Take the World Tour of Snacks

Teens and tweens can tour the UK with their taste buds during a tasty program from Mentor Public Library on June 19.

Teens and tweens can tour the United Kingdom with their tastebuds during a delicious program we’re hosting this summer. Here’s how you can join the fun!

First, sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247. Then you can pick up your mystery bag of treats from all around the UK at Main Branch. Finally, you can join us in the Zoom tasting room at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, to learn about and taste snacks from Japan.

There will even be a prize for the taster who can correctly identify the ingredients of the most snacks. (You’ll get the Zoom link when you register.)

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Hogwarts Is in Session at Mentor Public Library

Hogwarts is in session during a magical program this June at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

School may be out for summer but Hogwarts will be in session during a magical program at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 18, at our Main Branch.

Kids (those entering first through sixth grade) can enjoy Herbology, Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts classes with the library’s wizards. The fun is free to attend and registration is required.

Families can sign up online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

“Class” will be outside on the our Main Branch’s Lawn and is dependent on good weather.

While at the library, everyone can sign up for our Summer Reading program. Kids, teens and adults can win spectacular prizes for reading this summer. The more you read, the better chance you have to win one of our fabulous prizes. For more information, visit www.mentorpl.org/summerreading2021.

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Meet Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, the East Side Joan of Arc

Discover the life of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, an early fighter for workers’ rights.

Explore the life of a remarkable woman who changed the world but whose name was nearly lost to history.

While still a teenager, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn teamed with the Industrial Workers of the World to fight for free speech and improved working conditions. We’re hosting a free online talk about the Flynn’s life and accomplishments at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22. The speaker will be Dr. Lara Vapnek, who wrote the book Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Modern American Revolutionary.

The talk will be hosted via Zoom, and registration is required to get the Zoom link. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247 to register.

This program is part of Lake County Reads – a countywide, summerlong series of book talks and online programs that concludes with a special evening with bestselling and celebrated author Jess Walter on Aug. 5.

Throughout the summer, the public and academic libraries in Lake County will host book-club discussions where all are invited to talk about Walter’s literary smash The Cold Millions. They’re also offering free online programs that take a deeper dive into the themes and historical context of Walter’s story. For example, you can learn about the suffragettes’ fight for women’s rights, discover some of the lesser-known but key figures in the early Labor Movement, or even enjoy a ragtime concert with The Ragged Blade Band.

The libraries have also teamed with Literary Cleveland for a series of writing workshops and author talks that explore the idea of writing about the working class. It crescendos with an author talk from Walter himself.

All of these programs and book-club discussions are free to attend. They will be hosted via Zoom, and registration is required to get the link. Get more information and sign up for any of these programs at www.leagueoflibraries.org.

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Have Fee-Fi-Fo-Fun with Giant Games at our Lake Branch

Kids can have Fee-Fi-Fo-Fun with gigantic games during a supersized party at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, on the lawn of our Lake Branch.

Children (ages three to 12) will have enormous versions of games to play, as well as colossal crafts. They even have a chance to win the giant’s Golden Egg. The fun is free and RSVP is required. Sign up online by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

The party is outside and dependent on good weather.

While you’re at the library, don’t forget to sign up for Summer Reading! It starts Friday, June 4! You can register at any of our branches. This year’s theme is Imagine Your Story and we’re hosting programs all summer long about fairy tales, myths and magic.

Kids, teens and adults can all win spectacular prizes for reading this summer. Kids (those entering sixth grade or younger) can earn a raffle ticket for every hour they read or are read to. The more they read, the better chance they have to win one of the library’s prizes.

Kids who read at least 20 hours during Summer Reading will also earn a golden ticket and a chance to win a $50 gift card to Target.

Meanwhile, teens (those entering seventh grade and older) and adults can earn raffle tickets two ways. First, they can earn a ticket for each book they read. Next, they can earn up to 10 bonus tickets by completing different challenges. Each ticket means a better chance of winning.

For more information, visit www.mentorpl.org/summerreading.

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Antiques Roadshow from your Home: Find Out What That Antique’s Worth

Find out what that antique or collectible is actually worth when Mentor Public Library and Appraiser Michael Ivankovich bring Antiques Roadshow to your home!

Ever wondered if that old baseball card, painting or piece of jewelry was secretly valuable? Find out now!

We’re hosting an online program that brings Antiques Roadshow to your home! Author, auctioneer and appraiser Mike Ivankovich will reveal what your antiques, collectibles and personal treasures are worth during an online program from us at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15.

Twenty-five randomly selected attendees will be chosen from the registration list to share an item of value with Ivankovich, who has more than 40 years of experience in the antiques business. Those who are selected will be notified two days before the program. All other attendees will be viewers and can ask questions as time allows.

The program is free to attend and will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required to get the Zoom link and possibly to be selected to share an antique with Ivankovich. RSVP online at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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