Where should Mentor Public Library pop up next?

A girl picks through our Pop-Up Library during Concord Community Days. Where do you want our Pop-Up to appear next?

A girl picks through our Pop-Up Library during Concord Community Days. Where do you want our Pop-Up to appear next?

We’ve popped up at schools and concerts, marshes and malls, parks and parties.

Wherever our Pop-Up Library appears, it comes filled to the brim with free books.

That’s right, the books in our Pop-Up Library are free for you to keep forever.

You don’t need a library card to take one or to return the book when you’re finished. (But you should have a library card anyhow. And you can always leave the book in one of our Little Free Libraries if you want to pass it on.)

And we’re not done. You’ll be seeing our Pop-Up Library all around Mentor and Mentor-on-the-Lake this spring and summer.

We’ll be at the Mentor Rocks concerts, BeachFest, CityFest and more! Visit our online event calendar to see all the places we’ll be popping up.

If you want us to bring our Pop-Up Library to your school, church or workplace, email our community outreach coordinator at jason.lea@mentorpl.org.

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Barking up the right tree at Mentor Public Library

Claire takes a quick break to give Diva a scratch behind the ears during Paws to Read at Mentor Public Library.

Claire takes a quick break to give Diva a scratch behind the ears during Paws to Read at Mentor Public Library.

Books and bulldogs, pages and pups—Paws to Read is back!

Every month, we pair young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with therapy dogs, who listen to the children 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.

If your child can read independently but doesn’t like to do it in front of other people, you might try signing them up for Paws to Read. The program works well for dog lovers, but it’s also helped some kids who are scared of dogs get over their phobia.

Colin demonstrates his ambidextrousness. He can read with one hand and pet Captain Jack Sparrow with the other.

Colin demonstrates his ambidextrousness. He can read with one hand and pet Captain Jack Sparrow with the other.

Our next Paws to Read program will be Wednesday, May 18, at our Main Branch. There will be two 30-minute sessions; one beginning at 6:30 p.m.the next at 7 p.m. Registration begins May 4.

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 or visit our online event calendar.

Makenna strokes Kody's fur while they share a book.

Makenna strokes Kody’s fur while they share a book.

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

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Join our Winnie-the-Pooh Tea Party

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Not to sound braggy, but we’re pretty good at tea parties at Mentor Public Library.

Be they princess, Pinkalicious or Poppins parties, the kids always have a good time. (And we do too!)

Now we’re about to throw a tea party so fun that it could even make Eeyore smile (a little.)

Join us at noon on Saturday, May 7, for a very special tea party with games and crafts. And it’s all dedicated to everyone’s favorite bear, Winnie-the-Pooh!

We’ll make honeycomb necklaces and party hats, play games, and, of course, enjoy afternoon tea. (Here’s hoping there’s enough honey…)

The party is for children, ages three and up, accompanied by an adult. So we can accommodate as many children as possible, there will be a limit of one adult per family.

We also ask that you bring your own full size teacup.

The party is free but registration is required. You can sign up by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

See you at the party!

Jane Austen Tea 2

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Getting money smart at Mentor Public Library

Maddie paints her robot bank green during the Money Smart for Kids program at Mentor Public Library.

Maddie paints her robot bank green during the Money Smart for Kids program at Mentor Public Library.

Most of our Money Smart Week programming is for adults, but you have to teach the youth too.

Kids learned about saving and spending during a special program Monday evening. They also painted their own Robot Banks. (Sure, pigs are cool; but robots are where it’s at.)

For more photos from our Money Smart program for kids, visit our Facebook page.

Jovie tilts her robot's neck so she can paint it more easily.

Jovie tilts her robot’s neck so she can paint it more easily.

We have more Money Smart programs set for this week, including:

All Money Smart programs will be held at Mentor Library’s Main Branch. They are free to attend, though registration is required.

You can sign up on our event calendar or by calling us at 440 255-8811.

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Enjoy Free Comic Book Day at Mentor Public Library

Get free comics on Saturday, May 7, at Mentor Public Library.

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7, at Mentor Public Library.

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 7, and we’re celebrating!

Kids can come to our Main Branch and get new, free issues from top comics publishers, including stories about Pokemon, The Legend of Korra, Grumpy Cat, Sonic the Hedgehog, Spongebob Squarepants, Strawberry Shortcake and more.

The comics have been donated by our friends at Comics & Friends!

You may be confused and wondering, “Aren’t all of the comics at Mentor Public Library free?” And, yes, we have thousands of comics and graphic novels that you can check out without cost, (including a bunch that you can read on Hoopla.)

But Free Comic Book day is a special, once-a-year event where kids can read new stories from all kinds of writers and artists. It’s a fun way to expand your horizons without having to spend any cash.

So drop by and pick up some comics while the supply lasts. (And, once more, because we can’t say it enough, thanks to Comics & Friends!)

Grant, Mya and Olyvia pose so their friends in Comic Club can draw them.

Grant, Mya and Olyvia pose so their friends in Comic Club can draw them.

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 and Yu-gi-oh! manga to Amelia Rules and Bone, as well as graphic novels like  Smile and 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 May 3.

At a typical meeting, the kids talk about a special theme. This meeting, we’ll use famous quotes as inspirations for our own cartoons like Gavin Aung Than from Zen Pencils.

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.

Ms Marvel

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