Making Valentines with the club that makes masterpieces

Our Masterpieces at Main Art Club got in the spirit of the holiday.

Our Masterpieces at Main Art Club got in the spirit of the holiday.

Our Masterpieces at Main Art Club had a timely theme this week, making valentines!

We opened the craft closet and kids used paint, markers, construction paper, newspaper and even yarn to make valentines for their loved ones.

Our club is open to all kids (eight to 12 years old.) And you don’t need to paint like Picasso or sculpt like Michelangelo to participate. However, to get the most out of the club, the kids will need to be able to work independently. Also, art can get messy, so dress appropriately.

Our next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. You can register online for your children to join or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

In the meantime, art lovers have other clubs they can check out at the library:

  • Studio MPL is returning in a new place but with a familiar face. Ms. Lisa will guide children through different artists and techniques. Now at the Lake Branch! The next program will be 4 p.m. on Monday, March 18. Call or register online to attend.
  • Kids aren’t the only ones who can get creative. Adults can join us for our Crafty Adults Club. Each month, we’ll explore new mediums and crafts. We’ll meet next at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at our Lake Branch.
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Celebrate a Seuss-pendous birthday at the library

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with games, crafts and stories on Friday, March 1, during Read Across America.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with games, crafts and stories on Friday, March 1, during Read Across America.

We’re throwing a birthday party for Dr. Seuss on Friday, March 1, and you’re invited.

Families can make crafts and play games based on their favorite Seuss characters from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our Main Branch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our Headlands Branch, and noon to 4 p.m. at our Lake Branch.

We’ll also have special Seuss-themed story times at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at our Main Branch with special guests State Rep. John Rogers (at 11 a.m.) and State Sen. John Eklund (at 12:30 p.m.)

Of course, there will be Dr. Seuss books available that you can read with your child.

We’re also screening classic Dr. Seuss cartoons for everyone to watch throughout the day at its Main Branch. There will even be a scavenger hunt and birthday cake (while it lasts.)

The party is free and open to all kids. There’s no need to register either. Just stop by and join the fun!

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Get moving (gently) with chair yoga

Enjoy a free session of chair yoga on Feb. 28 at Mentor Public Library

Enjoy a free session of chair yoga on Feb. 28 at Mentor Public Library

Like the idea of moving more but need to start slowly? Want to decrease stress but don’t know where to begin?

Try chair yoga! You can join us for a free session at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at our Main Branch. If you haven’t heard of it, chair yoga is exactly what it sounds like — different yoga positions and stretches that you can do while sitting in a chair.

Chair yoga is helpful if you have mobility issues or previous injuries that make more strenuous exercise difficult.

Yoga has been linked to everything from reduced stress and boosted immunity to weight loss and stronger muscles. And you can see these benefits even if you start small.

This special program is open to all and free to attend. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247. Our yogi will be Lindsay Rieder from Awaken Yoga in Mentor.

By the way, we have dozens of Yoga videos that you can borrow from us or stream on Hoopla.

Also, if you enjoy the program and want to check out more yoga classes, Awaken Yoga is one of our My Library Rewards partners. You can get 25 percent off any class pass using My Library Rewards.

If you don’t know about My Library Rewards, it’s a way to earn discounts on food, recreation, gym memberships, and more—just for checking out books, videos and other items from Mentor Public Library. Click here for more details.

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5 fascinating facts about League Park

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Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz talk about the legendary League Park in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Mentor Public Library.

Local authors and sports fans Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz visited us earlier this week to talk about League Park – the legendary home of the Cleveland Indians for decades.

Here are five fascinating facts that we learned from listening to Krsolovic and Fritz.

1. One of the best pitchers the game has ever seen pitched for the Cleveland Spiders on League Park’s first Opening Day in 1891 – none other than Cy Young.

He’d pitch several more opening day games there before his retirement (and he’d win all but one of them.)

The authors brought artifacts with them, including a piece of League Park's Great Wall.

The authors brought artifacts with them, including a piece of League Park’s Great Wall.

2. Nap Lajoie was such a big star that when he came to Cleveland they renamed the team for him. However, when he joined the Cleveland Bronchos in 1902, he was in the midst of a legal kerfuffle with his previous team, the Phillies.

Due to an existing contract with the Phillies, a judge declared that Lajoie could only play baseball for them. However, an enterprising lawyer discovered that the injunction could only be enforced in Pennsylvania.

Consequently, when the Bronchos/Naps played the Athletics in 1902 and most of 1903, Lajoie would visit Atlantic City, instead. Peace wasn’t made between the National and American Leagues until 1903 with an agreement that also created the World Series.

3. League Park was initially constructed entirely of wood. But, by 1909, wood was no good.

More modern stadiums were made of steel and concrete. They could fit more seats, which meant more fans and more money.

For its upgrade, the Cleveland team relied on the legendary Osborn Engineering firm, which also designed Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Comiskey Park.

Most importantly, Osborn was then and still is headquartered in Cleveland.HB4116

4. League Park was the site of the Cleveland Indians first World Series victory in 1920. The Indians beat the Brooklyn Robins 5-2, which looks like a typo unless you know that from 1919 to 1921 the World Series was best of nine.

While the Indians won, no Robin had a worse series than Cleveland native Rube Marquard. Not only did his team lose, but he was convicted of ticket scalping (his punishment: $1 fine and $2.80 in court costs) and his wife divorced him the same week.

Marquard got something like the last laugh, seeing as he’s since been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

5. League Park was also the scene of Joe DiMaggio’s 56th and final game in his legendary hitting streak.

The streak ended July 17, 1941 against the Indians in Cleveland Stadium. (The Indians would play weekday or afternoon games in League Park, which they owned. But they’d play weekend games, especially against more popular opponents, at the larger Cleveland Stadium.)

For more fun stories from League Park history, read Krsolovic and Fritz’s League Park: Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball, 1891-1946You can borrow one of our copies

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Dinosaur Dance Party at the Library

You roar! I roar! We all roar for dinosaurs during our Prehistoric Preschool Dance Party.

You roar! I roar! We all roar for dinosaurs during our Prehistoric Preschool Dance Party.

Kids can snap those jaws and move those claws during a dinosaur-themed preschool dance party at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at our Main Branch.

Children can have a pre-hysterical time with an afternoon of dancing, moving and grooving.

The party is open to all kids (two to six years old) and free to attend. However, we do require registration. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

By the way, if you want to host your own dance party at home, we have dozens of albums that you can either borrow from our collection or stream online for free.

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