Making musical instruments during Musical Mondays

Kids sing karaoke during Musical Monday this week.

Kids sing karaoke during Musical Monday this week.

The kids made kazoos and cymbals during Musical Monday this week.

They also sang karaoke and a few brave souls tried out some jump-rope rhymes (despite the heat.)

We host Musical Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday during Summer Reading. Every week, we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into our Summer Reading theme, Libraries Rock. No registration required.

Have you signed up for Summer Reading yet?

Everyone (including adults) have a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program.

Children can win one of 32 different prize packages. And the more the kids read or are read to, the better chance they have to win. Children who read at least 20 hours will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two grand prizes—a $50 gift card to Target.

Furthermore, kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

Meanwhile, teens and adults can participate in Summer Reading too by both reading books and attending library programs. They can win gift baskets, including vouchers to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, discounts to local businesses, and passes to the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink.

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Derf Backderf on censorship, counterculture & ‘My Friend Dahmer’

John “Derf” Backderf — the graphic novelist who wrote My Friend DahmerTrashed and the comic strip, The City — visited us earlier this month.

Derf also allowed us to interview him. He discussed:

  • getting fired from his first job “for general tastelessness.”
  • counterculture (In Derf’s words: “I don’t know if there is a counterculture anymore, frankly… The mainstream just erased that gap because they thought they could exploit it and they did.
  • comics (In Derf’s words: “Right now, it’s the golden era of comics. I’m not talking about the superdude stuff. That’s boring corporate product.”)
  • telling the autobiographical story of going to high school with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. (“Vigilance — if there’s a lesson at all, that would be one. Pay attention, especially the adults.”)

Visit our YouTube channel for more author interviews


Our author series will continue with the rock ‘n’ roll authors of Cleveland at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at our Main Branch.

cleveland-rock-and-roll-memories-scCarlo Wolff, author of Cleveland Rock and Roll Memories and Mike Belkin: Socks, Sports, Rock and Art, and Mike and Jan Olszewski, authors of Radio Daze, WIXY 1260 and Cleveland Radio Tales, will entertain with rollicking tales and rare footage from Cleveland’s rock ‘n’ roll heyday.

Both Wolff’s and the Olszewskis’ books will be available for sale and signing.

The program is free and open to all. We only ask that you sign up beforehand. You can RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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A Mad Hatter Tea Party for Fathers Day

Is it tea time? Alexandra and her father certainly think so.

Is it tea time? Alexandra and her father certainly think so.

We celebrated Father’s Day with a Mad Hatter Tea Party for dads and their kids.

The families decorated top hats and crowns, played games, and enjoyed a light (and slightly mad) tea at the library.

The Tea party may be over, but the fun has just begun.

Have you signed up for Summer Reading yet?

Everyone (including adults) have a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program.

Children can win one of 32 different prize packages. And the more the kids read or are read to, the better chance they have to win. Children who read at least 20 hours will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two grand prizes—a $50 gift card to Target.

Furthermore, kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

Meanwhile, teens and adults can participate in Summer Reading too by both reading books and attending library programs. They can win gift baskets, including vouchers to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, discounts to local businesses, and passes to the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink.

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We’re throwing a throwback party

Mentor Public Library is throwing a throwback party for teens at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

Mentor Public Library is throwing a throwback party for teens at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

Pull the laces out of your shelltoes. We’re throwing a throwback party!

Teens can celebrate the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. Jam to the music, make sweet buttons, and play retro video games on the classic video game consoles like PlayStation, Gameboy and Nintendo 64.

The party will be 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at our Main Branch. It’s open to all teens. We only ask that you RSVP beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Summertime

Is your kid a gamer? They'll love our Zelda program on Thursday, June 28.

Is your kid a gamer? They’ll love our Zelda program on Thursday, June 28.

We love video games at the library, so we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with a 64-bit bash.

Kids can decorate their own Kokiri cap, solve ancient puzzles, and catch a fairy. They will also get their own ocarina and learn how to play it. (We do not promise that said ocarina will help them travel through time.)

The fun begins at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at our Read House. The program is open to all kids, ages seven through 12. We only require that you RSVP. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, if your children like video games, we have a pair of gamer clubs they can join.

Teens can check out our Clashing Controllers Club. On the third Wednesday of each month, they face off in Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros and other games at our Lake Branch.

And children who are too young for Clashing Controllers can join MPL Arcade. Our next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at our Main Branch. In addition to Wii U games, we also play tabletop and board games, so kids can still have fun while they’re waiting for a controller.

And, of course, we have hundreds of video games that you can borrow from us, including titles for Nintendo Switch.

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