Upcoming events at Main, Lake, Headlands, & The HUB!

Registration for most programs opens 14 days before the program.

A number of program videos from the library can be found online on MPL’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Main Branch


Monday University: Christmas in Cleveland @ Main

Monday, December 5, 2022
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Many Clevelanders recall the Sterling-Lindner Christmas trees, the mesmerizing Nela Park light displays and the beloved Mr. Jingeling. But there is a lot more to Cleveland’s Christmas seasons including an 1881 department store sale that paved the way for today’s “Black Friday” frenzy or a host of celebrities ranging from Bob Hope to Joe Lewis who helped make the holidays brighter for the city’s neediest families. Touching on all this and much more, author Alan Dutka evokes fond recollections of bygone holiday seasons in Cleveland.

This program is free and open to the public. The program will be held in the lower level of the Main Library in the Village Room. Call the library at 440.255.8811, ext. 247 for more information or register online. Registration begins November 7, 2022.


Color Me Calm @ Main

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
10:00am – 11:30amContainer of colored pencils and push pins.

Coloring with relaxing music

This program is free and open to the public. The program will be held in the lower level of the Main Library in the Village Room. Call the library at 440.255.8811, ext. 247 for more information or register online. Registration begins November 22, 2022.


Dunkirk: The Bravest Retreat @ Concord

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
10:00am – 11:00am

In May 1940, as France collapsed before the Nazi Blitzkrieg, the leaders of the British Expeditionary Force faced a stark choice: stand and be annihilated, or retreat to the channel ports and try to find a way back to Britain. What followed was one of the most amazing moments of courage and ingenuity in the 20th century.

Join Dr. John Foster of Mentor Public Library for the story of how nearly 200,000 escaped death or capture and lived to fight another day.

Come join us at the Concord Township Community Center – 7671 Auburn Rd. Concord Ohio. Register at 440-639-4650.


The Making of White Christmas @ Online

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
6:30pm – 7:30pm

Sal St. George, adjunct professor and lecturer is back to tell us the story of the making of White Christmas, a beloved holiday classic. White Christmas is a 1954 American musical film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Filmed in Technicolor it features the songs of Irving Berlin including a new version of the title song, “White Christmas,” introduced by Crosby in the 1942 film Holiday Inn.

Learn the backstory of how this classic motion picture was created. What was Berlin’s inspiration for the title song? What famous dancing legend was originally cast in the movie? What comedic scene was improvised by Danny Kaye? Which comedic scene was improvised by Bing Crosby? Which famous Little Rascal makes an appearance? Which two members of the dance ensemble went on to have illustrious careers? Learn these facts and more in this heart-warming presentation.

This program will be a live Zoom event. Registration begins November 15. Details on how to join the meeting will be sent directly to registrants in an email at the time of registration. Please check your “Spam” folder if you do not see the email.


History of Royal Christmas @ Main

Thursday, December 8, 2022
6:30pm – 7:30pm

Discover various Christmas traditions and customs of the British Royal Family from centuries ago to the present day. Learn about everything from the first Christmas tree at Windsor Castle to the first Christmas Broadcast done by George V over radio. Registration is Required.

This program is free and open to the public. The program will be held in the lower level of the Main Library in the Village Room. Call the library at 440.255.8811, ext. 247 for more information or register online. Registration begins November 24, 2022.


3D print ornament painting @ Main

Saturday, December 10, 2022
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Join us for an afternoon of music, painting and fun with 3d printed ornaments you can decorate and keep or give as gifts! Adults and teens welcome!

This program is free and open to the public. The program will be held in the lower level of the Main Library in the Village Room. Call the library at 440.255.8811, ext. 247 for more information or register online. Registration begins November 26, 2022.


Color Me Calm @ Main

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
10:00am – 11:30amContainer of colored pencils and push pins.

Coloring with relaxing music

This program is free and open to the public. The program will be held in the lower level of the Main Library in the Village Room. Call the library at 440.255.8811, ext. 247 for more information or register online. Registration begins November 29, 2022.


History of Royal Christmas @ Concord

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
10:00am – 11:00am

Discover various Christmas traditions and customs of the British Royal Family from centuries ago to the present day. Learn about everything from the first Christmas tree at Windsor Castle to the first Christmas Broadcast done by George V over radio.

Come join us at the Concord Township Community Center – 7671 Auburn Rd. Concord Ohio. Register at 440-639-4650.


Friends of Mentor Public Library @ Main

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Meeting.

This meeting is open to the public. The program will be held in the Frances Cleveland Room on the 2nd floor of the Main Library. Call the library at 440.255.8811, ext. 247 for more information.


Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War: Christmas Music of the Victorian Era @ Main

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Victorian era spanned from 1837 to 1901, including the years of the American Civil War. To get into the holiday spirit, join a sing-along of some of the era’s most beautiful and cherished Christmas songs, including some from the Civil War years! SPEAKERS: Mary Lintern and Alan Gephardt, James A. Garfield NHS.

This program is free and open to the public. The program will be held in the lower level of the Main Library in the Village Room. Call the library at 440.255.8811, ext. 247 for more information or register online. Registration is open.


“From the Heart” with Jack Marschall: former Cleveland newcaster and eternal optimist @ Main

Thursday, December 15, 2022
6:30pm – 8:00pm

We welcome author Jack Marschall to present his book From the Heart, a collection of poems and stories that creatively illustrates the simple lesson that the bond for humans, in all walks of life and in every corner of the globe, is our desire to love and be loved. From the Heart provides an opportunity to take a break from the anxiety and crises in our world, cherish the time we have been given, and thank those who have graciously helped us.

Jack was a newscaster on Channel 43 along with Ramona Robinson as well as Channels 5 and 19 and is a member of the Radio/TV Broadcasters Hall of Fame and a recipient of local Emmy Awards. Two of his books will be available for purchase and signing, with cash, check and Venmo accepted.

This program is free and open to the public. The program will be held in the lower level of the Main Library in the Village Room. Call the library at 440.255.8811, ext. 247 for more information or register online. Registration begins December 1, 2022.


Board Game Saturdays @ Main

Saturday, December 17, 2022
9:00am – 4:30pmImage of Board Games

Join us every third Saturday for board gaming at the library! You are welcome to bring in your own games to play or use board games from our “Library of Things.” Adults and teens over age 16 are welcome to join the club and show up whenever you’re available as there are always games starting and ending to join in on the fun.

Registration isn’t required; just show up and play! You are welcome to bring food and beverages (no snacks on the game tables, please.)

This program is free and open to the public. The program will be held in the lower level of the Main Library in the Village Room. Call the library at 440.255.8811, ext. 247 for more information.


Lake Branch


Crafty Adults: Ugly Sweater Ornaments @ Lake

Monday, December 5, 2022
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Celebrate the holidays with Crafty Adults and make an Ugly Sweater Ornament to decorate with, use as a gift tag, or give as a gift. Using felt cut out in a sweater shape, add whatever miniature decorations that are provided to make an ugly sweater of which you can be proud!  In addition, a tiny hanger is included!

For additional information, contact the Lake Branch – 440-257-2512 or register online. Registration begins November 21, 2022.


Christmas Music Bingo @ Lake

Friday, December 9, 2022
10:00am – 11:00am

Join us for a fun and musical morning celebrating the songs of the season. We’ll be playing Bingo with a Christmas music twist! Each space will be a holiday tune, and we’ll have fun prizes for our winners. Cocoa & cookies provided to attendees.

For additional information, contact the Lake Branch – 440-257-2512 or register online. Registration begins November 25, 2022.


Family Game Night! @ Lake

Monday, December 19, 2022
6:30pm – 7:30pm

It’s Family Game Night here at the Lake Branch! Come play giant checkers and giant cards (regular size games available too!) All ages are welcome!

For additional information, contact the Lake Branch – 440-257-2512 or register online. Registration begins December 5, 2022.


Family Christmas Movie Night @ Lake

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Join us for a family holiday movie musical sure to warm you up on a cold December night. This evening we will enjoy The Muppet Christmas Carol starring Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. Watch as Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and many other Muppets familiar to people of all ages, tell the classic story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Popcorn and hot cocoa will be served.

For additional information, contact the Lake Branch – 440-257-2512 or register online. Registration begins December 7, 2022.


Holistic Wellness and Yoga @ Lake

Wednesday, December 28, 2022
11:00am – 12:00pm

This hour long class includes a relaxing yoga session and tips on holistic therapies. Please bring your yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Darlene Kelbach is the yoga instructor.

For additional information, contact the Lake Branch – 440-257-2512 or register online. Registration begins December 14, 2022.


Headlands Branch


Headlands Photography Club

Saturday, December 17, 2022 
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Join us for a monthly photography club for all ages! Changing themes, instruction tips, photo walks to local locations, display of member photos, and more! Bring your own camera – all camera types welcome. We will be meeting in the Paulson Room at the Lake Branch.

For additional information, contact the Headlands Branch – 440-257-2000 or register online. Registration begins December 3.


World of Watercolor @ Headlands

Monday, January 16, 2023
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Join us every month at the Headlands Branch to explore the world of watercolor painting.  We’ll try different techniques and get creative.  All skill levels welcomed, but structured for painters with no experience.  This is not an instructional club, just a creative exploration of the medium.  Registration is required and opens two weeks prior to event.

For additional information, contact the Headlands Branch – 440-257-2000 or register online. Registration begins January 2, 2023.


Library Shelfie Day @ Headlands

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
All Day Event

Share your love of books and take a #libraryshelfieday selfie at the Headlands Branch!

For additional information, contact the Headlands Branch – 440-257-2000. No registration necessary.


The Hub


Holiday Photo Shoot @ The Hub

Monday, December 5, 2022
3:30pm – 7:30pm
All Ages!

Stop by the HUB to celebrate the holidays with a family photo shoot using our green screen technology.

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information. No registration is required.


Grinch Ornaments @ The Hub

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Join us at The HUB for a little holiday fun! We will be laser cutting and engraving wood Grinch Ornaments! All designs will be created using The HUB’s makerspace equipment! Paint, glitter, twine and all supplies will be provided to compete this craft.

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins November 23, 2022.


Snowman Lanterns @ The Hub

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Do you need a cute ornament or a mantel light for the holidays? Then stop by the HUB to make an adorable snowman lantern using our cricut.

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins December 6, 2022.


Hanukkah Lanterns @ The Hub

Thursday, December 22, 2022
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with your very own Hanukkah inspired lantern!

  • Step 1. Using the Vinyl Cutter or Cricut, create either a stencil OR sticker, of one of the four Hanukkah inspired designs.
  • Step 2. Paint your jar the traditional, or not, colors of Hanukkah.
  • Step 3. Wrap the neck of the jar with a piece of beautiful ribbon.
  • Step 4. Insert a fake candle to turn your once plain jar, into a festive Hanukkah lantern.

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins December 8, 2022.


Tooth Fairy Boxes and Cards @ The Hub

Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
5:00pm – 6:30pm

The Tooth Fairy is Coming!

Stop by the HUB to make an adorable Laser Engraved Tooth Fairy Box for your child or grandchild! We will also be making a Thank You Card for the Tooth Fairy to leave under the pillow!

This program will repeat on Wed., January 11th. Attendees may register for one session only.

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins December 20, 2022.


Things to Conquer in 2023 @ The Hub

Thursday, January 5, 2023
Thursday, January 12, 2023
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Forget the standards of society. Drop the resolutions that make you feel guilty when life gets in the way. Join us at The HUB to create a refined version of a New Year’s Resolution List!

This program will repeat on January 12th. Attendees may participate in one session only.

 This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins December 22, 2022.


Fun Felt Snowballs @ The Hub

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Are you ready for an indoor snowball fight? Be sure to stop by the HUB to make fun felt snowballs.

This program repeats on Tuesday, January 24th. Attendees may participate in one session only.

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins January 3, 2023.


Barn Wood Craft @ The Hub

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Join us at The HUB for a little crafty fun! Learn how to make an inspirational wood block decoration. 

We will be using chunks of reclaimed barn wood 4 x 4 posts for this craft. Paint and decorate one or all four sides for a unique decorative piece to add to your home! All designs will be created using the Cricut Maker.

This is program will repeat on January 25th. Attendees may participate in one session only.

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins January 4, 2023.


DIY Red Envelopes @ The Hub

Thursday, January 19, 2023
Thursday, January 26, 2023
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Immerse yourself into the cultures of East Asia by celebrating the Lunar New Year at The HUB! Patrons will learn a brief history of the Lunar New Year and what the Red Envelope signifies while embarking on a centuries-old tradition.

This program will repeat on January 26th. Attendees may participate in one session only.

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins January 5, 2023.


Online


The Making of White Christmas @ Online

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
6:30pm – 7:30pm

Sal St. George, adjunct professor and lecturer is back to tell us the story of the making of White Christmas, a beloved holiday classic. White Christmas is a 1954 American musical film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Filmed in Technicolor it features the songs of Irving Berlin including a new version of the title song, “White Christmas,” introduced by Crosby in the 1942 film Holiday Inn.

Learn the backstory of how this classic motion picture was created. What was Berlin’s inspiration for the title song? What famous dancing legend was originally cast in the movie? What comedic scene was improvised by Danny Kaye? Which comedic scene was improvised by Bing Crosby? Which famous Little Rascal makes an appearance? Which two members of the dance ensemble went on to have illustrious careers? Learn these facts and more in this heart-warming presentation.

This program will be a live Zoom event. Registration begins November 15. Details on how to join the meeting will be sent directly to registrants in an email at the time of registration. Please check your “Spam” folder if you do not see the email.


All Booked Up with Cailey and Meg @ Online

Saturday, December 10, 2022
12:00pm – 12:15pm

Each week, get 4-6 book recommendations from MPL librarians Cailey and Meg. We’ll rotate between teen and adult books each week, with a different theme for our recommended reads.

View on the library’s Facebook or YouTube page.


Donations!

Stack of books

Do you have books, movies, magazines, etc. that need a good home? Mentor Public Library is now taking donations! Donations can be dropped off at the Main Library. There is a drop box outside the main doors where items can be deposited. Call the library at 440-255-8811 for more information.