WWII series concludes with focus on Winston Churchill

Learn about the life of Joseph Stalin and his role in World War II during a special program on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Learn about the life of Joseph Stalin and his role in World War II during a special program on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Our Major Leaders of World War II series will continue this month with a program focusing on Churchill.

The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at our Main Branch.

The speaker will be our own John Foster. In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster earned a doctorate degree in history with a specialization in Modern German History. He has taught topics as diverse as the Holocaust and Napoleon’s rise to power.

Foster will discuss Churchill’s life, political career and the pivotal role he played in WWII.

This program is free and open to everyone. People can register to attend online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

Other historical talks by Foster can be watched on our YouTube page, including:

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Free computer classes at Mentor Public Library

Mentor Public Library is offering free classes on Microsoft Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint this month.

Mentor Public Library is offering free classes on Microsoft Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint this month.

We’re hosting eight free computer classes this October at our Main Branch, including sessions on Microsoft Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint, as well as Facebook.

Our classes include:

  • Two opportunities to learn Facebook basics: at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and Wednesday, Oct. 25, respectively. Each hands-on class will demonstrate basic Facebook features and tips. Please come to class with your Facebook login information and password.
  • Microsoft Word—Flyers, Pictures & Drawing Tools at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Learn how to use Microsoft Word 2013 to create flyers, manipulate pictures, and to effectively use Word’s Drawing Tools.
  • Excel I at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24. In this class, people will learn how to describe a worksheet and its function; create a basic worksheet and learn how to save it to disk; apply simple formulas to perform calculations; apply simple formatting; and explore options for printing a simple worksheet. (Microsoft Word experience necessary.)
  • Microsoft Publisher at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Learn how to use Publisher 2013 to design posters and flyers.
  • Excel II at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Learn how to create and copy formulas and functions; understand relativity when working with formulas and functions; recognize and troubleshoot errors in formulas and functions; insert, delete and resize rows and columns; and use advanced printing features.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. Learn how to create, format and save PowerPoint presentations.
  • Excel III at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. Learn how to hide and freeze columns and rows, use print area and print titles, conditional formatting, and how to create and format charts.

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required; and, because space is limited, people will want to sign up as soon as possible. You can sign up by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

If someone needs one-on-one help for your tablet, laptop, or smartphone, you can get personal device advice from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. every Thursday this month at our Lake Branch. Please call 440-257-2512 to register ahead of time.

Additionally, your Mentor Public Library gives you free access to dozens of free online computer classes via Gale Courses. Learn everything from computer basics to advanced techniques for Microsoft, Adobe, Photoshop, and other applications from the convenience of your own computer.

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Leaf printing at Lake

Teens can make colorful leaf prints at our Lake Branch on Monday, Oct. 23.

Teens can make colorful leaf prints at our Lake Branch on Monday, Oct. 23.

Almost anything can be art supplies, if you’re feeling creative.

Even falling leaves.

Teens can make colorful leaf prints at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, at our Lake Branch. (We’ll have snacks too.)

It’s free to come and create, but we do ask that you sign up beforehand. You can register online or call us at (440) 257-2512.

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Help Monarch butterflies by saving milkweed pods

Keep the world colorful by helping to save the Monarch butterfly.

Keep the world colorful by helping to save the Monarch butterfly.

Once again, we’re helping the Monarch butterfly and its habitat by collecting milkweed seed pods.

And we want your help.

As you may know, Monarch caterpillars eat the milkweed plant. In fact, it’s the only thing they eat. Without it, they would go extinct.

So the experts from the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative are collecting as many seed pods as they can, so we can establish new plantings and create additional habitat for the Monarch butterfly throughout Ohio.

Our Main Branch at 8215 Mentor Ave. in Mentor is one of the seed-pod collection sites, along with the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District in Painesville.

So here’s what you do:

Find the ripe common milkweed seed pods and bring them to us. We, in turn, will make sure they get to the people who will plant them.

And what do the seed pods look like?

Like this.

Like this.

There are also more photos of seed pods at this helpful website.

The ripe pods should be brown or gray.

The OPHI says:

If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be picked.

It is best to collect pods into paper bags or paper grocery sacks. Avoid using plastic bags because they can attract moisture and allow mold to develop.

Store seeds in a cool, dry area until you can deliver to the closest pod collection area. It is recommended to wear disposable gloves when picking and handling pods. Harvesting seed pods from milkweed plants will not have any effect on the population of milkweed in established areas.

Please place the pods you collect in a brown paper bag. Then label the bag with the:

  1. type of milkweed
  2. county and area grown
  3. date and time picked.

We’ll be collecting seed pods until the end of October.

Help us keep our world colorful and protect the Monarch butterfly.

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Enjoy craft night at the library

Make fall wreaths and luminaries on Thursday, Oct. 12, at Mentor Public Library.

Make fall wreaths and luminaries on Thursday, Oct. 12, at Mentor Public Library.

Feeling crafty?

Join us for our Pinterest craft night at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at our Main Branch.

We’ll be making fall wreaths and autumnal luminaries.

We provide most of the crafting materials. All you need to do is show up.

The program is free to attend and open to all. We only ask that you register ahead of time. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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