05 22, 2022

Photo Contest for Kids

By |2022-05-15T16:00:00-04:00May 22, 2022|

Shutterbugs, hit us with your best shot! We’re hosting a photo contest this June. Here’s how it work:

Children (up to the age of 12) can submit an entry into our contest. You submit a photo by emailing it to marilyn.weiss@mentorpl.org between June 1 and June 15. No submissions will be accepted before or after these dates, and only one submission per child is allowed.

Photographs should fall into one of three categories:

  1. Outdoors
  2. Animals
  3. Summer Fun

Photographs can be taken on any device: camera, smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.

Once the submission period ends, all photographs will be uploaded to our Facebook page where you will have one week to vote for your favorite. A local photographer will also select their favorite overall picture.

The crowd favorite for each category and the judge’s favorite picture will win a small prize and be shared on our Instagram page.

By entering the contest, you are granting Mentor Public Library permission to use and display your photograph.

So have fun! We can’t wait to see your photos!

04 26, 2022

Discover the history of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

By |2022-04-18T12:34:10-04:00April 26, 2022|

You may already be familiar with the beauty of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens – 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 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.

People can learn more about the Liberty Gardens’ history at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at our Main Branch. Rebecca McFarland, a fourth-generation Clevelander and expert on local history, will give a free talk on this terrific topic. McFarland’s expertise has been featured on A&E’s Biography and the History Channel.

The program is open to all. Due to limited space, registration is required. You can sign up on our website at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

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


03 31, 2022

Help Feed Lake County at Mentor Public Library

By |2022-03-28T18:33:25-04:00March 31, 2022|

More than 27,000 people living in Lake County suffer from food insecurity. That is, they don’t always have confidence that they’ll be able to feed themselves or their family. That’s nearly 12 percent of the people in Lake County who struggle with hunger.

But you can help by supporting United Way of Lake County’s annual Feed Lake County food drive.

From now until the end of April, you can drop off nonperishable food at our Main, Lake and Headlands Branches and help Feed Lake County. You can also donate money if you prefer.  Your donation will be shared with Lake County residents through the more than 50 food pantries in the county.

Support your neighbor by donating food and help Feed Lake County.

03 8, 2022

We’re Buzzing about our Preschool Dance Party

By |2022-03-07T15:01:39-05:00March 8, 2022|

Thanks to all the families who came to our Springtime Bee-Bop on Monday! That Preschool Dance Party was sweet as can bee!

03 7, 2022

New location for annual Shred Day

By |2022-04-09T12:30:50-04:00March 7, 2022|

UPDATE: Due to incredible turnout we have to end shred day early at 12:30pm. Thank you for your support and sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.


Have sensitive documents like tax forms or medical records that you want to get rid of? Get them shredded during our 12th annual Shred Day.

Shred Day will be at a NEW LOCATION this year. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  on Saturday, April 9, in the parking lot of our partner Xpress Shredding — which is located at 8001 Moving Way, Mentor. (That’s off of Tyler Boulevard between Reynolds Road and Center Street.)

The free service is available to Mentor residents and library patrons. People can drop off as many five document-storage boxes or bags of paper. Shred Day will be held rain or shine.

Last year, Xpress recycled 16 TONS of paper that it collected on Shred Day. That’s enough paper to save 276 trees!

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