides to read all the books on the list.

Aleisha passes the playlist to Mukesh, hoping it will be a lifeline for him too. Shared books create a connection between two lonely souls and help them find joy again.

Teen – Almost American Girl, by Robin Ha

This is a powerful and moving graphic novel for teens about immigration, belonging and how the arts can save a life.

As far back as she can remember, it’s Robin and her mother against the world. Growing up in Seoul, Korea wasn’t always easy, but it bonded them fiercely.

Robin is devastated when her mother announces she is getting married and they are moving to Alabama. Robin is dropped off at a new school where she doesn’t understand the language. One day, Robin’s mother enrolls him in a comic book drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined.

An author visit with Robin Ha will take place at the Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road, at 7 p.m. on April 22.

Intermediate level – The spell of wishes, by Chris Colfer

The book tells the story of twins Alex and Connor. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished storybook, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic, where they come face to face with fairy tale characters they have learned about. grew up reading.

After a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins and trolls, returning home is harder than they thought.

Picture book – Nia and the new free library, by Ian Lendler

When Nia’s old city library is destroyed by a tornado, people wonder what they should do with the empty space. Nia just wants a new library and reminds the whole town of the joy of books.

The author brings humor and heart to this clever take on the classic folk tale “Stone Soup.”

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