Library’s 200th Anniversary

Help us celebrate our 200th anniversary all year long!

Help us celebrate our 200th anniversary all year long!

In 2019, Mentor Public Library will celebrate its 200th anniversary. (Yes, we look good for our age.)

Here are some ways you can join the party!

Read With Us

We’ve compiled a list of 200 books for our big anniversary – everything from Walt Whitman to Margaret Atwood, Judy Blume to Goosebumps.

The more books you read from our list, the bigger prizes you’ll win.

If you read:

  • 10 books, you receive a MPL microfiber cloth.
  • 25 books, you earn two free books from the Friends of the Mentor Public Library.
  • 50 books, you receive MPL lip balm. (Yes, that’s a thing.)
  • 75 book, you get a MPL Pint Glass.
  • an astonishing 100 books, you win a gorgeous MPL blanket​.

But reading is its own reward, and you don’t need to read a book a day to make it worth your while. Peruse our list, pick a few favorites, and start reading!

Come to our Programs

We’re hosting programs that celebrate the history of our community all year long.

You can also learn about Mentor from the man who literally wrote the book on it. Tom Matowitz, local historian and author of Mentor, will share untold stories from the city’s history at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at our Main Branch

Help us make a community mural at our 200th anniversary party on June 12.

Help us make a community mural at our 200th anniversary party on July 12.

You can also join us for our 200th anniversary party at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 12, on the Read House lawn. Help make a community mosaic of Mentor with Gail Christofferson of Animal House Glass.

Also, Tom Todd, the Amazing One Man Band, will perform from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, sit back and enjoy  a little bit of Jimmy Buffett. We will also have cake and contests. All are welcome and no registration is required for our party.

Visit our online event calendar for more upcoming programs.

Give With Us

To celebrate our 200th anniversary, we’re hosting an item donation drive for a different local nonprofit each month in 2019. The calendar is:

July – Project Hope
October – Forbes House
November – Broadmoor/Deepwood

Each month, we’ll collect items for the nonprofit at all of our branches. And the donations will help support those who need it the most.

Ditch those fines

Everyone will get a chance to read away their fines during Saturdays in September. For every 30 minutes you read at the library, we’ll waive $1 from your fines. You can save up to $10 – just for reading!

Tell us your story

We know something about stories. We have tens of thousands lining the shelves of our branches.

But now the library wants to know your story.

As part of our anniversary celebration, we are collecting:

  • Historic photos of the library (any branch or event.)
  • People’s favorite memories involving Mentor Public Library.

If you have a photo or memory you wish to share, please contact us. You can either email or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 213.

Lake County History Center celebrates MPL’s 200

Thank you to the Lake County History Center for their article on our library’s first 200 years. We’re looking forward to many more!

To read the article, click here. For more information on the Lake County History Center, see their website.

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