06 23, 2021

Meet Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, the East Side Joan of Arc

By |2021-06-23T19:00:37-04:00June 23, 2021|

While still a teenager, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn teamed with the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) to fight for free speech and improved conditions for workers in the culinary, mining, and garment industries.

Explore the life of this remarkable woman with Dr. Lara Vapnek. Vapnek literally wrote the book on Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Modern American Revolutionary. Stick around until the end of her talks for a very special guest.

This program is part of Lake County Reads – a countywide, summerlong series of book talks and online programs that concludes with a special evening with bestselling and celebrated author Jess Walter on Aug. 5.

Throughout the summer, the public and academic libraries in Lake County will host book-club discussions where all are invited to talk about Walter’s literary smash The Cold Millions. They’re also offering free online programs that take a deeper dive into the themes and historical context of Walter’s story. For example, you can learn about the suffragettes’ fight for women’s rights, discover some of the lesser-known but key figures in the early Labor Movement, or even enjoy a ragtime concert with The Ragged Blade Band.

The libraries have also teamed with Literary Cleveland for a series of writing workshops and author talks that explore the idea of writing about the working class. It crescendos with an author talk from Walter himself.

All of these programs and book-club discussions are free to attend. They will be hosted via Zoom, and registration is required to get the link. Get more information and sign up for any of these programs at www.leagueoflibraries.org.

02 22, 2021

Lake County Libraries team for Big IDEA Book Club

By |2021-02-22T06:00:56-05:00February 22, 2021|

Freedom Is A Constant StruggleThe Lake County League of Libraries and The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio will discuss scholar and activist Angela Davis’s newest book during the next meeting of its Big IDEA Book Club at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9.

Her book, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle, is a collection of her essays, interviews, and speeches. The book club is open to all, and copies of Freedom Is a Constant Struggle are available at your local library.

The League of Libraries formed the Big IDEA Book Club to discuss books and issues involving Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. The discussion will be hosted via Zoom. People can sign up to join the talk online.

The Lake County League of Libraries is a collaboration between all the public and academic libraries in Lake County. It was formed to host larger-scale programs than any of the libraries could create individually. The League includes Fairport Harbor Public Library, Kirtland Public Library, Lakeland Community College Library, Lake Erie College Library, Madison Public Library, Mentor Public Library, Morley Public Library, Perry Public Library, Wickliffe Public Library and Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library.

03 1, 2019

2019 Northcoast Writers’ Showcase features load of local talent & ‘Dreamers’ author Imbolo Mbue

By |2019-03-01T06:00:07-05:00March 1, 2019|

Imbolo Mbue

Imbolo Mbue

Imbolo Mbue, author of the critically acclaimed Behold the Dreamers, will be the keynote speaker for the second Northcoast Writers’ Showcase from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Lakeland Community College.

Mbue’s keynote will cap a day in which readers and aspiring writers can interact with dozens of talented and hard-working authors, ask questions about their writing journey, and attend workshops about the craft of writing.

The showcase begins at 11 a.m. in Lakeland’s H-Building. Authors will have their books available for sale and signing throughout the event. And breakout sessions will be held during the afternoon, as well.

Breakout leaders and topics:


1 PM

2 PM

3 PM

  • Imbolo Mbue‘s keynote talk in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center with book signing to follow

Other participating authors and publishers include:

Both the Showcase and Mbue’s keynote address are free to attend and open to all. People can register for Mbue’s talk at www.leagueoflibraries.org.

The Northcoast Writers’ Showcase is hosted by the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries, a group of 12 libraries in Lake and Geauga County that have partnered to promote the arts, creativity and enthusiasm for learning in the region.

The Lake-Geauga League of Libraries includes Burton, Fairport Harbor, Geauga County, Kirtland, Lake Erie College, Lakeland Community College, Madison, Mentor, Morley, Perry, Wickliffe and Willoughby-Eastlake library systems.

The showcase is funded by the collective generosity of the library’s foundations, friends groups, The Lubrizol Corporation and Lake County Visitors Bureau.

Northcoast Writers Showcase Ledger 2019

12 31, 2018

What was new at the library this year?

By |2018-12-31T06:00:12-05:00December 31, 2018|

What's new this year? Well, you can find us in The HUB.

What’s new this year? Well, you can find us in The HUB.

Every year is a busy one at Mentor Public Library, but a lot happened this year.

Your library card has never been more valuable. And we want to take this opportunity to remind you all of the new services we added this year, just in case you missed something.

  1. The HUB – First of all, we added a brand new location this year! We’ve teamed with Mentor Public Schools to help you get connected at MHS’s renovated school library, now known as The HUB. It’s open from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday and available to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and a wide variety of programs.
  2. Makerspace – Another feature of The HUB: a state-of-the-art makerspace with laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, green-screen studio, and more. What do you want to make? Earrings? Clothing? Customized drinking glasses? Music videos? You can make all of that and more with your new makerspace.
  3. Lynda and other new databases – We added 12 new databases to our collection this year. You can now learn about car repair, research your genealogy or study a foreign language. You can also access to thousands of online educational courses with Lynda. Wherever you work, whatever your hobby is — there’s a Lynda course that can make you better at it: from finance to photography, making mobile apps to music composition, from screenwriting to spreadsheets.
  4. Renovated Main Branch – We recently completed a renovation of our Main Branch’s first floor. We’ve added more access to electrical outlets, moved and refurnished our teen area, and replaced carpeting and furniture that was about 30 years old. Most importantly, we added study rooms (probably the most common request we received!)
  5. Kanopy – We added a slew of digital services this year too. Kanopy, for example, is the perfect antidote for those mourning the demise of FilmStruck. It has a collection of more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe. That includes classics like RashomonCharadeA Hard Day’s NightDonnie Darkoand The Great Dictator (and a great collection of kids’ fare, as well.) You can stream any or all of them. For free. With your library card.
  6. Niche Academy – Meanwhile, Niche Academy is the perfect online tool for people trying to figure out how to use all these online tools. Niche offers short video tutorials that you can watch for free and at your convenience. Learn how to use library services like OverDrive, LibbyFlipsterFreegal, Hoopla and KanopyNiche also offers intros for online tools like Gmail, Goodreads and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
  7. Flipster – Flipster lets you read dozens of popular magazines whenever you want and for free, using your favorite device. You can check out both new and back issues of different magazines, including People, Atlantic, Times, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Highlights, New Yorker, Money, Redbook, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, Vogue and Teen Vogue, Wired, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Zoobooks, and Vanity Fair.
  8. Deterra bags – Perhaps not the most fun or glamorous new service we’ve added, but certainly an important one. If you have old or unwanted medication in your home, Deterra bags lets you get rid of them safely and for free. You can now get them for free at any of our branches thanks to donations from Western Reserve Junior Service League, Junior Women’s Club of Mentor, Mentor Rotary Club and Friends of the Mentor Public Library. Click here for more info.
  9. Author Talks – We hosted a lot of authors this year. Everyone from Karin Slaughter to Beth Macy, Les Roberts, Stephen Markley, Rebekah Frumkin, Derf Backderf and more visited Lake County. Many came as part of our Off-the-Page author series with our friends from the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries. The league also hosted the first ever Northcoast Writers Showcase with Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline this year. The showcase will return in 2019 with headliner Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers, along with dozens of local authors.

And we’re not done innovating. In 2019, we’re celebrating our 200th anniversary with new programs, new story times, new book clubs, and a whole lot more fun.

We look forward to seeing you then.

10 26, 2018

‘Dopesick’ author Beth Macy recommends the best books on opioid epidemic

By |2018-10-26T06:00:47-04:00October 26, 2018|

Beth Macy – the writer of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors & the Drug Company that Addicted America – visited Lake County earlier this month to discuss the opioid crisis that has wounded our nation.

Every day, more than 115 people die in the United States after overdosing on opioids. And Ohio has been disproportionately stricken. In 2017, it had the second-highest percentage of overdose deaths per population, second only to West Virginia.

However, there are resources available both to those suffering from addiction and their loved ones.

You can also deter people from abusing opioid medication by safely disposing of your excess prescription drugs. Mentor Public Library offers free Deterra bags, which do just that. The Deterra bags are available at the circulation desks of each of our branches. You can get one today.

In addition to speaking, Macy was kind enough to suggest other books (both fiction and nonfiction) that address the opioid epidemic. She recommends:

  • The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin by Tracey Helton Mitchell
  • Dreamland by Sam Quinones
  • Drug Dealer MD by Anna Lembke
  • What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
  • Trampoline by Robert Gipe

By the way, Macy’s talk was organized by the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries, a partnership of all 10 public libraries in Lake and Geauga County. They combine resources to provide access to education and the arts in the region.

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