06 15, 2021

Behind the Laughter: The Making of the Dick Van Dyke Show

By |2021-06-15T09:00:08-04:00June 15, 2021|

Discover the story behind The Dick Van Dyke show during a special program from Mentor Public Library.

Discover the story behind one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, The Dick Van Dyke Show, during a fabulous and fun program we’re hosting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29.

Sal St. George – a pop-culture historian who specializes in classic comedy – will discuss how creator Carl Reiner discovered Dick Van Dyke. He’ll also explain how Reiner’s experiences working on “Your Show of Shows” inspired the comedy that would make Van Dyke a star.

This program is free to attend and will be hosted via Zoom. Patrons need to register to get the Zoom link. RSVP online or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 247.

05 28, 2021

Explore the Urban Legends of Ohio

By |2021-05-28T16:00:17-04:00May 28, 2021|

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 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.

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

05 11, 2021

Revisit the French-Indochina War in Vietnam with our Resident Historian

By |2021-05-11T19:00:28-04:00May 11, 2021|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster discusses the French war in Indochina from 1945 to 1954 when the French government sought to reimpose colonial rule in Vietnam. However, they met fierce resistance from homegrown anticolonial forces calling themselves the Viet Minh. Foster examines the goals and choices of the many nations involved, including the United States.

This talk is the second program in a year-long lecture series on The Vietnam Wars. The first lecture in Foster’s series – which was on the long history of European colonialism in Vietnam – can be watched in its entirety online on our website.

The next talk in his series will be Thursday, July 8. It will discuss America’s involvement in Vietnam from 1956 to 1963.

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.

03 16, 2021

Revisit the History of the Vietnam Wars with Lecture Series from Mentor Library

By |2021-03-16T19:00:45-04:00March 16, 2021|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster began his year-long examination of the Vietnam Wars with a lecture last week on the long history of European colonialism in Vietnam. The talk can be viewed here.

Foster describes the story of French involvement in Vietnam from the arrival of the first Catholic missionaries until the defeat of French colonial forces by the Japanese in 1940. This history provides the backdrop for what would follow.

The next talk in his series will be Thursday, May 6. It will examine the war between France and Vietnamese anti-colonial forces.

For those interested in the subject, Foster has compiled a list of recommendations for further reading:

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.

02 2, 2021

Discover the history of Ireland’s Bloody Sunday

By |2021-02-02T19:00:39-05:00February 2, 2021|

Dr. John Foster, our resident historian and one of our adult reference librarians, shares a free lecture about one of the most infamous days in Irish history, Bloody Sunday. He describes the events, what led up to them, and their terrible consequences.

If you want, you can view Dr. Foster’s PowerPoint presentation here, as well.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, 1972, British troops opened fire on a civil-rights demonstration, killing 13 people, in Derry, North Ireland. The event accelerated the violence of that era, euphemistically known as “the Troubles.”

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, the Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library. Those who are interested in Irish history will also want to watch Foster’s talk on the Easter Uprising of 1916 on our YouTube channel.

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