Learn about the criminal mind

Learn about criminal psychology on Monday, Oct. 3, at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about criminal psychology on Monday, Oct. 3, at Mentor Public Library.

Are criminals born or made?

There have been many studies dedicated to this question and a lot of different theories.

Come hear retired Criminal Justice professor Kathy Steinbeck discuss the science behind these theories on Monday, Oct. 3, at our Main Branch.

Ultimately. it’s you who will be the judge.

 

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Meeting the nocturnal animals of Ohio

Tim Cunningham from Lake Metroparks introduces us to Hemlock, a barred owl that lives in Penitentiary Glen.

Tim Cunningham from Lake Metroparks introduces us to Hemlock, a barred owl that lives in Penitentiary Glen.

Lake Metroparks introduced us to some of the nocturnal birds and mammals that live in the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center at Penitentiary Glen.

The center receives and rehabilitates nearly 2,000 injured or orphaned animals each year. Those animals include rabbits, songbirds, opossums and more—even peregrine falcons and bald eagles. (However, they don’t take skunks and raccoons because they’re rabies threats or coyotes because they’re not originally from Ohio.) Most of their rescue animals eventually return to the wild.

However, some of their animals are too injured to return and they become animal ambassadors.

We were fortunate enough to meet some of their nocturnal animal ambassadors on Wednesday.

Dexter, an opossum, meets the group. Dexter came to Penitentiary Glen when his mother was hit by a car.

Dexter, an opossum, meets the group. Dexter came to Penitentiary Glen when his mother was hit by a car.

We met an opossum named Dexter, a screech owl named Rufus, and a barred owl named Hemlock.

We also learned some fun facts about each animals. For example, opossums are the only marsupial—that means they carry their young around in a pouch—in North America. Also, owls can turn their heads 270 degrees. That’s nearly all the way around!

Tim Cunningham from Lake Metroparks also explained what it takes to be a nocturnal animal that hunts (or avoids being hunted) at night.

Most nocturnal animals have more sensitive eyes, noses, ears or senses of touch than their diurnal counterparts.

For instance, an owl can spot its prey from the length of a football field.

Avery checks out the talon of a screech owl.

Avery checks out the talon of a screech owl.

We want to thank Lake Metroparks and all the families who came to our Nocturnal Animals program on Wednesday.

We hope you had as much fun as we did and learned something too!

Visit our Facebook page for more photos from the animals’ visit, and check out our event calendar for more fun upcoming programs.

Santosh Akilesh and Diya show off the owl masks that they made at our program.

Santosh Akilesh and Diya show off the owl masks that they made at our program.

 

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Looking at life through the eyes of a Wonder

Sam discusses how having Treacher-Collins Syndrome affected his childhood.

Sam Drazin discusses how having Treacher-Collins Syndrome affected his childhood.

Sam Drazin doesn’t just want to raise awareness. He wants to raise acceptance.

He has Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects how his facial bones and tissues developed. Because of it, he suffered from hearing loss and had to brave several facial reconstructive surgeries.

But it didn’t stop him. He became a teacher and founded Changing Perspectives, an organization that promotes understanding and empathy.

He spoke at our Main Branch on Monday, and he encouraged the audience to think of their own precepts—that is, rules to live by.

Here were some of their suggestions:

  • Friendship is like a flower, it you take care of it, it will bloom.

  • Be the rainbow in a black and white world.

  • If you find you are being unkind, rewind.

We thank Sam for visiting us, sharing his positivity, and encouraging everyone to revisit their perspective and precepts.

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Full STEAM Ahead at Mentor Public Library

Kids can participate in Full STEAM Ahead, a 5-part series that reinforces STEAM curriculum with hands-on activities.

Kids can participate in Full STEAM Ahead, a 5-part series that reinforces STEAM curriculum with hands-on activities, at Mentor Public Library.

Starting in October, Mentor Public Library is launching Full STEAM Ahead.

For five consecutive Tuesdays, the library will offer hands-on activities that reinforce STEAM curriculum. Each week, we’ll focus on a different aspect of STEAM.

Each of these sessions begin at 4 p.m. at our Main Branch.

They are free and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. However, registration is required. Parents must sign up their child for each session separately. Registration begins two weeks before each respective session.

To sign up or for more information, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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Special campfire story time at the library

We enjoyed some good books around the campfire during a special outdoors story time.

We enjoyed some good books around the campfire during a special outdoors story time.

We had a special story time around the campfire Thursday night at our Read House.

Kids made pet rocks and s’mores, and we went on a scaaaary walk.

Visit our event calendar to see more programs for kids, teens, and adults at all of our branches.

And check out our Facebook page for more photos from our campfire story time.

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