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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A special thanks to two special volunteers

We can never thank our volunteers enough but that doesn't excuse us from trying.

Very soon, we will be saying goodbye to a pair of wonderful volunteers and good friends, and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank them.

Hayley (one of our Paws to Read dogs,) along with her owner Carol, are retiring.

They volunteered at their final Paws to Read session Wednesday.

We can think of no better way to thank Carol and Hayley than with a gallery of some of the children they've helped over the years—just by listening.

Thank you, Carol! Thank you, Hayley! And dogspeed!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Getting ready for Halloween

Lauren decorates her customized Trick-or-Treat bag at our Lake Branch.
Kids had the day off school on Friday for NEOEA Day, so we held programs to get them in the Halloween spirit at all three of our branches.

At our Main Branch, Mr. Zap performed a magic show for more than 100 kids and parents.
Mr. Zap plays to a packed house
At our Mentor Headlands Branch, kids crafted spiders while sipping on cider.
Lucius wants to make the scariest spider of all.
Then, at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch, kids made customized trick-or-treat bags.
Olivia gets a little help decorating from her aunt.
And the Halloween fun has just started! On Tuesday, Oct. 21, kids can make a spooky ghost and play some haunted games at our Main Branch. (There are still a few spots open if you want to register your children.) Then, on Saturday, Oct. 25, we're hosting a Halloween Spooktacular at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch with ghost stories and a scavenger hunt.

Finally, on Friday, Oct. 31, kids can wear their costumes and go trick-or-treating at the library!

You don't have to wear your costume to our Halloween programs, but it does make it more fun.
We take Halloween very seriously at Mentor Library.
For more photos from our Halloween programs, visit Mentor Library's Facebook page.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Four fun facts about magic, folklore and herbs

The Herb Society of America talked about where folklore, magic and herbalism meet.

Karen Kennedy of the Herb Society of America visited our Main Branch on Wednesday to talk about where folklore, magic and herbalism intersect.

Here are four fun facts from her talk:

1. Basil is said to be a protective herb. Hence the saying, "Where basil grows no evil goes."

Other protection herbs: chive, lavender (especially for children and homes) and garlic.

2. Chive has the longest recorded herb history, dating back 5,000 years. Etchings of it have been found on ancient Egyptian monuments.

3. It was said that when the devil walked out of the Garden of Eden after the fall of man, garlic bloomed wherever his left foot landed. (And I thought it was a protective herb...)

4. The yarrow plant's Latin name, Achillea Millefolium, comes from the Greek hero (or villain, if you're a Trojan,) Achilles.

The plant was said to grow from his rusty spear shavings. It has a history of being used on the battlefield to stop bleeding.

The Herb Society has spoken at the library before. Last year, Karen talked about the best practices for preserving herbs.

The society has chapters all across the country, and it's based in Kirtland. It's a great resource for both seasoned and neophyte green thumbs.

Karen Kennedy talks about botanical folklore.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Why James Renner investigates monsters and myths

Author and journalist James Renner spent years collecting stories about the weird and wonderful denizens of this state for his book, It Came from Ohio: True Tales of the Weird, Wild and Unexplained.

On Monday, he visited Mentor Public Library and discussed the Loveland Frog, Lake Erie Monster, the Melonheads of Kirtland and other myths and monsters from the Buckeye state.

He also talked about how we went from writing true crime stories to investigating tales of moth men.

If you want, you can check out It Came from Ohio, as well as Renner's true-crime stories or his mystery novel, from Mentor Library.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kids meet the animals of Mentor Marsh

Cheyenne touches the soft fur of an opossum.

The pelts of an opossum, skunk, beaver, raccoon, rabbit, gray fox, and two red foxes—both a summer and thicker winter coat—covered the floor of the Mentor Headlands Library Branch on Saturday afternoon.

The kids sat in a semicircle around them and took turns looking at the beak of a great horned owl and a pair of turkey feathers.

None of them realized just how much wildlife lived so nearby.
Zach looks at the different types of feathers that grow on a turkey.
Naturalist Becky Donaldson from the Mentor Marsh visited the library to tell the kids about the unique habitat that's just a few miles from their home.

The marsh is unlike any other park in the region. More than 200 kinds of birds (including a pair of bald eagles) nest in its mixed oak swamp some time during the year.

During a walk, you can see staghorn sumac and Northern shovelers, rose hips and heron, gadwalls and wild raspberry.

And it's free to visit and open from dawn to dusk every day. Its nature center is also open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Raven and Lucius check out the pelt of a red fox. In the winter, the fox's fur grows thicker.
The marsh also offers hikes from 2 to 3:30 p.m. each Sunday.

On Oct. 19, a naturalist will lead a fall foliage hike through the marsh. On Oct. 26, there will be a spooky scavenger hunt that busts some common myths about local wildlife. Then, on Nov. 2, nature lovers can learn about white-tailed deer and even practice their tracking skills by looking for signs of deer along the marsh's trails.

You can register for any of these hikes by calling the Mentor Marsh Nature Center at 440-257-0777 or by emailing
Naturalist Becky Donaldson explains that while opossum do have prehensile tails, they don't hang upside down to sleep.
Becky Donaldson will return to our Headlands Branch in April to talk about bald eagles. It's a little too soon to register for the program but never too soon to get excited.

You can visit our Facebook page for more fun photos from library programs. You can also check out Mentor Marsh's Facebook page for some beautiful snapshots, if you'd like

Monday, October 13, 2014

Renew your books up to 10 times at Mentor Library

We know you meant to read that book awhile ago, but life gets busy. Sometimes, two weeks just isn't long enough.

We at Mentor Public Library understand and want you to share as much time as you need with the books you love.

Until recently, you could renew a MPL book up to four times—as long as no one else had it on hold—for a total of eight weeks.

Anybody with a lawn to mow or dishes to wash or children to care for knows how quickly eight weeks can evaporate.

So we've changed our policy so you can now renew your books up to 10 times. That means you have up to 20 weeks with a book, as long as no one else puts it on hold.

Patrons will still have to renew their books manually—either by calling, via our website or at one of the our branches.

The change in MPL’s renewal policy is specifically for books—movies and CDs can still be renewed four times.