Library closed for staff training this Friday

Main Branch AutumnAll of Mentor Public Library’s branches will be closed Friday, Oct. 19, for staff training.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but continued training allows us to serve you better.

By the way, our digital services are still available 24/7 even when our buildings are closed. You can borrow eBooks, audiobooks, comics and magazines, stream music and video, and even take online courses.

And it’s all free with your library card.

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Free ACT Prep Sessions Available at Mentor Public Library

Mentor Library is offering free ACT prep courses to teens on Saturdays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

Mentor Library is offering free test prep courses for teens this autumn.

We’re offering a couple of ways for students to prepare for their ACT and SATs.

First, we’re hosting a pair of prep sessions beginning at 4 and 6 p.m., respectively, on Monday, Oct. 22, at The HUB in Mentor High School.

Students will learn about free online resources, tools and practice tests, as well as study suggestions and test-taking tips. You’re welcome to bring your own computer, but that’s not required.

Additionally, we’re hosting two in-depth prep sessions for the ACT this November at our Main Branch. The first session is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. It will focus on the English and reading courses. The next session is Nov. 10. Its focus will be the science and math sections of the ACT.

These sessions provide practical experience in terms of the types of questions you’ll see on the ACT, and they also offer strategies for test prep (that also work on tests besides the ACT.)

All sessions will be led by Dr. John Foster, one of our reference librarians at Mentor Public Library. Foster has a doctorate in history from the University of Washington and has taught at both the high school and college level.

And, yes, all of our programs are free and open to anyone preparing for the ACT.

If you have any questions on our test prep sessions, you can call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, Lynda — our newest digital service — offers free online video courses to help you prepare for the ACT and SATas well.

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Create a community collage with us

Families can create a community collage in the style in Romare Bearden on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Families can create a community collage in the style in Romare Bearden on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Let’s create together!

Families can make a community collage in the style of Harlem Renaissance artist Romare Bearden at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 27, at our Main Branch.

Art instructor Stephanie Royko will help lead the project.

All ages are welcome to participate. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, if you enjoy art, you can stream six seasons of Bob Ross’s Joy of Painting for free with Hoopla and your Mentor Public Library card.

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Come to our creepy carnival

Enjoy the Creepy Carnival on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Mentor Public Library.

Enjoy the Creepy Carnival on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Mentor Public Library.

Kids are welcome to our Creepy Carnival at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at our Main Branch.

There will be carnival games, crafts and snacks — all with a Halloween twist!

It’s free to attend and open to all children (five to 10 years old.) We do require that you RSVP for our party. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

We’re hosting a lot more Halloween fun this October. Families will also enjoy:

  • Our Monster Bake-Off at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at our Lake Branch. Kids (kindergarten through fifth grade) can compete to make the spookiest monster out of cookies.
  • Our Haunted Halloween craft spectacular at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at our Headlands Branch.
  • Our Pumpkin Decorating Contest at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at our Lake Branch. The whole family can decorate a pumpkin together. The best gourds win a prize. Please dress for a mess!
  • Our Creepy Carnival at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at our Main Branch. Enjoy carnival games, crafts and snacks with a Halloween twist. Registration required.
  • Our Halloween Party at The HUB (inside of Mentor High School) from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Families can design jack-o-lanterns, complete a scavenger hunt and more.

Finally, kids can trick-or-treat at the library on Halloween. Wear your costume and get some candy, along with a book or two from our Pop-Up Library, while supplies last.

All of these programs and events are free. However, some of them require registration beforehand. To sign up, call us. For more information, visit our event calendar.

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American Girl Book Club meets Molly

Sadie shares her lei with her doll during our American Girl Book Club meeting.

Sadie shares her lei with her doll during our American Girl Book Club meeting.

Our American Girl Book Club traveled back to the era of victory gardens and rubber rationing when they met Molly McIntire this month.

They also learned how American girls lived during World War II.

And because Molly dressed like a hula girl for Halloween in her book, the girls also made their own leis and learned how to dance the hula.

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 they 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 Nov. 7 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Maryellen

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

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