Get to Know Poe this July at Mentor Library


Mentor Public Library is dedicating the month of July to the inventor of the horror genre and detective novel, to an author who mastered both verse and prose, one of the most important writers ever—Edgar Allan Poe.

There will be a film festival, art clinic, writing workshop, a performance by a professional Poe impersonator, a scary video contest and book discussions hosted throughout the city. All of which will commemorate and celebrate Poe!

One Book, One City

Mentor Library has compiled some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poems and short stories, including “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and more, into books that are available throughout Mentor and Mentor-on-the-Lake. You can pick up copies at any Mentor Public Library branch and Little Free Libraries, as well as Melt, Yours Truly and other locations around the city of Mentor.

Take a book. It’s free! You can then join us at any of these locations for a discussion on Poe and his work. If you’ve always been interested in joining a book club or just love reading, this is a great place to begin.

Let’s get all of Mentor reading! Discussions will be at:


Poe Buttons

 Poe Buttons—Collect all 7!

Attend our Poe events and receive a free Poe Button—there’s a different style for each program—collect all 7! While supplies last.

Know Poe Video Contest

From “The Cask of Amontillado” to “The Masque of the Red Death,” nobody told a scary story like Edgar Allan Poe.

Teens and adults can take tools they learned from the master and apply them to a medium that Poe never knew—video.

They can work individually or as a group to make short, scary video (no longer than five minutes.) Videos will be judged on creativity, scariness, execution and Poe-tency.

Some participants will be able to see their video on the big screen at the Great Lakes Mall Atlas Cinemas during the Know Poe Film Festival.

The deadline for entries is July 1.

For more information, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 213.

Know Poe Film Festival at Atlas Cinemas

Edgar Allan Poe may have not lived to see his work on the biggest of screens, but he had an enormous influence on director Roger Corman and actor Vincent Price.

Library patrons can come see four of their classics, as well as Know Poe video contest entries, at the Great Lakes Mall Atlas Cinemas. (Some images and sequences may not be appropriate for all ages.)

The film festival is underwritten by the Mentor Community Arts Commission.

The showing times are:

Gothic Ink: Poe Inspired Art

Monday, July 7, 6:30 p.m. at Mentor Public Library Main Branch

Want to learn how to draw with ink? Artist Del Borovic will teach teens and adults how to create inspired ink drawings inspired by Poe.

The Gothic Ink program is underwritten by the Mentor Community Arts Commission

Poe’s Mystery on the Lake

Friday, July 11, 2 p.m. at Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch

Celebrate Poe, the inventor of the detective mystery genre and an avid cryptography enthusiast. Become a detective and solve a mystery! Kids will create detective badges and learn how to crack three different types of secret codes. Put your sleuthing skills to the test to solve a mystery and earn a prize.  Appropriate for ages 5 to 10. Registration is required.

Whodunnit? Poe Style

Wednesday, July 16, 7 p.m. at Mentor Public Library Main Branch

Families can play a life-sized game of Clue featuring the characters, settings and demises from the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Bring your detective skills.

Poe Obstacle Course

Thursday, July 17, 2 p.m. at Mentor Public Library Read House

Children from kindergarten through sixth grade can race through a series of 10 obstacles all based on the books of Edgar Allan Poe. Kids will also make a creepy craft.

Poe’s Prose

Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m. at Mentor Public Library Main Branch

Writer and teacher Jacklyn Czekaj will host a writing workshop for teens. Learn the macabre styling of America’s favorite Gothic writer. Writers of all skill levels welcome.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

Monday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. at Mentor Public Library Read House

Join Jim Knight as he interprets some of the famous stories and poems from legendary writer and master of the macabre. Hear such famous Poe masterpieces as “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Raven” and more come to life in Mr. Knight’s rendering. Also, audience members will hear a brief background on the life of Poe, his times and how his writing influenced his contemporaries. Enjoy a fun and creepy evening illustrating why Edgar Allan Poe is still as relevant (and frightening) today as he was in his own time.

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