Garden Starters for Kids

It’s time to get your hands dirty! On Thursday, May 22nd at 4:00 PM come and plant a couple plants and make a craft for your garden. You can register for this event here, starting May 5th.

Tea with Mary Poppins

On Saturday, May 10th at 12:00 PM celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movie with a spoon full of sugar and tea. So we may accommodate as many children as possible there will be a limit of one adult per family. Please bring your own full size teacup. For children ages 5 and up accompanied by an adult.

Children’s Photography Contest

The Children’s Department is hosting a Photography Contest! Children up to age 12 are welcome to submit a photograph in one of the following categories; people, places and artistic. Bring in a printed copy of your photograph, no larger than 5″x7″ to the Children’s Department between May 1st-15th and fill out a submission form. The pictures will be displayed around the Children’s Department.

Starting May 16th and continuing through May 31st, patrons and staff can vote for their favorites. The winners in each category will win a prize!
Submission forms and Photography Contest Guidelines will be available in the Children’s Department.

Wizard of Oz Puppet Show

On Tuesday, April 29th at 3:30 P.M. Western Reserve Junior Service League’s will be preforming their adaptation of the Wizard of Oz through a puppet show. The show runs about 25 minutes and is open to children of all ages, although it is geared to those in kindergarten to Grade 2. Registration is necessary, and begins here on April 15th.

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 two week program is held at St. Mary of the Assumption School located at 8560 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, Ohio. 2014 Dates: June 16 – 20 and June 23-27.   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.

Send your questions to:

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Do you like to make up stories or poems or write about your life? Children in grades 3 through 6 are welcome to bring their imaginations to this first session of our new writing club. Each month, we will play with words through writing and games.

Meetings will be held the second Wednesday of each month from 4:30-5:30. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 14th. Registration is required.

Click here to register for this event.

Make a Craft

All day, on Monday, May 5 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!

Mother Goose on the Loosemomgoose

Fridays at 10:00 a.m., come join us at the Read House for a 4 week interactive program that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. The first session runs March 21-April 11th and the second session runs April 18- May 9th.

Family Story Time

Beginning March 17th, families with children of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy stories, music, rhymes and crafts. Family story times are held Mondays at 7p.m., Tuesdays at 11 a.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. in the Children’s Story Room. No registration is necessary.

owl readingPreschool Story Times

Beginning Wednesday, March 19th from 11:00-11:30 a.m., children ages 3-5 are invited to attend story time without and adult and enjoy a fun-filled session of stories, songs and rhymes. Preschool Story Times are held Wednesdays at 11 a.m. No registration is necessary.

This program is being held in the Children’s Story Room.


Starting Tuesday, March 18th, join us for an interactive story time filled with stories, songs and rhymes just right for little listeners. Tiddlywinks! will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Story Room. No registration is necessary.

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