Find Waldo at Mentor Public Library

MartinHandfordWally&FriendsDo your kids like looking for Waldo?

Then they’ll love searching for him in the Children’s Department of our Main Branch.

We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the hard-to-locate character with a Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt on Monday, Sept. 18.

Drop by to find Waldo any time that day. Kids who complete the scavenger hunt will win a special prize.

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Find us at MOL’s Fall Festival

Browse our Pop-Up Library during Mentor-on-the-Lake's Fall Festival this Saturday.

Browse our Pop-Up Library during Mentor-on-the-Lake’s Fall Festival this Saturday.

Mentor-on-the-Lake is hosting its Fall Festival from noon until 10 p.m. this Saturday at its City Hall on 5860 Andrews Road.

They’ll be good food, music, Jungle Terry and his animals, face painting, bubble soccer, and something called a balloon ninja.

We’ll be there too!

Families can pick up free books from our Pop-Up Library.

The books on our Pop-Up are free to keep forever. You don’t need a library card (but you should totally have a library card) or to return them to one of our branches.

However, if you like, you can drop the book off in one of our Little Free Libraries when you’re finished.

So stop by during FallFest and pick something up. It might just be your new favorite book.

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Resources for opiate addictions & prescription medical abuse

Some resources and recommendations for discussing medicine/opiate abuse with your loved ones

Some resources and recommendations for discussing medicine/opiate abuse with your loved ones

Members of the Cleveland Clinic recently visited us to discuss the opiate epidemic in Ohio.

They suggested local resources, ways to safeguard your home, and signs and symptoms of medicine abuse.

We share them in hopes that you never need them, but have them if you do.

Resources

The Lake County ADAMHS Board plans, funds, monitors, and evaluates Lake County’s mental health and addiction recovery services. If you’re looking for help but don’t know where to start, you can call the ADAMHS Compass Line at (440) 918-2000 or (440) 350-2000.

For urgent mental health issues, you can call the ADAMHS Crisis Hotline at (440) 953-8255, dial 911, or visit the nearest hospital emergency department.

If you’re worried about your child, Crossroads in Lake County provides behavioral-health services to children, adolescents, young adults and families, including specialized treatment for chemically dependent adolescents. Its phone number is (440) 255-1700.

Meanwhile, the Emerald Jenny Foundation provides a searchable online database with more than 400 resources that includes rehabilitation and treatment facilities, healthcare providers, counselors and other organizations for people and families struggling with addiction.

For more information on addiction and resources to help, visit starttalking.ohio.gov.

Three Steps to Safeguard your Home

Two-thirds of teens who abuse pain relievers say they get them from family members and friends. Here are three steps, courtesy of Start Talking, that you can take to protect your own home.

  1. Monitor. Keep track of the amounts of your prescriptions, control your kids’ medicines and encourage your friends and relatives (especially grandparents) to monitor and secure their own.
  2. Secure Your Medicine. Keep prescription medicine secure, preferably locked, in a place that your kids and visitors will not easily find.
  3. Dispose properly of Your Unused Medicine. Crush and mix it with unpleasant garbage, or find a medicine take-back site near you. Never flush your medicine down the toilet.

Know the Signs and Symptoms of Medicine Abuse

Educate yourself. The best way to prevent prescription drug abuse is to learn about the issue. That way, you can effectively present the facts when talking to your teen.

Get Help. If you think your child has a problem with prescription drugs or over-the-counter cough medicine, please contact the resources listed above. If you don’t know where to start, you can call the ADAMHS Compass Line at (440) 918-2000 or (440) 350-2000.

Talk to your family, friends, and other parents. Children who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not get that critical message at home.

Start talking. They’ll listen.

Thanks to the Cleveland Clinic, Start Talking, the Lake County ADAMHS Board, Lake County Opiate Task Force, Crossroads, Emerald Jenny Foundation and Partnership for Drug-Free Kid for the above information.

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Free computer classes at Mentor Public Library

Your most techno-phobic can get a free introduction to Facebook or email this month at Mentor Public Library’s Lake Branch.

Your most techno-phobic can get a free introduction to Facebook or email this month at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Do you know someone who’s techno-phobic? Do they have a computer but can’t even check their email?

We can help.

We’re offering free classes that will offer a gentle introduction to computers, Facebook, and Microsoft Word this September at our Main Branch.

The classes include:

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

If you need 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 card gives you 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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Learn about political cartoons during the Civil War

See how political cartoons were used by all ideologies during the Civil War.

See how political cartoons were used by all ideologies during the Civil War.

Cartoons have long been effective political weapons.

All ideologies and both sides of the U.S. Civil War tried to use them to their advantage.

Learn more about the political cartoons and satire used by political parties and journalists at the next talk in our Civil War series.

The program will be at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at our Main Branch.

The talk is free and open to everyone. The speakers are staff and volunteers from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. You can sign up online or by calling the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

If you’re interested in Civil War history, some of the previous talks in the series can be viewed online in their entirety:

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