11 18, 2019

A practically perfect Princess Party

By |2019-11-18T06:00:26-05:00November 18, 2019|

Our princess party at the Lake Branch was packed with little Annas and Elsas.

Our princess party at the Lake Branch was packed with little Annas and Elsas.

The Princess Party this Saturday at our Lake Branch was so cool that you could even say it was… Frozen.

Thanks to all the families who attended and we hope you had as much fun as we did!


By the way, if your kid loves Disney princesses, then our shelves are filled with books, music, and (of course) movies that you can borrow.

03 24, 2017

A magical story time with Belle

By |2017-03-24T06:00:12-04:00March 24, 2017|

Belle (Allison Lehr) made our story time extra magical.

Belle (Allison Lehr) made our story time extra magical.

We hosted a special story time with tea, sing-alongs, and a VERY SPECIAL GUEST. Belle (Allison Lehr) made the afternoon unforgettable for a lot of young princes and princesses.

She read to the children and lead a sing-along. (Lehr’s a practiced princess, having played the role of Belle in The Fine Arts Association’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.”)

The kids also enjoyed a tea party and made their own enchanted roses.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos from our party, and check out our event calendar for more fun programs at Mentor Public Library.

01 27, 2017

5 wondrous facts about Wonderland

By |2017-01-27T06:00:33-05:00January 27, 2017|

Celebrate Lewis Carroll's birthday and your own un-birthday with these Wonderland facts.

Celebrate Lewis Carroll’s birthday and your own un-birthday with these Wonderland facts.

Today is Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s birthday, which is the opposite of an un-birthday.

Never heard of Dodgson?

You might know him better as Lewis Carroll, the writer of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.

To celebrate Carroll’s birthday, here are five wonderful facts about Wonderland and its author.

1. There was a real Alice.

Carroll first composed his nonsense Wonderland tales while taking the children of the Liddell family on a rowing trip. He was especially close to the youngest daughter, Alice.

In fact, it was Alice who encouraged him to write his story. In return, Carroll named his heroine after her. He even spelled Alice Liddell’s in an acrostic poem at the close of Through the Looking-Glass.

2. Carroll is best known for his literary works but his day job was as a mathematical lecturer at Christ Church.

He wrote a dozen mathematical treatises under his real name. However—while Alice has remained popular—it’s more difficult to find a copy of  A Syllabus of Plane Algebraic Geometry or An Elementary Treatise on Determinants, With Their Application to Simultaneous Linear Equations and Algebraic Equations.

3. Many classic Carroll characters and poems that we associate with Wonderland—for example, The Jabberwocky and Tweedledum and Tweedledee—come, instead, from Through the Looking-Glass.

The confusion most likely stems from movies and stage plays that use both books for inspiration.

4. Walt Disney adored Carroll’s work from the very beginning of his career.

Before Mickey Mouse, even before Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Disney created a series of shorts where a live-action girl interacted with animated characters. The girl’s name? Alice, of course.

And, in 1936, Mickey Mouse starred in a short called “Thru the Mirror” that was influenced by both Wonderland and Looking-Glass.

However, it took decades before Disney figured a way to transform Carroll’s extraordinarily erudite tales into a visual story.

5. Carroll befriended many young girls during his life. He commemorated one, Gertrude Chataway, with an acrostic poem in The Hunting of the Snark.

In addition to composing them silly stories and poems, he often photographed or drew them—sometimes in the nude, which has rendered him retroactively controversial.

One final fact: You can borrow both Alice books from us. Actually, both Wonderland and Looking-Glass are in the public domain, so you can read them online right now.

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01 18, 2017

5 fun facts about Winnie-the-Pooh

By |2017-01-18T06:00:48-05:00January 18, 2017|

Here are some fun facts to celebrate the birthday of A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh's creator.

Here are some fun facts to celebrate the birthday of A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh’s creator.

Today would be A. A. Milne’s 135th birthday. And, if you’re unfamiliar with Milne’s name, you certainly know his stories.

He is the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, and the other denizens of Hundred Acre Wood (except for Gopher—Disney animators sketched him into existence.)

So in celebration of Milne’s birthday and his timeless tales, here are five fun facts about Winnie-the-Pooh.

1. Most young readers are familiar with with Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and House on Pooh Corner, but neither book features Pooh’s first appearance.

You can find that in When We Were Very Young, a collection of Milne’s poetry for children. However, he was named Mr. Edward Bear, not Winnie, at the time.

The stuffed bear would acquire the Winnie moniker later, borrowed from a black bear at the London Zoo.

2. Almost all of Pooh’s neighbors are based upon toys owned by Milne’s son, whose name is—you guessed it—Christopher Robin.

Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Piglet, and Pooh are still around today. In fact, kids can visit Pooh at the Main Branch of New York Public Library. Meanwhile, Roo was lost in Ashdown Forest, the real-life inspiration for the Hundred-Acre Wood, a long time ago.

Milne created Rabbit and Owl wholesale without a stuffed muse.

3. We’re all accustomed to Disney’s The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh as a single film, but that’s not how it was originally made.

Walt Disney was concerned that American audiences weren’t familiar enough with Pooh and friends; so, instead of making a feature-length film, the studio made three shorts—Winnie the Pooh and the Honey TreeWinnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too.

The three shorts (along with some interstitial animation) were cobbled together later to make the film we all know and love.

4. It’s difficult to imagine someone disliking Winnie-the-Pooh, but the books were not universally beloved on publication.

Dorothy Parker—under her nom de plume, Constant Reader—found the books overly cute and saccharine, though she didn’t phrase it so politely. Instead, she said The House at Pooh Corner made her want to “[fwow] up.”

5. Speaking of critics, Christopher Robin—the real one, Milne’s sons—didn’t care for the Pooh books either.

His classmates would tease him by quoting a poem from When We Were Very Young.

They’d mock him with “Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares! Christopher Robin is saying his prayers,” until he came to resent the books.

Here’s hoping Christopher Robin will forgive us if we disagree with him. We can’t get enough of the silly old bear, and you can always come to us if you want to borrow one of Winnie-the-Pooh’s books or films.


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