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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 15, 2021

Sketch ‘Em & Catch ‘Em on Family Game Night

By |2021-10-15T06:00:36-04:00October 15, 2021|

Gather the family for a game of MonsDRAWsity at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Gather the family for game night at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at our Main Branch!

You’ll be sketching and catching monsters when we play our version of MonsDRAWsity. Each family will play as a team of Paranormal Investigators, trying to sketch monsters that have been spotted nearby. Unfortunately, the witnesses didn’t get the best look. Teams can win the round by drawing a monster closest to its description.

Family Game Night is free to play and open to all family groups with kids ages 13 and younger, along with an adult. Registration is required to allow space for social distancing. Sign up on our website or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 3.

For more spooky fun, kids can trick-or-treat at the library on Friday, Oct. 29.

10 14, 2021

Explore the Urban Legends of Ohio

By |2021-10-14T06:00:17-04:00October 14, 2021|

Do sasquatch, Melon Heads, sea monsters, and other cryptids lurk near where we live? Explore the urban legends of Ohio during a special program at our Lake Branch.

Ohio is stuffed with frightening folktales and chilling legends. Have you heard of Cry Baby Bridge? Helltown? The Melon Heads that were rumored to live in Kirtland?

Our own Ms. Mollie will introduces you to the stories behind the legends of Mothman, the Monster of Minerva, the Lake Erie Monster, and more. She’ll also tell you about the state’s many Bigfoot sighting and the only known Witch Trial to occur in Ohio.

Her talk is free to attend and open to all. It will be 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at our Lake Branch. Space is limited, so registration is required. Sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

If you can’t get enough of local lore, our YouTube channel has authors sharing some of their favorite stories that they’ve researched:

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 13, 2021

Making Art on the Bus

By |2021-10-12T14:34:39-04:00October 13, 2021|

Kids expressed themselves through sculpting on Friday, Oct. 8, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Kids had a blast making sculptures on Artie the Art Bus on Friday!

With the day off from school, children hopped on Artie the Art Bus. Cathi Mezzopera, founder of A Kid at Art for the Heart, guided them through sculpting their own piece of art. Their finished sculptures will be displayed in our Children’s Department.

For more art ideas that you can share with your kids, check out ARTPOCALYPSE. Each Tuesday, Mr. Josh from our Headlands Branch shares a different craft or science experiment that your family can do from home. Discover how to transform a hula hoop into a loommake a secret code, or create a homemade lava lamp with ARTPOCALYPSE.

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