12 4, 2019

Get special anniversary ornaments from Mentor Public Library

By |2019-12-04T06:00:52-05:00December 4, 2019|

You can support the library and celebrate its 200th anniversary by purchasing a Christmas ornament.

You can support the library and celebrate its 200th anniversary by purchasing a Christmas ornament.

Want to pretty up your Christmas tree while supporting your local library?

We’re celebrating our 200th anniversary – yes, we look good for our age – with a special ornament that you can purchase at any of our branches between now and Christmas.

The ornament only costs $5 and all proceeds support Mentor Public Library.

The ornament features our first library building on Center Street, which was designed in 1903 by Abram Garfield, the son of President James A. Garfield. (The building still exists, but we no longer own it. You can buy cupcakes there.) Before 1903, the library’s collection was housed at private homes.

Fun fact: In 1903, the library’s collection consisted of 2,400 books. We now have more than fifty times that you can borrow – not even counting eBook, audiobooks or eAudiobooks.

12 3, 2019

America in 1819: The Era of Good Feelings

By |2019-12-03T06:00:25-05:00December 3, 2019|

As part of our 200th anniversary – yes, we look spectacular for our age – our resident historian Dr. John Foster revisited America in 1819 and what is now known as “The Era of Good Feelings.”

Discover the (relatively) tranquil intermezzo between the War of 1812 and Andrew Jackson’s presidency, and see how President James Monroe’s disposition reflected that of the nation’s.

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 II, US Presidents of the 20th Century, and the Revolutionary War at our library.

His next talk will revisit France in 1793 during a special program that we’re hosting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3, at the Concord Township Community Center—7671 Auburn Road, Concord Township.

In 1793, the French Revolution – which had started as a fight for human rights and justice – descended into a nightmare. Our local historian, Dr. John Foster, will talk about how a fight for Enlightenment and democracy became a civil war in which former friends and allies turned on each other with terrifying consequences

This talk is a sequel to a program Foster led earlier this year on the origin of the French Revolution. You can watch it now on our YouTube channel.

This special program is free to attend and open to all. People can register by calling the Concord Township Community Center at (440) 639-4650.

10 28, 2019

Support Broadmoor & Deepwood by donating craft supplies this November at Mentor Library

By |2019-10-28T06:00:41-04:00October 28, 2019|

You can support Deepwood and Broadmoor School by donating craft items at Mentor Public Library this November.

You can support Deepwood and Broadmoor School by donating craft items at Mentor Public Library this November.

We’re hosting donation drives all year as part of our 200th anniversary celebration.

This November, we’re collecting items for Broadmoor School and Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood. The mission of Deepwood is to EMPOWER people with developmental disabilities to ENGAGE in activities that ENRICH their lives and contribute to their community.

You can support Broadmoor, Deepwood, and its clients by donating items from its wish list at our Main, Lake and Headlands Branches, including:

  • Stickers (holiday or themed)
  • Foam stickers
  • Holiday craft kits for three to six year olds
  • Washable markers
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Play-Doh
  • Crayons
  • Stamp Pads
  • Coloring Books
  • Books that make noise like music or sound effects
  • Easel paper
  • Card stock paper (variety of colors)
  • Butcher block paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Colored yissue paper
  • Colored Bingo stampers (variety of colors)
  • Glue gun sticks
  • Glue sticks
  • Crafting pompoms
  • Pencil boxes and pencil pouches
  • Colored balls
  • Silk flowers
  • Tempera paint (red, yellow, blue, green, purple, black and white) (pint, quart or gallon)
  • Christmas or any other holiday decorations
  • Jingle bells

These supplies will provide students at Broadmoor School and participants of all ages in Deepwood’s Recreation Program to engage in creative activities, enhancing fine motor skills, enriching their quality of lives, and empowering them to achieve their goals.

Visit the Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood’s website for more information on their many programs and services.

By the way, our Year of Giving concludes this December when we collect for Toys for Tots and our annual Can Your Fines Food Drive.

Thank you for giving if you can! And check here for more ways you can enjoy 200 years of Mentor Public Library.

09 14, 2019

From covered wagons to rocket ships

By |2019-09-14T06:00:39-04:00September 14, 2019|

Blasting off at our Headlands Branch.

Blasting off at our Headlands Branch.

Earlier this month at our Headlands Branch, we celebrated the breadth of our 200 years of  history with a rocket-ship craft and covered-wagon craft.

The best part? The covered wagon was edible.

... and tasty!

… and tasty!

We’re not finished celebrating our bicentennial either.  To celebrate our 200th anniversary, you can read away the fines on your Mentor Public Library card on Saturdays this September.

Every Saturday this upcoming month, you can read at one of our branches. One dollar of your fines will be waived for every half hour you read. You can have up to $10 in fines forgiven this way this September.

To participate, you will need to pick up a Read Away Your Fines slip from the circulation desk when you arrive at the branch, and return it filled out when you have finished reading.

One exception: bills accrued from lost items and referral fees cannot be waived as part of this promotion.

Click here to learn more about our 200th anniversary.

09 4, 2019

Discover history through games

By |2019-09-04T06:00:04-04:00September 4, 2019|

Kids play the game of graces on the library lawn.

Kids play the game of graces on the library lawn.

As part of our 200th anniversary, we’re hosting a pair of programs where kids can learn about history through games.

First, children can play the Township Game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at our Main Branch. Kids in third through sixth grade can develop a frontier community using a map and legend, along with their knowledge of natural resources.

While playing and building their own township, the kids will learn about the history of the Western Reserve and the Northwest Ordinance.

The game is free to play. We only require that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Next, kids can play old-fashioned games at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at our Headlands Branch. They’ll play classics like croquet, drop the handkerchief, bocce, and the game of graces.

This program is also free to attend. Once again, we require registration, which opens Sept. 14.

Both of these programs are hosted with support from our partners at the Lake County History Center.


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