10 Favorite Places to Read Outdoors

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

The Read House, which is next door to the 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.

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?

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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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!

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Getting ready for Halloween

Lauren decorates her customized Trick or Treat bag at our Lake Branch.

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.

And the house was packed.

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.

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.

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.

We take Halloween very seriously at Mentor Library.

For more photos from our Halloween programs, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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