Mini Golf around the world (at Mentor Public Library)

Taryn plays mini golf in our children's department.

Taryn plays mini golf in our children’s department.

Kids could play a round of gold earlier this week at our Main Branch.

The played through nine holes, each of which were themed after a different country. For extra fun, kids that named all nine countries won a special surprise prize.

Rhea putts in the Brazil-themed hole.

Rhea putts in the Brazil-themed hole.

Afterward, golfers grabbed a cup of hot chocolate, and the winner of each round had their photo taken for our Wall of Fame.

By the way, thanks to Dairy Queen for letting us borrow their clubs and balls.

Landon gets a little help from his dad.

Landon gets a little help from his dad.

Visit Mentor Public Library’s Facebook page for more photos from our international mini golf game.

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Winter Blues Book Bingo

Winter Book BingoNeed to shake up your reading during these chilly winter months?

Come to the library’s Main Branch and pick up a Book Bingo sheet from the reference desk.

From Feb. 1 through March 31, you can earn entries into a prize drawing by filling out a Book Bingo card. Each space is a different kind of book. When you finish reading that type of book, mark your space. Then bring it to the Reference Desk when you’ve completed a BINGO.

For each BINGO you get, you get an entry into the prize drawing. If you fill in the whole card, you get an extra entry into the prize drawing! Winners will be pulled April 1.

Need help getting started? Here are some suggested titles:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Read a book with a sad ending) – Lou Clark gets a job caring for a young man who has recently become paralyzed. Neither realizes the impact each will have on the course of their lives.

Voracious by Cara Nicoletti (Read a cookbook) – Nicoletti, a Brooklyn butcher, complies a list of recipes inspired by books that have had an impact on her life.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Read a graphic novel) – Stevenson’s tale of a villain’s henchgirl was recently shortlisted for a National Book Award. The accolades are well deserved, she turns a silly premise into a moving story of identity and acceptance.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (Read a memoir/biography) – Krakauer chronicles one of the most dangerous Everest expeditions in recent history.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Read a book about a war) – Billy is on leave for a “victory tour” after his unit faced fire during the Iraq War. He and his fellow soldiers are used a PR props to drum up support for the war during election season.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Read a classic) – Set in the 1930s, Cassandra Mortmain recounts tales of her eccentric family in diary entry form.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Read a sci-fi book) – 11 year old Julia must cope with growing up while also dealing with the slowing of the earth’s rotation; an unexplained phenomenon that throws life into disarray.

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Learn about Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi at Mentor Public Library

Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz is one of the best, if not the best, books on the subject.

Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz is one of the best, if not the best, books on the subject.

To commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Mentor Public Library will host a special talk on Holocaust survivor Primo Levi at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at our Main Branch.

In addition to surviving Auschwitz, Levi is renowned as both a chemist and a writer. His complete works, as well as his autobiographical Survival in Auschwitz, can be borrowed from our library.

The program will be led by our own reference librarian Dr. John Foster, who earned a doctorate degree in history with a specialization in Modern German History.

Foster will discuss how people managed to survive being sent to Auschwitz, using the examples of Levi and his contemporary Paul Steinberg.

The talk is free and open to everyone. You can register for it on MPL’s website.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Dr. Foster’s programs, you can find them on our YouTube page, including his talks on Napoleonic France and the German Final Solution.

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Our sock hop with MaryEllen

Faith keeps her hoop moving during the hula-hoop contest at our sockhop Saturday.

Faith keeps her hoop moving during the hula-hoop contest at our sock hop Saturday.

We welcomed the newest historical American Girl, MaryEllen, with a party—and not just any party. MaryEllen’s a 1950’s girl, so we threw her a sock hop!

There were crafts, games, rootbeer floats, and the girls all learned how to do the twist and hand jive.

The girls try their hand at the hand jive.

The girls try their hand at the hand jive.

The girls also competed in hula-hoop and bubble-blowing contests, but it was all in good fun.

The girls see who can blow the biggest bubblegum bubble.

The girls see who can blow the biggest bubblegum bubble.

We love the American Girl books so much at Mentor Public Library that we have a book club dedicated to them.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss a different American Girl book and make a new craft.

Our next meeting is 4 p.m. on Feb. 3 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will meet Felicity.

You can register your child for the book club on our web site or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Alia smiles and shows off the glasses she customized during our sockhop.

Alia smiles and shows off the glasses she customized during our sock hop.

Visit Mentor Public Library’s Facebook page for more photos from our sock hop.

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The history of Mentor with Tom Matowitz

Thomas Matowitz—author, local historian, and Mentor resident—recently visited our library to talk about his newest history book, Mentor.

In his book, Matowitz traces this history of Mentor from a sparsely populated outpost (one of the first in the Western Reserve) to the city it is today.

Matowitz also discusses the city’s most famous residents, including the country’s 20th president, James A. Garfield.

Mentor is available for sale at James A. Garfield National Historic Site, at local bookstores, and online. Of course, you can also check it out at Mentor Public Library.

Matowitz has written seven books about local history; and, as he mentioned during his recent visit, his next book will be about a Mentor family and what they went through during World War II.

When it comes out, we’ll be sure to have that book on our shelves, as well.

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