07 21, 2021

Making Fairy & Gnome Gardens in our Backyard

By |2021-07-21T09:15:36-04:00July 21, 2021|

Jonathan and Gabriel use clippings from the library’s garden and Story Book Walk to decorate their fairy gardens.

Kids used sticks, stones, flowers, and even moss from our backyard to make beautiful gnome and fairy gardens on Tuesday at our Main Branch.

They were so creative, using nature’s beauty to supplement the supplies we provided.

Our theme for Summer Reading this year is Imagine Your Story. So we’ve hosted programs about fairy tales, myths and magic all summer long.

By the way, Summer Reading is almost over! The last day to receive raffle tickets for all your hours/books read is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1. Make sure you get credit for all the awesome reading that you’ve done this summer.

06 19, 2021

Explore the History of Victory Gardens with The Food Historian

By |2021-06-19T06:00:41-04:00June 19, 2021|

Victory Gardens made a resurgence during the COVID pandemic but what do you know about their history? Why did they become popular during both World Wars? Our Librarian Cailey interviews food historian Sarah Wassberg Johnson to learn that and more!

Wassberg Johnson is an author, speaker and educator on all topics related to food history. She’s been featured in The Atlantic, CNN and The History Channel miniseries, “The Food That Built America.”

One more tip for any gardening enthusiasts: Did you know that you can get free veggie, flower, and herb seeds from our Seed Library? Check out our collection  the next time you visit our Main Branch. Borrow up to 15 packets of seeds per season.

05 22, 2021

How (and Why) to Plant a Rain Garden

By |2021-05-22T12:00:47-04:00May 22, 2021|

Natalie Gertz-Young from the Master Rain Gardener Program explains why rain gardens are so important and how to add one to your property. She walks you through designing, digging, planting, and maintaining your rain garden!

If you want to know more you can check out the Master Rain Gardener Program.

Two more tips for any green thumbs out there:

1. Did you know that you can get free veggie, flower, and herb seeds from our Seed Library? Check out our collection  the next time you visit our Main Branch. Borrow up to 15 packets of seeds per season.

2. You should also check out the special collection from Holden Forests & Gardens’ Corning Library available at our Main Branch. In addition to a gorgeous arboretum in Kirtland, Holden also has a spectacular collection of gardening, horticulture, environmental and botany books at Corning Library within its arboretum.

Dozens of Corning Library’s books are now available to borrow at our Main Branch. Thanks to a partnership between libraries, you can use your cards to check out books from this special collection. Our typical lending rules apply.

02 24, 2021

Noticing Nature’s Cues for your Garden

By |2021-02-24T06:00:48-05:00February 24, 2021|

Get expert advice from the Lake County Master Gardeners during a monthly gardening series from Mentor Public Library.

Get expert advice from the Lake County Master Gardeners during a monthly gardening series that begins Saturday, March 13.

Spring has nearly sprung, and we have partnered with the Lake County Master Gardeners for a monthly series of garden talks to help both expert and budding green thumbs.

The first talk will be hosted online via Zoom at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 13. The Master Gardeners will explain how you can use cues from nature – also known as phenology – to learn what plants and animals will thrive in your garden.

Registration is required to get the Zoom link. You can sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Two more tips for any gardeners out there:

1. Did you know that you can get free veggie, flower, and herb seeds from our Seed Library? Check out our collection  the next time you visit our Main Branch. Borrow up to 15 packets of seeds per season.

2. By the way, any green thumbs should check out the special collection from Holden Forests & Gardens’ Corning Library available at our Main Branch. In addition to a gorgeous arboretum in Kirtland, Holden also has a spectacular collection of gardening, horticulture, environmental and botany books at Corning Library within its arboretum.

Dozens of Corning Library’s books are now available to borrow at our Main Branch. Thanks to a partnership between libraries, you can use your cards to check out books from this special collection. Our typical lending rules apply.

3. Finally, we are hosting a garden-themed story time that will end with kids planting their own little starter gardens on March 18. Keep an eye on our program calendar, because registration opens for that program on March 4.

11 10, 2020

Discover the history of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

By |2020-11-10T19:00:16-05:00November 10, 2020|

You may already be familiar with the loveliness of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens – the more than 30 themed gardens that beautify the drive along Martin Luther King Jr. and East boulevards in Cleveland – but do you know their history?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was originally named Liberty Boulevard, and it honored the young men from Cleveland who fought and died in World War I. The gardens were planned as a path to represent the many cultures of our world that came together in Cleveland. It’s beautified with fountains, statuary, trees from Japan, roses from Verona, and the soil of more than 40 nations.

Learn more about the history and origin of the Liberty Gardens from Rebecca McFarland, a fourth-generation Clevelander and expert on local history. Her expertise has been featured on A&E’s Biography and the History Channel.

You can learn more from Ms. McFarland on our YouTube channel:

 

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