4 Sensory Support for Families Sensory Kits are available for all ages and needs but are geared toward adults and youth with autism or sensory challenges. These kits include items that facilitate a calming affect for people with sensory issues, such as stress balls, weighted blankets, and noise cancelling headphones. MCDL strives to be a safe, calm place everyone can enjoy. The kits were made possible through funding from Rotary Club of Medina Sunrise and a grant from Autism Speaks. New! A sensory deprivation tent is now available at select events for individuals to use as needed. Staff will announce when the tent is available, and it is open to use on a first-come, first-served basis. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Ohio Get a free book mailed to your home every month! Enroll today at your library or mcdl.info/EarlyLiteracy. Dolly Parton is an icon in the world of country music. But did you know her Imagination Library, founded in 1995, has provided nearly 200 million books to children ages birth to five all around the world? The Imagination Library Ohio is now a state-wide initiative. Families are encouraged to register each child in the household to receive a new, free book every month. Currently, 41% of eligible Medina County families are enrolled in the program. MCDL is spreading the word through day care visits, the Health Department, Catholic Charities, community outreach, and more. College & Scholarships The college application process is underway for the class of 2023 and MCDL has resources to help find your dream school and fund your education. mcdl.info/College is a curated site to research schools based on admissions, qualifications, and financial aid. Find rankings on schools, majors and other quality of life indicators you may be looking for in higher education. mcdl.info/Scholarships helps you understand the complexities of college funding. From the FAFSA to applying for local scholarships, it’s your one-stop-shop for funding your future. You’ll even find sites to purchase used textbooks and study for the SAT. Dolly Part ’s Imaginat on Library of Ohio Free books eachmonth for kids 0-5 Your child will receive: • Monthly delivery of an awesome book specifically selected for your child’s age • Increased vocabulary and literacy • A love for learning that will help prepare them for kindergarden From Birth to Age 5 • A free book every month till age five • Snuggles during reading time • A kids who’s ready to take on kindergarten—and life What You’ll Get From The Parents “When my son gets a new book in the mail, it’s like a little mini-Christmas! I encourage every parent to sign their child up for the Imagination Library.” –Warren County parent “Signing your child up for the Imagination Library is a no-brainer. Our family absolutely loves it.” –Lorain County parent Go to OhioImaginationLibrary.org to start your child’s free monthly book delivery! It’s Easy! Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans five countries and gifts over 1 million free books each month to children around the world. MCDL News & Notes