Summer Reading is Super at Mentor Library

In 2014, more than 2,000 kids, teens and adults signed up for summer reading at Mentor Public Library.

This year, the library has something even more super in store.

Mentor Public Library will run a trio of summer reading programs this year and all three are focused on superheroics. The children’s program is Every Hero Has a Story; the teens’ is Unmask!; and adults’ is Escape the Ordinary.

People can start registering for Mentor Public Library’s summer reading on Saturday, May 30. There will also be a special kickoff party that day at Mentor Library’s Read House.

Kids can play superhero games with Skipper from the Lake County Captains and Chuck E. Cheese, as well as sign up for the library’s summer reading program.

Throughout the summer, Mentor Library will host fun programs on all types of super subjects for kids, teens and adults.

On Marvelous Mondays, kids can have fun with superhero crafts, games and experiments on the Read House lawn. On Thursday evenings, community heroes like nurses, police officers and firemen will join the library for special story times. The library will also be celebrating literary heroes like Junie B. Jones, Pete the Cat, Wimpy Kid and more.

Kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

Meanwhile, teens can compete in Clashing Controllers—the library’s video-game tournament for casual and hardcore gamers alike. It will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at the library’s Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

Teens can also enjoy special programs like the Top Chef Challenge where they will team up to create new ice cream flavors at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at the Main Branch. Then they can face off during the Hunger Games Water Wars at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at the Read House. (Bring a towel.)

Adults can get in on the fun too. Comics scholar Valentino Zullo will talk about the history of the Avengers at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at the Main Branch. Then, on Wednesday, July 29, the library will host a concert by folk duo Simple Gifts at the Read House.

Everyone who participates in the summer reading programs—either by reading books or attending library programs—has a chance to win prizes. Those prizes include gift cards from Toys ‘R’ Us and Lake County Captains tickets, as well as gift cards from other local businesses. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

For more information on Mentor Library’s summer reading program, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Wonder Woman—secret identity: Olivia—is gearing up for summer reading at Mentor Public Library.

Wonder Woman—secret identity: Olivia—is gearing up for summer reading at Mentor Public Library.

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There’s still time to enter MPL’s ‘Loving Life’ photo contest

Loving LifeThere’s still five days left to enter Mentor Library’s Loving Life photography contest!

Kids up to the age of 12 can submit a photo to show us how they’re loving life! You can use any device—a phone, tablet, even a camera—to take your winning snapshot.

But each child can only submit one shot. So make sure the photo you submit is your best.

Between now and May 20, bring a printed copy of your photo (no bigger than 5” by 7”) to the children’s department of Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch or email it to

All of your contest entries will be displayed in the children’s department; and, from May 20 until the end of the month, everyone can vote on their favorites.

The top three vote-getters will win a prize.

We’ve already received some pretty adorable entries, but maybe you can top them. Only one way to find out…



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Mardi Gras Masks & Friendship Bracelets: American Girl Book Club

Eva, Claire and Sabrina show off the Mardi Gras masks they made at Mentor Library.

Eva, Claire and Sabrina show off the Mardi Gras masks they made at Mentor Library.

We met twice the American Girls and made twice the crafts during our American Girl Book Club meeting last week!

Our club met Cecile and Marie-Grace and used their books to take a trip down to New Orleans. We then decorated Mardi Gras masks and made friendship bracelets.

Clara and Maddie string their friendship bracelets.

Clara and Maddie string their friendship bracelets.

Our American Girl Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss a different American Girl book and make a new craft.

If you have a child who likes the American Girl books or dolls, then he or 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 June 3 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Kirsten.

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


Addie draws rings of blue and purple around her Mardi Gras mask.

Addie draws rings of blue and purple around her Mardi Gras mask.

For more photos, check out Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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Después el Cinco de Mayo

The fifth of May has come and gone. Perhaps you celebrated by wearing a sombrero, but Mexican culture is much more than a hat, a taco or a margarita. So if I may, I’d like to suggest a few more books, movies and artwork from Mexican artists for consumption, even if I’m poquito tarde.

1. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

One of Mexico’s famous novels tells the story of Tita, who is not allowed to marry her love, Pedro. Instead, she has to take care of her mother, so she can only express her love through cooking.

Esquivel’s book is sweet and funny and lovely and sad. it also experiments a little with form. Each chapter begins with a recipe of a traditional Mexican dish that will later tie into the story.

Not only is Like Water for Chocolate a wonderful book. It also made for a great movie.

2. Pan’s Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most popular and successful directors in Hollywood, but (give or take Pacific Rim) he is best known for a Spanish-language film about the oneiric stepdaughter of a sadistic officer based in Franco’s Spain.

It mixes fairy tales and frightening reality as the girl must face the magical denizens in her garden to save her mother. However, her final threat does not come from the word of magic.

You will smile several times while watching this film, and gasp, but it will finish with you crying.

3. Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

I intended to write separate entries for both of these artists, but they are so often paired together that it seemed unnatural. Of course, these artists were married (and divorced) (and then remarried;) but they are just as important as individuals as they were a couple.

Kahlo’s best known for her self-portraits; but, by painting herself, she depicted the female form and experience without compromise. Her work also celebrated both Mexicans national and indigenous traditions.

Meanwhile, Rivera is best known for his frescoes and his role in establishing the Mexican Mural Movement. He painted murals in Mexico City (including in the National Palace), Cuernavaca, Detroit, New York and San Francisco. His murals sometimes included elements of culture, politics and religion (which he regarded as a collective neurosis.)

4. The Poems of Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz is a singular poet. I could tell you his awards. (He’s won the Nobel and Miguel de Cervantes prizes.) Discuss his subject matter. (Reality, revolution, love.) Try to give you comparisons. (Walt Whitman meets Jorge Luis Borges, maybe?)

But none of that cuts to the quick, and the quick is this: Paz is an intense, thoughtful poet. His words will move you.

5. The Book of Life

Jorge Gutierrez’s first feature film uses Mexican folklore and the celebration of the Day of the Dead to tell the story of three friends’ love triangle.

Gutierrez said one of his goals for the movie was to “show you what I think are a hundred of the thousands and thousands of ideas of what a Mexican is.”

6. Ugly Betty

You’re snickering or indignant right now. I just lumped in Ugly Betty with Frida Kahlo and Octavio Paz. How dare I?

But the telenovelas on which Ugly Betty is based and emulated are a big part of Latin American culture. Also, don’t be so judgmental. Ugly Betty was great.

7. Y tu Mamá También

Before Alfonso Cuaron directed Harry Potter or Gravity, he wrote and directed this story about two teens who travel across the country with an older woman. However, their mutual attraction for the woman threatens their friendship.

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Learn how to use Legal Forms Library

Legal FormsLegal forms can be confusing. Attorneys can be expensive.

Consequently, it can be a pricey venture if you need help creating a will, affidavit or some other legal form.

Wouldn’t it be great if someone set up a database with different legal-form templates that people could view or even download for free?

Someone (or, rather, someones) did. It’s called the Legal Forms Library, and it’s one of the dozens of databases that Mentor Library offers access to for free.

There are thousands of form templates for all types of topics: divorce, bankruptcy, power of attorney, name changes, wills, estates and more. (So you know, you’ll need to click through to the Legal Forms Library from the Mentor Library site for these hyperlinks to work.) And you can view, download or edit all these templates for free. There are also completed samples that you can view as a PDF or Microsoft Word file. This can give you an idea what your finished form should look like.

There are also legal definitions and explanations for each form, so you can understand what you’re reading.

The forms available on the Legal Forms Library include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. “Official” forms for many states are included, as well.

For more information, you can visit the FAQ section of the Legal Forms website.

A final disclaimer here: Mentor Public Library cannot provide legal advice. Users should consult an attorney in all serious legal matters.

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