Four fun facts about magic, folklore and herbs

The Herb Society of America talked about where folklore, magic and herbalism meet.

The Herb Society of America talked about where folklore, magic and herbalism meet.

Karen Kennedy of the Herb Society of America visited our Main Branch on Wednesday to talk about where folklore, magic and herbalism intersect.

Here are four fun facts from her talk:

1. Basil is said to be a protective herb. Hence the saying, “Where basil grows no evil goes.”

Other protection herbs: chive, lavender (especially for children and homes) and garlic.

2. Chive has the longest recorded herb history, dating back 5,000 years. Etchings of it have been found on ancient Egyptian monuments.

3. It was said that when the devil walked out of the Garden of Eden after the fall of man, garlic bloomed wherever his left foot landed. (And I thought it was a protective herb…)

4. The yarrow plant’s Latin name, Achillea Millefolium, comes from the Greek hero (or villain, if you’re a Trojan,) Achilles.

The plant was said to grow from his rusty spear shavings. It has a history of being used on the battlefield to stop bleeding.

The Herb Society has spoken at the library before. Last year, Karen talked about the best practices for preserving herbs.

The society has chapters all across the country, and it’s based in Kirtland. It’s a great resource for both seasoned and neophyte green thumbs.

Karen Kennedy talks about botanical folklore.

Karen Kennedy talks about botanical folklore.

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Why James Renner investigates monsters and myths

Author and journalist James Renner spent years collecting stories about the weird and wonderful denizens of this state for his book, It Came from Ohio: True Tales of the Weird, Wild and Unexplained.

On Monday, he visited Mentor Public Library and discussed the Loveland Frog, Lake Erie Monster, the Melonheads of Kirtland and other myths and monsters from the Buckeye state.

He also talked about how we went from writing true crime stories to investigating tales of mothmen.

If you want, you can check out It Came from Ohio, as well as Renner’s true-crime collection or his mystery novel, from Mentor Library.

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Kids meet the animals of Mentor Marsh

Cheyenne touches the soft fur of an opossum that lived in the marsh.

Cheyenne touches the soft fur of an opossum that lived in the marsh.

The pelts of an opossum, skunk, beaver, raccoon, rabbit, gray fox, and two red foxes—both a summer and thicker winter coat—covered the floor of the Mentor Headlands Library Branch on Saturday afternoon.

The kids sat in a semicircle around them and took turns looking at the beak of a great horned owl and a pair of turkey feathers.

None of them realized just how much wildlife lived so nearby.

Zach looks at the different types of feathers that grow on a turkey.

Zach looks at the different types of feathers that grow on a turkey.

Naturalist Becky Donaldson from the Mentor Marsh visited the library to tell the kids about the unique habitat that’s just a few miles from their home.

The marsh is unlike any other park in the region. More than 200 kinds of birds (including a pair of bald eagles) nest in its mixed oak swamp some time during the year.

During a walk, you can see staghorn sumac and Northern shovelers, rose hips and heron, gadwalls and wild raspberry.

And it’s free to visit and open from dawn to dusk every day. Its nature center is also open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Raven and Lucius check out the pelt of a red fox. In the winter, the fox's fur grows thicker.

Raven and Lucius check out the pelt of a red fox. In the winter, the fox’s fur grows thicker.

The marsh also offers hikes from 2 to 3:30 p.m. each Sunday.

On Oct. 19, a naturalist will lead a fall foliage hike through the marsh. On Oct. 26, there will be a spooky scavenger hunt that busts some common myths about local wildlife. Then, on Nov. 2, nature lovers can learn about white-tailed deer and even practice their tracking skills by looking for signs of deer along the marsh’s trails.

You can register for any of these hikes by calling the Mentor Marsh Nature Center at 440-257-0777 or by emailing rdonalds@cmnh.org.

Naturalist Becky Donaldson explains that while opossum do have prehensile tails, they don't hand upside down to sleep.

Naturalist Becky Donaldson explains that while opossum do have prehensile tails, they don’t hang upside down to sleep.

Becky Donaldson will return to our Headlands Branch in April to talk about bald eagles. It’s a little too soon to register for the program but never too soon to get excited.

You can visit our Facebook page for more fun photos from library programs. You can also check out Mentor Marsh’s Facebook page for some beautiful snapshots, if you’d like

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Renew your books up to 10 times at Mentor Library

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We know you meant to read that book awhile ago, but life gets busy. Sometimes, two weeks just isn’t long enough.

We at Mentor Public Library understand and want you to share as much time as you need with the books you love.

Until recently, you could renew a MPL book up to four times—as long as no one else had it on hold—for a total of eight weeks.

Anybody with a lawn to mow or dishes to wash or children to care for knows how quickly eight weeks can evaporate.

So we’ve changed our policy so you can now renew your books up to 10 times. That means you have up to 20 weeks with a book, as long as no one else puts it on hold.

Patrons will still have to renew their books manually—either by calling, via our website or at one of the our branches.

The change in MPL’s renewal policy is specifically for books—movies and CDs can still be renewed four times.

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Studio MPL and the art of the good hair day

Giselle laughs as she draws brightly colored shocks of hair during the Studio MPL meeting Monday.

Giselle laughs as she draws brightly colored shocks of hair during the Studio MPL meeting Monday.

The summer hiatus is over and Studio MPL is back!

Oh, you haven’t heard of Studio MPL?

It’s Mentor Library’s art club for kids in first through fifth grade, and it’s six scoops of awesome.

They’ve made sun catchers, painted sunsets, weaved and even garnered inspiration from Jackson Pollock.

Kelsey focuses on her pink and magenta locks.

Kelsey focuses on her pink and magenta locks.

This month, we talked about art as a reflection of who we are—and we did it using hair. We gave the young artists colored pencils, markers and other art supplies, and we told them to draw a person’s hair; and the hair would represent what’s going on inside of them.

And the kids got more creative than we could imagine. One girl made her hair a series of googly eyes. A boy turned his artwork into two necklaces—one that he could wear and another for his grandma.

Darin packs a lot of bright colors close together to create contrast.

Darin packs a lot of bright colors close together to create contrast.

Studio MPL meets on the third Monday of each month.

Next month’s session will be Oct. 20 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.

Ella's hair looks like a rainbow with its layers of color.

Ella’s hair looks like a rainbow with its layers of color.

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