Crochet all day with our Time Travelers Club

Teens can learn how to crochet with us on Wednesday, May 3, at our Lake Branch.

Teens can learn how to crochet with us on Wednesday, May 3, at our Lake Branch.

The teens of our Time Travelers Club will get their hooks into crocheting during our next meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, at our Lake Branch.

We’ll provide the supplies. You only need to bring yourself.

All teens are welcome at our Time Travelers Club. Each month, we tackle classic games and crafts from different eras.

So far we’ve played old-school board and video games, made string art, hand-painted photography, and celebrated a very vintage Christmas.

You can sign up for the Time Travelers Club online or call us at 440-257-2512.

Who knows? If you try crocheting with us, you might get hooked.

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Kids learn about cash during Money Smart Week

Aubrie paints her Shark Bank gold, which seems thematically appropriate for Money Smart Week.

Aubrie paints her Shark Bank gold, which seems thematically appropriate for Money Smart Week.

Even children are learning about dollars and sense during Money Smart Week at Mentor Public Library.

They played Wants vs. Needs Bingo (which is a good game for any age) and a kids’ version of Price Is Right on Monday night.

Then they painted their own Piggy Banks… well, Shark Banks, actually.

We have a lot more Money Smart Week left too!

Our programs include:

All of our Money Smart Week programs are free and open to the public—which, of course, makes them very money smart. However, we do ask that you register for them beforehand. You can sign up on our event calendar or call us at (440) 255-8811.

Kevin and his mom paint the Shark Bank together.

Kevin and his mom paint the Shark Bank together.

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Eat like a superhero

Families can learn about healthy eating on Saturday, April 29, at Mentor Public Library.

Families can learn about healthy eating on Saturday, April 29, at Mentor Public Library.

Want to get your children more excited about eating healthy?

Viktoria Higgins, a local holistic health and nutritional coach, will visit us at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29.

She’ll teach you and your kids how to “eat like a superhero.”

You’ll also learn a special dance and how to prepare a healthy (and tasty) snack.

The program is free and open to all families. However, we do ask that you sign up beforehand. You can RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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Dan Chaon brings ‘Ill Will’ and good reads to Mentor Library

Dan Chaon will read from his latest novel, Ill Will, on Wednesday, March 17, at Mentor Public Library.

Dan Chaon will read from his latest novel, Ill Will, on Wednesday, May 17, at Mentor Public Library.

Dan Chaon’s newest novel, Ill Will, has received awed reviews from NPRThe New York Times, and The Washington Post.

The Post called it “the scariest novel of the year.” Publishers Weekly praised it as a “singular vision of American dread.”

You can meet the man behind the monster-piece at Mentor Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, at our Main Branch.

Chaon will read from and discuss Ill Willwhich is set partially in Painesville. The talk is free and open to everyone. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

By the way, Chaon’s entire bibliography is filled with worthy reads. His Among the Missing was a National Book Award finalist and his short stories have also won the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Award.

 

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Making cutouts like Henri Matisse

Sarah and Aniyah make decoupage (paper cutout collages) like Henri Matisse used to create.

Sarah and Aniyah make decoupage (paper cutout collages) like Henri Matisse used to create.

You only need construction paper, scissors, a glue stick, and imagination to make art like Henri Matisse.

Henri Matisse, The Snail, 1953, Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on white paper, collection Tate Modern

Henri Matisse, The Snail, 1953, Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on white paper, collection Tate Modern

Matisse became famous as a painter and sculptor in the late 1800s and early 1900s; but, when he contracted abdominal cancer, it hurt too much to paint or sculpt. So he dove into an art style that he had only dabbled in before: decoupage.

Decoupage is another way of saying “paper cutout collage.”

They’re easy and fun to make, and you can create collages as intricate or simple as you want.

Our STEAM kids constructed their own cutouts on Tuesday.

They made trees and castles and elephants from construction paper, and your family can do it too with supplies you might already have around your house.

Andrew, Darin, and Santosh Akilesh cut shapes from the construction paper for their collages.

Andrew, Darin, and Santosh Akilesh cut shapes from the construction paper for their collages.

Our STEAM series concludes at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, with a focus on Math.

(For those unfamiliar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math.)

The program is free and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. However, registration is required. To sign up or for more information, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

In the meantime, the library is stuffed with resources to help you learn about sciencetechnologyengineeringart, and math. And they all come free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Mary reaches for the glue stick while making her collage.

Mary reaches for the glue stick while making her collage.

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