Get résumé advice from from the experts

Get résumé writing advice from the professionals at Ohio Means Jobs on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Mentor Library's Main Branch.

Get résumé-writing advice from the professionals at Ohio Means Jobs on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Only 30 percent of people in the United States feel engaged at work. (Sadly, that’s ahead of the global average of 13 percent.)

And most of that 70 percent probably still prefer their job to unemployment.

What we’re trying to say is this: There are a lot of people out there who wouldn’t mind brushing up their résumé.

Why not get help from the experts?

The professionals from Ohio Means Jobs will be at our Main Branch from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21. offering suggestions on how to write (or rewrite) your résumé. If you bring your résumé, they can even give you personalized advice.

The program is free and open to everybody. If you’re interested, you can register for it on Mentor Library’s site or call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

We’re teaming with Ohio Means Jobs for programs throughout the year to help career-seekers. In February,we’re hosting a computer class specifically for job hunters; and, in March, we’ll offer advice on how to ace job interviews.

This is in addition to the computer classes on how to use Facebook, Microsoft Word, Publisher and email we have slated for this February.

The path to a better job begins with your résumé. If you want to join the minority that actually enjoys its job, make sure yours is the best it can be.

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An Introduction to Yoga with Awaken Yoga

You don’t need to be able to do a handstand or reach your leg behind your head to try yoga.

If you can sit in a chair and breathe, then you can start to derive the benefits of yoga. And what do those benefits include? Everything from reduced stress and boosted immunity to weight loss and stronger muscles.

Cathy Picozzi from Awaken Yoga in Mentor visited our Main Branch Monday to talk about the history of yoga, its current popularity, its health benefits, and she also taught some simple poses even the newest of beginners could do.

If your curiosity is piqued, you can learn more by taking a class at Awaken Yoga. It can help if your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight or reduce stress.

Also, Awaken Yoga is one of our Core Card partners. So you can save money on classes, as well. If you pay for a 5-class package with Awaken Yoga, you get the sixth class for free—just because you have a Mentor Library card.

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Paws to Read returns to Mentor Library

Paws to Read returns to Mentor Public Library in January.

Paws to Read returns to Mentor Public Library in January.

As you’ve already surmised from the headline and the caption above, one of our favorite programs is back.

After a holiday sabbatical, Paws to Read returns Jan. 21 at our Main Branch.

Paws to Read pairs young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with therapy dogs, who listen to the children as they read.

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If your child can read independently but doesn’t like to do it in front of other people, you might try signing them up for Paws to Read. The program works well for dog lovers, but it’s also helped some kids who are scared of dogs get over their phobia.

Registration for the January sessions start Jan. 7. There will be two 30-minute sessions on Jan. 21; one beginning at 6:30 p.m., the next at 7 p.m. We only have so many therapy dogs; so, unfortunately, there’s a limit on how many kids can participate each month.

Furthermore, those spots tend to fill up quickly, so contact the children’s department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child could benefit from Paws to Read.

There is often a waiting list for the program once registration begins.

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For more information on Paws to Read and other children’s programs at Mentor Public Library call (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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Join Mentor Reads to Learn about President James A. Garfield

Meet fun people and learn about Mentor's favorite son during Mentor Reads with the Garfield National Historic Site.

Meet fun people and learn about Mentor’s favorite son during Mentor Reads with the Garfield National Historic Site.

Every day is President’s Day in Mentor, because our city is one of the few that can claim to be a hometown to a president.

To celebrate (and also learn about) our president we started a book club, Mentor Reads James A. Garfield, with the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

Our next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. We’ll be talking about Horatio Alger’s “From Canal Boy to President: The Boyhood and Manhood of James A Garfield.” Alger is the bard of rags-to-riches tales, so he’s uniquely suited to tell the story of someone born in a one-room log cabin who rose to the presidency.

If you’d like to borrow a copy of “From Canal Boy to President” from us, it’s already uploaded onto all of our Nooks (along with a bunch of other things.) You can also read it for free online with your computer, phone, tablet or eReader thanks to Project Gutenberg.

If you can’t make it this month, join us Feb. 12 to talk about “Crete and James: Personal Letters of Lucretia and James Garfield.” All of our book clubs are free and open to everyone.

If you love history, the Garfield National Historic Site also leads a monthly program about the U.S. Civil War. At noon on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at our Main Branch, they’ll be talking about famous regiments from our state, including the 23rd and 42nd Ohio. You can register for the lunchtime talk on MPL’s event calendar.

See you at the library!

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#MyLifeInAQuote

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has ever known. -Oscar Wilde

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has ever known.” Oscar Wilde

Maybe you’ve noticed one our #MyLifeInAQuote posts on our Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram pages. (Yes, it’s hashtagged, because this will be remembered as the decade in which we hashtagged everything.)

The concept is pretty simple. We take a photo from one of our programs and pair it with an appropriate quote from an author or artist.

Joss Whedon

“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, saute it, whatever. MAKE.” Joss Whedon

Our goal is two-fold. One, we want these photos to encourage you to try something new and exciting. Two, we want to show you some of the ways we can help you try these new and exciting things.

For example, if your child wants to be a writer, we have writing clubs for kids and teens. We also have a Comics Club if sequential art is your passion, as well as art programs for kids and adults.

Toni Morrison

“If there’s a book you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison

At Mentor Library, two of our biggest goals are to encourage lifelong learning and to stimulate your creativity. That sounds very right brain/left brain, but both goals have one important thing in common: It’s not just about who you are; it’s about who you want to be.

So when we share a #MyLifeInAQuote, we’re not just offering a cute photo with a clever caption. We’re asking, “How can we help you become who you want to be?”

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“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ee cummings

Finally, #MyLifeInAQuote is about telling stories. After all, these quotes are meant to say something about our lives. We don’t just quote Norton Juster because we love The Phantom Tollbooth (though we do.) We quote him because his words resonate with us.

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“So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.” Norton Juster

So what’s your favorite quote? What words by an author or artist fit who you are or who you want to be? Let us know and we may use your quote on #MyLifeInAQuote.

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