Juneteenth: The Historical Significance of June 19

Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. But it’s come to have a broader meaning, celebrating the freedom of all black slaves.

The date became even more important when the Civil Rights Act was passed on June 19, 1964.

But that’s just the iceberg’s tip. By coincidence, several momentous events in American Civil Rights history have occurred on or near June 19. As part of James A. Garfield National Historic Site‘s Civil War series, Site Manager Todd Arrington leads us on a time-traipsing tour of these memorable Juneteenths.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, July 10, at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the Battle of Gettysburg. As always, the talk is free and open to all.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

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Celebrate Baseball in Cleveland

Celebrate the history of baseball in Cleveland during a special panel discussion on Monday, July 1, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Celebrate the history of baseball in Cleveland during a special panel discussion on Monday, July 1, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

We’re celebrating the All-Star Game in Cleveland by hosting a trio of baseball historians, authors and fans for a special panel discussion.

Scott Longert, Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz will talk about the history of the Indians and baseball in Cleveland at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1, at our Main Branch.

Longert has written a quartet of books about Indians’ history: Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers; The Best They Could Be about the World Series-winning 1920 team; Bad Boys: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years; and No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression.

Meanwhile, Krsolovic and Fritz wrote League Park: Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball, 1891-1946, which tells the story of the Indians’ original home park.

The program is free to attend and open to all. Come share your memories and celebrate one of America’s great baseball cities. Afterward, the authors will have their books available for sale and signing.

Due to space limitations, we do ask that you register for the program beforehand. You can sign up by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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Celebrating half a century of ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’

Kids craft beautiful butterflies during our 50th anniversary celebration of Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."

Kids craft beautiful butterflies during our 50th anniversary celebration of Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s beloved picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar with an obstacle course and crafts last week at our library.

For half of a century, librarians (and families) have read along as a tiny caterpillar eats his way through a smorgasbord and transforms into a butterfly.

Kids reenacted the caterpillar’s journey with an obstacle course that wound through our Main Branch’s lawn.

Speaking of anniversaries, you can also join us for our 200th anniversary party at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 12, on the Main Branch lawn. Help make a community mosaic of Mentor with Gail Christofferson of Animal House Glass.

Also, Tom Todd, the Amazing One Man Band, will perform from 6 to 7 pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, sit back and enjoy  a little bit of Jimmy Buffett. We will also have cake and contests. All are welcome and no registration is required for our party.

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Stellar shows coming to City of Mentor’s amphitheater

Follow the Bright Star

Follow the Bright Star Touring Theatre into space during a pair of free performances on Saturday evening, June 29, at the city of Mentor’s amphitheater.

Kids can blast off when the Bright Star Touring Theatre company lands in Mentor this summer.

Bright Star is a theater company that brings fun and educational shows to your community. They’re performing a pair of free shows on Saturday evening, June 29, at the city of Mentor’s amphitheater.

It’s a perfect evening of entertainment for families with kids from preschool to sixth grade.

First, at 6 p.m., enjoy Jack’s Adventure in Space, where a student’s imagination takes him on an out-of-this-world adventure through the solar system.

Then, at 7:15 p.m. watch One Small Step. This tale traces the history of flight and space travel from the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk to the moon and beyond!

Admission is free. No registration required. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The event is hosted by the City of Mentor.

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Mixing books and yoga at story time

We're combining books and yoga for a special story time on Wednesday, June 26, at our Lake Branch.

We’re combining books and yoga for a special story time on Wednesday, June 26, at our Lake Branch.

Kids can stretch their minds and bodies during a fun program that combines story time and yoga at our Lake Branch.

The kids will listen to picture books and recreate the stories using yoga poses. This special story time will be 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at our Lake Branch.

The program is free to attend and open to all kids from three to six years old, along with an adult. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.

Families must register to attend. To sign up, call us at (440) 257-2512.

By the way, if you love yoga, you can borrow dozens of DVDs from us or even stream yoga lessons to your favorite device for free with Hoopla and your library card.

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