Celebrate National Library Week with Thrity Umrigar & MPL

Author Thrity Umrigar will discuss her new books,

Author Thrity Umrigar will discuss her new books, When I Carried You in my Belly, during a visit to Mentor Public Library on Saturday, April 15.

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. With humor and sweetness, the mother explains to the daughter how her laugh, love of music, and kind disposition go back to when she carried her child inside of her.

When I Carried You in my Belly, which is illustrated by Ziyue Chen, will be released April 4. It will be available for sale and signing after Umrigar’s talk.

Umrigar’s visit will be the culmination of a week-long celebration of libraries at Mentor Public Library. It begins Sunday, April 9, and we’re celebrating with everything from Fort Sumter to secret codes. We have programs about local history, engineering, crafting, and more!

We have something for all ages and at all of our branches, including:

  • the return of our Rock the Mic Club at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 10, at our Main Branch. Kids can come and practice speaking in front of their peers by telling jokes, playing an instrument, singing, performing a monologue, or even preparing for a school report. This club will build self-esteem and confidence while having fun.
  • backward art and mysterious messages at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 10, at our Lake Branch. Kids will learn neat ways to sneak secret messages into their artwork.
  • what life was like for veterans when they returned from war at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10, at our Main Branch. The speakers will be WWII veteran Bob Zonneville—the recipient of two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart—and local historian Thom Matowitz, who literally wrote the book on Mentor.
  • engineering. Our STEAM kids will have hands-on fun while learning the tenets of engineering at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, at our Main Branch.
  • Fort Sumter. Learn about the beginning of the Civil War with experts from James A. Garfield National Historic Site at noon on Wednesday, April 12, at our Main Branch.
  • crafting. Join our Pinterest Craft Night at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at our Main Branch. We’ll provide the supplies. You need only bring your imagination.
  • learning about energy. Kids and adults can ride the NOPEC Energy Bike from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at our Main Branch. It’s a fun way to learn about conservation and what it takes to generate power.
  • shredding! We’re partnering with Xpress Shredding for our seventh annual Shred Day in which people can have their documents shredded for free. Shred Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in the library’s auxiliary parking lot on the corner of Mentor Avenue and Sharonlee Drive.

Kids will also have a chance to hone their storytelling skills with our Wordplay Writing Club on Wednesday. Then, they can combine two of our favorite things during our Books & Yoga story time on Thursday.

Furthermore, we’re offering free computer classes that can teach your most techno-phobic friends the basics of emailFacebook, and photo editing.

All of our National Library Week programs are free and open to the public. However, some require registration. You can either sign up on our event calendar or call us to register.

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