MPL Talks: Life after World War II


It’s always momentous when Bob Zonneville comes to Mentor Public Library.

Zonneville is a World War II veteran who received a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

He—along with local historian Thom Matowitz, who literally wrote the book on Mentor—hosted a special program where they discussed what life was like for veterans when they returned from World War II.

(Please accept our apologies, in advance, if you can’t hear the audience questions. Next time we’ll have to pass around a microphone.)

If you love WWII history, you’ll want to catch our new Major Leaders of World War II series.

The first talk is 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at our Main Branch. The topic will be the life of Hitler. (It will be his birthday, after all.)

The program is free and open to everyone. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

For more World War II talks on our YouTube page:

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Why we love libraries

Robin slideIt’s National Library Week, and we’ve stocked our schedule with story times, author talks, historical programs and crafts.

But this week isn’t just about what you do at the library. It’s about why libraries matter.

We—and by we, we mean all libraries, not just Mentor Public Library—provide a place where you can stimulate your imagination, satisfy your curiosity, and connect to the online world.

And a lot of that begins with story time. We help create young readers, and those readers become lifelong learners.

So what do you want to learn about today? We guarantee that you can find it at your library.

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No Talking in the Library: Favorite Movies

No Talking in the Library returns!

In this episode, we discuss our favorite films, including:

Visit here to catch previous episodesand let us know if you have any questions, comments or opinions about our latest episode.

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Mentor Public Library Author Series

Thrity Umrigar, Paula McLain, Dan Chaon, and Mindy McGinnis will be speaking at Mentor Public Library this year.

Thrity Umrigar, Paula McLain, Dan Chaon, and Mindy McGinnis will be speaking at Mentor Public Library this year.

Mentor Public Library is hosting five phenomenal authors this year:

The authors vary in style and topic but are alike in their excellence. And we’re fortunate to host them.

Thrity Umrigar

Thrity Umrigar

Award-winning and best-selling novelist, journalist and essayist Thrity Umrigar will headline our National Library Week celebration with a special talk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, at our Main Branch.

Umrigar is best known for her novels like The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of Heaven, and The World We Found where memorable characters struggle with issues involving class, loss, sexism, immigration and, most of all, family.

Her newest story and first picture book, When I Carried You in my Belly, is a mother’s song to her daughter. It is illustrated by Ziyue Chen and was released April 4. It will be available for sale and signing after Umrigar’s talk.

Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon’s newest novel, Ill Will, has received reverent reviews from NPRThe New York Times, and The Washington Post. (The Post called it “the scariest novel of the year.”)

His Among the Missing was a National Book Award finalist and his short stories have also won the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Award.

Chaon will read from and discuss Ill Will on Wednesday, May 17, at our Main Branch.

Mindy McGinnis

Mindy McGinnis

Mindy McGinnis is a bestselling YA author who has scribed vigilante justice stories, post-apocalyptic survival tales, and Gothic historical thrillers.

She’s also a librarian so our love for her is deserved, but not completely objective.

She’ll read from her latest work—Given to the Sea, the first in an epic fantasy series—and discuss her writing process on Tuesday, June 20, at our Main Branch. Q & A to follow afterward.

Paula McLain

Paula McLain

Paula McLain likes to tell the stories of fascinating and nearly forgotten women in her novels, whether it be Ernest Hemingway’s wife Hadley Richardson in The Paris Wife or aviation pioneer Beryl Markham in Circling the Sun.

She also writes poetry and published Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, a memoir about her childhood in the foster system.

She’s visiting us on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at our Main Branch.

All of these talks/readings are free and open to the public. But space is limited so we do ask that you register beforehand. You can RSVP by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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Digital Scavenger Hunt

Kids navigated the Internet during a digital scavenger hunt at Mentor Public Library.

Kids navigated the Internet during a digital scavenger hunt at Mentor Public Library.

You can find anything online, right?

Well, only if you know how to navigate the Internet. And there’s a big difference between an online search and research.

Kids honed their research skills with a digital scavenger hunt during the STEAM program on Tuesday at our Main Branch. (For those unfamiliar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics.)

They scoured sites like factmonster.com, kids.nationalgeographic.com, and (naturally) mentorpl.org to learn the life span of a duck-billed platypus, our state bird, and why so many dinosaur names end with the suffix -saurus.

Our goals:

  1. Teach them some reliable sites where they can find answers to their questions.
  2. Give them good researching skills, so they know the most efficient way to find those answers.
Ms. Amy, one of our children's library associates, helps kids search the Internet for information more efficiently.

Ms. Amy, one of our children’s library associates, helps kids search the Internet for information more efficiently.

By the way, our STEAM series continues all of this month.

For the next three Tuesdays, we’re hosting programs that offer hands-on learning about:

Each of these sessions begin at 4 p.m. at our Main Branch.

They are free and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. However, registration is required. Parents must sign up their child for each session separately. Registration begins two weeks before each respective session.

To sign up or for more information, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

In the meantime, the library is stuffed with resources to help you learn about sciencetechnologyengineeringart, and math. And they all come free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Darin and Avery find one of their answers in our digital scavenger hunt.

Darin and Avery find one of their answers in our digital scavenger hunt.

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