Folk Guitar with Mike Fekete at Mentor Library

Mentor native visited Mike Fekete discussed and demonstrated American Folk Guitar music Monday evening at Mentor Library.

He talked about his influences—from John Fahey to Leo Kottke—and how he was able to work on some of the same Imagionational Anthem compilations as his heroes.

He also explained the differences between the subgenres of folk guitar like American Rural Guitar, American Primitive Guitar and Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. (In short, American Primitive, which is Fekete’s style, blends the reach of contemporary classical with the roots of country blues.)

Most importantly, he brought his guitar so he could play the music he loved. He performed 15 songs including genre classics like Fahey’s Poor Boy, spirituals like “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord” and original compositions. (To hear Fekete play, watch our video from his program.)

If you love music, Mentor Library is hosting a pair of concerts in July. On Wednesday, July 15, the Travelin’ Man Band will perform a free show at our Headlands Branch.

Then, on Wednesday, July 29, folk duo Simple Gifts will perform at our Read House. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon play 12 different instruments between the two of them and perform everything from Irish jigs and American reels to Gypsy melodies and Balkan dance music.

Both shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on Fekete and his music, visit his Facebook page.

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More Marvelous Mondays at Mentor Library

Jamison soaks villains during Marvelous Monday at Mentor Library.

Jamison soaks villains during Marvelous Monday at Mentor Library.

It’s hard to believe, but these sweet summer days are already waning.

There are only three Marvelous Mondays left! Then again, to phrase it more positively, there are three more weeks of Marvelous Mondays coming.

And you’re invited to all of them. No registration is necessary. Just come to our Read House  from 1 to 2 p.m. and have fun!

Each week has a different theme with different games, crafts and activities:

  • July 13, Captain America
  • July 20, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • July 27, Captain Underpants
Rowan shows off the Batman paper puppet she made.

Rowan shows off the Batman paper puppet she made.

And there’s still time to join the more than 1,400 kids who have signed up for summer reading at Mentor Public Library.

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—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Vincent (with some help from Maria) plays a matching game, trying to pair heroes with their archnemeses.

Vincent (with some help from Maria) plays a matching game, trying to pair heroes with their archnemeses.

For more photos from Marvelous Mondays, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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Become a Library Champion this summer

Become a Super Reader like Kyle during our summer reading program, Every Hero Has a Story.

Become a Super Reader like Kyle during our summer reading program, Every Hero Has a Story.

You probably noticed our Library Champion signs popping up in yards in and around Mentor this summer. And when you saw them, you may have thought, “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.

Kaylee

And that’s just one of the prizes you can get for participating in our summer reading program, Every Hero Has a Story.

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—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

And when you get your awesome Library Champion sign, take a photo of yourself looking heroic with it and share it with us.

And when you get your awesome Library Champion sign, take a photo of yourself looking heroic with it and share it with us.

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Patriotic Party at our Lake Branch

Kids celebrated the Fourth of July with patriotic crafts, including red, white and blue pencil wands.

Kids celebrated the Fourth of July with patriotic crafts, including red, white and blue pencil wands.

We threw a birthday party for the United States on Thursday (admittedly a day early) at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

Kids made patriotic crafts including birthday-candle bookmarks and red, white and blue pencil wands.

Then they decorated cupcakes with—what else?—red, white and blue frosting.

Avery, Eli and Cheyenne put the finishing touches on their bookmarks.

Avery, Eli and Cheyenne put the finishing touches on their bookmarks.

For more programs and events at our Lake Branch (or any of our branches,) check out Mentor Library’s event calendar.

And while you’re at the library, you can sign up for 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—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Birthday cupcakes!

Birthday cupcakes!

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Avengers assemble at Mentor Library

Oliver (while undercover as Captain America) unleashes justice on villains using a water cannon.

Oliver (while undercover as Captain America) unleashes justice on villains using a water cannon.

The Avengers assembled Monday at our Read House and it was—in a word—adorable.

Kids hulked their way through brick walls, tracked down Hydra agents and Silly-Stringed ne’er-do-wells into submission.

We have fun programs scheduled for grownup Avengers fans too. On July 23, comics scholar Valentino Zullo talk about the Avengers’ history and impact on comics and entertainment. You can register for the talk on our website.

Black Widow (secret identity: Bailie) can smash just as well as any Hulk.

Black Widow (secret identity: Bailie) can smash just as well as any Hulk.

Every Monday in July, we’re going to have super fun with crafts, games, science and more from 1 to 2 p.m. at our Read House.

Each week has a different theme:

  • July 6, superhero sidekicks
  • July 13, Captain America
  • July 20, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • July 27, Captain Underpants

Join us for one or all of them. No registration is necessary. Just come over and have fun!

Rowan practices her hammer tossing with Mjolnir.

Rowan practices her hammer tossing with Mjolnir.

By the way, there’s still time to sign up for 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—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Rocco clears the stage with a swing of his powerful fists.

Rocco clears the stage with a swing of his powerful fists.

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