1891 Medina

Did you know that Bent’s Opera House held a standing room only Prohibition Meeting? The Prohibition candidate for Governor, Hon. J.W. Bruce, came to Medina to gain support for his party and for himself. As the Prohibition candidate he expounded on the negative consequences of alcohol consumption.

Also giving a speech that evening was the Rev. O.H. Mead, a Baptist pastor. The reverend gave his full support for the gubernatorial candidate and the Prohibition party. The reporter at the event stated “Mr. Mead made an earnest appeal for the Prohibition cause, and his speech will long be remembered by all who heard it.”

To find this article and more, visit the Medina Historic Newspapers website, hosted by NYS Historic Newspapers. Each scanned page is available as computer transcribed text, a text searchable pdf, or a png image.

The article referenced above ran in the Medina Register on October 22nd, 1891.

Medina Newspapers Online

Did you know that we have digitized the earliest newspapers in our collection? That’s right, the library is always open online! We have the Medina Tribune (1861-1945), the Medina Register (1882-1911), the Medina Daily Journal (1903-1932), and the Medina Daily Journal and Register (1932-1933) available online. The Medina Daily Journal and Register (1940-1974) and the Medina Journal Register (1974-2014) are available on microfilm only. Village minutes are also available on microfilm.

Each page has been scanned with OCR to make the pages text searchable. However, because a machine converted the images to text it isn’t always 100% correct. You can view the converted text by clicking on the text link at the top of the image or click on the pdf link and use the find tool (press ctrl and F on your keyboard) to have the computer search the text on the image. Once you find your information you can print or save the image as a jpg or pdf.

To see what is available right now click here or on the image above.

Lee-Whedon Never Closes

Lee-Whedon Library logo emblem colorAs a community resource, the library has a fantastic collection of books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, and microfilm available for free everyday. However, we also have many of those things available online. Our online collections are available to you 24/7 even when the physical library is closed. Here is a brief overview of what you can do with just your library card!

Mango Languages – you can learn a new language at your own pace. You can choose from 13 different languages including Farsi, Spanish, and Latin. You must have a Lee-Whedon card to access this.

Overdrive eBooks/eAudiobooks – Download up to 5 books at a time for 2 weeks. Books automatically return themselves at the end of your borrowing time. Some titles are only available to Lee-Whedon cardholders.

Freegal – Download 5 songs per week, all music is from Sony labels. You can keep these songs forever. Put them on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or mp3 player.

Zinio – Download free magazines, as many and as frequently as you want. We have the most popular magazines including Everyday with Rachael Ray,  Newsweek, O, and DIY.

Digital Sanborn – Access to the Sanborn Fire Maps is now even easier. You can zoom in and out and print them right from home. You must have a Lee-Whedon card to access this.

Medina Historic Newspapers – We currently have the earliest of the Medina area newspapers online. We are planning to add the 1940’s and 50’s soon.

AskUs 24/7 – This is an online chat service. A librarian is always available to help you with any question you might have, homework, research, or just a random question you’re curious about.

Comics Plus – This is our newest collection and will be available on September 1st. You get access to over 13,000 comics and graphic novels, including DC Comics. Each comes with a suggested age range as the collection contains everything from children’s to adult titles. Checkout as many as you want!

  • Free E-Books