All Booked Up With Cailey & Meg: Favorite YA Audiobooks

A change of pace this week, because Cailey and Meg are talking about audiobooks. They share four of their favorite YA books to listen to, including:

  1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and performed by Mandy Siegfried
  2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz and performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  3. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu and performed by Will Damron
  4. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver and performed by Sarah Drew, Erin Spencer, and Saskia Maarleveld.

Most of the books they discuss can also be borrowed as ebooks using OverDrive or Libby. All you need is your Mentor Public Library card.

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Tween Time: Book Reviews for Tweens

Welcome to Tween Time where Ms. Traci reviews what’s new for you at the library.

The books she’s reviewed so far include:

The Book of Fatal Errors by Dashka Slater, a tale of friendship and magic about a boy named Rufus who doesn’t just make mistakes. He makes mistaaaakes — the kind that have magical consequences.

The Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar. A moving story told in verse about a 9-year-old girl, Betita, and her family who have immigrated to California from Mexico.

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover by Summer Rachel Short. A spooky story where Maggie, a young aspiring naturalist, and her best friend Nate have to figure out the mystery behind the luminescent fungus that’s making everything sick.

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge, in which a trio of friends find themselves in a forest packed with mystery, puzzles, and strange dangers.

True to your Selfie by Megan McCafferty, which is about a young girl who must choose between her love of fencing and her new super-rich friend and their shared YouTube fame.

Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened by Emily Blejwas, in which 12-year-old Justin and his family have to cope with the sudden death of his father. (It’s a serious topic, no question, but not as depressing as that synopsis may make it sound.)

Pippa Park Raises her Game by Erin Yun, in which Pippa reinvents herself when she gets a basketball scholarship to a posh private school. But what will her new friends think when they learn about her old life?

What We Found in the Corn Maze and How It Saved a Dragon by Henry Clark. Yes, magic is real but it’s a lot stranger than 12-year-old Cal expected. And what does it have to do with his neighbor Modesty’s fridge?

Wrong Way Summer by Heidi Lang about a girl who’s spending her summer inside of a bus with her father, instead of with her friends and mother. And what happened to her mom anyhow?

Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard about a boy coming to terms with the idea that he might not be everything is firefighter/gridiron star father is.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart about a girl who lives in a school bus and goes on an odyssey to try to return home. Her trip is filled with quirky supporting characters. (Our favorite is the goat!)

A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg about a 13-year-old who suffers from panic attacks but also really wants to impress the new girl at school. And who keeps sending him these mysterious text messages?

By the way, all the books Ms. Traci recommends are available to borrow from Mentor Public Library.

Join us every other week for more Tween Time!

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COVID-19 and Your Community Library

UPDATE: On Nov. 25, Gov. Mike DeWine marked Lake County as Level 4 or “purple” on the color-coded Ohio Public Health Advisory System. Level 4 is the highest level of public emergency, indicating severe exposure and spread of COVID-19 in the county.

While Lake County is Level 4, Mentor Public Library will offer drive-thru or curbside services at all of its branches, but our buildings will be closed to the public.

Even though the buildings will be closed to the public, you can still:

Also, we will still be hosting all of our scheduled online programs.

Notary and passport services are still available by appointment only. You can also pick up printing jobs curbside or at our drive-thru, and even 3D printing jobs at our Main Branch.

We will only be closed to the public while Lake County is at Level 4. If the county returns to Level 3 or lower, our buildings will reopen with all previous precautions (masks, social distancing, intermittent closures for cleaning) in place.

Cases of COVID-19 have increased the last several weeks in Lake County. Medical officials at county, state, and national levels all recommend the wearing of face coverings while in public to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Here’s additional information from the:

We’re following the advice of experts so we can:

  • keep you and our other patrons as safe as possible
  • prevent additional spikes in COVID-19 transmission
  • continue to provide library services to the community
  • reopen to the public as soon as possible

Finally, our online services are still available 24/7. This includes ebooks, audiobooks, streaming music, videos, and more — which are available for free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Try:

Also, anyone with a CLEVNET card (that includes you!) has free access to Tumblebooks’ catalogue through Aug. 31. There’s read-along picture books, math help, foreign-language learning, and more! Check out:

Tumblebooks even has a Romance Book Cloud for adults who are looking for something steamy to read while quarantined.

Visit here for more information on how to use our online resources. We also have hundreds of videos that you can watch on our YouTube channel, including author interviews and dozens of library talks that you can watch in their entirety.

The response to the coronavirus continues to evolve – not just in Ohio – but nationally and globally. Our status is SUBJECT TO CHANGE as circumstances evolve. We’ll keep you aware of any updates about our branches and services both on our website and social media.

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Remote Services Available from Mentor Public Library

remote services

UPDATE: On Nov. 25, Gov. Mike DeWine marked Lake County as Level 4 or “purple” on the color-coded Ohio Public Health Advisory System. Level 4 is the highest level of public emergency, indicating severe exposure and spread of COVID-19 in the county.

While Lake County is Level 4, Mentor Public Library will offer drive-thru or curbside services at all of its branches, but our buildings will be closed to the public.

Even though the buildings will be closed to the public, you can still pick up items from the drive-thru at our Main Branch and curbside at our Lake and Headlands Branches. You will need to place items on hold at the library before they can be picked up. You can either call us to place holds for you or do it online. Pick up will be available during our branches’ previous regular hours seven days a week until 15 minutes before the branch closes. Click here for details on our drive-thru and curbside service.

You can also still return items in our book/media drop off items.

Additionally, we’ll still be hosting all of our scheduled online programs.

Notary and passport services are still available by appointment only. You can also pick up printing jobs curbside or at our drive-thru, and even 3D printing jobs at our Main Branch.

We will only be closed to the public while Lake County is at Level 4. If the county returns to Level 3 or lower. Our buildings will reopen with all previous precautions (masks, social distancing, intermittent closures for cleaning) in place.

Here are some of the other services that we can provide remotely:

If you need other services, call us and we will work with you to see if a reasonable accommodation can be made.

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Can Your Fines food drive returns to Mentor Public Library

Help those in need and have your library fines forgiven.

Help those in need and have your library fines forgiven.

The Can Your Fines food drive is returning to Mentor Public Library and, once again, you can donate food in exchange for forgiveness of their fines.

The food drive will run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31 and you can donate at any of Mentor Public Library’s branches.

The donated food will go to local food pantries that will, in turn, give it to families in need.

Each nonperishable food item that somebody donates will be worth up to a dollar off the fines they owe. People can get up to five dollars in fines waived this way.

A few provisos:

  • Patrons can only trade food for fines once during the Can Your Fines food drive
  • Those whose fines have gone to collections are not eligible to participate
  • You must have a Mentor Public Library card to participate

Last year, you donated hundreds of pounds of food to your neighbors in need. We look forward to your generosity again this year.

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