10 14, 2021

Explore the Urban Legends of Ohio

By |2021-10-14T06:00:17-04:00October 14, 2021|

Do sasquatch, Melon Heads, sea monsters, and other cryptids lurk near where we live? Explore the urban legends of Ohio during a special program at our Lake Branch.

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 will 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.

Her talk is free to attend and open to all. It will be 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at our Lake Branch. Space is limited, so registration is required. Sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

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 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 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:

07 8, 2019

Akron during World War II

By |2019-07-08T06:00:10-04:00July 8, 2019|

Goodyear blimps had a very different role during World War II.

Goodyear blimps had a very different role during World War II.

The city of Akron, Ohio, had an outsized impact during World War II.

Its citizens served in Europe and the South Pacific. Goodyear built blimps that hunted Nazi submarines. And some of the city’s most renowned residents had a personal tie to the war.

Celebrated Beacon Journal artist Web Brown created cartoons that boosted morale. And Newspaper magnate John S. Knight lost a son in Germany. Five month later, he watched the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri.

You can learn more about Akron’s role in World War II when author and historian Tim Carroll visits at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22, at our Main Branch.

Carroll is an Akron native, and both of his grandfathers were drafted before Pearl Harbor. He wrote World War II Akron, which explains the city and its people’s role in the war. If you want to read the book before Carroll’s talk, you can borrow a copy from us or on Hoopla.

This program is free to attend and open to all. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, if you’re interested in history, we’ve hosted several programs and lectures about World War II — many of which you can watch online. This includes WWII veteran and Purple Heart recipient Bob Zonneville sharing his experiences from the front line.

Zonneville and local historian Thom Matowitz also spoke at the library to discuss what life was like for WWII veterans when they returned home.

Furthermore, our own Dr. John Foster — who, in addition to being a reference librarian, has a doctorate degree in history with a specialization in Modern German History — has given several lectures on WWII and the Holocaust that you can watch online.

Finally, we have hundreds — not an exaggeration — of books and documentaries about World War II that are free to borrow with your library card.

05 5, 2019

Test your knowledge of Ohio civics

By |2019-05-05T06:00:30-04:00May 5, 2019|

Test your knowledge of Ohio government during the Ohio Civics Game Hour at Mentor Public Library.

Test your knowledge of Ohio government during the Ohio Civics Game Hour at Mentor Public Library.

How much do you remember about civics from high school?

You and your friends can test your basic civics knowledge against other teams during the Ohio Civics Game Hour, a Jeopardy-like competition coming to our Main Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.

The top teams will receive prizes.

The Ohio Civics Game Hour is sponsored by FreshWater Cleveland, Soapbox Cincinnati, and the Ohio State Bar Foundation. It’s a fun way for everyone to sharpen their civics knowledge during a fun, fast-paced hour of trivia.

It’s free to participate and everyone is welcome. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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