Books & Belly Rubs: Paws to Read

Hazel offers a paw while Josie reads to her.

Hazel offers a paw while Josie reads to her.

We let the dogs out.

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.

Our next Paws to Read program will be on Wednesday, May 16, at our Main 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.

So, if you’re interested, you’ll want to sign up as soon as possible; and registration starts May 2.

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

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Understanding the Home Buying Process

Experts will demystify buying your first home during a free program on Thursday, May 3, at Mentor Public Library.

Intimidated by the thought of buying a new home? Get expert advice during a free program on Thursday, May 3, at Mentor Public Library.

Buying a new home can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time.

Jeff Richards from Cross Country Mortgage will present a 3-part series that will demystify the home-buying process. He’ll discuss budgeting, how to improve your credit, and getting home insurance.

The series begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at our Main Branch.

The program is free to attend and open to all. Come with questions.

You can sign up to attend the program online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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Styling like Lichtenstein

Mary uses dots of color to emulate the style of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Mary uses dots of color to emulate the style of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Whaaaam! Studio MPL, our art club for kids, learned about pop artist Roy Lichtenstein this month.

They also tried some of his techniques, like drawing inspiration from comics.

Every month, the kids in Studio MPL take on a new art project. They’ve sketched live models, celebrated Day of the Deadcreated imaginary friendsmade sun catchersweavedtried out pointillism and even garnered inspiration from Jackson Pollock and Joan Miró.

The club is free to attend and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. Our next meeting is 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at our Main Branch. We do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at 440-255-8811 ext. 221.

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MPL Talks: The Mexican-American War

Consider this a prologue to our Civil War series. David Lintern, a volunteer at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, discussed the Mexican-American War during a program last week at the library.

The Mexican-American War is where most Civil War officers saw their first active combat.

Learn about Ulysses Grant’s remarkable equestrian escape during one battle, the march to Mexico City, and why Santa Anna was a hero to some Mexicans and a traitor to others.

If you’re interested in history, we have two more programs this month you’ll enjoy.

First, our resident historian Dr. John Foster is starting a series that will focus on the US Presidents of the 20th Century. It begins with Rough Rider and conservationist Theodore Roosevelt.

Foster—who, in addition to being a librarian, has a doctorate degree in history—will discuss one of our country’s most fascinating presidents at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at our Main Branch. The talk is free and open to all. You can register to attend online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Additionally, Foster will discuss the Easter Rising of 1916 at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21,  at the Concord Township Community Center—7671 Auburn Road in Concord Township.

On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, a group of Irish patriots staged a rebellion against British rule in Ireland. Although it failed, the Easter Rising opened the door to Irish independence within a decade. Learn about the rebels and their reasons during Foster’s lecture.

The Easter Rising talk is also free to attend. To register, call Suzy Cobb at (440) 639-4650.

Finally, our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, May 9, at our Main Branch. The topic will be President James A. Garfield and the First Decoration Day.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, some other previous talks in our Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety:

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Story Time & Special Programs at Mentor High School’s Hub

Mentor Public Library will host programs for all ages — from story timers to seniors — at Mentor High School’s renovated Hub on Wednesday, April 25.

Mentor Public Library will host programs for all ages — from story timers to seniors — at Mentor High School’s renovated Hub on Wednesday, April 25.

We’re hosting a slate of special programs from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at Mentor High School’s Hub.

First, everyone can relax by coloring from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on April 25. (Coloring is more than kitsch or nostalgia. It can help decrease stress and anxiety while increasing focus and concentration—even for grown-ups.)

Then, families of college-bound students can learn strategies and methods for affording college at 5:30 p.m. An expert from the Lake-Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation will explain how and where to find tuition assistance.

Finally, we’ll host a special family story time at 6:30 p.m.

All of these programs and services will be offered in Mentor High School’s renovated and revitalized library, now called The Hub, at 6477 Center St. in Mentor. The space will also be available for study and quiet tutoring, as well.

This special evening is open to all and free to attend.

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