01 18, 2020

Explore the Anne Frank House at Mentor Public Library

By |2020-01-18T06:00:18-05:00January 18, 2020|

Anne Frank

Anne Frank

In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, all are invited to explore the historic Anne Frank House.

You can use virtual reality to tour the secret rooms where Anne and her family hid during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam during World War II.

From Jan. 20 to Feb. 1, any of our patrons can stop by the Children’s Desk in our Main Branch to sign up for a time slot. To be clear, this virtual tour is open to all, not just children.

Anne Frank was a young diarist who was born a German national but lost her citizenship because of her family’s Jewish heritage. Her family lived in fear and hiding for years until they were apprehended in 1944. All the while, teenaged Anne kept a diary of her experiences. Of course, you are also welcome to borrow Anne’s Diary of a Young Girl from your local library.

By the way, one of our librarians happens to have earned a doctorate in German history, and he has offered several lectures on the Shoah and World War II, including:

01 17, 2020

Bring your family to Game Night at our Headlands Branch

By |2020-01-17T06:00:35-05:00January 17, 2020|

You can play classic and new board games during Family Game Night at our Headlands Branch.

You can play classic and new board games during Family Game Night on Jan. 29 at our Headlands Branch.

You’re all invited to Family Game Night at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at our Headlands Branch.

Learn how to play a new board game. Practice an old favorite. Most importantly, enjoy spending time with your friends and family.

We’ll have games for all ages to play. (You’ll soon be able to borrow some of these games from us as part of our Library of Things.) No registration is required to attend. You can just drop in and enjoy Game Night with your loved ones.

01 14, 2020

Library hosting free classes about Facebook, Internet, Microsoft Word & more

By |2020-01-14T06:00:22-05:00January 14, 2020|

Learn how to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Publisher at the library.

Learn how to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint at the library.

We’re hosting seven computer classes at our Main Branch, including basic introductions to computers, the Internet and Facebook.

The classes include:

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required; and, because space is limited, people will want to sign up as soon as possible. Anyone can register by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, if you need help with Facebook, Instagram or some other social media, you should check out Niche Academy. Niche offers short video tutorials that you can watch for free and at your convenience. Learn how to:

Niche Academy also offers videos that explain how to use online tools like Gmail, Goodreads and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. All of these video tutorials are available for free. You can watch as many as you like at mentorpl.org/niche.

01 13, 2020

A new look at our Main and Lake Branches

By |2020-01-13T06:00:43-05:00January 13, 2020|

Our renovated Children's Area has more room for reading, reflecting, and relaxing.

Our renovated Children’s Area has more room for reading, reflecting, and relaxing.

Make sure to visit our Children’s Area and first floor Media Room the next time you visit our Main Branch. Both have been renovated recently.

Our Media Room offers improved décor, shelving, and new seating.

And we’ve replaced the furniture, added a lounge area for families, and upgraded the play area in the Children’s Area on our second floor.

We want to thank you all for your patience while we renovated. It’s a pleasure and privilege to be your community library.

By the way, changes are coming to our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch this year, as well. The branch is expanding and adding The Beryl B. Paulson Annex and Meeting Room. The new meeting room will seat up to 60, allowing for more and larger programming at the branch. Discover how a generous donation from Francis “Bud” Paulson is making this possible and how you can also support the Lake Branch’s growth.

The new annex means the Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch can host more and bigger programs for the community.

The new annex means the Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch can host more and bigger programs for the community.

In honor of Paulson’s support, the new annex and meeting room will be named after his wife.

Beryl Paulson and Francis “Bud” Paulson passed away in 2005 and 2017, respectively. They actively used and supported Mentor Public Library throughout their lives.

Francis Paulson served on the library’s Board of Trustees from 1958 to 1966. His tenure included several important events for Mentor Public Library, including:

  • The expansion of the library’s Main Branch on Mentor Avenue
  • The establishment of the first branch in Mentor-on-the-Lake
  • The acquisition of the Headlands Branch from the Fairport Harbor Public Library
  • The separation of Mentor Public Library from the school system.
01 11, 2020

Making art at Mentor Public Library

By |2020-01-11T06:00:50-05:00January 11, 2020|

Kids can make Pop Art with our Masterpieces at Main Art Club on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Mentor Public Library.

Kids can make Pop Art with our Masterpieces at Main Art Club on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Mentor Public Library.

Kids can make Pop Art in the style of Roy Lichtenstein when our Masterpieces at Main Art Club meets at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at our Main Branch.

Each month, this art club tackles a different project. They’ve decorated sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos, tried paint pouring, quilled paper, and made masterpieces like Mondrian.

The Masterpieces at Main Art Club is open to all kids from eight to 12 years old. And you don’t need to paint like Picasso or sculpt like Michelangelo to participate. However, to get the most out of the club, the kids will need to be able to work independently. Also, art can get messy, so dress appropriately. You can register to attend online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

By the way, we host several other programs that art lovers of all ages can enjoy, including:

  • Studio MPL, which is now at our Lake Branch! Each month, kids can learn about a different artist by making an art project in their style and then by following a scavenger hunt of their famous works through the building. Children can walk in anytime between 3 and 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, to participate.
  • Kids aren’t the only ones who can get creative. Adults can join us when our Bad Art Club meets at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at our Headlands Branch. We’ve made everything from ugly Christmas sweaters to sharpie “tie-dye” shirts. All levels of experience are welcome, because making bad art is much better than making no art at all.
  • Finally, if you love art, then you should check our Book & Brush Club. Our Collection Development Manager Barb provides a visual presentation based on the lives of artists and associated art movements from the club’s book of the month. They’ll discuss The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman when they meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at our Main Branch.

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