An aromatherapist’s reading list

Certified aromatherapist Jennifer Langsdale suggests her favorite books on essential oils and aromatherapy.

Certified aromatherapist Jennifer Langsdale suggests her favorite books on essential oils and aromatherapy.

Certified aromatherapist Jennifer Langsdale visited us earlier this month.

She explained how different scents can affect the way we feel, as well as how people can incorporate aromatherapy into their lives.

She also recommended six books for people who want to continue (or start) learning about aromatherapy. They are:

For more suggestions from Langsdale, you can visit her website or sign up for her newsletter.

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Celebrate Black History Month with Kanopy

Watch documentaries about James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Richard Pryor and more for free with Kanopy and your library card.

Watch documentaries about James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Richard Pryor and more for free with Kanopy and your library card.

Our newest digital service, Kanopy, give you access to more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe.

For free.

You can watch five of them each month on your favorite device—computer, tablet, phone, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku—at your convenience.

That collection includes several films and documentaries that commemorate the struggles and successes of black Americans. They’re always worth your time but especially pertinent during Black History Month.

Here are 10 of our favorites:

1. I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin & Race

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. However, when he died in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.

Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

2. Eyes on the Prize

Winner of a Peabody and numerous Emmy awards, Eyes on the Prize tells the story of the Civil-Rights era from the point of view of the men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed America and embodied a struggle that continues today.

3. An Outrage: The History and Legacy of Lynching in the South

Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars, this documentary educates and forces us to reflect upon a long-hidden past.

4. Richard Pryor: Icon

He was one of the first black men ever on television. He pioneered a new brand of humor. His comedy was universal. His rise to fame was nothing short of miraculous.

Delve into Richard Pryor’s life and legacy — how he came up through the brothels of Peoria, Ill., performed on the Ed Sullivan Show, got banned by the networks, and became embroiled in a pattern of self-destruction that threatened his life.

5. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, Maya Angelou inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries.

With unprecedented access, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack trace Dr. Angelou’s incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words.

6. Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

Winner of a NAACP Image Award.

7. How I Got Over

How I Got Over is an intimate, innovative profile of 15 formerly homeless and incarcerated African-American women that dramatically reveals the social causes of their plight and how their lives were transformed.

The film follows the women for 12 weeks as they craft and rehearse an original play based on their harrowing, true-life stories.

8. Toni Morrison with A.S. Byatt

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison discusses her work and life with Booker Prize winner A.S. Byatt.

9. The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five, from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. This Peabody Award-winning film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

10. Fresh Dressed: The Evolution of Rap Fashion

A fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion’s catwalks and Middle America shopping malls.

Featuring Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Nas, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Damon Dash, Andre Leon Talley, A$AP Rocky, Marc Ecko, Big Daddy Kane, Kid ‘N Play and many others.

More Kanopy playlists:

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Fill your book shelves for only $5

Find your new favorite book for cheap during the next book sale this weekend at our Read House.

Find your new favorite book for cheap during the next book sale on Feb. 17 and 18 at our Read House.

The Friends of Mentor Public Library will hold a $5 bag sale at our Read House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18.

That means you can buy as many books as you can fit in a bag—picture books, chapter books, fiction, nonfiction, whatever you want—for just five dollars.

Best of all, the money from these book sales go to support library programs and services, including:

So visit the Read House, buy some cool books (for really cheap,) and help support the library.

And if you’d rather not spend money on books, that’s fine. I know this cool place where you can borrow as many books as you want for free.

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Preschoolers can join the wild rumpus at the library

Mentor Public Library is throwing a dance party for preschoolers on Monday, Feb. 19, at its Main Branch.

Mentor Public Library is throwing a preschool dance party with a couple of wild things on Monday, Feb. 19, at its Main Branch.

We’re throwing a wild rumpus where kids can move, groove, and put some of that surplus energy to use with a couple of wild things.

The preschool dance party is free and open to all kids from two to six years old, along with their parents. It will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, at our Main Branch.

We do ask that you register for the party beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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‘Audrey Hepburn’ coming to Mentor Public Library

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

One of the most famous actresses in cinematic history is coming to Mentor Public Library.

Audrey Hepburn, as performed by Susan Cannavino, will talk about her life and film career at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at our Main Branch. Cannavino will share details that even Hepburn’s most ardent fans might not know.

The program is free to attend and open to all. However, we do ask that people register to attend. You can register online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Cinephiles may also enjoy our Oscars Movie Night series.

We’re screening four Academy Award-winning films at 6 p.m. on each Thursday this February, including:

The films are free to attend and refreshments are included. They will be screened at our Main Branch.

You can also enter for a chance the win our Oscar’s prize basket.

You can register to view any and all of these screenings on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Kanopy and your library card give you access to some of the best films ever made, including those in the Criterion Collection.

Kanopy and your library card give you access to some of the best films ever made, including those in the Criterion Collection.

Finally, for more classic films, check out our newest digital service, Kanopy.

Kanopy has a collection of more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe.

And you can watch five of them each month on your favorite device—computer, tablet, phone, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku—for free.

Enjoy masterpieces by Akira Kurosawa, Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, Orson Welles and more.

Watch classics of independent and world cinema. Romance, comedy, warand documentary—all here. Even classic silent films like Metropolis, Nosferatu and Modern Times.

You can watch online or use Kanopy’s app, which is available for free at the Apple and Google Play stores.

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