Try one of the online book clubs at Mentor Library

Pick from more than a dozen online book clubs—from romances to science fiction, new releases to classics.

Pick from more than a dozen online book clubs—from romances to science fiction, new releases to classics.

Mentor Library has book clubs for art lovers, mystery enthusiasts, teens, seniors, American Girl fans and more.

And they’re all great (largely because the people who come to them are wonderful.) Besides, a book club’s a fun way to discover new books and chat about them with like-minded folks.

But what if your schedule is too erratic for a traditional book club? Is there still a way for you to participate?

Of course!

There are 14 online book clubs you can sign up for through Mentor Public Library. They include clubs for classics, new releases, romances, science fiction, audiobooks and more. (Here’s the full list.)

All you have to do is give your email address. Then, chapters from the clubs’ books will be emailed directly to you.

It’s a great way to sample books without having to commit to them. You get a couple of chapters emailed to you. If you have time, read them. If you love it, check the book out from your local library. If you don’t have time or don’t love it, skip the book and try again next time.

And if you really love the book and want to talk about it, each book club has a moderated forum where you can talk about it with other readers.

Check out your options and join a book club that works around your schedule.

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Willy Wonka visits Mentor Library for his birthday party

It’s the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so we threw a birthday party for that clandestine chocolatier Willy Wonky on Saturday at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

Kids made their own candy concoctions, tested their Wonkavision and got a taste of our chocolate river. Then Mr. Wonka himself appeared!

He even bore gifts. One lucky child found a golden ticket in their Wonka Bar that provided him with four tickets to the Fine Art Association’s performance of Willy Wonka, which runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 21.

We want to thank the Fine Arts Association and Willy Wonka for dropping by!

Even if you missed the party, you should check out the video. In it, Mr. Wonka explains how the Federal Aviation Administration (the other FAA) governs Fizzy Lifting Drink and what became of the ill-fated and iller named Hornswozzie candy.

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Art for Adults at Mentor Library

Aileene admires her handiwork during a jewelry-making session Monday at Mentor Library's Main Branch.

Aileene admires her handiwork during a jewelry-making session Monday at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

If you’re older than 13, you may wonder why it’s the kids who always seem to be getting crafty.

It’s the children who get to make cornucopias or build lava lamps or splatter paint everywhere.

But there are plenty of chances for teens and adults to flex their artistic side at Mentor Library too.

Just in the last year, we’ve hosted free watercolor painting and inking classes.

Rita carefully threads her beads onto her necklace.

Rita carefully threads her beads onto her necklace.

On Monday, the experts from Flux Metal Arts showed how to make beautiful custom earrings-and-bracelet sets. Some people made their jewelry as Christmas gifts. Others loved what they made too much to part with it.

(We need to pause here to thanks the Mentor Community Arts Commission. They sponsored the jewelry-making, watercolor and inking programs. We couldn’t do this without them!)

If you missed Monday’s program, there’s another opportunity to get in touch with your artistic side this year.

On Monday, Dec. 8, at our Main Branch, Jenn Cline from the Ohio Paper Folders will teach a hands-on introduction to origami. See what you can do with just a few pieces of paper. Registration for the workshop begins Nov. 24.

Clare and John search for just the right beads to complete their bracelets.

Clare and John search for just the right beads to complete their bracelets.

For more photos from our jewelry-making workshop and other programs, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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Making cornucopias with Studio MPL

Eva begins by outlining the pumpkin in her cornucopia.

Eva begins by outlining the pumpkin in her cornucopia.

On Monday, Studio MPL—our art club for kids in first through fifth grade—made cornucopias of self-expression. They made collages from magazines to show what they were thankful for this year.

This continues their theme of self-expression. Last month, they used hair to depict their inner selves.

Remo colors in the grapes of his cornucopia.

Remo colors in the grapes of his cornucopia.

They’ve also made sun catcherspainted sunsetsweaved and even garnered inspiration from Jackson Pollock.

Studio MPL meets on the third Monday of each month.

Next month’s session will be Dec. 15 at our Main Branch. You can register for it here.

For more photos from our Studio MPL session, check out our Facebook page. For more information on programs and events for children, teens and adults at Mentor Public Library, visit www.mentorpl.org.

Natalie uses rounded geometric figures like spheres and ovals to sketch a turkey.

Natalie uses rounded geometric figures like spheres and ovals to sketch a turkey.

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Thanks to the volunteers from St. Gabriel

Michael rolls a fresh layer of paint on the wall.

Michael rolls a fresh layer of paint on the wall.

Volunteers from St. Gabriel Parish visited us this Saturday and painted a pair of our second-floor corridors.

We owe them our gratitude, just as we need to thank all of our volunteers.

No library is better than its community, and we are fortunate to live and work in a great place with wonderful people.

Mother-daughter team of Ina and Daiva give our upstairs corridor a fix-up.

Mother-daughter team of Ina and Daiva give our upstairs corridor a fix-up.

For more photos of our helpful volunteers, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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