Mentor Public Library’s adding study rooms & renovating its Main Branch

Changes are coming to the first floor of Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Changes are coming to the first floor of Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Perhaps, the single most common request we get is, “When will you add study rooms to your Main Branch?”

The answer is now.

We’re remodeling the first floor of our Main Branch this September – renovating the teen area, replacing old furniture and carpet, and, yes, adding study rooms.

Specifically, we’re building three study rooms that you can use alone or in groups.

We’re also moving and refurnishing our teen area. Teens will now have a comfortable, colorful place of their own where they can browse YA titles, read or work on their homework.

Additionally, we’re readjusting where some of our study tables and desks are, so patrons have more access to electrical outlets. (That’s probably the second most common request that we receive.)

Finally, we’re replacing some of our furniture and carpeting, which is nearly 30 years old and dates back to our expansion and redesign in the 1980s.

LDA Final Floor Plan - Mentor Public LibraryThe renovation is slated to begin Monday, Sept. 17, and is expected to take between six and eight weeks to complete. It will not affect the our hours of operations. However, portions of our collection may be unavailable during the project.

Also, we’d like to thank you in advance for accommodating any noise from the enhancement.

In anticipation of the renovation, we will have a public sale of our surplus furniture from 9:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 15 at its Main Branch.

Chairs, tables and desks will be available during the surplus sale. All items will be sold as is – cash only, no refunds or exchanges. Purchaser must have money on hand and immediately remove item from the library.

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Turning books into looks

Janelle makes Dracula and Wonder Woman keychains during our Book Jewelry Workshop.

Janelle makes Dracula and Wonder Woman keychains during our Book Jewelry Workshop.

We turned our favorite books into our favorite looks earlier this month at our Lake Branch.

Teens and adults made necklaces, earrings and keychains.

By the way, if you enjoy crafting, check out our Craft for a Cause Club. Each month, we knit and crochet squares and blankets for charities that help bring comfort and warmth to our community. Knowing how to knit or crochet is helpful, but not necessary to participate.

Our next get-together is 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

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American Girl Book Club meets Rebecca

Our American Girl Book Club met Rebecca Rubin this month.

Our American Girl Book Club met Rebecca Rubin this month.

Our American Girl Book Club traveled to New York City in 1914 to meet Rebecca Rubin earlier this week.

They saw the time and city through her eyes—as a newcomer whose Jewish family had just emigrated from Russia.

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. This month, we made scratch art and crafted paper snowflakes.

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. 5 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Kit.

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

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Mentor Public Library celebrates 150 years of ‘Little Women’

We're throwing a big party for "Little Women" this September at Mentor Public Library.

One book; four little women; 150 years; one big month stuffed with programs at Mentor Public Library

We’re throwing a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

Anyone and everyone can learn about and explore the world of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, as well as their creator, this September at the library.

Little Women is one of the most important books in American literature. It all but created the notion of the all-American girl and its story has been adapted for TV, film, musicals, opera and even anime.

Its characters, story and theme still resonate with readers a century and a half later.

For those reasons and more, we will celebrate and commemorate Little Women with the following programs:

  • Meet Louisa May Alcott at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, at our Main Branch. Debra Miller, a performer and historian, will portray Alcott at the height of her success. This theatrical presentation was created using excerpts from Alcott’s letters and journals, allowing her to speak in her own words. Learn Alcott’s hopes, heartbreaks and the experiences of her life – including her time as a Civil War nurse and her struggles to support her family – from which she drew inspiration for her novels, short stories and poems. Registration is required and opens Aug. 10.b118a
  • The Alcotts’ World: American Transcendentalism at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, at our Main Branch. Alcott’s father, Amos Bronson Alcott, was one of the most important figures in Transcendentalism, a uniquely American tradition that helped to define our national culture in the 19th century and beyond. The library’s resident historian – John Foster, who in addition to being a reference librarian also earned a doctorate degree in history – will talk about Transcendentalism and the world of the Alcotts. Registration is required and opens Aug. 30. (You can find more of Foster’s talks on our YouTube channel.)
  • A Little Women Christmas at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at our Main Branch. Kids from kindergarten through sixth grade can step back into the time of “Little Women.” They’ll carol and participate in activities from the Victorian era. Registration begins Sept. 1 and is required.
  • Civil War Era Tea with the Sisters Tea Room at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at our Main Branch. The Sisters Tea Room in Mentor will provide tea, snacks and a speaker to discuss tea during this turning point in American History. Attendees are asked to bring their own teacup to this event. There is also a $5 fee for attendance, due at registration, which opens Sept. 4.
  • Little Women Movie Night at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at our Main Branch. Watch the Oscar-nominated film adaptation of Alcott’s beloved tale. Popcorn and refreshments provided. The film is rated PG and families are welcome to attend. No registration necessary.b001
  • Little Women performance by the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at our Main Branch. See the story of the March family performed live. The tale may be 150 years old but it still resonates today. Registration opens Aug. 22.
  • Little Women Tea Party for kids at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at our Lake Branch. Children from kindergarten through sixth grade can celebrate the sesquicentennial of “Little Women” with a tea party of their own. Registration is required and opens Sept. 15.
  • Readers are also welcome to discuss Little Women during two of our upcoming book club meetings. They can join the Monday Night Book Club at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, at our Main Branch or the Senior Center Book Club at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Mentor Senior Center.

All of the programs are free to attend, except for the Civil War Era Tea with the Sisters Tea Room, which costs $5 upon registration. Additionally, we do require that you RSVP for all of these programs, except the Little Women Movie Night.

You can register on our event calendar or by calling us.

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Fill your book shelves for only $5

Get a stack of books for cheap during the next book sale at our Read House.

Get a stack of books 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. 25.

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 this book sale will 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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