Learn about the early breweries of Cleveland

Learn about some of the famous breweries that used to make their wares in Cleveland during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about some of the famous breweries that made their wares in Cleveland during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

The breweries in Cleveland are plentiful and popular. You could even say they’re hopping. (Ha.)

But this current popularity is a revival, not something new. Cleveland’s history of breweries stretches back more than a century.

You can learn about the early breweries of Cleveland during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at our Main Branch. Local historian and fourth-generation Clevelander Rebecca McFarland will discuss the history of brewers and breweries including Gehring, Leisy, Standard, Grund and Schlather.

You’ll also learn how breweries supported libraries with their philanthropy.

The program is free and open to all. You can sign up to attend online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

 

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Theodore Roosevelt: Making the Modern American President

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster started his US Presidents of the 20th Century series last week with Theodore Roosevelt.

We’ve filmed and shared his talk for those who couldn’t join us that night.

Learn how Roosevelt’s morals affected his approach to war, conservation and philanthropy. Also, discover how Roosevelt’s innovations helped create the modern presidency.

If you enjoy Foster’s talk and want to learn more about Roosevelt, Foster recommends Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris and Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands by Roger DiSilvestro.

Our series continues at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, with a focus on Woodrow Wilson. The talk is free to attend and open to all.

Other historical talks by Foster can be watched on our YouTube page, including:

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Mob author to discuss notorious Cleveland casinos

Author Frank Monastra

Author and organized crime historian Frank Monastra will talk about notorious nightclubs like The Mounds Club when he visits Monday, May 7, at Mentor Public Library.

Author and organized crime historian Frank Monastra will discuss his newest bookKing of Clubs, during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7, at our Main Branch.

Both his talk and book profile the famous, popular and very illegal casinos that flourished in and around Cleveland during the 1930s and 1940s.

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

Monastra knows a lot about the history of organized crime in Cleveland.

This makes sense. After all, it was his family’s family business.

Monastra’s grandfather, Frank Brancato, was a mainstay of the Cleveland mafia for almost 50 years. Monastra even wrote a book, Brancato: Mafia Street Boss, about his grandfather’s mafia tenure.

You can borrow either or both of his books from the library.

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¡Olé!

mexico-641595_1920Kids can celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early at the library.

We’ll have stories and crafts. Plus, kids can make their own guacamole.

The party is free to attend and open to all kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. It starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 4.

You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

By the way, if you want to learn more about Mexico, we have hundreds of books, films and documentaries about the country, its peoples, traditions and culture.

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Borrow traffic cones from Mentor Public Library

You can now borrow traffic cones from Mentor Public Library.

You can now borrow traffic cones from Mentor Public Library.

Is your kid learning how to drive?

Firstly, our condolences. Secondly, you can now borrow a set of five traffic cones from us, so your new driver can practice.

Here’s the deal:

  • All you need is an adult Mentor Public Library card in good standing.
  • You get to borrow the cones for two weeks. (No renewals.)
  • You owe $5 in fines for each day they are late and $10 for any cone that isn’t returned.

Use the cones for driving practice, garage sales — however you need them. (Just try not to run them over.)

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