Can Your Fines food drive returns to Mentor Public Library

Help those in need and have your library fines forgiven.

Help those in need and have your library fines forgiven.

The Can Your Fines food drive is returning to Mentor Public Library and, once again, library patrons can donate food in exchange for forgiveness of their fines.

The food drive will run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31 and people can donate at any of Mentor Public Library’s branches.

The donated food will go to local food pantries that will, in turn, give it to families in need.

Each nonperishable food item that somebody donates will be worth up to a dollar off of the fines they owe. People can get up to five dollars in fines waived this way.

Patrons can only trade food for fines once during the Can Your Fines food drive. Those whose fines have gone to collections are not eligible to participate.

Last year, patrons donated hundreds of pounds of food to their neighbors in need. We hope to collect even more this year.

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Our American Girl Book Club meets Maryellen

Our American Girl Book Club bedazzles sunglasses during their most recent meeting.

Our American Girl Book Club bedazzles sunglasses during their most recent meeting.

Our American Girl Book Club danced the hand jive and bedazzled sunglasses when they traveled back to the 1950s to meet Maryellen.

Each month, our club gets together to discuss a different American Girl book. Then we make a craft and play games that tie into the book, character or era.

If you have a child who likes the American Girl books or dolls, then she can join the fun. They can even bring their dolls with them, if they like. (Of course, the dolls aren’t required.)

Our next meeting is 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Julie.

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

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Turn moments into stories with author Jill Grunenwald

Jill Grunenwald will teach how to turn moments into short essays during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Jill Grunenwald will teach how to turn moments into short essays at Mentor Public Library.

Aspiring authors can learn how to turn moments into stories with writer Jill Grunenwald during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Grunenwald will demonstrate how memorable and even quiet moments can be transformed into flash essays—short stories, no longer than a few hundred words.

Her talk is free and open to all. It will be 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, at our Main Branch.

Afterward, at 7:30 p.m., Grunenwald will discuss and read from her memoir, “Running with a Police Escort.” Copies will be available for sale and signing.

People can register for both Grunenwald’s flash-essay tutorial and her “Running with a Police Escort” reading online or by calling the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

November is National Novel Writing Month, and we’ve enlisted a cadre of authors to help aspiring authors hone their craft. at Mentor Public Library

Highlights include:

All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be at our Main Branch, unless otherwise indicated. They are free and open to the public. However, registration is required. You can sign up on our event calendar or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

Finally, we’d like to thank the Mentor Community Arts Commission and Friends of the Mentor Public Library for helping fund our NaNoWriMo programming.

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Restock your book shelves for only $5 this weekend

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 this weekend 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, Nov. 11, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

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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Learn how to use Video Chatting services at the library

You can learn how to use Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, and other video chatting services at Mentor Public Library.

You can learn how to use Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, and other video chatting services at Mentor Public Library.

Video Chatting services have done for video what Alexander Graham Bell did for audio.

You can now both speak and see people from around the planet using Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime and other video chatting services.

If you or someone you know—like, say, grandparents who complain they don’t see their grandkids enough— want to learn how to use these services, come to the library.

We’re offering a free class on how to video chat at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at our Main Branch.

The class is open to everyone. You can RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216 to reserve your spot.

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