Mary Alice Reporting – The main location of the Tuscarawas County Public Library system has launched a new collection: Memory Kits.

The bundles are of library materials, such as books, puzzles, movies, music, jars, and other sensory items centered on a theme.

According to Melissa Dean, the library’s Technical Supervisor, each kit includes items to help maintain dexterity, improve relaxation, and provoke conversations.

To start this new venture, there are six kits with themes of fishing, sewing, gardening, classic cars, classic Hollywood, and baking.  Dean says, for example, the gardening kit, contains a book, reusable water painting, a DVD of The Secret Garden, music, smelling jars, seed envelopes, garden gloves, and a blossom-themed memory game.  

These memory kits are available for library patrons to check out and the library’s Mobile Service unit will also utilize them when visiting area nursing homes and senior living facilities.

People can reserve kits online or in-person to pick up at any of the Tuscarawas County Public Library System locations in Bolivar, Main Library in New Philadelphia, Strasburg, Sugarcreek, and Tuscarawas. For more information, visit or call 330-364-4474.  

Pictured is Lacy Bartley and Melissa Dean

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