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05 21, 2022

History of Cleveland Metroparks: The Early Years

By |2022-05-12T13:25:50-04:00May 21, 2022|

Learn how Northeast Ohio got its Emerald Necklace with Judy MacKeigan, the historian and archivist for Cleveland Metroparks. She explains how the Metroparks blossomed in the 1920s, survived the Great Depression and World War II, and met the challenges of the 1950s. She also shares fascinating stories about William Stinchcomb, Fritzi Klopfenstein, and other people who helped the park district become what it is today. This talk will be available online until July 20.

MacKeigan is also the lead author and content editor on The Hundred Year Trail: A Centennial Celebration of Cleveland Metroparks. She’ll return to our Main Branch on June 29 to share the history of The Flats.

05 21, 2022

Applicants sought for Mentor Library Board of Trustees

By |2022-05-24T08:07:28-04:00May 21, 2022|

The Mentor Board of Education is seeking applicants for a vacancy on the Mentor Library Board of Trustees.

This trustee position would fill the remainder of a term that has opened due to resignation. Library trustee terms are seven years in length and this term expires Dec. 31, 2027. The new trustee would begin immediately upon appointment. In Ohio, local boards of education have appointing authority for public library trustees. Applicants should submit a letter of interest to the board including the following information:

  • Place of residence
  • Length of time residing at current address
  • Reason for interest in serving on the library board
  • Community involvement and service experience
  • Names and contact information for up to three individuals who may serve as references

The deadline for applications is June 10, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by two school board members, two library trustees, the superintendent, and chief financial officer of Mentor Public Schools. This committee will recommend one individual to the board of education for appointment. The board will appoint a trustee no later than December 31, 2021.

Applications should be sent to the Mentor Board of Education, attn. Bill Wade, 6451 Center Street, Mentor, Ohio 44060 or via email at wade@mentorschools.org. More Information is available on the district’s website at www.mentorschools.net or can be obtained by calling the Chief Financial Officer’s Office at (440) 974-5230.

05 20, 2022

Learn how to design for 3D Printers

By |2022-05-10T10:26:50-04:00May 20, 2022|

Discover how to create things using a 3D printer without learning computer-aided design during a program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at our Main Branch.

Teens and adults can find out how make designs using a website called Tinkercad and even create their own night light with the 3D printers at Mentor Public Library.

The program is free. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up on our website or call us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

For some ideas on what you can make with our 3D printers, check out what other patrons have created:

05 18, 2022

Lucretia Rudolph Garfield: The Homefront during the US Civil War

By |2022-05-11T15:56:54-04:00May 18, 2022|

Ever wondered what took place on the home front while soldiers fought on Civil War battlefields? Join Mrs. Lucretia Rudolph Garfield (as performed by Deborah Weinkamer of We Made History) for family stories about life in Hiram, Ohio, while her husband General James A. Garfield and brothers served in the army.

Our Civil War series with James A. Garfield National Historic Site continues at noon on Wednesday, June 8, at our Main Branch. The topic will be the First Decoration Day and James A. Garfield’s role in it. The program is free to attend. You can register on our event calendar.

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

05 17, 2022

Revisit the Constitutional Convention of 1787

By |2022-05-09T15:45:41-04:00May 17, 2022|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster is discussing the origins of the US Constitution during a special year-long lecture series from the library. The series continues at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at our Main Branch.

The topic will be the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Ostensibly, the convention was called to revise the ineffective Articles of Confederation. However, many delegates had more ambitious plans. Discover how a nation was forged during those four sweltering months in Philadelphia. The program is free to attend. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up on our website or call us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

The first program in Foster’s series was on the influence of the English Civil War on our founding fathers. You can watch that talk in its entirety on our YouTube channel.

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.

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