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10 2, 2021

All Booked Up with Cailey & Meg: Teen Horror

By |2021-10-02T12:00:48-04:00October 2, 2021|

It’s spooky season so Cailey and Meg are sharing some of their favorite YA horror novels. (There’s some gore in a few of these recommendations, so they definitely skew toward older teens.) Their suggestions include:

  1. Don’t Tell a Soul by Kirsten Miller
  2. The Haunted by Danielle Vega
  3. The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
  4. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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.

10 1, 2021

‘Creepy Cat’ travel writer discusses Dark Shadows, underground cities & searching for the sublime

By |2021-10-01T12:00:55-04:00October 1, 2021|

Katherine Kerestman – the author of Creepy Cat’s Macabre Travels: Prowling around Haunted Towers, Crumbling Castles and Ghoulish Graveyards – visited us earlier this week to talk about her new book.

Creepy Cat takes readers to renowned and lesser-known macabre destinations across the globe and delves into the culture, cuisine and humanity at each site.

In this interview, Kerestman discusses her terrifying travelogue and her search for the sublime. She also tells us about her love for the supernatural soap Dark Shadows and the only place on her macabre map that sent a chill down her spine.

Visit our YouTube channel for more macabre and mysterious fun, including interviews with:

09 28, 2021

Revisit the Vietnam Wars with Lecture Series from MPL

By |2021-09-28T12:00:49-04:00September 28, 2021|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster discussed the continued fighting in Vietnam from 1954 to 1963 during a special program last week. We recorded it for anyone who could not attend.

He discussed the leadership of Ngo Dinh Diem, the frustration of John Paul Vann, and the catastrophic Battle of Ấp Bắc.

This is the third lecture in Foster’s year-long series on The Vietnam Wars. Both of the previous lectures in Foster’s series can be viewed in their entirety on our website:

As part of his talk, Foster recommended several books on this era in Vietnam, including:

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.

09 19, 2021

Discussing Dementia: How to Have the Tough Conversations

By |2021-09-19T06:00:35-04:00September 19, 2021|

Earlier this week, a representative from the Cleveland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offered advice on how to broach difficult subjects with a loved one who is experiencing dementia, including:

  • how to encourage them to see a medical professional
  • when it’s time to give up the car keys
  • how to make medical and financial plans for the future.

That program can now be watched in its entirety in the video embedded above.

Additionally, we’ve hosted other programs that can help families dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. They are still available to watch on our YouTube channel.

09 18, 2021

All Booked Up with Cailey & Meg: Phenomenal Fall Food

By |2021-09-18T12:00:55-04:00September 18, 2021|

Cailey and Meg love fall and cooking, so this is basically their favorite topic ever. They recommend four phenomenal cookbooks that will make your autumn dishes delectable! Check out

  1. The Great Big Pumpkin Cookbook by Maggie Michalczyk
  2. Foolproof Preserving: A Guide to Small Batch Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Condiments & More by America’s Test Kitchen
  3. Cook It in Your Dutch Oven by America’s Test Kitchen
  4. Grilled Cheese Please! by Laura Werlin

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.

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