Kids can play a round of mini golf at Mentor Public Library

Families can play a round of mini golf on Monday, Jan. 25, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Families can play a round of mini golf on Monday, Jan. 25, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Searching for something fun to do on a chilly Monday afternoon?

How about playing mini golf at Mentor Public Library?

From 1 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, kids can play a round at our Main Branch. Groups of four can pick up their clubs and balls at our children’s desk on the second floor. (Thanks to Dairy Queen for letting us borrow their gear!)

Children can play through nine holes, each of which will be themed after a different country. For extra fun, kids that can name all nine countries will win a special surprise prize.

Afterward, golfers can grab a cup of hot chocolate, and the winner of each round will have their photo taken for our Wall of Fame.

The mini golf program is open to all kids and no registration is necessary.

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Get moving this year with a free boxing class


Looking for a fun, different way to get moving this year?

Take a free beginners boxing class at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at TITLE Boxing Club at 7601 Mentor Ave., Mentor.

The class is part of the Mentor Public Library’s Get Healthy Series. Each month the library will offer a free program on how to improve all aspects of one’s health.

The boxing class is open to everyone. No previous experience is necessary. In addition to learning some basic techniques, participants will also learn the different parts of the body that boxing exercises. (It’s more than the arms.)

Participants should prepare for a workout, be dressed to move and come about 15 minutes early so they can get their hands wrapped. TITLE Boxing Club will provide hand wraps and boxing gloves, though people can bring their own if they prefer.

You can register for the class on Mentor Public Library’s website or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

The Get Healthy series continues with a talk on happiness on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch. James Kargakos, a psychology professor and certified life coach, will discuss the science behind happiness and what detracts from happiness.

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15 Books, Videos & Albums from the Civil Rights Movement for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

While the holiday is named after him, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrates everyone who strives for justice and equality.

While the holiday is named after him, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrates everyone who strives for justice and equality.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we wanted to compile a list of books, documentaries, movies and albums either from or about the Civil Rights Movement.

At first, we intended to limit it to 10, but that cap made for a superficial list. We increased the total to 15, but that still excluded too many favorites.

We eventually realized that we could stretch the list to 100, and it still wouldn’t include everything we considered recommended reading, viewing and listening. So this list is admittedly incomplete; or, rather, it’s far from exhaustive, and we preemptively apologize if we failed to include a personal favorite.

If anything, we hope this list introduces you to something new or reminds you of something important.

One final caveat: There has been more than one Civil Rights Movement in America and hundreds more across this planet. This list focuses on black Americans’ fight for freedom and equality in their country. To try to include every Civil Rights Movement would be casting a web too wide for a single post.

However, this won’t be the only list of its kind. The story of any people who are striving for justice and equality matters.

1. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.

The holiday is named after the man. We might as well begin with Martin Luther King Jr.

His most moving words are all here: his Nobel Prize acceptance speech; his Christmas sermon on peace; “Why We Can’t Wait”; his final speech delivered on April 4, 1968; and, of course, “I Have a Dream.”

2. April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America by Michael Eric Dyson

“I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.”

Those were King’s words from his final speech the day he was murdered. Dyson uses the fortieth anniversary of King’s assassination as a starting point for a comprehensive reevaluation of the fate of America, specifically Black America, over the ensuing years. He investigates the ways in which we as a people have made it to the Promised Land that King spoke of. He also illuminates the ways we still have a long way to go. (April 4, 1968 can also be streamed as an audiobook via Hoopla.)

3. Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years

Both the PBS documentary and book do a masterful job of recapping the Civil Rights Movement from Brown v. Board of Education to the march from Selma to Montgomery—equally useful as an introduction and as a reminder.

4. Nina Simone’s The Definitive Collection

Struggle is never far from Nina Simone’s music, whether it be the struggle of her race (“To Be Young, Gifted and Black” or “Mississippi Goddam”) or her sex (“Four Women” or “Pirate Jenny.”) Life is difficult. The only thing that seemed to come easy were the songs; and, even then, they are sometimes painful to listen to.

You can stream Simone’s music on Hoopla or download her songs from Freegal.

5. Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter

McWhorter won the Pulitzer Prize fore her investigation of her hometown and segregationist family during a pivotal year in the Civil Rights movement.

6. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

King was not the only leader during the Civil Rights movement. Malcolm X’s leadership, vision and rhetoric still influences millions of people. To learn more about the man you can read his autobiography (which, in full disclosure, was primarily written by Alex Haley.) Malcolm Marable’s Malcolm: A Life of Reinvention also offers an interesting counterpoint to his autobiography, as well as more information on his marriage to Betty Shabazz. (It’s also available as an eBook on OverDrive.)

If you’d rather watch than read, Malcolm X is one of Spike Lee’s finest films.

7. If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold

Ringgold may be better known for her story quilts, but she has also written and illustrated more than a dozen children’s books. If a Bus Could Talk is an excellent way to teach and talk to kids about Rosa Parks and Civil Rights.

8. Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom by Peter Guralnick

Guralnick tells the story of how musicians—Spooner Oldham, Otis Redding, Booker T. Jones and more—cut across racial lines to make music that was both timely and timeless.

9. Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On?

Speaking of sweet soul music, Gaye’s plaintive question is as pertinent now as it was in 1969. You might know the singles already (the title track, “Inner City Blues” and “Mercy, Mercy Me”) but this album rewards those who listen to it in its entirety.

10. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a year that was marked with racial and civil unrest, no one explained the still hazardous plight of the black male better than Coates. He uses both national and personal history, statististics and stories, to illuminate his points.

11. Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford

Eight-year-old Connie can’t eat her ice cream at Woolworth’s lunch counter. This book was written for third through fifth graders, but adults will appreciate its message too.

12. Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s

The worthy followup to Eyes on the Prize. This book tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement from people who were there, both the famous and the unknown.

13. Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge

This book uses modern photos and the historical mug shots of the black and white protesters who rode across the country together protesting segregation.

14. Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

The Civil Rights Movement isn’t just the story of Malcolm and Martin and Medgar Evers. It isn’t just the story of the people who refused to leave their seats on the bus or at the lunch counter. It was (and is) the story of everyone who has been belittled because of their race or sex or some other attribute beyond their control.

Anne Moody writes about her childhood, growing up in the Mississippi Delta in the 1940s and 1950s. Without embellishment or literary theatrics, she describes the risks her contemporaries faced for the sake of earning basic rights. And by telling her story, she tells all of our stories.

15. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Fiction can be a powerful way to share a people’s struggle and few people used it more powerfully than Harper Lee. If you’ve already read To Kill a Mockingbird but it’s been awhile, read it again.

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Make your own Harry Potter T-Shirts

Kids made their own Harry Potter shirts at our Lake Branch, and you can do the same!

Kids made their own Harry Potter shirts at our Lake Branch, and you can do the same!

Kids made their own Harry Potter shirts earlier this year at our Lake Branch; and it was awesome, except for one thing.

You didn’t get a shirt.

But we can fix that with the crafting experience of MPL Library Associate Ragan Snead. Follow her instructions, and you’ll have your own personal Potterverse shirt to rock. Fabulosa!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A simple, bold Harry Potter design (Spend some time searching the Internet, especially Pinterest, for one you like.)
  2. Cardstock
  3. Fabric paint
  4. Scissors or Exacto knife
  5. T-shirt (Any light-colored shirt will work, but the craft is easiest with a white shirt.)

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  1. Pick your Harry Potter-related design. The simpler it is to cut out, the easier your life will be.
  2. Print the design on cardstock and cut it out using an Exacto knife or scissors.
  3. Put an extra piece of cardstock inside the T-shirt to keep the paint from bleeding through to the back.
  4. Paint your design using fabric paint. For our craft, we used fabric paint in spray bottles giving the design a splattered look. With this method, you can get creative with what colors you use and how dark or light you want them.
  5. After you are finished painting, let the t-shirt dry for about 30 minutes before removing the stencil. The more paint you use the longer it will take to dry.
  6. After the paint is completely dry it can be washed normally.

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Job Fair at Mentor Public Library

Mentor Public Library is hosting a job fair from noon to 4 p.m. at its Main Branch.

Mentor Public Library is hosting a job fair from noon to 4 p.m. at its Main Branch.

Mentor Public Library is hosting a job fair from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, at our Main Branch.

Several local employment agencies will be there, including The Reserves Network, Champion Personnel, Thomas Employment, Everstaff and Adecco Employment. They will be looking to fill positions in several fields.

Job applicants are encouraged to bring copies of their resume with them.

For more information, call Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811 ext. 213.

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