What to do if you’re worried about online privacy & security

Learn about online safety and privacy during a special talk at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about online safety and privacy during a special talk at Mentor Public Library.

Are you worried about your online privacy? Security?

Learn how to protect yourself and your information online during a special program at the library.

Alison Macrina of the Library Freedom Project will explain ways in which people can safeguard their private information at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 10, at MPL’s Main Branch.

The Library Freedom Project strives to teach libraries and their patrons about surveillance threats, privacy rights and responsibilities, and digital tools to stop online surveillance.

The program is free and open to everyone. The library does ask that people register beforehand. They can do so online by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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An enchanted story time at the library

It's the rare story time that requires stretching beforehand.

It’s the rare story time that requires stretching beforehand.

Story time is always fun but occasionally it’s magical.

We paired story time and yoga for an enchanted session of Fairy Yoga earlier this month at our Main Branch.

During story time, our own Ms. Lisa read the picture book Fairy Felicity’s Moonlight Adventure by Alison Murray while the children acted it out using yoga poses. Darlene Kelbach of Harmony Yoga returned as our yogi.

Afterwards, the children got crafty, making charm necklaces and glowing fairy homes.

We have all sorts of story times at each of our branches. Visit our event calendar and find the ones that fit your family best. (And don’t forget to sign up for Summer Reading while you’re here.)

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Author Dan Chaon talks Ray Bradbury, Modest Mouse & writing from outside the fishbowl

When he was 13, Dan Chaon—the author of bestseller Ill Will and National Book Award finalist Among the Missing—corresponded with Ray Bradbury. (Yes, that Ray Bradbury.)

When Chaon visited in May, he shared with us two pieces of writing advice that Bradbury gave him, which he now shares with his students at Oberlin.

In the span of our interview, Chaon also:

For more author interviews, visit our YouTube page.

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Make-It Monday: Flubber Fun


It’s Make-It Monday. What will you make of yourself today?

We’re building with sand at 1 p.m. today at our Read House. Join the fun! No registration necessary.

If you’re looking for a craft that your family can do at home, check out our recipe for flubber.

By the way, don’t forget to sign up for Summer Reading the next time you visit the library.

Everyone who participates in the our summer reading program has a chance to win prizes. Those prizes include gift cards from local businesses, tickets to the Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Botanical Garden, as well as passes to Lake Metroparks Farmpark or the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink. (By the way, thanks to all our sponsors who help make Summer Reading possible!)

The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

Kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will also receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

For more information on our summer reading program, call us or check out our event calendar.

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Team building (and playing) at the library

Sean passes a cup of water to Juliana behind his back. The kids had to fill an entire bucket without looking at each other.

Sean passes a cup of water to Juliana behind his back. The kids had to fill an entire bucket without looking at each other.

Each Make-It Monday, we offer games and crafts that involve a different aspect of building. (As you may recall, our Summer Reading theme is Build a Better World.)

This week, our theme was Team Building, so we offered activities where the kids needed to work as a group.

For example, kids could run a maze where one was blindfolded and another, un-blindfolded child helped them through it.

They also had to pass a hula-hoop around a circle where everyone was holding hands and no one could let go.

They even drew a mural where they each described how they would make the world a better place.

We hope the kids had fun and learned that some goals require a team.

We’re hosting Make-It Mondays at 1 p.m. at our Read House on each Monday during Summer Reading.

Every week, we’ll have a different theme, as well as different crafts and games. It’s free and open to all kids. No registration necessary!

This upcoming Monday, we’re building with sand.

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