09 16, 2020

Online Volunteer Fair postponed until 2021

By |2020-09-16T12:40:13-04:00September 16, 2020|


We thank you for your interest in supporting your community! Unfortunately, the Lake County Online Volunteer Fair is postponed until 2021.

If you would still like information about available volunteering opportunities, you can:

  1. Sign up for Lakeland Community College’s Get Connected website. It helps you view and participate in upcoming and ongoing volunteer opportunities in your community.
  2. Contact Jason Lea at Mentor Public Library. (His email address is jason.lea(at)mentorpl.org He’d be happy to help you identify volunteer opportunities that coincide with your interests and provide you with contact information for likeminded organizations.

We apologize for any inconvenience this postponement causes. And we want to thank both prospective volunteers and our partner nonprofits who both work to make this community stronger.

Take care and be well!


09 11, 2020

9 ways to change our world with author Amy Neumann

By |2020-09-11T06:00:01-04:00September 11, 2020|

Amy Neumann shares nine ways that you can make a difference in the world… yes, even right now.

  1. Refer someone to 2-1-1
  2. Support a teacher with DonorsChoose.org
  3. Get your kids (and yourself) a library card
  4. Create a Facebook page that promotes positivity in your community
  5. Donate blood to the American Red Cross
  6. Think about diversity, equity and inclusion
  7. Let nonprofits know about Google’s Ads Grant
  8. Combine two things you love into a unique volunteering experience
  9. Create a helping calendar

Neumann is the writer of “Simple Acts to Change the World: 500 Ways to Make a Difference,” which you can borrow from your community library.

03 11, 2019

Learn about Lake County Volunteer Guardian Program

By |2019-03-11T06:00:10-04:00March 11, 2019|

hands-699486_1280Would you like to help someone who needs it?

Lifeline and the Lake County Probate Court have teamed to create the Lake County Volunteer Guardian Program. There are people who the court has recognized as incapable of serving as their own guardian. They need well-intentioned volunteers to help them manage themselves and their life decisions.

These guardians assist with ensuring the health and safety of their charges by working with service providers and the probate court. They may also need to make healthcare and housing decisions on behalf of their client, if the situation calls for it.

You can learn about the role and responsibilities of being a volunteer guardian during an informational session at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 25, at our Main Branch. You can register to attend online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247. Attending the program does not automatically commit you to participating in the Volunteer Guardian Program.

For more information on the Lake County Volunteer Guardian Program, you can visit Lifeline’s website.

You can support Lake-Geauga Recovery Center by donating toiletries at any of our branches during the month of March

You can support Lake-Geauga Recovery Center by donating toiletries at any of our branches during the month of March

If you’re looking for other ways to help your community, you can participate in our Year of Giving. As part of our 200th anniversary celebration, we’re collecting supplies for a different locally based nonprofit each month this year.

In March, we’re collecting donations for Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers. Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers has helped thousands of Lake and Geauga County residents on their paths of recovery from substance use disorders.

You can support their mission by donating toiletries for Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers’ Residential Treatment facilities, including:

  • travel-sized soaps, shampoos and conditioners
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • deodorant
  • shaving cream or lotion
  • feminine hygiene products.

We’ll be collecting donations at our Main, Lake and Headlands Branches all through March.

01 22, 2019

Make the change you want to see

By |2019-01-22T06:00:29-05:00January 22, 2019|

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Teens will learn how and where they can make a difference in their community during our Changemaker Workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at The HUB inside Mentor High School.

Is your teen looking for a way to earn volunteer hours and make a difference in their community?

If so, they should come to our Changemaker Workshop at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at The HUB inside Mentor High School.

They will learn about different places they can volunteer and causes they can support.

The workshop is open to all teens. You can register to attend online or by calling The HUB at 440-205-6011.

By the way, yes, Mentor Public Library has a new location inside of Mentor High School.

Its renovated library — now called The HUB — is open to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and more from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It also hosts a wide variety of programs.

Furthermore, The HUB has a state-of-the-art Makerspace with laser engravervinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large format printergreen screen studio and more. For more information about it – including policies, procedures, and how to make a reservation – visit our MakerSpace page.

10 5, 2016

Former Read House resident returns as library volunteer

By |2016-10-05T06:00:03-04:00October 5, 2016|

Doug Reed helps shelve books in the house where he used to live. The Read House is now owned by Mentor Public Library.

Doug Reed helps shelve books in the house where he used to live. The Read House is now owned by Mentor Public Library.

William “Doug” Reed walked through the rooms of the house where he lived for 55 years.

On Sundays, he would play records here—big band music—before going to Mentor Methodist Church across the street, he reminisced.

Mentor Public Library purchased the house in 2009 and renamed it the Read House, keeping the homonym to honor the Reed family.

The library, whose Main Branch is next door, uses the Read House backyard for outdoor programs—everything from campfire story times to summer reading parties.

On Monday, Oct. 3, Reed surveyed the rooms where bookshelves had replaced the familiar trappings of home.

What do you think of the changes, someone asked him.

“Not too bad,” Reed said.

He then saw a book about American presidents that interested him and began thumbing through the pages.

Sharon Link, another volunteer from Deepwood's Willoughby Branch, helps shelve the books  in MPL's Read House.

Sharon Link, another volunteer from Deepwood’s Willoughby Branch, helps shelve the books in MPL’s Read House.

Reed, now 72, returned to the Read House as part of a volunteer group from Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood’s Willoughby Branch.

The Deepwood clients helped shelve books that are given away from MPL’s Pop-Up and Little Free Libraries and sold during the Friends of the Mentor Public Library’s book sales. The money raised from those sales supports library programming and special events.

Judy Tsiros, a community integration professional at Deepwood’s Willoughby Branch, helped organize the volunteering with Mentor Public Library.

“The value for volunteering is almost immeasurable,” Tsiros said. “It really connects people to the community, and it expands their self-worth.”

By serendipity, Reed was one of the volunteers. He’s an enthusiastic reader with a particular interest in presidential history and baseball. He’d often pause to read a cover while shelving.

When finished, he asked if he could keep a couple of books. The library allowed it. After all, he’d been gracious enough to help the library and to share his house.

Martin Andersen likes one of the books he finds while volunteering in the Read House.

Martin Andersen likes one of the books he finds while volunteering in the Read House.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Mentor Public Library, visit our Volunteer page.

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