Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How do you use your Mentor Public Library card?

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. If you don't have a card yet, we want to help you get one.

If you have a card, we'd love to know how you use it.

Because a library card gives you access to a lot: books, movies, music, magazines, eBooks, online courses, language tutorials, databases and more—all for free.

So do you use your card to check out books and movies, watch Hoopla on the go, download music on Freegal, practice Spanish, read books on your Kindle or iPad, improve your photography skills?

All month we'll be chatting with library patrons about how they use their cards.

First, Giselle and Colin talked about the value of reading for fun (especially when you're young.)

How do you use your MPL card? If you want to tell us your story, email jason.lea@mentorpl.org.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Jane Still Reigns during Austen in Autumn at Mentor Library

Her novels still influence movies, television, books and, most importantly, people’s lives; so—nearly 200 years after she wrote her last story—Mentor Public Library is welcoming everyone to meet Jane Austen this autumn.

The library is hosting a series of programs dedicated to Austen this September and October. Called Austen in Autumn, the event is designed to appeal to both dedicated Janeites and those who may not yet be familiar with the writer’s work and influence.

“What makes Austen different than almost any other writer is her continued impact,” said Amanda Densmore, the manager of MPL’s Reference Department. “Most people recognize Austen’s influence in Ang Lee’s Sense & Sensibility or BBC’s Pride & Prejudice or even that the movie Clueless is a remake of her novel, Emma. But when you read a Bridget Jones book or watch Friends, Austen’s influence is there too. If Austen didn’t invent the romantic-comedy genre, she’s still one of its greatest practitioners.”
Pick up a copy of Jane Austen's Persuasion of any of Mentor Library's branches.
During Austen in Autumn, the library will give away free copies of Austen’s posthumously published masterpiece Persuasion at all of its branches, as well as other locations throughout the city. These books need not be returned and are yours to keep forever.

Adults can also pick up a copy of Persuasion during MPL’s Austen in Autumn Kickoff Party on Thursday evening, Sept. 17, at Little Mountain Brewing Company. Little Mountain is even releasing a special beer for the event, Austentatious IPA.

The library will also host a series of book talks about Persuasion at its branches, as well as at Wildwood Cultural Center, Local Tavern and Redhawk Grill.

Additionally, Mentor Library has teamed with the Great Lakes Mall Atlas Cinemas in Mentor for free screenings of four films that all used Austen’s work as inspiration. Each of the screenings will begin at 7 p.m. on their respective Thursday and are open to everyone.

The films include Persuasion on Sept. 24, Clueless on Oct. 1, Sense and Sensibility on Oct. 8 and Bride and Prejudice on Oct. 15. The screenings are free because of a grant from the Mentor Arts Commission.
The Jane Austen film series will also provide an opportunity for local filmmakers to demonstrate their craft. The library is holding a short-film contest along with Austen in Autumn. Anyone can submit a short film (no longer than five minutes) that has been influenced by Austen’s work. The winners of the contest will receive fun Austen-themed prizes, but all contestants can see their work on the big screen during the free screenings.

Meanwhile, Mentor Library will host several programs that illumine both Austen and the times in which she lived. Debra Jane Miller will perform as Austen on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the library. She'll talk about Austen's life and work as the writer herself saw it.
Elizabeth and Jane Bennet (Katie Malish and Isabella Mastrey) spend some quiet time in Pride and Prejudice at Geauga Lyric Theater.
The Geauga Lyric Theater will have a special reprise of its rendition of Pride & Prejudice as part of Austen in Autumn. They will perform vignettes from the play in the library's Main Branch on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

There will be classes on silhouette art, candle making, and world history during Austen’s life; we're even hosting a special tea on Tuesday, Sept. 29—all of which will be free and open to the public.

That includes a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies party for teens on Oct. 12. Teens can practice their skulking and celebrate Halloween a little early when they party like the undead.

For more information on Austen in Autumn, visit www.mentorpl.org/austen.
Zombies are invading Mentor Library as part of Austen in Autumn.
Finally, Mentor Public Library would like to thank the generous financial support of The Friends of the Mentor Public Library, Mentor Community Arts Commission, Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Humanities Council for making Austen in Autumn possible, as well as the following organizations for providing time and resources to make Austen in Autumn the best it can be: Atlas Cinema; the City of Mentor; Cleveland Candle Company; Geauga County Ohio Bee Keepers; Geauga Lyric Theater Guild; Jakprints; Little Mountain Brewing Company; Local Tavern; Redhawk Grill; Sisters Tea Room; and Ten 10 Design.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fun at CityFest

Paulina and her father share a story while at CityFest.
We had a lot of fun at our Pop-Up Library during CityFest this weekend, giving away nearly 2,000 books.

And we wanted to share some of that fun with you.
Elizabeth's new book makes her smile.
A Christmas book in August? Sure, why not?
Spencer and Ryan enjoy an impromptu story time at CityFest.
You can find more pictures from our Pop-Up on our Facebook page. You can see our photos from the CityFest parade on our Facebook page too. (We're vikings. It's pretty awesome.)

Finally, we have more Pop-Up Libraries coming up in September.

You can find us on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 3, during the jazz concert at Wildwood Cultural Center.

Feel free to pick up a book or two from our Pop-Up during the Women's Health and Financial Wellness program from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at Noah's Event Venue.

We'll also be at Little Mountain Brewing Company on Sept. 17 for our Austen in Autumn Kickoff Party, along with our special tribute to Jane Austen—Austentatious IPA.

Check our event calendar for more Pop-Up Libraries.
Our mighty viking crew from the CityFest parade.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Come see MPL's Pop-Up Library at CityFest

Have you spotted our Pop-Up Library around town yet?

If not, you can check it out this Friday and Saturday during CityFest.

It's stocked with hundreds of free books for kids, teens and adult. Feel free to take one (or a few) for you and your family.

The books are free to keep forever. You don’t need a library card or to return them to one of our branches. (If you like, you can drop the book off in one of our Little Free Libraries when you’re finished.)

You may wonder where the books in our Pop-Up come from. Most of them are donated to the library, so we make it our mission to find them a new home where they'll be enjoyed.

So stop by during CityFest and pick something up. It might just be your new favorite book.

You can show us what you found by sharing your new book on our Facebook page or tagging us on Twitter or Instagram.

If you aren't coming to CityFest—fie!—you can also catch the Pop-Up Library on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 3, during the jazz concert at Wildwood Cultural Center.

Check our event calendar for more Pop-Up Libraries. We could be coming to your neighborhood soon!
You never know what you'll find in our Pop-Up Library.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Local filmmakers can compete in Austen-influenced film contest

It may be nearly 200 years since Jane Austen wrote anything, but her stories still resonate today.

That's why we're celebrating Austen in Autumn this September and October at Mentor Public Library.

That’s also why you can transport Emma to Beverly Hills like in Clueless or Elizabeth Bennet to Bollywood for Bride & Prejudice or to modern times with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and it still works.

That’s why we’re challenging local artists to see what they can make of Austen. Use her characters, her stories, whatever you want from her, and use them to make something of your own and do it in a medium that Austen never knew—video.

Teens and adults can work individually or as a group to make short video (no longer than five minutes.) Videos will be judged on creativity, execution and how they incorporate Austen. The best films will win prizes.

All participants will be eligible to see their short film on the big screen during the Austen in Autumn Film Festival on Thursdays, from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15 at Great Lakes Mall Atlas Cinemas.

Starting on Sept. 24, Mentor Library will screen four films that all used Austen’s work as inspiration at Great Lakes Mall Atlas Cinemas. Each of the screenings will begin at 7 p.m. on their respective Thursday and are open to everyone.

The films include Persuasion on Sept. 24, Clueless on Oct. 1, Sense and Sensibility on Oct. 8 and Bride and Prejudice on Oct. 15. The screenings are free because of a grant from the Mentor Arts Commission.

The deadline for entries in the short-film contest is Sept. 16.

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

Monday, August 24, 2015

Learn about Monarch butterflies at MPL's Headlands Branch

Learn how our habitat helps the Monarch butterfly during its migration.
The Monarch butterfly is both beautiful and hard traveling.

It migrates thousands of miles from Canada to Mexico, passing through our humble neck of the woods each year.

Rebecca Donaldson, the naturalist from the Mentor Marsh, will talk about how valuable our habitat is to the migrating Monarchs on Saturday, Aug. 29, at our Headlands Branch. She'll also discuss the butterfly's life cycle, which takes it all over North America.

Donaldson is one of our favorite guests at Mentor Library. She's talked about the bald eagles and other denizens of Mentor Marsh at our Headlands Branch before.

You can register for her free upcoming talk on Mentor Library's website.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Learn how to can, pickle & preserve your harvest at Mentor Library

So you planted a beautiful garden. Maybe you even used seeds from our free seed library.

Now you've got tons of tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet peppers; and you even managed to protect your lettuce from the deer.

What do you do? You can't possibly eat it all before it spoils.

How do you make the most of your bounty?

Well, actually, you have a bunch of options—canning, pickling, freezing, drying. If you know what you're doing, you can have fruit and vegetables all winter.

But what if you've never canned or pickled something before?

It's OK. We brought in an expert for you. Trained Master Food Preserver Judi Strauss will show you how to keep your fruits, vegetables and sauces fresh. Strauss runs The Charmed Kitchen and has shared her expertise on New Day Cleveland. She can help you too.

Strauss will lead a free program on preserving your harvest at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 27, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Her talk is open to everyone but registration is requested. You can sign up on Mentor Library's website or by calling 440-255-8811 ext. 241.

Speaking of the MPL's seed library, it's still stocked with herbs that people can grow on their windowsill and kitchen counter.

After all, the outdoor growing season may have tapered for the year, but herbs don't need a garden plot to grow.

Anyone with a MPL card in good standing can check out seeds from the library for their own garden. The library’s collection includes more than 100 varieties of seed, including herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruit.

People can check out as many as 15 types of seed per year.

So check out our seed library and see how your garden grows.