10 13, 2021

Marty Gitlin Shares the Joy of Cartoons & Cereal

By |2021-10-12T14:28:55-04:00October 13, 2021|

Here’s an interview that will draw you in!

Award-winning author and pop-culture historian Martin Gitlin, the writer of A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History, discusses:

  • his metric for ranking the greatest animated characters in history
  • why Bugs Bunny tops the list
  • his favorite cartoon to share with his children
  • why he prefers Warner Brother cartoons over Disney
  • how and why he wrote an encyclopedia of cereals.

Marty also shares the joy of still appreciating as an adult what you loved as a kid!

You can visit our YouTube channel for more author interviews, including discussions with bestsellers like Karin Slaughter, Paula McLain and Christina Baker Kline, as well as upcoming authors like Stephen Markley and Rebekah Frumkin.

05 27, 2021

Uncover the Hidden History of Lake County

By |2021-05-27T06:00:24-04:00May 27, 2021|

Jennifer Boresz Engelking joins us for an interview and explains how an amusement park and shipwreck kindled her interest in local history and inspired her to write Hidden History of Lake County, Ohio. She also describes the research her book required.

Then chats about her first forays into writing, how she acted in the movie Unstoppable, and talks about her favorite Metroparks.

By the way, if you’re interested in local history, we’ve hosted several programs about it – many of which can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel – including:

10 26, 2020

‘Rust’ Discussed: An Interview with Eliese Colette Goldbach

By |2020-10-26T06:00:47-04:00October 26, 2020|

Last week, the Lake County League of Libraries and our friends at Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library hosted an interview last week with Eliese Colette Goldbach, the author of Rust: A Memoir of Steel & Grit.

The program was recorded, so those who couldn’t attend could still enjoy it.

In Rust, Colette discusses her experiences working in the ArcelorMittal steel mill, as well as sexual assault, bipolar disorder, and arguing about politics with your parents. In short, she is a brave memoirist who is not afraid to tackle BIG topics.

In the video above, Goldbach shares a reading from Rust, and then she answers questions on topics both big (like how writing a memoir can affect one’s mental health) and decidedly less big (her favorite Star Trek captain.)

The Lake County League of Libraries is a programming collaborative that  unites the public libraries in Lake County, Ohio — Willoughby Eastlake, Mentor, Morley, Wickliffe, Kirtland, Perry, Madison, and Fairport Harbor — as well as the Lakeland Community College Library and the Lake Erie College Library. Visit the League’s website for details on more upcoming programs.

10 1, 2020

Ghost Stories from Lake County with the Haunted Housewives

By |2020-10-01T09:00:54-04:00October 1, 2020|

Join the Haunted Housewives for an online journey through the region's most fascinating haunts.

Join the Haunted Housewives for an online journey through the region’s most fascinating haunts on Wednesday, Oct.

Theresa Argie and Cathi Weber, collectively known as The Haunted Housewives, have spent decades investigating historical locations for evidence of haunting.

They’ll share urban legends, local lore, and tales from their own ghost-hunting adventures in Lake County and nearby during a special online program at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

It will be hosted via Zoom and registration is required. People can sign up to watch online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247 to RSVP.

By the way, both Argie and Weber are authors. You can borrow America’s Most Haunted (by Argie,) Haunted Willoughby, Ohio (by Weber) or Love Beyond the Grave (by both) from Mentor Public Library.

08 12, 2020

Amanda Flower Interview: Meet the mind behind the mysteries

By |2020-08-12T16:00:12-04:00August 12, 2020|

Bestselling and award-winning writer Amanda Flower is the mind behind more than 30 mystery novels, including The Magical Bookshop Mysteries, The Amish Candy Shop Mysteries, and the Magic Garden Mysteries – many of which you can borrow from your library.

She discusses her newest mystery, “Mums and Mayhem” as well as:

  • what inspired her Magic Garden Mystery series
  • what “the English” get wrong about Amish communities
  • her favorite job ever (and why it involved wearing a pink checkered ball gown)
  • where she finds joy and peace of mind during a global pandemic.

By the way, we love a good mystery at Mentor Public Library, and we’ve hosted several of our favorite mystery authors over the years. You can see our interviews with them (and, in a few cases, their entire talks) on our YouTube channel, including:

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