Who needs a brush to paint?

Who needs a brush? Ava uses a toy car to paint a rainbow.

Who needs a brush? Ava uses a toy car to paint a rainbow.

You don’t need a brush to paint. Almost anything can be your brush if you’re feeling creative—marbles, toy cars, yarn, anything.

So we’re breaking out the forks, bubble wrap, Q-tips, balloons, sponges, combs, cardboard tubes and plastics bottles—but no brushes—this Saturday to see what you can make.

Any kids who are five years or older are welcome to join us from 3 to 4 p.m. , Feb. 28, at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch. You can paint whatever you imagine. The only rule: No brushes allowed!

Kids can register for our program by calling 440-257-2512 or on our online event calendar.

Lily uses a straw to move the paint around her page.

Lily uses a straw to move the paint around her page.

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Learn about the history of women in aviation at Mentor Library

Queens of the Air: Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols and Louise Thaden

Queens of the Air: Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols and Louise Thaden

What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than to recognize women who defied gravity.

Mentor Library is celebrating the women of aviation during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, at the library’s Main Branch.

And Northeast Ohio houses one of the greatest resources in the world for learning about the history of female pilots, the International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland.

The museum also has stories, photos, memorabilia and artifacts from more than 6,000 women who have done some amazing things. IWASM Board President Connie Luhta, who is both a pilot and a flight instructor, will share some of these stories at the library on Monday.

She will talk about some of the women who have soared—both local and international, famous and less familiar—including a hot-air balloonist who performed at Napoleon Bonaparte’s wedding and Marge Hurlburt, an English teacher at Harvey High School in Painesville who set a speed record for women before dying during an air show in Iowa. Hurlburt also served as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) in World War II.

Luhta’s talk is free and open to everyone. To sign up for the program, call Mentor Library at 440-255-8811 ext. 216 or register on the library’s online event calendar.

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Mentor Library

Read Across America Final-est Take

Someone is celebrating a Seuss-pendous birthday soon, and Mentor Public Library is ready to party.

On Monday, March 2, all three branches of Mentor Library will commemorate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with story times, crafts, special programs and, of course, cake.

The party will go all day at the library’s Main Branch. Kids can play a Fox in Socks-themed matching game, make a photographic birthday card for Seuss, and make a hot air balloon (just like in Oh, the Places You’ll Go.)

And there will be cake while it lasts.

Meanwhile, at the Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch, the library will host a special story time for children four years and older at 4 p.m. Kids will listen to classic Seuss stories and make a Fox in Socks bag puppet.

Then, the Mentor Headlands Library Branch will have a birthday party for the good doctor at 6:30 p.m. There will be games, cake and Seuss books.

Later in the day, kids can stage their own version of the Seuss classic Green Eggs & Ham. David Malinowski of the Fine Arts Association will teach kids—ages three to seven—basic theater techniques with the Page to Stage program at 6:30 p.m. at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Mentor Library isn’t alone in celebrating Seuss. Schools and libraries across the country remember the man and his stories as part of the annual event, Read Across America. The National Education Association started it in 1998 to honor Seuss and revel in the joy of reading.

Each year, Read Across America is scheduled to coincide with Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2.

For more information on Mentor Public Library’s many Seuss-themed events, you can visit our event calendar.

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Tasty Tuesday: It’s like a Book Club for your Mouth

Our Tasty Tuesday series begins this week with chocolate.

Our Tasty Tuesday series begins this week with chocolate.

Libraries are so much more than books. We’re music, movies, story times for kids (and occasionally for adults), as well as programs that stimulate your creativity and encourage you to keep learning all of your life.

Don’t get me wrong. We love books. We have more than 150,000 in our collection and that’s not even counting eBooks.

But we aren’t just about books. We’re also a place to go where you can expand your tastes—whether it be in entertainment, information or, in the case of our newest program, your literal sense of taste.

This week we launch our new monthly series, Tasty Tuesdays.

And you don’t need to be a gourmand or foodie to appreciate it. You just need to have taste buds and be curious.

Each month, the library will offer tastings and host discussions on foods from all across the palate. It’s like a book club for your mouth.

The first Tasty Tuesday will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Mentor Library’s Main Branch, and they’ll be talking about (and eating) chocolate.

You can register for it on our website.

Bon appétit!

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Anything is paws-ible with a good book and a good dog

Jake and Claire take turns reading to Jazzy during Paws to Read at Mentor Library.

Jake and Claire take turns reading to Jazzy during Paws to Read at Mentor Library.

I’ve mentioned Paws to Read before, and I’m going to mention it again sometime soon; because it’s a great program, and I want as many people as possible to know about it.

Paws to Read is for readers between the ages of six and 12 years old. Mentor Library hosts it on the third Wednesday of the month at either its Main or Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

If your child can read independently but doesn’t like to do it in front of other people, you might try signing them up for Paws to Read. The program works well for dog lovers, but it’s also helped some kids who are scared of dogs get over their phobia.

Newfoundland Wilson and Olivia share a book.

Newfoundland Wilson and Olivia share a book.

The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Registration fills up quickly, so contact the children’s department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child could benefit from Paws to Read. (There is often a waiting list for the program once registration begins.)

For more information on Paws to Read and other children’s programs at Mentor Public Library call (440)257-2512.

 

Payton gives Caesar a belly scratch in between books.

Payton gives Caesar a belly scratch in between books.

For more photos from Paws to Read, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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