Don’t just play the game, be the game

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Get in the game!

Teens can join us for an afternoon of super-sized versions of Jenga, Messy Twister and more! (Seriously, we’re talking messy. You’ll want to wear old clothes.)

The games begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, at our Read House.

The fun is free and open to all teens, but we do ask that you sign up beforehand. You can register on our website or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

While you’re here, sign up for our Summer Reading program. Everybody who participates in summer reading has a chance to win prizes. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

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

 

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Parachute play on a Move-It Monday

Kids try to catch the balls after launching them in the air.

Kids try to catch the balls after launching them in the air.

We played with parachutes during Move-It Monday this week at our Read House.

We used the parachutes to play catch, pop goes the weasel—a stuffed skunk sat in for the absent weasel—and more.

Afterward, we played sidewalk games and made crafts.

Clint colors his dandelion parachute.

Clint colors his dandelion parachute.

This year, we’ve dedicated Summer Reading to getting people active mentally and physically. So we’re hosting a weekly series, Move-It Mondays, to keep kids moving at 1 p.m. every Monday through the end of July on our Read House lawn.

Each week has a different theme.

  • On July 11, kids can play old-fashioned outdoor games.
  • On July 18, kids will try different soccer challenges.
  • Finally, on July 25, we’ll be learning about nutrition.

It’s free for all families and no registration is required.

Isaac (along with his mom) gets a feel for the Read House.

Isaac (along with his mom) gets a feel for the Read House.

While you’re here, sign up for our Summer Reading program—teens and adults too! We have programs and prizes for everyone.

Everybody who participates in summer reading 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.

As part of a game, Darin roars like a dinosaur.

As part of a game, Darin roars like a dinosaur.

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Art contest for teens at Mentor Public Library

Show us how you get in the game with your artwork.

Show us how you get in the game with your artwork.

Get your drawing hand and right brain ready!

We’re having an art contest this summer for kids entering seventh through 12th grade, and we want you to get creative.

Here are the rules:

  • Drawings must stick to our summer-reading theme of “Get in the Game,” (although you can interpret that however you want—video games, sports, board games, etc.)
  • All drawings must be appropriate and cannot feature sex, violence, or profanity.
  • Fan art is encouraged but must fit the theme.
  • All art must be given a title and submitted at the Reference Desk of our Main Branch.
  • All art must be turned in by July 15 to be considered for the contest.

The winner of the art contest gets a cool prize!

Speaking of prizes, you still have time to sign up for Summer Reading too.

Register at any of our branches. Everyone who participates in our summer reading 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.

For more information on summer reading, call us at 440-255-8811 or peruse our website for information on MPL programs, services, and events.

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Do You Think You Can Survive Readlandia?

Kids will face all kinds of challenges Thursday at our Read House.

Kids will face all kinds of challenges Thursday at our Read House.

Do your kids think they’re tough? Tough enough to survive Readlandia?

On Thursday, June 30, we’re transforming our Read House into the forbidding terrain of Readlandia.

Kids will have their mettle tested with challenges involving hidden puzzles, frozen T-shirts, and slimy food.

If this sounds like your child’s idea of a fun time, they can join in the fun!

Survivor: Readlandia is free and open to all kids from third through sixth grade. We do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up for the program online or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 221.

Kids should dress for a wet, messy and fun time!

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10 Free Online Courses You Can Take to Make Yourself More Employable

Use Gale Courses and your Mentor Public Library card to learn useful skills for free.

Use Gale Courses and your Mentor Public Library card to learn useful skills for free.

Searching for a job but having no luck? Do interviewers keep saying that you need more skills?

But what if you have neither the money nor the time to get a degree? How can you learn new skills quickly and affordably?

With your Mentor Public Library card, of course.

Your card gives you access to hundreds of online classes through Gale Courses. They offer courses on everything from music to technology to accounting, many of which are taught by college professors. And they’re all free with your library card.

And several of them teach skills that will make your more employable. Here are 10 of the most popular:

1. Computer Skills for the Workplace

Here’s where to start if you don’t know where to start with computers. This class  is a great introduction to Windows 10 and Office 2016 and is designed to provide the fundamental computer competencies you need to survive and prosper in today’s workplace.

2. Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016

It’s OK if you’re scared of Excel. Spreadsheets can be intimidating, even to seasoned professionals who otherwise consider themselves technologically literate. But this class will give you training, help, and personal support from an experienced instructor as you learn Excel basics step-by-step.

There’s also an intermediate and advanced class if you’re feeling ambitious.

3. Prepare for the GED Test

It’s hard to get anywhere nowadays without your high-school diploma. This course will help you analyze your strengths and weaknesses so you can focus your studying on the areas that you need most. You’ll also learn the basics of what you need on the four GED test sections: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematical Reasoning.

There’s also a GED prep course that focuses on math, if you know that’s a weak spot for you.

Furthermore, Gale also has GRE, SAT and ACT prep courses.

4. Spanish for Medical Professionals

Are you struggling to communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients?  If so, here’s the perfect solution. Whether you’re new to the Spanish language or just want a refresher, this fun and simple course will give you the basic tools you need to bridge the communication gap.

Gale offers a Spanish for Law Enforcement course, as well.

5. Using Social Media in Business

Don’t know your Pinterest from your Google+? Your Snapchat from your Vine? Whether you consider yourself a social media novice or a seasoned veteran, this course will give you a solid foundation and thorough understanding of what social media is and how you can use it to grow your business.

Beyond social media, Gale also has a course on marketing your business online.

6. Accounting Fundamentals

Demand for accounting professionals currently exceeds supply. If you’re interested in increasing your financial awareness while also gaining a marketable skill, this course is for you. You’ll learn the basics of double-entry bookkeeping, as well as how to analyze and record financial transactions.

For further studies, try Accounting Fundamentals II.

7. A to Z Grant Writing

This course teaches how to raise funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders whose interests match your organization’s. You’ll also learn how to network and develop partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package.

There are several grant-writing courses available on Gale, including Writing Effective Grant Proposals, Advances Grant Proposal Writing, and Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials.

8. Introduction to Programming

Take your first steps toward a career as a computer programmer! In this course, you’ll learn to use Just BASIC, a free Windows programming language, to create stand-alone applications for professional or personal use. Even if you’ve never programmed before, you’ll find it easy to follow the step-by-step instructions in each lesson.

Gale offers a plethora of programming courses, including introductions to Java, SQL, C#, PHP and MySQL.

9. Creating Web Pages

Go from beginner to builder. Learn the HTML skills you need to build an attractive and effective web site. And there’s always Advanced Web Pages, if you want to take it up another level.

10. Fundamentals of Supervision and Management

Maybe you already have a job but you want to take the next step upward. This course teaches how to make the transition from employee to manager, delegate responsibilities, resolve conflict, and manage your valuable time.

The second course in the series teaches even more skills.

By the way, Ohio Means Jobs offers free assessment and training tests if you’re wondering what skills you need to improve.

Finally , 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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