FIFA 16 tournament this Saturday at our Main Branch

Teens can compete in a FIFA 2016 videogame tournament this Saturday at our Main Branch.

Teens can compete in a FIFA 2016 video-game tournament this Saturday at our Main Branch.

Sure, FIFA might be corrupt, but its video game is awesome.

That’s why we’re hosting a FIFA 16 tournament for teens (PS4 version) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, at our Main Branch.

It’s free to compete and the winner gets a $25 card to GameStop. You can register for the tournament online or by calling the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

While you’re here, you can sign up for our Summer Reading programGet in the Game, Read!

This year, a lot of our teen programs are fitness-based, because we are encouraging everyone to stay active this summer. You can try yoga, learn 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!

You can even learn how to program and use Ozbots and fly mini-drones during a special program at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at MPL’s Main Branch. (It may not be fitness-related, but it’ll be fun.)

For more events for teen at Mentor Public Library, check out our event calendar.

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Free comics for kids on Hoopla

Frozen is only the tip of the iceberg—see what we did there—when it comes to Disney comics on Hoopla.

Frozen is only the tip of the iceberg—see what we did there—when it comes to Disney comics on Hoopla.

So your kid loves comics. That’s great!

Sequential art can stimulate your child’s imagination, satisfy their curiosity, and encourage their nascent love for reading.

But comics can be pricey. And you might not want your child stumbling onto Watchmen or Suicide Squad before their ready.

So how can your kid browse a huge, age-appropriate collection of comics for free? In a word, Hoopla.

Hoopla is cool digital service that lets you stream music, audiobooks, TV shows and movies, as well as read eBooks and comics, anywhere and at any time. And it’s free to check out up to 12 items from its vast collection every month with your Mentor Public Library card.

So here are a few suggestions to keep your young comics fan engaged:

1. Disney

Hoopla has enough Disney comics to keep you and your kids busy for months: everything from graphic-novel version of Disney classics like Lion King, Frozen, and Lilo & Stitch to Incredibles comics written by Superman scribe Mark Waid.

There’s also plenty of Mickey Mouse, Scrooge McDuck, and Tinkerbell stories to peruse.

They even have comics from the TV shows, new favorites like Phineas & Ferb and classics like Darkwing Duck(Well, it’s a classic to the Buzzfeed generation.)

2. Muppets & Fraggles

If you grew up on the creations of Jim Henson, then you’ll love Hoopla. Not only do you have new adventures from Kermit & Co. and the denizens of Fraggle Rock, it also has comics that revisit some of Henson’s more obscure projects like The Storyteller, Labyrinth, and Dark Crystal.

For the truly hardcore Henson heads, you can stream episodes of the animated Dog City TV show.

3. Archie

Hoopla recently added a whole lotta Archie to its collection: we’re talking classic Archie, the snazzy reboot, that time zombies attacked Riverdale, the time Archie got married

There’s also plenty for fans of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie & the Pussycats. Even Cheryl Blossom gets some love!

4. Teen Titans Go

Looking for something more super?

Try Teen Titans Go, the irreverent adventures of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg, and Beast Boy. You can also check out Tiny Titans, the most adorable superhero romp we’ve ever read.

5. Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra

This suggestion may skew a little older, but if your kids loved the adventures of the Aang Gang and Team Korra on Nickelodeon, then they’ll love these comics that pick up where the TV show ended.

They are written by Gene Luen Yang, the award-winning author of American Born Chinese.

6. Peanuts

Charles M. Schultz may no longer be with us, but his stories about Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally and, of course, Snoopy hold up just fine.

7. Adventure Time

The adventures of young hero Finn and his shapeshifting dog-brother Jake have transcended the television. You can now follow their travails in the magical, post-apocalyptic land of Ooo via comic book.

Give it a read. It’s mathematical. (Personal favorite: Marceline Gone Adrift where our heroes must find a freshly intergalactic vampire queen.)

By the way, if your kid has another favorite show on Cartoon Network, there’s probably a corresponding comic. Choose from Steven Universe, Regular Show, Over the Garden Wall, Ben 10, and more!

8. Lumberjanes

Set in Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, five of these hardcore lady types—Jo, April, Molly, Mal and Ripley—have to figure out the secret of their summer camp.

The story involves three-eyed foxes, holy kittens and mysterious bearwomen; but, if I had to sum it up in four words it would be FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

9. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Coincidentally, this story is also about maximum friendship. The comics are every bit as fun as the surprisingly addictive TV show.

If you’re looking for other Hasbro characters making a comeback, check out the new Strawberry Shortcake comics.

10. Garfield

If you can’t get enough of the lasagna-loving, Monday-loathing, Odie-taunting, owner-tormenting fat cat from his multiple television shows and movies, then there’s always the comics.

Fair warning: This cat has not softened toward either Mondays or Nermal since you last saw him.

Looking for a tale with some heat? Try Dragons: Riders of Berk.

Looking for a tale with some heat? Try Dragons: Riders of Berk.

That’s not everything. We haven’t mentioned Dragons: Riders of Berk, Kung Fu PandaDoctor WhoGhostbusters, or The Rocketeer comics yet.

But we don’t want to take the thrill of discovery away from you. Browse Hoopla’s comics collection and find something that both you and your kids can enjoy together.

By the way, if your kid loves comics, then they’ll probably love our Comics Club too.

Our Comics Club is for any 8- through 12-year-old who likes to read, talk about, or draw sequential art. (Not just superheroes either. We love everything from Pokemon to Amelia Rules and Bone to El Deafo.

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

At a typical meeting, the kids talk about a special theme. For example, we’ve practiced drawing live models and learned storytelling from comics professionals.

We close out each meeting with free time for the kids to draw or read graphic novels and comics in our collection.

To register a child for the Comics Club, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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Get moving with Mentor Public Library’s Summer Reading programs

MPL's summer reading programs want to keep your mind and body active this summer.

MPL’s summer reading programs want to keep your mind and body active this summer.

This year, Mentor Public Library has two goals for its Summer Reading programs—get people reading and get people moving.

We’re running a trio of summer reading programs this year and all three encourage people to be active mentally and physically. The children’s program is On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!; the teens’ is Get in the Game, Read!; and adults’ is Exercise your Mind, Read!

People can start registering for our summer reading programs on Thursday, May 26, at any of our branches. There will also be a special kickoff concert for families by singer-songwriter Tom Sieling that Thursday at our Main Branch.

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

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 at nearby Eleanor Garfield 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.

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

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

Likewise, our teen programs encourage staying active this summer. You can try yoga, learn 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!

You can also learn how to program and use Ozbots and fly mini-drones during a special program at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at MPL’s Main Branch.

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. Those prizes include gift cards from Toys ‘R’ Us and Lake County Captains tickets, as well as family passes to Holden Arboretum and Lake Metroparks Farmpark. 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 visit www.mentorpl.org.

Sabrina Scipione

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Good books, good dog, good life: Paws to Read

Caymen reads to Diva during Paws to Read at Mentor Public Library.

Caymen reads to Diva during Paws to Read at Mentor Public Library.

We released the hounds Wednesday night.

In fact, we do it on the third Wednesday of every month.

That’s when a pack of adorable therapy dogs converge at our library for Paws to Read.

Paws to Read pairs young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with the dogs, who listen to the kids as they read.

The dogs make an ideal audience—supportive and adorable—and all they ask for in return is the occasional belly rub. The program helps build the child’s confidence and makes reading fun for them.

Makenna has a pack of pups to read to.

Makenna has a pack of pups to read to.

Our next Paws to Read program will be Wednesday, June 15, at our Headlands Branch. There will be two 30-minute sessions; 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.

Also, spots sometimes fill up quickly, so contact the children’s department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child would enjoy Paws to Read.

For more information on Paws to Read and other children’s programs at Mentor Public Library call (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Hannah sneaks a kiss from Sarah while she tries to read.

Hannah sneaks a kiss from Sarah while she tries to read.

For more photos from Paws to Read, visit Mentor Public Library’s Facebook page.

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Ohio Means Jobs is hosting Job Fair at Mentor Public Library

See what careers are available in your community.

See what careers are available in your community.

Ohio Means Jobs is holding a job fair from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 25, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

They are looking to fill several open positions in and around Mentor.

No registration is necessary, but job applicants should bring resumes with them.

Also, if you want more help in your career hunt, check out Ohio Means Jobs’ tips for writing a resume and searching for jobs online.

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