James Renner’s Favorite Halloween Costume

Author and journalist James Renner visited Mentor Library earlier this month to discuss the fun, frightening and possibly fictional denizens of this state for his book, It Came from Ohio: True Tales of the Weird, Wild and Unexplained.

When we interviewed him about his book, he told us an awesome story about his favorite Halloween costume. At the time, we couldn’t work the anecdote into our video, but we also didn’t forget about it either.

So, as a special Halloween treat, we present Renner’s favorite Halloween costume:

And remember, on Halloween, kids can wear their costumes and go trick-or-treating at any of the Mentor Public Library branches!

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Can Your Fines food drive returns to Mentor Library

Dropping off donations from last year's Can Your Fines food drive.

Dropping off donations from last year’s Can Your Fines food drive.

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 all through November and people can donate at any of Mentor Public Library’s branches.

The donated food will go to local food pantries at St. Gabriel and St. John Vianney. The pantries 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 880 pounds of food during the Can Your Fines drive.

For more information, contact the Mentor Public Library at (440) 255-8811.

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Get your Halloween costumes ready

Olivia just needs a cauldron to win Halloween bingo.

Olivia just needs a cauldron to win Halloween bingo.

The countdown to Halloween continues!

On Saturday, kids had a scavenger hunt and played Halloween Bingo at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch during our Halloween Spooktacular.

But the most fun part was the costumes some of the kids wore.

Darin—pardon me, The Flash—reads a clue during the Halloween scavenger hunt.

Darin—pardon me, The Flash—reads a clue during the Halloween scavenger hunt.

What does the Fox say?

What does the Fox say?

And remember, on Halloween, kids can wear their costumes and go trick-or-treating at the library!

For more photos from our Halloween Spooktacular, visit our Facebook page.

Luke searches the bookshelves of our Lake Branch for the next clue.

Luke searches the bookshelves of our Lake Branch for the next clue.

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Share Memories & Memorabilia from the Championship Browns Teams

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When Kermit Pike and his wife, Joyce, married in the summer of 1964, they used $100 from their wedding gifts to buy season tickets for the Cleveland Browns.

That year, they watched Gary Collins and Jim Brown—still Pike’s favorite player—lead the Browns to the league championship. They shut out the Baltimore Colts 27-0 in front of more than 79,000 fans.

The Pikes kept their ticket stubs from that game; and, ever since, Kermit Pike has collected memorabilia—including tickets, programs, posters, trading cards, autographs and more—from that championship team.

Pike will bring some of his collection on Monday, Nov. 3, to Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch for a special program. He’ll be joined by Don Gries, whose grandfather is a former minority of the Browns.

Both Gries and Pike will share their Browns memorabilia and stories, and they hope others will come to the library to share their memorabilia and memories, as well.

“Everybody’s invited to bring their own collectibles too,” Pike said. “I’m looking forward to reminiscing with other fans.”

More of Pike’s collectibles are on display as part of the new exhibit, 1964: When Browns Town Was Title Town at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland. The exhibit includes:

  • Jim Brown’s contract with the Cleveland Browns, signed Oct. 31, 1964
  • Offensive and defensive playbooks from the 1964 and 1965 seasons
  • Trading cards featuring “Jimmy” Brown
  • Never-before exhibited photos and video from the championship season
  • Game-worn jerseys, autographed helmets and more.

The exhibit runs through February 2015.

The program at Mentor Library is free and open to everyone. People can register by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 215 or on the library’s website.

The WRHS exhibit is included with the history center’s admission price—ten dollars for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children. More information is available on WRHS’s website.

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10 Favorite Places to Read Outdoors

The Read House, which is next door to the Mentor Library’s Main Branch, is a cozy place for an outdoor read.

The Read House, which is next door to the Mentor Library’s Main Branch, is a cozy place for an outdoor read.

I love autumn. Summer can get too hot; winter, too cold; and everything makes me sneeze in the spring.

But autumn’s just about perfect. And one of my favorite things to do in the fall is read outside.

I grab a good book, which is easy to do because I work in a library. Then I find somewhere cozy to read, preferably with some fall foliage.

I’m in my glory with a good book and a cozy nook to read in. Fortunately, we’re blessed with a plethora of beautiful locations around Lake County.

My ten favorite places to read outside in Lake County are:

  1. Wildwood Cultural Center & Park. I love to sit on one of the benches right outside of the Tudor home and enjoy the architecture and arboreal atmosphere.
  2. Squire’s Castle. The perfect place for a medieval tale.
  3. Mentor Beach Park. Headlands Beach State Park is beautiful too—anywhere along the lake, really—but Mentor Beach Park in Mentor-on-the-Lake is a personal favorite because it’s quiet and cozy.
  4. Holden Arboretum. There are a lot of picturesque places around the arboretum. My favorite—the lantern court gardens.
  5. Veterans Park. There is more than one Veterans Park in Lake County. I’m talking about the one in Mentor, though I have a soft spot for the Painesville park too. I like to sit at the edge of the dock and dangle my feet over Granger Pond as I read.
  6. Mentor Marsh/Mentor Lagoons. Two different, but adjacent nature preserves. Both are tranquil, lovely and perfect for Saturday afternoon reading.
  7. Wes Point Park. In the middle of busy downtown Willoughby, you have this pretty slice of verdure. Visit when they have the farmers markets and grab something to eat between chapters.
  8. Eleanor Garfield Park. I like to sit on the bridge that crosses the pond and listen to the ducks while I read.
  9. James A. Garfield National Historic Site. The president was an avid reader with more than 3,000 books in his library, so it makes sense that his Lake County home is such a cozy place to read. There are cozy, secluded picnic tables sprinkled around the park, but I like the bench behind the visitor’s center.
  10. Mentor Public Library’s Read House. During my lunch breaks, I enjoy going next door, sitting on Roberts Round Stage and appreciating a quiet corner of the city that’s right off Mentor Avenue.

By the way, Mentor Public Library has Little Free Libraries at parks all around town in case you forget to bring a book with you.

And if you need a reading recommendation? Well, we’re good for that too.

Where’s your favorite place to read outdoors in Lake County?

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