Story Times, Book Clubs, Concerts & More at MPL’s Lake Branch

Kids use plastic bottles to blow bubbles during story time at MPL's Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

Kids use plastic bottles to blow bubbles during story time at MPL’s Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

Summer Reading may have concluded but that doesn’t mean the fun is finished.

In fact, just this week at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch, we’re hosting story times, book clubs for teens and adults, crafts and a concert!

Kids—from six months to five years old, along with their families—can join us for a Fairy Tales Rhyme Time at 10:30 a.m. this Tuesday. We’ll have stories, songs and crafts—all with a Fairy Tale theme.

Travelin' Man Band will perform a free concert at our Lake Branch Wednesday evening.

Travelin’ Man Band will perform a free concert at our Lake Branch Wednesday evening.

On Wednesday, Lake Branch will host both its monthly book club and a free concert from the Travelin’ Man Band.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to everyone

Travelin’ Man Band perform hits from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s—from Buddy Holly to Bob Dylan, the Beatles to Chuck Berry. So if you’re eager for some Eagles and ready for some Redding, they’ve got the tunes for you.

Kids can craft some cool kites with us on Friday.

Then, on Friday, kids can craft some cool kites with us. We’ll even fly them in our yard when we’re finished.

Finally, on Saturday, our Teen Book Club will meet to talk about “Every Day” by David Levithan.

Teens can pick up a copy from our Lake Branch and join the conversation Saturday.

To see more programs and events at Mentor Library, visit our online calendar.

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How to pick your next book

IMG_20150719_141754233We’ve all been there. You just finished a good book—a great book even—and you’re eager for something new, but you don’t know where to turn.

How do you pick that next book?

Fortunately, Mentor Public Library can help with that. We offer a database called Novelist that’s free for you to use.

Novelist

Novelist offers read-alikes for popular books or suggestions from every genre.

For example, say your favorite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Novelist would recommend similar books like The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric or The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.

Or say you like classic romances, historical mysteries or sports writing, Novelist has suggestions for hundreds of fiction and nonfiction subgenres.

And you can get suggestions for all age groups, as well: picture books, young readers, YA and adult.

And you know who else is good for a book recommendation? Our librarians! Both our reference and children’s librarians love to suggest a good book.

So check out Novelist at Mentor Library, and we’ll help you check out your next book.

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Tra-La-Laa! Captain Underpants at Mentor Library

Angelina soars through the air as Captain Underpants during Marvelous Monday at Mentor Library.

Angelina soars through the air as Captain Underpants during Marvelous Monday at Mentor Library.

Tra-La-Laa!

We dedicated our final Marvelous Monday—our summer-long celebration of heroes—to Captain Underpants and his “creators” George Beard and Harold Hutchins.

Kids made capes with their own Professor Poopypants-endorsed monikers. (For example, I’m Chim-Chim Banana Brain.) They also used toilet-paper rolls to stop the nefarious Turbo-Toilet 2000 and completed a Captain Underpants-approved obstacle course.

Chase lofts a roll at the dreaded Turbo Toilet 2000.

Chase lofts a roll at the dreaded Turbo Toilet 2000.

This may have been the final Marvelous Monday, but everyone still has until Saturday, Aug. 1, to log their summer-reading hours and books. (On that note, please remember to log your hours if you’re a kid or books if you’re a teen or adult at any of our branches by this Saturday. We want to make sure you get credit for all the reading you did!)

And we still have fun programs coming up:

Families can also join us for our End of Summer Reading party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, at Mentor Public Library’s Read House. Kids can meet animal superhero Keith Gisser and the rescued reptiles of Herps Alive. There will also be games, crafts and kids can see if they won one of the prizes from Mentor Library’s summer reading program.

Ms. Amy gives Sierra her superhero cape.

Ms. Amy gives Sierra her superhero cape.

For more photos from our Captain Underpants Marvelous Monday, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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Folk duo Simple Gifts performing at MPL’s Read House

Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon, also known as the folk duo Simple Gifts, will perform a free concert this Wednesday at MPL's Read House.

Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon, also known as the folk duo Simple Gifts, will perform a free concert this Wednesday at MPL’s Read House.

Sometimes, the simplest gifts are the sweetest.

Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshion—collectively known as Simple Gifts—play 12 instruments between the two of them, everything from pianos and fiddles to hammered dulcimers and tablas.

Simple Gifts also create their own arrangements of Irish jigs, American reels, Gypsy melodies, Balkan dance music and more.

On Wednesday, July 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., they will perform a free concert at Mentor Public Library’s Read House. Fun for the whole family and no registration is necessary.

Get a taste of Simple Gifts by checking out the videos on their YouTube page, then come see them perform live this Wednesday.

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BeachFest!

Christine and Olivia (on the right) try to decide what color they should top off their sand art with.

Christine and Olivia (on the right) try to decide what color they should top off their sand art with.

We want to thank everyone who made sand art at our tent or grabbed a book or two from our Pop-Up Library Saturday at BeachFest!

We hope you had as much fun as we did.

Allison and Brian smile as they add another layer to Allison's sand art.

Allison and Brian smile as they add another layer to Allison’s sand art.

We’ll be having more Pop-Up Libraries in August, as well. You’ll find it during the Mentor Rocks concerts, Matt Henk Benefit Softball Tournament, Concord Community Days, Mentor CityFest and more!

Christopher shows us his almost finished jar.

Christopher shows us his almost finished jar.

For more—seriously, a lot more—photos from BeachFest, check out Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

Also, to the artist who sculpted an enormous Velveteen Rabbit, thanks for making us cry at the beach.

Also, to the artist who sculpted an enormous Velveteen Rabbit, thanks for making us cry at the beach.

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