Teen writers welcome at our Write On Club

Our Write On Club for teen writers returns from its summer sabbatical on Monday, Aug. 20.

Our Write On Club for teen writers returns from its summer sabbatical on Monday, Aug. 20.

If you have a teen who has ambitions as a writer, they should visit our Write On Club, which returns from its summer break at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, at our Main Branch.

Each month, the Write On Club experiments with different writing prompts and brainteasers to hone their skills.

Any teen who wants to join their ranks is welcome. The Write On Club is a fun, supportive place to practice and improve your writing with other teens who are doing the same thing.

You can register to join online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 213.

We also have our Wordplay Club for younger writers in third through sixth grade.

They try different ways to boost their creativity. For example, sometimes they have to use randomly selected words to create a story or create poems with refrigerator magnets.

Wordplay Creative Writing Club meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is this afternoon!

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Christian author Linda Goodlin talking faith, writing at Mentor Public Library

51esU3yaaRL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Christian author Linda Goodlin is visiting us this month to discuss her writing, faith and debut novel, From across the Pond.

From across the Pond is based on the history of Goodlin’s hometown – the “coal-patch town” of Tarrs, Penn. – and the immigrants who built their lives there.

Goodlin’s author talk will be 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at our Main Branch. She will talk about her artistic and religious journey, as well as read from her book.

This program is free to attend and open to all. You can RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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US Presidents series continues with Harry Truman

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Our lecture series focusing on 20th Century US Presidents continues this month with a program focused on Harry Truman.

Truman, a former haberdasher from Missouri, rose to the ranks of president. He guided the country through the conclusion of World War II and beginning of the Cold War.

The talk will be 6:30 on Thursday, Aug. 16, at our Main Branch. The speaker will be the library’s John Foster—who, in addition to being a librarian, has a doctorate degree in history.

The talk is free and open to all. People can register to attend online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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

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3 suggestions when writing or updating your résumé

resume-1799953_640We hosted a résumé workshop with an expert from Modern Employment earlier this summer, and she made three suggestions for anyone who’s writing or updating their résumé.

1. Know what kind of résumé you want.

There are four kinds of résumé:

  1. Chronological, which lists your work experience from most recent and concludes with your education
  2. Functional, which emphasizes skills and abilities as opposed to previous positions
  3. Targeted, which is when you draft a résumé for a specific job listing
  4. Targeted chronological, which combines aspects of the first and third type.

Each kind of résumé is appropriate for a different situation. Targeted chronological résumés are typically most effective, and you should always spend some time targeting your résumé when you apply for a job.

However, if you have holes in your employment history or are trying to change careers, then you should draft a functional résumé that focuses on your skills.

By the way, our speaker advised not going back more than 15 years on a chronological résumé to avoid age discrimination.

2. Don’t forget your soft skills.

Do you know the difference between a hard and soft skill?

Hard skills include specific knowledge necessary to do a job. For example, if you’re a software developer, knowing Java is hard skill.

Hard skills are easy to demonstrate on a résumé with degrees, certificates, etc.

By comparison, soft skills characterize your ability to work with others and are much more difficult to measure. They include communication, decision-making and leadership skills, as well as creativity.

Soft skills may be difficult to measure, but they’re very important to many employers. Make sure you include them in your résumé.

3. Use action verbs.

Don’t litter your résumé with conjugations of “to have” and “to do.”

Don’t just “do.” Lead. Don’t just “research.” Search and solve. Don’t just “help.” Collaborate and contribute.

Here’s a helpful list of action verbs you can use when summarizing your résumé.

If you want more help in your career hunt, check out Ohio Means Jobs’ tips for writing a resume and searching for jobs online.

Also, here are 10 courses you can take online (free with your library card) that will teach you employable skills.

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Learn about your genealogy & family history with our databases

Research your family's history with HeritageQuest, Ancestry and other databases at Mentor Public Library.

Research your family’s history with HeritageQuest, Ancestry and other databases at Mentor Public Library.

How far back do you know your family’s history? Do you know your great-grandparents? Do you know their great-grandparents?

Do you want to?

It’s amazing what you can learn about your family history with the databases available at Mentor Public Library.

Your library card gives you access to not one, not two, not three, but four different genealogy websites. For free.

They are:

  1. Ancestry — Search for your family’s history through censuses, cemeteries, city directories, military and immigration records, and more public records.
  2. Fold3 — Fold3 allows you to research your family’s military history going back to the Revolutionary War.
  3. HeritageQuest — Similar to our Ancestry database. Browse public records, including censuses that go back to the 18th Century, US Indian census rolls, mortality schedules and more.
  4. African-American Heritage — A genealogy database that specializes in African-American heritage, complete with state-by-state guides and a volunteer-staffed forum.

You don’t need to know much to get started on our databases—a name, somewhere that person lived and it helps to know his or her approximate birth year. And, frankly, if you don’t know your great-grandfather or great-great-mother’s birth year, it usually only takes a single search to find out.

These databases search through millions of public records: census and immigration information, birth/marriage/death certificates, and more. Not only can you view these documents, but you can email them to yourself and your family members.

And each document that you discover provides more information that you can use to hone your search.

 

So start searching and explore that family tree.

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