Friday, October 31, 2014

James Renner's Favorite Halloween Costume

Author and journalist James Renner visited Mentor Library earlier this month to discuss the fun, frightening and possibly fictional denizens of this state for his book, It Came from Ohio: True Tales of the Weird, Wild and Unexplained.

When we interviewed him about his book, he told us an awesome story about his favorite Halloween costume. At the time, we couldn't work the anecdote into our video, but we also didn't forget about it either.

So, as a special Halloween treat, we present Renner's favorite Halloween costume:

And remember, on Halloween, kids can wear their costumes and go trick-or-treating at any of the Mentor Public Library branches!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Can Your Fines food drive returns to Mentor Library

Dropping off donations from last year's Can Your Fines food drive.
The Can Your Fines food drive is returning to Mentor Public Library and, once again, library patrons can donate food in exchange for forgiveness of their fines.

The food drive will run all through November and people can donate at any of Mentor Public Library’s branches.

The donated food will go to local food pantries at St. Gabriel and St. John Vianney. The pantries will, in turn, give it to families in need.

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

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.

Last year, patrons donated 880 pounds of food during the Can Your Fines drive.

For more information, contact the Mentor Public Library at (440) 255-8811.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Get your Halloween costumes ready

Olivia just needs a cauldron to win Halloween bingo.
The countdown to Halloween continues!

On Saturday, kids had a scavenger hunt and played Halloween Bingo at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch during our Halloween Spooktacular.

But the most fun part was the costumes some of the kids wore.
Darin--pardon me, the Flash--reads a clue during the Halloween scavenger hunt.
What does the Fox say?
Luke searches the bookshelves of our Lake Branch for the next clue in our Halloween scavenger hunt.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Share Memories & Memorabilia from the Championship Browns Teams

When Kermit Pike and his wife, Joyce, married in the summer of 1964, they used $100 from their wedding gifts to buy season tickets for the Cleveland Browns.

That year, they watched Gary Collins and Jim Brown—still Pike’s favorite player—lead the Browns to the league championship. They shut out the Baltimore Colts 27-0 in front of more than 79,000 fans.

The Pikes kept their ticket stubs from that game; and, ever since, Kermit Pike has collected memorabilia—including tickets, programs, posters, trading cards, autographs and more—from that championship team.

Pike will bring some of his collection on Monday, Nov. 3, to Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch for a special program. He’ll be joined by Don Gries, whose grandfather is a former minority of the Browns.

Both Gries and Pike will share their Browns memorabilia and stories, and they hope others will come to the library to share their memorabilia and memories, as well.

“Everybody’s invited to bring their own collectibles too,” Pike said. “I’m looking forward to reminiscing with other fans.”

More of Pike’s collectibles are on display as part of the new exhibit, 1964: When Browns Town Was Title Town at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland. The exhibit includes:
  • Jim Brown’s contract with the Cleveland Browns, signed Oct. 31, 1964
  • Offensive and defensive playbooks from the 1964 and 1965 seasons
  • Trading cards featuring “Jimmy” Brown
  • Never-before exhibited photos and video from the championship season
  • Game-worn jerseys, autographed helmets and more.
The exhibit runs through February 2015.

The program at Mentor Library is free and open to everyone. People can register by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 215 or on the library’s website.

The WRHS exhibit is included with the history center’s admission price—ten dollars for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children. More information is available on WRHS’s website.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

10 Favorite Places to Read Outdoors

The Read House, which is next door to Mentor Library's Main Branch, is a cozy place for an outdoor read.

I love autumn. Summer can get too hot; winter, too cold; and everything makes me sneeze in the spring.

But autumn’s just about perfect. And one of my favorite things to do in the fall is read outside.

I grab a good book, which is easy to do because I work in a library. Then I find somewhere cozy to read, preferably with some fall foliage.

I’m in my glory with a good book and a cozy nook to read in. Fortunately, we’re blessed with a plethora of beautiful locations around Lake County.

In no particular order, my ten favorite places to read outside in Lake County are:
  1. Wildwood Cultural Center & Park. I love to sit on one of the benches right outside of the Tudor home and enjoy the architecture and arboreal atmosphere.
  2. Squire’s Castle. The perfect place for a medieval tale.
  3. Mentor Beach Park. Headlands Beach State Park is beautiful too—anywhere along the lake, really—but Mentor Beach Park in Mentor-on-the-Lake is a personal favorite because it’s quiet and cozy.
  4. Holden Arboretum. There are a lot of picturesque places around the arboretum. My favorite—the lantern court gardens.
  5. Veterans Park. There is more than one Veterans Park in Lake County. I’m talking about the one in Mentor, though I have a soft spot for the Painesville park too. I like to sit at the edge of the dock and dangle my feet over Granger Pond as I read.
  6. Mentor Marsh/Mentor Lagoons. Two different, but adjacent nature preserves. Both are tranquil, lovely and perfect for Saturday afternoon reading.
  7. Wes Point Park. In the middle of busy downtown Willoughby, you have this pretty slice of verdure. Visit when they have the farmers markets and grab something to eat between chapters.
  8. Eleanor Garfield Park. I like to sit on the bridge that crosses the pond and listen to the ducks while I read.
  9. James A. Garfield National Historic Site. The president was an avid reader with more than 3,000 books in his library, so it makes sense that his Lake County home is such a cozy place to read. There are cozy, secluded picnic tables sprinkled around the park, but I like the bench behind the visitor’s center.
  10. Mentor Public Library’s Read House. During my lunch breaks, I enjoy going next door, sitting on Roberts Round Stage and appreciating a quiet corner of the city that’s right off Mentor Avenue.
By the way, Mentor Public Library has Little Free Libraries at parks all around town in case you forget to bring a book with you.

And if you need a reading recommendation? Well, we’re good for that too.

Where’s your favorite place to read outdoors in Lake County?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Making Slime at Halloween Time

As you've probably noticed. We love Halloween at Mentor Public Library.

No, seriously, we really, really love Halloween.

So we're starting the party early.

On Tuesday, we made slime, played spooky games and crafted a ghost that kids could use as a Halloween decoration.
Andrew makes a beard with his slime.
Even the snack was spooky.
Colin makes himself a mummy during one of our games.
Alyssa tests the slime to make sure it's good and sticky.
Alexandria finds something else to snack on.

And the party's not over!

On Halloween, kids can wear their costumes and go trick-or-treating at the library!

For more photos from our spooky story time, visit our Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Do you want to be on the Mentor Library Board of Trustees?

The Mentor Board of Education is seeking applicants for a vacancy on the Mentor Library Board of Trustees due to a retirement. Library board trustees are appointed to terms for seven years, with this particular term scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2015 and end Dec. 31, 2021.

In Ohio, local boards of education have appointing authority for public library trustees.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest to the board including the following information:
  • Place of residence
  • Length of time residing at current address
  • Reason for interest in serving on the library board
  • Community involvement and service experience
  • Names and contact information for up to three individuals who may serve as references
The deadline for applications is Nov. 14, 2014. Applications will be reviewed by two school board members, two library trustees, the superintendent and chief financial officer of Mentor Public Schools.

This committee will recommend one individual to the board of education for appointment. The board will appoint a trustee no later than Dec. 31, 2014.

Applications should be sent to the Mentor Board of Education, attn. Daniel L. Wilson, 6451 Center Street, Mentor, Ohio 44060.

More information is available on the district’s website or can be obtained by calling the Chief Financial Officer’s Office at (440) 974-5230.