09 30, 2021

Take the World Tour of Snacks to Mexico

By |2021-09-30T06:00:47-04:00September 30, 2021|

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos early when the World Tour of Snacks stops in Mexico this Oct. 13.

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos! Teens and tweens (those entering seventh through 12th grade) can celebrate with us during a delicious program at our Main Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Young gourmets will enjoy authentic Mexican candy and treats while learning about their country of origin. It’s free to join the our World Tour of Snacks, but RSVP is required. Sign up online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Speaking of candy, kids can trick-or-treat at the library on Friday, Oct. 29.


09 29, 2021

Ghosts of the Civil War: Shades of Blue and Gray

By |2021-09-29T06:00:08-04:00September 29, 2021|

We’ll be visited by Civil War specters during a special performance on Oct. 12 at our Main Branch.

History buffs, literature lovers, and anyone who enjoys a good ghost story will love the Ghosts of the Civil War program that we’re hosting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at our Main Branch.

Sara Showman (representing the South) and Mark Dawidziak (representing the North) will tell ghost stories from South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Ohio – including a few involving President Abraham Lincoln. Sara and Mark will also share appropriate literary selections from Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Ohio native Ambrose Bierce.

Space is limited, so registration is required. RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247 to register.

If you’re interested in Civil War history, we host a monthly series on the Civil War with our friends and neighbors, the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. The series continues at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Rangers Allison Powell and Rebecca Hayward will share tips for researching your family members who served in the Civil War. We will be meeting in person at our Main Branch. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

Finally, several talks in the series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

09 28, 2021

Revisit the Vietnam Wars with Lecture Series from MPL

By |2021-09-28T12:00:49-04:00September 28, 2021|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster discussed the continued fighting in Vietnam from 1954 to 1963 during a special program last week. We recorded it for anyone who could not attend.

He discussed the leadership of Ngo Dinh Diem, the frustration of John Paul Vann, and the catastrophic Battle of Ấp Bắc.

This is the third lecture in Foster’s year-long series on The Vietnam Wars. Both of the previous lectures in Foster’s series can be viewed in their entirety on our website:

As part of his talk, Foster recommended several books on this era in Vietnam, including:

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

09 26, 2021

Celebrate & Investigate Mentor-on-the-Lake History with our New Group

By |2021-09-26T10:00:50-04:00September 26, 2021|

Both remember and research the history of Mentor-on-the-Lake with our new Mentor-on-the-Lake History Buffs group. Our first meeting is Oct. 6 at our Lake Branch.

We’ve started a new club at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch that celebrates and investigates the history of Mentor-on-the-Lake! The first meeting of the Mentor-on-the-Lake History Buffs will be 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Lisa Layton, the MPL associate who started the group, said she got the idea from our patrons who reminisce about the area when they visit us.

“Patrons come in and ask about local history, especially in the summer,” Lisa said. “They stop in and reminisce about the beautiful beach and resort town of its day. They talk about Mentor Beach Playland, Salida Hotel and dance hall. One man told me he was a drummer who filled in at the dance hall there. He said that Lana Turner took him by the hand and led him onto the stage. His eyes lit up when he told the story. He took me back there.”

Lisa loves these little reminiscences and is forming a new group to both remember and research Mentor-on-the-Lake’s rich history.

“Local residents have a story to tell about their history,” Layton said. “It’s time to pull out the boxes of old photos and take a trip down memory lane before the story is no longer there to share.

The group is open to all, and we only ask that people RSVP to join the discussion. You can sign up online or by calling us at 440-257-2512.

09 23, 2021

Our New Book Club for New Readers

By |2021-09-23T06:00:39-04:00September 23, 2021|

Children can practice their reading in a supportive atmosphere with our I Can Read Book Club, which meets on the final Monday of each month at our Headlands Branch.

Young readers now have a book club of their own at our Headlands Branch!

Kids (ages four to eight) can join our I Can Read Book Club. They will take turns reading books from the I Can Read beginning reader series together. The book club is a wonderful way to practice reading and build confidence in a supportive atmosphere.

The club gathers on the final Monday of each month. Our next meeting is 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.

Sign-up is encouraged. Families can RSVP on our website or by calling us at (440) 257-2000.

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