October is Mystery Month at Mentor Public Library! We’re celebrating with 31 days of mystery and true-crime authors, as well as more programs and speakers that investigate the mysterious and macabre, including:
Vivien Chien, author of the excellent Noodle Shop mystery series, introducing her newest book, “Dim Sum of all Fears,” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. She’ll explain the art of crafting a page-turning whodunnit.
- Emmy-winning filmmaker Mark W. Stone and author James Badal (In the Wake of the Butcher: Cleveland’s Torso Murders) discussing Cleveland’s infamous torso slayings at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7. Revisit the region’s most infamous serial killer.
- Award-winning mystery writer D.M. Pulley talking about her newest novel, No One’s Home, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The only thing Pulley loves more than a good mystery is a haunted house and her new story has both.
- Kylie Logan (also known as Casey Daniels), the author of the League of Literary Ladies and Pepper Martin Mysteries series, for a lively discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9. With more than 30 mystery novels published, Logan has a lot of stories to share.
- Learning about the eerie and odd legends of Lake County on at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. Our friends from Lake County History Center talk about the Little Mountain monster, nearby haunted buildings, and more.
- Exploring the secrets of the Lizzie Borden murders, the sinking of the Titanic and more with professional magician Jim Kleefeld at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Discovering the old crimes of old times at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at our Lake Branch. Our friends from the Lake County History Center will share sordid stories from Lake County’s past.
- Brad Ricca, author of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, sharing the phenomenal true story of Grace Humiston, the first woman U.S. District Attorney, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.
- Jane Ann Turzillo, who will take us on a tour of the murderers, tricksters, train robbers, and more in Ohio’s wicked past at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
We’re hosting programs for kids and whole families, as well, including:
- solving a mystery of your own when you play Whodunnit: Fairy Tale Edition at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2. Families can play a Fairy Tale-themed, super-sized game of Clue and discover which sinister villain poisoned the princess.
- joining the Jigsaw Jamboree at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at our Headlands Branch. Kids (kindergarten through fifth grade) can design their own puzzle.
- munching on Mystery Candy at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at our Headlands Branch. Tweens can try to guess the mysterious goodies.
- ghostbusting all month long at our Lake Branch. Each day, a different ghost will haunt the library. Kids who spot the specter will receive a small prize. Children can play one time from Oct. 1 through Halloween.
All of these programs are open to all, free to attend, and require registration. You can sign up to attend online or by calling the library at (440) 255-8811. They are also all hosted at our Main Branch, unless otherwise mentioned.