Going under the stars at the library

Ms. Marilyn demonstrates how the earth rotates around the sun. (The sun, in this instance, is played by Matthew.)

Ms. Marilyn demonstrates how the earth rotates around the sun. (The sun, in this instance, is played by Matthew.)

We had a very special story time recently at Mentor Library.

There were no picture books. Instead, all the illustrations were drawn in the sky.

After all, before there was any Mo Willems or Eric Carle—before there was even a Gutenberg—people used the stars to tell stories. They looked upward and watched pinpricks of light move across the sky.

But they didn’t picture hydrogen fusing into helium at astonishing temperatures. They saw lions and bears and hunters and princesses.

Eva Rajic uses one of the library's iPads to find different constellations.

Eva Rajic uses one of the library’s iPads to find different constellations.

Ms. Marilyn used the stars (and some technology) to tell the stories of Leo the Lion, Ursa Major and Minor, Castor and Pollux, and more.

Then the kids got crafty. They made their own telescopes, constellations and even created the different phases of the moon with Oreos.

Annaliesse and Grady use marshmallows and toothpicks to recreate the Big and Little Dippers.

Annaliesse and Grady use marshmallows and toothpicks to recreate the Big and Little Dippers.

We’re having fun story times, programs and events all summer at all three of our branches.

And while visiting, you can sign up for our summer reading program. For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Joseph decorates his telescope at Mentor Library.

Joseph decorates his telescope at Mentor Library.

For more photos from Mentor Library’s story times, visit our Facebook page.

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Are you game for Clashing Controllers?

Teens face off in the finals of our Mario Kart 8 tournament.

Teens face off in the finals of our Mario Kart 8 tournament.

On the third Wednesday of every month, teens gather at our Lake Branch to face off in Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros and other games.

We call it Clashing Controllers, and we want to know if you’re game enough to join in.

You don’t have to be a hardcore gamer to have fun (though we get a few of those too.) All you need is to want to have a good time.

It's all in good fun until someone uses a blue shell.

It’s all in good fun until someone uses a blue shell.

The next Clashing Controllers session starts at 6:30 p.m. on, Wednesday, July 15. We’ll be playing Super Smash Bros and you’re invited.

While you’re here, you can sign up for summer reading too.

For every book you read or library program you attend between now and Aug. 1, you get a raffle ticket and a chance to win cool prizes like Captains Tickets or gift cards to Panera, Target, Amazon and more.

You can even register online.

So if you’re going to play video games, you might as well play with friends and possibly win something for playing.

See you at the library. We’ll save a spot for you.

Earn your own Certificate of Awesomeness at Clashing Controllers.

Earn your own Certificate of Awesomeness at Clashing Controllers.

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Celebrating Junie B. Jones with a Mixed-Up Fashion Show

We’re celebrating our favorite literary heroes this summer at Mentor Public Library.

On Thursday, we had a special mixed-up fashion show just like our hero, Junie B. Jones.

We’ve now sung along with Pete the Cat and danced with Junie. And we’ll be celebrating more of our heroes all summer—Dr. Seuss, The Magic Tree House, Wimpy Kid. Who’s your hero?

We’re talking about heroes of all types this summer.

And, yes, we realize when we say “heroes” most people think of tights and flights, but not every hero wears a cape.

For example, we’re recognizing community heroes like police officers, firefighters and teachers during our Family Story Times on Thursdays this summer. (In fact, you can join us from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on June 11 for a Teddy Bear Clinic with a local nurse.)

By the way, there’s still time to sign up for our summer reading program too.

Everyone who participates in summer reading—either by reading books or attending library programs—has a chance to win prizes. Those prizes include gift cards from Toys ‘R’ Us and Lake County Captains tickets, as well as gift cards from other local businesses. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

For more information on Mentor Library’s summer reading program, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

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Story Time with Mentor Firefighters & Smokey the Bear

Kids read to Smokey the Bear when Smokey and his friends from Mentor Fire Department visited on Thursday.

Kids read to Smokey the Bear when Smokey and his friends from Mentor Fire Department visited on Thursday.

We don’t often get bears visiting Mentor Public Library; but, then again, most bears aren’t Smokey.

Smokey the Bear and his friends from Mentor Fire Department visited for a special story time on Thursday at our Main Branch.

They read books to kids about fire safety, including a personal favorite, No Dragons for Tea.

The moral of the story is, "If you invite a dragon to your home for tea, you're probably going to need a new home."

The moral of the story is, “If you invite a dragon to your home for tea, you’re probably going to need a new home.”

Then the kids had a chance to try on the firefighter’s gear and read to Smokey the Bear.

Mentor firefighters joined us as part of our Local Heroes series.

Our summer reading program this year is dedicated to heroes, so we’ve got programs dedicated to SupergirlsAvengersand more.

But not every hero wears a cape. A nurse, firefighter or 911 operator can be every bit as heroic as Spider-Man or Wonder Woman (or even more heroic, seeing as they’re real.)

That’s why we’re celebrating local heroes during our Family Story Times every Thursday in June and July. (The story times are 7 p.m. at our Main Branch. No registration necessary.)

Firefighter Nathan Peters was kind enough to share his gear with some of the children.

Firefighter Nathan Peters was kind enough to share his gear with some of the children.

Two weeks ago, Nurse Amanda talked to the kids about health during a Teddy Bear Clinic, and there will be more heroes each week including:

  • 911 operator Suzy & Red E Fox on June 25
  • Dentist Nicole, July 2
  • Recycling with Bonnie & Beth, July 9
  • Policewoman Marilyn, July 16
  • Naturalist Leslie, July 23
  • Yoga instructor, July 30

If you can’t join us Thursday evening, we also offer several other story times at all three of our branches.

Now, it's Smokey's turn to read to the kids... or, at least, show them the pictures.

Now, it’s Smokey’s turn to read to the kids… or, at least, show them the pictures.

And while you’re at the library, you can sign up for summer reading. For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

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Get ready to Guard the Galaxy during Marvelous Monday

guardian-of-the-galaxy-poster1Do you have what it takes to join the Guardians of the Galaxy?

Find out during Marvelous Monday at Mentor Library’s Read House. From 1 to 2 p.m. on June 22, kids can test their skills to see if their Guardians material.

The kids will:

  1. Test their agility with an obstacle course
  2. Practice their aim with Rocky Raccoon
  3. Fight their way free from some galaxy goop like Drax
  4. Get gardening with Groot
  5. Test their memory with Star Lord
  6. Compete in Musical Chairs with songs specifically selected by Star Lord

Parents don’t have to register their kids for Marvelous Monday. They can just come to the library! In fact, you can join us every week in June and July. Each week, we’ll have a different theme.

And while you’re at the library, you can sign up for summer reading. For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

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