What you need to know about Medicare

Learn about Medicare during a free session on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about Medicare during a free session on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Mentor Public Library.

Are you or a loved one on Medicare? Do you need it or want to know more about it?

Whether you’ve used Medicare for years or need to sign up, you probably have questions about it.

Learn how Medicare works during a free presentation at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at our Main Branch. The speaker will be Donald Glink from Pelorus Financial.

The talk is free and open to everybody. You can register to attend on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 241.

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American Girl Book Club Meets Kit

Our American Girl Book Club enjoys a snack during its meeting earlier this month.

Our American Girl Book Club enjoys a snack during its meeting earlier this month.

Our American Girl Book Club learned about the Great Depression when they traveled back in time to meet Kit Kittredge earlier this month.

They also made sit-upons and scratch art like kids back in Kit’s era.

On the first Wednesday of each month, our club gets together to discuss a different American Girl book. Then we make a craft and play games that tie into the book, character or era.

If you have a child who likes the American Girl books or dolls, then she can join the fun. They can even bring their dolls with them, if they like. (Of course, the dolls aren’t required.)

Our next meeting is 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Molly.

You can register your child for the book club on our web site or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

The girls craft sit-upons at our American Girl Book Club.

The girls craft sit-upons at our American Girl Book Club.

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Stream classic Nickelodeon shows with Hoopla

Stream classic and hit Nickelodeon shows for free with Hoopla digital and your library card.

Stream classic and hit Nickelodeon shows for free with Hoopla digital and your library card.

Does your kid love Paw Patrol? Dora the Explorer? SpongeBob?

Now you can stream/watch episodes from those and other Nickelodeon classics whenever you want. For free. All you need is your library card.

Hoopla, one of our digital services, recently added more than 20 seasons of Nickelodeon to its collection where you can stream it for free 24/7.

In addition to the aforementioned Paw Patrol, Dora, and SpongeBob, you can watch Avatar (and its sequel series, Korra), Yo Gabba Gabba, iCarly, Blue’s Clues, Loud House, and more!

And if Nickelodeon isn’t your family’s speed—but, seriously, check out Avatar—you can stream episodes of Sesame Street, Disney films, and dozens of other fun and educational TV shows from Hoopla, as well.

You get to borrow up to 12 items a month.

By the way, if you don’t know how to use Hoopla, we’ve made handouts and how-to videos to help. You can also ask one of our librarians how to use Hoopla the next time that you visit us.

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Full STEAM Ahead returns to Mentor Library

Sadie Shea and Mallory Chicone use microscopes to get closer looks at hair, cell samples and more.

Sadie and Mallory use microscopes to get closer looks at hair, cell samples and more during a program at Mentor Public Library.

Full STEAM Ahead is back!

That means kids can learn about science and other STEAM components during our special monthly series, which returns next week.

The series begins with a focus on science. Kids from first through fifth grade can perform hands-on experiments and learn more about the world around them at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at our Main Branch.

Each month, we’ll host a program that concentrates on a different aspect of STEAM, including:

  • Technology on Oct. 24
  • Engineering on Nov. 28
  • Art on Jan. 23
  • Mathematics on Feb. 27

These programs 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 us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Avery Betteys' bulb lights when he completes his circuit during the STEAM series at Mentor Public Library.

Avery’s bulb lights when he completes his circuit.

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MPL Talks: Political Cartooning after the Civil War

Alan Gephardt, a ranger at James A. Garfield National Historic Site, discussed the role of political cartooning in the latest program of our Civil War series.

He talked about how illustrators like Thomas Nast and Joseph Keppler affected political discourse and changed the lives of post-Civil War politicians like Boss Tweed and Presidents Grant, Hayes, and Garfield.

He also explained:

  • the origins of the donkey and elephant as totems for Democrats and Republicans, respectively.
  • how cartoonists of different political affiliations approached the same events.
  • how the artists used allegory and references to Shakespeare, Fine Art, and more to make their point.

Those who may have missed Gephardt’s talk can watch it in its entirety right now.

Our Civil War series continues with a look at Commodore John Carter, the skipper of the first U.S. iron-hulled boat, at noon on Oct. 11 at our Main Branch. The talk is free and open to all.

Other talks from our Civil War series:

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