11 24, 2020

Can Your Fines food drive returns to Mentor Public Library

By |2020-11-24T06:00:07-05:00November 24, 2020|

Help those in need and have your library fines forgiven.

Help those in need and have your library fines forgiven.

The Can Your Fines food drive is returning to Mentor Public Library and, once again, you can donate food in exchange for forgiveness of their fines.

The food drive will run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31 and you can donate at any of Mentor Public Library’s branches.

The donated food will go to local food pantries that will, in turn, give it to families in need.

Each nonperishable food item that somebody donates will be worth up to a dollar off the fines they owe. People can get up to five dollars in fines waived this way.

A few provisos:

  • Patrons can only trade food for fines once during the Can Your Fines food drive
  • Those whose fines have gone to collections are not eligible to participate
  • You must have a Mentor Public Library card to participate

Last year, you donated hundreds of pounds of food to your neighbors in need. We look forward to your generosity again this year.

03 1, 2020

Drop Your Drawers at the library

By |2020-03-01T06:00:19-05:00March 1, 2020|

Drop Your Drawers LogoYou can drop your drawers at Mentor Public Library – no, not like that.

You can help local children by dropping off new and unopened packages of underwear (both boys and girls) in the Children’s Department at any of our branches. We’ll be accepting donations from March 9 to April 8.

The clothes will be donated to United Way of Lake County who will make sure that they go to families who need them.

10 28, 2019

Support Broadmoor & Deepwood by donating craft supplies this November at Mentor Library

By |2019-10-28T06:00:41-04:00October 28, 2019|

You can support Deepwood and Broadmoor School by donating craft items at Mentor Public Library this November.

You can support Deepwood and Broadmoor School by donating craft items at Mentor Public Library this November.

We’re hosting donation drives all year as part of our 200th anniversary celebration.

This November, we’re collecting items for Broadmoor School and Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood. The mission of Deepwood is to EMPOWER people with developmental disabilities to ENGAGE in activities that ENRICH their lives and contribute to their community.

You can support Broadmoor, Deepwood, and its clients by donating items from its wish list at our Main, Lake and Headlands Branches, including:

  • Stickers (holiday or themed)
  • Foam stickers
  • Holiday craft kits for three to six year olds
  • Washable markers
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Play-Doh
  • Crayons
  • Stamp Pads
  • Coloring Books
  • Books that make noise like music or sound effects
  • Easel paper
  • Card stock paper (variety of colors)
  • Butcher block paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Colored yissue paper
  • Colored Bingo stampers (variety of colors)
  • Glue gun sticks
  • Glue sticks
  • Crafting pompoms
  • Pencil boxes and pencil pouches
  • Colored balls
  • Silk flowers
  • Tempera paint (red, yellow, blue, green, purple, black and white) (pint, quart or gallon)
  • Christmas or any other holiday decorations
  • Jingle bells

These supplies will provide students at Broadmoor School and participants of all ages in Deepwood’s Recreation Program to engage in creative activities, enhancing fine motor skills, enriching their quality of lives, and empowering them to achieve their goals.

Visit the Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood’s website for more information on their many programs and services.

By the way, our Year of Giving concludes this December when we collect for Toys for Tots and our annual Can Your Fines Food Drive.

Thank you for giving if you can! And check here for more ways you can enjoy 200 years of Mentor Public Library.

09 28, 2019

Donate to Forbes House during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By |2019-09-28T06:00:01-04:00September 28, 2019|

Forbes HouseWe’re hosting donation drives all year as part of our 200th anniversary celebration.

This October, we’re collecting items for Forbes House, the only domestic violence shelter in Lake County. Forbes House provides a safe, nurturing place for survivors of domestic violence and their children to get the help they need.

You can support Forbes House and its clients by donating items from its wish list at our Main, Lake and Headlands Branches, including:

  • Laketran bus passes
  • laundry detergent pods
  • umbrellas
  • hair brushes
  • flashlights
  • $10 gift cards (gas stations, grocery store, Target, Walmart)
  • cleaning supplies (trash bags, Lysol wipes, liquid hand soap, mops, brooms, dust pans, magic erasers, and non-bleach floor cleaner)
  • medicine (Benadryl, cough drops, cold and cough medicine, Tums, fever and pain reliever capsules
  • baby supplies (baby formula, children’s toiletries, monitors, wipes, diapers, pull-ups, fitted crip sheets, and onesies)
  • clothing (new women’s shoes, tops, underwear and clothing of all sizes, especially things that can be worn for a job interview; little boy’s underwear and socks)
  • household items (paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissue, napkins, freezer bags, plastic wrap, and laundry baskets)

For more information on Forbes House, you can visit its website.

By the way, our Year of Giving continues all year. The calendar is:

July – Project Hope
October – Forbes House
November – Broadmoor/Deepwood

Thank you for giving if you can! And check here for more ways you can enjoy 200 years of Mentor Public Library.

08 27, 2019

Donate coats & blankets for the seniors of Lake County

By |2019-08-27T06:00:56-04:00August 27, 2019|

Donate

Give a little warmth before this winter by donating coats and blankets to seniors in need.

We’re hosting donation drives all year as part of our 200th anniversary celebration. Several local nonprofits have been the recipients of your charitable support.

Throughout the month of September, we will be partnering with the Lake County Council on Aging, collecting new winter coats and jackets and warm blankets for seniors in need.  The incredible staff of the Council on Aging will then distribute your donated items to help individuals who may be in need of assistance this winter.

Please drop off your donation to any of our branches, in clearly marked bags or boxes noting “Senior Coat / Blanket Drive.”  For detailed information, please call the Main Branch at 440-255-8811 ext. 213. Those wishing to make a monetary contribution in lieu of, or with their coat/blanket donations, may send a check made out to Lake County Council on Aging (write “Coat Drive” in Memo Section)  and mail to Lake County Council on Aging, 8520 East Ave., Mentor, OH 44060.

For more information on the Lake County Council on Again and its services, you can visit www.lccoa.org.

Our Year of Giving continues all year. The calendar is:

July – Project Hope
October – Forbes House
November – Broadmoor/Deepwood

Thank you for giving if you can! And check here for more ways you can enjoy 200 years of Mentor Public Library.

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