Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Summertime

Is your kid a gamer? They'll love our Zelda program on Thursday, June 28.

Is your kid a gamer? They’ll love our Zelda program on Thursday, June 28.

We love video games at the library, so we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with a 64-bit bash.

Kids can decorate their own Kokiri cap, solve ancient puzzles, and catch a fairy. They will also get their own ocarina and learn how to play it. (We do not promise that said ocarina will help them travel through time.)

The fun begins at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at our Read House. The program is open to all kids, ages seven through 12. We only require that you RSVP. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, if your children like video games, we have a pair of gamer clubs they can join.

Teens can check out our Clashing Controllers Club. On the third Wednesday of each month, they face off in Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros and other games at our Lake Branch.

And children who are too young for Clashing Controllers can join MPL Arcade. Our next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at our Main Branch. In addition to Wii U games, we also play tabletop and board games, so kids can still have fun while they’re waiting for a controller.

And, of course, we have hundreds of video games that you can borrow from us, including titles for Nintendo Switch.

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The Music of Animals

Josh performs a "waggle dance" like a honey bee during Musical Monday at Mentor Public Library.

Josh performs a waggle dance like a honey bee during Musical Monday at Mentor Public Library.

Kids learned how animals like frogs, birds and bees use music to communicate during Musical Monday this week at our Read House.

The young biologists made their own bird calls, recreated frog noises with musical instruments, and performed waggle dances like honeybees.

We host Musical Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday during Summer Reading. Every week, we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into our Summer Reading theme, Libraries Rock. No registration required.

Have you signed up for Summer Reading yet?

Everyone (including adults) have a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program.

Children can win one of 32 different prize packages. And the more the kids read or are read to, the better chance they have to win. Children who read at least 20 hours will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two grand prizes—a $50 gift card to Target.

Furthermore, kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

Meanwhile, teens and adults can participate in Summer Reading too by both reading books and attending library programs. They can win gift baskets, including vouchers to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, discounts to local businesses, and passes to the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink.

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Join the ukulele party at the library

Come to the ukulele party on Sunday, June 24, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Come to the ukulele party on Sunday, June 24, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

First things first, did you know you can borrow a ukulele from the library?

Oh yes, all you need is an adult MPL card in good standing, and we’ll lend you a soprano or concert ukulele for two weeks. You’ll get a tuner and beginner’s music book, as well. We also have dozens more music books that you can borrow from us, if you’d like.

Now, perhaps you’re a little intimidated. Maybe you need more than an instrument and tuner to get you started.

Then, come to our Ukulele Party at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, at our Main Branch.

Arrowhead Music instructor Mark Herkner will perform a few songs and offer tips for tuning and playing ukuleles. And, of course, we’ll have ukuleles available so that you can make music too.

The program is open to all adults and kids older than eight. We only ask that you RSVP. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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Library hosting free classes on Excel, Pinterest & more

Basic Computer 2We’re hosting six free computer classes this month including sessions on Microsoft Excel and Publisher.

The classes include:

  • an introduction to Pinterest at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26. Learn how to search and use the crafty social medium.
  • Excel I at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26. In this class, people will learn how to describe a worksheet and its function; create a basic worksheet and learn how to save it to disk; apply simple formulas to perform calculations; apply simple formatting; and explore options for printing a simple worksheet. (Microsoft Word experience necessary.)
  • basic email skills at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. Learn how to send emails and attachments, as well as reply to other people’s emails.
  • Excel II at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. Learn how to create and copy formulas and functions; understand relativity when working with formulas and functions; recognize and troubleshoot errors in formulas and functions; insert, delete and resize rows and columns; and use advanced printing features.
  • introduction to Facebook at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. The hands-on class will demonstrate basic Facebook features and tips. Please come to class with your Facebook login information and password.
  • Excel III at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Learn how to hide and freeze columns and rows, use print area and print titles, conditional formatting, and how to create and format charts.

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required; and, because space is limited, people will want to sign up as soon as possible. You can sign up by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Additionally, your Mentor Public Library gives you free access to dozens of free online computer classes via Gale Courses. Learn everything from computer basics to advanced techniques for Microsoft, Adobe, Photoshop, and other applications from the convenience of your own computer.

Furthermore, if you need help with Facebook, Instagram or some other social media, you should check out Niche Academy, our newest online service. Niche offers short video tutorials that you can watch for free and at your convenience. Learn how to:

Niche Academy also offers videos that explain how to use online tools like Gmail, Goodreads and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. All of these video tutorials are available for free. You can watch as many as you like at mentorpl.org/niche.

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Travelin’ Man Band performing free concert at MPL’s Lake Branch

Travelin’ Man Band will perform a free concert on Saturday, June 23, at our Lake Branch.

Travelin’ Man Band will perform a free concert on Saturday, June 23, at our Lake Branch.

Are you ready to rock?

Travelin’ Man Band will perform a free and family-friendly concert at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at our Lake Branch.

They perform hits from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s—from Buddy Holly to Bob Dylan, CCR to CSNY. So if you’re eager for some Eagles and ready for some Redding, they’ve got the tunes for you.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for the outdoors concert. We’ll bring the band.

No registration necessary. See you at the party!

IMG_0160By the way, this year’s Summer Reading theme is Libraries Rock. So, throughout the summer, we’ll host different programs with musical themes. There will be big-band concerts, rock ‘n’ roll authors, lip-sync battles and more.

Additionally, we’ll host Musical Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday from June 4 to July 23 at our Read House. Each week, we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into our Summer Reading theme.

All of the programs are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at (440) 255-8811 or visit our event calendar.

Finally, everyone has a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program.

Children can win one of 32 different prize packages. And the more the kids read or are read to, the better chance they have to win. Children who read at least 20 hours will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two grand prizes—a $50 gift card to Target.

Furthermore, kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

Meanwhile, teens and adults can participate in Summer Reading too by both reading books and attending library programs. They can win gift baskets, including vouchers to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, discounts to local businesses, and passes to the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink.

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