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02 22, 2024

Learn Sewing Basics & Receive Free Eclipse Glasses

By |2024-02-13T11:17:17-05:00February 22, 2024|

Kids (ages eight to 12) can learn sewing basics and receive a free pair of eclipse glasses during a free program at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at our Main Branch.

During Sew Much Fun, the young seamsters will sew a case for their eclipse glasses. The program is free to attend. Space is limited, so registration is required. RSVP online or call us at 440-255-8811 ext. 3.

Afterward, the children can use their glasses to safely view the total solar eclipse on April 8!

Others looking to procure eclipse glasses can receive them from MPL in three different ways.

  1. You can register for up to two pairs of glasses per family online. Registration starts March 1.
  2. Patrons can also receive glasses for attending special MPL programs this February, March, and April.
  3. Finally, kids can get a pair of eclipse glasses by participating in the library’s Science Readathon this March.

For more information on all of these options, visit mentorpl.org/eclipse.

02 21, 2024

Free smartphone classes at Mentor Public Library this March

By |2024-02-13T09:47:20-05:00February 21, 2024|

We’re offering a pair of smartphone classes this March at our Main Branch. They’re perfect for people who recently received a new smartphone but don’t understand how to operate it.

The classes include:

Both classes are free. However, registration is required and opens two weeks before the class is scheduled. Anyone can sign up online or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

02 20, 2024

Library Hosting Houseplant Swap

By |2024-02-13T08:54:23-05:00February 20, 2024|

Feeling green this spring? We’re hosting a houseplant swap where people can pick up an indoor plant, share cuttings of their own, or drop off a plant they no longer need.

The swap will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at our Main Branch. New this year — an expert from the Lake County Master Gardeners will discuss houseplant care. The program is open to all and registration is required. Sign up on our website or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 1.

Three more tips for any green thumbs out there:

1. Did you know that you can get free veggie, flower, and herb seeds from our Seed Library? The seed library will reopen for the planting season on March 15. Check out our collection  the next time you visit our Main Branch. Borrow up to 15 packets of seeds per season.

2. You should also check out the special collection from Holden Forests & Gardens’ Corning Library available at our Main Branch. In addition to a gorgeous arboretum in Kirtland, Holden also has a spectacular collection of gardening, horticulture, environmental and botany books at Corning Library within its arboretum.

Dozens of Corning Library’s books are now available to borrow at our Main Branch. Thanks to a partnership between libraries, you can use your cards to check out books from this special collection. Our typical lending rules apply.

3. You can visit our YouTube channel for several gardening and horticulture programs from our friends at the Lake County Master Gardeners.

02 19, 2024

Explore the Life & Legacy of Ulysses Grant

By |2024-02-20T16:12:55-05:00February 19, 2024|

Explore the life and legacy of Ulysses S. Grant with Todd Arrington, site manager of James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

You’ve probably heard of Vicksburg and even the Credit Mobilier scandal, but do you know what Grant did when he was gifted an enslaved man? Or what he said after the first day of Shiloh? Or his parallels with Eisenhower?

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:

02 18, 2024

Journalist Discusses Long Friendship with Justice Ginsburg

By |2024-02-15T09:16:38-05:00February 18, 2024|

NPR journalist Nina Totenberg will discuss her new memoir and more than 50 years of friendship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during an intimate online conversation at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6.

Totenberg will talk about Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships. Totenberg and Ginsburg became friends four years before NPR hired the former and more than two decades before Ginsburg joined the Supreme Court. They saw each other through joys and successes, but also through illness, loss and widowhood.

Dinners with Ruth also includes friendship stories about Totenberg’s colleagues at NPR, other Supreme Court justices, and her father — the legendary violinist Roman Totenberg.

Sign up to join the conversation here. A recording of the program will be available to watch afterward.


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