Fill your book shelves for only $5

Find your new favorite book for cheap during the next book sale at our Read House.

Find your new favorite book for cheap during the next book sale at our Read House.

The Friends of Mentor Public Library will hold a $5 bag sale at our Read House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27.

That means you can buy as many books as you can fit in a bag—picture books, chapter books, fiction, nonfiction, whatever you want—for just five dollars.

Best of all, the money from these book sales go to support library programs and services, including:

So visit the Read House, buy some cool books (for really cheap,) and help support the library.

And if you’d rather not spend money on books, that’s fine. I know this cool place where you can borrow as many books as you want for free.

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Get ready for the big eclipse

Learn about the geometry and lunar theory behind solar eclipses during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about the geometry and lunar theory behind solar eclipses during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Sky watchers can learn about solar eclipses during a special program at noon this Saturday, Aug. 19, at our Main Branch.

George Trimble of the Eastlake School of Amateur Astronomy will discuss the geometry and lunar theory of the Great American Eclipse, which will be visible across the continental United States on Monday, Aug. 21.

(Unfortunately, we won’t have a total solar eclipse in Ohio. We’ll have to wait until 2024 for that.)

Ironically, it’s our moon that causes solar eclipses.

You can learn how the complicated lunar orbit creates eclipses and how ancient astronomers would predict them.

Then you can learn how to use modern tools like Microsoft Excel to expediently predict lunar cycles and solar eclipses.

Trimble’s talk is free and open to all. No registration necessary.

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Learn from anywhere with Gale courses

Use Gale Courses and your Mentor Public Library card to learn useful skills for free.

Use Gale Courses and your Mentor Public Library card to learn useful skills for free.

You’re never too old, too young, or too anything to learn something new.

And we can help.

Your Mentor Public Library card gives you access to hundreds of online classes through Gale Courses. They offer courses on everything from music to technology to accounting, many of which are taught by college professors. And they’re all free with your library card.

Want to learn how to use Excel? Or write grants? Or become a better photographer?

You can get started. Now. For free.

Browse the available courses. All you need is a library card and an email address to get started.

If you don’t know where to begin, we’ve curated some popular Gale Courses for both career hunters and nascent writers:

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American Girl Book Club meets Samantha

Our American Girl Book Club decorates handmade Christmas ornaments.

Our American Girl Book Club decorates handmade Christmas ornaments.

Our American Girl Book Club traveled to the early 1900s and met a curious orphan named Samantha.

On the first Wednesday of each month, our club gets together to discuss a different American Girl book. Then we make a craft that ties into the book, character or era.

For example, this month we decorated handmade Christmas ornaments like Samantha did.

If you have a child who likes the American Girl books or dolls, then she can join the fun. They can even bring their dolls with them, if they like. (Of course, the dolls aren’t required.)

Our next meeting is 4 p.m. on Sept. 6 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Rebecca and Kit.

You can register your child for the book club on our website or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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Celebrating a stupendous summer with a prehistoric guest

Roxie the Dinosaur gives one of our Super Readers a hug during our Summer Reading Finale Party.

Roxie the Dinosaur gives one of our Super Readers a hug during our Summer Reading Finale Party.

We celebrated the conclusion of our biggest Summer Reading program ever by inviting a dinosaur to the Read House.

About 300 kids and adults came to our Summer Reading Finale Party and met, touched, and learned about Roxie the Dinosaur—a not-quite living and breathing Tyrannosaurus from Imaginos Productions.

This summer, you helped us celebrated all the ways people can build a better future. You built forts and box villages and breathtaking Domino runs. You stretched your mind and body with Fairy Yoga and globe-hopped from the comfort of our Read House backyard.

More children than ever before—1,506, to be exact—signed up for oursummer reading program. And they read or were read to for 21,038 hours. (Also, a record high for us.)

Additionally, nearly 700 teens and adults signed up for summer reading, and they read more than 3,400 books.

While summer reading may be finished, there are always more programs and events coming at the library. To see what’s happening next, visit our event calendar.

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