At noon this Wednesday, Sept. 9, they will talk General William T. Sherman’s famous “March to the Sea” from Atlanta to the Georgia coast. All of the Civil War talks are free and open to the public. You can register for it on our website.
And that’s not all!
As part of our Monday University series, we’re having a special concert Monday evening, Sept. 8, at our Main Branch. The Celtic Union Band will share stories, poems and play music from the Civil War era. Once again, this program is free and open to all.
The Travelin’ Man Band performed a free concert Wednesday at our Lake Branch. The good news: it was a great show and a lot of fun. The bad news: that performance closed out another concert season at Mentor Public Library.
Most people don’t associate libraries with live music, though we’ve been hosting concerts at Mentor Public Library for a few years now.
We do it for a lot of reasons. Here are the five biggest.
1. We love music
Sometimes, it’s really that simple. We love music—all kinds, from jazz to country to pop and back again—and this is one of the ways we share that love.
It’s also one of the reasons we offer Freegal and Hoopla—digital services that let you download and stream music, respectively—and have stacks upon stacks of CDs for you to borrow.
2. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books. They’re cultural centers
Don’t get me wrong. We love books. Most people who work in a library are there, in part, because they love to read.
But libraries aren’t just about books.
They’re a place to engage with the culture, and culture doesn’t end in the written word. It includes music, fashion, art — pretty much any way a person expresses themselves.
3. It lets us promote local talent
Last year, we launched our Rock Roots Summer Concert Series.
Mentor Library is offering free ACT prep courses to teens on Saturdays, Sept. 6 and 13.
Stressed out about the ACTs?
Why wouldn’t you be?
It’s one of the cruel truths of young adulthood that you spend four years volunteering, participating in student groups and working hard in class, and then a single standardized test taken on a Saturday morning can completely undermine you.
So standardized test are, in a word, stressful.
But there’s no better remedy for that stress than being well prepared.
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, by the way, 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. 215.
Students prepare for their upcoming ACT at Mentor Public Library
“David Selman (the president of Selman & Co.,) he wants his company to give back,” Manning said. “That’s how our company is.”
Erin Sheplavy stretches to reach the framing around our carousel.
Manning said she would be back at the library soon—and not just to show off her painting to her granddaughter.
“The library means a lot me,” she said. “I’m an avid reader.”
Everyone at Mentor Library can’t thank the Selman volunteers enough for their kindness, help and consideration. We love the new look in our Children’s Area, and we hope the kids and parents love it too!
We also have one more thank you to bestow. Thanks to all of our patrons who were so understanding that our Children’s Area was closed Friday morning. Kids and books are a great combination. Kids, books and paint—well, that can get messy.