Get crafty by making your own bubble wand

Turn household items into bubble wands.

Turn household items into bubble wands.

Looking for a fun craft on a slow summer day? You can create homemade bubble wands like we did on Friday at our Lake Branch.

We used dowel rods, pipe cleaners and beads (to make them pretty,) but your house is filled with things that you can use: wire hangers; slotted spoons; fly swatters; cookie cutters; cocktail strainers; or (for super-huge bubbles) straws and string!

By the way, if you want to make enormous bubbles, put a bit of guar gum in your bubble solution.

By the way, summer reading has begun! You can sign up now at any of our branches.

Summer reading isn’t just for kids either! We have programs for teens and adults too.

This year, we’re celebrating reading and staying active.

Throughout the summer, Mentor Public Library will host fun programs that encourage mental and physical fitness for kids, teens and adults.

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On Move It Mondays, kids can enjoy activities related to keeping fit and having fun on our Read House lawn. Meanwhile, on Thursday mornings, families can walk with children’s librarians to a special story time in the park.

We also have a neat way to encourage children to exercise. When kids sign up for summer reading, they’ll get a list of activities, including playing a game of catch, flying a kite, and taking a hike. If a child accomplishes 10 or more of these activities by July 31, they’ll get a free book.

Likewise, our teen programs encourage staying active this summer. You can try yogalearn fun and effective exercises from a certified personal trainer, and check out the best fitness apps all for fun and free as part of Get in the Game, Read!

Get a free introduction to boxing at Title Boxing Club this June.

Get a free introduction to boxing at Title Boxing Club this June.

Finally, adults can get in on the fun too. The library is hosting free introductory classes to boxing on Tuesday, June 28, at Title Boxing Club in Mentor, and Tai Chi on Tuesday, July 26, at MPL’s Main Branch.

Everyone who participates in the summer reading programs—either by reading books or attending library programs—has a chance to win prizes. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

Kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will also receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

For more information on our summer reading programs, call 440-255-8811 or peruse our website.

Sabrina Scipione

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