Get to Know Poe this July at Mentor Library


Mentor Public Library is dedicating the month of July to the inventor of the horror genre and detective novel, to an author who mastered both verse and prose, one of the most important writers ever—Edgar Allan Poe.

There will be a film festival, art clinic, writing workshop, a performance by a professional Poe impersonator, a scary video contest and book discussions hosted throughout the city. All of which will commemorate and celebrate Poe!

One Book, One City

Mentor Library has compiled some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poems and short stories, including “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and more, into books that are available throughout Mentor and Mentor-on-the-Lake. You can pick up copies at any Mentor Public Library branch and Little Free Libraries, as well as Melt, Yours Truly and other locations around the city of Mentor.

Take a book. It’s free! You can then join us at any of these locations for a discussion on Poe and his work. If you’ve always been interested in joining a book club or just love reading, this is a great place to begin.

Let’s get all of Mentor reading! Discussions will be at:


Poe Buttons

 Poe Buttons—Collect all 7!

Attend our Poe events and receive a free Poe Button—there’s a different style for each program—collect all 7! While supplies last.

Know Poe Video Contest

From “The Cask of Amontillado” to “The Masque of the Red Death,” nobody told a scary story like Edgar Allan Poe.

Teens and adults can take tools they learned from the master and apply them to a medium that Poe never knew—video.

They can work individually or as a group to make short, scary video (no longer than five minutes.) Videos will be judged on creativity, scariness, execution and Poe-tency.

Some participants will be able to see their video on the big screen at the Great Lakes Mall Atlas Cinemas during the Know Poe Film Festival.

The deadline for entries is July 1.

For more information, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 213.

Know Poe Film Festival at Atlas Cinemas

Edgar Allan Poe may have not lived to see his work on the biggest of screens, but he had an enormous influence on director Roger Corman and actor Vincent Price.

Library patrons can come see four of their classics, as well as Know Poe video contest entries, at the Great Lakes Mall Atlas Cinemas. (Some images and sequences may not be appropriate for all ages.)

The film festival is underwritten by the Mentor Community Arts Commission.

The showing times are:

Gothic Ink: Poe Inspired Art

Monday, July 7, 6:30 p.m. at Mentor Public Library Main Branch

Want to learn how to draw with ink? Artist Del Borovic will teach teens and adults how to create inspired ink drawings inspired by Poe.

The Gothic Ink program is underwritten by the Mentor Community Arts Commission

Poe’s Mystery on the Lake

Friday, July 11, 2 p.m. at Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch

Celebrate Poe, the inventor of the detective mystery genre and an avid cryptography enthusiast. Become a detective and solve a mystery! Kids will create detective badges and learn how to crack three different types of secret codes. Put your sleuthing skills to the test to solve a mystery and earn a prize.  Appropriate for ages 5 to 10. Registration is required.

Whodunnit? Poe Style

Wednesday, July 16, 7 p.m. at Mentor Public Library Main Branch

Families can play a life-sized game of Clue featuring the characters, settings and demises from the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Bring your detective skills.

Poe Obstacle Course

Thursday, July 17, 2 p.m. at Mentor Public Library Read House

Children from kindergarten through sixth grade can race through a series of 10 obstacles all based on the books of Edgar Allan Poe. Kids will also make a creepy craft.

Poe’s Prose

Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m. at Mentor Public Library Main Branch

Writer and teacher Jacklyn Czekaj will host a writing workshop for teens. Learn the macabre styling of America’s favorite Gothic writer. Writers of all skill levels welcome.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

Monday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. at Mentor Public Library Read House

Join Jim Knight as he interprets some of the famous stories and poems from legendary writer and master of the macabre. Hear such famous Poe masterpieces as “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Raven” and more come to life in Mr. Knight’s rendering. Also, audience members will hear a brief background on the life of Poe, his times and how his writing influenced his contemporaries. Enjoy a fun and creepy evening illustrating why Edgar Allan Poe is still as relevant (and frightening) today as he was in his own time.

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Nail Art Tips & Tricks from Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Spa

Kayla puts a layer of white polish on her nails.

Kayla puts a layer of white polish on her nails.

Some of the ladies of Ladies and Gentlemen Salon and Spa visited the Mentor Public Library Thursday to offer some nail arts tips to our teens.

Here are some cool tricks you can try at home.

Guess what the "H" and "P" on Amanda's nails stand for?

Guess what the “H” and “P” on Amanda’s nails stand for?

Polka Dot Nails

1. First, prepare your nails by cleaning them off. Then paint each nail with a base coat and one to two coats of nail polish.

2. Once your nails are dry, take the flat end of a lip gloss applicator (the end without foam) and lightly dip it in the polish. You only need a small amount of polish on the applicator. (If you don’t have an applicator, other circular objects can be substituted.)

3. Next, take the applicator and dab it on your nail to create polka dots. Dot as many circles on your nails as you want. (Pretty much everything in nail art comes down to lines and dots. The more you practice both, the better and more elaborate designs you’ll be able to create.)

4. Allow your dots to dry.

5. Apply a top coat to your nails to prevent them from chipping.

Maddie presses newspaper down so its image transfers to her nails.

Maddie presses newspaper down so its image transfers to her nails.

Newspaper Nails

1. Once again, apply a base coat and one to two coats of polish.

2. Allow the nails to dry. Then, pour some rubbing alcohol into a small cup.

3. Once your nails are dry, dip them into the small cup.

4. Place the newspaper (or comic book, print book or any other type of paper that has ink on it) on to your nail. Be sure that the nail is still wet with alcohol.

5. Lightly press on the nail to make sure that the ink transfers on to it.

6. After about a minute, peel back the corner of the paper to see if the ink is on your nail. If so, you can remove the paper.

7. Finish your nail design with a layer of clear topcoat.

Rachel paints stripes on her nails.

Rachel paints stripes on one of her nails as an accent.

Thank you to both Ladies and Gentleman Salon and Spa and all the teens who came to the program Thursday. For more information on events and programs at the Mentor Public Library, visit

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A little night music at Mentor Library

A short update today—mostly just wanted to share our video from Mentor Library’s jazz age garden party.

We have a couple of other concerts coming up this summer if you’re looking for a little night music.

The Travelin’ Man Band will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 23 at our Mentor Headlands Branch. They play everything from Rolling Stones to Janis Joplin, so stop by for some good music and good times. The concert—like all of our programming—is free.

Then, on Aug. 7, we have a special concert for kids to close out our children’s summer reading program.

By the way, there’s still time to sign up for our summer reading programsyes, even you grownups.

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Have the most beautiful cuticles with DIY Nail Art

403985_10150991506831905_1813189061_nSome people are good at painting their nails and some people are nail artists.

Teens who want to take their cuticles to the next level can come to our Nail Art program this Thursday evening at Mentor Library’s Main Branch. (Register for it here.) The experts from Ladies & Gentlemen Salon and Spa will be there to offer some of their best tips and tricks.

Before we get to the advanced-level stuff, here’s some good advice the Ladies & Gentlemen nail artists offered the last time they visited us.

1. Always try to use a base coat before polishing your nails. This prevents them from yellowing.

2. Never pull at or tear hangnails. Use nail clippers instead.

3. Are you a nail biter and can’t seem to break the habit? Always keep a coat of polish on your nails. That will make you less likely to take a bite.

4. Just like with any other beauty treatment — so much of nail art is taking care of your body (in this instance, your nails and hands, specifically.) Try to keep your hands moisturized to prevent them from looking dry and cracked.

5. Along the same lines as Tip 4, keep the underneath of your nails clean to prevent the growth of bacteria and germs.

For more tips and some next-level nail designs, join us this Thursday.

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Throwback Thursday: How to get to Sesame Street

Sesame Street‘s been around so long that when you talk about it, you talk about eras. But whether you grew up in the Snuffy-was-still-imaginary era or in a post-Elmo world, you probably have some favorite moments you want to revisit.

But it can be tricky wading through 40 years of programming and dozens of DVDs to find that time Roosevelt Franklin taught the days of the week or Count sang “Lambaba.”

So Throwback Thursday is here to help with our guide to your favorite Sesame Street moments (and where you can find them on DVD.)

And, as always, you can check out any and all of these items from Mentor Public Library.

The Old School collections are probably the single best way to find classic moments from the 1960s through early 1980s. Thus far, they’ve released three volumes (and two CDs.)

In Volume One, you find “Bein’ Green,” “Rubber Duckie,” “I Love Trash,” Batman crosses the street, the alphabet with Jackie Robinson and Lou Rawls, “C is for Cookie,” “Ladybugs’ Picnic,” “There’s a Bird on Me,” Mumford turning Grover into a rabbit, “Martian Beauty,” the first and last with Beetle Bailey, “Doin’ the Pigeon,” Stevie Wonder performing the Sesame Street theme song and Super Grover’s ongoing struggle with the telephone booth.

In Volume Two, there’s “Telephone Rock,” Richard Pryor’s (thankfully not profane) alphabet, Kermit and the weather salesman, Grover inventing the wheel, Paul Simon singing “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “Cookie Disco,” Fonzie and Richie Cunningham brushing their teeth and the Grover’s continuing adventures as the world’s worst waiter.

In Volume Three, you have Snuffy and Gordon running the New York marathon, a visit from R2-D2 and C3PO, “Dance Myself to Sleep,” Oscar’s Steve Martin parody “Trash Outta Heaven” and a special goodbye to Mr. Hooper.

40 Years of Sunny Days includes memorable moments from the first four decades of Sesame Street, including the first appearances of Telly Monster, Elmo, Zoe and Abby Cadabby, Maria and Luis’ marriage, “Put Down the Duckie,” Neil Patrick Harris as the Shoe Fairy and cameos from everyone from Robert Deniro to the Plain White Ts to Patti Labelle. (There’s also a great book recapping the first 40 years of Sesame Street.)

And, as per other classic Sesame Street moment, if you’re looking for Oscar’s Patton homage, check out Follow That Bird.

The Sesame gang ice skating? That would be the Christmas special, (which also has my favorite performance of “Sing.”)

That time Elmo went to Grouchland? The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. (Yeah, some of these are easier to find than others.)

When in doubt, we always have a bunch of stuff with Elmo. Kids like Elmo, right?

Come back each week for a new Throwback Thursday profile.

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