Thursday, May 21, 2015

$5 Book Sale at the Read House this Weekend

Buy as many books as you can fit into a bag for $5 this weekend at MPL's Read House.
The Friends of Mentor Public Library will hold a $5 bag sale at Mentor Library's Read House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 23, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 24.

That means you can buy as many books—picture books, chapter books, fiction, nonfiction, whatever you want—for just five dollars.

Best of all, the money from these book sales go to support library programs and services, including:
So visit the Read House, buy some cool books (for really cheap,) and help support the library.

And if you'd rather not spend money on books, that's fine. I know this cool place where you can borrow as many books as you want for free.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Young artists test their brains with Studio MPL

By turning common objects upside down, Leah transforms a familiar item into a series of unfamiliar shapes.
Studio MPL—Mentor Library’s art club for kids—tested the artistic and organizational parts of their brain on Monday, May 18.

They did this by drawing recognizable objects—hands, horses, even a Pablo Picasso painting—while the objects were flipped upside down.

“By turning them upside down, you transform a horse into a group of unfamiliar shapes instead of the familiar ‘horse,’” said Lisa Layton, the children’s associate from Mentor Public Library who oversees Studio MPL. “This forces you to use the organizational part of your brain when drawing it, instead of your artistic side.”
Mira recreates a Pablo Picasso painting with markers during Studio MPL, an art club for kids at Mentor Library.
Studio MPL meets on the third Monday of most months. Each month, students work on different art challenges, as well as their own projects. However, it will be on hiatus during the summer and shall return in September.

In the meantime, kids can participate in Mentor Library’s summer reading program. This year, the theme for children is “Every Hero Has a Story.” The kickoff party is May 30 at MPL’s Main Branch.

Kids can win fun prizes—up to the grand prize of a $50 gift certificate from Toys ‘R Us—just for reading (or being read to) and coming to fun programs at Mentor Public Library.
Colin starts sketching his superhero for MPL's "Every Hero has a Story" summer reading program.
To see more photos from Studio MPL, visit Mentor Library's Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

One Night with Orson Welles at Great Lakes Malls Atlas Cinemas

Local Orson Welles expert, Chris Lambert, will introduce a free screening of "Touch of Evil" as Welles himself.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Orson Welles’s birth with a special, free screening of his noir classic “Touch of Evil” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at Great Lakes Mall Atlas Cinemas.

“Touch of Evil” tells the story of a Mexican Drug Enforcement Agent (played by Charlton Heston) and an American police captain (Welles) who investigate a car bomb. They must discover who committed the crime, as well as uncover who is planting the evidence that would frame an innocent man.

The screening will be hosted by Chris Lambert, a local Welles expert who will introduce the film while in character as the director.

Lambert has spent decades studying Welles and the last three years speaking as him. He has performed at places as diverse as bookstores, churches and even the Cleveland Museum of Art. He will talk about both Welles and the creation of “Touch of Evil” before the screening. His talk will begin at 6 p.m. with the film following at 7:30 p.m.

“‘Touch of Evil’ is special, I feel, because it is underrated,” Lambert said. “With repeated viewing, we see both how multilayered the film is how and how tortured Welles’s character, Captain Quinlain, is.”

The screening can serve both as a celebration and as an introduction to Welles, one of cinema’s most celebrated directors. Furthermore, one need not be an expert to appreciate Welles’s work, Lambert said.

“You do not need to be a cinephile to enjoy a Welles film,” he said, “but it helps to find all the interesting and minute details in his films, as he makes such complex films.”

This special screening is presented by Mentor Public Library and Atlas Cinemas and sponsored by the Mentor Community Arts Commission.

“Orson Welles was a pioneer in filmmaking whose approach to writing, acting and directing is studied and interpreted even today,” Atlas Cinemas Director of Operations Christopher Baxter said. “He was an artist. Making films wasn’t just a job. His passion came through as he was personally connected to the films that he made.”

Monday, May 18, 2015

Try Sensory Wine Tasting with MPL and Red Wine & Brew

Be honest. You wish you knew what tannins were or what people meant when they talked about "dry" wines. (How can a wine be dry? It's a liquid.)

You don't need to be a sommelier or anything. You just wish you knew enough about wine to learn about what you like, instead of always taking recommendations from people who sound as if they might know what they're talking about.

You can learn how to cultivate your own personal taste in wine with our Tasty Tuesday program. We're having a special Tasty Tuesday at 7 p.m. on May 26 at Red Wine & Brew, which is located at 9620 Old Johnnycake Road in Mentor.

Doniella Winchell from the Ohio Wine Producers Association will lead a discussion on how to taste the different elements in a glass of wine. The program is free if you RSVP by May 19, and you can do so on Mentor Library's website or by calling 440-255-8811 ext. 216.

The program is free, thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends of the Mentor Public Library.

So come join us, enjoy some wine, and learn what you like.

By the way, it might go without saying, but you need to be 21 or older to participate in this program.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Summer Reading is Super at Mentor Library

In 2014, more than 2,000 kids, teens and adults signed up for summer reading at Mentor Public Library.

This year, the library has something even more super in store.

Mentor Public Library will run a trio of summer reading programs this year and all three are focused on superheroics. The children’s program is Every Hero Has a Story; the teens’ is Unmask!; and adults’ is Escape the Ordinary.

People can start registering for Mentor Public Library’s summer reading on Saturday, May 30. There will also be a special kickoff party that day at Mentor Library’s Read House.

Kids can play superhero games with Skipper from the Lake County Captains and Chuck E. Cheese, as well as sign up for the library’s summer reading program.

Throughout the summer, Mentor Library will host fun programs on all types of super subjects for kids, teens and adults.

On Marvelous Mondays, kids can have fun with superhero crafts, games and experiments on the Read House lawn. On Thursday evenings, community heroes like nurses, police officers and firemen will join the library for special story times. The library will also be celebrating literary heroes like Junie B. Jones, Pete the Cat, Wimpy Kid and more.

Kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

Meanwhile, teens can compete in Clashing Controllers—the library’s video-game tournament for casual and hardcore gamers alike. It will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at the library’s Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

Teens can also enjoy special programs like the Top Chef Challenge where they will team up to create new ice cream flavors at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at the Main Branch. Then they can face off during the Hunger Games Water Wars at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at the Read House. (Bring a towel.)

Adults can get in on the fun too. Comics scholar Valentino Zullo will talk about the history of the Avengers at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at the Main Branch. Then, on Wednesday, July 29, the library will host a concert by folk duo Simple Gifts at the Read House.

Everyone who participates in the summer reading programs—either by reading books or attending library programs—has a chance to win prizes. Those prizes include gift cards from Toys ‘R’ Us and Lake County Captains tickets, as well as gift cards from other local businesses. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

For more information on Mentor Library’s summer reading program, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library's website.
Wonder Woman--secret identity: Olivia--is gearing up for summer reading at Mentor Public Library..

Friday, May 15, 2015

There's still time to enter MPL's 'Loving Life' photo contest

There's still five days left to enter Mentor Library's Loving Life photography contest!

Kids up to the age of 12 can submit a photo to show us how they're loving life! You can use any device—a phone, tablet, even a camera—to take your winning snapshot.

But each child can only submit one shot. So make sure the photo you submit is your best.

Between now and May 20, bring a printed copy of your photo (no bigger than 5” by 7”) to the children’s department of Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch or email it to

All of your contest entries will be displayed in the children’s department; and, from May 20 until the end of the month, everyone can vote on their favorites.

The top three vote-getters will win a prize.

We've already received some pretty adorable entries, but maybe you can top them. Only one way to find out...

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mardi Gras Masks & Friendship Bracelets: American Girl Book Club

Eva, Claire and Sabrina show off the Mardi Gras masks they made at Mentor Library.
We met twice the American Girls and made twice the crafts during our American Girl Book Club meeting last week!

Our club met Cecile and Marie-Grace and used their books to take a trip down to New Orleans. We then decorated Mardi Gras masks and made friendship bracelets.
Clara and Maddie string their friendship bracelets.
Our American Girl Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss a different American Girl book and make a new craft.

If you have a child who likes the American Girl books or dolls, then he or she can join the fun. They can even bring their dolls with them, if they like. (Of course, the dolls aren’t required.)

Our next meeting is 4 p.m. on June 3 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Kirsten.

You can register your child for the book club on our web site or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Addie draws rings of blue and purple around her Mardi Gras mask.
For more photos, check out Mentor Library’s Facebook page.