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22
Nov

Project: LEARN and The BookShelf Closed for Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Project: LEARN and all BookShelf locations will be closed on Wednesday, November 22nd and Thursday, November 23rd. From all of us at Project: LEARN, Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll be open with great holiday specials on Black Friday–see you then!

13
Nov

Holiday Sales Time at The BookShelf!

Project: LEARN loves the holiday season! We love giving and receiving books as gifts–and we’re making it extra easy for you this year! We will have special sales on all your favorite types of books throughout the season. Plus, Double UP your holiday giving by getting Project: SAVE coupon books for your friends and loved …

2
Nov

Holiday Savings at The BookShelf!

This time of year, we give thanks for our many wonderful customers and donors to Project: LEARN’s BookShelf stores. The stores are an integral part of our Adult Literacy mission–funds raised at The BookShelf provide over 55% of the revenues needed to fulfill our mission of providing free literacy tutoring to any adult in Medina …

30
Aug

New Policies at Project: LEARN’s BookShelf

Since Project: LEARN’s first BookShelf store opened in 2008, we have chosen to charge the customer a flat rate price for each type of book.  The sales tax on that book was calculated into the price. Going forward, we cannot maintain that pricing structure.  As our fixed costs have increased (rent, utilities, program materials, etc.), …

17
Mar

No Foolin’ at Medina High School to Benefit Project: LEARN!

Medina High School’s Improv Club will be holding a live improvisational comedy show on Friday, April 7th, at Medina High School’s Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from this event will benefit Project: LEARN!  We’re so grateful to the students for supporting our organization with their fun event! Tickets are available at all Medina Buehler’s locations, and …

10
Jan

Project: LEARN and The BookShelf CLOSED today, January 10, due to weather

Friends, we will be closed today, January 10th, 2017, due to icy conditions on the roadways.  Stay safe out there and we will see you tomorrow!

29
Dec

Tribute to Louise Hanko Brown

From left: Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, Project: LEARN  board member Cindi White, Louise Hanko Brown, and Corbin Cerny, at the dedication of Corbin’s Little Free Library, November, 2013. All of us at Project: LEARN of Medina County were devastated to learn of the passing of Louise Hanko Brown.  Louise served as a board member of …

29
Nov

Join us for our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party!

  It’s that wonderful time of year, when we reflect on all we’ve accomplished and we look forward to a new year of challenges and student successes!  Please join us for our annual meeting and potluck dinner!  All in the Project: LEARN family are welcome–students, tutors, BookShelf volunteers, supporters and friends!  Bring your favorite dish …

13
Nov

A Month of Thanksgiving: What Makes a Good Tutor?

Joan Hovan has been a tutor with Project: LEARN of Medina County for many years.  Here are her thoughts on being a tutor: Joan:  “I didn’t have the opportunity to go to college.  I could have, I wanted to, but my generation did not have those opportunities. I didn’t get married until I was in …

11
Nov

A Month of Thanksgiving: Denise Loves Books!!

Denise Laux is the volunteer coordinator for Project: LEARN’s Brunswick BookShelf.  Here are her thoughts on why she likes to volunteer in our bookstore: I started with The Brunswick BookShelf the month it opened. For me, volunteering here was a lifesaver.  I needed to get out of the house. I had been very sick and …

8
Nov

A Month of Thankgsiving: Fran and The BookShelf

Fran Miller has volunteered at the Wadsworth BookShelf since just after the store opened in 2011.  Here’s one of her favorite stories about working in the store, and her thoughts about what she enjoys most about her volunteer experience: I was here the afternoon that the students from Central Intermediate School brought in 3,000 books.  …

6
Nov

A Month of Thanksgiving: “I Feel More ME”

  D. is a student at Project: LEARN working on improving her English language skills.  Her tutor, M., has been helping her for two years now.  This is their story: M:  Tutoring is really very stimulating.  I am a retired teacher; and this is a whole new perspective. I am able to use my training …

3
Nov

A Month of Thanksgiving: James’ Story

“A Month of Thanksgiving: James’ Story”   James has volunteered with Project: LEARN for over 3 years. We are sad to say that, after recently completing his Masters in Library Science at Kent State University, he is leaving us to take a position with Marion Public Library in Marion, Ohio. Before he left, he shared …

2
Nov

A Month of Thanksgiving: “We’re Partial to Chocolate!”

                  “We’re Partial to Chocolate” The scene:  the three Monday afternoon volunteers in Brunswick—Lynn, Rita and Gale—are telling stories about their volunteer time at The BookShelf, where one of their jobs is sorting and shelving donated books: Lynn:  We had a gentleman whose wife called and said …

1
Nov

Project: LEARN Celebrates A Month of Thanksgiving!

Welcome to A Month of Thanksgiving at Project: LEARN!  All month, we will be sharing stories with you about our students, volunteer tutors, store volunteers, and staff. We are grateful to the Medina County community for their support and encouragement of our mission to help adults learn to read, learn English as a second language, …

2
Sep

Project: LEARN and The BookShelf Closed for Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, Project: LEARN and The BookShelf will be closed on Monday, September 5th.  Enjoy the long weekend, everyone!

24
Aug

New Shelves in Wadsworth, Thanks to Eagle Scout Candidate J.D. Webb!!

Project: Learn of Medina County extends our most sincere thanks to Eagle Scout candidate J.D. Webb of Wadsworth-based troop 512.  For his Eagle Scout project, he designed and built the gorgeous shelving unit pictured above.  As you will know if you’ve visited our Wadsworth BookShelf, it is located in a former bank office.  The old …

8
Aug

Brunswick BookShelf CLOSED Monday, August 8 for parking lot work

Good morning– We apologize, but our Brunswick BookShelf is closed today due to parking lot resurfacing.  We hope to reopen on Tuesday, August 9th.  Please call 330-723-1314 if you have questions or need information.  Thanks for your patience!

5
Aug

Thank You For Celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday With Us!

Project: LEARN is thrilled with the wonderful turnout of fans to our Harry Potter Birthday Party on July 31st!  We had nearly 40 participants in our costume contest!  Fans enjoyed our selfie station, polyjuice potion punch, chocolate frogs and other treats, and picked up their copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  Thank you …

1
Jul

Join Us for Harry Potter’s Birthday Party on July 31st!!!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play set in the Harry Potter universe, will be released as a book on Sunday, July 31st, Harry Potter’s birthday!  In celebration, Project: LEARN’s Medina BookShelf location is hosting a Harry Potter Birthday Party on July 31st from 1pm to 3pm! Fans can preorder their book and …

2
Jun

Join us for a Book Signing by Judge James Kimbler!

Sigel Press, in collaboration with Project: LEARN, will host a book signing by Retired Judge James L. Kimbler on Thursday, June 23 from 5-7pm at the Medina County District Library, Community Room A,  210 South Broadway, Medina. Judge Kimbler will make a brief presentation and then autograph books. Practical Tips for Trial Attorneys is packed …

31
May

Summer Reading Time is Here!

  Required summer reading books are now in stock at The BookShelf!  We order new copies of the summer reading books assigned in the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth School Districts, and stock those books at our store closest to the district.  We also have a limited selection of required summer reading books for Buckeye and …

4
Mar

Match Wits 2016!!!

Do you want to test your trivia talents against the top trivia buffs in Medina County?  Then make plans to join us for Match Wits 2016!  All the details can be found on our Match Wits page here:  www.projectlearnmedina.org/match-wits-2016

11
Feb

Brunswick and Medina Project: LEARN Locations Closed Feb. 11

Good morning, Medina County!  The snowy roads and hazardous conditions are worse in the northern part of the county, so Project: LEARN’s Brunswick and Medina locations will be closed today, Thursday, February 11th.  Wadsworth will be open unless conditions deteriorate.  If they close, we will update via Facebook and this web page.  Be safe out …

21
Nov

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Sales and Specials at the BookShelf!

We have lots of sales for your shopping pleasure at The BookShelf stores this holiday season! Stop in to see all the great books and special offers! We have our Project: SAVE coupon books again–for only $10, receive special savings throughout 2016 worth $28. New this year: Children’s Book version of our coupon books. A …

27
Oct

Thanks to our Zombie Runners!!

Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Zombie Run and Zom-Wee Run! We so appreciate your warm support on a cold day! Below, please find some great photos taken for us by Scot Mohler! Attached in this document (zombie-run-2015-all-runners-times-FINAL) are the race times; if you did not have your number tab removed at the …

27
Sep

Celebrate Banned Books Week by Buying Books at The BookShelf!!

Celebrate Banned Books Week by Buying Books at The BookShelf!! Medina County, OH: In celebration of Banned Books Week, Medina County’s BookShelf stores will be offering a “buy one, get one free” sale on all used titles in the store from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3. “We have a display of banned and challenged books …

15
Sep

Project: LEARN is Now Part of the Combined Federal Campaign

Thanks to the generosity of federal employees worldwide, the Combined Federal Campaign raised over $2 million for northeast Ohio non-profits last year. This year, Project: LEARN is pleased to be joining the campaign. Federal employees can check off up to five charities to support with payroll deductions from their paychecks. It’s a fast, easy way …

13
Jul

Change a Life: Become a Tutor for Project: LEARN

Change a life! Become a tutor! Project: LEARN offers training for potential volunteer tutors throughout the year. Project: LEARN’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by helping adults improve fundamental skills in reading, problem solving, and the English language. Right now, we are experiencing a high demand for our services and we need …

12
Jul

Most Wanted Books

We are in search of several titles for summer reading for students in local school districts!  If you would be willing to donate your gently used copies of any of the following titles, we will happily provide you with a Buy 1, Get 1 Free coupon to use on any used book in the store!  …

25
May

Summer Book SALE for Kids, June 1st-June 6th

It’s summer!  Time to stock up on great summer reading for the kids!  Whether you need board books for the baby, beginner chapter books for the young elementary students, or teen reads for the high schoolers, The BookShelf has got you covered! All used children’s books at all three stores are on sale this week …

13
Jan

Save the Date for Match Wits 2015

Project: LEARN is preparing for another exciting evening of laughter and trivia at Coppertop at Cherokee Hills in Valley City!  Coppertop will again be the location of our very fun Match Wits event this year, where table teams of 8 people compete to become the trivia champs of Medina County.  We will have new categories, …

9
Jan

Buy Rick Noland’s Book, “Over Time” at the BookShelf

Longtime local sports columnist Rick Noland has just published a book of favorite stories from his over 30 years of sports reporting in Northeast Ohio.  Called “Over Time:  Favorite Sports Stories from the Last 30 Years,” it collects reporting, columns and stories from a colorful career in the always entertaining Northeast Ohio sports arenas.  From …

29
Nov

Please Donate to Project: LEARN on #GivingTuesday

Every holiday season, we observe Black Friday–big shopping deals on the day after Thanksgiving…and Cyber Monday–great deals from online retailers on the Monday after Thanksgiving.  But do you know about Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a global effort designed to encourage individuals and businesses to donate to charities, to improve lives all over the world.  …

25
Nov

Please Join Us for Our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party Potluck

We invite all Project: LEARN supporters, volunteers, friends and students to join us for our annual meeting and holiday party potluck.  The party will be held Monday, December 8th from 6:30pm-8pm at the Medina UCC Church, 217 E. Liberty Street, just off Medina Square.  Please bring a dish to share!  Please also RSVP to us …

17
Nov

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Sales and Specials at The BookShelf

This holiday season, find wonderful gifts for friends and family at The BookShelf!  For your shopping pleasure, we have sales going on each week from now until the end of the year.  Each week, a different type of book will be on sale, plus we have a few extra surprises…from November 21st through December 1st, …

13
Nov

Shop with The Raspberry and The Rose to Benefit Project: LEARN on December 4th

The Raspberry and The Rose has agreed to partner with Project: LEARN for an evening of shopping to benefit our organization! Stop in to the shop, located at 102 W. Washington Street, next to Hershey’s Barber Shop, on the evening of December 4th, and 20% of your purchase will benefit Project: LEARN!  The shop features …

30
Oct

Project: LEARN is Hiring

Project: LEARN of Medina County has been serving adult learners in this area for over 31 years. The organization has grown and changed dramatically during those years of service.  From our humble beginnings in a church basement, to the three vibrant bookstores that support our mission and house our tutoring operations, growth and change have …

27
Oct

Thanks to All Who Participated in our Zombie Run!

Project: LEARN of Medina County thanks the 160 runners and 44 zombies for participating in today’s 3<sup>rd</sup> Annual Run for Your Life Zombie Run at Buckeye Woods Park.  This year’s race, which began at the spooky time of 4pm on October 18th, had runners traversing a 5K course through the park while avoiding wandering bands …

21
Sep

Celebrate Banned Books Week with a Sale at the BookShelf

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Medina County’s BookShelf stores will be offering a sale on all hardcover books and trade paperbacks from Sept. 22-27. “Sometimes we take for granted the many freedoms afforded to us as Americans.  There are people who would like to censor reading material, especially in school settings.  Banned Books Week …

12
Sep

Jump Into Reading at Brunswick Library with Brunswick R.O.C.K.S

Brunswick  R.O.C.K.S. Again—Jump Into Reading on September 25th!  Brunswick, OH—Project: LEARN and Medina County District Library present Jump Into Reading on Thursday, September 25th from 6pm-8pm at Brunswick Library! For the fourth year, Project:  LEARN partnered with the Brunswick Library and staff from Brunswick City Schools to offer Brunswick R.O.C.K.S. to families with children who …

29
Aug

Sign Up NOW for Zombie Run 2014 Let’s Get Ready to…Stumble!

A great time was had by all at our Zombie Run in 2013…amazing zombie costumes, fast runners, and a gorgeous fall day made for an enjoyable way to support Project: LEARN.  We are ready to stumble into 2014 with our 3rd annual Zombie Run!  For all the event details, visit our event page here! Want …

18
Aug

Project: LEARN Receives Grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation

For Immediate Release August 18, 2014:  Project: LEARN of Medina County is the recipient of a $500 grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation’s Volunteer Grant Program.  Scott Snyder, Westfield employee and a volunteer with Project: LEARN of Medina County, was awarded the grant based on his volunteer commitment to the organization. Scott Snyder has volunteered 55 …

18
Jun

Project: LEARN’s Campaign 2014: A Student’s Story

Our dear friend and student, Reine Massaad, recently submitted this letter of support to Project: LEARN.  Please consider making a donation to Project: LEARN so we can expand our reach and help even more students in 2014 and beyond!  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Donate” button, or send your contribution …

16
Jun

Change a Life: Support Project: LEARN’s Campaign 2014

Imagine how scary it would be to arrive in the United States and not know one word of English besides “hello.”  How anxious you might be if you lost your job and knew that your lack of a high school diploma would be a huge barrier to applying for new jobs. The Medina County community …

16
Jun

Volunteer Larry Chorzelewski featured in Sun Newspaper

Larry Chorzelewski has volunteered for Project: LEARN since 2009.  He’s a bookstore volunteer, a tutor, and an integral part of the Project: LEARN family.  We were thrilled that he was featured in the Sun Newspaper this week.  To read the story, visit their website here.  Thanks, Larry, for all you do for Project: LEARN!  Want …

10
Jun

Tutor Training Scheduled for June 27th

Change a life!  Become a tutor! Project: LEARN offers training for potential volunteer tutors several times each year. Project: LEARN’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by helping adults improve fundamental skills in reading, problem solving, and the English language. We need committed tutors who have the ability to connect and communicate with …

3
Jun

Join Us for the Kids Day of Play

Join the Medina BookShelf on Saturday, June 7th for the Kids Day of Play on Medina Square!!! We will have a Bookwalk from 11am-1pm, where kids 12 and under can try to win a free book.  We will host a book stacking contest from 1pm-3pm, where kids can try to make the tallest possible stack …

30
May

Summer Reading Program Books are IN

It’s summertime, and the kids are supposed to be working on their summer reading.  It can be a hassle to track down the books–perhaps the library doesn’t have enough copies, or you don’t like to order on-line.  As the only bookstores in Medina County, Project: LEARN’s The BookShelf is happy to help! We communicate with …

18
Mar

Bookshelf Stores are selling Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R. J. Palacio  has been selected  by the United Way, the Medina County District Library, and Wadsworth Public Library for the program called “One Book, One Community.”  The story introduces us to Auggie Pullman, a fifth grader born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to mainstream schooling until our story …

13
Mar

Match Wits 2014!

Project: LEARN will host Match Wits, a trivia contest for teams from throughout Medina County, on April 24th, 2014 at Coppertop at Cherokee Hills Golf Course in Valley City.  For more information on this fun event, please see our event page here!

25
Feb

Brunswick R.O.C.K.S. Again

Brunswick, OH—Project:  LEARN is partnering for the fourth year with the Brunswick Library and staff from Brunswick City Schools to offer Brunswick R.O.C.K.S. to families with children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall.  R.O.C.K.S. stands for Reading Opportunities Create Kindergarten Success.  Funded primarily through United Way of Medina County, the program will show …

6
Feb

Buehler’s River Styx Location Supports Project: LEARN

Throughout the month of February, Buehler’s River Styx employees will be donating gently used books to Project: LEARN.  In exchange for their donations, employees enjoy four “dress down” days at work.  Their books will be donated and shared among all three Project: Learn BookShelf locations. Books donated to The BookShelf are sold to support our …

30
Jan

Our Little Free Libraries in the Medina Sun

Project: LEARN is grateful to Eagle Scout candidate Corbin Cerny and the rest of his troop for the two wonderful Little Free Libraries he built and installed in Medina.  The concept of the Little Free Library is wonderful:  it’s a structure built to hold books, and community members can leave books for others, take books …

9
Jan

Attend our January Tutor Sessions

If you are interested in becoming a tutor for Project: LEARN in reading, math, English as a Second Language, or GED preparation, please make plans to attend one or both of our upcoming tutor training sessions at Medina Library. Project: LEARN offers training for potential volunteer tutors several times each year. Project: LEARN’s mission is …

8
Jan

Watch Project: LEARN on The Medina Minute

Recently, I had the chance to visit with Matt Wiederhold, Executive Director of Main Street Medina, for a video series called “The Medina Minute.”  We talked about how great it is to be a part of the Medina Square community.  To see our conversation, click on the video here: http://youtu.be/FaPn3FsoQyM

25
Nov

Make Plans to Attend our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

Project: LEARN will host its annual meeting and holiday party on Monday, December 9th at 6:30pm at the Fellowship Hall of the Medina United Church of Christ, right off Medina Square at 217 East Liberty Street.  All students, volunteer tutors, BookShelf volunteers, staff members and board members are invited to come share a favorite dish, hear …

26
Oct

The Zombie Run was Ghoulish Fun

Thanks to the over 150 runners and 30 zombies who came out for Project: LEARN’s 2nd Annual Run for Your Life Zombie Run 5K race October 27th at Buckeye Woods Park in Medina. Fabulously sunny, cool weather and zombies eager for the chase made the day a huge success. Runners attached three “life flags” to …

17
Aug

BookShelf Stores Inspire Other Organizations to Start Their Own

In March, 2010, former Executive Director Linda Smalley spoke at a national convention for adult education about creating a used bookstore to support adult literacy.  Travis DiNicola, Executive Director for Indy Reads attended the session and said that the session made the convention worthwhile for him. He noted: “This is something that our board really …