Level up your GIF game

Tired of the same cliché GIFS: the bored Cookie Monster; Shia Labeouf clapping; the dancing guy with the folding chair; this kid?

Then it’s time to level-up your GIF game. Don’t just use them. Create them. Direct them.

Teens can learn how to make one-of-a-kind, stop-motion GIFS during a special program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, at our Main Branch.

The program’s free and open to all teens. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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See you at BeachFest!

We’ll be at the biggest beach party of the summer, and we hope you’ll be there too.

We’ll be at the biggest beach party of the summer, and we hope you’ll be there too.

The city of Mentor’s about to throw the biggest beach party of the summer this Saturday at Mentor Headlands Beach.

There will be food, fun, activities and a Master Sand Sculpture Competition featuring five master sand sculptors.

And we’ll be there too!

Kids can make gorgeous sand art for free at our tent while supplies last.

And everyone—kids, teens and adults—can browse our Pop-Up Library and find a free book or two.

So bring the family! Enjoy the sun, make some art, and find your new favorite book.

See you at the beach!

Our Pop-Up Library can turn any time into story time!

Our Pop-Up Library can turn any time into story time!

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MPL Talks: The Civil War & Grand Army of the Republic


For years, we’ve partnered with James A. Garfield National Historic Site—our neighbors down the street—for a monthly program about the U.S. Civil War.

Their experts have discussed Civil War art, the Gettysburg Address, the role of female spies during the war, forgotten addresses at Gettysburg, and more.

Now, you can watch these talks even if you can’t make it to the library. We’re recording and sharing these informative programs in their entirety.

This month, Dr. Todd Arrington, the site manager for JAG National Historic Site, talked about the Grand Army of the Republic. For those who don’t know, the Grand Army is one of the most important veterans groups in our country’s history, and it was formed by Union veterans of the Civil War.

Its membership included five American presidents, one of whom used to live in Mentor.

By the way, our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Former Judge Paul Mitrovich, and also the author of Justice Delayed, will discuss slavery, the reconstruction, and the Civil Rights movement.

As always, the talk is free and open to all.

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Nature Crafts & Games

Maggie and Olivia make pinecone birdfeeders during Make-It Monday at our Read House.

Maggie and Olivia make pinecone birdfeeders during Make-It Monday at our Read House.

The theme for our penultimate Make-It Monday was nature.

Kids made pinecone birdfeeders and decorated Plant Pals. They also played Garden Bingo and “bee” beanbag.

By the way, we have our last Make-It Monday program of the summer at 1 p.m. tomorrow at our Read House. Join the fun! No registration necessary.

Also, our Summer Reading program ends this Sunday. Make sure you have all your hours/books submitted by then. And don’t miss our Summer Reading Finale Party on Aug. 3.

There will be dinosaurs.

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

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Ms. Kim helps Sophie make a worry doll at Mentor Public Library’s Read House.

Kids globe-hopped through 15 different countries last week in our Read House backyard.

They made Guatemalan worry dolls, candy sushi, maracas, and decorated their own Yoruba masks. They also snacked on hummus from Lebanon, pretzels from Germany, and sweet tea from the USA.

It was all part of our Around the World in 80 Minutes program where kids could sample crafts, games, and snacks from all over the world.

By the way, you still have time to participate in our Summer Reading program, Build a Better World.

The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning. If a child reads 20 hours by July 30, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

We also have a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. If you’re reading anyhow this summer (and you undoubtedly are), you should sign up and win something.

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