Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Shirley Temple, America's Sweetheart

As part of National Library Week, we're kicking off Throwback Thursday—our celebration of films, TV shows, music and stars we love from yesteryear.

And who else can we feature for our inaugural edition but America's Sweetheart?

Shirley Temple Black requires no introduction so we'll keep this short. She is on the short list for the most famous child star of all time. (The entire list: Shirley Temple and Michael Jackson.)

Her acting career was a comet. She was the most famous actress in the world before she hit puberty and functionally retired by the age of 22.

To her credit, she avoided many of the pitfalls that snare the obscenely famous once they become slightly less famous. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, as well as the first female U.S. Chief of Protocol.

She survived breast cancer and was one of the first prominent women to speak about the disease publicly. She died this year at 85 and was survived by her three children, one granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

Whether you're already a huge Shirley fan or don't know where to begin with her classic filmography, the Mentor Library can help you find what we're looking for.

We have most of her films on DVD from her classics like Curly Top, Heidi and Bright Eyes to her less known films like Young People.

If you'd rather stream a movie onto your computer, phone or tablet than watch a DVD, you can use your library card to stream Shirley's The Little Princess, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer and The Story of Seabiscuit via Hoopla. (You remember how to use Hoopla, right?)

Maybe you just want to listen to Shirley's music. Who doesn't want to hear "Animal Crackers in my Soup" or "On the Good Ship Lollipop" sometimes?

Well, you can use your library card to download mp3s of those and more of her greatest hits for free from Freegal. You never have to return them either. Those songs are yours to keep and use however you want for the rest of your life. (In case you don't know how to use Freegal...)

And we have all sorts of books about Shirley too. This is, after all, a library. We have biographies, pictorial histories, children's books about her and more.

So if you want to revisit the codfish ball or the good ship Lollipop, stop by the Mentor Public Library; because a classic like Shirely Temple never goes out of style.

Come back each week for a new Throwback Thursday profile.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tips for Planning a Trip Online

Treat yourself.
MPL Reference Librarian Mary Pelton had a program earlier this week that offered tips for those who are planning a trip online.

In addition to compiling several helpful links, she also had a few suggestions.

For example, the more flexible you are on time and destination, the better your chances of finding a great deal.

Consequently, you should search for dates up to three days before and after your ideal travel dates, within a selected month, or on upcoming weekends.

Also, fares from smaller airlines—Southwest, Allegiant, etc.—may not appear on bigger search sites such as Kayak and Bing.

Without further preamble, here is Mary's helpful compilation of links:

All-in-One Travel


Transportation and Accommodations
· (Overseas flights)
Buses & Cars
· (for groups)
· (luxury hotels)
· (boutique hotels)
· (bed & breakfasts)
· (Britain)
·  (passes)
·  (tickets)
· (train & ferry)

·  (cruise lines)

Travel Guides and Commentaries 
Travel Guides
Special Interests
·  (outdoor/adventure travel)
·  (outdoor/adventure travel)
Travel Personalities
Tourism Offices

Government Websites  
· (Center for Disease Control)
· (Customs & Border Protection)
· (Federal Trade Commission)
· (National Park Service)
· (Travel Services Administration)
·  (State Department)

Travel Tools
Theater and Show Tickets
Miscellaneous Tools
· (packing tips)
· (foreign currency)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Your Mentor Public Library Card can now do more than ever…

You likely already know that you can check out books, movies, music and video games with your Mentor Public Library CORE Card. After all, that’s what most library cards do. You might even be aware of all the different digital services to which your card gives you access.

But we at Mentor Public Library wanted to do more. Yes, we want you to check out books and movies. We want you to use your card to stream indie films and download music you love, but we also want you to use your library card to check out your community around you.

After all, we’re fortunate to live in a wonderful community. But even the most plugged in person might not know everything about Mentor or Lake County.

For example, did you know there’s a business in Mentor that can teach you to be a pilot? Did you know there’s an art gallery that attracts world-class artists to Center Street?

You probably know about Lakeland Community College. You might have even taken classes there but are not be aware of all the concerts, exhibitions and shows it hosts.

You probably aren’t aware of all the different wonderful ways this community helps us stay in shape:fitness clubs, karate dojos, dance studios, yoga and more.

Our community is a lot like a well-stocked bookshelf or movie collection. You don’t know everything in it; but, if you start looking, there’s a good chance you’ll find something that you love.

That’s why we’re launching our CORE Card partnership, which begins April 13 in conjunction with National Library Week.

So how does the CORE Card help you check out your community? (By the way, the CORE Card is just another name for you Mentor Public Library card. You don’t have to get another card if you already have one.)

We’ve partnered with 12 businesses and nonprofits (with more to come) to offer MPL cardholders a discount as a way to encourage our patrons to check out their organizations. In other words, you get a discount at all these awesome places—just for having a library card!

Furthermore, all of our inaugural 12 partners in the CORE Card reinforce the library’s goals of stimulating the imagination and encouraging lifelong learning.

So check them out. Your CORE Card discount might be the incentive you need to first visit them, but you’ll stick around for all the awesome things they do.

Without further ado, our CORE Card partners are:
  • Lakeland Community College. MPL cardholders will now pay the student rate for all of its civic performances. 
  • Lake County YMCA. Cardholders get a 1-time, 1-day free family guest pass at any branch. Additionally, if the family signs up for a membership that day, they get a 20 percent discount on their sign-up fee.
  • Lake Humane Society. Cardholders receive 25 percent off any item in the pet shop. 
  • Mentor Heisley Racquetball and Fitness Club. MPL cardholders get a 1-day free guest pass. 
  • City of Mentor Parks and Recreation, who is offering different seasonal discounts. In April, cardholders can purchase 2014 pool passes at 2010 rates. In May, June and July, MPL cardholders get $1 off nine holes and $2 off 18 holes of golf at Black Brook Golf Course
  • Gallery One Art Gallery. MPL cardholders get $25 off any purchase of more than $100 of either fine art or custom framing. 
  • Vector Aviation. Cardholders receive a 10-percent discount on their first flight lesson. (That doesn’t include discovery flights.) 
  • Karate Institute. MPL cardholders get their first class free. 
  • Family Karate. MPL cardholders get their first class free.
  • Awaken Yoga. MPL cardholders who buy a 5-class package get a sixth class for free. 
  • Spotlight Dance Studio. MPL cardholders get their first class free.
  • Mentor Skateland. Cardholders receive a discount to skate during afternoon sessions and will only pay $3 for admission instead of $4.50. 
This is just the beginning. We hope to add more partners in the near future and to give you more ways to check out your community.

If your business or organization is interested in participating in the CORE Card program, call the Mentor Public Library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 213.

Thanks to all of our partners who made this exciting program possible. You make Lake County a better place to work, live and learn.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The 25 Biggest Money Mistakes People Make

We kicked off Money Smart Week with a visit from Gregory Berlin from the Society for Financial Awareness Tuesday.
Berlin listed the 25 biggest mistakes people make with their money.

Without further ado, they are:

25 Biggest Mistakes

  1. Procrastinating to avoid financial decisions.
  2. Having financial goals that are too general, undefined or unrealistic.
  3. Not having a financial plan or having one that obviously won't work (which is the same as not having a plan.)
  4. Ignoring the effect of taxes on your financial plan.
  5. Going uninsured against death, disability and liability.
  6. Ignoring the cost of living inflation in your plans.
  7. Having your long-term financial plans depend too heavily on the current fad. Right now, that would be tech stocks.
  8. Making decisions based upon fear, greed or other emotions.
  9. Doing all your financial planning yourself to save a few dollars.
  10. Being too conservative or, conversely, too aggressive.
  11. Not understanding the concept of asset allocation.
  12. Concentrating your investments instead of diversifying.
  13. Putting all of your money into hot companies. (This mistake is akin to #7. That's not investing; that's speculating.)
  14. Being overly influenced by your friends and family.
  15. Placing market-timing bets. (Once again, that's speculating, which is high risk.)
  16. Failing to take profits or cut losses.
  17. Having too much idle assets. (To phrase this differently, this is the rare situation of having too much cash on hand. You're always going to need some liquidity, but burying all your bills in the backyard prevents your money from making money.)
  18. Assuming things will just work themselves out.
  19. Demanding immediate results and satisfaction.
  20. Wanting everything guaranteed.
  21. Lacking discipline in regard to spending, savings or investment.
  22. Overrating anyone's expertise. No person, firm or magazine can guarantee where any market or security is going and when.
  23. Not understand the many problems with money.
  24. Overly relying on uncertain future income like expected inheritances, promotions, winning the lottery etc.
  25. Wanting something for nothing.
Money Smart Week continues through Saturday, upcoming programs at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch include:
  • Make Cents: Understanding the Long-Term Financial Commitments brings experts from three different banks to the library’s Main Branch. They will demystify common banking topics for the layperson. This Q & A panel session is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on April 10.
  • Solving the Retirement Income Puzzle, where people can learn how to manage their retirement income and avoid running out of money. This talk will be from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 11.
  • Show Me the Money, a special program for kids from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Children will learn about currency and make their own piggy bank.
  • Duct Tape Wallet, in which teens can get creative while making their own wallets out of duct tape. The program is from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 12.
For more information on Money Smart Week at Mentor Public Library, visit or call (440) 255-8811 ext. 215.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Remembering the first Cleveland Indians team to win a World Series

It's been awhile since the Indians and the city of Cleveland celebrated a World Series win—since 1948, to be exact.

But this isn't another sad song about Rocky Colavito or Jose Mesa. This is about remembering a time—the first time, specifically—when the Indians were the undisputed best in baseball.

Author Scott Longert came to the Mentor Library earlier this week to talk about The Best They Could Be, his book that tells the story of the World Series-winning 1920 Cleveland Indians.

Longert is a devoted fan of the Indians and baseball, in general. He learned to read from box scores and  even wrote a biography on Indians pitcher Addie Joss.

(If Longert looks familiar, you may recognize him as one of the park rangers at James A. Garfield National Historic Site.)

We interviewed Longert before his talk.
If you're a Tribe fan and/or a local history buff, you'll probably love The Best They Could Be. It's available online and at book stores all around Cleveland.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mentor Library, Lake Health team to help new parents and create new readers

Nichole Luzar shows a board book to her newborn, Lylah Kitchen. Mentor Public Library and Lake Health have partnered for the Born to Read program, which provides a free board book, bib and feeding spoon to new parents.
A life of learning and literacy doesn’t begin when a child (or adult) starts reading. It begins when someone reads to the child.

Creating young readers has long been one of Mentor Public Library’s goals. Now it has teamed with Lake Health for a new program called Born to Read that encourages early literacy.

“The Born to Read partnership is an opportunity to congratulate new parents and introduce our early-literary services for a new generation of readers,” said Lynn Hawkins, MPL’s executive director.

With Born to Read, the parents of every infant born at Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center will receive a bookmark.

They can take that bookmark to the Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch and receive a free Born to Read bag with a bib, feeder and board book for the newborn child.

“Reading creates a special bonding experience that parents can start even when the child is an infant. It helps build a language rich environment that enhances the child’s speech and development,” said Lake Health pediatrician, Dr. Laura Cifra-Bean.

“Early literacy is important to Mentor Public Library,” Hawkins added. “As one of our strategic-plan service responses, we want make sure kids start reading early and keep learning their entire lives.”

The board books are from Scholastic’s Baby Faces series, specifically because newborns until their fourth month are especially attracted to faces and images of faces.

The Born to Read program would not be possible without the support of generous donors, Hawkins said. Lake Health donated the feeders, and Friends of the Mentor Public Library and other anonymous donors paid for the bags, books and bibs.

The library encourages early literacy other ways, also. It hosts story times for children of all ages, including toddlers, preschoolers and whole families.

For more information, call the Mentor Public Library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 213.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Get (your documents) shredded at Mentor Public Library

Have sensitive documents like tax forms or medical records that you want to get rid of?

Bring them to the library.

Mentor Public Library is partnering with Xpress Shredding for its fourth annual Shred Day in which you can have your documents shredded for free.

Shred Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the library’s auxiliary parking lot on the corner of Mentor Avenue and Sharonlee Drive.

The service is free and open to everyone. You can drop off as many five document-storage boxes or bags of paper.

And you don't have to worry about your sensitive documents being stolen instead of shredded. Everything will be loaded into locked bins on a secure truck, which will be attended at all times by Xpress Shredding staff. Then the truck will be taken to the company’s secure shredding facility.

The documents will then be shredded and the shredded paper recycled.

Shred Day will be held rain or shine (or, the way this spring is going, snow.) Xpress staff will even help patrons remove their boxes or bags from their cars for them.

Additionally, any library patron who participates in Shred Day will also receive a coupon from Xpress for an additional box of paper to be shredded when it’s dropped off at Xpress’s facility on Tyler Boulevard.