The Williams County Public Library is excited to partner with The Ability Center to bring the DREAM (Disability Representation, Education, and Awareness in Media) to all WCPL locations in Bryan, Edgerton, Edon, Pioneer, Stryker, and West Unity. WCPL is thrilled to provide this resource to the Williams County public by working with The Ability Center-a northwest Ohio agency that aims to make our community the most disability-friendly in the country by challenging people to think differently about disability, advocating, educating, partnering, and providing services. The Ability Center has served the seven counties of Lucas, Ottawa, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Defiance, and Williams since 1920.

The disability media project, DREAM is designed to ensure children’s books created by, for, and about people with disabilities are available and easy to find at schools, libraries, and community spaces. Made up of 13 unique titles and counting, DREAM is a collection of books, donated to Williams County Public Library by The Ability Center. Just a small selection of DREAM titles include, “My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay” by Cari Best, “Rescue and Jessica” by Paul Harbridge, and “Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You” by Sonia Sotomayor. You can find a full list of DREAM titles at https://abilitycenter.org/dream/.

All Williams County Public Library locations will have DREAM books available for checkout, starting Tuesday, January 3rd. To kick off the launch of DREAM, storytimes will be held throughout January at each WCPL branch. A schedule of library storytimes are as follows:

Tuesday, January 3rd at 3pm at Pioneer Branch Library (special guest Mort, the North Central School Facility Dog will be attending!)

Tuesday, January 10th at 4pm at Bryan Main Library

Wednesday, January 11th at 4pm at West Unity Branch Library

Tuesday, January 17th at 3:30pm at Edon Branch Library (pizza will be provided!)

Tuesday, January 24th at 5pm at Edgerton Branch Library

Wednesday, January 25th at 3:15pm at Stryker Branch Library

At each storytime, DREAM books will be read by WCPL Programming Manager, Denver Henderson, and there will be representation from The Ability Center. Storytimes are FREE to attend and open to all ages! No registration is required. To learn more contact the Williams County Public Library at 833-633-7323.