Poolside Stories at the Civic Center Pool

Fridays at 2:00 pm, between June 19 and July 31, cool down during your rest period with some fun stories presented by the MPL staff.

Summer Under the Stars


On Tuesday, June 16 at 2:00 pm join  us as we explore the summer night sky with stories, crafts and a snack. We will be taking a look at the constellations and the moon. Warning, it will get a little dark. Ages 5-12. Registration is required and beings here on June 2.

Marvelous Mondays @ the Read House

This summer, Mondays at 1:00 pm join us at the Read House. Each week we will celebrate a different super hero or superhero trait with fun activities. All ages are welcome. No registration is necessary.

Literary Heroes

Literary Heroes

On Thursdays, June 4 – July 16 at 1:00 pm join us for a special series that celebrates literary super heroes with fun stories and activities. Each session will feature a different hero. Registration is required, and begins two weeks before each session.
June 4- Pete the Cat, ages 3-7
June 18-Junie B. Jones, ages 6 and up
June 25-Dr. Seuss and Friends, ages 3-7
July 9-Magic Tree House, ages 6 and up
July 16-Wimpy Kid, ages 7-12

Musical Story Times

On Friday, June 5 join us for a special musical story time hosted by Teresa from Sing and Swing. This story tie is for children ages 5 and under with their parents. There are two sessions, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.  Registration begins Friday, May 22.

Summer Story Times


Story times will be starting up again on June 9 and will run through July 31. More information, including story time schedules and descriptions can be found on our story times page.

Paws to Read

On Wednesday, May 20 kids who are able to read independently are invited to sign-up for a 30 minute session. A licensed dog will listen to the child read in order to help with reading skills. There are two sessions, 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Registration is required and begins on May 6.

Photography Contest

The Children’s Department is hosting a Photography Contest! Children up to age 12 are welcome to submit a photograph that captures the theme “Loving Life.” The picture can be no larger than 5″ x  7″ and can be dropped off to the Children’s Department or submitted electronically to between May 1-20th. Staff and patrons can vote on their favorites between May 20-31. The pictures will be displayed around the Children’s Department. The top three pictures will receive a prize.

Mentor Safety Town (sponsored by the Junior Women’s Club of Mentor)

Safety Town

For a quarter of a century, Mentor Safety Town has helped to keep preschoolers safe while providing parents with peace of mind. The program is held at St. John Vianney Church located at 7575 Bellflower Road, Mentor, Ohio. 2015 Dates: June 8 – 12 and June 22-26.  Mail-in registrations will be accepted February 15, 2015 through April 15, 2015.  Click here for the application.  Click here for the Safety Town Flyer.

Teen Aides: Volunteering as a Safety Town Aide provides local teens the opportunity to earn 40 service hours.  Click here for the teen volunteer application.

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Make a Craftkids-making-crafts

All day, on Monday, June 1 stop by the Children’s Department any time throughout the day (while supplies last) and get creative with one of our monthly crafts. No registration necessary!

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