06 21, 2019

Your invitation to our 200th Anniversary Party

By |2019-06-21T06:00:47-04:00June 21, 2019|

Help us make a community mural at our 200th anniversary party on July 12.

Help us make a community mural at our 200th anniversary party on July 12.

Everyone is invited to our 200th Anniversary Party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 12, on our Main Branch lawn.

You can help us make a community mosaic of Mentor with Gail Christofferson of Animal House Glass.

Also, Tom Todd, the Amazing One Man Band, will perform from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, sit back, and enjoy  a little bit of Jimmy Buffett.

We will also have cake and contests. All are welcome and no registration is required to attend our party!

And, yes, your community library is 200 years old. (We look good for our age.) We’re celebrating all year long with donation drives, programs that celebrate local history, and (of course) reading! Get all the details here.

06 20, 2019

Make an acrylic suncatcher at The HUB

By |2019-06-20T06:00:58-04:00June 20, 2019|

Make an awesome acrylic suncatcher on Wednesday, July 3, at The HUB's makerspace.

Make an awesome acrylic suncatcher on Wednesday, July 3, at The HUB’s makerspace.

Kids aren’t the only ones who get to craft at the library.

Adults can make an awesome acrylic suncatcher at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at our newest branch, The HUB inside Mentor High School.

You’ll use the laser engraver in The HUB’s makerspace to create acrylic shapes that you can string together. We’ll supply the acrylic, wood, fishing line, and laser engraver.

The program is free to attend and open to all adults. However, due to space limitations, we do require that you register beforehand. You can sign up by calling The HUB at 440-205-6011.

By the way, if you haven’t checked out The HUB, this summer is the perfect time

There’s never been a better opportunity to use The HUB’s state-of-the-art makerspace. We’ve expanded The HUB’s hours to noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

The HUB’s makerspace has a green-screen studio (complete with camera and editing equipment,) laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large format printer, spiral binder, button maker, 3D pens, sticker printer, and mini-laminator.

People can use any or all of these machines to make the project of their dreams. They don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor. All they need is a CLEVNET card in good standing. Click here for more details or to make a reservation.

06 19, 2019

Juneteenth: The Historical Significance of June 19

By |2019-06-19T06:00:23-04:00June 19, 2019|

Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. But it’s come to have a broader meaning, celebrating the freedom of all black slaves.

The date became even more important when the Civil Rights Act was passed on June 19, 1964.

But that’s just the iceberg’s tip. By coincidence, several momentous events in American Civil Rights history have occurred on or near June 19. As part of James A. Garfield National Historic Site‘s Civil War series, Site Manager Todd Arrington leads us on a time-traipsing tour of these memorable Juneteenths.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, July 10, at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the Battle of Gettysburg. As always, the talk is free and open to all.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

06 18, 2019

Celebrate Baseball in Cleveland

By |2019-06-18T06:00:30-04:00June 18, 2019|

Celebrate the history of baseball in Cleveland during a special panel discussion on Monday, July 1, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Celebrate the history of baseball in Cleveland during a special panel discussion on Monday, July 1, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

We’re celebrating the All-Star Game in Cleveland by hosting a trio of baseball historians, authors and fans for a special panel discussion.

Scott Longert, Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz will talk about the history of the Indians and baseball in Cleveland at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1, at our Main Branch.

Longert has written a quartet of books about Indians’ history: Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers; The Best They Could Be about the World Series-winning 1920 team; Bad Boys: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years; and No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression.

Meanwhile, Krsolovic and Fritz wrote League Park: Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball, 1891-1946, which tells the story of the Indians’ original home park.

The program is free to attend and open to all. Come share your memories and celebrate one of America’s great baseball cities. Afterward, the authors will have their books available for sale and signing.

Due to space limitations, we do ask that you register for the program beforehand. You can sign up by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

06 17, 2019

Celebrating half a century of ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’

By |2019-06-17T06:00:59-04:00June 17, 2019|

Kids craft beautiful butterflies during our 50th anniversary celebration of Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."

Kids craft beautiful butterflies during our 50th anniversary celebration of Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s beloved picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar with an obstacle course and crafts last week at our library.

For half of a century, librarians (and families) have read along as a tiny caterpillar eats his way through a smorgasbord and transforms into a butterfly.

Kids reenacted the caterpillar’s journey with an obstacle course that wound through our Main Branch’s lawn.

Speaking of anniversaries, you can also join us for our 200th anniversary party at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 12, on the Main Branch lawn. Help make a community mosaic of Mentor with Gail Christofferson of Animal House Glass.

Also, Tom Todd, the Amazing One Man Band, will perform from 6 to 7 pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, sit back and enjoy  a little bit of Jimmy Buffett. We will also have cake and contests. All are welcome and no registration is required for our party.

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