02 22, 2020

The Life of Abraham Lincoln

By |2020-02-22T06:00:15-05:00February 22, 2020|

He’s on the short list of most important Americans ever. So what can you say about Abraham Lincoln in one short hour? A lot, actually.

Todd Arrington (site manager for James A. Garfield National Historic Site) guides you through the tragedies and triumphs of Lincoln’s life.

You can join our Civil War series  each month. It continues at noon on Wednesday, March 11 at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the famed Irish Brigade.  They fought in most of the major battles of the war’s eastern theater and had the third-highest number of brigade members killed in action of all Union brigades during the war. As always, the talk is free and open to all.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

02 20, 2020

Welcome to your new children’s area

By |2020-02-20T06:00:59-05:00February 20, 2020|

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate our renovated children's area!

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate our renovated children’s area!

Have you visited the newly renovated children’s area at our Main Branch yet?

We celebrated the upgrades with a ribbon cutting (and cake!) earlier this week.

The second floor of our Main Branch now features:

  • a larger play area with two new play tables, new toys and puppets
  • new shelving (with toys on the end caps)
  • new furniture
  • newly painted walls

Come check them out soon if you haven’t already.

See you at the library.

See you at the library.

02 18, 2020

Take a trip to Bomb City, USA

By |2020-02-18T06:00:00-05:00February 18, 2020|

Danny Greene

Danny Greene

Learn about the bloody war between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Cleveland mafia during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 9, at our Main Branch.

The battle was so fatal and explosive that it left Cleveland with the moniker “Bomb City, USA”” during the 1970s. Dennis Sutcliffe of Lost Cleveland will be our guide back to this wild time.

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

By the way, if you’re interested in the history of the Cleveland mafia, we have some reading recommendations for you, including Rick Porrello’s new biography of racketeer Shondor Birns.

02 17, 2020

What should you do if you have depression?

By |2020-02-17T06:00:06-05:00February 17, 2020|

Have you or a loved one experienced mood swings or angry outbursts? Are you not interested in things you once loved to do? When someone experiences loss, it is natural to be sad, but if these feelings impair your daily life, it could be an indication of depression.

Jennifer McClellan Johnson, an impairment prevention educator from the Cleveland Clinic, discussed risks, symptoms and treatment options of depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) when she visited our library earlier this month. Like any other disease, depression is treatable. Learn how you can understand your sadness and when to seek professional help!

By the way, the library has hundreds of books and videos on the subject of depression that you can borrow. That having been said, they may be informative and helpful; but they are not a substitute for professional help, if that’s what you need.

02 14, 2020

Party with Pooh!

By |2020-02-14T06:00:35-05:00February 14, 2020|

Families read together during the Winnie-the-Pooh party at Mentor Public Library.

Families read together during the Winnie-the-Pooh party at Mentor Public Library.

We celebrated the birthday of A. A. Milne with a Winnie-the-Pooh party earlier this year.

Milne, for those who may not know, is the author who brought us Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and his other friends. Christopher Robin is named after Milne’s son.

So kids celebrated with a trip to the Hundred Acre Wood where they snacked on Tigger Tails, sipped Piglet Punch, and made Winnie the Pooh bead bracelets. They also played games, including running our obstacle course where they had to hop like tiggers and not get stuck in the tunnel.

Finally, there were lots of Pooh picture books that families could read together.

By the way, we have lots of Winnie the Pooh books and DVDs that you can share with your family.

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