Mentor Public Library Celebrates 200th Anniversary with Reading, Donation Drives

Mentor Public Library Celebrates 200th Anniversary with Reading, Donation Drives

In 2019, Mentor Public Library will celebrate its 200th anniversary — and it’s inviting everyone to join the party by reading.

MPL has compiled a reading list of 200 books for its big anniversary: everything from Walt Whitman to Margaret Atwood, Judy Blume to Goosebumps. People can find the entire list at

Anyone can read along with the list. The more books they read, the bigger prizes they’ll win. If someone reads:

  • 10 books, they receive a MPL microfiber cloth
  • 25 books, they receive MPL lip balm.
  • 50 books, they earn two free books from the Friends of the Mentor Public Library
  • 75 books, they get a MPL Pint Glass
  • 100 books, they win a MPL blanket​.

As an additional way to celebrate its 200th anniversary, MPL will host an item donation drive for a different local nonprofit each month in 2019. The calendar is:

  • January – McKinley Community Outreach Center, based in Willoughby, provides food, furniture, medical supplies, household goods and more to those in need.
  • February – Medwish International, based in Cleveland, saves both lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment.
  • March – Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, based in Mentor, provides a wide range of services for adults whose lives have been affected by their own or another’s use of alcohol or other drugs, or by mental illness.
  • April – Lake County Free Clinic, based in Painesville, is the only provider of free medical and dental care to uninsured and underinsured Northeast Ohio residents.
  • May – Hannah’s Home, based in Mentor, is a safe, nurturing maternity home for single pregnant women ages 18 and older.
  • June – Lake Humane Society, based in Mentor, is a safe haven for homeless, abandoned, abused or neglected animals.
  • July – Project Hope, based in Painesville, provides emergency shelter, care and guidance for the homeless.
  • August – Big Brother Big Sister Northeast Ohio, based in Painesville, provides mentors to children in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties.
  • September – Lake County Council on Aging, based in Mentor, is dedicated to serving the needs of older adults, people with disabilities, their families and caregivers.
  • October – Forbes House is the only domestic violence shelter in Lake County. It gives survivors a place to heal and rebuild their lives.
  • November – Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood, including Broadmoor School, provides a broad range of services for individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as their families and caretakers.
  • December – Can Your Fines food drive & Toys for Tots

Each month, the items that patrons donate will support clients of these locally based nonprofit organizations. In turn, these organization support those who need it the most.

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