Avengers assemble at Mentor Library

Oliver (while undercover as Captain America) unleashes justice on villains using a water cannon.

Oliver (while undercover as Captain America) unleashes justice on villains using a water cannon.

The Avengers assembled Monday at our Read House and it was—in a word—adorable.

Kids hulked their way through brick walls, tracked down Hydra agents and Silly-Stringed ne’er-do-wells into submission.

We have fun programs scheduled for grownup Avengers fans too. On July 23, comics scholar Valentino Zullo talk about the Avengers’ history and impact on comics and entertainment. You can register for the talk on our website.

Black Widow (secret identity: Bailie) can smash just as well as any Hulk.

Black Widow (secret identity: Bailie) can smash just as well as any Hulk.

Every Monday in July, we’re going to have super fun with crafts, games, science and more from 1 to 2 p.m. at our Read House.

Each week has a different theme:

  • July 6, superhero sidekicks
  • July 13, Captain America
  • July 20, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • July 27, Captain Underpants

Join us for one or all of them. No registration is necessary. Just come over and have fun!

Rowan practices her hammer tossing with Mjolnir.

Rowan practices her hammer tossing with Mjolnir.

By the way, there’s still time to sign up for our summer reading program.

For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Rocco clears the stage with a swing of his powerful fists.

Rocco clears the stage with a swing of his powerful fists.

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Join the Avengers during Marvelous Monday at Mentor Library

Join the Avengers this Marvelous Monday at Mentor Library's Main Branch.

Join the Avengers this Marvelous Monday at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Are you ready to become a Junior Avenger?

Show your mettle (that’s not an Iron Man pun) during Marvelous Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Mentor Library’s Read House.

Kids can:

  1. Hulk-bust their way through bricks
  2. Find all the Hydra agents with Black Widow
  3. Practice their Mjolnir tossing
  4. Pin the star on the Captain America shield
  5. Tie up the villains (with Silly String) like Spider-Man
Are you ready to smash?

Are you ready to smash?

For each task you complete, you’ll get a sticker; and if you complete all of your objectives, then you’ll get a pin designating you a Junior Avenger!

Parents don’t have to register their kids for Marvelous Monday. They can just come to the library! In fact, you can join us every week in July. Each week, we’ll have a different theme.

And while you’re at the library, you can sign up for summer reading. For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

See you at the library!

See you at the library!

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Going under the stars at the library

Ms. Marilyn demonstrates how the earth rotates around the sun. (The sun, in this instance, is played by Matthew.)

Ms. Marilyn demonstrates how the earth rotates around the sun. (The sun, in this instance, is played by Matthew.)

We had a very special story time recently at Mentor Library.

There were no picture books. Instead, all the illustrations were drawn in the sky.

After all, before there was any Mo Willems or Eric Carle—before there was even a Gutenberg—people used the stars to tell stories. They looked upward and watched pinpricks of light move across the sky.

But they didn’t picture hydrogen fusing into helium at astonishing temperatures. They saw lions and bears and hunters and princesses.

Eva Rajic uses one of the library's iPads to find different constellations.

Eva Rajic uses one of the library’s iPads to find different constellations.

Ms. Marilyn used the stars (and some technology) to tell the stories of Leo the Lion, Ursa Major and Minor, Castor and Pollux, and more.

Then the kids got crafty. They made their own telescopes, constellations and even created the different phases of the moon with Oreos.

Annaliesse and Grady use marshmallows and toothpicks to recreate the Big and Little Dippers.

Annaliesse and Grady use marshmallows and toothpicks to recreate the Big and Little Dippers.

We’re having fun story times, programs and events all summer at all three of our branches.

And while visiting, you can sign up for our summer reading program. For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Joseph decorates his telescope at Mentor Library.

Joseph decorates his telescope at Mentor Library.

For more photos from Mentor Library’s story times, visit our Facebook page.

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Are you game for Clashing Controllers?

Teens face off in the finals of our Mario Kart 8 tournament.

Teens face off in the finals of our Mario Kart 8 tournament.

On the third Wednesday of every month, teens gather at our Lake Branch to face off in Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros and other games.

We call it Clashing Controllers, and we want to know if you’re game enough to join in.

You don’t have to be a hardcore gamer to have fun (though we get a few of those too.) All you need is to want to have a good time.

It's all in good fun until someone uses a blue shell.

It’s all in good fun until someone uses a blue shell.

The next Clashing Controllers session starts at 6:30 p.m. on, Wednesday, July 15. We’ll be playing Super Smash Bros and you’re invited.

While you’re here, you can sign up for summer reading too.

For every book you read or library program you attend between now and Aug. 1, you get a raffle ticket and a chance to win cool prizes like Captains Tickets or gift cards to Panera, Target, Amazon and more.

You can even register online.

So if you’re going to play video games, you might as well play with friends and possibly win something for playing.

See you at the library. We’ll save a spot for you.

Earn your own Certificate of Awesomeness at Clashing Controllers.

Earn your own Certificate of Awesomeness at Clashing Controllers.

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Celebrating Junie B. Jones with a Mixed-Up Fashion Show

We’re celebrating our favorite literary heroes this summer at Mentor Public Library.

On Thursday, we had a special mixed-up fashion show just like our hero, Junie B. Jones.

We’ve now sung along with Pete the Cat and danced with Junie. And we’ll be celebrating more of our heroes all summer—Dr. Seuss, The Magic Tree House, Wimpy Kid. Who’s your hero?

We’re talking about heroes of all types this summer.

And, yes, we realize when we say “heroes” most people think of tights and flights, but not every hero wears a cape.

For example, we’re recognizing community heroes like police officers, firefighters and teachers during our Family Story Times on Thursdays this summer. (In fact, you can join us from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on June 11 for a Teddy Bear Clinic with a local nurse.)

By the way, there’s still time to sign up for our summer reading program too.

Everyone who participates in summer reading—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 gift cards from other local businesses. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

For more information on Mentor Library’s summer reading program, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

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