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What Does Betsy Gilder, Lodi Library Manager Geek?

What Does Betsy Gilder, Lodi Library Manager Geek?

The Lodi Library has found many unique Geeks.
We ask folks to write what they are passionate about and how the library can help…. and we have the most unusual responses. “I Geek shopping”, and it has been made easier by our temporary space at Lodi Station Outlets. Too easy. We have a wall full of things our members Geek and some are: ”reading, of course,” “Books!”, “Cooking”, “Music” and too many others to list. Check out our Geek Wall and peruse our books on the above subjects and much more.
We are helping everyone’s Geek by providing great information on his or her favorite things!

Betsy Gilder
Lodi Library Manager
Medina County District Library


Brought to you by OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative, with funding by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates does not support or oppose any candidate for public office and does not take positions on legislation.‘Geek the Library,’ ‘Get Your Geek On’ and ‘What Do You Geek?’are trademarks/service marks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

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Book Madness Most Popular Book

Book Madness Most Popular Book

The books that win each round will be announced, in our libraries, and on our website, Facebook and Twitter, as follows:

                Round 1 winners – Week of March 10
                Round 2 winners – Week of March 17
                Round 3 winners – Week of March 24
                Round 4 and Round 5 winners – Week of March 31
                Winning Most Popular Book – Congratulations to The Hobbit, the winner of Book Madness! We've also notified our winning member, a Buckeye Library regular. The winner will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Thanks to all who played Book Madness!

Click here to open a PDF of the bracket.

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Book Clubs at MCDL This Spring

Book Clubs at MCDL


Tuesday, 7:00 pm *

March 18 - The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

April 15 - The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

May 20 - In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell


Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 pm - The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 pm - The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Monday, April 21, 10:00 am - The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Monday, May 19, 10:00 am - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Wednesday, May 21, 7:00 pm - Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain



Thursday, 6:30 pm

March 20 - Violets of March by Sarah Jio

April 17 - The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

May 15 - The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordon



Wednesday, 3:00 pm

March 26 - Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

April 23 - March by Geraldine Brooks

May 28 - Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly


Cookbook Club*


Wednesday, 4:00 pm

March 5 - ‘wichcraft by Tom Colicchio

April 2 - The Best Bake Sale Ever Cookbook by Barbara Grunes

May 7 - The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Food by Bette Hagman

Pick a recipe and bring it to share.


Recently Read Discussion Group


Thursday, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, May 1, 2:00 pm

Share what you’ve been reading lately. Hear what others recommend.


Book Chat *

Seville - Wednesday, March 12, April 9, May 14, 7:00 pm

Lodi - Monday, March 24, April 14, May 5, 2:00 pm

Share your favorite books or what you are reading now.

Classic & Contemporary Book Club


Monday, 6:00 pm

Mar. 17 - Iced Chiffon by Duffy Brown

Apr. 21 - The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

May 19 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Explore new and interesting topics with great books and tea.


Books to Movies *


Thursday, 7:00 pm

March 20 - Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

April 17 - Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

May 15 - Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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

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Every Reader, Every Day

Every Reader, Every Day

We at MCDL recognize that our readers need us more than ever.  The demand for quality service and materials increases every year.  MCDL has decided to rededicate ourselves to the book.  We look forward to being your first and best resource to refresh your love of reading.  Every Reader, Every Day!

In 2014, we will raise the quality of our Readers Advisory Services by engaging the community in a vibrant culture of reading and discussion through a One Book, One Community event and increasing the percentage of events based on books, reading and literacy.  2014 is the beginning of new and exciting opportunities.

One Book, One Community

MCDL and United Way of Medina County have teamed up to bring the community Wonder, our One Book, One Community choice for 2014.

Have you heard about Wonder?

Wonder is appropriate for readers from about age 9 to 109. The story is poignant, realistic, and unforgettable. Fifth grade is challenging for anyone, but for a child who was born with a severe facial abnormality, like 11-year-old August Pullman, it can be brutal.  Yet in the midst of Auggie’s struggle to make friends and endure the abundant cruelty at school, there are many genuinely happy, funny moments which strengthen the bond with his family and friends. The story is told by Auggie, his sister and his friends.  This is not “just” a book for middle-schoolers; it is for an entire community. I recommend this book to anyone who has a face and a heart.

Want to get ahead of the crowd? Copies of Wonder are on the shelf in book, audio and eBook formats.  Your book club can reserve a Book Club Bag of Wonder, also, with discussion questions included.  Visit for more information.

We are collecting copies of Wonder by R.J. Palacio to distribute to all Medina County 6th grade students in May. Drop books off March 10 - April 21 at any MCDL location. Help us reach our goal of collecting 2100 books.

Upcoming Author Event:

Writers Live Author Luncheon - Featuring: Shelley Shepard Gray
Thurs., May 1, 12:00 pm, Weymouth Country Club
Tickets - $25 (includes lunch) Supported by the Friends of MCDL
She is the author of Amish, historical, western and harlequin romances.


Lodi Library Update

Lodi Library Update

The Medina County District Library Board is continuing its efforts to bring the issues with the Lodi Branch building to a resolution.

With the assistance of its design professional, Prime Engineering, the Library Board has developed a plan to correct the building defects, and, at its June 24, 2013, meeting, approved a contract with Simmons Brothers Corporation, to perform the remedial work in the amount of $1,513,421.  Work will start in July and continue into early next year, with a re-opening of the Lodi Branch in the spring of 2014.

The Library Board is also continuing its efforts to recover from those entities and individuals that created the situation.  Specifically, the problem is the result of defective design, materials, and installation.  Responsibility for these defects lies with many companies involved with the project, but the Library Board is not responsible.  On July 8, 2013, the Library Board filed a lawsuit against the original design professionals, contractors, and material suppliers for the project.  The case was filed in the Medina County Court of Common Pleas (Medina County District Library v. David Milling, Inc., et al., Case No. 13CIV0808).

The Library Board appreciates the understanding and patience of the community while it works to correct this unfortunate circumstance and to pursue reimbursement for the related expenses.  The goal is to return the Lodi Library to the community for use as a functioning library in the very near future so that it can once again be a valued source of community pride and center of community activity. 

As this community is aware, a significant portion of the Lodi Branch building has been closed for over a year.  The closing occurred after a professional engineer retained by the Library Board and the local building department both inspected the building and recommended closing a majority of the structure for public use.  The recommendation was made due to concerns with the structural soundness of the building.

Since that time, the Library Board has diligently pursued a remedy to the problem by retaining both engineers and architects to inspect the building in great detail in order to determine the cause and extent of the issue and to develop an engineering solution that can be implemented to address the problem. The basic problem is that the timber beams in the main clerestory of the building are not structurally sound.  It has been a lengthy, involved, and difficult process.

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