Pop(sicle) Art at the library

Studio MPL designs cool and crafty bookmarks out of popsicle sticks.

Studio MPL designs cool and crafty bookmarks out of Popsicle sticks.

Studio MPL — our art club for kids — is eclectic. We went from Pop Art to Popsicle Art.

This month, the kids used their design and color sense when turning popsicle sticks into crafty bookmarks.

If your child likes creating art, they should check out Studio MPL.

Every month, the kids in Studio MPL take on a new art project. They’ve sketched live models, celebrated Day of the Deadcreated imaginary friendsmade sun catchersweavedtried out pointillism and even garnered inspiration from Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Joan Miró.

The club is free to attend and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. Its currently on hiatus but will be returning soon.

If your child enjoys making art, you should also check out our Fresh Colors club for teens and our new Creative Club at The HUB.

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Make your own tote for Banned Books Week

Make a cool tote to carry all of your subversive reading.

Make a cool tote to carry all of your subversive reading.

From Sept. 23 to 29, libraries and schools across the country will recognize Banned Books Week.

It’s a chance for us to remind you about all the society-changing books that have been banned or challenged. And there’s a good chance that list includes your personal favorite. Imagine your bookshelf without To Kill a Mockingbird, Color Purple, Animal Farm, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter.

Commemorate Banned Books Week with us by making your own Banned Books tote bag at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at our Lake Branch. You can use stencils, fabric paint, markers and more to design and create your own bag.

This crafty program is free to attend and open to everyone in sixth grade or higher. We only ask that you RSVP. You can register online or call us at (440) 257-2512.

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Bennett Place: The Final Surrender of the Confederacy

Many people presume that the Civil War ended with General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Many people are wrong.

The war actually continued for another two weeks until Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston could come to terms at Bennett Place, North Carolina.

However, in-fighting on both sides threatened the peace negotiations. An expert from James A. Garfield National Historic Site explains how the tenuous ceasefire was nearly undermined by dueling goals and the assassination of President Lincoln.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at our Main Branch. The topic will be the extraordinary naval career of Admiral David G. Farragut.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, some other previous talks in our Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety:

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Health Fair & Author Talk with ‘Dopesick’ Writer Beth Macy in Mentor

Listen to 'Dopesick' journalist Beth Macy

Listen to ‘Dopesick’ journalist Beth Macy during a special program on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Mentor High School’s Paradigm Building.

If your life has not been affected by heroin, fentanyl or another opioid, then you’re one of the lucky few.

Every day, more than 115 people die in the United States after overdosing on opioids.

And Ohio has been disproportionately stricken. In 2017, it had the second-highest percentage of overdose deaths per population, second only to West Virginia.

But there are resources available – not just for people struggling with addiction, but for their family and friends, as well.

And the libraries in Lake and Geauga County are teaming with hospital systems, treatment centers, schools and an award-winning, best-selling journalist to help people get the information and resources they need.

The Lake-Geauga League of Libraries have organized a health fair and author talk with Beth Macy – the writer of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors & the Drug Company that Addicted America – on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Mentor High School’s Paradigm Building (6465 Center St., Mentor, OH.)

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., people can learn about local resources available to those afflicted by addiction at the Health Fair. Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Lake Health, Lake County ADAMHS Board, Hope Over Heroin, Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, Crossroads, Lake County General Health District, LifeLine and United Way of Lake County will be there with information on their services and resources.

Then, Macy will speak at 6:30 p.m. Few journalists have investigated the nation’s opioid epidemic as thoroughly as Macy. She spent two decades getting to know the people on the front line of crisis.

Macy will share what she has learned from years of interviewing doctors, the addicted and the bereaved. She will also share the reasons she has hope for the future.

Afterward, copies of Dopesick will be available for sale and signing.

Both the health fair and Macy’s talk are free and open to everyone. The event is organized by the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries, a partnership of all 10 public libraries in Lake and Geauga County. They combine resources to provide access to education and the arts in the region.

People are asked to register for the Macy’s talk. You can sign up on our website or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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Free ACT Prep Sessions Available at Mentor Public Library

Mentor Library is offering free ACT prep courses to teens on Saturdays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

Mentor Library is offering free ACT prep courses to teens on Saturdays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

Standardized tests are, in a word, stressful.

But there’s no better remedy for that stress than being well prepared.

Mentor Public Library is offering two free ACT prep sessions this autumn. The first session is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. It will focus on the English and reading courses. The next session is Oct. 6. Its focus will be the science and math sections of the ACT. You can register for them on our website.

These sessions provide practical experience in terms of the types of questions you’ll see on the ACT, and they also offer strategies for test prep (that also work on tests besides the ACT.)

All sessions will be led by Dr. John Foster, one of our reference librarians at Mentor Public Library. Foster has a doctorate in history from the University of Washington and has taught at both the high school and college level.

And, yes, all of our sessions are free and open to anyone preparing for the ACT.

If you have any questions on our ACT prep sessions, you can call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, Lynda — our newest digital service — offers free online video courses to help you prepare for the ACT and SAT.

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