Meet Claire McMillan, author of ‘The Necklace’

Claire McMillan, author of The Necklace, is coming to Mentor Public Library.the-necklace

McMillan is an Ohio writer by way of Pasadena, CA. Her newest novel, The Necklace, combines old-money intrigue, Gatsby-esque cavorting, and three generations of familial dissension into a champagne cocktail of a story.

She’ll both read and discuss her book when she visits us at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, at our Main Branch.

Her books will also be available for purchase and signing after the program.

Her talk is free and open to the public. However, we do ask that people sign up beforehand, since space is limited. You can register online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

In the meantime, readers can also enjoy McMillan’s debut novel, The Gilded Agewhich was inspired by Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.

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Become a Library Champion

Congratulations to Adelaide and all of our library champions.

Congratulations to Adelaide and all of our library champions.

Have you noticed the Library Champion signs popping up in your neighborhood this summer? And when you saw them, did you think, “That’s a snazzy sign. How can I become a Library Champion?”

The bad news is that these signs aren’t for grownups. However, the good news is that, if you’re a kid, you already possess the innate potential to be a Library Champion.

Every child that signs up for our Summer Reading Program and reads (or is read to) for 15 hours gets a Library Champion yard sign and window cling.

AJ and Bo

And that’s just one of the prizes you can get for participating in our summer reading program.

For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by July 30, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

We also have a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. If you’re reading anyhow this summer (and you undoubtedly are), you should sign up and win something.

To be clear, the girl and not the dog is the library champion. The dog is a good dog but Elizabeth is a CHAMPION.

To be clear, the girl and not the dog is the library champion. The dog is a good dog but Elizabeth is a CHAMPION.

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Light it up with electric greeting cards

Give your greeting cards a charge by adding electrical circuits. Learn how at the library.

Give your greeting cards a charge by adding electrical circuits. Learn how at the library.

A greeting card is a nice gesture, but how many literally brighten a room?

Learn how to give your greetings a little glow by adding an electrical circuit to your card during our final Creation Station program of the summer.

The program will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at our Lake Branch.

It’s free and open to all teens. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

By the way, you still have time to sign up for our Summer Reading program this year. The theme is Build a Better World. Come to the library and see how you can shape the world around you.

Everyone who participates in the our summer reading program has a chance to win prizes—just for reading! The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

For more information on our summer reading program, call us or check out our event calendar.

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Scavenger hunts & building forts

The kids built an enormous fort with tunnels and a ball pit during Make-It Monday.

The kids built an enormous fort with tunnels and a ball pit during Make-It Monday.

Sometimes, you don’t need to give children instructions.

You just give them the tools, and they’ll do something memorable.

That’s what happened during our most recent Make-It Monday. We provided some supplies and they built an awesome fort with tunnels, a ball pit, and even a Time Out chair. (Thankfully, the chair proved unnecessary.)

The kids also followed a scavenger hunt, scouring our Read House yard for landmarks from around the world.

We’re hosting Make-It Mondays at 1 p.m. at our Read House on each Monday during Summer Reading.

Every week, we’ll have a different theme, as well as different crafts and games. It’s free and open to all kids. No registration necessary!

This upcoming Monday, we’re working with water.

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Learn about the historic theaters of downtown Cleveland

9781467136464Local author and historian Alan Dutka is returning to our library to discuss his newest book, Historic Movie Theaters of Downtown Cleveland.

By the early 1920’s, a collection of marvelous movie palaces lined Euclid Avenue, but some only survived two generations.

However, Cleveland residents united to save a few from the wrecking balls, and their names—like the Palace, Ohio, Hanna, and Allen theaters—are still familiar to arts lovers.

Dutka will be speaking at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at our Main Branch.

The program is free and open to everyone. However, we do ask that you register in advance. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

Dutka has written several books about Cleveland’s history, including Cleveland in the Gilded Age: A Stroll Down Millionaires’ Row (which he wrote with Cleveland storyteller Dan Ruminski) and East Fourth Street: The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of an Urban Cleveland StreetHe visited us last year to discuss his Misfortune on Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row.

All of these books are available to borrow at Mentor Public Library.

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