summer reading

05 6, 2023

Summer Reading Starts June 1 at Mentor Public Library

By |2023-05-04T10:29:59-04:00May 6, 2023|

Readers of all ages – kids, teens and, yes, even adults – can win spectacular prizes during Summer Reading at Mentor Public Library. This year’s theme is All Together Now. And you can sign up at any MPL branch starting June 1.

Once registered, kids (those entering sixth grade or younger) will earn a raffle ticket for every hour they read or are read to. The more they read, the better chance they have to win one of the library’s prizes.

Children can also earn some fun rewards along the way. If they reach the 10-hour mark, they can vote for the color Miss Kim and Miss Gillian will dye their hair. Also, kids who read at least 20 hours during Summer Reading will earn a library card holder and golden ticket for a chance to win $50 gift cards.

Meanwhile, teens (those entering seventh grade and older) and adults can sign up for summer reading in person at the library, online at, or by using the Beanstack app. Then you can use Beanstack to record what they read. For every book you read or audiobook you listen to, you’ll receive an entry into one of the our teen or adult prize raffles.

This year’s theme is All Together Now and the we’re hosting programs for all ages this summer about our local community. Check out our full event calendar here.

Summer Reading launches Thursday, June 1, with a super scavenger hunt at our Main Branch. The last day to earn raffle tickets is Sunday, July 30.

07 24, 2021

All Booked Up with Cailey & Meg: Best Beach Reads for the Summer

By |2021-07-24T12:00:36-04:00July 24, 2021|

Cailey and Meg share what books they’re bringing to the beach this summer, including Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland (which gave our librarians major Dirty Dancing vibes), Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne, Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala, and Maps for the Getaway by Annie England Noblin.

Most of the books they discuss can also be borrowed as ebooks using OverDrive or Libby. All you need is your Mentor Public Library card.

07 18, 2018

Photographing Rock Stars with Janet Macoska

By |2018-07-18T06:00:26-04:00July 18, 2018|

For more than 40 years, Janet Macoska has photographed rock ‘n’ roll royalty when they rumble through town. She’s probably your favorite rocker’s favorite photographer.

David Bowie liked her picture of him so much he hung it in his home. Her portrait of Paul McCartney hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

When she visited us earlier this month, she was kind enough to share some highlights from her career, including:

  • her favorite bands to photograph
  • some of the challenges facing modern concert photographers
  • the best photos that she’s ever taken in her career.

She also offers advice to aspiring photographers.

For more of Macoska, check out her book, All Access ClevelandAll Access compiles 340 of her favorite photos from more than four decades in rock ‘n’ roll photography.

06 19, 2018

Derf Backderf on censorship, counterculture & ‘My Friend Dahmer’

By |2018-06-19T06:00:57-04:00June 19, 2018|

John “Derf” Backderf — the graphic novelist who wrote My Friend DahmerTrashed and the comic strip, The City — visited us earlier this month.

Derf also allowed us to interview him. He discussed:

  • getting fired from his first job “for general tastelessness.”
  • counterculture (In Derf’s words: “I don’t know if there is a counterculture anymore, frankly… The mainstream just erased that gap because they thought they could exploit it and they did.
  • comics (In Derf’s words: “Right now, it’s the golden era of comics. I’m not talking about the superdude stuff. That’s boring corporate product.”)
  • telling the autobiographical story of going to high school with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. (“Vigilance — if there’s a lesson at all, that would be one. Pay attention, especially the adults.”)

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