Kids can enter the Drone Zone

Kids, do you want to fly a mini-drone? Better yet, do you want to race one?

You can do both this month at our Main Branch. Kids have two opportunities to enter our Drone Zone: Aug. 22 and 23.

Children from eight to 12 years old can fly our mini-drones through obstacle courses and even race one another.

The program is free. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up for it right now on our website or by calling the library at 440-255-8811 ext. 221. (Please only register for one of the two dates. We want to make space for as many kids as possible.)

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WWII series continues with focus on Joseph Stalin

Learn about the life of Joseph Stalin and his role in World War II during a special program on Thursday, Aug. 17, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Learn about the life of Joseph Stalin and his role in World War II during a special program on Thursday, Aug. 17, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Our Major Leaders of World War II series will continue this month with a program focusing on Stalin.

The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, at our Main Branch.

The speaker will be our own John Foster. In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster earned a doctorate degree in history with a specialization in Modern German History. He has taught topics as diverse as the Holocaust and Napoleon’s rise to power.

Foster will discuss Stalin’s life, political career and the pivotal role he played in WWII.

This program is free and open to everyone. People can register to attend online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

Other historical talks by Foster can be watched on our YouTube page, including:

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Congrats to the winners of our art contest

Monet's "Many Branches Same Roots" was the big winner  for our

Monet’s “Many Branches Same Roots” was the big winner for our Build a Better World Art Contest.

Thanks to all the teens who participated in our Summer Reading Art Contest and a special congratulations to the winners!

Our grand prizewinner is Monet—yes, that’s her real name—whose Many Branches Same Roots is pictured above.

Our runner-up Halle painted Fragrance To Free.

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Fragrance to Free

All of our artists interpreted our summer-reading theme of Build a Better World differently. They sought inspiration from family, love, the environment and more.

You can see their artwork on display right now at our Main Branch.

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Streaming music with your library card

Your library card provides free access to thousands of new and classic albums. Find out how.

Your library card provides free access to thousands of new and classic albums. Find out how.

You don’t need to spend money on a Spotify membership or iTunes to listen to the newest or best music.

All you need is a library card.

You can use your card to stream hundreds of albums from Hoopla, including the Hamilton Cast RecordingJay-Z’s 4:44Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic and the Moana Soundtrack.

Meanwhile, your card also lets you download DRM-free mp3s of your favorite songs from Freegal. Its library is enormous. It includes everything from Carole King to Miles DavisWillie Nelson to Nas.

In fact, Freegal’s collection is so large that it can be overwhelming. So we’ve created some playlists to help you navigate.

And once you download a song from Freegal, you can keep the mp3 forever. Put it on your phone, your computer, your iPod–wherever you want. It’s yours. You can download up to five songs a week.

You also get unlimited streaming on Freegal, if you prefer that.

Whether you want Sesame Street classics to play with your kids, a better St. Patrick’s Day playlist, or to listen to this year’s Grammy winners, you can do it for free with your library.

If you want some help navigating your options for online music, come to the library. We’re hosting a free class about online music on at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at our Main Branch.

The class is free and open to everyone. See you at the library!

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Drive-In at the Library

Emmalyn gives her hot rod a spin.

Emmalyn gives her hot rod a spin.

We transformed our Village Room into a drive-in for a special, two-day event.

First, families decorated their “cars” on Thursday. Then, they returned the next day to watch a movie at the library.

It was a lot of fun to watch the kids get creative with their cruisers.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos from our Drive-In.

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