08 29, 2021

We Humbly Request your Presence at our Bridgerton-Themed Tea Party

By |2021-08-29T06:00:22-04:00August 29, 2021|

You are invited to our Bridgerton-themed tea party that Mentor Public Library is hosting on Saturday, Sept. 11.

We’re hosting a Bridgerton-themed tea party for all the fans of the Netflix series and the books that inspired it. The tea will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, at our Lake Branch.

We’ll share tea, light snacks, Bridgerton bingo, trivia, and some interesting facts about the Regency era in which the story is set. Period attire is encouraged but not required.

A RSVP is required to join our tea party. Register online or by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

09 10, 2019

Tea Time at our Lake Branch

By |2019-09-10T06:00:57-04:00September 10, 2019|

We celebrate the return of Downton Abbey with a special themed tea party.

We celebrate the return of Downton Abbey with a special themed tea party.

We celebrated the return of Downton Abbey with a special tea last week at our Lake Branch.

Patrons enjoyed tea, light snacks, and Downton Abbey-themed trivia and games.

By the way, if you need a refresher before the Downton Abbey movie comes out on Sept. 20, we know this neat place where you can borrow the DVDs for free. (And, remember, it’s savouries, then scones, then sweets.)

Also, we have books you can borrow if you’re looking for suggestions on how to host your own tea party.

01 25, 2019

Have tea with the First Lady at the library

By |2019-01-25T06:00:50-05:00January 25, 2019|

Families can have tea with First Lady Lucretia Garfield and her son, James R. Garfield, during a special program on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Mentor public Library's Main Branch.

Families can have tea with First Lady Lucretia Garfield and her son, James R. Garfield, during a special program on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Mentor public Library’s Main Branch.

Families can have tea with Lucretia Garfield and James R. Garfield – the wife and son, respectively, of President James A. Garfield – during a special program at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at our Main Branch.

Families will enjoy tea, make a craft and learn how the Garfield family supported the library through its history.

Throughout the day, kids can also complete a special scavenger hunt throughout the Main Branch in celebration of our 200th anniversary.

The tea is free to attend. However, families must register beforehand. You can sign up online at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

This special tea is just one of many programs and events we’re offering to celebrate our 200th anniversary in 2019. The offerings include amnesty days where patrons can have fines waived for previously lost items and lectures about the history of Mentor. For more information, visit www.mentorpl.org/200th.

01 10, 2019

One supercalifragilisticexpialidocious party

By |2019-01-10T06:00:13-05:00January 10, 2019|

Nina, Mary and Rosemary already had their fancy hats ready but still decorated lids at our Poppins party.

Nina, Mary and Rosemary already had their fancy hats ready but still decorated lids at our Poppins party.

Kids made chalk drawings, decorated hats and kites, and enjoyed high tea during the Mary Poppins party last week at our Main Branch.

Thanks to all the families who came. We hope you think our party was practically perfect in every way.

By the way, if your family loves Mary Poppins, we know a neat little place where you can borrow the books and the movie.

08 24, 2016

Tea-making tips from an expert

By |2016-08-24T08:00:49-04:00August 24, 2016|

Make your own tea with herbs you grew yourself.

Make your own tea with herbs you grew yourself.

Master herbalist Sarah Hurt taught a free class about tea on Saturday at our library.

She explained how you can combine common herbs and spices to create unique flavors.

For aficionados who couldn’t attend, here are some of Hurt’s recommendations on how to add different tastes and flavors to your tea.

  • Sweet: Anise, Licorice, Stevia, Vanilla, Fruits, Berries
  • Spice/Warming: Ginger, Cardamom, Peppercorns, Cinnamon
  • Minty: Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, Catnip, Skullcap
  • Licorice: Anise, Fennel, Fenugreek, Licorice, Basil
  • Citrus: Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Balm, Citrus Peel
  • Grassy: Nettle, Alfalfa, Oat Straw, Red Clover, Dandelion Leaf
  • Tart: Hibiscus, Rose Hips, Fruits, Berries, Sorrel
  • Earthy: Burdock Root, Dandelion Root, Echinacea Root, Chicory

She also offered some general tea-blending tips:

  1. Learn the taste, feel and smell of your herbs; and the best way to get to know them is to grow them in your garden. When you know an herb well, you’ll be able to intuit its best uses.
  2. Start with a taste profile (or herbal remedy) in mind. It’s a lot easier to make something delicious when you know what you’re looking for.
  3. Start with a strong, primary flavor as a base. Then add secondary herbs to create more unique, interesting, and nuanced combinations.

By the way, if you’re looking for a way to exercise your green thumb when summer ends, check out our seed library for herbs that you can grow indoors.

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