Book clubs for kids at Mentor Library

Katie, Mckenzie and Tabitha make a quilt together during the most recent meeting of our American Girl Book Club.

Katie, Mckenzie and Tabitha make a quilt together during the most recent meeting of our American Girl Book Club.

Trying to find a way to motivate your child to read this summer? Maybe they’d have more fun if reading was group activity.

While most people think of book clubs as for adults, Mentor Library has clubs for all ages.

If your kid likes superheroes, Adventure Time or Spongebob, then they might love our Comics Club.

Our Comics Club is for any 8- through 12-year-old who likes to read, talk about or draw sequential art. We love everything from Amelia Rules to Batman to Bone.)

Our Comic Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at our Main Branch. Our next meeting is July 7.

At a typical meeting, the kids talk about a special theme. Then we introduce the kids to graphic novels and comics that can be found in the library’s collection.

We close out each meeting with free time for the kids to draw or read.

Luke and Caleb show off their super gear after the Comics Club meeting.

Luke and Caleb show off their super gear after the Comics Club meeting.

If your kid enjoys American Girl—the books or the dolls—then they’ll love our American Girl Book Club.

They meet on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss a different American Girl book and make a new craft. Many of them even bring their dolls with them, if they like. (Of course, the dolls aren’t required.)

Our next meeting is 4 p.m. on July 1 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Addy.

You can register your child for the book club on our web site or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Claire reads to Ruckus during a Paws to Read session at Mentor Library.

Claire reads to Ruckus during a Paws to Read session at Mentor Library.

If your child is an animal lover, then they’ll enjoy Paws to Read.

Paws to Read pairs young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with therapy dogs, who listen to the children as they read. It provides your child with a sympathetic, furry audience and helps them be more comfortable while reading.

Registration for the next sessions start July. There will be two 30-minute sessions on July 16 at our Main Branch; one beginning at 6:30 p.m., the next at 7 p.m. We only have so many therapy dogs; so, unfortunately, there’s a limit on how many kids can participate each month.

Additionally, those spots tend to fill up quickly, so contact the children’s department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child could benefit from Paws to Read.

And remember to read with your child too!

And remember to read with your child too.

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