What to do when a loved one (or you) suffers from memory loss

Are you or a loved one suffering from memory loss? Get answers and advice this Thursday, Sept. 15, at Mentor Public Library.

Are you or a loved one suffering from memory loss? Get answers and advice this Thursday, Sept. 15, at Mentor Public Library.

Memory loss can be scary.

After all, it can be a symptom of dementia when loved ones starts repeating themselves or forgetting what they just said.

But memory loss has many causes and, depending upon the cause, different appropriate treatments. Something as simple as a change in medication can trigger it.

Consequently, it can be difficult to tell the difference between harmless absent-mindedness and early symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

If you or a loved one is struggling with memory loss, come to Mentor Public Library’s Main at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Professionals from Kemper House will offer advice and answer questions about memory loss.

Kemper House is a residential care facility for individuals with all stages and all types of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The library’s program is free and open to everyone. However, we ask that you sign up beforehand. You can register on our website or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 241.

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American Girl Book Club meets Rebecca

Sabrina (pictured with Rosie) works on her craft during the most recent meeting of our American Girl Book Club.

Sabrina (pictured with Rosie) works on her craft during the most recent meeting of our American Girl Book Club.

Our American Girl Book Club traveled to New York City in 1914 to meet Rebecca Rubin earlier this week.

They saw the time and city through her eyes—as a newcomer whose Jewish family had just emigrated from Russia.

On the first Wednesday of each month, our club gets together to discuss a different American Girl book. Then we make a craft that ties into the book, character or era. For example, this month, we decorated Matryoshka dolls like the kind Rebecca plays with.

Emma practices sewing on a paper doll that resembles a Matryoshka.

Emma practices sewing on a paper doll that resembles a Matryoshka.

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 Oct. 5 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Kit.

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

Maggie flashes a smile while Claire focuses on her craft.

Maggie flashes a smile while Claire focuses on her craft.

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Learn about Cleveland’s first football champs at Mentor Public Library

Hall-of-Fame quarterback Bob Waterfield led the Cleveland Rams to the 1945 NFL Championship.

Hall-of-Fame quarterback Bob Waterfield led the Cleveland Rams to the 1945 NFL Championship.

Cleveland has been on quite the championship run lately. (And, hopefully, there will be more soon.)

And while local sports enthusiasts will often invoke the Browns teams with Otto Graham and Jim Brown, we often forget Cleveland’s first football champions.

The Cleveland Rams won the NFL championship in 1945 with Hall-of-Fame quarterback Bob Waterfield, but a few months later they relocated to Los Angeles.

Local historian Dennis Sutcliffe will discuss the Rams and the origins of professional football in Cleveland at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

The talk is free and open to everyone. However, we ask that you register for the program beforehand. You can sign up on our website or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

 

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Story time is back in session and bigger than ever at Mentor Public Library

Mentor Public Library has story times for kids from newborn on up. Find out which one is best for your child.

Mentor Public Library has story times for kids from newborn on up. Find out which one is best for your child.

Story time is back in session at Mentor Public Library!

We have story times for kids from newborns on up and at all of our branches.

Find out which one if best for your child:

Mother Goose on the Loose is for children 36 months old and younger, accompanied by an adult. It takes place at 10 a.m. on Friday in our Read House.

It uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process in babies and toddlers.

There are two separate, 4-week sessions: from Sept. 16 to Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 to Nov. 4.

This is one of our few story times that requires registration. You can sign up by calling our Children’s Department at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Tiddlywinks takes place at 10 a.m. on every Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

These story times are for children 36 months old and younger, accompanied by an adult.

It’s an interactive story time filled with stories, songs and rhymes just right for little listeners.

We also have Tike Time at 11 a.m. on Thursday at our Headlands Branch.

It’s for children from six months to four years old, along with a grownup. We have stories, songs, rhymes, and a very simple craft.DSC01501

Then there’s Rhyme Time, our bimonthly story time at our Lake Branch. It’s for children from six months to five years old (with an adult), and we host it at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

We have stories, songs, and a craft—with a different theme each time.

Kids who graduate from Tiddlywinks will love our  Preschool Story Time.

It takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at our Main Branch. It’s for kids from three to five years old. Children are expected to sit in the class without a grownup.

We also have Family Story Times at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and at 11 a.m. on Fridays at our Main Branch and 7 p.m. on Mondays at our Headlands Branch.

It’s for kids of all ages (along with an adult.) There are stories, music, rhymes, and a craft.DSCN0224

Finally, we have our newest story time—Snappy Little Story Time at 10 a.m. on Mondays at our Main Branch. It’s a combination of Tiddlywinks and Family Story Time. There will be songs, rhymes, books, and flannel stories all geared to the little listener. Please note there will be no craft. It’s open to kids from newborn to age 5.

In addition to our story times, we also have a bunch of special programs for kids (and adults too) at all of our branches.

You can check them out on our event calendar. All of them are free, though some require registration.

See you at the library!

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See life through the eyes of a Wonder

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Never judge a person by his face. You just might miss a wonder.

Sam Drazin knows what it’s like to be judged or ignored for how he looks.

Sam DrazinHe has Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects how his facial bones and tissues developed. Because of it, he suffered from hearing loss and had to brave several facial reconstructive surgeries.

He also faced the challenge of looking differently—of being perceived as different—from the other kids around him growing up.

But it didn’t stop him. He made good friends and was even crowned prom king. Later, he became a teacher and founded Changing Perspectives, an organization that promotes disability awareness.

He’s visiting Mentor this month. He’s speaking Monday, Sept. 26, at our Main Branch and talking to students at Ridge Middle School the day after.

He’ll discuss disability awareness, kindness, and the power of a book—specifically, Wonder by R.J. PalacioWonder tells the story of Auggie, a boy who—like Sam—has Treacher Collins Syndrome, as well as a cleft palate. (Copies of Wonder are available to borrow.)

Drazin uses the story, his personal experiences, and hands-on activities to promote the understanding of differences and disabilities.

His program at the library is free to attend and open to all ages, because you’re never too old or young to appreciate the wonders around you.

You can sign up for Drazin’s program on our website or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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