Super seasonal story times at the library


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Any time is good for story time, and that includes Christmas time!

We had our first Deck the Halls story time on Wednesday at our Main Branch. We sang songs, jingled bells, made crafts, and read a pair of picture books that are perfect for this time of year like Deck the Walls and Twelve Days of Christmas.

We are hosting a sleigh-full of special programs to celebrate the season at all of our branches, including:

  • More Deck the Halls story times with Christmas stories, songs and crafts at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, and Tuesday, Dec. 18, at our Main Branch. We’re also hosting holiday story times at 10 a.m. on Thursdays — Dec. 13 and 20 — at our Lake Branch and 11 a.m. at our Headlands Branch. These story times are open to all ages, and no registration is required.
  • hide-and-seek with the elf on our shelf. Until Dec. 22, kids can look for the elf hiding on the shelves at our Main Branch. Kids who find it will get a small prize.
  • a yoga story time at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at our Lake Branch. Kids (from three to six) can stretch their minds and bodies, using yoga poses to tell the stories of animals in wintertime.
  • a Harry Potter Yule Ball from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at The HUB. The crafts and games won’t just be fun. They’ll be magical.
  • a Wrap & Yap from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at our Main Branch. Wrapping gifts doesn’t need to be a chore. It can be a party! Bring your unwrapped gifts. We’ll provide wrapping supplies, cocoa, and festive music.Gingerbread-Houses
  • a holiday craft party for kids at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at our Lake Branch. Kids (kindergarten through fifth grade) will make a variety of easy crafts while learning a bit about world religious traditions. Learn to make a Christmas tree, menorah and Kwanzaa placemat while finding out what they’re all for
  • a holiday (gingerbread) house party at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 at our Lake Branch. Kids (kindergarten through fifth grade) can decorate their own graham-cracker houses. We’ll provide the graham-cracker homes and everything you need to decorate them.

Finally, kids can celebrate Happy Noon Year at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, at our Main Branch. Children from three to 10 years old can watch the balloons drop without staying up late.

All of these programs are free, though some of them require registration beforehand. You can sign up on our online event calendar or by calling the library.

Happy Holidays!

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Holiday House Party at Mentor Library

Design and build your own graham-cracker house at our Lake Branch.

Design and build your own graham-cracker house at our Lake Branch.

We’ve got a sweet craft for you!

Kids can design and build their own houses with graham crackers and frosting on at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at our Lake Branch.

Then they can use sweets to decorate their architecture.

Our program is free and open to all children from kindergarten through fifth grade. However, we do ask that you sign up beforehand. You can register online or call our Lake Branch at (440) 257-2512.

By the way, we are hosting a sleigh-full of special programs to celebrate the season at all of our branches, including:

  • Deck the Halls story times with Christmas stories, songs and crafts at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 and Tuesday, Dec. 18, at our Main Branch. We’re also hosting holiday story times at 10 a.m. on Thursdays — Dec. 13, and 20 — at our Lake Branch. These story times are open to all ages, and no registration is required.

    Celebrate the holidays with Mentor Public Library.

    Celebrate the holidays with Mentor Public Library.

  • hide-and-seek with the elf on our shelf. Until Dec. 22, kids can look for the elf hiding on the shelves at our Main Branch. Kids who find it will get a small prize.
  • a yoga story time at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at our Lake Branch. Kids (from three to six) can stretch their minds and bodies, using yoga poses to tell the stories of animals in wintertime.
  • a Harry Potter Yule Ball from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at The HUB. The crafts and games won’t just be fun. They’ll be magical.
  • a holiday craft party for kids at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at our Lake Branch. Kids (kindergarten through fifth grade) will make a variety of easy crafts while learning a bit about world religious traditions. Learn to make a Christmas tree, menorah and Kwanzaa placemat while finding out what they’re all for

Finally, kids can celebrate Happy Noon Year at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, at our Main Branch. Children from three to 10 years old can watch the balloons drop without staying up late.

All of these programs are free, though some of them require registration beforehand. You can sign up on our online event calendar or by calling the library.

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Craft Christmas, Kwanzaa & Hanukkah too

Crafts and culture! Kids can have learn about the holidays of the season while making fun crafts.

Crafts and culture! Kids can have learn about the holidays of the season while making fun crafts.

Kids can get crafty and learn about the holidays of the season during a fun program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at our Lake Branch.

Children will make a Christmas tree, menorah and Kwanzaa place mat, while finding out what they’re all for.

The program is free and open to all children in kindergarten through fifth grade. They can register to attend online or call the Lake Branch at (440) 257-2512.

And join us for more holiday programs at all of our branches all December long!

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Gumdrop architecture

Charlie and Sarah make a sweet tower out of toothpicks and gumdrops.

Charlie and Sarah make a sweet tower out of toothpicks and gumdrops.

Our STEAM kids had a cup full of gumdrops, 100 toothpicks & 15 minutes to build the tallest possible tower.

Then — plot twist — they had to combine all of their towers to build an enormous mega-tower.

It was a sweet way to learn about engineering and architecture.

For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. And here are five resources we have for any family that want to learn more about these topics.

  1. Our Picking Up STEAM Club meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science and math. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. We’re learning about optical illusions.
  2. Our Lake Branch also has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.
  3. Additionally, kids can check out the STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.
  4. Our Main Branch is hosting another STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. This time we’re focusing on art.
  5. We have a brand new coding club at our newest location — The HUB (which is inside Mentor High School.) Join us at 3:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. In this self-paced club, kids (fourth grade and higher) can earn badges as they reach certain milestones. Earn all the badges to become a Programming Wizard! The next meeting is Jan. 8.

Finally, don’t forget about the thousands of books and videos we have to offer. Whatever niche of science, technology or art your child cares about, we can help them learn more about it.

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Wrap & Yap at the library

Wrap your gifts with friends at the library on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Wrap your gifts with friends at the library on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Wrapping presents is one of those chores that benefits from a spoonful of sugar, so why not wrap your gifts with your friends at the library?

We’re hosting a Wrap & Yap from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at our Main Branch. You bring your presents. We’ll provide the wrapping paper, hot cocoa and festive music.

We only ask that you register beforehand. (Sorry, we have limited space.) You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811.

By the way, we are hosting a sleigh-full of special programs to celebrate the season at all of our branches, including:

  • Deck the Halls story times with Christmas stories, songs and crafts at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Thursday, Dec. 13, and Tuesday, Dec. 18, at our Main Branch. We’re also hosting holiday story times at 10 a.m. on Thursdays — Dec. 6, 13, and 20 — at our Lake Branch. These story times are open to all ages, and no registration is required.

    Celebrate the holidays with Mentor Public Library.

    Celebrate the holidays with Mentor Public Library.

  • hide-and-seek with the elf on our shelf. From Dec. 1 to 22, kids can look for the elf hiding on the shelves at our Main Branch. Kids who find it will get a small prize.
  • a holiday book exchange on Monday, Dec. 3, at The HUB in Mentor High School. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., anyone can wrap up a book they don’t read anymore (or use wrapping supplies at The HUB) as a gift for a stranger. In return, they can take a new book — new to them, at least — for themselves. All ages can participate!
  • making Holiday origami. Learn the basics of origami and how to make your own ornament with nothing more than paper at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at our Main Branch.
  • decorating mason gift jars during our monthly craft night at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at The HUB.
  • a yoga story time at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at our Lake Branch. Kids (from three to six) can stretch their minds and bodies, using yoga poses to tell the stories of animals in wintertime.
  • a Harry Potter Yule Ball from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at The HUB. The crafts and games won’t just be fun. They’ll be magical.Gingerbread-Houses
  • a holiday craft party for kids at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at our Lake Branch. Kids (kindergarten through fifth grade) will make a variety of easy crafts while learning a bit about world religious traditions. Learn to make a Christmas tree, menorah and Kwanzaa placemat while finding out what they’re all for
  • a holiday (gingerbread) house party at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 at our Lake Branch. Kids (kindergarten through fifth grade) can decorate their own graham-cracker houses. We’ll provide the graham-cracker homes and everything you need to decorate them.

Finally, kids can celebrate Happy Noon Year at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, at our Main Branch. Children from three to 10 years old can watch the balloons drop without staying up late.

All of these programs are free, though some of them require registration beforehand. You can sign up on our online event calendar or by calling the library.

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