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09 26, 2022

Murder mystery authors Kylie Logan & Shelley Costa coming to Mentor Library

By |2022-09-20T15:47:14-04:00September 26, 2022|

Join Cozy Mystery authors Kylie Logan and Shelley Costa for a fun and informative look at life as a murder-mystery writer at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at our Main Branch.

Costa is the author of the Val Cameron mystery series. Her writing has been nominated for both the Edgar and Agatha Awards. She’s also received a Special Mention for The Pushcart Prize. Meanwhile, Kylie Logan is the national bestselling author of The League of Literary Ladies Mysteries, the Button Box Mysteries, the Chili Cook-Off Mysteries, and more.

Their discussion will be perfect for both mystery readers and would-be mystery writers. It’s free to attend and open to all. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up online or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1. Refreshments will be served, and several of Costa and Logan’s books will be available for sale and signing afterward.

By the way, we love a good mystery at Mentor Public Library, and we’ve hosted several of our favorite mystery authors over the years. You can see our interviews with them (and, in a few cases, their entire talks) on our YouTube channel, including:

09 25, 2022

See how the Civil War amendments shaped the US

By |2022-09-20T11:45:55-04:00September 25, 2022|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster will conclude his year-long lecture series on the origins of the US Constitution with a special guest and a discussion of the Civil War amendments. The series concludes at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 at our Main Branch.

Foster and Dr. Todd Arrington from James A. Garfield National Historic Site will discuss how the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments shaped the United States and its foundational document. Due to limited space, registration is required. You can sign up on our website or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

By the way, both of Foster’s three previous talks in this series can be viewed online:

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 RevolutionThe Vietnam Wars, and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

09 24, 2022

You’re History, Episode II: Roanoke & Chowing Down on Ron Chernow

By |2022-08-29T17:16:49-04:00September 24, 2022|

Our resident history wonks John Foster and Traci Hoffman like big books and they cannot lie. So when Ron Chernow writes an 1,100-page biography of President Ulysses Grant, they don’t just read it. They want to tell you all about it!

This time, they’re discussing:

  1. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. (Yes, they discuss the musical. No, neither John nor Traci try to sing anything from it.)
  2. The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Andrew Lawler
  3. Grant by Ron Chernow
  4. My Dear Hamilton by Laura Kaye and Stephanie Dray Listen

Listen and learn who wrote John’s favorite presidential memoir and why John White was a terrible grandfather. And come back for more You’re History every month.

09 23, 2022

Start Tracing Your Family History

By |2022-09-13T16:27:58-04:00September 23, 2022|

Learn how to trace your family’s history during a free program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at our Main Library.

Genealogy educator and writer Sunny Morton will provide an introduction to the popular – but very personal – pastime of discovering your family history. Learn why you’ll want to start with a purpose or question in mind. Discover where to look for answers and how to create simple charts to organize what you learn.

Morton’s talk is open to all. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up on our website or call us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

By the way, did you know that your library card gives you access to not one, not two, not three, but four different genealogy websites? For free.

They are:

  1. Ancestry — Search for your family’s history through censuses, cemeteries, city directories, military and immigration records, and more public records.
  2. Fold3 — Fold3 allows you to research your family’s military history going back to the Revolutionary War.
  3. HeritageQuest — Similar to our Ancestry database. Browse public records, including censuses that go back to the 18th Century, US Indian census rolls, mortality schedules and more.
  4. African-American Heritage — A genealogy database that specializes in African-American heritage, complete with state-by-state guides and a volunteer-staffed forum.

You don’t need to know much to get started on our databases—a name, somewhere that person lived and it helps to know his or her approximate birth year. And, frankly, if you don’t know your great-grandfather or great-great-mother’s birth year, it usually only takes a single search to find out.

These databases search through millions of public records: census and immigration information, birth/marriage/death certificates, and more. Not only can you view these documents, but you can email them to yourself and your family members.

09 22, 2022

In His Own Words: James A. Garfield on Race and Justice

By |2022-09-14T15:38:08-04:00September 22, 2022|

Park Ranger Alan Gephardt from James A. Garfield National Historic Site uses Garfield’s own words to describe how the president’s feelings on race and justice changed over time. Though he would not describe himself as an abolitionist, Garfield believed that slavery was a moral and political stain in the fabric of a nation conceived in liberty… but he didn’t always believe that.

The next talk in our Civil War series with Garfield National Historic Site will be at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The topic will be the astonishing life and naval career of Admiral David Farragut.

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

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