See ‘Little Women’ onstage at Mentor Public Library

Enjoy a special encore performance of Geauga Lyric Theater Guild's "Little Women" on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Mentor Public Library.

Enjoy a special encore performance of Geauga Lyric Theater Guild’s “Little Women” on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Mentor Public Library.

Little Women is one of the most important books in American literature. Its story has been adapted for TV, film, musicals, opera and even anime.

Now we’re bringing the story from the stage to your library.

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild will present a special, one-time encore of its “Little Women” performance as part of our month-long celebration of the book’s 150th anniversary.

Families can see the play at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at our Main Branch.

The play – just like the book it’s based on – tells the story of the March sisters as they grow from childhood to adults. The audience can follow their travails and triumphs.

The performance is free and open to all. We only ask that you RSVP. You can register to attend online at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

This program is part of our September celebration of Little Women‘s sesquicentennial.

We’re hosting tea parties (for adults and kids,) historical reenactorslectures on American Transcendentalism and more.

Anyone and everyone can learn about and explore the world of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, as well as their creator, this September at the library.

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Celebrate a ‘Little Women’ Christmas at Mentor Public Library

Kids can celebrate Christmas like they did in the Victorian Era during the 'Little Women' Christmas program on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Kids can celebrate Christmas like they did in the Victorian Era during the ‘Little Women’ Christmas program on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Your family’s invited to a very Victorian Christmas at Mentor Public Library.

As part of our month-long celebration of Little Women, we’re partying like its 1861. Our Little Women Christmas party will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at our Main Branch.

Kids will make ornaments, string popcorn and cranberries for the tree, enjoy cocoa, and carol through the library.

The party is free to attend and open to all kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, along with their families. We only ask that you RSVP. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.vintage-1705165_1280

As mentioned before, the Christmas party is slice of our September celebration of Little Women‘s 150th anniversary.

We’re hosting tea parties (for adults and kids,) theatrical performances, historical reenactors and more.

Anyone and everyone can learn about and explore the world of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, as well as their creator, this September at the library.

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Tour The HUB during our ribbon-cutting ceremony

Enjoy tours, tech demonstrations, prizes and more during the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, at The HUB.

Enjoy tours, tech demonstrations, prizes and more during the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, at The HUB.

Mentor Public Library just got bigger and so have the opportunities now that we’ve opened our newest location at Mentor High School’s HUB.

The library and Mentor Schools have partnered to open the high school’s renovated library, now called The HUB, to the community. And everyone is welcome to its Ribbon Cutting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.

During the Ribbon Cutting, people can tour The HUB’s state-of-the-art makerspace with a 3D printer, milling machine, video-editing equipment and more. The library will also offer a demonstration of the makerspace’s vinyl cutter. Then, people can try out technology like virtual-reality goggles and even indulge their creative side with coloring and Play-Doh sculpting.IMG_20180820_152141676

Anyone who comes to the Ribbon Cutting that either has a Mentor Public Library card or gets one during the event will be entered into a raffle to win a special customized Rubik’s Cube.

Afterward, at 6 p.m., Laura Mutsko of Mutsko Insurance will host a program explaining how to get started on Medicare. Attendees are welcome to bring questions.

The HUB will be available to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and more from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It will also host a wide variety of programs like any other branch of Mentor Public Library.

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Make galactic space play-dough creations

Kids can make cosmic scenes with homemade play-dough on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at our Lake Branch.

Kids can make cosmic scenes with homemade play-dough on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at our Lake Branch.

Kids can get creative, crafty and cosmic during our Space Play-Dough program at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at our Lake Branch.

Children will make their own play-dough and then use it to craft galactic dioramas.

The program is free and open to all kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. We only ask that you RSVP. You can sign up online or call the library at (440) 257-2512.

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‘Little Women’ & American Transcendentalism

Henry David Thoreau, a leading American Transcendentalist

Henry David Thoreau, a leading American Transcendentalist

We don’t usually associate Louisa May Alcott with Ralph Waldo Emerson or Henry David Thoreau.

However, all three were involved in Transcendentalism, a uniquely American tradition that helped to define our national culture in the 19th century and beyond.

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster will discuss the Alcotts and American Transcendentalism during a special talk at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, at our Main Branch.

Specifically, Alcott’s father, Amos Bronson Alcott, was one of the most important figures in Transcendentalism. And one of its key tenets is a fundamental faith in human goodness. This belief shaped all of Alcott’s writing, including Little Women.

Foster’s talk is free to attend and open to all. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

This program is part of our month-long celebration of Little Women‘s 150th anniversary.

We’re hosting tea parties (for adults and kids,) theatrical performances, historical reenactors and more.

Anyone and everyone can learn about and explore the world of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, as well as their creator, this September at the library.

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