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07 21, 2022

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

By |2022-07-12T10:43:59-04:00July 21, 2022|

All are invited to celebrate and investigate Mentor-on-the-Lake’s with our group of history enthusiasts. The Mentor-on-the-Lake History Buffs will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at our Lake Branch.

The group gathers and documents information that pertains to the city’s past. Reminiscing and sharing is also encouraged.

The History Buffs are open to all, and the library asks that people RSVP to join the discussion. They can sign up on our website or by calling us at 440-257-2512.

10 24, 2021

Discover All about the Moon

By |2021-10-24T12:38:44-04:00October 24, 2021|

Discover all about the moon during this special talk with Chris Mentrek from Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park.

Figure out how you can use just three letters (COD) to track what time of the “moonth” it is. Learn what a blood moon is. And a blue moon! Also, Chris offers tips for checking out the lunar eclipse that will be visible in November.

Also, if you’re looking for help searching the skies, we loan both binoculars and telescopes. They can be borrowed for up to two weeks.

By the way, Mentrek visited us earlier this year to discuss star maps and apps that can help amateur skygazers identify constellations, planets, comets, and even satellites overhead. You can watch that program on our YouTube channel.

10 16, 2021

All Booked Up with Cailey & Meg: Cozy Mysteries

By |2021-10-16T12:00:41-04:00October 16, 2021|

Want a whodunnit that’s heavy on fun (and puns!) and light on the gore? Try a Cozy Mystery! Cailey and Meg recommend four of their favorites including:

  1. A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Colette
  2. Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins
  3. A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
  4. Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

Most of the books we discuss can also be borrowed as ebooks using OverDrive or Libby. All you need is your Mentor Public Library card.

By the way, if you love Cozy Mysteries, check out our interviews with Cozy writers Amanda Flower and Vivien Chien!

10 13, 2021

Marty Gitlin Shares the Joy of Cartoons & Cereal

By |2021-10-12T14:28:55-04:00October 13, 2021|

Here’s an interview that will draw you in!

Award-winning author and pop-culture historian Martin Gitlin, the writer of A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History, discusses:

  • his metric for ranking the greatest animated characters in history
  • why Bugs Bunny tops the list
  • his favorite cartoon to share with his children
  • why he prefers Warner Brother cartoons over Disney
  • how and why he wrote an encyclopedia of cereals.

Marty also shares the joy of still appreciating as an adult what you loved as a kid!

You can visit our YouTube channel for more author interviews, including discussions with bestsellers like Karin Slaughter, Paula McLain and Christina Baker Kline, as well as upcoming authors like Stephen Markley and Rebekah Frumkin.

10 9, 2021

The French Revolution & The Tennis Court Oath

By |2021-10-09T12:00:37-04:00October 9, 2021|

There’s no love on this tennis court!

Our resident historian, Dr. John Foster, talks about the causes of The French Revolution and what led to the famous Tennis Court Oath. He also explains how the oath changed history – not just for France, but for the western world.

This talk is the third in a series of lectures from Dr. Foster about the history of the French Revolution. Both of the previous lectures in Foster’s series can be viewed online (though you don’t have to watch them to understand Dr. Foster’s upcoming talk):

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.

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